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The Door to December
3.94
did not like it
Another worthless Dean Koontz novel full of the usual Koontz crimes against writing: awful dialogue, characters with no complexity, and a "surprise" e ...more
Jun 22, 2008
Jun 12, 2008
 
World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War
4.01
it was amazing
I have fretted long and hard about what my choice for book club would be, when that time finally came. I wanted both to pick a piece of literature tha ...more
not set
Apr 06, 2008
 
Midnight
3.81
it was ok
Review contains spoilers. This novel by Dean Koontz sports a lot of Koontz's usual tropes. Among them are: the good-hearted protagonist that has exper ...more
Mar 07, 2011
Jan 14, 2011
 
Watchers
4.16
it was ok
Yet another terrible novel by Dean Koontz. It is evidently fondly remembered because there is a "lovable" dog in the story; also, I suppose, because i ...more
Oct 27, 2008
Oct 18, 2008
 
Twilight Eyes
3.86
it was ok
Twilight Eyes is a better than average Dean Koontz novel, but still not a very good book. I was sort intrigued at the outset--the writing is a little ...more
May 14, 2008
May 05, 2008
 
Shadow Fires
3.77
it was ok
It more or less goes without saying that Koontz books aren't very enjoyable, but this one is actually one of the ones that was relatively fun. It's a ...more
Nov 23, 2008
Nov 19, 2008
 
Darkfall
3.80
did not like it
Darkfall by Dean Koontz. I had no idea what this book was about when I started it, and declined to read the synopsis so I could have the "joy" of nosi ...more
Apr 06, 2008
Apr 02, 2008
 
The Eyes of Darkness
3.85
did not like it
If the kid in this book can crash helicopters and make guns not work with his mind, I submit he could escape from his captors without his mom's help. ...more
Nov 2007
Nov 18, 2007
 
Dragon Tears
3.72
liked it
Welcome to the 1990s.

Dean Koontz welcomes us to that decade probably 20 times throughout this book, which is indeed a very 1990s thing to do. Except i
...more
Sep 06, 2016
Aug 22, 2016
 
Frankenstein
3.76
liked it
I first read Frankenstein when I was an eighth grader, and I can't say I remember it making much of an impression. Now I've read it again in my mid-th ...more
Feb 21, 2016
Dec 13, 2015
 
Strangers
3.99
it was ok
Maybe I'm getting soft in my old age, but I seem to be having a hard time summoning the energy to really hate Dean Koontz novels the way I used to. Th ...more
Jul 26, 2008
Jul 12, 2008
 
House of Leaves
4.13
it was amazing
I was right on the line between four and five stars, but ultimately I think the book deserves five, even if it can't quite fulfill all the promise tha ...more
Jun 27, 2009
Jun 12, 2009
 
Christine
3.73
liked it
Christine has all the strengths of early period Stephen King work, except a plot that is so goofy that it makes it hard to take the book seriously. Li ...more
Feb 18, 2010
Jan 16, 2010
 
Pet Sematary
3.91
liked it
This book is heavy. King deals quit seriously with the topic of death in a way I can respect; he's never been afraid to kill off characters, including ...more
Dec 25, 2008
Dec 20, 2008
 
It
4.19
really liked it
This long and much loved book inspires in me much mixed feelings.

It has sections that are as strong as anything King has ever written. He does his tr
...more
Nov 16, 2016
Oct 10, 2016
 
The Thief of Always
4.18
it was ok
This book combines two things which I have found to each be hit and miss over the years. One is Clive Barker, author of some very interesting ficiton, ...more
Jun 23, 2013
May 07, 2013
 
Beast
3.55
liked it
Peter Benchley, the author of JAWS, returns to his "monsters of the deep" theme and churns out this unchallening, but enjoyable novel about a giant sq ...more
Jul 04, 2008
Jun 27, 2008
 
Different Seasons
4.34
really liked it
An unconventional Stephen King book, this is a collection of four novellas, three of which have been made into some of the more well-received King fil ...more
Jun 2008
May 24, 2008
 
Skeleton Crew
3.93
really liked it
I am about as a big of a Stephen King defender as you'll find, but I do admit that his short story collections are often uneven. This is the third I h ...more
Oct 31, 2015
Aug 14, 2015
 
Hideaway
3.82
it was ok
I will say two things in favor of Dean Koontz: one, books from this period (Hideaway was published in 1992) are better than the books from early in hi ...more
Oct 03, 2015
Jul 26, 2015
 
The Bad Place
3.87
liked it
I've read and reviewed my fair share of Dean Koontz novels, and coming from me, three stars is a tremendous rating for a Koontz book. This is not a gr ...more
Aug 16, 2012
May 13, 2012
 
Black House (The Talisman, #2)
3.99
really liked it
Black House was miles better than I expected. Not long before, I had read the Talisman and come away underwhelmed, and wasn't much looking forward to ...more
Oct 21, 2012
Sep 02, 2012
 
Thinner
3.67
it was ok
It feels like this could have been a great book if a couple more drafts of it were cranked out. The conceit is terrific, but at least two major flaws ...more
Jun 03, 2014
Feb 06, 2014
 
Cold Fire
3.76
it was ok
I've been developing this ridiculous fantasy where I'm quoted in the New Yorker or some other fancypants publication as "the world's foremost Dean Koo ...more
Apr 29, 2014
Dec 30, 2013
 
Lightning
4.06
did not like it
Another typical product from bad novel machine Dean Koontz. This one has to do with time travel and Nazis and a bunch of other crap. I could cut and p ...more
Dec 12, 2009
Dec 01, 2009
 
Phantoms
3.93
liked it
Phantoms is far and away better than most Koontz novels--which is to say that it achieves the level of mediocrity. It's a straight up creature story-- ...more
Feb 04, 2008
Jan 26, 2008
 
Cycle of the Werewolf
3.62
liked it
Cycle of the Werewolf is not a bad book exactly, but it's difficult for me to understand why it exists as a stand-alone product instead of part of a s ...more
Apr 03, 2011
Feb 11, 2011
 
The Servants of Twilight
3.81
liked it
As far as Koontz novels are concerned, The Servants of Twilight is not bad at all. It's about a bunch of religious fanatics that try to kill a kid th ...more
Apr 26, 2008
Apr 19, 2008
 
House of Thunder, The
3.78
did not like it
Another almost unreadable early Koontz novel, originally written under a pseudonym. Out of left field ending does nothing to improve the book, either.
Jan 2008
Jan 02, 2008
 
The Mask
3.75
did not like it
Dreadful. Among the worst books I've read this year, which is saying something.
Oct 2007
Oct 18, 2007
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