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His birth was marked by wonder and tragedy.
He sees beauty and terror beyond our deepest dreams.
His story will change the way you see the world.
On the heels of his #1 bestseller False Memory, Dean Koontz brings together his most compelling themes and an unforgettable cast of characters to create what is perhaps the most thrilling and emotionally powerful work of his crit...more
Paperback, 768 pages
Published November 20th 2001 by Bantam (first published January 1st 2000)
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Maciek
Massive, massive, MASSIVE disappointment.
Obvious spoilers ahead.

The premise for this book is amazing; a boy named Bartholomew loses his sight at the age of three, when surgeons remove his eyes to save him from fast spreading cancer, and then, though eyeless, regains it at the age of thirteen.
Thinking that it could be a fun, fast paced daredevil-like story, with quantum theory involved, I was setting my hopes high. Boy, was I let down.

When a reader opens the book he reads how Barty loses his sigh...more
Wil
Sep 05, 2007 Wil rated it 1 of 5 stars Recommends it for: NOBODY. NOBODY AT ALL.
Alright, I went on a "Koontz binge" last spring, and of all the stuff of his that I read, From The Corner Of His Eye has got to be one of the WORST, most godawful pieces of "literature" (using the term loosely) that I've ever read.

I grew quite used to Koontz's style of writing... plastering excessive detail onto every description, taking five pages to detail the wallpaper on a house, etc. So when I read the jacket for FTCOHE and it said the story was about a boy who loses his sight and then rega...more
Tara
Favorite Quotes

She lived for others, her heart tuned to their anguish and their needs.

His blue eyes were seas where sorrow sailed.

Not one day in anyone’s life is an uneventful day, no day without profound meaning, no matter how dull and boring it might seem, no matter whether you are a seamstress or a queen, a shoeshine boy, or a movie star, a renowned philosopher or a Down’s-syndrome child. Because in every day of your life, there are opportunities to perform little kindnesses for others, both...more
Tom
In a Dean Koontz book, if there's someone he describes as particularly good, gracious, or appealing; you can be sure that something very bad is about to happen to them.

There's plenty of that in this book, which tells a number of stories, all tied together by the actions of the villain. There are good number of biblical references, with most characters having a biblical corollary; especially Bartholomew, one of the heroes of the story, who has as his namesake one of the lesser known Apostles.

In t...more
Jennifer
Nov 28, 2008 Jennifer rated it 1 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Nobody. Doen't waste your time. Seriously.
I guess I would give this a 1.5 if I could. It's readable but you kind of regret spending the time on this. Maybe if it was half the size it wouldn't have pissed me off - but 768 pages? And I felt like it was doing some preachy religious allegory crap at me. What the hell is your point with this book Dean Koontz?

I feel like there were huge holes in the plot on this one and it was just the weakest thing I had read by him. There really wasn't the pay off you want when you get to the end either. A...more
Rick
NOTE: I am a HUGE Dean Koontz fan, but I'm also objective. Within the horror/suspense genre, Koontz generally writes two types of novels: 'government conspiracies', or 'madman chasing an innocent man/child/woman/dog/couple/ all of the above.' The gov't ones are fine, as a matter of fact, it was "Strangers" that got me hooked on DK. But there's only so much you can do with 'black ops' and 'the government within the government.'

While "From the Corner of His Eye" DOES have a madman chasing innocent...more
Lisa Mccurdy
MY VERY FAVORITE KOONTZ WORK OF ALL TIME!!! (I would also like to note that it is his favorite accomplishment as well.) This book was recommended to me when I was 17 by my husband to-be and was the first Dean Koontz book I ever read. It is the PERFECT example of his superiority to other authors of his time and made me an absolute obsessed fan. I then became a collector and this is what started it all. It is a complex tale of vivid characters and includes every emotion you could think of while in...more
David
From The Corner Of His Eye Bantam Books, 2000, 729pp., $7.99

Dean Koontz ISBN 0553582747




Imagine being in labor, with your husband lying dead beside you. “Urgency gripped the paramedics. The rescuers’ equipment and the pieces of car door were dragged out of the way to make a path for a gurney, its wheels clattering across pavement littered with debris.” You don’t know if your kid has survived the accident or if he will be as normal as all the others. As you look out from the back of the ambulance...more
Nicole
From the Corner of His Eye by Dean Koontz is overal a great book. I thought the authors writing style was phenonmenal using substantial vocabulary. Dean Koontz other style of books seem similar to eachother but theres minor differences making each story unique. This book draws readers into a spellbinding world created by terror, love, hate, and mystery. I recommend this book to anyone who has either read some of his previous books before to get an understanding of his writing. In the book ther...more
Jessica
You ever wonder where Koontz comes up with these stories? Most of them are brilliant, engaging plots with lots of twists and turns that keep you on the edge of your seat. Some of them are plain strange and make you wonder what he was smoking when he sat down that day...and why he wasn't sharing.

This book had the benefit of being both brilliant in many ways, and of being one of the stories that makes you scratch your head and wonder.

I loved the separate yet slowly intertwining stories of all the...more
John


From the Corner of His Eye

by Dean Koontz

Bantam, 729 pages, paperback, 2001; reissue of a book
originally published in 2001



Dean Koontz is probably, right now, the most underestimated
writer at work in the field of fantastic literature. The reasons
are not hard to fathom. Unlike most authors, who go through the
learning process before they ever see print, Koontz had the
misfortune — although of course it must have seemed far from
that to him at the time — to find publishers for his early,
clumsy attempts...more
Manu Prasad
That Dean Koontz is an amazing writer of supernatural stories is a known fact. What makes this book special is the mix of several themes that work in superb harmony - a psychotic killer, quantum physics and faith. I've always wondered about parallel universes and in this book, the author has tried to put a structure to it through the theories of Thomas Vanadium and the abilities of Bartholomew, Angel and Mary.

Koontz uses Enoch Cain's obsessed journey to find Bartholomew as a background to highl...more
Jeffery
I was disappointed by this one. Koontz's initial idea was brilliant, and I love the quality of his prose. I enjoy the way he writes because it's so vivid and detailed; at his best moments he paints with words. However, at his worse moments he comes up with great ideas but does nothing with them. Ultimately, he does not achieve an interesting narrative with this book. I liked the characters for the most part but the story was just kind of lame to me. I found the villain disgusting but not necessa...more
Gloria Piper
JC could stand for Jesus Christ, and one might get that impression at the novel’s beginning. We think we sense a sweetness in Junior Cain’s character, until it takes an unexpected turn.

Junior Cain isn't a religious man. Instead he bases his life on a particular set of volumes, a particular philosophy. We are treated to his attempts to follow this philosophy throughout his adventures. He is a man on a quest for self perfection while believing that life is for pleasure, ungoverned by the concept o...more
Anne
Loved it! Twists and turns, a fabulous story, great characters. Enoch Cain has you believing he is a good and loving man as the book begins, but then he does something that totally leaves you in shock, and after a while you begin to see what an evil person he is. Evil and extremely dangerous.
I couldn't put this book down. The way Dean Koontz brings all the characters together is very clever. What a writer. This book has everything, but what I particularly like is that there is a moral tone all...more
Ethan
I stuck with this book for 250 pages before I gave up. The writing was beautiful at times, but the characterization absolutely drove me crazy. The sheer goodness of the good guys is nauseating, and Koontz slathers them with such sticky sweetness that I actually ended up hating the characters. The bad guy is the only character I enjoyed reading about, and he's overblown to the point of caricature.

Koontz has a couple of nice passages, but there's no way I'm going to make it through this book witho...more
Karen Rae
This book is full of suspense, drama, joy and amazing courage.The day that Bartholomew Lampion is born is not the kind of day that most couples experience when their first born child comes into the world. It holds much joy for Bartholomew's Mom, but also much sadness as his father is killed in a car accident on the day he was born.The story has many different aspects to it as Barty, as his Mother calls him, is growing up. This book is one that you do not want to put down. I enjoyed it reading it...more
Renee Gwinn
The beginning was shocking and twisted.... which I loved. But then the story got bloated and complicated and at the end died a quick death (fortunately). Why did the author spend all that time (and pages) developing the evil Enoch Cain only to have him evaporate in one sentence!? And in the beginning the reader was subjected to painfully articulate hour by hour, day by day accounts of 3 story lines. Then at the end it was rushed to decades by decades. This was truly a story I couldn't wait to fi...more
Misty
Jan 12, 2011 Misty rated it 3 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Dean Koontz fans
Shelves: owned
Although I enjoyed this book, for the most part, it's got major flaws.

If you're familiar with Dean Koontz, you know that sometimes (well, most of the time), he overdoes it. Describes things in entirely too much detail, takes 5 pages to explain something that could be told in 3 paragraphs, etc. He does not sway from that in this book. In my opinion, it could have been cut by about 200 pages and still told the story just fine.

The story centers around 2 characters, mainly: a boy named Bartholomew,...more
Johnny
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Shawnee Bowlin
Weird, complicated, spooky. Dean Koontz is such an amazing author that it's actually good he didn't create movies from his books. The movie versions are always less enjoyable.
Junior's disgusting idea of love for Naomi was even more creepy because there are twisted people in this world who tend to think along the same lines. That's one of the things about Koontz. His freaky characters come so close to the horror lurking in the world of today. I recommend reading From the Corner of His Eye just t...more
Jen3n
I liked this book. I usually don't much care for the books of Dean Koontz. I find his writing formulaic and a little insulting. You already know who the good and bad people will be: the ugly women and good looking men will be bad and the beautiful women and ugly men will not only be good they will be VERY good and probably end up together. There will also be a strong moral/Christian undertone and the concepts of Good and Evil are black and white.

But this book had large sections of very good writ...more
Sandra
Only Dean Koontz could write a book like this! Full of compelling characters with a strong spiritual them running throughout it has many of the features that you would expect from a Koontz novel, plus a bit more! I don't write reviews that rehash the story so suffice to say that this is a story with a number of lead characters whose lives are or become intertwined and there are numerous threads. The main 'baddie' is completely twisted with a self-worth that would be laughable if he wasn't so utt...more
Robert
It is hard to swallow a character that is incorruptible and perfect. Generous and selfless. A character that gives of herself even though her life is wrought with pain and loss. It is damn near impossible to accept 12 additional characters that are similarly saint like. But what's even more ludicrous is this group of caring people finding each other and then living together in perfect harmony. Even the most righteous person is going to sick of your annoying habits. These characters are so paper...more
David
One technique that an author has at his disposal when writing to get a reader involved early in their book, "The Hook", is Pathos. We feel sympathy for a character because of some tragedy that has befallen them. We want to learn more about this character and how they might champion this terrible ordeal. Pathos is effective. Pathos often sells books.
Pathos sucks when mishandled.
Take one blind boy, no let's not make him just blind: Let us make him have no eyes! Yes this will get people to feel...more
Alex Telander
“Like the cold and fragile ectoplasm of summoned spirits, the gossamer architecture pressed against their faces, and much of it clung tenaciously to their clothes that even in the gloom, they began to look like the risen dead in tattered gravecloth.”

Thus begins the latest novel from bestselling author Dean Koontz, who has brought us such great tales as Fear Nothing, Watchers, Intensity, and Dark Rivers of the Heart. In From the Corner of His Eye Koontz transcends his revered storytelling, reachi...more
Eve
I read the book for just one reason - to read for myself what Dean Koontz's prose is like. If he can sell so many books, there has to be a good reason.

His prose offers nothing new, but his characterization is good - the "good guys" and "bad guy" are excellently drawn. Koontz tells the story from each of their perspectives in a natural, easy way. Although the villain is one sick character, Koontz manages to present him as more or less believable instead of as a caricature or a monster.

One thing...more
Sandra Grauschopf
This was a really gripping and enjoyable book, which surprised me because I've been disappointed by Dean Koontz books in the past. A good portion of the book was told from the perspective of the "bad guy," which was a lot of fun, since he was so delusional. Every so often, you'd get a glimpse of him from outside his own perception, and it was always jarring.

The end was a little weak, which was unfortunate. But I'll forgive it for that, because the rest of it was so much fun. It's great to have a...more
melydia
Nov 14, 2008 melydia rated it 3 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Koontz fans
First and foremost, this was a refreshing change from your Standard Koontz Novel (that is, one long chase scene as the main character desperately tries to figure out what's going on). The story revolves around three groups of people: Agnes, her amazing son Barty, and her two eccentric brothers; Celestina and the charming child Angel; and the psychotic Junior and his pursuer, Detective Vinadium. The connection between all the characters is not clear at first, but everything does get tied up in th...more
Sarah
A long, long book about quantum theory and family. I hate that I love this book. I hate that I've read its 750+ pages cover to cover multiple times. The characters are ridiculously oversimplified, the plot is fairly tedious, there are a ton of big holes in the story, and the ending is so, so anti-climactic. But I do love it. And I have read its 750+ pages cover to cover multiple times. Even though the characters are ridiculously oversimplified, I find them fascinating. Even though the plot is fa...more
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“Not one day in anyone’s life is an uneventful day, no day without profound meaning, no matter how dull and boring it might seem, no matter whether you are a seamstress or a queen, a shoeshine boy, or a movie star, a renowned philosopher or a Down’s-syndrome child. Because in every day of your life, there are opportunities to perform little kindnesses for others, both by conscious acts of will and unconscious example. Each smallest act of kindness—even just words of hope when they are needed, the remembrance of a birthday, a compliment that engenders a smile—reverberates across great distances and spans of time, affecting lives unknown to the one whose generous spirit was the source of this good echo, because kindness is passed on and grows each time it’s passed, until a simple courtesy becomes an act of selfless courage years later and far away. Likewise, each small meanness, each thoughtless expression of hatred, each envious and bitter act, regardless of how petty, can inspire others, and is therefore the seed that ultimately produces evil fruit, poisoning people whom you have never met and never will. All human lives are so profoundly and intricately entwined—those dead, those living, those generations yet to come—that the fate of all is the fate of each, and the hope of humanity rests in every heart and in every pair of hands. Therefore, after every failure, we are obliged to strive again for success, and when faced with the end of one thing, we must build something new and better in the ashes, just as from pain and grief, we must weave hope, for each of us is a thread critical to the strength—to the very survival of the human tapestry. Every hour in every life contains such often-unrecognized potential to affect the world that the great days and thrilling possibilities are combined always in this momentous day.” 420 likes
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