Initially, this book started off on the same pace as the other books and I almost got worried that this one is going to just be the same thing all oveInitially, this book started off on the same pace as the other books and I almost got worried that this one is going to just be the same thing all over again. Even though I raved about the first two books, if he kept on telling the same story just with a slight twist here and there, I would have been very disappointed. Luckily this book is a step up from the previous books (not that they weren't great also) and I was captivated by the new mystery - you'll have to read it to understand what I mean by this. The humor in the book again very well balanced with a 'tense-ish' story line to maintain the balance just well enough that the reading experience is pure joy and the reader simply has to know what happens next. A very good recovery was made from creating the idea that the enemy in this story is just too fanciful to be believed, even for the folks that do believe in ghosts, but everything was brought into perspective at exactly the right time. My disappointment at the end of the book due to a 'loss' and a 'new found' friend did not tickle my fancy though, so looking forward to see how this plays out in the next novel....more
This does not even come close to being in his repertoire of best works, but still worth a read. The story is interesting and the reader anticipates thThis does not even come close to being in his repertoire of best works, but still worth a read. The story is interesting and the reader anticipates the next step the characters are going to take throughout the book. Maybe the fact that I'm a huge dog lover made me slightly bias in my rating of this book; however, I feel that this is still a true Dean Koontz style reading experience and is pulled off very well considering that this clichéd concept done by anyone else would most probably have spoiled the book for me. Because of the story reading well and the characters being very interesting with a hint of dog, I really found the ending disappointing. I understand why Dean had to write this the way he did and build up the background very carefully as to not ruin the story from the get-go, but even with his writing brilliance I found it hard not to have the 'yeah right' demeanor when we approached the end (especially the last scene). Well, everyone has their off day and seeing that I still enjoyed the book, I still gave it a good-ish rating and find myself hoping that the next book won't have the same weak point....more
A really riveting reading experience for believer and critic alike; and maybe even the turning point for the non-believer. The concept is brought homeA really riveting reading experience for believer and critic alike; and maybe even the turning point for the non-believer. The concept is brought home by straight forward writing (no BS) and the work is easy to understand. I was really surprised with John’s writing style, seeing that this was my first experience. I love the fact that he uses humor the way he does and it is also not an exaggerated attempt at it either; the balance he maintains throughout the book keeps it interesting, fun to read and yet very VERY informative. I believe a book should be read for what it is and judgment should be reserved about the writer’s opinion concerning certain subjects or ideas. I am saying this due to some people seemingly having an opinion about his thoughts around spirituality and about a few things he says about religion. I feel that the reader has to experience the book as intended and that should we want a writer to write only the things we want them to write or what we deem to be ‘okay’, then the punch-line of the book is lost and you could have rather wasted your time doing something else. If you are open minded and willing to read about other people’s experience and maybe even to adopt some of the principles imparted by the writer, then go ahead and enjoy this book. If you are narrow minded or generally speaking an arrogant person living in your own little world, then don’t even bother!
Once or twice I felt like I am being treated a little condescendingly while reading, but realized that some readers might not have understood what he was trying to say in those sections if he had not done so; this helped me to quickly dismiss these parts and I still thoroughly made the most of what I was reading. In a sense I identified with some of the concepts he was talking about and realize that maybe this would influence someone’s opinion of the book. With this said, don’t go by only my review to decide if this is a book you would want to read… go and look for different personas who also read these books i.e. the skeptic, the devil’s advocate and the ‘hater’. You can then make up your mind and hopefully would also enjoy this book as much as I did....more
I wouldn't do this one justice by writing a review.
I think the normal stuff I look at when reading a book is not applicable. I walk around every dayI wouldn't do this one justice by writing a review.
I think the normal stuff I look at when reading a book is not applicable. I walk around every day 'minding my own business' whether at work or at home and even when 'playing' and since reading the book, the people around me look more and more like worker drones just stuck in the rat race.
This is a must read - really changes one's perspective of things....more