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By the Light of the Moon

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On the road, on a hot Arizona night, Dylan O’Conner is overpowered by a stranger who injects him with an unknown substance. All he’s told is that he’s the “carrier,” not of a disease but of something wondrous that will transform his life in remarkable ways—if it doesn’t kill him in the next twenty-four hours. Now Dylan, his autistic brother, She
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Paperback, 480 pages
Published May 29th 2012 by Bantam (first published 2002)
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Bark's Book Nonsense
Aug 25, 2011 Bark's Book Nonsense rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, horror
4 1/2 stars. Two strangers, Jilly and Dylan, become linked when a mad scientist knocks them out and injects them with a strange serum while mumbling about the fact that they'll either go mad or be very much improved by his "stuff". He warns them that sinister killers will soon be after them if they don't hit the road asap. When Jilly discovers that her car, stolen by "Frankenstein" (as they dub him), has been torched with "Frankenstein" still inside she begins to take the dire warnings seriously ...more
Xena
Mar 11, 2010 Xena rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This was my first Dean Koontz novel and a thorough disappointment, especially bearing in mind how critically acclaimed a writer he is supposed to be.

The plot is wanting and slow - paced. Koontz is spending far too much time on the thorough and often dragging description of his protagonists' visions, thereby neglecting the advancement of his plot.

Logically speaking, I was unable to understand why "nanobot - implants" would enable anyone to gain the ability to physically fold from one place to a
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Maciek
Dean Koontz can be described as the Slim Jim of popular fiction. Each one tastes exactly like your last Slim Jim, so you know precisely what you're getting. They aren't really very good for you and when you think about it you might come to a realization that they're mostly crap..but that doesn't stop you from getting another Slim Jim.

"By The Light of The Moon" was written in 2002 and is a classic Koontz chase novel. The story is bananas; Dylan O'Connor and his autistic brother, Shepherd, check i
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Jason
Nov 07, 2007 Jason rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story starts out great. 3 characters are brought together by chance and circumstance and injected with an evil substance of God knows what by a mad scientist type of man. They have to do research to find out what they've been injected with and also exactly what is at store in their future. They come to learn that each of them has developed some type of supernatural-like abilities which will come in handy later while dodging reckless gunmen. However, later on the story kind of fizzles out be ...more
Dustin Crazy little brown owl
I love reading this book. I've read it four times now and the effect is without exception interesting, frequently astonishing and always positive. It's a beautiful book with a great title - so great that I have the phrase "BY THE LIGHT OF THE MOON" tattooed on my right arm. I enjoy the power of positivity which radiates from this volume of literature. The idea that we create our own reality by our thoughts and the difference for good that individuals can make in the world is elaborated on in thi ...more
Mrs. Shane
IMO, it was just too darn descriptive. I found myself skipping over whole pages of descriptions to get to the actual story (which wasn't too bad in and of itself). It is like the writer doesn't realize we have imaginations and can create most of the stuff he is writing about already in our head as we read the book. I want to try reading something else of his to see if this happens all the time or if it is just in this one.
Dale Campbell
Dec 16, 2007 Dale Campbell rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Kinda boring with a really lame ending.
Eve Nolon
BY THE LIGHT OF THE MOON is the last book Koontz has written that I truly love and look forward to reading every year; it's also read by Stephen Lang, which greatly rates the audiobook over other forms. Regardless of my star-rating and personal enjoyment of the novel, let me warn that this is not a very good book unless you really enjoy the characters, because the characters are about all that Koontz has working well. While this book is average in length for a newer Koontz novel, it could have b ...more
Jonathan
I've been reading Koontz since I was a teenager, and have always liked his benevolence towards his main characters. He writes about very bad things happening to very good people (which is not to say that they're all saints), and this makes you root for them and despise the villains with all your might.

I really couldn't make myself care too much about Jilly, Dylan or Shep, though. The premise of the story was intriguing enough but halfway through I found myself reading on in the hope that the ini
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Allen
May 24, 2012 Allen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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By the Light of the Moon by Dean Koontz is one of my favorite novels by this illustrious Author. It is about the same length as many of his other works, and is written in that oh-so familiar Koontz style. Driven by the dialogue of the characters, the story unfolds exactly as it is revealed to the characters, allowing the reader the chance to evolve with the protagonists as they explore their new world. About that new world-- yes, this is my SPOILER ALERT-- it is our world, with a few tweaks and ...more
Ryan
Jan 20, 2009 Ryan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have been putting off reading (or listening to) this book because it's a rather large-ish book and the cover-blurb gave me the impression the themes of this Koontz novel were a bit more fantastical than I generally prefer. Stupid. Stupid. Stupid. I enjoyed this book from the start all the way to the finish. Part of that is tribute to the reader of the story. A wonderful performance. Of course, the rest lies with Koontz. He's created a number of characters that I feel I'd really like to meet an ...more
Mickey
Mar 06, 2011 Mickey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book has the best opening paragraph I have ever read! Intriguing, mysterious, and fast-paced, it fits the story well. Instantly, you, along with the main characters, are set into a state of confusion. You'll stay there for most of the book, but know that you are in capable hands.

Of all the characters, I loved Shepard the most. However, I was disappointed that we never got into Shepard's mind. Dean Koontz has such a talent for fleshing out marginal and unusual viewpoints (like the dog in Dra
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Clinton Sweet
Apr 18, 2015 Clinton Sweet rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Dreadful. About 50 pages of storyline and 300 pages of waffle. Koontz bases his told to death storyline around replaceable, generic characters and some dribbling maniac who repeats incongruous words like "ice" and "cake" in some feeble attempt to write a bestseller. How this formula still works, I don't know
Tiffany Bryant
Jul 24, 2008 Tiffany Bryant rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another suspenseful novel. Great book! Had me shaking, yet again, the WHOLE way through. What ever happened to this book i wonder? lol
Chris Matney
I have read several other Dean Koontz books, so my assumptions about By the Light of the Moon were somewhat set by those experiences. Overall, I found this book disappointing.

In thinking about it, this books surprisingly failed in three areas the author usually shines.

First, the characters - Dylan, Jilly and Shep lacked the depth that Mr. Koontz usually brings to his work. They had interesting backgrounds - which were magnified and sometimes awkwardly intertwined by their encounter with nanotech
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Tom
May 24, 2012 Tom rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've read so many of Dean Koontz's novels over the years that when I first saw this one in a used book store, I wasn't sure if I had read it previously already, glanced at the first few pages and it didn't seem too familiar so said "oh well, I can always give it to a friend If I already have it." I'm so glad I took the plunge and bought it. The story was compelling, enough so that I hope there will be several sequels a la his "Odd Thomas" series, which I also enjoy a lot. There were lines in the ...more
Billy Maise
Jun 06, 2009 Billy Maise rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First of all, great title. Great cover, for that matter. It almost has this aura of mystery and creepiness when you look at it. That's a good sign that you're about to read some tasty tripped-out Koontz material. Then, you get to the first paragraph, and you find out that this guy named Dylan gets mugged and injected with an unknown substance by some random wacko. But instead of elaborating, there's this whole intro scene in a diner. Koontz decided (wisely, I might add) to feed the reader a succ ...more
Margo Kelly
Aug 06, 2009 Margo Kelly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Totally loved this book. It ranks as one of my favorite Koontz books. He uses these incredible metaphors to describe situations and scenes on one page and then on the next page he says something simple like "he was big time dead" - - it's great. Also, this book was supposed to be spooky - but I was laughing out loud at Koontz's humor and I even had to go and read halarious lines outloud to other people around me.

Plus, it a sign of a great author is when he has you laughing on one page, reading
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Jennifer Jones
Nov 19, 2015 Jennifer Jones rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wasn't expecting this to end the way that it did. I loved everything about this book! The growing relationship between the characters, the creepiness, the betrayals, and the good morals wound into it. Amazing book!
Paula Hebert
May 22, 2011 Paula Hebert rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
reading this book was like visiting old friends. one of personal favorites of koontz writing, we follow the adventures of two brothers, one autistic, and a young woman, after their encounter with a certified mad scientist. sometimes frightening, sometimes hysterically funny, it's a great adventure with witty dialogue and unforseen plot twists. you can read this one without nightmares. I really loved the characters.
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Είχα χρόνια να διαβάσω βιβλίο του συγγραφέα και είχα ξεχάσει πόσο υπέροχος είναι. Και το διαπίστωσα διαβάζοντας το Μοχθηρό φεγγάρι. Είναι ένα βιβλίο με πολύ αγωνία, μυστήριο και έναν αγώνα υπερίσχυσης μεταξύ του καλού και του κακού. Ίσως είναι απο τους λίγους συγγραφείς που μπορεί και συνδυάζει τον τρόμο και την αγωνία με την συγκίνηση. Όποιο βιβλίο του κι αν έχω διαβάσει έχω συγκινηθεί μέχρι δακρύων. Εκεί που νιώθεις την αδρεναλίνη να χτυπάει κόκκινο, εκεί σε αποφορτίζει με κάτι συναισθηματικό. ...more
Jessica
Apr 26, 2009 Jessica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Samuel
Oct 02, 2009 Samuel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This being Dean Koontz...was expecting a horror novel. However, this one only falls into that genre in a slight way. Revealing which genre it really is might give too much away, so I won't.
The story really kept me guessing, often riveted. Everything is revealed slowly and paced well, veering off in one crazy direction after another.
Writing style was excellent, good flow, not too much of the over-explanation of actions or reasons for (a pet peave of mine...you can tell when writers pad to get
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Don
Feb 19, 2008 Don rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, suspense
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Elaine
Mar 24, 2011 Elaine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have never read Dean Koontz before but what an initiation. This was quality writing that left me stunned. This book deserves each of its 5 stars.

For me, a book has to have a certain something in order to cross that border between 4 and 5 stars. 'By the Light of the Moon' many aspects to it that make it 5 star worthy.

I have seldom read a book where the characters are so likeable. Jilly, Dylan and Shep have qualities that set them apart from other characters in other books. I cannot say exactly
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Sjerlive
Trademark Dean Koontz. (Suspense, with a Ford vehicle, set somewhere in California. These markers are ones I have come to love. Perhaps if you tore the cover and made me read it without knowing who wrote it, I would still recognize the author in the end.)

The seemingly endless chase, the rapid heartbeats as byproducts of the suspense, the unexpected twists. But more than that, this book is essentially a stand against evil; its story is one that hopes to persist in the fight with all that is bad.

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Julie Kellner
This book started slow & didn't get going until a third of the way through. In parts Koontz tended to waffle on about nothing but once the action eventually eventuated it was an enjoyable read
Steve
Apr 02, 2015 Steve rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love the wittiness of this book so much! I love the verbal sparring and humor.
It has a bit of language, which I'm not fond of but the rest makes up for it.
A definite must-read.
Mike (the Paladin)
Another book I really enjoyed. Koontz can run hot and cold. Some of his books are really great others are....well, not so great. This one is one of the ones I like a lot. My wife liked Koontz (many of the ones I don't care for she liked).

I avoid giving "synopsises" as in some books that in iteslf is a spoiler. So in this one it opens well, the relationship between the two main characters is well done (there are 3 main characters but I refer to the "romantic interest). The story unfolds well and
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Tamara Eaker
Apr 21, 2016 Tamara Eaker rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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By the Light of the Moon is a transcending suspense novel which goes deep into the physics of multiple dimensions and interpretations of reality. Touching on autism, family, science, nanotechnology, and destiny this book is definitely one of my favorites from Koontz.
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“...what makes humanity beautiful is our free will, our individuality, our endless striving in spite of our imperfection.

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“On an individual level, the human condition changed day by day, even hour by hour, and while you were soaking in self-pity over a misfortune, you might miss an opportunity for a redeeming triumph. And for every act of inhumanity, the species managed to committ a hundred acts of kindness; so if you were the type to brood, you would be more sensible if you dwelt on the remarkable goodwill with which most people treated others even in a society where the cultural elites routinely mocked virtue and celebrated brutality.

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