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77 Shadow Street (with bonus novella The Moonlit Mind): A Novel [Kindle Edition]

Dean Koontz
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Praise for Dean Koontz: 'A terrific pursuit story ... clever, up-to-the-minute, and riveting' Guardian 'There's surprise after surprise, including a killer finale ... a read-in-one-go novel' Independent on Sunday 'Velocity hits its pace from the first page and races through to a suitably climactic ending' Sydney Sunday Telegraph 'Dean Koontz is not just a master of our darkest dreams, but also a literary juggler' The Times 'Psychologically complex, masterly and satisfying' The New York Times


Praise for Dean Koontz: 'A terrific pursuit story ... clever, up-to-the-minute, and riveting, Guardian 'There,s surprise after surprise, including a killer finale ... a read-in-one-go novel, Independent on Sunday 'Velocity hits its pace from the first page and races through to a suitably climactic ending, Sydney Sunday Telegraph 'Dean Koontz is not just a master of our darkest dreams, but also a literary juggler, The Times 'Psychologically complex, masterly and satisfying, The New York Times


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 2385 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 722 Seiten
  • Verlag: Bantam (27. Dezember 2011)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B004W3FJ0W
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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Dean Koontz glaubte an sich, auch als er noch kein erfolgreicher Schriftsteller war. Aber nicht nur er, auch seine Frau Gerda war von seinem Können überzeugt. Daher bot sie ihm an, für fünf Jahre allein den Unterhalt zu verdienen. Binnen dieser Zeit sollte er mit dem Schreiben ausreichende Einnahmen erzielen können - oder aber seinen Kindheitstraum an den Nagel hängen, so die Vereinbarung. Koontz musste diese Frist aber gar nicht ausschöpfen, der Erfolg kam schneller, und bis heute hat er insgesamt sagenhafte 400 Millionen Exemplare seiner Romane verkauft. Geboren wurde Koontz 1945 in Pennsylvania. Er arbeitete zunächst als Englischlehrer und schrieb nur am Wochenende und in den Abendstunden - bis das Angebot seiner Frau kam. Heute leben die beiden in Kalifornien.


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1.0 von 5 Sternen Bored out of my mind 30. Juli 2012
Von Dominik
I like Dean Koontz. He is not the best writer out there but a lot of his books are good enough to be entertaining. Not this one though:

Because I do not want to spoil any parts of the story (in case you REALLY want to experience this bore-fest yourself), I will just give you my top reasons why I had trouble to read more than one chapter a day:

1) Too much characters. I hate it when a book throws new characters at you in almost every chapter. I hate it even more if these characters are completly pointless (at least most of them). There are A LOT of them. Do not buy this book if you don't like an overabundance of irrelevant persons.

2) Too much description. Koontz delivers precise descriptions of the horrors. So detailed in fact, that it feels sometimes more like a documentary than a novel. It slows the book down a lot and works as a real mood killer.

3) Stupid chharacters. You house is haunted. You know that it's haunted. You just experienced it yourself. You just met a person telling you in-detail what happpend before and that there is a good chance you will get killed if you return. What do you do? A) Return to the house or B) burn it down. If you chose A) there is a slim chance you won't hate most of the characters.

4) Announced killings. Every few chapters there is a chapter in-between, kind of a monolgue, that will tell you which characters are going to die next. Doesn't sound exiciting? Well guess what: It isn't!

The cover says: "Are you brave enough to enter?" But the real question is: "Are you persistent enough to endure?"
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1.0 von 5 Sternen His worst book ever.... 17. August 2012
I have read just about every book KOONTZ has written and I have nothing bad to say about any of them.....EXCEPT THIS ONE.

The story is simply idiotic, the characters too many and too boring/stereotypical, the descriptions of the building and the slimy monsterblobs are irritating as hell and seem endless. This book gives you the impression that the publisher said: "Dean, just write something and do it fast. The idiots will buy anything from you anyway".

Well, I happened to be one of the idiots and I regret the time I invested in reading this book. Next time, I'll rather watch paint dry....that would certainly be more entertaining than this.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen This must be the worst book I've ever read ... 19. Februar 2012
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Usually I don't bother with book reviews, but this time I do think it's worth it. I won't get back my time, but maybe someone else will.

This is Koontz, so I wasn't expecting literature, just something entertaining to read while on holiday - some of his earlier work fit the bill perfectly. But the writing is so bad as to be barely functional.
It isn't scary, as whatever one is supposed to fear - basically it's the dark plus bogeymen - is kept so vague and abstract till it's almost over. Could work well enough, if it connected at a subconscious level, but it does not.
The characters are stereotypes with no depth at all. There just had to be something special or unusual about every one of them, though, which makes them seem even more unreal and forced. One just doesn't care for any of them.
It doesn't have a plot to speak of, it's just a bunch of people getting more and more scared of shadows.
The scifi elements the dust jacket seems to hint at, aren't really there, except as a deus ex machina type of element that "explains" the whole mess at the end, Still lots of plot holes and WTF moments.
At around 80% it gets mildly interesting but by that point what plot there is has become so blindingly obvious as to be insulting.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Grossartig! 2. September 2013
Von Kit
Format:Kindle Edition
Subtil, ironisch und aufwuehlend. Bisher war ich kein grosser Fan von Dean Koontz, aber nach diesem Roman muss ich definitiv weitere Buecher von ihm lesen!
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Worth reading -- but not among Koontz's best 27. Dezember 2011
Von kacunnin - Veröffentlicht auf
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Dean Koontz's 77 SHADOW STREET is not an easy book to describe. On the one hand, it's a fairly familiar haunted house tale in which generations of residents at a posh Victorian mansion are sucked into a terrible nightmare. On the other hand, it's Koontz's little jab at the modern world, which he sees as disintegrating around us, leaving us unprepared to combat the ultimate forces of evil. The house itself, once called Belle Vista and now the Pendleton, happens to have been constructed on something Koontz calls a "space-time trapdoor," which opens every 38 years to suck in the hapless people unlucky enough to be in the vicinity. This can be scary, if a bit derivative (you'll be reminded of THE SHINING, 1408, THE MIST, and even the TV series AMERICAN HORROR STORY). There's an evil presence called "One" (who wants ultimate dominion), and another called "Witness" (who will help him achieve it). There are creepy creatures galore, and a few really grotesque happenings. But somehow the novel didn't work for me.

The biggest problem with 77 SHADOW STREET is the way Koontz tells his story. There is a huge cast of characters, which are introduced slowly over the first half of the book through a series of vignettes told from differing perspectives. At first it's difficult to keep track of all of them; it's also difficult to get very attached to any of them. Devon Murphy is a security guard still mourning the loss of his mother, Bailey Hawkes is an ex-marine investment counselor, Silas Kinsley is a retired litigation attorney who finds himself researching the history of the Pendleton, Twyla Trahern is a country music composer with a precocious 8-year-old son, Mikey Dime is a hit man with psychopathic tendencies, the Cupp sisters are octogenarian cake-bakers, Sparkle Sykes is writer with an autistic daughter - the list honestly goes on and on (and I haven't even mentioned the characters from past generations of Pendleton residents). It's not that these characters aren't interesting - some of them are. It's just that there are so many of them, and the story jumps from one to the other in little mini-chapters which never allow the reader to become really invested in any of them. This makes it hard to care all that much what happens to them when things go crazy at horror house.

Additionally, there is an amazing lack of dialogue in this novel. For almost the entire first half, Koontz's many characters are isolated from each other, each in his/her own apartment. The story unfolds from their many perspectives, with Koontz telling us what's happening, describing events, even summarizing conversations that we never actually get to hear. It's an odd way of telling a story, especially with so many characters involved. It leaves us, as readers, distanced from the core of the action, and kept separated from the characters we're supposed to root for.

Ultimately, Koontz's story is interesting, and I can't say the book isn't worth reading. I grew tired of it, however, which isn't what I expected from a Dean Koontz thriller. And by the end, I wasn't invested enough in any of the characters to really care why all this was happening and what we were supposed to learn from it. "This world," one character says, "is a dark place, and hard." That much comes through very clearly in 77 SHADOW STREET. I was disappointed, however. Two stars for the novel; the additional one is for Mr. Koontz, whose books I have loved for decades. I will always be a fan.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Wow...where do I begin? 30. Dezember 2011
Von EmilyJane1818 - Veröffentlicht auf
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I WANT to like books that I buy. I realize that it takes authors a great deal of time and effort to bring a book to fruition, and I feel horrible when I leave a negative review. Unfortunately, I'm about to feel horrible.

I've been a faithful Koontz fan for ages...Odd Thomas is one of my all-time favorite characters. And having read Dean Koontz for so long, I've come to think of his books ("Odd Thomas" and "Frankenstein" aside -- those are special) along the lines of, "If you've read one, you've read them all." He thinks of so many different ways to tell "good versus evil" stories, that even though the premise was the same in most of his books, they were still entertaining. However, not only was this book not, "Odd Thomas" or "Frankenstein," but it was also not like anything else I've ever read by this author. In fact, as I was reading this book, I wondered if Dean Koontz actually wrote it (the plethora of incomplete sentences was a big, unwelcome surprise).

The plot was far more science-fiction than horror or thriller. The storyline was weird. The suspense was lukewarm. Character development was pretty much nil. The ending was anticlimactic. I'm sorry to say that much of this book was REDUNDANT and BORING; I eventually got to the point where I just wanted to get reading it over with. It was during this time that I read only the first sentence of each paragraph for many of the chapters, and guess what? I DIDN'T MISS ANYTHING.

I guess the only part of this book that I actually did like was the advertisement for the new Odd Thomas book at the end.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Who wrote this? It surely couldn't be Dean Koontz!! 12. Januar 2012
Von Sojourner - Veröffentlicht auf
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As a huge fan of Dean Koontz, I could scarcely contain my anticipation while waiting for the release of his latest offering. I was looking forward to a heart-racing romp through the unknown with one of my favorite authors, so I cleared the decks of all book-interfering obligations, poured myself a glass of my favorite beverage, and settled in for a good read. I doggedly kept at it thinking "77" must just be a slow starter or that my mood wasn't right, but after all is said and done, this is one of the worst books I've read in a very long time.

I don't normally write reviews, but I'm an avid reader of them, especially when approaching authors new to me. I've come to rely on my invisible Amazon friends to help identify the stars and the stinkers. When I find someone who likes the same books I do and for the same reasons, I'll go look at their other reviews for hints about what to read next. Folks, my disappointment with this book was so huge, that I found my voice. No, I take that back. I felt compelled to issue a warning to the virtual community of people who enjoy the written word: If you are looking for Dean Koontz, you will not find him here. Instead of being caught up in the suspense, my mind kept puzzling over how this book ever got published and what on earth was the editor doing. Who kidnapped Dean Koontz and when will they release him? His reading public is worried and anxiously awaits his return.

You can read the other reviews for a summary, but my personal experience is that I had a very difficult time reading this to completion. My thoughts would wander, I would need tea, I would need to call for a dental appointment, but mostly I needed many, many little mini-naps. When my snoring would wake me yet again, I'd have to check my notes before I could remember who occupied which apartment. I cared so little for the people caught in this haunted manse, that I had to have a crib sheet.

Normally I devour Mr. Koontz's offerings as though in a single gulp, staying up far later than I should, attempting to cook with one hand while coddling the book with the other, ignoring family and social life just because I simply can't stop until he leads me breathless across the finish line. My usual experience is that finishing his books brings me blinking my way into reality aware that I've just had a terrific time. I've been known to tell people that I can't interact during the last 50 pages and they need to come back later. Unfortunately, this book just did not resonate in that way. I found myself actually eyeing constant companion, my Kindle, with a feeling of dread and finding more and more reasons not to read. If you knew me, you'd laugh when I tell you that scrubbing the grout in the bathroom at one point rated at a higher priority to reading yet another tedious chapter. The weirdest thing was that I felt guilty for avoiding this book, and the only way I pushed myself back into the story was by bribing myself that I could order something new and delightful for my Kindle, but first had to take my medicine and finish this book. Silly, huh?

Mr. Koontz, if you read this, writing this review nearly broke my heart. I generally enjoy your work and I believe I have purchased everything you've written. It would be interesting to someday hear your thoughts on why this one just didn't work for readers like me.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Infuriatingly descriptive 30. Dezember 2011
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Someone used the word "plodding" to describe this novel. That's one way to put it. Koontz has always been given to overuse of description, but this book was a nightmare. If little dialogue and action with lots of description is your thing, this is the book for you. If you hate getting bogged down in details of how something looks or pulsates or sounds, etc., where every paragraph is a challenge to your patience, steer clear and wait for the next Odd Thomas.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Big Disappointment 11. Januar 2012
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Giving up after 100 pages. Ordinarily I devour Dean Koontz's books but this is a confusing mess. I have formed no attachment to any of the characters nor do I care what happens to any of them. Time to call it quits. What has happpened to the Koontz of old? So sad.
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