First, Thai is a very dark and often unpleasant story. I gave up and returned to it several times, (sometimes weeks later). The characters are the savior, particularly the detective, Thomas Venadium. Strangely, key characters just disappear from the story, to reappear only towards the end. I won't say anything about the end other than it is abrupt. Koontz' overly flowery descriptions are often trying far too hard to be literary. Not my favorite Koontz book
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If like chaos and believe out of chaos there comes order then you believe in this authors mind and books. Just the most thrilling stories. Read it!
This is a good story with many unexpected twists and turns. The antagonist is really a bad guy and the good guys are perhaps too good. I listened to it on my commute and it passed the time beautifully. I have to say that I enjoyed it.
However, it felt as if the author was trying too hard. There were long winded descriptions of the same thoughts over and over again. There were times when I had to rewind it to try and figure out the meaning of the complex sequences of unusual words. It's a cliche, but it's like the author went through with a thesaurus and picked words that he hadn't used before just because he could.
I feel like the story was very good and kept me interested in what was going to happen next but it could have been about half the length.
I have just finished Stephen King's 11-22-63 and found that I enjoyed the writing style much more than this book. It was straightforward and easy to follow without the air of pretense.
I found myself interested in all the different narratives that were going on and how they would come together.
This book didn't know what it wanted to be. The events in the book are hung on what turn out to be a series of murders, yet it's not really a murder mystery. It gradually evolved (devolved?) into an awkward and sentimental attempt to marry religion to quantum mechanics, which just doesn't hold this book together. Is this a personal belief system of Koontz's that he earnestly wants to share with us? That didn't work in my opinion, and if that's not the case and the book actually wanted to be a murder mystery and the whole quantum mechanics/religion argument was there just to solve the mystery and add a unique twist, then it works even less well. I honestly couldn't tell from the book itself.
The plot, bounced haphazardly from one of it's various parallel realities, so to speak, to another. Eventually all the characters/threads get pulled together but it was a real strain. Strained by the growing improbability of the plot, strained by the impossible saintliness of some of the main characters, and strained by the often maudlin sentimentality which characterized their interactions and conversations, and most burdensome, strained by the author's need to make his overarching point (religion, quantum mechanics). I stuck it out all the way to the very weak ending in which Koontz tidily ticks off all the loose ends whether or not we care any more, and whether anything else worth knowing has happened. The most complex character in a cast of mostly cardboard cutouts, the murderer, is by far the most interesting but Koontz steps away from developing him more, instead opting for more sermonizing and too cute by half kiddie conversations. The other viable option would have been some serious editing so that Junior's character development didn't get buried.
It may be that more recent Koontz work has taken a different direction from the small handful of older books I have read and that this book is part of him moving away from thriller/horror/mystery, but I can't really recommend it.
As usual, Stephen Lang did an excellent job with narration.
This is actually the second time I have enjoyed this book. I remember reading it years ago, loving the characters and appreciating the story on a visceral level...so when I had a few long summer road trips ahead of me, I decided to give it a second go.
I would happily listen to this one again - especially with Stephen Lang's narration.
It's hard to pick! They are all so rich, deeply constructed, and beautifully written.
No. Stephen Lang is an amazing narrator. His voice is just perfect.
I have always loved books where individuals who seemingly have no connection to each other converge into a well-crafted, beautifully written story.
This is one of my all-time favorite books and probably one of the best books Dean Koontz has ever written. Gone are the killers and mutants and government conspiracies that made up his 70s and 80s work...but rather, a riveting story that is non-traditionally suspenseful has arrived. We are all connected whether we know it or not...and this book explores that concept beautifully.
This is one of the best written stories from Koontz I've ever had the pleasure of hearing. The detail explanations of even the tiniest things are incredible. The narrator captured each character perfectly.