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Spokesdog’s Book Review: Ask Anna

September 21, 2014

Ask AnnaHere’s the first review I’ve found of the forthcoming Ask Anna:

I would like to introduce my readers to Anna Koontz. The newest (four legged) talent from the Koontz family who has followed in her dog-daddy’s footsteps with her first advice book for canines with plans to become the advice columnist for the canine world.  Dean Koontz writes, “we have complied for you this book of Anna’s golden advice to other canines, with the hope that it will help you understand your dogs better and will encourage you to stop being a ninny of an owner, if in fact you are one.”

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Malaysian Insider review of The City

September 10, 2014

The City (Cover 2)The plot is typical Koontz. Jonah is somewhat similar to, say, Odd Thomas. Both are supernaturally gifted through unusual circumstances. But nothing dramatic. Both pay the price for their gifts and go through a solitary journey where only a few people are privy to their abilities. And both go through a life-changing loss. But at the end of the day, they are your average Joes…
But the genius here is Koontz’s understanding of ethnicity and the supernatural. Instead of taking the easy route of writing about a white American family, Koontz focuses on minorities. Jonah and his family are black, middle-class and educated. Then somewhere along the line, there is Mr Yoshioka, a Japanese American who is former Manzanar internee.

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Koontz’s Latest: Lyrical, Tragic, and Brilliant

August 31, 2014

The City (Cover 2)One of the many things I love about Dean Koontz is the breadth of his artistic pallet. Your average bestselling writer (and I do the same though I’m not a bestseller) will keep doing the thing that made him famous, over and over. And the public likes it most of the time.

Koontz improvises. He tries stuff. He can write horror or fantasy or mystery. He can be funny, or heartbreaking, or profound, or terrifying. The City, his latest, is mostly a fusion of the lyrical and the tragic.

Read the full review @ The American Culture.

Recent Watchers Review

August 31, 2014

watchersDean Koontz first came to the public’s attention in the early 1970s. He was originally considered a science-fiction author (his 1975 far-future Nightmare Journey contains talking evolved descendents of animals), but he soon established a reputation as one of the leading authors of horror/suspense fiction with s-f, fantasy, or supernatural elements.

Watchers, his most popular novel, straddles the border between science-fiction and “realistic” suspense fiction involving genetic engineering. In a detailed analysis in Critical Companions to Popular Contemporary Writers (1996), Joan G. Kotker argues that it is a successful combination of science-fiction, suspense, a technothriller, a love story, a police procedural, gangster fiction and:

… overriding all of this, an inspiring dog story whose suspense is based on a series of threats to a very special dog.

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Barb's Bookshelf: The City

August 23, 2014

The City (Cover 2)If you’ve been following my columns for a while, you already know that I am a rabid Dean Koontz fan, most notably of his “Odd Thomas” novels. I think I’ve read every one of his books, and own quite a few to re-read occasionally. However, he’s definitely struck another home run with The City. It’s weird, it’s magical, and it’s spooky too, all the things that make up a marvelous Koontz story!
Jonah Kirk is eight years old when we meet him, and his personality and insightfulness is similar to that of Odd Thomas. Jonah is the son of a wondrous singer still looking for her big break, and the grandson of an even more wonderful piano player. He loves the city, but not for its tall buildings, parks, and museums where he wanders, or the nightclubs where his mamma sings. He loves the city for its people.

Read the full review @ The Forest Blade.

Ben Affleck: He Really Was The Bomb In Phantoms!

August 23, 2014

Phantoms movie posterThe average Joe is Sheriff Bryce Hammond as portrayed by Ben Affleck. There’s a priceless throwaway line in Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back where Affleck, as Holden McNeil, declares to Jay and Silent Bob that although he wasn’t impressed with Good Will Huntinghe thought that “Affleck was the bomb in Phantoms.” The reasons that I find myself watching bad movies are strange ones, indeed.

There is truth to that quote, however. Affleck really is the bomb inPhantoms. He’s one of the two characters, along with Liev Schrieber (who plays the creep card so well in this one but then again when has he not), who looks like they’re having any fun. He’s also the only character other than Joanna Going as the town doctor that keeps a clear head amidst the chaos.

Read the full article @ Moviepilot.

Life after dark

July 25, 2014

InnocenceHonestly, before this book, I had no reference point to Dean Koontz. The only thing I’d ever read about him was one line in Walter Kirn’s wonderful take on the life of a regular high flyer, Up in the Air (you will remember George Clooney in the movie version). It went like this — “He’s reading Dean Koontz with a squinting intensity that Koontz just doesn’t call for and must be fake.” 
So Kirn’s opinion wasn’t exactly great motivation to start reading 
the novelist, and one you haven’t tried before. Never mind that he’s up there in popularity with Stephen King and Tom Clancy. But any New York Times bestselling author at least warrants one try, so I jumped in. To some welcome relief. Koontz is 
generally billed as a suspense thriller writer, but he is known to tread the supernatural, horror, and science fiction at times, and that is evident in all intensity in Innocence.

Read the full review @ Khaleej Times.

Nights and Weekends: The City review

July 19, 2014

The City (Cover 2)Once upon a time, Dean Koontz was known simply as a horror writer—one whose novels inspired many of his readers to sleep with the lights on. Lately, though, Koontz has been reinventing himself—and while you may not get the same leave-the-lights-on thrills from his latest novel,The City, you’ll be haunted by it nonetheless. 

The City relates the unbelievable tale of young Jonah Kirk, as reflected upon by his 50-something self. The son of a singer and the grandson of a talented piano man, Jonah grew up surrounded by music—and it was inevitable that he would follow in his family’s footsteps. But if it hadn’t been for a magical woman—and a few remarkable dreams—things might have not turned out so well for Jonah Kirk. 

Read, and listen, to the full review @

‘Odd Thomas’ did a lot to prove that ‘odd’ can still be a lot of fun

June 28, 2014

ODD-THOMAS_movie-artHere’s a late-comer to the Odd Thomas film reviews.

With this film, ‘Odd Thomas,’ it was more because of a legal issue that it wasn’t able to succeed on the big screen.
That mainly has to do with the fact that it was never given a chance to.
Overall, though, it is a shame because I would have liked to see how the public would have received a film like this.

Read the full review @ Maryville Daily Forum.

Trio of quality books explore facets of faith

June 14, 2014

InnocenceBest-selling novelist Dean Koontz frequently includes spiritual struggles in his novels, and Innocence (Bantam Books, 2014, 338 pages, $28) is no exception. Here we meet Addison Goodheart, a young man driven to live beneath the streets of a great city because his face repels his fellow human beings. Raised by an alcoholic mother who could barely stand the sight of him, and then adopted by a man with a similar likeness, Addison survives by emerging from his shelter only at night, hiding his face and avoiding contact with people.

Until he meets Gwyneth. She is a young girl, an heiress, who is being pursued by a maniac who wants what remains of her fortune. Together she and Addison fight back against this man and his thugs. While we follow them in their flight through the city, Addison sees what he calls the Clears and the Fogs, which seem to be angels and demons.

To reveal more of the plot of Innocence would give away the ending. Suffice it to say that Koontz, like Evans, is not for everyone, but again he clearly appeals to tens of thousands of readers.

Read the full article @ Smoky Mountain News.

Breathless review

May 11, 2014

BlogCritics logoFrom 2009:

Dean Koontz is an amazing stylist when it comes to writing novels. I enjoy the way he puts words together and the energy of his pacing. When it comes to dialogue, he’s got a definite ear for the way people speak. He’s been in the writing business for a long time, and his passion is always clear. Primarily, he’s been lately known for his thrillers, but those readers also embrace his “feel good” novels.

For these kinds of books, Koontz usually plays his characters as innocents caught up in a macabre web involving criminals and heavy-handed bureaucrats with sinister agendas. That’s what Koontz was going for it in his latest book, Breathless, but somewhere along the way he dropped the ball.

Oh, there are innocents aplenty. The book opens with Grady Adams, a small time furniture maker living life at a slow pace with his wonder dog, Merlin. I actually thought the opening was very reminiscent to the opening pages of an earlier Koontz book, Watchers. Even the creepy noises and things that happened out in the forest seemed to echo that book.

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Odd Thomas Film Reviews: The Final Chapter

April 11, 2014

odd-thomas-blu-ray-cover-99Just two this week and no new ones for six days. Really folks, this should end it.

Bride of Odd Thomas Film News

March 15, 2014

ODD-THOMAS_movie-artThe media blitz seems to be slowing down as there’s only three this week.

Bride of Odd Thomas Film Reviews & News

March 8, 2014

More Odd Thomas Film Reviews & a Clip

February 25, 2014

Another link dump…

CineVue reviews Odd Thomas

February 8, 2014

Odd ThomasSommers wastes no time in hurling the viewer straight into the alternate universe of his protagonist. The exhilarating actions are accompanied by an extensive narrative delivered by Yelchin’s husky and confident tones. For those unfamiliar with the Koontz’s source material, the narrative provides additional information that at times feels like explanatory-overload but with a plot this complicated, narrative is a definite requirement. Sommers, who adapted the screenplay himself, is clearly passionate about his subject and packs a great deal in to the 90-minute runtime. His directorial flair is as energetic as the script – picture Back to the Future’s Hill Valley Town Square laden with Mummy-esque special effects.

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Beauty and a new Beast

January 26, 2014

InnocenceAn Irish review of Innocence featuring an image from Demon Seed:

Koontz’s latest novel, Innocence, is an intriguing and compelling take on the Beauty and the Beast fairytale. Raised in total isolation in the countryside, Addison Goodheart is a young man unlike other young men. As he says of himself, “when they saw me men and women alike recoiled, but their fear quickly gave way to fury” and, always, they immediately tried to kill him.

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Horror Novel Reviews: Innocence

January 7, 2014

InnocenceDean Koontz has proven himself to be a master of character development.  He has a unique skill at being able to create relatively innocent children or adults, and then of putting them into highly dangerous situations with villains who are filled with such inner darkness that there’s not a shred of light emanating from their souls, if they have one.
Such is the case with Innocence

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Innocence Review in People Magazine

January 7, 2014

People January 13, 2014You can find it on page 54 of the 13 January 2014 issue.

Bookreporter reviews Innocence

January 4, 2014

bookreporter_logoHaving spent most of his career penning primarily suspense and horror novels, the Dean Koontz of the past decade or so has turned far more introspective. The end result has been works of fiction that deal more in characters, spirituality and faith than being driven by traditional good versus evil in supernatural settings.
INNOCENCE is primarily the story of two very unique individuals. Calling New York City home, but inhabiting a sort of netherworld of their own, the mysterious Addison meets up with Gwyneth on a snowy evening while most of the city’s residents are sleeping. Addison has lived in an underground series of rooms for most of his life and has an odd appearance that is constantly covered by a ski mask and a hood. Gwyneth sports a Goth look that strangely resembles the eerie marionettes both she and Addison fear and seek out.

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