Overall it wasn't terrible, but it just wasn't "great" throughout, thus the three stars.
The premise of the book is the idea of alternate realities. FOverall it wasn't terrible, but it just wasn't "great" throughout, thus the three stars.
The premise of the book is the idea of alternate realities. For example, when you make a decision in life, your reality splits in two. One reality is the path you follow with the decision you have made and the other reality follows what would have happened had you made the other decision. Obviously this happens billions of times in a person's lifetime and the ability to enter these alternate realities are what make this book tick.
As always Koontz does a wonderful job developing each character but with over 700 pages of material this book is even more indepth than his norm. You become so engrossed with the Lampion clan that you almost need another 200 pages so you know their future. I know that sounds crazy but it is absolutely true.
Overall, I found the first half of the book rather dry and "same old Koontz". Usually that's not a bad thing and still calls for a fairly entertaining book, but the last 300 pages you really felt the pages go by exceptionally fast. Unfortunately an ending alone does not make a good book and because of that I took a few stars off. ...more
I read this book based soley on my love for Larson's previous book The Devil in the White City. I knew virtually nothing about Guglielmo Marconi and aI read this book based soley on my love for Larson's previous book The Devil in the White City. I knew virtually nothing about Guglielmo Marconi and absolutely nothing about Dr. Crippen, but yet I couldn't wait to sit down and read this book when I received it as a gift this Christmas.
Marconi is an early 20th century inventor who dedicates his life to making wireless communication across the Atlantic a reality. He envisioned a world where communication across all continents will someday be reduced to seconds as opposed to the months it currently took a hand written letter to reach its destination. It is an idea so radical that people across the globe can't grasp how something such as wireless communication could be useful in everyday life. Despite the negative press, and the claims from his colleagues that he stole this technology from fellow inventor Oliver Lodge, Marconi pressed on with this dream. He knows his invention is something huge, he just doesn't know how to convince everyone else.
Enter Dr. Hawley Harvey Crippen. Dr. Crippen is an American homeopathic doctor who relocates to London with his demanding, money hungry and abusive wife Belle. To outsiders they seem to be the perfect couple, but on the inside each is as unhappy as the other. When Belle suddently disappears in early 1910 after a dinner party at their home, friends and the police start to wonder just how happy their marriage really was.
What follows is a series of events that lead to an international police chase and the citizens of the world finally realizing how their lives will never be the same because of Marconi's invention. It is a powerful story and a fantastic read. Larson, yet again, does a wondeful job of taking real life events and weaves them into a narritive so engrossing that you just can't put the book down. ...more
I had given up on Dean Koontz. I hadn't enjoyed many of his newer books as much as I had enjoyed the first few books I read of his, and I thought my dI had given up on Dean Koontz. I hadn't enjoyed many of his newer books as much as I had enjoyed the first few books I read of his, and I thought my days of reading him were over. That all changed when I was picking out books for my honeymoon.
I literally decided to read this book because it was small and I knew it wouldn't take up much space in my backpack. That's it, that's the reason. There were other books I wanted to read instead of this one but they were much bulkier and I wanted to be able to fit three or four different books so I wouldn't run out of material. I'm glad I picked this one.
Life Expectancy tells the story of Jimmy Tock. On the day of Jimmy's birth his grandfather is shot and killed by a diabolical clown who's wife had just died during childbirth in the next bed. Seconds before his last breath, Jimmy's grandfather forsees (and yells out) five terrible days for his newly born grandson. Armed with this information Jimmy and his family prepare for what will be a life of adventure, tragedy, love, loss and the strenght of family.
The book is throughly enjoyable on every level. The dialogue is hilarious and each of the five days is as exciting as the next. It's sad in parts and amazingly uplifting in other parts. If you were like myself and had given up on Koontz, give this one a try if you haven't already. If you've never read Koontz and are willing to give him a try, read this one.
If you've read the first two books I won't bore you with more story set up. I was so pumped to start this book because the first two were so well writIf you've read the first two books I won't bore you with more story set up. I was so pumped to start this book because the first two were so well written and incredibly exciting. Maybe I was asking too much for Koontz to get all three books exactly right. Maybe I had an image in my head as to how the third book would go. I don't know what it was but I am for damn sure this book was not written in the same ilk as the first two.
Yes it was still suspenseful, exciting and had me wondering what was going to happen next, but it felt rushed. Two things that should have become more of the story (THEY WERE EVEN MAIN TAGS ON THE BACK COVER!!!) were barely mentioned. One was the chameleon which I think had all of twenty pages of total coverage. With a book built around strange things killing people how do you drop the ball with one of the coolest concepts for a killing machine? I was amazed.
The other factor that should have been more present was the hurricane (Katrina I'm assuming). Apparently life goes on as normal with a hurricane bearing down on a major city. You're able to drive around just fine and walk around outside with out a problem. Infact, its so easy to do things in a hurricane that the main characters don't even realize that they're in a hurricane. The tag line on the back of the book reads "as a devastating hurricane approaches New Orleans". If you read the book you got the feeling that it was nothing more than a sprinkle.
Asside from all the things I thought were bad about this book it was still a good story. It was still fun to read and was a good close to this series. It was impossible to give it more than three stars just because it does not equal any of the other two books. The first two installments were thought out and complete, this installment never felt that way. It felt like Koontz knew how he wanted it to end and wanted to hurry up and get there already. I would have rather seen an exaggerated third installment and a rambled fourth installment than what felt like a "synopsis" of a third installment....more
Deucalion, O'Connor, Maddison, Helios and all the other "New Racers" are back in this, the second installment, of Dean Koontz's Frankenstein. The bookDeucalion, O'Connor, Maddison, Helios and all the other "New Racers" are back in this, the second installment, of Dean Koontz's Frankenstein. The book picks up right where book one ended and after the usual slow start/recap of the last book I could not put book two down! It took me over three weeks to read the first book and less than a day to read the second. Without reading any more of this review that should tell you to READ THESE BOOKS!!
On with the review...
O'Connor, Maddison and Deucalion have begun their chase of Victor Helios, the evil mastermind behind all the mysterious things that have been happening in New Orleans the past months. They quickly begin to realize that the task at hand might just be impossible.
Meanwhile Victor's creations are becoming more and more difficult to control. Programmed to kill only when their master tells them to, some in the New Race have began to kill uncontrollably. And if that weren't enough, others have started to mutate into unthinkable monstrocities that no longer have "code" to control their actions.
I found this book to be exaclty what the Koontz fans crave. It was suspenseful, dramatic, funny, scary and totally action packed. As usual Koontz is able to take all those variables and make a great story that could stand up against anything in this genre. Here's to hoping book three lives up to these standards!...more
Imagine if Victor Frankenstein had actually survived the last 200 years? Imagine if he had perfected his craft to the point where he could not only clImagine if Victor Frankenstein had actually survived the last 200 years? Imagine if he had perfected his craft to the point where he could not only clone existing humans but create his own "children" in a matter of days?
Set in modern day New Orleans, detectives Carson O'Connor and Michael Maddison are trying to wrap their heads around a series of murders that can only be described as greusome. Corpse after corpse has shown up missing limbs, organs and any clues to help find their killer. It wasn't until a body was found having extra organs, seemingly by design, that they feared something huge was about to happen.
Meanwhile, life seems easy for Victor Helios, scientist and technology mogul who lives in the lap of Southern luxury with an army of servants and a spouse to rival the most astonishing of Stepford wives. Strangely though, his company, Helios Biovision, housed in the crumbling Hands of Mercy Hospital, features bricked windows, security cameras, steel doors, and a staff that never sees the light of day.
Deucalion, Victor's first creation, has been living in darkness and shame for the past 200 years. He left Austria after killing Victor's wife on their wedding day and has not seen his creator since. Deucalion assumes his master is dead, after all it's been 200 years and no human could possibly live that long. That is until a newspaper clipping shown to him reveals what he had feared for so long. His master is still alive and he now must get to New Orleans to finish what he started 200 years ago!
This was a really fun read! I felt Koontz spent a lot of time setting up this book (about 150 pages) which made it tough to get into right away. However, once the action started it never stopped which made it impossible to put down near the end. What I found disturbing is that with all the medical advances that occur, on what seems like a daily basis, you could see this book possibly come to life. Yes it's way, way, way out there, but with cloning sheep a possibility what's to stop a scientist from taking the next step?