- Title: Strangers
- Author: Dean Koontz
- ISBN: 9780425119921
- Page: 396
- Format: Mass Market Paperback
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They are from different towns across the country, with different backgrounds They have nothing in common but their dreams full of a terror that turns night into hell and day into living nightmares The strangers are drawn to the Tranquility Motel, deep in the heart of the desert, where they will discover a shocking truth.
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"We may be teetering on the brink of a whole new world. Are you ready for it?"This review is complicated for me. Dean Koontz’s Strangers is an amalgamation of many things: techno-thriller; psychological horror; science fiction. It’s quite unlike DK’s other 1980s novels. The book does contain some pretty creepy scenes, but the terror generated here is vested in the not knowing; the “something terrible happened to me but I don’t know what” scenario. Strangers is a longish book, at 700- [...]
Changing my rating on this since I remember that it was just awful! And that Koontz' writing is dire. I found that I enjoyed this in the same way that you enjoy a terrible film. It is entertaining because it is so bad. That being said I might pick up a Koontz book again just for the lolz.
Picture me beating my head against a wallor a table.or a desk, or something. Dean Koontz can write a good book, he's written several that rate in my favorites. This isn't one.To be fair different books by DK rate high and low with different people. I've read that this was his first best seller. Cool. I see that there are a lot of people who love it and for them I'm happy. Really.For me this book was too long for the story it told. The disparate characters of the story each struggling with and/or [...]
Strangers (1986)"Strangers" is not your typical Koontz book. It was his first hardcover bestseller and the first book he wrote without resorting to outlines.Plus it bears a glowing endorsment from Stephen King, who states that it's "The best novel he has written!".The novel is concerned with a group of strangers from all over the USA - a surgeon, a writer, a motel-keeper, a priest and a thief - who are troubled by different phobias - nyctophobia, somnambulism, anxiety. They have nothing in commo [...]
I picked up a bag full of old Koontz books, and this is the one I chose to read first. I'm glad I did. Although it's a dense book, it was worth the wait slowly getting to know the characters and having their fears revealed little by little, one by one. When the strangers convene once again at the Tranquility Inn to get to the bottom of what happened one July night a year before and end their nightmares, the tension and fear of what they saw and heard from the skies is palpable. The ending is jus [...]
I read Strangers years ago, and it's probably about time for a reread. For me, it's that good, my second favorite Koontz book behind Watchers which was written in 1987, the year after Strangers was published.Dominick Corvaisis, authorGinger Weiss, surgeonErnie Block, U.S.M.C. (ret.), and his wife, Faye BlockBrendan Cronin, priest and curateJack Twist, former Army Ranger and P.O.W professional thiefJorja Monatella, formerly Rykoff, Las Vegas casino cocktail waitressSix people, sixwait for itStran [...]
I used to love Koontz, when I was in junior high. What happened? Oh, I know, I grew up and realized that his characters are absolutely ridiculous. Dean Koontz, much like his mid-life crisis make over from bald mustached guy to full of head of hair and clean shaven face, is just one big old cliche. There, I said it. This book had promise. Again, I had read it years ago, but it didn't stick with me, so when I saw it at the used book store I had to pick it up again. I should have kept the three dol [...]
This was probably my fourth time reading this book and I have to say this is one example of Koontz at his best. Maybe it's because of my advancing years causing me to be forgetful, but I think it's Koontz magic that makes this book just as exciting as that first night in 1986 or 1987 when I stayed up much too late just to finish it. It bristled with excitement with each new piece of the puzzle trying to figure out what exactly happened to these strangers that links them together. I loved all of [...]
I enjoyed this book. It had some suspenseful moments. I wish I could have given it more than 3 stars. HoweverIt was long. Too long. There were many unnecessary characters and events which had absolutely no point except to add to the word count. And everything was described with such meticulous detail. Too much detail.I was disappointed with the ending. It could have been so much more. Thankfully everything wrapped up nicely, but all that momentum built up in the beginning of the novel came to a [...]
This is not one of his best books. It drew you in because you wanted to know what happened to the characters to connect them, but I thought the end was anti-climatic. The actual story of the event that occurred to the characters was sort of boring; an interesting concept, but not told in an interesting way. Even the characters, who were interesting throughout most of the story, seemed to become less so during the main "action" part. He's had better.
I have had this book on my TBR for fur years and really not sure why. Koontz is by far my favorite author and it takes me more than usual to read a Koontz book since I love to savor the words on the pages. I read this one in a little under two weeks and I love it.As usual, Koontz writes an appealing, unique plot about humanity. He brings together the most unlikely characters that bond in the most unlikely way. To say that this story is very thought provoking is a little mild because Koontz alway [...]
Courage, love, friendship,compassion, and empathylift us above the simple beastsand define humanity. -The Book of Counted Sorrows
This is a book by Dean Koontz. Even though this author is known for his suspense thrillers, this novel is more like a mystery book with supernatural aspects. In this one, different people from different areas of the country are suffering meltdowns. Some are sleepwalking, others are afraid of the dark, and others are scared of the moon. All of these people have a shared experience.This book had a X-Files feel to it as the author gives us one piece of the puzzle at a time. I liked this change of b [...]
In an effort to give Koontz one last try I opted for this one, since it was better reviewed in general than his other books. Even King said that this was Koontz's best, but then again maybe he has a low opinion of his other works. This exhausting massive door stopper consists of three parts, first two are the size of a novel each and the last one the size of a novella. All this reading basically amounted to a giant waste of time. Koontz is capable of creating a somewhat decent plot, but not the [...]
2.5 StarsDean Koontz isn't a terrible writer, but he isn't a great writer either. However he is a very consistent and smooth writer. Amazingly commercial and very successful. Perhaps some of this is simply sour grapes because I will readily admit that I am a middle-brow reader with mainstream tastes, but something about Koontz rubs me the wrong way - though I did enjoy Phantoms. Honestly I don't know why I keep reading his books. The only good thing is I pick them up at yard-sales and thrift sto [...]
Ok. Strangers is definitely tied with Watchers for My Favorite Koontz Book. Let me break it down for you. Sleepwalking. Telepathic signals. Multiple plotlines all being dragged inexorably towards a creepy hotel in Nevada. Healing powers. A government conspiracy. Nail-biting suspense. And thenAND THENEXTRATERRESTRIALS!What?YEAH, ALIENS!Are you sure you've got the right author?YEAH, MAN! KOONTZ THREW SOME SCI-FI SPICE ALL UP IN THAT CASSEROLE!So there's no vicious monster?Nope.There's not a cloud [...]
Maybe I'm getting soft in my old age, but I seem to be having a hard time summoning the energy to really hate Dean Koontz novels the way I used to. This one has the same mechanics as most of his others, except that it is a couple of hundred pages longer than your typical Koontz story. There are some pretty cliche charcters, a government conspiracy, brainwashing, etc. Also, if you think about the title of the book--Strangers--it's not hard to figure out what the answer to the big mystery at the e [...]
Just not a fan of these basic thrillers. I still have about 20 pages left to read but I just don't care. How sad is that?
I must have forgotten how much I hate this book because here I am reading it again. There's a lot to hate, I mean, A LOT TO HATE, but I'll focus in on Koontz's utter contempt for Native American cultures and people this time. There's the ending diatribe but I'll get to that when I get there. Let's take a look at Koontz's writing of Jack Twist, the thief with a heart of gold, who is a former army ranger. Twist is thinking back to his last, or one of his last, assignments in Central America where [...]
Weak 3 stars. Neat characters and ideas, but I grew tired of too much “I can’t remember.”The first 80% or more is stories about a handful of unrelated people living in different parts of the U.S. Ginger is a Boston surgeon. Jack is a New York thief. Dom is a Los Angeles writer. Brendan is a Chicago priest. Ernie owns the Tranquility Motel in Nevada. Each story is broken into maybe eight pieces, and the reader is jumping around among the various stories. I am not a fan of jumping around, bu [...]
Uh.Did not like. 600 pages of setup for 100 pages of plot. Atheists are evil psychopaths, Native Americans weren't butchered, they just lay down and died because their culture was inferior, and you're sure brave, little lady. The big revelation is not a surprise and the ending lacks logic. UmmYep, those atheists. Fighting against everything good. Dang Ol Atheists.The techniques are good. I did a lot of skimming, but was forced to keep turning pages to find out what happened. And the characters a [...]
My second Koontz following the brilliant Phantoms. This was similar in outset ("what happened here/to these people?") and the first half is really thrilling. Somewhere you realize you're actually reading a sci-fi when you thought you grabbed a horror, and then again, it's pretty horrific. The bad news is that the background story (when revealed) does not live entirely up to expectations, and the main gripe is that the book is too long. Other than that, it is a great effort and recommended.
Dean Koontz is one of my favorite authors,and this book is one of the reasons why. Although some of his works are hit or miss this one was very well written. You couldn't help but feel sorry for the characters as they all went through their own various ways of coping with what happened to them all. And not until almost they very end did I figure out exactly what it was that did happen to them. This, along with Lightning, are two of my all time favorite reads.
I thought this was too long. It took an age to get into the guts of the story and it wasn't until the last third that there was any tension. That said, I am judging it based on the excellent Watchers which I thought was one of his best.
A group of people are suffering from terrifying fugues and phobias; strange dreams that draw these strangers together in the Tranquility Motel where they begin to realize they also share a world changing secret. A very good, if overly long book - you could cut a good two hundred pages from this and not lose the story. Plus the secret, revealed in the last fifty or so pages, is not exactly a big surprise. Yet it is well written and enjoyable and quite addictive. The section on the salt cellar, ho [...]
Strangers is the kind of book that you'd enjoy if you read books that don't actually do anything. Strangers is around 700 pages, in which there where exactly two parts I actually found interesting, and they were both with the same character, Jack Twist. Aside from that, it's about 670 pages of talking, a random death of someone who doesn't matter and is never mentioned again, and hyping the finale of the book to be something great, which you better fuckin' believe that's the last thing it'll eve [...]
This is another great Koontz book. Yet another of his books which keep you second guessing until the truth comes about – a truth which may not be what you expect. With this one there is a lot of time put into the characters, ensuring that you know everything there is to know about them. Whilst this isn’t odd for Koontz there is more than usual in this, especially so that you can understand the strange phenomena which are occurring. Each of the characters has been given their own unique stran [...]
Unabridged, and read by Dick Hill2.5 Strangers2* Phantoms2* Intensity2* Phantoms1* The Taking4* The Good Guy3* The Door to December3* Tick Tock2* The Darkest Evening of the Year3* Whispers2* By the Light of the Moon3* Mr Murder2* The FaceTR Darkfall3* Icebound3* Winter MoonTR Shadowfires3* The Voice of the NightTR The Vision3* Black River2* Fear Nothing (Moonlight Bay #1)TR Odd ThomasTR Forever OddCR October Skies3* Dark Echo3* Strangers (2.5*)
I always feel guilty to say I read Dean Koontz why? I dunno. Perhaps b/c he's so well-liked by the mass-market, and I think, somehow, probably, the mass-market is a little whacked.In any event, this was a great book. Science fiction and romance (light) and drama and mystery. Fast pace, many many interesting characters that were NOT difficult to keep separate, many story lines and mystery!!! And happy endings. I love happy endings.
Really liked the atmosphere in the buildup as we explore the lives of all the characters as they come to grip with terror and other effects to their lives. Towards the end it plays rather coy when you already have a good idea of the basic element of what is going on. Still solid Koontz and a good Halloween read.
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