The collection of stories in the "Soft Come the Dragons" half of this book were interesting. Some were very well written and I was riveted throughout,The collection of stories in the "Soft Come the Dragons" half of this book were interesting. Some were very well written and I was riveted throughout, including the story by the same title. Also, it was easy to see some of the themes and situations as building blocks for other books written by Koontz. One of my favorite stories was "To Behold the Sun" in which a journey is taken to the sun, which is incredibly intriguing, especially with the ending.
"Dark of the Woods", while I liked a lot, I couldn't stop thinking about Avatar for the first twenty pages, even though the similarities in the beginning were odd, Koontz's story eventually took twists and turns which is traditional within Dean's novels....more
Without a doubt in my mind, this was the best of the series, simply with the way the entire series in wrapped up very "efficiently" by Koontz. The fouWithout a doubt in my mind, this was the best of the series, simply with the way the entire series in wrapped up very "efficiently" by Koontz. The four hundred pages zoom by in anticipation of the climactic conclusion. So much could be said about this book, and the characters which are brought to life throughout; Carson and Michael are determined former detectives who always are putting other people's needs in front of their own, since they recognize the humanity in everyone; Nummy and Mr. Lyss are an odd couple being close to exact opposites, but somehow also, they work incredibly well together; Erika and Jocko, Erika appears to have broken the spell and moved on with her life, while Jocko is still Jocko, he is such a funny and uplifting character; Victor is as evil as ever, while Deucalion is the epitome of a fearless and selfless hero fighting for the ultimate good. These are only some of the special characters created within the pages of this novel, while there are many others who are just as memorable and are determined to fight against the unnatural onslaught of created monsters surfacing from Victor's lair.
Dean Koontz started this series years ago, and this was one of the first books I read by the author; this was the series which particularly caught my eye and mind. From there spawned a love of literature, which in truth had always been dwelling under the surface. So, when I started reading I was worried the story wouldn't live up to my ridiculously high expectations. I was proved wrong though by Dean, with the story ending better than I could have ever imagined. At times, unbelievably funny; always with a solid feeling of suspense and horror; and sections of exceptionally emotional content, this novel was firmly solidified as one of my favorites by Dean Koontz....more
Dean Koontz shows his tremendous writing ability throughout this book. The first time I read this book, all I was concerned about was what was happeniDean Koontz shows his tremendous writing ability throughout this book. The first time I read this book, all I was concerned about was what was happening in this apocalyptic story, but reading it this time I was able to concentrate on how incredible the writing is throughout this book. Dean Koontz excels in this genre between thriller and horror with expertise and dramatic plot surprises. This is another one of Koontz' many books which are nearly impossible to put down until you have finished reading.
The story starts with Molly being awaken in the night of the night by a torrential downpour. Dean quickly advances the story as Molly and her husband, Neil, begin to figure out what is happening to their small town named Black Lake. After some strange things happen in their home, they decided that the happenings are probably alien invaders from another world bent on total annihilation. They are sent on a journey through suffering, destruction, and death all over the town. Despite the terrible circumstances, Molly and Neil remain hopeful that they might make it through this experience.
This is a must read to any fan of Koontz. And in my opinion, this was one of his best stand-alone stories of the more recent years....more
This is the second installment of the Moonlight Bay series by Dean Koontz. A town on the central coast of California whose secrets may bring the end oThis is the second installment of the Moonlight Bay series by Dean Koontz. A town on the central coast of California whose secrets may bring the end of the world. This novel is about a man named Christopher Snow who has XP. A condition in which he cannot be exposed to any kind of Ultra-violet light. Meaning throughout his entire life, he only goes out during the night hours and can know the night like someone who lives by day can never understand.
This story starts out with children being taken from their beds and Chris trying to find the children. Over the course of the next twenty-four hours Chris and his friends see things which they never knew possible all while looking for the kids. A book which is really hard to put down once it has begun and doesn't let up on intensity the entire 443 pages....more
This was an interesting book to say the least. There were many unexpected twists the story took which I was not anticipating. Koontz is a master withThis was an interesting book to say the least. There were many unexpected twists the story took which I was not anticipating. Koontz is a master with words and this book is only one more example of his literary genius and mastery with the craft if writing. I know that most people don't see this novel as Koontz's best work, but I don't feel the same way. There is a discernible difference with this book which makes it stand apart from a lot of the others which may be the reasons for some people not liking this one as much. I know the reason this has to stand apart is because of the emotional turmoil of the writer during the writing process. While writing this novel Dean lost his beloved dog Trixie, and many of the paragraphs about dogs and their companionship are extremely emotional and at the same time enthralling. This had to be the reason I liked this book so much, because of his spot on accuracy with the behavior of dogs. Other than dogs, there are many other things in this novel which keep the reader interested the entire time while going on this journey called The Darkest Evening of the Year. ...more
This novel was certainly interesting to say the least. A thrilling book about a woman, Joanna Rand, who had terrible nightmares of a man with a claw hThis novel was certainly interesting to say the least. A thrilling book about a woman, Joanna Rand, who had terrible nightmares of a man with a claw hand. When Alex Hunter arrives in Kyoto, Japan, he instantly recognizes Joanna as a missing girl from twelve years previously. The daughter of a United States senator. The two are set on a path of discovery to find the source of her chilling nightmares. As well as the reason why she was chosen to be implanted in a new life.
The book takes many unexpected twists and turns which leave the reader constantly wanting to know more what is going to happen to the characters. This was a great example of the diversity with which Dean Koontz can write books....more
I found this book to be a very interesting view into the world of psychology. The characters were believable and I liked the three main characters rigI found this book to be a very interesting view into the world of psychology. The characters were believable and I liked the three main characters right away, including the girl who didn't say much. The amazing thing about this novel to me was that the length of the book was incredible for how much time was actually covered within the story. The Door to December was a fantastic story with an interesting theme underlining the story. The five hundred pages flew by much quicker than some of Koontz's other lengthy stories....more
A fantastic story that I will definitely read again eventually. This story seemed to me to be one of Koontz's best stand alone stories in the most recA fantastic story that I will definitely read again eventually. This story seemed to me to be one of Koontz's best stand alone stories in the most recent years. I automatically liked the fact the main character was a writer and was greatly intrigued by all the other characters in the novel. Cubby was funny and imaginative. Penny was a thrill with the explosions background and the peculiar parents. Their son Milo was a brilliant boy with exceptional abilities in every field that he appeared to be interested in. Lassie was a remarkable dog with a terrific sense of humor and was always making herself a part of the conversation. All the characters were in a life and death struggle that never appeared as if it was going to let up. The thrilling story was a fast paced tale which makes the four hundred pages breeze by in a blur. A definite must read for all Dean Koontz fans....more
Darkfall was a great example of how Koontz can write an amazing horror story. This one had some fantastic elements with the voodoo angle that Koontz wDarkfall was a great example of how Koontz can write an amazing horror story. This one had some fantastic elements with the voodoo angle that Koontz was writing. Some of the scenes were so startling and terrifying that I couldn't put down the books until I knew the characters were safe. The thrilling tale was a non-stop paced story that didn't slow till the very last page. This also contained some of the most thrilling chase scenes that I have ever read in a Koontz book....more
Fear Nothing was Dean Koontz at his best. The surprises and thrills of the story made me keep reading, trying to figure out what was happening in theFear Nothing was Dean Koontz at his best. The surprises and thrills of the story made me keep reading, trying to figure out what was happening in the strange town of Moonlight Bay. This book was everything I hoped that it would be, and more with Christopher Snow's brilliant dog Orson. My favorite stories are always the ones where a dog plays a crucial role in the novel. This dog was essential to the plot at every twist and turn in the story, and I liked every page of it. The way Koontz was able to bring this character to life, with his surfing friends, was a master piece in my eyes. I can't wait to read the next one and find out what happens next in the series of Christopher Snow and Moonlight Bay....more
**spoiler alert** Shattered was definitely not Koontz's usual style, which is probably why he published it originally under a pen name. Despite that f**spoiler alert** Shattered was definitely not Koontz's usual style, which is probably why he published it originally under a pen name. Despite that fact, the book was still a thrilling tale that had me quickly reading through the pages, anxious to see how the novel was going to end.
The part of the story I thought was great was the fear that Doyle had been living with his entire life and how he was finally able to face up to that fear in a very hair raising conclusion....more
Lost Souls was an interesting part of the Frankenstein saga by Dean Koontz. Although this was not my favorite book in this series, I still liked the nLost Souls was an interesting part of the Frankenstein saga by Dean Koontz. Although this was not my favorite book in this series, I still liked the novel. I also had feeling that this may be the jumping off book to another trilogy. The New Victor Frankenstein is even more evil and destructive than I could have possibly imagined when I opened the pages to this book. Through half the book I was not even convinced that Dean should have written another book to this already incredible series. But in the last hundred pages, the novel took amazing turns and by the end I was again enthralled with Koontz' Frankenstein World and anxious for the next book....more