The More You Read . . .


“The more you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

~ Dr. Seuss –  “I Can Read With My Eyes Shut”


Book Review: Breathless by Dean Koontz

Cover of "Breathless: A Novel"

Cover of Breathless: A Novel

Yes, I know I tend to go on and on about Dean Koontz, but the man’s a genius. After attempting to read two of Peter Straub‘s books and positively dragging through them I gave up.

Luckily I came across Breathless. There is mystery here but not really horror. There is more wonder and excitement. This book took me all of about four hours to read. Yet another book I couldn’t put down.

Strange things are happening. Grady Adams and his dog, Merlin, have two unusual intruders and they are not evil. Dr. Cammy Rivers, the local veterinarian, witnesses bizarre, trance-like behavior in some rescue dogs and in animals on a nearby farm. Henry Rouvroy returns to visit his twin and his wife after many years’ separation and goes berserk.

Cammy and Grady name the creatures “Puzzle” and “Riddle.” They have solid white fur and black hands and feet. Their hands are like primate hands, they are extremely intelligent and curious. They like to be cuddled and are interested in how things work. The dog loves them.

The beautiful beings inspire Cammy to contact two colleagues for advice who, in turn, are compelled to notify the authorities. The Department of Homeland Security brings all reinforcements to inspect these creatures.

What I really like about this story is the element of fantasy that, maybe, could even be real. Who knows?

Book Review: Winter Moon by Dean Koontz

Cover of "Winter Moon"

Cover of Winter Moon

As you can tell from my book reviews, I have become a huge Dean Koontz fan. When I discovered Winter Moon for a quarter at my favorite used bookstore, I was thrilled both to be getting another Koontz book I hadn’t read AND it only was twenty-five cents. It turns out I was fortunate on both counts.

The frenetic pace of this book kept me occupied – dare I say obsessed – until I finished it. I am always enthralled when reading Koontz’s books but I truly could not put this book down. All my favorite elements are present here – mystery, murder, gore, humor, fantasy, sci-fi and drama. I will probably have to reread it soon since I skimmed some parts to get to the action more quickly.

Jack McGarvey, a Los Angeles policeman, is shot down while on a call. After months of hard recuperation, he and his wife, Heather and their son, Toby, learn that they have inherited a multi-million dollar estate in Montana from Jack’s deceased partner’s dad. Ready for a change from the gang-ridden and dangerous city, the family packs up, pays their large medical bills and other mounting debts and moves out to the country.

The farm is beautiful. The Victorian home, caretaker’s house and barn are breathtaking. Eight-year-old Toby gets the golden retriever he always wanted but could never have in the city. Everyone is healthy again. However (of course), things are not as perfect as they seem. Strange feelings of dread, hypnotizing sights and sounds from the TVs and computer are confusing and frightening and the decayed smell from parts of the house are disturbing. Then, when Heather discovers a journal hidden in the freezer noting even stranger events documented by Eduardo Fernandez before he died of a massive heart attack, things get really interesting.

An evil alien force seeks to control the family, both mentally and physically. It seems impervious to destruction but they use all the resources they have in the attempt. It’s a wild ride.

Book Review: Seize the Night by Dean Koontz

Seize the Night (novel)

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If you’ve read any of my reviews before, you know that I am a huge Dean Koontz fan. I have read almost everything he’s written and am constantly searching for those books I haven’t yet discovered. I was delighted to find Seize the Night at the library.

What didn’t delight me was the book. Koontz’s active imagination really worked in overdrive in this story. I liked all the characters and they were well-developed but the plot was a little much for me.

Missing children and a dog named Orson with special powers drive Chris Snow and his unusual group of friends to the seemingly abandoned military facility, Fort Wyvern. People are “changing” due to a virus that has gone wild and people and animals are exhibiting bizarre behavior and killing themselves. There is time travel and aberrant Rhesus monkeys and live machines and it’s just all a little too much for me.

There are a few too many science fiction elements here for my taste. On top of that I have just now discovered that this is the second book in a trilogy. That explains why I felt some of the stuff was familiar, as I must have read the first book quite some time ago. It also explains why some of the weird events and people in the book are taken as “normal,” since they were discussed in more detail in the first book, Fear Nothing.

I think I’ll pass on the third book.