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Innocence featured on The Nook Blog

January 4, 2014

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It’s not much, but it The Nook Blog did a post on Innocence back on December 27th.

A Grace of Softness in a Hard World

December 15, 2013

InnocenceHere’s a review of Innocence with a definite Catholic perspective:

I was reminded of Riva when I began reading best-selling author Dean Koontz’s latest novel, “Innocence.” Its main character and narrator, Addison, is a young man for whom the unkindness of strangers (and even family members) is the norm.
Addison says, “When I entered the world, the twenty-year-old daughter of the midwife fled the bedroom in fright…When the midwife tried to smother me in the birthing blanket, my mother, although weakened by a difficult labor, drew a handgun from a nightstand drawer and, with a threat, saved me from being murdered.”
Though Addison loved his mother, she could barely tolerate being around him. He observed, “She tried hard to love me, and to an extent she did. But I was a unique burden.”

Read the full review @ Patheos.com.

Winning mystery thriller by Dean Koontz: Odd Thomas

December 15, 2013

Odd Thomas - German DVDHere’s a German review of the Odd Thomas film:

Blockbuster director Stephen Sommers (“The Mummy,” “Van Helsing”, “GI Joe”) has taken perhaps the most popular hero of bestselling author Dean Koontz. The question is naturally Odd Thomas – a young man who communicate with spirits and can foresee disaster.
In his first film adventure from 10 December is going to have on DVD and Blu-ray, the hero faces a special challenge: snack chef Thomas (Anton Yelchin) knows immediately that his city is in great danger when a stranger enters the fast-food restaurant.Because this has countless Bodachs in tow. These are dark, shadowy figures who are nourished by misfortune and destruction of people and surrounded evil.
But what exactly will happen? When Thomas supported by his girlfriend Stormy (Addison Timlin) and Police Chief Wyatt Porter (Willem Dafoe) hires research, it quickly becomes clear: The life of all urban residents in peril.

Read the full article @ hitchecker.de.

Dread Central review of the Odd Thomas film

December 7, 2013

Odd Thomas UK film posterAfter a two-year legal battle to get Stephen Sommers’ latest supernatural thriller out in theatres, Odd Thomas is finally making its premiere at this year’s Toronto After Dark film festival, and fans of the novel written by Dean Koontz will definitely get a kick out of this genre bender as it stays true to significant portions of the source material.
Opening with a self-deprecating voiceover, Odd Thomas sets its quirky tone right off the bat by introducing viewers to Odd (Yelchin), a young, small town line cook who happens to have clairvoyant abilities—such as seeing ghosts. With the help of police chief Porter (Dafoe) and his annoyingly cute ice creamer scooper girlfriend (Timlin), Odd uses these skills to help avenge murdered souls and yet always remains under the radar and continues to live a seemingly normal life.

Read the full review @ DreadCentral.com.

Innocence review & Dean interview @ Shelf Awareness

December 7, 2013

InnocenceDean Koontz knows exactly what story you’ll be thinking about after the opening chapters of Innocence. His narrator-protagonist Addison Goodheart, a shunned outcast who lives alone deep below the city streets, comes up to the surface late one night and, making his way through the public library, catches sight of a haunting young woman fleeing an angry pursuer. Once the threat has passed, Addison figures out where she must be hiding and reaches out to her; she agrees to meet and talk with him. “I have no illusions about romance,” he tells her during that first conversation. “Beauty and the Beast is a nice fairy tale, but fairy tales are for books.”
Of course, Innocence is a book, and so ultimately there will be much of the fairy tale in Addison’s account of how he becomes 18-year-old Gwyneth’s companion–not so much her hero or protector as a bearer of witness. Gwyenth’s father was murdered by the man who had stolen much of his fortune, the same man from whom she was running earlier (who has an even more sinister fate in mind for her). Addison tags along as she tries to find evidence of this villain’s crimes–and stays with her as she scrambles to protect those closest to her from the inevitable attempts at revenge. He has fallen in love with her, and his devotion is absolute. “She would always be blameless,” he tells us, “for I knew the purity of her heart.”

Read the full review and an Interview with Dean @ Shelf-Awareness.com.

Two articles about Beautiful Old Dogs

November 24, 2013

Beautiful Old Dogs A Loving Tribute to Our Senior Best Friends10 Beautiful Old Dogs To Celebrate Senior Dog Month

While many people just naturally think of adopting a puppy, there are so many reasons to adopt an older dog. Now a new book pays tribute to this unique canine group and also shows us many reasons why senior dogs are special. Beautiful Old Dogs: A Loving Tribute to Our Senior Best Friends, edited by David Tabatsky, is filled with gorgeous photography by the late Gary Gross. While Gross may have been noted in fashion, he later went on to become a leading dog trainer.  This book captures purely stunning photos of senior dogs in their glory in an effort to show how beautiful and loving senior dogs really are, along with uplifting essays and poetry by Anna Quindlen, Ally Sheedy, Christopher Durang, Doris Day, Dean Koontz, Marlo Thomas, and others.

Spokesdog’s Book Review: Beautiful Old Dogs

When I was asked to review this book there was something about the title that made me anxious to get to it.  The title is short, sweet, simple and says it all.
Have you noticed some grey hair on your dog’s muzzle?  Does it seem your dog is growing more lumps on a monthly basis?  Have you noticed your dog is napping more?  There is no way for humans or animals to beat the aging process although humans trying to fake out the mirror may pay for a little nip or tuck here and there.  Dogs seem to take aging in stride as they are not consumed with our vanity.

Dean Koontz's 'Innocence' Is A Fall From Grace

November 24, 2013

InnocenceHeads up: the reviewer didn’t like it.

Dean Koontz’s newest novel, Innocence (December 10; Bantam), is virtually guaranteed to be a runaway holiday bestseller. With a primo release date and the tried and true name of Dean Koontz stamped on the cover, grandmas everywhere will be salivating to slide this gift-wrapped treasure into the soft hands of their bookworm grandsons. After 30+ years of repeated bestsellers, Koontz is no longer an author, he’s a brand. He represents something you buy because you’ve always bought it, like a particular type of canned chili––he’s not particularly good, but you stick to what you know. And when it comes to Christmastime, a new Dean Koontz hardcover is like a strangely familiar glitter, winking at you from a Barnes and Noble easel rack.

Read the full review @ Bloody Disgusting.

The Best Sci-fi/Horror Mash-ups

September 7, 2013

Demon Seed - LASERDISCDemon Seed gets a mention in this great article on Film Equals about films that combine horror and science fiction.

Between birth and burial…

September 25, 2012

“Between birth and burial, we find ourselves in a comedy of mysteries. And if you don’t think life’s a comedy—well, friend, you might as well hurry along to that burial. The rest of us need people with whom we can laugh.”
-Odd Thomas, in Odd Apocalypse

Retro film review

May 22, 2011

The great site IO9 recently posted a review of the film version of Phantoms. Have I even mentioned I actually own the “space suit” worn by Clifton Powell (Gen. Leland Copperfield) in that film? It’s even stained by black goo. Unfortunately, the helmet has seen better days.
 

The Catholic side of Odd Thomas

May 14, 2011

For those interested in something that explores the religious side of the Odd Thomas books Patheos.com has an article you’ll be interested in.

Odd ThomasA common lament among Catholic readers is that there are no great modern Catholic writers. They often cite works from the 1940s-60s by authors such as Flannery O’Connor, Graham Greene, and Walker Percy to underscore their point.

The truth is that there are a number of wonderful Catholic authors writing today who, like the authors above, write interesting and absorbing fiction that the average reader would not readily identify as Catholic. Yet Catholicism defines the underlying world view and subtly pervades their novels in readily identifiable ways if one is looking for evidence.

Possibly the most prolific and well known of these is Dean Koontz, whose suspenseful books often combine elements of science fiction, horror, mystery, and the supernatural, leavened with the occasional touch of humor. His books are frequently on the New York Times bestseller lists and many have been adapted for film and television movies…

Source: Patheos.com