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Strange Highways (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Dean Koontz
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In the stunning title story 'Strange Highways', a failed author returns to his hometown after many years to attend his father's funeral, only to find himself suddenly and inexplicably thrust back through time to relive a traumatic event from his past.



One rain-swept Sunday night when he was twenty years old, on his way back to college after a weekend with his family, Joey Shannon took the wrong highway - and from that moment, nothing ever went right for him again. Now, exactly twenty years later, on another rain-swept night, Joey finds himself at the same crossroads, looking down the road never taken. Which is odd. Because that road no longer exists. A superhighway replaced it nearly twenty years ago, and the old state route - which had crossed a web of perpetually burning, abandoned coal mines - was condemned as too dangerous and was torn up. But now the highway is exactly as it was on that long-ago night, and when Joey turns on to it, he begins an eerie, terrifying journey toward a truth so dark and stunning that it will change everything he believes about himself, his past, and the nature of life.

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One rain-swept Sunday night when he was twenty years old, on his way back to college after a weekend with his family, Joey Shannon took the wrong highway - and from that moment, nothing ever went right for him again. Now, exactly twenty years later, on another rain-swept night, Joey finds himself at the same crossroads, looking down the road never taken. Which is odd. Because that road no longer exists. A superhighway replaced it nearly twenty years ago, and the old state route - which had crossed a web of perpetually burning, abandoned coal mines - was condemned as too dangerous and was torn up. But now the highway is exactly as it was on that long-ago night, and when Joey turns on to it, he begins an eerie, terrifying journey toward a truth so dark and stunning that it will change everything he believes about himself, his past, and the nature of life.

Produktinformation

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 1570 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 564 Seiten
  • Verlag: Headline; Auflage: New Ed (6. Dezember 2012)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B00A7ZJRP2
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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  • Word Wise: Nicht aktiviert
  • Erweiterte Schriftfunktion: Aktiviert
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4.5 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (21 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: #296.816 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop (Siehe Top 100 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop)

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Mehr über den Autor

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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5.0 von 5 Sternen Excellent...get it! 22. August 1999
Von Ein Kunde
Format:Taschenbuch
"Strange Highways" is a collection of short stories by Dean Koontz. Most of them are new, but there are also some stories going back to his earlier years, for example "Kittens" which was first published in (really!) 1971 (Koontz's first story sale). If you normally expect something along the lines of horror/thriller from Koontz, as I did, you will be pleasantly surprised. This collection has a bit of that, and lots of other bits too, e.g. science fiction, fantasy, robots being beaten up by cavemen ("The Night of the Storm"), bears as policemen ("Bruno"), genetically modified laboratory rats with a vengance ("Trapped"), shapechanging police-detectives ("Hardshell"), and many, many more. And if you are worried that there may not be enough eerie, terrifying tales... don't be. There are heaps. Beginning with the first (novel-length) shortstory which gave the collection its title: "Strange Highways", a rather disturbing work of suspense, continuing with the culmination of little kid nightmares, "Black Pumpkin", or the honest shopkeeper and good family father going bad in "Down in the Darkness". To be honest, it is rather relaxing to read a "different" story in between all the horror... and it proves that Dean Koontz must be a "normal" person not overly fixated on "Fright-Night" stories. (Dies ist eine Amazon.de an der Uni-Studentenrezension.)
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What more could Koontz addicts ask for? Two very good novellas and 12 stories which are completely different from each other. Commendation to the author is a must, but also redundant. There are two stories here which still do a perfect job of poking me uncomfortably in the subconscious. Those would be "Down in the Darkness", a perfectly written gem, and "Kittens", one of the most disturbing short stories I ever read in a long, long time. It still goes on to prove there are some writers out there who manage to convey more terror in 8-10 pages than others who take up a whole Bible's worth and do nothing which remains in the memory of the reader. Koontz has not only achieved this with this collection, but with all the other books of his which I have read. Koontz is the one man who manages to write the gruesome horror of contemporary novels with the elegant, nearly poetic lyricism of past days. Well done, Mr. Koontz!
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Von Anon
Format:Taschenbuch
There are some excellent pieces in this work, and some poor ones. With the help of the fact that the three longest works are excellent, though, more pages are spent in enjoyment than in disdain. "Strange Highways," the tittle work (and the length of a short novel) was very well done piece; it creeped me out toward the end, and was well written with a great plot. The same is true for the last piece, "Chase." "Trapped," is a 50 page work, that is well written and well worth reading even if a bit silly and sci-fi cliched."Kittens" was short, but extremely disturbing. These are among the best of the highlights, but there is more worth reading. There are a few that you wish Koontz didn't write, or at least didn't collect, but that's true of most all anthologies.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen WEIRD! COOL! 5. März 2000
Von Duckette
Format:Taschenbuch
Usually I'm not into short stories but these were pretty cool. 'Strange Highways' was probably the best in there, but to be honest it's been so long since I borrowed it from my friend and read it that I don't really remember which titles went w/which stories. 'The Black Pumpkin' was definitely Koontz-ish--I don't know, that guy must have a thing for kids being innocent or something (read 'Dark Rivers of the Heart' and you'll get my point) 'Kittens' was downright weird, pardon my Southern vocab. The only one I didn't really like was the one about the robots just 'cause I'm not really into those. The one about the atheistic dude wasn't that good at first 'cause I believe in God but at the end it was pretty cool. Gotta go write some more reviews! DK ROCKs!
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3.0 von 5 Sternen only one high point! 14. Juli 1997
Von Ein Kunde
Format:Taschenbuch
I gave this book a low rating because of the short stories. They are plain, to say the least, and not very inticing. The outcome of the shorter stories is always known before the story is finished. But what dropped this book AT LEAST 2 points is that most of the stories leave you hanging. I thought to myself after incountering one of these "Where is the rest of it?". I did find something that sparked interest in my mind though. The story called "Strange Highways". It is the only one I re-read.

If you have the time to read something mildly interesting, read this. If you have a life to attend to, don't
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Interesting, frightening, well-written!!! 8. Januar 1998
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Dean Koontz really deserves credit for his writing skills. In a way, he writes like Stephen King, but unlike King, the beginnings of his books are more interesting which proves it's worth a read. The first story of the book is absolutely brilliant. I don't think it could have been written better. On the other hand, I was a bit disappointed the length of some of the other stories. They weren't long enough. It's the only bad point I could think of. Still, this shouldn't stop you from getting this one!
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Von Victoria
Format:Taschenbuch
This was my first Dean Koontz book and I loved it! The stories are brilliant, all 14 of them. My favorite was, subsequently also the title of the book, "Strange Highways." This little 'novella' was truly imaginative and suspenseful and readers of horror novels will love it. Hey, even readers like me who usually hate horror stuff will love it because it's more bizarre than scary. I also like "Kittens" which was..well, weird. I recommend this book. Go buy it today!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Awesome
This collection of Koontz short stories will blow you away. They are jsut fantastic my favorite one was Chase. Don't skip this one buy it now!
Veröffentlicht am 1. Juni 2000 von "ploid"
5.0 von 5 Sternen A must for any new dean Koontz readers (or anyone else)
This is the best book to read if you've never read dean koontz. It shows all the aspects of a dean koontz book. BRUNO shows his humorous side... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 3. April 2000 von Matt B.
5.0 von 5 Sternen DK at his best
This collection of 14 stories including 2 novellas absorbed me from the beginning. All have a certain measure of suspense. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 1. Januar 2000 von I hate South Peak
5.0 von 5 Sternen Am I reading Twilight Zone?
I just have to say that I'm very happy about my investiment. Most of the stories are great and the rest enjoyable. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 19. Juni 1999 von Lucas Seibel Silva
4.0 von 5 Sternen Dean Koontz does it again.
Loved this book. I have read a lot of Koontz and this was a great read. I loved "Chase" and "Miss Atilla the Hun" and "Trapped" gave me the... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 6. Mai 1999 von "cabratz"
5.0 von 5 Sternen "Twilight of the Dawn" a gem
The entire book was wonderful, but by far "Twiliht of teh Dawn" was the most enlightening. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 7. Februar 1999 veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen Over-all a very good book or audio
We actually listened to this book on audio. It was very entertaining and kept us wanting to hear more.
Am 4. Februar 1999 veröffentlicht
4.0 von 5 Sternen Great Book, and I don't read Koontz!
I thought that this book was very original. My favorite story in the book is Kittens. I don't read Dean Koontz, but my uncle kept telling me about Strange Highways while he was... Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 30. Juli 1998 veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen Excellent and Addictive!
Strange Highways the story brought me into another world...very facinating, just the fact that an individual in life would be given a second chance at being young and reliving a... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 10. Juni 1998 von Jackson Nadeau
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