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The Taking by Dean Koontz
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Jul 19, 09

bookshelves: fiction, horror
Read in September, 2006

don't snatch it up

The foundation of success in a horror story is a strong, original beginning. The author must grab your attention and earn your suspension of disbelief. Dean Koontz failed to make this upfront investment in The Taking. The story caroms off of a long series of hackneyed horror elements - stormy night, body snatchers, magic mirrors, ghouls, and (Koontz's favorite) Delphic dogs - before settling down with a very modest storyline about a non-denominational rapture.

Koontz can usually be counted on to deliver some pleasant thrills or humor if not the chills of real horror. But The Taking provides no such return.
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