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I could see this being a really good adaptation to the big screen. You have had many house stories but Dean Koontz brings to the table a unique charnel house tale of his own.
One day when she was five, Iris picked up a childrens book for the first time- and quickly began reading, having had no instruction, because when she looked at a word on the page, she heard the sound of it in her mind and knew its meaning. When she had never encountered a word before, she searched for its definition in a dictionary and thereafter never forgot it.
Evidently, Iris read a lot. He knew why. Books were another life. If you were shy and didn't know what to say and felt you didn't belong anywhere, books were a way to lead another life, a way to be someone else entirely, to be anyone at all. Winny didn't know what he would do without his books, except probably go berserk and start killing people and making ashtrays out of their skulls even though he didn't smoke and never would.
Watch also Dean Koontz interview here. 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 I don't even know what to say. I will say the initial part of the book the horrific events that occurred at a Gilded Age home over the years was great. When Koontz got into the characters and dialogue it just fell apart. What's wrong with just writing a straight haunted house mystery?
I don't know why Koontz went from that to what this turned into. Now it's about to go through its cycle again.
Now called the Pendleton, it is a home for it seems fairly well off people. I don't know what to say about the characters.
We have a former Marine of course we do who is now an investment banker of some sort. Two elderly rich sisters living together, a former U. Senator, a country music writer and her son, and a woman and her autistic daughter. There is also a retired lawyer, a scientist, and shoot I know I am blanking on at least 4 more people here, but I can't even recall people's names at this point.
I can't even point to a favorite character since we spend so little time with everyone. You maybe get a paragraph or two before Koontz blithely skips to the next character. We also get an info dump via the retired attorney about the history of the Pendleton. I really hate info dumps and this one made no sense to me since who moves into a place where it seems murders keeps happening? If Koontz could have limited himself to a first person POV and just had that character introduce us to the other characters it could have worked.
When I started reading the one kid's point of view I was just over everything. It doesn't help that we get some bad science via characters too when the happenings at the Pendleton start getting explained. Readers quickly find out though that Shadow Street is not what it seems. It appears to also connect to a man calling himself "Witness" and a narrator calling themselves "The One. However, the reveal to me was disappointing. The flow started off okay and than just got increasingly worse.
The writing was atrocious dialogue wise too. I just kept going to myself, who the heck talks like this while I was reading. Everyone sounded like a bad fortune cookie. At one point I thought I was reading an Odd Thomas book since everyone in this book managed to sound like that character at one point or the other. The setting of the Pendleton at first was creepy. But when things got explained I found myself in disbelief about how this all got explained.
It was overly explained and I called BS on what actions one of the characters did. I think it would have caused some paradox consequences, but I really didn't care at that point cause at least I had finished this book.
FYI, I skipped reading the novella included since it was a prequel of "77 Shadow Street" called "The Moonlit Mind" and honestly should have maybe been put up front before you get into the longer book.
Either way, I was glad to be done and refused to read that. This book ended around the 75 percent mark because of my skipping that read. Oct 17, Fred rated it liked it Shelves: This was a NYT number 1 best seller on January 12, Pendleton hides for years.
Later purchased by the Ostock's, their butler kills them in "to save the world". A resident known as the "Witness" lead to kill other Pendleton residents.
The remaining Pendleton occupants transported to the s controlled by a spirit named "One". Mickey Dime kills off these Pendleton's residents but other threats exist?
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 Damn.
It was the Strange Highways collection, more than anything, which finally crushed that eroded cornerstone into dust. There were some stories in it that reminded me so much of his older work, I found myself getting excited again - and then I discovered Twilight of the Dawn. If there is one work above all others than demonstrated how far he'd fallen for me, one story that abandoned all attempts and subtlety and beat you over the head with the message that God is Good, that was the story.
If you haven't read it, it's basically about a man whose atheism is responsible for all the tragedies that befall him and his family, and who is 'saved' by a pair of miracles. I've tried to get back into Koontz a few times since then, with no success. Even when he's not falling back on his favorite tropes of special needs kids and adopted dogs saving the world through their purity and innocence, I can't escape simplicity of his villains.
There's no moral ambiguity, no sympathetic aspect, and no sort of internal conflict. They'd be cartoonish in their stark blackness, if it weren't for the fact that they're so dreadfully heavy-handed. Find a character in a Koontz novel who doesn't believe in God and who engages in illicit kinky sex, and you've got your villain. I mean, he went so far as to take the archetype of the classic, morally ambiguous, sympathetically tormented villain, strip him of all of that color and depth, and instead present Victor Frankenstein as a man who is wholly evil and without moral direction because he doesn't believe in God.
With all that baggage, you're likely wondering why I even gave 77 Shadow Street a chance. Well, the truth is, I wanted to find a Koontz book I could enjoy again, and a classic haunted house tale - with no room for one of those simplistic villains - seemed like a perfect choice.
This actually started off extraordinarily well, raising my hopes for a return to form. It was mysterious and creepy, full of WTF moments, and had an intriguing ghost story at its heart. The Pendleton was a fantastic setting, and its horrific history was perfect background for a contemporary ghost story.
The plummeting elevator? The blood-red water and sinuous shapes in the basement pool? The gigantic bug-like creatures seen only in shadow? Except, of course, that's not what this is. I was disappointed, and came to resent the sci-fi intrusions, but was still willing to see where it went. Unfortunately, the characters bring the story crashing down. For one, there are just too many of them for us to really be able to focus and care about their fates.
The best of them are damaged, and the worst of them are those cartoon evil-doers who deserve their fate. There are no sainted doggies here, but two special needs kids who you just know are going to be pivotal.
What began as a fascinating ghost story with some real narrative flair turned into a soap opera of character studies. We go from room to room in the Pendleton, from character to character, and basically wait for something to happen. I gave up somewhere in the second half when I looked back at the past pages and realized a few characters made it down the stairs.
Seriously, that was the sum total of plot development. All momentum was lost, and I just couldn't compel myself to continue. I hate to say it, but I think I may be done trying to reconnect with my glory years.
There are some authors who grow and evolve alongside you, and others who choose to take their development down a different path. Koontz and I, we're clearly on different paths, and I no longer see a crossroads ahead. Originally reviewed at Beauty in Ruins 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.
Overall, an interesting read but not up to Koontz's par. View 1 comment. Jul 27, Dustin Crazy little brown owl rated it really liked it Shelves: 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. Well technically, the place ain't haunted view spoiler [ it's something more to do with alternate realities of past present and f Holy Shit!
Well technically, the place ain't haunted view spoiler [ it's something more to do with alternate realities of past present and future, hide spoiler ] so it also reminds me of my favorite TV show, FRINGE and this is a good book to read while you're waiting for new episodes of that one too: This is not your typical Koontz story and the descriptions are amazing!
While there is no dog as a main character and no clear man and woman hooking up for a happy ending, there are some characteristic Koontz elements to this story, things that he has done in other books. These include, but are not limited to: The building has four levels.
The other 3 levels feature the Luxury Apartments of various sizes. Luckily Koontz allowed a few of the places to be vacant during this story - As the story takes place in December, some residents are on vacation. I enjoyed the first half of the book much better than the second half. While I still really liked the book and would like to read it again, I did have to downgrade my amazing 5 star rating to a 4 star rating.
My most recent favorite Dean Koontz novel was Ashley Bell, published in For the first time in a long time, Koontz fans went through a calendar year with no new releases from Dean Koontz. View all 18 comments. Feb 07, Laura 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 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 Normally, I can whip through a Dean Koontz book at two or three days, tops.
I also felt there were too many different elements; the plot felt like multiple plots, rather than a main plot and sub-plots. The elements finally came together in the end, but really I couldn't decide if I was reading about time travel, the seeing of ghosts, science beyond my understanding, or what.
Koontz's novels tend to get my heart pumping and leave me longing for the next chapter, but "77 Shadow Street" just doesn't fit the bill. I kept reading because I hate the idea of leaving a book unfinished. It was a relief to reach the end.
I'll keep reading Koontz's work, of course. This book is thankfully a rare miss in a library of hits. I am especially excited that another Odd Thomas novel is due out this summer.
Dec 28, Adam Wilson 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 to was excellent. If you have read much before that time period you will know what 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.
If you have read much before that time period you will know what I mean, but he has the excuse of being young and inexperienced. After however I actually liked Your Heart Belongs to Me but it wasn't fantastic or anything. Then there was Relentless which I gave a free ride because you had to give Koontz credit for trying something new even if it was something new like Metallica's St. Anger was supposed to be new. Then Breathless came out and I felt a twinge of fear deep in my belly that had nothing to do with the story itself.
By this time, the Frankenstein novels were also beginning to decline and feel stretched to ensure that Koontz could put one out a year. Then, What the Night Knows was released and that twinge of fear became outright horror as I tossed another bad rating Koontz's way. I mean, Koontz! He is my second-favorite author and I hated, well, hating, his new stuff.
Now, to finally get to the point here, I no longer feel guilty for giving this stuff poor ratings. I know that isn't fair to say but I really got the feeling that Koontz had lost the ability to make good horror.
This was just ridiculous from about a third in and onward. It was made all the more disappointing because the set up was nicely done and I was rejoycing because I knew that good ole Koontz was back on track. No such luck though, at least not for me. The plot is a bit too ridiculous to get into, the book does that annoying thing where there are too many damn characters and each chapter bounces from one to the next which was one of my major problems with Breathless , the writing felt forced as if Koontz was struggling to impress people with the complexity of his phrases rather then his storytelling, and a lot of the time I just had no clue what in the blue fuck was going on because I continuously lost interest due to the other problems I just mentioned.
The beginning was awesome but is soon forgotten as the weight of annoying characteristics of the novel begin to way upon you. In short, I am disappointed once again but I do respect Koontz for still writing and writing so much after all this time but I wish that he could go out with a bang rather than with these highly anticipated books that are so unlike him.
View all 9 comments. Apr 09, Jamee Zielke rated it it was ok Recommends it for: This book is a thriller. It took me a good two weeks to read.
I was nine pages from the end at about 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.
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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 This book is a thriller. It really destroys the momentum of the story. I don't recommend it. I know Koontz has other reads that are a lot more engaging than this one was. 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 77 Shadow Street is one of those books that in the end just didn't live up to my expectations. Secondly, too many characters, too many uninteresting characters.
And, more were added during the process of the story and I just felt that they were not that memorable so I kept forgetting who was who. On the plus side, the story was interesting, I found that I wanted to know the truth about the building and I found that the conclusion, the truth about the One was refreshingly new and unexpected.
I just wish that I had formed a closer bond with the characters, as it is was I more worried about the cats than any of the people. Also, I kept on expecting the characters from The Moonlit Mind to show up, but that never happens. That disappointed me. Still, there were some cool scenes and I would like to read more books in the series.
A bit too long, but in the end and OK book! Sped read like a demon 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. Jan 04, Michael Knudsen 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. 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 I'm one of those who waits expectantly each December for Dean's latest. 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 the deep end writing what he wants because he can without much regard for his fans.
He's still a consummate entertainer, an important cultural allegorist, and a narrative ringmaster who can hang with the best of them. Yes, the themes and imagery are beginning to fatigue a bit, and black and white are often presented in stark, unrealistic contrast in novels like 77 Shadow Street. My thoughts after pages -- Too many protagonists, yet some so similar that it causes confusion. I could barely keep Bailey, Kirby, and Silas straight at this point.
Are we dealing with a haunted apartment building here, or something more? After pages -- Weirder and weirder, but that's Dean Koontz. Love his ability to imagine the most depraved human and non-human monsters. This is interesting enough to keep reading. I'm surprised at this, but it's still interesting. Some of the good guys are dying, and that's a bit of a switch. This is becoming somewhat of a whodunnit, and I'm starting to care about some of the characters.
Home stretch -- No spoilers, but I liked the last part of the book best. Somehow, it all ends up making sense.
I never was really frightened of any of the scenes themselves even with the lights off , but the wholesale premise is terrifying. If this is supposed to make us paranoid about scientific advancements, mission accomplished. I was excited to see no dogs as characters for once, just a couple of cats that meet a tragic fate. As I approached the last page, I said to myself, "wow, not even a mention of golden retrievers". Alas, that most cherished of breeds is mentioned twice in the final words.
This was just enough to keep me reading, Dean, but I'm not as excited about your new releases anymore! 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 which I have never been able to put out of my mind. This is not a book easily walked away from, and it is not a book that can be forgotten.
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 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 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 Dean Koontz is an extremely prolific writer.
On the other hand one of his earlier books Watchers , was one I liked a lot though the language bugged me a bit.
So, why all that? A few years ago the books of Mr. Koontz "seemingly" took on a particular tone. At least some perceived they had and this was referred to by many of his fans as "the new Koontz".
There was some disagreement on these books but they are for me some of my favorite books. Unfortunately after this period the books changed again. The last few books I've read by this as noted earlier prolific writer have been books that really didn't impress me. I picked this one up as the Koontz group chose it and my daughter read it.
And I hope it signals a change for the better of course that's "better" based on my taste and what I like. As noted Mr. Koontz writes books that appeal differently to different people. This book is a mixed bag. I'll mention some specifics later under a spoiler tag, but you trying to decide whether to read it or not I'll try to give a general outlook on what I think. For a lot of this one I had a "been there done that got the tee shirt" vibe.
If you've read much of DK's work you're going to recognize a lot of character types if not the characters themselves. Many of the participants of this one have appeared elsewhere in his work. The book also struggles to get past what I'd call "the set up". There's a plot laid out and then the story unfolds.
This one runs on too long. The story could have been told in much less space. The feeling of horror vignettes seems to go on and on. I was pretty "unhorrified" after a while. It just dragged out to much. Point of view shifts sometimes take place after only a few lines over and over and while if you were really in a situation like this the horror or terror would be overwhelming in a book it simply manages to wear thin.
Neither do we get to know one or two or three characters well enough to care about them. We do spot some of them and go "oh yeah that's the On the other hand. The rating of this book went back and forth for me between 3 and 4 stars. The idea behind it which has been done elsewhere, but does rest at least lightly on actual possibility is a good one.
Some of the characters are really pretty good in their application. For that one set of scenes alone I almost brought the rating up to 4 stars. Sadly you still have to wade through a lot of verbiage I think most will find unnecessary. The brave ex-military, the hurt and troubled mother, the strangely psychotic murderer.
Some are like the characters who went before others are mixtures of the types. For example the young daughter of Sparkle Sykes is autistic whereas in Light of the Moon it's a young man. There are a couple of "innocent children" saving the world motifs in the cast and so on. The cast here is too large so far as detailed story telling goes.
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We never really settle in on any main characters other than "the cats of characters. Still the scientist who gets a look at what his life's work will ultimately bring about the destruction not only of human life but all life simply clings to the idea he still knows what's best for everyone. That an elite can and must decide what's best for all the world. I loved it myself. I've seen it before but this book's scene does it so well. It has some problems, for example the size of the cast but their not fatal ones.
In the end or all in all I like the book Clear as mud? The novel is, as I said a mixed bag. BUT I liked the plot itself and hope we're seeing here a shift in the writer's output. Jun 26, David Brian 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 I consider Dean Koontz a true wordsmith. His stock characters, plots, and an abundance of dogs and I love dogs , began to sorely test my interest in his writing.
So, having said all of this, why did I decide to pick up 77 Shadow Street? Von Nordquist, with the intention of dramatically reducing the human population, which Ignis and Nordquist saw as a serious problem for the world. Ignis is somewhat horrified by the potential future, but swears that if the future dystopia is one possibility, so would a more positive future. Because of his potential destiny to create the world that everyone had traveled to, Ignis is later killed by one of the other residents after they are returned to the present time.
The book ends with Mickey Dime in a mental institution for his crimes and with the other scientist, Nordquist, dying from his car "accidentally" driving off a cliff. Critical reception for 77 Shadow Street was mixed. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Retrieved 4 September Independent Online. Retrieved 3 May Publishers Weekly. AudioFile Magazine. Bloody Disgusting. Daily Express. SFX Magazine. RT Book Reviews.
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