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77 Shadow Street (77 Shadow Street #1)

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I am the One, the all and the only. I live in the Pendleton as surely as I live everywhere. I am the Pendleton’s history and its destiny. The building is my place of conception, my monument, my killing ground. . . .

The Pendleton stands on the summit of Shadow Hill at the highest point of an old heartland city, a Gilded Age palace built in the late 1800s as a tycoon’s dream
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Hardcover, 451 pages
Published December 27th 2011 by Bantam (first published 2011)
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Maciek
Jul 10, 2012 rated it did not like it
I only got 1/4 through this bad book (I hesitate to call it a novel, as there is nothing novel about it) before I reached this offensive chapter and could read no more. It goes like this:

"Sparkle Sykes, stepping quietly out of her closet and moving cautiously across the bedroom, followed the six-legged crawling thing that might have been a mutant baby born after a worldwide nuclear holocaust as imagined in the waking nightmares of an insect-phobic, fungi-phobic, rat-crazy mescaline junkie."

This
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Allen Kelley
I really tried to like this book, but ended up really not caring for it all. the way it ends makes me believe that Koontz just got tired of writing it and just slapped on an abrupt ending.
Steven Walle
Oct 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
In 77 Shadow Street, Dean Koontz takes us on quite a trip of the supernatural. We start in a hotel which has been leaped in a time warp to some time in the future. In this time there are no humans. They have all been whipped out save one who is a super human and is held responsible for remembering the whole history of the world.
I won't tell you how it ends so I recommend you all read it.
Enjoy and Be Blessed.
Diamond
Jordan Anderson
Sep 06, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Unlike the slow pace and absolutely dreadful prose of this novel, let’s cut right to the quick of it, shall we? I don’t know how it’s possible, but somehow “77 Shadow Street” manages to showcase both the best and worst of Koontz. There are sparks of greatness within these pages reminiscent of “Phantoms” and “Watchers” and then there are the horrendous faux pas of books past such as the ridiculously terrible “Breathless” and “Darkest Evening of the Year”

I’ll get to the bad stuff eventually, but b
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Kendra
Dec 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
Just a quick comment before I even start reading. I'm pretty darn sure I will enjoy this book because it's NOT "old" Dean Koontz. So many readers whine about his writing having changed, but I like the new stuff. It's not predictable, it has odd sort of paranormal/magic/special gifts that make the stories different from most of the authors out there. I don't want my favorite writers to stagnate and write the same damn thing. I'm not the same person I was 20 years ago, why should my authors be the ...more
Juli
Feb 13, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf
I really wanted to like this book. The blurb sounded interesting and creepy. But.....Dean Koontz is hit or miss for me. This one is a miss.

I DNF'd this about 150 pages. Why?

The story moves too slowly. No real suspense or action.
Weird, mostly unseen, mysterious creature sneaking up on people -- Koontz Trope.
Very little character development.

This one is not for me. DNF and taking it back to the library. Sometimes I really enjoy Koontz.....other times.....meh. It did keep me entertained while I
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Christine
Feb 22, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2012-reads
The house is called the Pendleton now and it was built as the dream home of a tycoon in the 1800’s. The original family was plagued with tragedy and ever since there has been a cycle of tragic events … coincidentally every 37 years. In the 1970’s it was remodeled as luxury apartments inhabited by the rich and famous, the rich and not so famous and the downright notorious. The curse of tragedy, however, seems to have stayed on despite the renovations and now ghostly images, disembodied voices and ...more
Jackie
Nov 16, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: horror, thriller
77SS started out good, mysterious and intriguing. I thought it was a haunted house story but it's not. Which is cool too.

However, in the mid-way point, I was tired of the same long winded descriptions of grotesque and nasty things, the same thing over and over. I lost my momentum and found myself putting the book down more easily and not in much of a rush to get back to it.

It wasn't a bad book, just not one of Koontz's best.
Lou
Dec 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
"I am the One, the all and the only. I live in the Pendleton as surely as I live everywhere. I am the Pendelton's history and it's destiny. The building is my place of conception, my monument, my killing ground."

"Not just a great house, not merely a mansion, the Pendleton was more accurately a Beaux Arts palace, built in 1889, at the height of the Gilded Age, sixty thousand square feet under roof, not counting the vast basement or the separate carriage house. A combination of Georgian and Frenc
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Fred
Oct 17, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: horror
This was a NYT number 1 best seller on January 12, 2012.

In Pendleton, Andrew North Pendleton builds 1880s apartments, his family captured & killed. Pendleton hides for years. Later purchased by the Ostock's, their butler kills them in 1935 "to save the world". A resident known as the "Witness" lead to kill other Pendleton residents. The remaining Pendleton occupants transported to the 2040s controlled by a spirit named "One". Mickey Dime kills off these Pendleton's residents but other threat
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Dirk Grobbelaar
Seventy-Seven Shadow Street was the most peaceful address in the city.

Or not.

Phantoms / Midnight era Koontz: that is what this is. At long last. This is the kind of thing that made DK huge back in the day, and it is also the kind of thing he didn’t write nearly enough of (in my humble opinion).

So it isn’t subtle. So what?

Fear is the engine that drives the human animal.

With its grotesque imagery, this is the kind of uber-weird acid-trip horror that did so well in the 80s. Make no mistake: this i
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Samantha Vanbrocklin
I really wanted to love this book, but it really made it hard. I love the style in which the book was written. The movement between characters really added suspense and thrill, and a few times I wanted to jump out of my skin. However, it was drawn out at times and, although the ending was interesting, it didn't start taking shape until 3/4ths the way in. Overall, an interesting read but not up to Koontz's par.
Bob Milne
Apr 25, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf, horror
Damn. There was a time when Dean Koontz stood tall alongside Stephen King and Clive Barker as a cornerstone of my horror collection. Over the years, however, I noticed his stories deliberately shift away from the dark weirdness and explicit horror that was so compelling to me. Eventually, I stopped picking up every new release, and started cherry-picking the ones that sounded interesting. I think it was that distance from the material that allowed me to step back and view his work with a more cr ...more
Laura
Feb 07, 2012 rated it it was ok
Normally, I can whip through a Dean Koontz book at two or three days, tops. But this one plods along. Things don't really pick up until about 200 pages in, but even then it's a slog. Only the last 50 or so pages feel like an actual Dean Koontz book.

One problem is that there is no one to really root for. I felt ambivalent about all the characters (of which there are many, another problem). The only ones really worth of rooting for are Iris and Winny, but that's because they're kids. I also felt t
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Obsidian
I don't even know what to say. I was tempted to DNF but I really wanted something to get crossed off of my second bingo card so struggled through to the end with this one.

I don't know guys, I think that Koontz has flashes of brilliance in his books, but his later stuff is just him preaching via his characters about whatever he currently has a bug about. This one is just about how advances in technology can lead to the world being wiped out via our scientific advances.

I will say the initial part
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Adam Wilson
Dec 28, 2011 rated it it was ok
I suppose that by this point I could qualify as one of Dean Koontz's unique villains since I continue to perform the same action and expect something different. By

"action" I mean reading yet another new Dean Koontz novel and by "different" I mean expecting it to actually be good. Remember the good old days? Remember when Koontz

consistantly put out masterpiece after masterpiece. Everything from roughly 1975 to 2007 was excellent. If you have read much before that time period you will know what
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Dustin Crazy little brown owl
Holy Shit! This is a damn good book! It's been a long time since a story has intrigued me as much as 77 Shadow Street. I have recently become addicted to the TV show called American Horror Story and this story is a nice book to read while waiting for new episodes. 77 Shadow Street is about a haunted luxury apartment, formerly a Gilded Age palace, built in the 1800's. Well technically, the place ain't haunted (view spoiler) ...more
Jamee Zielke
Apr 09, 2012 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: no one
Recommended to Jamee by: Our Book Club
Shelves: book-club
This book is a thriller.

It took me a good two weeks to read.

I was nine pages from the end at about 11:30pm. It's a thriller - I should not even be able to sleep until the end, right? I mean NINE pages!

I feel asleep and had to finish it in the morning. And only did so I can move on to the next book I want to read.

Koontz does a wonderful job with description. He's very thorough and detailed. Which would be great if he didn't repeat all the descriptions with each character. It really destroys the
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Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
77 Shadow Street is one of those books that in the end just didn't live up to my expectations. I listened to the audio version of prequel novella The Moonlit Mind before I tackled this book and found The Moonlit Mind to be great. So, I was really looking forward to this book. However, firstly it is way too long. Towards the end, I noticed that my mind started to drift now and then especially during some of the characters parts. Particularly when the One was speaking. Secondly, too many character ...more
Andrew pinto
Sep 12, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: stoped-mid-way
im already much over half way, and this book makes you wonder...will it get better? it started pretty okay, but its just getting boring now.

okay putting this one down, not even going to finish it, it is very boring that i fall asleep when i think about reading it...i really tried to like this one but i just cant do it
Robin
Sep 29, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Sped read like a demon...so I could be done with it! Koontz has been great at character development in the past. In this book, I didn't really like anyone so didn't really care what happened to them.
Michael Knudsen
Jan 04, 2012 rated it liked it
I'm one of those who waits expectantly each December for Dean's latest. He's a solid writer with a great imagination and I like and agree with many of the ideas circumscribed in his "agenda". Like many reviewers here, I've become less enamoured of his more recent efforts and long for the Dean Koontz of old.

I doubt that he'll be making a comeback to those glory days.

Mr. Koontz is a different writer now, but I'm not quite ready to dismiss him as one of those publishing powerhouses who's gone off
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Space Out With Sci Fi in June The Haunted Reading Room
77 Shadow Street is a startlingly complex novel effortlessly combining Supernatural, Scientific, and Science Fiction genres. I say startlingly, because this novel is a giant step forward, even for the very accomplished and prolific Dean Koontz. The only previous novel of Mr. Koontz’s that I can think of even coming anywhere close to the achievement of 77 Shadow Street is The Taking-also a novel by Mr. Koontz which I have never been able to put out of my mind.

77 Shadow Street focuses on The Pend
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Mike (the Paladin)
Dean Koontz is an extremely prolific writer. He's also a writer who can turn out books the appeal differently to different people. Some of Mr. Koontz's (that sounds so odd, "Koontz's...but hey I didn't make the rules of grammar. [But when I was a kid I loved to visit my "grammar"])... (Okay forget all that). As I was saying some of the author's early work didn't appeal to me much. But my wife loved these books. On the other hand one of his earlier books Watchers, was one I liked a lot (though th ...more
David Brian
Jun 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I consider Dean Koontz a true wordsmith. His powers of description are amazing, and he creates flawless imagery surrounding the worlds and characters he is writing about. He has written some wonderful novels. Unfortunately, he has also written some stinkers.

After struggling with The Darkest Evening of the Year, and then following up with Breathless, I had to seriously consider whether I would ever read Koontz again. His stock characters, plots, and an abundance of dogs (and I love dogs), began t
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Beth
Oct 14, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition


I love most books by Dean Koontz. This one was not a favorite of mine. At times, I had to force myself to keep reading. It was harder to follow the plot, and I kept getting the characters confused. The best part of this book was the novella, The Moonlit Mind, at the end of it. I devoured that in one sitting, and I was hoping for more!! Would love for his new book to be about Crispin, Harley, and Amity!!!
Susanhayeshotmail.com
Apr 10, 2012 rated it it was ok
One point five stars, I almost hated it, very rare for me, mostly because I was so dang disappointed. I have a hankering for a good ghost story and this sounded like it might fit the bill, old house, mysterious deaths and disappearances in the past, weird happenings in the present ... if you're into that type of thing, and once in awhile I am. This, this however was a chore. And absolute plod, a slog through just too many characters, too many wordy descriptions. I must give him credit where cred ...more
Mike
Nov 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
77 Shadow Street
by Dean Koontz

Pendleton Apartments have a dark past, a frightening present, and a horrifying future. The residents that reside there include a cold blooded killer, a woman trying to cope with the tragic deaths of her parents, and a conspiracy theorist who believes the Ruling Elite is slowly poisoning the population. These occupants among others are now living in a building controlled by an evil presence dialogued as "One". The "One" ensures immortal dominion by pivoting history t
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Angie
Jan 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
Let me just tell you, fungus scares me. I do not want it on my pizza. It grows in dark, moist corners and feeds off compost. Yuck! Let's just say fungus plays a big role in this book and each page will keep you in suspense as well as go "yuck". I loved it, really. It reminded me of the first Dean Koontz book I read that got me hooked: "The Taking". Same kind of post-apocalyptic feel with just as much of a human-less, fungus-filled environment. Enjoy! And stay away from the mushrooms!
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“I am the One, and I see all.
But the blind man in Apartment 1-A is blind in many ways, as are all human beings, even those with functioning eyes. They are blind to their folly, to their ignorance, to their history, to the future that they will make for themselves. A future born of self-loathing.”
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“And the funny thing was if you made the best of it, if you smiled through every storm, the bad things were never as terrible as you expected them to be, and the good things were better than anything you could have wished for yourself.” 19 likes
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