The story's climax comes with the group realizing that the futuristic state is a result of the research of one of the Pendleton's occupants, Dr. By the time the book got around to revealing what was really going on at the Pendleton, I was too bored and confused to even pay that much attention. I've been a long time Koontz fan. 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. 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.
Some of the characters are really pretty good in their application. Besides, the Pendleton had just four levels, only three aboveground. Then Breathless came out and I felt a twinge of fear deep in my belly that had nothing to do with the story itself. Towards the end, I noticed that my mind started to drift now and then especially during some of the characters parts. But my wife loved these books. And only did so I can move on to the next book I want to read. You see his book on the shelf, you purchase it, you take it home, and you benefit.
Art strummed deeper chords than mere emotions. Will wait for a review from other listeners. More action, more thrills, more spookiness, less thought provoking diatribes on post humanism. Almost from the beginning, its grandeur has been scarred by episodes of madness, suicide, mass murder, and whispers of things far worse. He trusted nothing but himself, and he needed no one.
Berkrot performs with skill and assurance as strange voices, eerie sights, and inexplicable things take over the posh mansion. I found his pronouncements a bit cheesy and found myself skimming over them. How many times can mold, mildew, fungi be described before the only emotion left is one of repulsion. I live in the Pendleton as surely as I live everywhere. There is no question he is a true artist.
Over the years, however, I noticed his stories deliberately shift away from the dark weirdness and explicit horror that was so compelling to me. Fear is the engine that drives the human animal. The mechanics of 77 Shadow Street are so far out of the box it should change horror writing forever. I will look at the next chapter. The wood floor felt sexy under his bare feet. The original owner's wife and daughter disappeared shortly before he killed himself.
Koontz does a wonderful job with description. I don't want my favorite writers to stagnate and write the same damn thing. Are those other-worldly ghosts or tricks of the mind? But now inexplicable shadows caper across walls, security cameras relay impossible images, phantom voices mutter in strange tongues, not-quite-human figures lurk in the basement, elevators plunge into unknown depths. There was a time when Dean Koontz stood tall alongside Stephen King and Clive Barker as a cornerstone of my horror collection. I was nine pages from the end at about 11:30pm.
Are we dealing with a haunted apartment building here, or something more? I could barely keep Bailey, Kirby, and Silas straight at this point. 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. Good premise for a story but I have been irrevocably disappointed in too many recent Koontz offerings. Like it or dislike it, but don't whine for the past. 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. Here the 35-year-old carpenter works out of a converted barn, crafting exquisite one-of-a-kind furniture.
His pulse throbbed in his temples. I won't tell you how it ends so I recommend you all read it. Manheim's security chief, ex-cop Ethan Truman, is used to looking beneath the surface of things. That pull did arrive about the middle of the book and then all the way until the end. Sometimes this works, but in this case it is like watching a movie with too many fast cuts. Everything from roughly 1975 to 2007 was excellent. This book is thankfully a rare miss in a library of hits.