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20. Fear Nothing

1. On Writing : A Memoir Of The Craft
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Catlog: Book (2000-10-01)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
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Average Customer Review: 4.61 out of 5 stars
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Read by the Author

"If you don't have the time to read, you don't have the time or the tools to write."


On Writing begins with a mesmerizing account of King's childhood and his early focus on writing to tell a story. A series of vivid memories from adolescence, college, and the struggling years that led up to his first novel, Carrie, offer a fresh and often funny perspective on the formation of a writer.

King then turns to the tools of his trade, examining crucial aspects of the wriiter's art and life, offering practical and inspiring advice on everything from plot and character development to work habits and rejection.

King was in the middle of writing this book when he was nearly killed in a widely reported accident. On Writing culminates with a profoundly moving account of how his need to write spurred him toward recovery, and brought him back to his life. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Ideas behind the words
"The story is the most important part of the story" could accurately sum up Stephen Kings book on writing.

The first half of the book is autobiographical. Stephen takes us through his childhood, discussing key events in his development as a person and a writer. This sets the context for the experiences he later writes about.

The second half is the "On Writing" part, where he gives advice to aspiring fiction writers. He covers technical aspects (be concise) as well as tips on the creative process (don't sweat the plot, create situations and be true to what the characters would do in them). He describes the process of writing as "finding a fossil" - the fossil of the story is out there, use the most subtle tools out there to share the fossil.

At the end, Steve covers his current status and recovery from a near death experience at the hands of an errant van driver. Perhaps this is the most touching part of the story.

This book does capture some very useful nuggets of information, and will be especially useful to avid king readers. In that sense, it isn't just a trade book for writers. Enjoy!

5-0 out of 5 stars Inspiring and practical book for writers
I read this book - my first by Stephen King - after noticing a lot of favorable reviews, and I really liked it. This book has been highly recommended in many different forums for young, aspiring writers, and I can see the reason why.

While the first half of the book is autobiographical, dealing with events that made Stephen King the type of writer he is; the second half deals almost exclusively with King's insights and suggestions on the craft of writing - from vocabulary, grammar, editing, etc., to the nuances of dialogue, description, and narration. Unlike many books dealing with the art of writing, this book has a friendlier, almost intimate approach, and King uses numerous examples from his own work and that of other writers to illustrate his points. Two of the best pieces of advice in this book are: "Write with your door closed, re-write with your door open", and "If you don't have the time to read, you don't have the time or the tools to write".

This is a very inspiring and motivating book for anyone interested in writing. King himself never stopped writing, no matter what the circumstances - the abject poverty of the early part of his life, or the excruciating pain as a result of the life threatening accident - and that is the biggest lesson in this book for writers.

5-0 out of 5 stars Like a school book, but way more fun!
Stephen King's On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft, is probably the best advice book you're goin to get.
It has three parts:
(1)An account on his younger life, and why he thinks he came to be the type of writer she is today.
(2)The second part is an absolutely fantastic account on writing. He runs you through Plot Development, Character development, different types of plot eg: Story/Situation, advice on Literary Agents, submitting short-stories to magazines etc etc etc...
(3)And the last 60 pages or so is an account on the horrifying accident he had in 1999 in Maine. He walks through it in detail.

As an aspiring writer myself, I found this book classic. When I think back to before, when I didnt read it - and was writing myself - If found that I really needed it.

So, for anyone who wants to know the low-down on becoming a successful writer, buy the book; for anyone who is a fan this is a must, you will read exciteing stories about his childhood and later life, and read the explicit chapter on his horrible accident.
King, at his best. :-)(-:

5-0 out of 5 stars Book Review: Stephen King ¿ On Writing
Book Review: Stephen King - On Writing

I enjoyed the first half of the book for the humorous lighthearted approaches Steve takes to his life. One inspiring moment would not leave my mind. I wish that I had one in my own life as significant. As a young boy Steve copied the works of his favorite comic and showed the result to his mother. "Write one of your own, Stevie," she said. WOW! Obviously the seed of a writer was already planted but what fertilizer was that moment in Stephen King's life. Permission to write came at a very significant age. So many writers struggle to give themselves permission to write. A comment like this reminds me how influential a parent is to their child. Imagine what may have become of Steve had his mother been a different woman.

Other enjoyable moments involved poison ivy, a rather naughty school distribution and Steve's bleak telling of his drug and alcohol abuse. With the latter I sat wondering at Stephen's courage. Not just to relate these facts openly and honestly to his readers, but also to step beyond his dependency and hope, perhaps pray, that his writing did not come from the altered state. Some of his readers would see Steve in a darker light when realizing he is a former addict. I know that my image of Stephen changed. I saw in him honor, courage and a great strength to overcome. I admire him for stepping through the fear I can only imagine he must have felt and coming past it into real living. May we all learn from his experience.

When I reached the middle of Stephen King's "On Writing: A Memoir", I could not help but notice the very distinct change of voice between the first section and the second. I wondered how the light hearted man, who wrote about living life even through some very hard moments, could possibly be the same man who wrote in stilted lament. I read feeling rather resentful of the attitude I felt coming from the pages. I wondered how he dared imply that the way he did things was the only way to do them. I was particularly flummoxed at the parts where Steve speaks of plot and how no writer should ever use plot, story is the key element. I agree, story is key, but my current novel is laid out perfectly on a large board with every little plot nuance decided. Of course since I am suffering a serious writer's block with that novel perhaps Steve has merit when he speaks of plotting and the damage it can do to story.

Beyond that single disagreement I found Steve spoke to the readers of "On Writing" with integral truth. He spoke fact, but somehow in the second half of the book there seemed a lot less joy. It is only when I reached the postscript I realized why the two halves of one book seemed so different. You may notice the significance of change yourself when you read this book and you will find as I did that there is an rather extreme reasoning for it. Right where the voice changed is the eighteen months where Steve had been recuperating after being hit by a Dodge van. This life-changing event very obviously changed his sense of self and ultimately his voice, his writing.

The second half of the book involves a lot of helpful advice, but personally I felt that a writer would find the first half much more inspiring. The second half answers questions you might have, but the answers are only helpful if you write in the same way Steve writes. Every writer does things their own way and while you can take his words and mince them in your own mind and heart into something of your own, if you attempt to copy his routine exactly you will loose your self. He admits this also and I thank him for once again being so honest. The second half of the book offers a great deal to aspiring writers but I feel the first half offered twice that again.

Overall this book is a wonderful read for all writers and entertaining for non-writers. I freely admit that I have never read another of Stephen King's books but having read this one I am itching to read some of his fiction. He has a fluid hand that is a delight to read. I did find the profanity scattered across the book grating, but he has a section where he speaks of that also. It says a lot about who Stephen is and how he was raised. The entire book opens him up for readers to really know him, and that is a true connection of minds that shouts the truth he shares of writer's telepathy.

Despite all he has suffered in life Stephen comes out a stronger man. In "On Writing" he offers aspiring writers a wealth of advice the most significant being, "Read a lot, Write a lot." You can only learn your subject by immersing yourself in it and as with all artistic desire to reach perfection the Carnegie hall anecdote comes to mine, "Practice, practice, practice". Thank you, Stephen King, for sharing yourself with me. I am a better person and hopefully a better writer because of your candor.

Rebecca Laffar-Smith

5-0 out of 5 stars Helpful and Entertaining
I read this book while in the middle of editing a book for publication. It reminded me of many things I had either forgotten (from my days of working with the Chicago Manual of Style or The Elements of Style) and suddenly, my red pen used A LOT more ink.

A highly entertaining read, I recommend for all serious writers. Take a few tips from a true master of the craft.

From the author of I'm Living Your Dream Life and The Things I Wish I'd Said, McKenna Publishing Group ... Read more


2. Wicked : Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, The
by Gregory Maguire
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Catlog: Book (2003-08-01)
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When Dorothy triumphed over the Wicked Witch of the West in L. Frank Baum's classic tale, we heard only her side of the story. But what about her arch-nemesis, the mysterious Witch? Where did she come from? How did she become so wicked? And what is the true nature of evil?

Gregory Maguire creates a fantasy world so rich and vivid that we will never look at Oz the same way again. Wicked is about a land where animals talk and strive to be treated like first-class citizens, Munchkinlanders seek the comfort of middle-class stability, and the Tin Man becomes a victim of domestic violence. And then there is the little green-skinned girl named Elphaba, who will grow up to become the infamous Wicked Witch of the West, a smart, prickly, and misunderstood creature who challenges all our preconceived notions about the nature of good and evil.

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4-0 out of 5 stars Somewhere Over the Rainbow. . . .
I had alreay read Maguire's CONFESSIONS OF AN UGLY STEPSISTER when I read WICKED (very contrary to my otherwise anal, everything-must-go-in-order personality), and I was greatly looking forward to it. Maguire again takes a relatively familiar storyline and turns it on its ear--and the readers along with it! We oftentimes think we know who and what is evil and sometimes even why. Maguire tampers with the "why" moreso than the who/what, really challenging the idea of the stereotypes and preconceived notions we all have. The "Wicked Witch of the West" from THE WIZARD OF OZ seems hardly the same girl, Elphaba, that we encounter in Maguire's book. In fact, she is the same, but our preconceived notions have clouded Maguire's "reality." I found the whole geographic aspects fascinating. How can she be the WW of the West, when she is really from the East? How can Glinda be the Good Witch of the North, when she is really from the East, too? Why does the Witch want those foolish shoes anyway? Why has Glinda given them to Dorothy? Where is Dorothy? Maguire doesn't even bring her into the story until it is very nearly over. Dorothy is more of an afterthought than the pivotal role she plays in the movie, and Maguire doesn't paint her kindly. . . . Maguire has invented a whole new world with his Oz, complete with detailed map, political strife and corruption, family histories, and fantastic elements. I can't wait to see THE WIZARD OF OZ now and watch it from Maguire's alternative perspective. It must be even better than Pink Floyd's DARK SIDE OF THE MOON experiment!

The only times he lost me at all were when he stayed in that fantasy realm too long. I struggled momentarily with the lack of human beings and "reality" (whatever that is), unlike UGLY STEPSISTER, which has real people and real places throughout. That is hardly his fault, but that's why I gave UGLY STEPSISTER five stars and WICKED only four. Maguire is Tolkein meets C. S. Lewis meets L'Engle meets Jakob Grimm meets Ray Bradbury. . . . I don't know if he can continue this torrid pace of writing specatacularly creative, inventive, challenging, unique, and heady books, but I can't wait to find out!! (New one's out!!)

5-0 out of 5 stars A Wicked Treat...
This novel presents a disturbing and provocative view of Oz from the Wicked Witch of the West's perspective. Finally deemed worthy of a name, readers follow the life of Elphaba as she grows from a neglected infant to a much misunderstood woman murdered by a cold mercenary from Kansas. Author Gregory Maguire paints a bleak, cynical picture of Oz filled with secret police, racism, oppression, sadism and more. This isn't the fairy tale from your childhood...

Overall the book is thought-provoking and extremely rich in language and imagery. It's a treat to read. The exploration of morality is compelling and the conflict between good versus evil is reduced almost to a debate between semantics. In some ways it's possible to compare Wicked to Lolita in the way the evil of the central character is humanized.

Not so much bound together by a story, the book explores a darker side of Oz by outlining its history. Expect the book to offer a wealth of ideas and images rather than a page-turning plot. In many ways, the novel is poetic in nature.

I enjoyed it thoroughly and recommend it. Oz is less enjoyable now that I am an adult and the debate Maguire raises in Wicked is more compelling, in some ways, than the black-and-white morally clear world Baum painted for my childhood.

4-0 out of 5 stars Wicked?
The title of this wonderful book should probably include a question mark--Wicked? Because that's the question we're meant to ask ourselves as we read this chronicle of the life of the Wicked Witch of the West. Was she really wicked? Or did we just catch her at her worst, last moment in The Wizard of Oz?

Beyond being compulsively readable, filled with moments of recognition as the Witch moves steadily toward an end we've already seen on film, this book tackles serious issues on many levels. The Witch's father is a preacher, fighting to protect "unionism" from the new "pleasure faith" while also balancing it with the pagan tendencies and folklore of Oz culture. The presence of talking animals in Oz-remember the Cowardly Lion?-gives Maguire the makings of a civil rights struggle dedicated to fair treatment of these high-functioning beasts, as well as raising questions about the proper dividing line between man and animals and whether either has a soul. Maguire's Oz is filled with political intrigue and romantic tensions, re-imagining the Yellow Brick Road as a tool in the Wizard's assault on the freedoms of Munchkinland and the Good Witch of the North as a spoiled noblewoman, wooed by many, who started out as the Wicked Witch's college roommate. The magical shoes, the flying monkeys, and even the Witch's green skin all have fascinating explanations.

It is a measure of the book's success that I want to watch the movie again with all this back story in mind. Maguire has used one classic to create another, and in doing so, he has amplified both.

5-0 out of 5 stars A welcome bridge between the fanciful and the poignant
You know, I wanted to hate this book. I had seen self proclaimed literary buffs reading it, and really the concept (The Wizard of Oz from the Wicked Witch's standpoint) seemed really pretentious. Nothing aside from being delayed at the Houston airport with nothing else in the bookstore to buy could have prompted me to read this book. That being said, I read it before I got back to the Houston airport on my return flight.

From reading the back of the book, you would think that within lie the answers to all sorts of nasty little questions pertaining to the nature of evil and the tole society has in forming the individual. It does not. What it does is give you an excuse to become personally aware of your own prejudices through Elphie, the Wicked Witch. At times you will hate her, and at times you will sympathize with her, and all the while the reader gets to see the rest of Oz keep on trucking; I'd be willing to bet the reason McGuire made so much happen around Elphie is to make it difficult to focus specifcally on her. Read the book, you'll see what I mean.

The bottom line: This book is terrificl. If you are afraid to like a character who does things you think you shouldn't, don't buy it. If you like admitting to yourself that you have characteristics you won' fess up to in public, buy this book. It is amazing. It is also amazingly easy to read. Seriously, buy it now. Stop reading reviews and buy it.

5-0 out of 5 stars one of the best
Despite the topic the novel discusses, this is not a book for children, or even teenagers. This is a book for adults, plain and simple. I enjoyed every word, concept and literary device found in this book. I found it to be clever and moving. Yes, the book can be raunchy, but if we look beyond that we see evidence of the Witch being greatly impacted by the actions of her parents and peers. Her mother detested her, her father used her as an example; it is no wonder that she grew up bitter and angry. But, despite this bitterness, she strives to help others who are in the same situation she is in- being judged based upon appearence and not heart and mind, and soul. The Witch was misunderstood; she wanted to be loved and to love, she wanted to be what her parents had hoped she would be before her birth. It is a great story about the struggles of those who do not fit in, and who are trying to make themselves into something useful. The Witch's major fault was not her green skin, it was her obsessive need to be good enough for her parents, and not quite making it. I loved this book, I have been recommending it to all my friends. ... Read more


3. Thinner [UNABRIDGED]
by Stephen King, Joe Mantegna
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Catlog: Book (1996-10-01)
Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks
Sales Rank: 1156463
Average Customer Review: 3.48 out of 5 stars
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Six weeks after an old gypsy man curses Billy Halleck for sideswiping his daughter, he's ninety-three pounds lighter. Now Billy is terrified-and desperate enough for one last gamble that will lead him to a nightmare showdown with the forces of evil that are melting his flesh away. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars An A+ book...until the very end
I bought 'Thinner' back when I discovered that Richard Bachman was actually Stephen King under a pen name, and was pleasantly surprised at how entertaining this novel was from the very beginning. What a stunning premise! After an unfortunate accident killing a Gypsy, our handsome lead character has his cheek brushed lightly by another who whispers one word, 'Thinner'. After this incident, he begins to lose weight...a LOT of weight -- and all without trying. Now is this the new miracle diet the world has been looking for? I doubt it. He eats and eats and continues to drop the pounds as though he were experiencing overnight liposuction without his knowledge.

As he goes from overweight to supermodel-thin in a short period of time, his fears multiply on a daily basis that he will die from this curse inflicted upon him and ultimately decides to seek help from Gypsys. This is (for me anyway) where the storyline went from a cool supernatural thriller to a hokey curse-driven

tale. Don't get me wrong, I don't think I could have come up with a more believable ending, but for some reason, it just didn't add up. I can't exactly put my finger on what exactly it was that I feel short-changed me in the storyline, but suffice it to say that despite my feelings, this really is a first rate novel of suspense and is told well. Stephen King deserves his status as the greatest horror novelist of all-time, and while this may not be his greatest tale, it certainly was better than a lot of his other books that were hailed as great works of fiction. Judge for yourself, I think you'll like it anyway.

4-0 out of 5 stars A good book that will keep you reading
So many people in today's world want to lose weight and do, but what happens when you are losing too much weight at a deadly rate? It all started when Layer, Billy Halleck, the main character hits an old gypsy woman with his car and kills her. Shortly after this accident, Billy and his wife, Heidi, see an old gypsy man. This man brushes Billy's face and whispers the word "Thinner." From this point on Billy loses more and more weight that starts to scare him to death. He just might die if he doesn't find the cure in time. Will he survive? This book is pretty good over all and I would give it four stars. Stephen King has written some good books including Roadwork, Carrie, The Shinning, and The Green Mile. I would say that Thinner was one of his better books. The book is a little slow in parts but it interesting most of the time. I would recommend it to all readers, because I though the ending was really surprising. Enjoy!

4-0 out of 5 stars Mental as opposed to macabre thriller...
The thing that has always impressed me about Stephen King has been his flourid imagination...how does he think of things like a rabid dog holding a family hostage (Cujo) or a haunted car (Christine)? With "Thinner", the demented King imagination is again at full throttle as he conjurs up a story of what it would be like if an overweight man were cursed with losing weight at an alarming rate...can he find the answer to reverse it or will he waste away? This is the essence of this work...not classicly written, but still a page turner because the story is so well conceived.

As with all Stephen King books, this story flows along at a rapid pace as we find Billy Halleck, a mundane Connecticut lawyer losing an abundance of weight after his trial for hitting and killing a gypsy woman is over. The only reasoning for this weight loss that Halleck can determine is the actions of the gypsy lady's father who rubbed Halleck's face and whispered the word "thinner" in his ear at the end of the trial as he moved on. When the weight loss becomes alarming, Billy decides that the curse is true and decides to confront the gypsy and get him to remove the curse...the resultant chase and ending becomes more a mind game as opposed to a physically morbid tale. The ending is surprising and "classic" Stephen King...as in most of King's work, the least suspected outcome is the one that ensues and leaves the reader a little amazed.

An easy read that goes fairly quickly, this is a perfect summer light read that most fans of psychological thrillers should enjoy.

2-0 out of 5 stars "THINNER" isn't always better
Stephen King, writing as Richard Bachman, may have released this novel under a pseudonym for good reason. While King's work is never terrible, THINNER certainly isn't his best. Nonetheless, it is worth a read - but only for a true King fan. I don't think I'm a loyal King fan yet, but with works like THE STAND and PET SEMATARY, I think I am well on my way.

THINNER is about an overweight lawyer named William Halleck. Despite the fact his doctor has warned him he's nearing heart attack territory, other aspects of life are better. He's got a good job and earns a living that is more than adaquete. He has a wonderful wife and despite the fact he's a big guy, the two of them have an active sex life. Billy also has a 14 year-old daughter named Linda with whom he is quite close. Besides the weight issue, life is just peachy for Billy Halleck.

Until the gypsy's curse. He accidentally hits and kills the 75 year-old gypsy daughter and her family, including her 106 year-old father, yearn for revenge. So now, Billy is losing weight at a drastically alarming rate of about 9 or more pounds a week. He's being erased off the face of the earth, pound by pound. If he enlists the help of friend and Three Brothers restaurant owner Ginelli, will the livid, vengeance-seeking gyspsies surrender and remove their curse? Or will Billy eventually waste away to nothing but skin and bones?

Eh. I read on and found out. But if I hadn't, the suspense wouldn't have killed me, if you get the gist of what I'm saying.

"THINNER" is not as remarkable as other reads by King - and not nearly as memorable. Usually, his novels boast well-developed characters and an exhilarating plot filled with twists and turns. With the exception of the ending, I found this book to be more predictable than his others.

Whatever. You can't expect the man to churn out continuous hit after hit, can you?

5-0 out of 5 stars Thinner Than Most King Books, But One of The Best
Originally written as pen name Richard Bachman this is one of King's best books. It is not in the masterpiece league of Christine or It, but is not far off either. Billy Halleck is an obese family man, who is forced to undertake the ultimate weight loss program by an old gypsy avenging his daughter's death caused while Billy was enjoying the hand of his wife instead of concentrating on driving. Thinner was the curse he prophesised, touching him as he walked out of court after not being convicted of the old lady's death. Every day from then he has been losing weight. Although he has quite a bit to lose, if he doesn't stop the weight loss he will eventually die. The only way is to find the old gypsy and get him to lift the curse, but the gypsies have moved on and don't want to reverse it without a good reason.

This is definitely a can't put down thriller. Although you don't have a great liking for Halleck, you are gripped to know if he can stop his ultimate weight loss program before his demise. His psychological terror is also a highlight. One of King's best, definitely buy it. ... Read more


4. The Dark Tower VII : The Dark Tower (King, Stephen)
by Stephen King
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Catlog: Book (2004-09-21)
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All good things must come to an end, Constant Listener, and not even Stephen King can write a story that goes on forever. The tale of Roland Deschain's relentless quest for the Dark Tower has, the author fears, sorely tried the patience of those who have followed it from its earliest chapters. But attend to it a while longer, if it pleases you, for this volume is the last, and often the last things are best.

Roland's ka-tet remains intact, though scattered over wheres and whens. Susannah-Mia has been carried from the Dixie Pig (in the summer of 1999) to a birthing room -- really a chamber of horrors -- in Thunderclap's Fedic Station; Jake and Father Callahan, with Oy between them, have entered the restaurant on Lex and 61st with weapons drawn, little knowing how numerous and noxious are their foes. Roland and Eddie are with John Cullum in Maine, in 1977, looking for the site on Turtleback Lane where "walk-ins" have been often seen. They want desperately to get back to the others, to Susannah especially, and yet they have come to realize that the world they need to escape is the only one that matters.

Thus the audiobook opens, like a door to the uttermost reaches of Stephen King's imagination. You've come this far. Come a little farther. Come all the way. The sound you hear may be the slamming of the door behind you. Welcome to The Dark Tower. ... Read more


5. Rose Madder
by Stephen King
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Asin: 0140861580
Catlog: Book (1995-07-01)
Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks
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Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars
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This is the story of Rose Daniels.Escaping from her macabre marriage is not as easy as fleeing to a new city, picking a new name, finding a new job, and lucking out with a new man. Not with a husband like Norman... ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Why did I wait so long?
When this book first came out. I looked at it because I had read over 18 of king's book. I read the back and said who want to read a book about a husband that beats his wife. I only looked for king's book with monster,vampire,aliens, or something evil. boy was I wrong about Rose madder. Froom the first page king take you into the lives of Rose and norman. Rose who can take no more pain see a drop of blood on her side of the bed after another beating from norman leaves never to return.Norman a cop who can never let his wife go. He want to find her so that he can talk to her up close. Rose with a new life and hopes finds a picture she most have in her new home away and free of her husband,and she also find true love. Norman using his skills as a cop to hunt Rose. The horror start. Norman want to hurt Rose he wants her dead. The picture that rose has hold the answer to her horror. It is the only hope she has. It is more than just a picture. This is just a little bit about the book. You must read. Don't let this go by.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Compelling Story - and very well read
One of my all time favorite stories. In typical King fashion, we get deep into the hearts and minds of the characters. We can totally empathize with Rose, the terror she feels towards her brutal husband, her paralyzing fear as she goes out into the world all alone. We cheer for her as she begins her new life, finds friends, finds herself, and maybe even love.

This was the first audio book I ever purchased, and I have to admit, it's been hard to find ones that measure up to this. The story is written from two perspectives - the villain, Norman, and his wife, Rosie, who finally leaves him after years of violent abuse. At first I thought it was odd that there were "Rose chapters" and "Norman chapters", but as the story progressed, I found that it really enhanced the story. As Norman goes 'trolling' for Rose, their stories begin to overlap. As he closes is on her, the chapters seems to close in on each other as well - it really adds to the tension. It's actually quite brilliant.

The story is read by Stephen King (who reads the Norman chapters) and Blair Underwood (who reads the Rosie chapters). Although I am not usually a big fan of Stephen King's audio reading (I find his voice kind of annoying), in this case it suits the story. And Blair Underwood is absolutely amazing. Since hearing her read this book, I've purchased other works she's read, just for her reading.

This is definitely an audio book worth getting!

5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome
I thought this book was great-all i have to say is the husban got what he deserved what he got

4-0 out of 5 stars A Rose Madder by any other author would warrant 5 stars
After a very strong start, Rose Madder turns out to be one of Stephen King's weaker novels, with uninspired characters and an ending which is somewhat drawn out and predictable. (A weak novel from Stephen King beats many other authors best works, however I hold King to higher standards.)

The conflict between a battered wife and her sociopath husband seems somewhat Dean Koontzish or movieish to me and the characters lack the complexity of a Carrie, Jack Torrance or even the Trashcan Man. The first half of the story contains all its best parts (And the drama and emotion in those chapters are exceptional!) after that it seems unnecessarily long. Delores Claiborne and Gerald's Game share similar themes with Rose Madder, but contain better stories.

King's descriptions are more than readable, of course, making the story move along at a nice pace as it draws you in and he even keeps you reading when there's little doubt as to how this book will end. It's not a bad book, just not one of Stephen King's best.

5-0 out of 5 stars Overview of Rose Madder
Susan Maze
Book Review-Rose Madder

I really enjoyed reading the book Rose Madder written by Stephen King. In Rose Madder the main character Rose, has been abused and tortured physically and sexually for many years. She wakes up out of her dream world and decides to change her life; all it took was one drop of blood.
It was very easy to keep turning the page. King writes as Rose and as her husband, Norman. While writing as Rose he tells of her new life and how she is trying to put it back together, even though her fear of her husband finding her is always first in her mind. While writing as Norman he switches completely to a very deranged man who happens to be a cop with animal like instincts on the hunt for his wife. I felt that King did a great job at switching back and forth between the two personalities.
Once Rose moves on with her life in a new city, with a new job, she finds a painting that seemed to be calling her name. There is a woman in the painting standing on a hill in a rose madder colored robe. She is standing with her back to the viewer. Rose realizes that the painting seems to be changing, getting bigger. She takes the back off of the painting and finds it is filled with different items out of the painting, something is not right. When she wakes up that night the painting has turned in to some kind of gateway into another world. When she entered the painting everything symbolized some past event in her life. King did a wonderful job connecting Rose's life to the painting. The switch between reality and the supernatural world was a huge surprise to me.
Rose is trying to forget about Norman, but his hunt for her has proven successful. She has no other option than to enter the painting and try to hide from him. The beginning of this book is very realistic, but that changes. This book has a very supernatural ending but one that is very enjoyable. I would recommend this book to anyone Stephen King fan or not. ... Read more


6. Merrick (Vampire Chronicles)
by ANNE RICE
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At the center is the beautiful, unconquerable witch, Merrick.She is a descendant of the gens de colors libres, a cast derived from the black mistresses of white men, a society of New Orleans octaroons and quadroons, steeped in the lore and ceremony of voodoo, who reign in the shadowy world where the African and the French--the white and the dark--intermingle.Her ancestors are the Great Mayfair Witches, of whom she knows nothing--and from whom she inherits the power and magical knowledge of a Circe.

Into this exotic New Orleans realm comes David Talbot, hero, storyteller, adventurer, almost mortal vampire, visitor from another dark realm.It is he who recounts Merrick's haunting tale--a tale that takes us from the New Orleans of the past and present to the jungles of Guatemala, from the Mayan ruins of a century ago to ancient civilizations not yet explored.

Anne Rice's richly told novel weaves an irresistible story of two worlds: the witches' world and the vampires' world, where magical powers and otherworldly fascinations are locked together in a dance of seduction, death, and rebirth.
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4-0 out of 5 stars Whoo-Hooo Witchy Woman!
Merrick is the story of a young woman of color who belongs to the infamous Mayfair family and, although far removed from the so-called "white Mayfairs," is quite the witch in her own right. I enjoyed reading this book because it brought together many of the characters from Rice's previous vampire novels, such as Louis, Lestat, David, and Claudia. For someone who is not an Anne Rice fan, you will definitely want to read some of her previous books before reading this one. If you don't, you may be a little confused. For those of us who are Rice fans and have read many of her books, it's like old home week when you open the pages of this book. The basic plot of the story is that Louis is feeling sorry for himself and pining for his vampire companion of old, Claudia. In an attempt to make Louis happy, David contacts his ex-lover and old friend Merrick, a very powerful Voodoo witch, to ask if she will conjure up the spirit of Claudia for Louis to see one last time. To find out what happens from there, you must read the book, because I will not give away the rest of the story! The story does not encompass a very lengthy period of time; however, the story is told in flashbacks by David, and these flashbacks tell the story of who Merrick is and how she came to be associated with David and the Talamasca starting in her childhood and ending in the present time. While this book is not quite as lavish in its language and descriptions as some her previous novels, Anne Rice nevertheless does a fine job with this story. I would recommend it to all!

2-0 out of 5 stars Expected More and Got Even Less
I'm going to be honest. I couldn't wait for this book to come out. I have been a huge fan of Anne Rice's for a long time. I have read and enjoyed most everything she has ever written as Anne Rice. The Vampire Chronicles and the Mayfair Witches are two of my favorite fantasy series. I was beyond estatic to see what would happen when Anne Rice combined these two series in one novel. Keep in mind too that I found "Blood and Gold", the novel released the year before this one, to be a HUGE disappointment.

But, I hadn't lost faith in Rice yet, so I shelled out the money for this book. Trust me its not worth it. The beginning and the end are the only things this books has going for it. And it would be a waste of money to buy this book for only two chapters. The middle is muddled and beyond boring, you learn nothing new about the characters, and less about Merrick herself. I don't recommend this book to anyone no matter how big of a fan you are of Rice and the Vampire or Mayfair series.

I rated gave this book two stars because the first and last chapters really are very good so they each got a star. Don't waste your money buying it for yourself. Ask me and I will be happy to tell you what happens.

1-0 out of 5 stars One of Ann Rice's Worst books
This book was actually worse than Memnoch or Body Thief(which I hated both). Although not the worst book of hers that I have had the misfortune of reading and yes at one time she was one of my favorite authors. My advise avoid this book. It was so badly done that I never want to read another one of her books again. Read the first three books in the series and Pandora. They are actually worth it. The rest are not very good.

2-0 out of 5 stars Witchy woman
Anne Rice tries to meld her two most popular series in "Merrick," where the Mayfair Witches and the seductive vampires collide. Unfortunately, with a limp title character and a meandering, weird plot, "Merrick" is most noteworthy for its unrealized potential and what it could have been, if Rice had cultivated it.

David Talbot encounters his protege/semi-lover Merrick Mayfair, an octaroon witch who now works for the Talamasca. He has an odd request for her: Louis de Point du Lac, a tormented vampire, wants to call up the spirit of the child vampire Claudia, so he can be reassured of her fate. And he needs Merrick's help to do so, since she has the ability to call up and control the dead with her voodoo magic.

David reflects on his first encounters with Merrick, her trips into the jungle in search of mystery artifacts, and the malevolent spirit of her dead sister Honey in the Sunshine. Now those artifacts may help her raise up Claudia's spirit, and might give Honey's spirit a way back into the world as well. But when Claudia is brought forth to speak with Louis, what she has to say may destroy him...

"Merrick" was advertised as the spot where the Mayfair and Vampire Chronicles converged, but that's kind of misleading. Except for some mentions of Julian Mayfair, there's only a vague connection with the "white Mayfairs." It's mostly vampires and more vampires, with only the Talamasca (a sort of supernatural FBI) as a connecting point.

As always, Rice's writing is lush and brimming over with steamy New Orleans atmosphere. But she could use some editing. There are constant references to Merrick getting snockered on rum, her breasts, her clothes, David lusting after her, Louis burbling about how he loves her, and so on. And Rice seems to lose her way in the final chapters, as if she wasn't entirely sure how to wrap up what she had started.

The biggest flaw of the book is Merrick herself. She's certainly an intriguing character, a beautiful witch who wants to be a vampire, and isn't afraid to bend the men (and vampires) around her fingers to get what she wants. But she doesn't seem to have any flaws, motives, or recognizable emotions. We get no insights at all to what she's thinking. Louis is a rather ineffectual presence, and David is basically there to lust after Merrick. But Lestat's brief appearance toward the end sets the pages on fire.

While "Merrick" is overflowing with promise, hardly any of that promise is actually used. Beautifully written but poorly characterized, "Merrick" tries to cast a spell but doesn't succeed.

1-0 out of 5 stars What Happened?
In the TV industry when a show is going down hill they refer to it as "Jumping the Shark" after the Happy Days episode where Fonzie jumped over a shark on waterskis.

The Vampire Chronicals jumped the shark in "Memnoch" but drowned in "Merrick"
This book is a voodoo spell gone horibly horibly wrong.

Not only does David, one of the dullest most annoying vamps, have the stage, but he introduces the most two demetional character in the Chronicals (up to ths point anyway).
What little personality Merrick has is irratating and selfish.
This little witch has no good side. She has none of Lestat's humor, none of Louis ingraine humanity, none of Armand's dark charisima.
This would have been bad enough, after all we suffered though Dora, Bengi, and Sybil. But two of our most beloved possesors of the Dark Gift, are warped.
Louis loses everything we love about him, and Lestat loses his fangs.

This book IMHO sounds the death toll for the VC. I couldn't get past the second chapter of "Blood and Gold" and I haven't had the heart to try the last two and see our Brat Prince so far from where he started.

Do yourself a favor, read up to "The Vampire Armand" and call it good. ... Read more


7. Desperation
by Stephen King, Kathy Bates
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Catlog: Book (1996-09-01)
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Average Customer Review: 4.14 out of 5 stars
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En route to Lake Tahoe for a much anticipated vacation, the Carver family is arrested for blowing out all four tires on their camper. Collie Entragian is the arresting officer, the self-made sheriff of a town called Desperation, Nevada, and the quintessential bad cop. Unbeknownst to the Carvers, Entragian regularly sniffs out passerbys on this stretch of road, and in fact has done in nearly every resident of his hometown. He can also change form and summon the help of creepy creatures, including scorpions, snakes and spiders. Though the family seems doomed, an unlikely hero emerges --11-year-old David Carver--who finds his own way to get around the Law.

Desperation is the companion novel to King's The Regulators, which was published simultaneously under the pseudonym Richard Bachman. Forget the more-or-less literary novels of recent years, like Dolores Claiborne. These books mark the return of the Stephen King of The Stand and Pet Sematary, where King's main concerns where whether good could defeat evil and how much gore could be squeezed into (or out of) one book. In each novel, the characters and situations are altered as King plays with questions of identity and form. But both really center around a new personification of evil that goes by the name of Tak. Tak wants to rule the world. Somebody has to stop him. Somebody's eyes have to pop out. Somebody's head has to explode. Now that's Stephen King! ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Under-Rated for Stephen King
This was the first Stephen King book that I picked up, and it's the only Stephen King book that I have been able to make it completely through at least four times.

The first page will have you cringing... I'd hate to tell you just because it would give it away, but I'll bet Amazon already has a "look inside" view on it, so check out the very first page!! That will show you just how much Stephen King digs into his own mind to come up with weird and crazy thing in this book.

In short, the story pretty much sums up to be a lot of people who by coincidence end up together in Desperation, Nevada; a "dead" mining town where about nobody lives. Tak, the evil guy, takes over other human bodies in able to decieve the good.

The reason I gave the book four stars instead of five... I love this book, I really do. However, I decided to also get "Regulators" since I had heard it was similar to Desperation. Okay, you can't read one after the other. It just doesn't work unless you wait at least a year. The whole thought of the brother and sister in Desperation being married in Regulators made the book a disaster. I never did get through the fourth page of Regulators, I just couldn't stand it.

But, all in all, it is a very good book. I hope that you can get a hold of it. It is extremely under-rated!

5-0 out of 5 stars Spine chilling story telling at its best!
I have recently finished reading Desperation and I have to say, this book scared the daylights out of me. Trust me, I don't scare easy! Stephen King once wrote, "..a writer is someone who has taught their mind to misbehave.." Makes you wonder...

Imagine travelling down one of the lonliest roads in America and then encountering 'The Cop From Hell'. This should give you a basic idea of where this story is coming from, but only just.

This book tells the story of a group of people from very different backgrounds, thrown together by circumstance and who have to rely on on each other, but in particular a young boy called David and an old "has been" writer called Johnny, to escape from a nightmare town known as Desperation.

What's great about this story is that at it's heart, it is a classic tale of good against evil, and if you want to enjoy a good horror story, you have to believe in the power of both.

Coming from a "And a little child shall lead them" vein, King shows us how this group of people first experience disbelief, frustration then fear which leads them to desperation (both physically and emotionally). But as soon as they start to "believe" (espeically about what David tells them), we see their desperation end and the way out of their situation made plain. I'll not say any more than that.

King's description of what happens to a body when it has been used up by the evil force in this tale, is pretty gory, so be warned!

If you like scary stories that are scary, then this one is for you. If you have delicate sensibilities or are easily offended, then you really shouldn't be reading horror stories anyway.

But be warned, this tale might give you nightmares! (Cue maniacle laugh).

5-0 out of 5 stars Deja Vu all over again
Desperation is very good Stephen King that builds a sense of peril and has the readers turning page after page well after they were supposed to turn the lights out.

However, the biggest surprise and pleasure is reading it with the Bachman (King) book The Regulators. It is such a weird deja vu experience having character you think you know in both books. Heros relegated to more minor roles and events playing out differently then you think they will because of your preconceptions. Overall a very enjoyable experience.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great book
good from start to finish..Tak!!!

4-0 out of 5 stars Can I give it 4.75 stars? Tak!
In the Beginning (of this book), there was the Highway, and the Highway was Dry and Dusty. An eclectic group of travelers along a desert highway in Nevada get stopped by a very large local police officer, who initially seems friendly, normal, and all business. But, the more you get to know him, the more strange he seems. Is he really just a local cop? Is the alcoholic writer just an alcoholic writer? Is the twelve-year-old boy, with a newfound but strong sense of religion, just a normal boy? What about the local copper mine? What about the lady mining engineer?

In some ways, this is "The Stand" revisited, with a disparate group banding together to fight an evil and supernatural force. It is a bit formulaic, especially early on. But, "God is in the details," and "Desperation" is a mine rich with interesting twists, themes, subthemes, and characters. The book starts slow, with the different "good guy" characters running afoul of the cop and ending up incarcerated together, or worse. There are two things that make this story richer than what it first appears to be: the cop is not just a rogue cop gone over the edge, and David Carver (the boy) has hidden depths that turn this story into a near-epic. Good versus evil is the oldest plot (see the Book of Exodus in the Bible if you're unconvinced) but "Desperation" is definitely is definitely not your typical good guy battles bad guy story.

I think that Stephen King's best books, of the ones I've read, at least, are "The Stand" and "The Green Mile". Is "Desperation" on that level? Not quite but, oh, so close! Four-and-three-quarters stars for this hard-to-put-down supernatural, creepy thriller. Warning: There be Beasties in these waters! Not for anyone with significant fears of things that slither, crawl, burst open, or bleed. ... Read more


8. Uncanny, The
by Andrew Klavan, Michael Page
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Catlog: Book (1998-02-01)
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"Trolls, he thought. That's what it was. Religious people believed God ran the world. Atheists figured it was indifferent nature. But it was trolls.Sadistic little homunculi in leather jackets with lots of zippers. Hiding behind the scrim of being. Working the machinery to maximize human suffering for their own amusement."

A wealthy Hollywood cowboy-cum-movie-producer travels to England in the hope of seeing a ghost, or a voice from beyond: "Something uncanny, you know. Anything. One lousy uncanny thing." He hangs out with a marvelous old woman--a professional skeptic armed with a sword cane and an ever-puffing pipe with a skull-shaped bowl--and the other staff of a semi-tabloid rag called Bizarre! He meets the woman of his dreams, who is billed as being utterly inaccessible and frigid to boot. Then before you can say "conspiracy theory," Andrew Klavan has whipped all of them into a humorous confection with elements of German romantic art, English Gothic architecture, 19th-centuryghost stories, Norse mythology, South American cult leaders, Nazi witchcraft, and the Holy Grail. Even the ghost of M.R. James has a key role in the plot.

It's not a deep novel--you get the sense that Klavan doesn't take one iota of it seriously--but it's good supernatural fun. --Fiona Webster ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars a spoof ?
Impossible to take seriously as a ghost/horror story, Klavan must be poking fun at the genre with this one. The characters are stereotypes, the love story sappy and the underlying premise way over the top. I was reminded of that episode of The X-Flies (the last of one their seasons) where it made great fun of itself.

It's written well enough to be readable and might have been enjoyable if it hadn't dragged on for so long.

3-0 out of 5 stars Klavan - The Uncanny
I'll cut to the chase - I was looking for a cheap supernatural thriller.What I got was more intricately plotted yet yielded fewer thrills.I was disappointed.

I've never read anything by Klavan and The Uncanny doesn't exactly inspire confidence.The premise is uninspired - American movie producer who's got some health problems (to say the least) ends up hunting down the answers to an old ghost story in England.It also becomes - of course - a somewhat sappy boy-meets-girl story.

I think what truly bothered me most about the novel was the portrayal of the main character.He lived up to every stereotype of the typical American movie producer.Worse, he adopted these qualities only after the first quarter of the book had passed.As an American (and I acknowledge that many of these traits can be somewhat accurate, but are rarely seen in one single individual) I was put off by the portrayal.The whole John Wayne, movie producer, father-was-a-movie-star-cowboy, protect-the-women, suffer-in-silence hero thing was just a little too over-the-top.And while this character is overdeveloped, the others are quite poorly developed.

I don't think Klavan did himself or his readers any favors by making this more of a "literary thriller".It was just slower and more weighed down.

1-0 out of 5 stars Boring
This book did not have much of a plot to it. It was also a downer for a reason I shouldn't divulge but it has to do with the circumstances of the hero which made a happy ending out of the question (there goes suspense). Klavan cannot compete with Dan Simmons, Dean Koontz, or Peter Straub. Sorry.

4-0 out of 5 stars Better than its reputation here....
I'd like to preface this by saying that this is the first of anything that I've read by Andrew Klavan; thus, I'm not burdened by Klavan's other novels.Hey, "True Crime" may be a masterpiece, and "Animal Hour" could be fantastic, I don't know.I did read this novel, "The Uncanny", however, and I was very pleased with it.

I profess a weakness (like Storm in the novel) for English ghost stories, so perhaps the novel spoke to me more so than my fellow reviewers here.Overall, I found the book to be well-written and very interesting.It wasn't scary, as some of the others have pointed out, but I don't think Klavan was trying to upstage King here.What he's written is an interesting and entertaining thriller, filled with some clever supernatural / occult additives, and the result is entirely pleasing.

Recommended.

5-0 out of 5 stars I loved it!
I've read the other reviews here. If a book is called " The Uncanny" I guarantee it's of the horror genre. Why everyone expected a "True Crime-ish" novel is beyond me.

Richard Storm, a horror movie producer,leaves Hollywood on a quest to London to see if any of the old ghost stories bare any truth. Is there really life after death?When Richard falls in love with Sophia Endering,an art dealer, he finds more then he was looking for. It's a rollercoaster ride through nazi art theft, ghost stories and "The Devil himself". To much said will give away the surprising twists in the story.

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9. The Witching Hour
by ANNE RICE
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Catlog: Book (1990-11-03)
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Sales Rank: 159101
Average Customer Review: 4.08 out of 5 stars
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"[A] huge and sprawling tale of horror."
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Demonstrating once again her gift for spellbinding storytelling, Anne Rice makes real for us a great dynasty of four centuries of witches--a family given to poetry and incest, murder and philosophy, a family that over the ages is itself haunted by a powerful, dangerous, and seductive being called Lasher who haunts the Mayfair women..
Moving in time from today's New Orleans and San Francisco to long-ago Amsterdam and the France of Louis XIV, from the coffee plantations of Port-au-Prince to Civil War New Orleans and back to today, Anne Rice has spun a mesmerizing tale that challenges everything we believe in.
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5-0 out of 5 stars THE BEST NOVEL ANNE HAS EVER WRITTEN!!!!!!
My favorite book of Anne Rice is The Queen of the Damned. But The Witching Hour is the best book Anne has ever written. It took three years to do the research, MAN! DID IT PAY OFF!! Do NOT prejudge this book by its length. Do not stop after reading the first chapter thinking you got the gist of the book, you havent even BEGUN!!!! A woman rocks in a rocking chair in her house. A ghost is there comforting her and the world of The Mayfair Witches is revealed.... Three main characters, Rowan Mayfair, Michael Curry and Aaron Lightiner. Rowan Mayfair, a doctor who was adopted, wants to find out about her mysterious past. Michael Curry was just saved from near death and have seen visions. During the near death state, Michael is given a mission and now he is determined to see it through. Aaron Lightner, a chief investigator of the Talamasca. Aaron Lightner the same character in The Queen of the Damned. The Talamasca, the same organization in The Queen of the Damned has investigated The Mayfair Witches for centries. Aaron Lightner has compiled the history of Lasher, the ghost that haunts the Mayfair Witches. All three converge to solve the mystery of the ghost and the Mayfair history. And finally a ending you WILL NOT BELIEVE!!! IF YOU DO NOT READ THIS BOOK YOU HAVE NOT READ AN ANNE RICE NOVEL YET!!!!!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars It blows me away every time
I first read this book about 10 years ago, right after it was published. I used to bring it with me to my office job, reading on my lunch break, and I can understand how some people here say it scared them to read this in the dark. It used to scare me even in broad daylight! The descriptions of the spirit world were maybe just a little too eerie. But this story of a family of witches and the spirit that does their bidding, spanning over 300 years, will hook you. Anne Rice has always had a wonderfully evocative use of language and details. She also has an impressive command of different narrative techniques (e.g., third person, journal style, essay-narrative) and she uses several of them here, weaving one fabulous story from different perspectives - a story rich with believable anecdotes about life in the past as well as present. And these characters are some of the fleshiest, most sensual that you will find anywhere. They come to life with her words. I go back and read The Witching Hour about once a year, and still can't get over it. The Vampire Chronicles are also superb, but if you were to read one Anne Rice, make it this one. If it weren't for the abrupt-seeming ending, I would call it her masterpiece (clearly where the story is concerned, it helps to read the next two installments). But still an amazing and uniquely satisfying read.

5-0 out of 5 stars This bookis what made me a huge Anne Rice fan!
To be honest, I can't stand the Vampire Chronicles, and I'm glad I did not judge Anne Rice based only on those. Because the Mayfair Witch trilogy are 3 of the best books I've ever read. I highly recommend you all read the Witching Hour, Lasher, & Taltos! Oooh I still have shivers just thinking about these books. I also highly recommend Servant of the Bones - my absolutele most favorite stand-alone Anne Rice book. Happy reading!!

1-0 out of 5 stars Not The Finest Hour
Despite the strong and interesting beginning, The Witching Hour was a painful read. I made it to approximately page 500 and realized that I had become very bored. Then I took into consideration that I had roughly 500+ more pages to go. I decided to stop reading it. The story, while very well conceived, became dryly written and immobile. And the amount of detail in this book is quintessentially EXCESSIVE.

I have read quite a few reviews that site Rice's writing style as being the flaw with this book. I don't think her style is necessarily a "flaw", because a few parts are beautifully written. The "flaw" is that The Witching Hour is profusely detailed and incredibly long. So if you are a patient person and would enjoy a book that is tantamount to an emotional history book about a family of witches, then this is the book for you. However, if you are looking for a concise book of at least reasonable length and momentum, consider yourself forewarned because I do not recommend this book for you.

3-0 out of 5 stars A good read, but fails to deliver
Witching Hour is an excellent story that spans generations of the Mayfair family. Hardcore Rice fans will probably devour it. More discerning readers may note that the novel suffers from several fatal flaws as other reviewers have pointed out.

Firstly, it is probably 30% filler, and Rice could have easily trimmed it down to eliminate much of the repetitive backstory. By the 500 page mark, most readers will be fairly clued in to the existence of Lasher but Rice continues to pile on little stories about his influence on the Mayfair family.

Secondly, after persevering with Rowan, Aaron and Michael for nearly 1000 pages, at the end readers are likely to be disappointed with their inconsistent actions as they break character just to continue the momentum of this novel into the sequel.

Thirdly, there is too much obvious deus ex machina for the purpose of pacing. When Rowan inherits the mansion, the cleaning and renovation process begins so quickly, you wonder if Ms Rice has ever had to hire a tradesperson. Rowan walks into an 8am meeting with her lawyers, who hire a cleaning crew on the spot and the mansion, neglected for decades is clean by 2pm the same day!? Likewise, the initial renovation also goes far too quickly to be anything except a fantasy. Conversely, when Michael returns to San Francisco it takes him weeks to pack a few boxes! I realize this may have been necessary for the plot, but this disregard for mundande detail shattered my suspension of disbelief.

Finally, Lasher just isn't scary enough for this novel to qualify as horror. Unlike Lestat and the vampires, who you could both love and fear, this ends up more like a dark romance novel. Lasher is more an object of pity in some ways. Perhaps Rice has plans to develop his character in the sequel, but I'm not sure I have the patience to find out. ... Read more


10. Dragon Tears
by Dean R. Koontz
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4-0 out of 5 stars Tick Tock Tick Tock It's Time to Buy Dragon Tears
This is a slow starting but eventual fast paced novel. The greatest Koontz character ever created lets you into his mind when he appears about half way through the book. That character named Woofer is a dog who gives the reader an insight into the way dogs actually think, ie being mainly obsessed with getting food. Woofer is a sensational character who although not a super intelligent dog like in other Koontz novels such as Watchers, is still the greatest character of the book. It's a shame he didn't appear a little earlier when the book hadn't yet picked up the pace.

Human characters in the book are also pretty interesting such as the detectives Harry Lyon and Connie Gulliver who are complete opposites but honest hard working police officers. Bryan (known as Tick Tock by his tormented) is an evil childish man with sensational supernatural powers who enjoys practicing his lethal powers while waiting to Become. He believes he is the next God whose job is to thin out the human population with the remainders holding him in awe and fear. He targets the two detectives for his next victims but they won't die without a fight.

Although starting a bit slow this book especially the second half is a sensational thriller and you really will enjoy meeting Woofer. Buy Dragon Tears just to meet him alone.

3-0 out of 5 stars Koontz Formula...Engaging First Half
Harry and Connie are L.A. homicide detective's ala the "Odd Couple." Harry is obsessively neat, and Connie is a messy dirty Harry type. Both characters are tracking a serial killer who brutalizes women. Harry's life takes an unexpected turn, when he encounter a strange hobo who tells him "Tick Tock You'll Be Dead By Dawn," thus begins a 12 hour Odyssey wherein Harry, Connie, and a rag-tag group of homeless pit their wits against a psychic serial-killer with a God-Complex.

Okay, I liked the first HALF of Dragon Tears. But after that it devolved into sheer Koontz formula.

For readers of Koontz, there really are no surprises in this novel. He uses the same formula in numerous other books. Lessee: There is a best friend who is a Hispanic cop. A Saintly single mom character. Quotations from the 'book of Counted Sorrow,' a sentient dog, ranting about the apocalypse, mistrust of the psychiatric profession, and a serial killer who collects body parts... *Yawn.* How many Koontz books have elements similar to this?

The disappointing thing was I actually enjoyed the first HALF of the book. I liked the characters of Connie and Harry, but the second half contained way too much deus ex machina to be believed. And whatever happened to the first case Harry and Connie were working on? This subplot was dropped entirely. Disappointing. This was average Koontz. It might entertain readers who haven't read his backlist and for whom many plot elements are new...But for Koontz fans it contains no surprises...

2-0 out of 5 stars Dean Koontz--Dragon Tears (1993)
On the precipice of being a fine horror novel, Dean Koontz's "Dragon Tears" attempts to convey a very admirable message-that dire events or situations that may occur throughout life are only as horrible as they are perceived by those who they occur to-but falls flat on its face because of an outrageously dubious plotline. Similar to his last couple previous works such as "Hideaway", this work attempts to use an inhuman, prophet-like murderer from the Dark Side to torment the protagonists.

Police detectives Harry Lyon and Connie Gulliver are partners but could not be more different-Harry is consumed with order and balance, from his perfectly crafted color-coordinated closet to a strict daily routine that involves voluntary tedious paper work, while Connie embraces chaos, using it to fuel her aggressive craving to stop evil and make the world a better place. A Tuesday afternoon seems harmless enough, but Harry and Connie are summoned to stop a raging killer in a restaurant, leaving Harry to eventually shoot the perpetrator numerous times with his gun. Harry's day only gets worse from there, as a huge, disgusting street vagrant foretells him that he is going to die by sunrise and that all the people and things he cherishes are in danger as well. As dawn ticks closer and closer, Harry and Connie must comprehend all of these bizarre convictions before it is too late. What they discover is than a callous force believed to possess the strength of a god is out to make severe changes to the current world, one change being the exodus of the two detectives.

"Dragon Tears" brings in too many extraneous and fairly inconsequential characters into the narrative, especially the repeatedly used canine personification that is speckled throughout. Koontz has a large heart for man's best friend, but "Dragon Tears" does not benefit from the half-witted dog psych-analysis, causing the piece to seem campy and less resolute. Koontz perhaps created this yarn to promote how increasingly petrifying the world is becoming and how two completely different cops revolve around this premise (which is a commendable idea), but he could have created a much more believable, plausible tale to get the point across. Some may truly enjoy this supernatural thriller, while many others may conclude "Dragon Tears" a disappointment.

2-0 out of 5 stars Would be good is it was a first draft
My review of this book will be mixed. I really wanted to give it 2.5 stars because I am divided on this 50/50. I thought it had great potential, and if it were presented as a first draft I would give it 5 stars as a starting draft.

First of all, if you are going to start the beginnings of a love interest, then you should finish it. He started to show the main character's feelings for this girl-cop, and then it was dropped - not good to do.

The characters, all of them, were never really fully developed so the book appears flat and pulpy, like a cheap novel with cheap writing. The main character was only about 6% developed, and his sidekick was about 8% developed. And what happened to the story about the sidekick's niece? It was like sub-plots were started, then dropped. The antagonist wasn't fully developed either. If anything, I think this book should have been longer to give more development to the characters, or at least cut out all the static description and use the space for character development.

And that's another thing - a good writer doesn't statically describe things (allot of that in this novel).

However, it was an interesting idea, which is why I did like it as little or as much as I did and it had great potential. I just think he should have taken more time re-writing it.

Still, it did hold my interest, even though I couldn't fully enjoy the story because of the flat characters.

The ending was pretty bad for an ending. Again, more time should have been spent on the ending. It looked like he just wanted to get it over with, which really robs the reader of any kind of satisfying resolution or climax.

But I would still recommend this book because of the interesting plot idea.

1-0 out of 5 stars I shed tears for having wasted my time!
Dean!!! Why??? I thought we were friends...
And I rather liked "Hideaway"...
Why would you do this to me?
What did I ever do to you?
I want to punch you in the mouth. You should share a jail cell with Osama and Saddam for developing this weapon of mass destruction. If you are ever in town for a book signing, I am going to pretend to get my book signed and when it is my turn I am going to ask that you give me my money back... on second thought, I will pay you to just take it out of my sight.

Actually, the book has some value to it... I have a table with one short leg and your book just fits! And I was constipated for a while so I kept the book by the toilet and when I tried to "go" all I needed to do was to look at your picture on the back of the book and all my problems were solved!

1)Unbelievable (and I don't mean it in a good way).

2)Too many worthless descriptions of things I couldn't care less about.

3)People running and fighting for their lives wouldn't do the things these characters did.

4)Absolutely terrible ending, koontz (with a lower-case 'k') clearly just wanted to get the book in stores to make money.

5)A couple characters were not developed at all (Ticktock's mother, Connie's sister and niece [not that I really care about them, we didn't even need to know about them]).

6)Terrible explanation of how Ticktock's powers were developed.

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Buy this book and give it to your worst enemy to read.

I hate you Dean Koontz! :) ... Read more


11. Reliquary (Bookcassette(r) Edition)
by Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child, Dick Hill
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Catlog: Book (1997-05-01)
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When police find two skeletons locked in a bony embrace deep in the mud off the Manhattan shoreline, Natural History Museum curator Margo Green is called in to aid in the investigation.She soon realizes that the expertise the cops want is the result of her ordeal last year, battling the horrific beast loose in the basement corridors of the Museum.Because the skeletons show signs, not only of foul play, but of abnormalities point to thing: the awakening of a slumbering nightmare.Aided by Lieutenant D'Agosta, the enigmatic FBI agent Pendergast, and the brilliant scientist Dr. Frock, the search for answers will take Margo and her team far beneath the city of Manhattan, into an underworld few know exist - and fewer still would dare to go. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Don't miss it
This story is a sequel to Relic. If you haven't read Relic but plan to, hold off and read Relic first. Relic in my opinion is one of the most suspenseful exciting mystery stories I have ever read.
Reliquary picks up where Relic left off. It also does it one better. It will spoil Relic however of you have not read it, but it is not necessary to read Relic first to get full impact from this book.

This is a certified "can't out down" book and you can just go ahead and dedicate the weekend to it. Once you start reading it will impossible to put down for any length of time.

The gangs all here with Margo Green, Vinnie DAgosta, Frock, Smithback and of course the indefatiguable Pendergast.

This is an essential in the Pendergast series and serves as a great introduciton to one of the most fascinating and enigmatic characters in contemporary fiction.

The Reliquary is gripping from the first page. NYPD divers discover 2 skeletons while diving for a disgarded heroine package. The remains are fairly fresh but missing the heads and exhibit teeth marks in assorted spots; was it wild dogs, rats or something else? The plot goes into overdrive from there and climaxes in the deep mysterious underground world of New York City's abandoned subway tunnels.

It is part, "Night Stalker" part "X-Files" and all scary.

This is best of genre type novel and raises the bar for semi-supernatural suspense murder mysteries. A movie would an amazing event indeed provided they could find someone to play Pendergast properly.

I discovered Preston and Child with "Cabinet of Curiosities" and have been on a crusade to read everything they have ever written. This book is wonderful and I can't imagine any one being disappointed with it.

Highly recommended!

5-0 out of 5 stars Every bit the equal of its predecessor
Margo Green, Bill Smithback D'Agosta and Pendergast (from The Relic) are back.A series of brutal killings in NYC seem to be the work of "The Museum Beast".The investigation leads to a mesmerizing underground maze of subway tunnels, sewers and aqueducts which desends level after level beneath the surface. This hidden network of tunnels makes for an even more chilling setting then the museum in The Relic did. The plotting and pacing are terrific.The attention to detail makes the danger feel all the more real.I read most of this book while riding in the Philadelphia subway system.That was the perfect way to read this tale. A great horror yarn and a fascinating look at the hidden, forgotten under-structure of city that is hundreds of years old.This is a tremendous book, but be sure to read The Relic first.

4-0 out of 5 stars another essential in the Pendergast canon...
Better than the first novel! Reliquary takes us deep underground to a world of tunnels below the subway sytem of New York... excellent adventure stuff. If you have read Cabinet of Curiosities, you know Agent Pendergast is an amazing, mysterious character. Here, he is more developed than in Relic, not quite the star of CofC. Read and enjoy, and get on the train ride these great authors are taking us on!

5-0 out of 5 stars RELIQUARY-Relics in a reliquary
The sequel to the New York Times bestseller-RELIC is just as good as its predecessor. It reminds alot of the giant cockroach killer movie MIMIC about giant cockroaches that live in the subway and mutilate people disguised as humans. Anyway, RELIQUARY was awesome. Police lieutenant D'Agosta and someone named Snow find two headless skeletons in the mud a mile off of New York Harbor. Pendergast returns with museum researcher Margo Green and the brilliant Dr. Frock must team up to discover what is killing people in the subway after a series of murders occur down there. First the homeless, then several people around the area are killed as well. Captain Waxie of the police department wants to flood the sbuway to kill the creatures, even it means drowning the people who go down in the subway to hunt down the creatures. Journalist Smithback is also caught in the case, as well as Waxie's partner Duffy. The creatures are a Mbwun version of the mole people, have human half lizard. Below is my list of the action and killing sequences from least exciting to best.

1. Nick Bitterman's death.
This guy ends up being killed after going on a date with his girlfriend. The body is found torn and bloody.
2. James's death.
He is unlucky enough to experience the pain of having your head removed from your body. His Adam's apple is the first to go.
3. Snow's partner's death.
Snow's partner is ambushed by 3 of the mole men and then gutted and mutilated. Pretty good description of the attack.
4. Subway Massacre.
This one's pretty good. After his friends get off, one man is left on the subway with his least-liked friend and subway employees along with other passengers. Two teenagers are seen running away from something while the man is on the subway. Then the creatures ambush the train, killing his friend [slicing his throat], and he commits sucide by electricuting himself.
5. The Mole Hunter's Horror.
When the mole hunter's plan fails, everyone runs. While climbing up the ladder, Waxie is killed along with Duffy. Smithback manages to barely escape.
Well, there you have it. That's my review for RELIQUARY.

3-0 out of 5 stars One thing prevented this one from being 5-star.
I won't give anything away, because it is a damn good read and a worthy sequel. It's just one thing that does it. You'll know it when you get there.

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12. Guardian
by John Saul
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Catlog: Book (1993-07-13)
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"All the right scares in all the right places." The Seattle Times
A telephone rings in the dead of night with shocking news for single mother MaryAnne Carpenter: her friends the Wilkensons are suddenly, inexplicably dead, their only child, Joey, a sad and silent adolescent and MaryAnne's godchild, abruptly orphaned. But as MaryAnne rushes with her family to the Wilkenson's ranch to embrace her young charge, disturbing questions mount. Was it an accident that killed her friends? Or murder?
Now, as winter transforms the ranch into a place of blinding, dangerous storms, a series of horrific murders, killings that suggest a raging animal and defy solution by the local police, draw ever closer to MaryAnne and her young family.
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5-0 out of 5 stars You'll Lose Sleep Over This One!
GUARDIAN was the first novel by John Saul that I read. I don't remember who recommended this author to me, but I'm very grateful for that advice, even though it cost me a few nights of sleep!

GUARDIAN is the story of Mary Anne Carpenter who moves to Idaho with her two children to become the guardian of her teenage godson who has recently become orphaned (hence the book title). The people in the small town where they now reside don't seem to like her godson, while Mary Anne is trying to understand why they have an aversion to him, she learns about a series of brutal murders in the nearby area. Could they all be connected?

Picturesque Idaho is the backdrop and a teenager that has just lost his parents is one of the main characters, what's so scary about that? You'd think moving to a ranch in Idaho is a dream come true, even if the circumstances are not perfect in the beginning, but this is far from the ideal situation.

Believe me, this is one of the most frightening books I've ever read. It wasn't scary so much for the content and the exact story line, but my imagination went into over-drive because of this book. "What if" became the beginning to many of my ideas and I didn't sleep well for several nights because the premise of this "villain" was so diabolical and present in all of our lives. Could this work of fiction actually come true, not exactly as written, but in an offshoot? You bet it could and that fact is what scared me the most.

I've recommended this book to several friends, all of whom have loved it. Those who never read anything written by John Saul also became avid fans. If you don't mind losing a few nights sleep (first by wanting to finish the book, then because of nightmares) and if you want to be intrigued from the first page until the last, then this is the book for you.

3-0 out of 5 stars Easy read, but the story lacks substance.
I've read quite a few of John Saul's novels and I have to say I think I'm growing tired of him. This book just doesn't do it for me. His storytelling skills are remarkable but the plot of this book lacks intensity, interest, and believability. I know Saul can do better than this. If you are looking for a better JS book try God Project or Nathaniel. I give this 2.5 stars.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good Biogenetic Werewolf Book
"Guardian" is one of the least memorable books that I've read by John Saul. I had to flip back through it before I started to remember what it was all about.

It starts off in Canaan, New Jersey, where MaryAnne Carpenter lives with her two kids: 13-year-old Alison and 10-year-old Logan--but quickly moves on to Sugarloaf, Idaho, where MaryAnne's 13-year-old godchild (Joey Wilkenson) is suddenly orphaned when his parents die in separate, but suspicious, accidents. Being the godmother, MaryAnne is deemed his guardian, though it's the mysterious man living in the woods with a wolf that the title is referring to, a man Joey unknowingly has a lot in common with.

Shortly after MaryAnne and her two kids arrive on the Wilkenson's ranch, several brutal attacks occur which lead everyone to believe a wild animal is loose nearby--though MaryAnne begins to suspect something else from her moody young charge.

I'm a sucker for werewolf books, so I enjoyed "Guardian." The biogenetic twist on the mutations was a refreshing take, but a lot of the other twists weren't too surprising. The ending is left open for a possible sequel; but, so far, one hasn't been put out, though I prefer it just the way it is. If you're a Saul fan, then you'll probably enjoy this one.

5-0 out of 5 stars Quite good
I love reading this book, the story keeps you interested all the time, at first the plot of the book makes you think that is a monster on the mountain, but at the end when you see why he was a monster you will think if that could be possible.
It has two ro three things that you wouldn't do if you were MaryAnne Carpenter, but maybe that is part of the book to keep you interested in the story, apart of that is a very well written book.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Haunting Tale of Physical and Emotional Isolation
The werewolf is a neglected denizen of the horror genre and when written about at all is usually written about badly.Mr. Saul elevates his subject from comic book level to the level of the serious novel and does it expertly.All books of this sort require some suspension of disbelief, but the tale in this case is told so well that not that much effort is needed to be satisfied, indeed, caught up in it.This is not simply a jumps-at-you-in-the-dark story.The locale, the characters, are all drawn well, not merely sketched, and the author's strategy is very effective.He pulls you in before he scares you, which is quite an accomplishment in horror fiction, one of the most difficult types of fiction to write w-e-l-l.Mr. Saul writes well.A good book to curl up with in the cold of Winter.Even better if it's snowing outside.A haunting tale of isolation, both physical and emotional.A fine novel and a page-turner. ... Read more


13. A Caress of Twilight (Meredith Gentry, 2)
by Laurell K. Hamilton, Laural Merlington
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I am Princess Meredith, heir to a throne–if I can stay alive long enough to claim it.

My cousin, Prince Cel, is determined to see that I don’t. As long as we both live, we are in a race for the crown: Whichever one of us reproduces first gets the throne. So now the men of my royal guard– frightening warriors skilled with blade, spell, and gun–have become my lovers, auditioning with pleasure for the role of future king and father of my child. And they must still protect me from assassination attempts–for unlike most of the fey, I am part human, and very mortal. All this royal back-stabbing makes it very difficult for me to pursue my living as a private investigator in Los Angeles, especially since the media made sure the whole world knows the Faerie princess is alive and well in sunny California.

Now, in the City of Angels, people are dying in mysterious, frightening ways. What the human police don’t realize is that the killer is hunting the fey as well. Havoc lies on the horizon: the very existence of the place known as Faerie is at grave risk. So now, while I enjoy the greatest pleasures of my life with my guardians, I must fend off an ancient evil that could destroy the very fabric of reality. And that’s just my day job. . . .

From the darkling throng to the glittering court, this is a world of magic and delights, greed and grotesque ambitions. Laurell K. Hamilton has created a mythos of extreme power and pure beauty that is a delight to behold.
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5-0 out of 5 stars The best got better...
I had thought that Laurell K. Hamilton couldn't get any better since her Vampire Hunter series is beautifully erotic and page turning fun. I was wrong. Her lovely, haunting tale of the Faerie Court from the eyes of a mortal Fairy Princess is strikingly erotic, each chapter a new insight into the fathoms-deep pool of talent that is Hamilton's writting.
"A Caress of Twilight" is the first of the series and introduces Princess Meredith NicEssus, a "lost" fairy pricess who has left the royal court she called home to escape certain death. Three years later, living in Los Angeles, CA, by the "Great Western Sea" we find her with a silke working for a magical detective agency and the story takes off from there.
A must read for any interested in the fey, magic, fantasy or wonderful read. Kudos to Hamilton on a wonderful book- my copy's been borrowed time and again because word gets around.
Thanks!

2-0 out of 5 stars More plot less porn
As usual, Laurell K. Hamilton has delivered a book that promises more than it delivers. There's an intriguing and suspenseful plot waiting to be developed, and in some ways, it is - we get hints of intrigue at the Courts and hints of anti-fey prejudice in L.A., which contribute to the noir atmosphere LKH seems to flirt with. Unfortunately, it seems that Princess Meredith and her chronicler are more interested in giving us the Harlequin romance version of faery sex. Meredith never stops. To Ms. Hamilton's credit, though, the constant playtime does lead to a power struggle between Merry and her harem.
I'm very divided on this book and on the series in general. I like her ideas of alternate history - the golden goddess of Hollywood and the development of the politics in the Courts were well worth reading about, and I really liked hearing the speculations on ancient magical history. But it seems that... well...there's too much of a focus on how much and by whom Merry's getting some. I would really like to see that change a bit, and more focus placed on Merry's future.
Unfortunately, Merry is also limited in her options for work - she cannot be the 'decoy' she had been, she cannot interview clients alone, etc. What can she do? Other than the publicity value, what does she do to earn her paycheck? I'd like to see some more hints of real life stuck in at work.

I'm weak-willed. I admit it. Despite the rather unfriendly review above, I'm going to keep reading the series, just like I've kept reading the Anita Blake series. But that doesn't mean I can't be the loyal Opposition. My advice? Read the books, but read them with critical eyes.

3-0 out of 5 stars Good, but it felt like a filler book...(3 1/2 stars)
This is my least favorite book by LKH thus far. Thats not to say that A Caress of Twilight was a bad book, but it was nowhere near as entertaining as I wanted it to be. It defnitely had the feel of an in between book. It wouldnt really stand alone and I dont think I would have tolerated it as well if I wasnt already so deeply rooted in the story from the previous book. I felt that the lack of characterization was very apparent in this second title. LKH depended too heavily upon physical descriptions and didnt delve deep enough into the core of the main characters IMO. As for the plot, it basically is still following what began in the first installment, but nothing really happens in ACOT until the ending. Still, I cant stop here. I plan on reading the 3rd book ASAP and I also am anxiously awaiting the next installment in the Anita Blake series which I think is far superior to the Merry Gentry books. Basically, this wasnt a keeper, but it is a definite must read for any fan of the series.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great second part of the Merry Gentry series!
I sort of abandoned this series when I discovered Anita Blake's world, so reading about Merry Gentry after reading five Anita Blake novels was a refreshing change of pace. Merry Gentry, the sexy, sassy faerie princess-slash-L.A. private detective, is back for another dangerous and erotic adventure. Bearing a child is the only way Merry can beat Prince Cel to the thrown, so she sets out to conceive a baby with various warriors of her royal guard. If her life weren't complicated enough, there is a series of mysterious, gruesome deaths that endanger the faerie world. Could the deaths be connected with the exiled Hollywood faerie goddess Merry has agreed to help? And will Merry bear the child that's needed to be Queen? There are various twists throughout the novel...

A Caress of Twilight, like A Kiss of Shadows, is full of erotic scenes and wonderful suspense. Merry is quite an earnest female character that isn't afraid of her sexuality and of acknowledging her harem. I do like this heroine very much. She isn't as tough as Anita Blake, but she isn't as self-righteous as the aforementioned character either, which is refreshing. I was also glad to get reacquainted with her bodyguards, especially Doyle and Rhys. I've noticed that Doyle is the Jean-Claude of this series -- a dark and sensual character whose feelings for Merry are noble. He is quite irresistible. Laurell K. Hamilton has once again written an enthralling fantasy novel that I couldn't put down. I cannot recommend A Caress of Twilight enough!

3-0 out of 5 stars I liked it but...
So here's the second book in LKH's series about fairy princess Merry Gentry. She was blackballed once from the fairy court but she'll be welcomed back with open arms and the throne provided she wins a conception race with her cousin. When she's not seeking the lucky farmer, she assists a fellow fey that was blackballed from the court for mysterious reasons, navigates Seelie and Unseelie court intrigues and searches for a legendary big bad-The Nameless, a repository of old magic and evil who has been set loose by some naughty fairy (less cornball than it sounds.) But the plot goes into effect only when the bedroom door is open.

Which brings us to the problem here. Does something have to go tight in the lower regions of Merry's body in every chapter? I sometimes wonder if Hamilton mourns the death of hair metal. Every man has washboard abs and long, flowing locks that would make the lads from Poison weep with envy. To be fair, she does run with a supernatural crowd-it's just the repeated, predictable characteristics of every male that grow wearisome. This is made less tolerable with all the sex. Normally I'm not one to complain about this subject. But, again personal taste, I either wanna read pages devoted solely to mindless sex or I wanna read a work of fiction. Combining the two can be a losing proposition as far as plot is concerned. Not to mention that many of the encounters in the book are a little....off-putting (Amazon's rules necessitate that I omit the details but they involve pain and sex with goblins and a teensy fairy guy. Seriously.)

But I keep reading these books nonetheless. Hamilton's alternate universe is artfully constructed. Merry's character is engaging and has some fine moments, such as the moment when she realizes the real reason her Mother truly dislikes her. Recommended with caveats noted. ... Read more


14. Seize the Night
by DEAN KOONTZ
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Catlog: Book (1998-12-29)
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Performance by Keith Szarabajka
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Moonlight Bay, California.A safe, secluded small town that is at its most picturesque in the gentle nighttimes that inspired its name.Now, somewhere in the night, children are disappearing.The police cannot be trusted since they were long ago corrupted by a greater authority, hidden behind the supposedly shuttered walls of the adjacent military base, Fort Wyvern.

Christopher Snow, victim of a rare genetic disorder that leaves him dangerously vulnerable to light, believes the lost children are still alive and is convinced the disappearances have everything to do with the catastrophic effects of secret research conducted deep within Fort Wyvern.Forced to live in the shadows, he knows the night world better than anyone, and sets out to find the missing five-year-old son
of a former sweetheart.

Never before in Dean Koontz's phenomenal writing career has he created a character quite like Christopher Snow--a creation so complex, so fascinating that the author has felt compelled to return to him.Listeners of Fear Nothing already know why.Those who meet him for the first time in Seize the Night will soon join leagues of others whose imaginations have been touched by this unique character and the extraordinarily eerie world of Moonlight Bay. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Part 2 in a great continuing series--Bring on Part 3!
This is actually the second book in a projected trilogy, but one of the neat things Mr. Koontz does here is that he writes it in such a way that it stands alone. Yet, if you've had the chance to read the first installment, _Fear Nothing_, this only enhances the experience further.

Chris Snow, the protagonist, is limited to a night-time existence by the presence of a gene for XP, a condition that makes exposure to sunlight potentially lethal. This hasn't limited him or his amazingly positive outlook on life any. He has a collection of friends that anyone would be proud to have.

In _Seize the Night_, we get a chance to explore more deeply into the abandoned army base at Fort Wyvern, wherein all manner of sinister, secret government projects were apparently underway, with some suggestion that they haven't all been abandoned. Wyvern is a great creation--an eerie place haunted by the genetically altered results of an experiment gone wrong.

The entire town of Moonlight Bay is a memorable setting for these stories--government men and their local toadies have clamped down on all attempts to get the story out to the world at large. Indeed, it sometimes seems like armageddon may have been loosed upon the world from the seemingly peaceful area.

The book is very highly recommended. If you have the chance, by all means read _Fear Nothing_ first, however.

4-0 out of 5 stars Slightly better than Fear Nothing...
I've seen an incredible amount of conflicting opinions over which of the two books in this series is better... here's my two cents worth!

I found Seize the Night a little better, overall. While both have some very suspenseful scenes, and both build on a plot with many seemingly unrelated, strange elements that find a way to tie together, I was more satisfied with the ending in Seize the Night. I thought it was more climactic. And shed some more light (sorry Chris Snow) on what is happening at the research facility.

In my opinion, you really should read Fear Nothing to better understand some of the plot elements of this one. While Koontz (as the narrator Snow) does take some time for brief explanations of what happened in the previous novel, I think if you read it first, you'll have a better appreciation for some of the whacko things that happen here and why they did! (For example, the monkeys....)

While happier with the ending in this one, I think there are still some loose ends, hopefully settled in the next book rumored to come out about the same characters. The Crux of both books is Fort Wyvern, and some Government funded experiments gone wrong in scientific areas that are never studied mainstream (I won't say what to spoil the plot although some of these other reviews reveal it). And it's the outcomes of these experiments and what went wrong, and how it affects the outer community and possible the rest of the world, that tie together the novel. I think there some more to tie in the next installment...

At times, the narrative can be a little too much, but I guess that's just Koontz. Overall, it's not a classic, but was a fine piece of novelism for a week and a half...

5-0 out of 5 stars Seize the Night
Christopher Snow is back. Fans of Koontz's last offering, Fear Nothing (LJ 2/1/98), will remember Chris as the young victim of XP (xeroderma pigmentosum), a rare and deadly genetic condition that forces him to avoid light. Here, the horrifying tale of Chris's hometown, Moonlight Bay, continues to unfold. Chris and his tight band of friends take up the search for four missing children in this town, where experiments with a genetically engineered retrovirus have begun to turn several local residents into creatures that are less than human. Koontz successfully blends his special brand of suspense from generous measures of mystery, horror, sf, and the techno-thriller genre. But his greatest triumph in this series is the creation of Christopher Snow, a thought-provoking narrator with a facility for surfer-lingo and dark humor who, despite his extreme situation, is an undeniably believable character.

5-0 out of 5 stars There are Scary Creatures in the Night
This is the sequel to "Fear Nothing" which introduced Christopher Snow, who suffers from a rare, light-sensitive condition known as xeroderma pigmentosum (XP). Light shortens his life, so he has to live in the dark, in the shadows. We also met Snow's, sharp as a tack girlfriend Sasha and his surfer pal Bobby. And of course we can't forget his genetically altered, very bright dog, Orson or the small seaside town of Moonlight Bay, where they all live.

Five-year-old Jimmy Wing is missing and Snow and his friends are concerned, especially Snow, because Jimmy's mother is a friend and a former lover. Soon they learn that Jimmy isn't the only missing child in Moonlight Bay and the clues seem to lead to Fort Wyvern, the base where a series of secret experiments years earlier left behind an assorted mix of genetic mutations - super-smart rhesus monkeys, snakes, coyotes and the occasional human, the occasional very strange human. And, of course, Orson, the intelligent pouch, is a result of those same experiments.

Snow's deceased mother had a lot to do with these experiments, which started out to be a search for a cure for genetic disorders, but Fort Wyvern is a military base, after all. Is it any wonder that the experiments turned to the dark side, any wonder that the super secret types would want to use genetics to turn out the perfect soldier.

In no time at all Snow and his pals are up against mutant creatures of several stripes, creatures that will give you the chilly whillies. But our gang of good guys fights on and perseveres to the end. However you won't have to fight on or persevere through this book that is so good that it seemed to be over before I started. Dean Koontz sure knows how to draw you into a story, how to tingle the imagination, chill the spine, speed up the pulse. Don't pass this one by.

5-0 out of 5 stars A very satisfying sequel to "Fear Nothing"...
Chris Snow, his dog Orson, Sasha, and Bobby are all back, but this time it involves something more evil. Moonlight Bay looks more beautiful at night and Chris knows this from experience. Afflicted with a rare skin disorder that leaves him vulnerable to light, he has come to develop rituals that make the night his home. But as beautiful as Moonlight Bay is at night, that is when shows its menace. Now children are dissapearing. They are being taken right out of their homes and vanishing without a trace. There is nothing the families can do about it, because in Moonlight Bay, the cops work to conceal crimes and do anything they can to protect the town's deadly secret. Chris believes that the children's dissapearance and the town's secret are connected, and that the missing children are still alive. When an old friend of Chris's begs him to find her child, he plunges back into the realm of evil and mystery that only happens after dark.

I read "Fear Nothing" and "Seize the Night" back to back. While "Fear Nothing" was the superior book in the Chris Snow series, "Seize the Night" is still a very worthy sequel. The story looks more into the mystery of Moonlight Bay, and it also offers creatures that are new and even more terrifying than the originals. The story was put on a much grander scale, because Chris attempts to rescue the missing children. In "Fear Nothing" the whole story revolved around Chris only helping himself. The characters are still top notch. In "Seize the Night", we get to take a deeper look into Bobby's past and see another side of him. He still has the great dialogue of a laid back surfer. I like Sasha better in this story, because Koontz gives her more of a role in helping Chris. The most surprising character however is Roosevelt. While he was in the first story, we learned nothing about him. He is the story's Dr. Doolittle, because he has the ability to communicate with animals. This also helps to give Chris's dog Orson more of a role in the story. The last thing that is great about both of the Chris Snow books is that they are in a first person narrative coming from Chris. It gives the story a more personal feel. "Seize the Night" does have its flaws however. At times I felt like I was reading a recycled version of "Fear Nothing". Koontz spends time repeating information about characters and events that happened in the first book. The sequel's job is to expand on issues from the first book, not repeat them.

"Seize the Night" has very few flaws, and is almost as good as "Fear Nothing". The mystery of Moonlight Bay is expanded upon, new and scarier creatures are added to the story, and Koontz's character development of all the characters was amazing. The good news is that the ending was left open for another sequel. Hopefully Dean Koontz will choose to make the Chris Snow saga into a trilogy!! ... Read more


15. False Memory
by DEAN KOONTZ
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Read by Stephen Lang
10 Cassettes, 18 hours

Martie Rhodes is a young wife (happily married to Dustin for three years), a video game designer, and a compassionate woman who takes her agoraphobic friend Carol to therapy sessions.Carol is so afraid of leaving her apartment that the trips are grim ordeals for both women--but bonding experiences as well.

Then one morning Martie experiences a sudden fear of her own, a brief but disquieting terror of...her shadow.The episode is over so quickly it leaves her shaken, but amused.Then, as she is about to check her makeup, she realizes she is terrified to look in the mirror and confront her own face.

As the episodes of this traumatic condition --autophobia-- build, the lives of Martie and her husband change drastically.Frantic to discover the trigger for her descent into hell, Dustin begins to look into the background of a respected therapist.As he comes closer to the truth about this strange and troubled "healer," Dustin finds himself afflicted with a condition even more bizarre and terrifying than Martie's.

No fan of psychological suspense will want to miss this extraordinary novel of the human mind's capacity to torment...and destroy.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Riveting!
This is an incredible novel. Dean Koontz has an astounding imagination, a wonderful attention to detail, a terrific talent for suspense and surprises. He also has a sweetly sensitive side.

This book held my attention captive, and caused me to laugh and cry. Mr. Koontz weaves a tale about mind control, psychology, intense love and a demented character. Read this book only if you are sure you don't have a tendency to become paranoid! The author has a knack for bringing new thoughts into your head!

In this novel, Martie and Dusty are fighting for their very minds and eventually their lives! As they struggle through the fog of their minds and the minimal clues they have acquired, you will feel you are working with them to discover the truth and expose the enemy for the evil that he is. Mr. Koontz also has a beautiful way of developing his characters and making you love them and feel their emotions and fears.

This is a fast paced novel with action, suspense, twists, and psychology that will force you to use your brain to figure out what is going on!

The summary on the back cover intrigued me. When I started reading, it was torture to put the book down! I enjoyed this novel very much and highly recommend it. Don't hesitate - purchase it now!

4-0 out of 5 stars What's Happening to Me?
What's happening to me? This is the thought that plagues Martie Rhodes as her mind becomes a stranger and she finds she cannot trust herself. This is also the thought in my head as I read and actually enjoy this Dean Koontz thriller!

This is the fourth book by Koontz that I have attempted to read. I say "attempted" because, until False Memory, I had never been able to read more than five chapters of a Koontz book without putting it aside, never to pick it up again. There are few other books that I have refused to finish. I find his descriptive style and metaphoric expressions unsophisticated, like a bad example of writing in a high school literary magazine, yet pretentiousness - an inexcusable combination.

However, I was able to look past his language in this story because he establishes the elaborate plot so seamlessly. He appropriately allows little (and big) glimpses of how the mystery will unfold at all the right moments. The characters are not only likable (Even the evil guy is commendably evil.), but also plausible. And, most importantly, anybody could imagine himself falling victim to the horrors described.

This is a creative premise for a reality thriller, and it is carried out with no disappointments, and with just the right touch of explicit gore. This book propels itself. I found it entertaining, and almost redeeming for my least favorite writer.

3-0 out of 5 stars Almost too eeire
This is probably the most explicit Koontz novel I've read. I hated the first third of this book as it was almost to sinister and disgusting to read. It was more painful and gut wrenching than entertaining. I almost put the book down when it detailed someone committing rape. In spite of it's awful beginning, the book got better.

I don't think there has been a more evil villian in a Koontz novel than this one. The way Koontz describes his sinfulness down to his every thought is the amazing writing you've come to expect in his novels. And like many of his novels, the ending is clutch. These aspects made the book a worthy read.

5-0 out of 5 stars Really Great Book
This book grabs your attention from the very beginning and doesn't let it go. It seemed reading the book was more important than the rest of my daily activities.

1-0 out of 5 stars I love Koontz
but his recent efforts are really worth nothing...this is the only book I couldn't finish this book (yes worse than his last effort THE TAKING)Don't make it your first read otherwise you may never hold a Koontz book again and you will miss wonderful Watchers and Hideaway

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16. Belladonna: A Novel of Revenge
by Karen Moline
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Catlog: Book (1998-05-04)
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Pretty poison is her cry
Belladonna watch you die

Dark, enticing, and as deliciously decadent as Europe's fading upper classes shortly before and after World War II, Belladonna is an intoxicating tale of betrayal and revenge...

Midwesterner Isabella Ariel Nickerson is just eighteen, visiting London with her cousin June, when she is invited to what she thinks will be the most fabulous costume party. The year is 1935, and Isabella, innocent, spirited, and trusting, is about to be taken from the world she knows and subjected to the whims of a cabal of wealthy aristocrats who answer to no laws but their own. But, looking forward to her party and utterly inexperienced in life, Isabella does not know how far men will go to satisfy desire. Or how far a woman must go to redeem her soul...

Instead of dancing at a masked ball, Isabella will become the sacrificial lamb in a ritual of domination and submission known only to the noblemen who call themselves the members of the Club. Robbed of her freedom, identity, and dignity, the girl known as Isabella slowly disappears. In her place, a new woman is born. She calls herself Belladonna, and she lives for one purpose--revenge.

Now, after an odyssey of escape, flight, and transformation, the bejeweled and utterly mysterious Belladonna will appear in swank 1950's Manhattan to create a spectacular nightclub. Always masked, as those who tormented her were, Belladonna will captivate both imaginations and hearts. No one outside her circle of loyal retainers guesses her true aim for becoming the toast of high society: She is waiting like a deadly spider for a member of the Club to walk into her web. And when he does, her exquisite plan for vengeance can finally begin... ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Delicious Novel
Isabella Ariel Nickerson is kidnapped and auctioned for 1 million pounds in 1930s England. She finds herself the unwilling play thing of a club of men who get their kicks out of forcing sexual tortures on women. Isabella is actually purchased by a man she knows only as "His Lordship", a man she will dedicate the rest of her life to finding and destroying once she escapes her hell.

The story is narrated by a man named Tomasino, one of the few men that Belladonna truly trusts (along with his twin Matteo). They were castrated in the war, and therefore, Belladonna doesn't see them as a threat. Belladonna finds herself the heir of a large fortune, and she dedicates her money and time to Club Belladonna, a popular club, where she hopes to lure one of the members into her club. One member is all it will take to find the rest.

I went into this expecting that I wouldn't like it, and honestly, the very beginning, the chapter before the actual story of Belladonna begins, was quite dull. It had that same rambling, verbose, tedious style as Middlesex did in the beginning, which sort of throws me off for a second because I like to get immediately sucked into a book. After that first chapter though, I was thorougly engrossed with Belladonna's story.

Tomasino is a witty narrator. He loves to talk. He loves to gloat. He loves to be right. Honestly, I'm glad he was the one telling the story. It gives it a flair that I think would be missing if Belladonna, or even his brother Matteo, told the story. Belladonna's diary is also scattered throughout the book; the diary she kept while she was imprisoned. The diary format was an interesting one as well, as it was written in third person rather than first.

I think the concept of revenge appealed to me, as it would many people. How many people get the chance to get their revenge against someone who wrongs them? Many of us have wanted to, but we've never had the satisfaction of doing so. Sure, Belladonna's methods seem a little out there, but wouldn't we all go to great lengths, if we could, to get payback? You can't help but root for Belladonna.

So, while this book seems a little extreme, it is a good novel. I wasn't too satisfied with the ending. It seemed a little rushed, a real let down to the climatic events that were taking place before it. Still well worth the read.

3-0 out of 5 stars 'Bella ' 'Donna
I really had to struggle with a rating for this one, the first three quarters are just so deliciously trashy and then everything suddenly falls apart. The problem is the setup is so motivating and the story so much fun to read you can't help but be let down by the cop out of an ending.

Belladonna's imprisonment- despite its indiscreet lifting of ideas from 'The Story of O'- escape, and years in Italy are fine and dandy, but things really heat up when she relocates her 'family' to New York. The club, where status means nothing and the rich seem oblivious to the fact that they are being mocked, sizzles with subterfuge and random acts of revenge. Though I could have done without Bella's torment of her cousin, who hadn't really done anything consciously wrong all those years ago when Bella wound up a sex slave.

When Bella picks up and moves down South, that's your cue to put down the book. The wrap up doesn't live up to its promise in any way shape or form. The pieces just come together so badly and with much predictable, silly coincedence involved. I wanted a slam bang 'vengeance from the heavens' sort of end, but I would have been able to accept one where Bella never finds the answers she so desperately seeks nor the man who inflicted so much torture on her. Life seldom leads to perfect, tied-with-a-bow finishes and it would have been better to have no closure then the ridiculous and disappointing one with which we are presented.

A solid three and half star read, perfect for just about any situation.

5-0 out of 5 stars Deliciously decadent, an arsenic chocolate of a book
Like a Jackie Collins novel on acid, this baroque drag queen fantasy run amok will amuse any former reader of romance.Just when you think the plot could not possibly get any more ridiculous, it does, with delightful results.There is a dark theme, but the book is so over-the-top that it is impossible to take seriously.It reads as high camp.The perfect, by-the-pool page turner.As soon as I finished reading it, I bought a dozen copies to give to my friends.I have yet to hear a bad review from them.This book has no redeeming qualities whatsoever, but it's so much fun you won't care.Enjoy!

5-0 out of 5 stars Belladonna - Karen Moline
This had to be the most sensual and seductive book I have ever had the fortune of reading. Even as a hardcore S/M enthusiast myself, this book did not fail to surprise, intrigue, capture and keep my attention, and absolutely take my breath away. This is definitely on my top five of all time book favorites. I could read it again and again. It's deliciously wicked. An exquisite read.

1-0 out of 5 stars So, so bad!
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17. A Stroke Of Midnight (Meredith Gentry Novels (Audio))
by Laurell K. Hamilton
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18. Dean Koontz's Frankenstein: Prodigal Son (Frankenstein (Audio))
by Dean Koontz, Kevin J. Anderson
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Catlog: Book (2005-01-25)
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3-0 out of 5 stars Did Koontz write this?
Being a huge fan of Koontz, I had to pick this paperback up.To be honest, I am not convinced that Koontz wrote this book.Kevin Anderson is listed as a co-author and I feel like he wrote the book, possibly in consultation with Koontz.It's not a bad read; it's just not nearly as good as most of Koontz's books.The book has an interesting premise that does read very quickly.I just found the plot to be somewhat simplistic and the characters to be stereotypical.

5-0 out of 5 stars Dean Koontz's Frankenstein
I have loved Dean Koontz for years but his books of late have gotten away from the reason I fell in love with his stories...All I can say is HE'S BACK!I can't wait for the 2nd book!! I could not put this down,it made me breathless the whole way through!

2-0 out of 5 stars Frankenstein Prodigal Son
I am a big fan of Dean Koontz but not this book. The character Decaulion was boring. I didn't think much of the ending (I don't want to give it away). Usually I'm surprised by the ending, or satisfied. A predictable conclusion.

2-0 out of 5 stars not koontz's best
If you have read a Koontz before, you will pretty much already know the story line to this tale. The only difference is that here Koontz takes in Frankenstein and turns him into a Marvel Comic book character out to save the day.

I think that I have read just about every Koontz book. He has a plot that he uses over and over again shifting characters and situations just slightly in order to write something new, but it's really not often new. The reason that I read or listen to Koontz is that every once and a while he almost produces an astounding book. Back in the early 1990's it seems to me that he wrote two or three tales of horror that was really engrossing.But since then he has written close to 20 books that are just goofy. They are silly in that they go so over the top with a bad guy who is so purely evil pitted against a couple that is falling in love and as pure as can be. And the ending always is a lesson in Christian morality that makes you wants to call up the author and offer some editorial advice. The only difference with Frankenstein as opposed to most of Koontz earlier work is that this one is three times more complex and three times as long. I have not read the last two books in the series yet, but I hope that they don't become three times as sappy.

Koontz has the ability to write a great novel. His imagination and ability to push a story along are not in question. What is in question in my opinion is his need for pat resolutions. At the outset of this newest book, he talks of meeting with Phillip K Dick, an author who inspired many a twilight zone episode in the 60's. Dick's stories were strange and odd tales that harbor a mood I think Koontz strives for in his work. I wish that Koontz would pick up a few of Dick's books and see that if his happy endings were applied to them, they would fall apart, just as Koontz's do. I wish that Koontz's main characters were either more flawed if on the good side or less evil if on the bad. At times when you are reading one of Koontz's books, you feel very much like you are in the middle of one of the better X-file episodes and wonder why Koontz doesn't grab a hold of these moments and expound.

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4-0 out of 5 stars Almost perfect!
Koontz is the man and this was a very good read. The only problem I have is that it lacked a real powerful ending. I understand that it is a series and he wanted to leave something for the next novel, but the whole Randal Six story went nowhere. I still recommend it and can't wait for the next in the series. ... Read more


19. The Tom Bodett Value Collection : The End of the Road, the Last Decent Parking Place in North America,Those Grand Occasions at the End of the Road (Value Collections)
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Catlog: Book (2000-05-02)
Publisher: Random House Audio
Sales Rank: 87460
Average Customer Review: 3.67 out of 5 stars
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Read by the author
Six cassettes, approx. 7 hours

THE END OF THE ROAD
This delightful collection of stories from Tom Bodett's acclaimed book The End of the Road is a fictional chronicle of a small Alaska town.Follow the romantic misadventures of sixties throwback Tamara Dupree, vegetarian activist and New Age missionary; join Stormy Storbock and Ed Flannigan on their sightseeing tour across America by fire truck; meet local ne'er-do-well Doug McDoogan, who has a bright new future in the arts.

THE LAST DECENT PARKING PLACE IN NORTH AMERICA
Listen as patrons of Clara's Coffee Cup, home of the worst--and only--coffee in town, celebrate the diner's twentieth anniversary with the gift she's most likely to reject; marvel as the new urban planner discovers the End of the Road in all its unplanned splendor and complications; and rejoice as Doug McDoogan, America's least successful entrepreneur, whittles his way to fame and fortune in the rarified World of Art.Park your car at the End of the Road and meet the crowd of dreamers, cynics, fisherman, and loveable individualists.

THOSE GRAND OCCASIONS AT THE END OF THE ROAD
There's just no telling what will happen when the people from the End of the Road get together to make an occasion of it.From the Rod and Gun League's East Egg Stalk, where a confirmed pacifist wins a lifetime membership in the Predator's Club, to the annual New Year's Eve fistfight between junkyard tycoon Argus Winslow and Bud Koenig, they just never know what to expect.
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1-0 out of 5 stars Bodett's awful
Tom Bodett is dreadful. At first I thought he was just a dumbed down Garrison Keillor, but his characters and stories are mean-spirited, and Prairie Home Companion was never that. I listened as far as the "humorous" story about beating a cat to death with a broom (ho! ho!) before I threw the cassettes out.

5-0 out of 5 stars Life at "The End of the Road"
What an excellent set of tapes!

As a displaced Alaskan myself, I can fully appreciate the characters in Bodett's books: simple, straightforward folks. People who love their freedom and value the Alaskan way of life.

But you don't have to be an Alaskan to enjoy these tapes. Bodett spins fascinating and humorous tales of smalltown Alaska that *all* can enjoy. And when the last tape is played, the listener will find themselves wanting to hear more about Stormy Storbock, Ed and Emily Flannigan, Tamara Dupree and the infamous Doug McDoogan.

Bodett's writing style is simple, yet entertaining...and when he reads his own work, as he does on these tapes, his matter-of-fact humor is showcased perfectely.

I highly recommend these tapes - they will turn your next big-city commute into a trip to Alaska!

5-0 out of 5 stars Very Enjoyable Series of Stories about Small Town Life
Tom Bodett narrates his own stories about fictional, colorful characters living in a small Alaskan town. The stories are simple and bring out humor and emotion. Bodett's trademark deadpan narration about the humorous and unusual events that take place among the significant townspeople are so good, it almost make a person want to pack up and head for Alaska to live with these folks. I personnally enjoy these stories very much and listen to them while I commute to back and forth to work. ... Read more


20. Fear Nothing
by Dean Koontz
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Catlog: Book (1998-01-14)
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Sales Rank: 80149
Average Customer Review: 3.55 out of 5 stars
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Fear, compassion, evil, courage, hope, wonder, the exquisite terror of not knowing what will happen to the characters you care about deeply--these are the marvels that Dean Koontz weaves into the unique tapestry of every novel.His storytelling talents have earned him the devotion of fans around the world, making him one of the most popular authors of our time.

If you are already a fan, prepare yourself to settle into a story Dean Koontz considers perhaps his best work to date.If you are a brand new Dean Koontz listener, buckle up for what will be a most breathtaking ride through the long, enthralling night of...

FEAR NOTHING

Christopher Snow is different from all the other residents of Moonlight Bay, different from anyone you've ever met.For Christopher Snow has made his peace with a very rare genetic disorder shared by only one thousand other Americans, a disorder that leaves him dangerously vulnerable to light.His life is filled with the fascinating rituals of one who must embrace the dark.He knows the night as no one else ever will, ever can--the mystery, the beauty, the many terrors, and the eerie, silken rhythms of the night--for it is only at night that he is free.

Until the night he witnesses a series of disturbing incidents that sweep him into a violent mystery only he can solve, a mystery that will force him to rise above all fears and confront the many-layered strangeness of Moonlight Bay and its residents.

Once again drawing daringly from several genres, Dean Koontz has created a narrative that is a thriller, a mystery, a wild adventure, a novel of friendship, a rousing story of triumph over severe physical limitations, and a haunting cautionary tale. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars What is This Small Town Hiding? More than you Know....
They're hiding stuff only in your worst nightmares. The typical Koontz thriller with stuff that will send chills down your spine and told from first person point of view it made it much more real.
This is from a trilogy that I haven't read otherwise, but found it easy to follow and the main character of Christopher Snow very interesting. He has a rare disease called XP, which makes him prone to skin cancer. He cannot go into the sun at all and must live his life at night or by candlelight.

The story is about him trying to find out how his parents died. They seemed to die of mysterious circumstances and the things he sees while roaming the night after his father's death sets the tone for the book. It all takes place in 48 hours. His entire life as he knew it will change. The town he loves so much is hiding a deep and dark secret that could distroy him and everything he loves.
The only people he can trust are his surfer best friend Bobby and his midnight dee-jay girlfriend Sasha and his beer lapping-almost-human dog Orson. Everyone else seems to have some kind of link to this madness and is determined to silence anyone getting in the way.
Can Chris save them all from this threat? Will his XP be a blessing in disguise or a curse far worse than he can imagine? The town of Moonlight Bay is about to become an Eden full of snakes of every size and shape.

I love how Mr. Koontz makes animals so real in his stories and almost human in a sense. Not alot of authors do this and its a nice change of pace. Orson was a blast and became one of the main characters that we cheered for. The plot was also very different and unique. Alot of reviewers had problems with the action, but I loved it and became engrossed in the story quickly. Very surprising and weird, a true Koontz book :)

Tracy Talley~@

5-0 out of 5 stars Dean Koontz is the Man!
I was a big fan of Dean Koontz throughout most of my teen years up till now. I first picked up a book of his when I was suspended from school for a few days and I finished that book within that time frame. The book I picked up was Dark Rivers of the Heart and it was a gripping book full of suspense and anxiety. From then on, I had read every single one of his books, loving most of them. His novels just were better suited for me, unlike Stephen Kings erratic pace and massive storyline crossovers, Dean Koontz novels followed a straight line, most of the time anyway.
I was waiting patiently when I heard about Fear Nothing coming out on paperback. I bought it the day it came out and read it in 3 days. The story was just awesome and the characters were easy to like and love. As any Dean Koontz fan knows, he loves dogs and they often become a bigger character then most people would expect. Orson, the black lab in Fear Nothing was probably the main character behind only Chris Snow. Chris's medical condition was also a unique one to me, I had never heard of it before this book (well Michael Jackson doesn't count) and it added another form of desperation for the heroes of this saga.
Another interesting thing about this book was that it was the beginning of the Apocalypse. The enemy was an unseen one, the worst kind that you could imagine. A threat of nuclear bombs and meteors are always going to be there, but what about something that changed you from within and you didn't even know it? It was a scary thought to behold and Koontz mastered the compulsive anxiety of the characters.
The pace is good, the story is good, the characters are good, and it even has a part II called Seize the Night. This is still one of my personal favorites and it is a compelling read. If you haven't read it yet, I suggest you do, it's a great book.
5 out of 5.

5-0 out of 5 stars A scream, literally!
One of the top-notch books to come out of the Dean Koontz factory, this books succeeds in creating a surreal world with an unlikely hero - a guy who has a rare disease that prevents him from being exposed to sun light and restricts him to roaming at night.

Well, night is when the most interesting things happen in a Koontz story and more so in this one, keeping in mind the affliction of our hero.

Koontz spins a great yarn. The sense of horror is sometimes so palpable that it makes you go check your closets and pull at the locked doors to make sure they are secure. This guy knows how to scare the beezees out of you. That much is a given.

I recommend reading this tale during nights. Adds the extra chill to the whole experience.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fear Nothing
Koontz (Sole Survivor, LJ 2/15/97) presents a masterly tale of one night in the California coastal town of Moonlight Bay as experienced by Chris Snow. Saddled with a genetic defect that makes direct sunlight toxic to him, Snow is a nocturnal creature whose father has just died. When he discovers that his father's corpse has been stolen, he begins pursuit. Koontz expertly illuminates Snow's nocturnal world and friends, and incrementally, cleverly, the crises erupting in Moonlight Bay take shape. The plot is wonderfully unpredictable, and though the surfer slang wears thin after a while, the narrative remains taut. Although the ending leaves some questions unanswered, this is still good entertainment.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best Dean Koontz Book Ever
This was the first book I had read of Dean Koontz's and I was very impressed. It was very realistic and believable for a horror novel. I enjoyed the story line very much and would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys scary novels. It will not disappoint. ... Read more


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