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Old Silas Kinsley is the self-appointed resident historian of the Pendleton, a 19th-century building which has now been converted into a number of luxury apartments. He has discovered that there is a cycle of strangeness and tragedy in the Pendleton's past - and it is about to head into another of its disturbing cycles....

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77 Shadow Street Reviews

  • Maciek
    2018-10-11 04:26

    I only got 1/4 through this bad book (I hesitate to call it a novel, as there is nothing novel about it) before I reached this offensive chapter and could read no more. It goes like this:"Sparkle Sykes, stepping quietly out of her closet and moving cautiously across the bedroom, followed the six-legged crawling thing that might have been a mutant baby born after a worldwide nuclear holocaust as imagined in the waking nightmares of an insect-phobic, fungi-phobic, rat-crazy mescaline junkie."This string of pretty unnecessary comparisons is just a prelude to the real truth, revealed in the next sentence:"It wasn’t a baby."Impossible!"she was half afraid it would turn to stare at her and its face would be so hideous that the sight of it would kill her or drive her mad."How can she be half afraid when she thinks that she sheer stare of this creature can kill her or drive her insane? It's like feeling only a slight chill when you have a gun pointed at your head, which really doesn't happen - well, unless you're James Bond."On a Biedermeier chest of drawers stood an eighteen-inch-tall bronze statue of Diana, Roman goddess of the moon and the hunt. It weighed maybe fifteen pounds. Sparkle snared it by the neck and held it in both hands, an awkward but elegant club in case she needed one."Right, because she might not need anything to defend herself. Maybe the creature just turned up to borrow some sugar? Who the hell knows."The grotesque intruder seemed not to have passed through the wall but into it. The wall wasn’t nearly thick enough to accommodate such a creature. In going through the wall, it seemed to have gone out of the Pendleton altogether, into some other reality or dimension."Good thinking, Captain Obvious!"Sparkle toured the room and peered in the adjacent bathroom, expecting to find some slouching beast out of a Bosch painting or risen from a Lovecraft story. All was as it should be."Well, I don't think that anything is as it should be, since there was a scary creature touring the apartment just seconds ago, but then, what do I know..."The girl was sitting in bed, propped up by a pile of pillows stacked against the headboard, reading a book. She did not react to her mother’s arrival. More often than not, behind the armor of her autism, she refused to recognize the presence of others by even so much as a glance."If you pardon the pun, doesn't this paragraph seem to be a bit...autistic? It's completely devoid of any energy, movement, anything. I know that it describes a situation, but all I can see is a string of words at a page. And "armor of autism"? Armor is used for protection and has a positive connotation. Autism is limiting to the individual, trapping and forbidding from interaction. It's not an armor - it's a prison."Now the six-legged monstrous baby seemed like a nasty drug flashback, though she had never experienced a flashback before."So how does she know what a flashback is like? Um...Then we get a short tour of the character's past: we learn about her dad's death, that her mother has been killed by lightning of all possible things, that she was seduced by a drug addict and went through drug induced hell, and has a daughter with that dude, who of course is autistic and of course she's raising her alone. What? Don't like her yet? Well, maybe this will change your mind."Young Sparkle in her rubber-soled shoes, on the wet deck of the widow’s walk, orphaned now and traumatized, standing motionless in a state of shock, understood instantly that this world was a dark place and hard, that life was best for those who refused to be broken by it, that being happy required the strength and courage to refuse to be intimidated by anyone or anything. She wept but she did not sob. She stood there for a long time until the tears stopped flowing and the rain washed the salt from her face."Yeah, doesn't this image try to tug the strings of your heart so very, very hard? Nine year old girl, not only orphaned but also traumatized, standing in the rain (why do such things never happen on a sunny day?), nevertheless not losing strenght! The only thing missing is Tiny Tim on his crutches in the background, shouting "God bless us, everyone!". Good writers manage to rouse emotions in their readers. Dean Koontz simply tells you how you should feel, again and again and again and again...I didn't even finish this book, but from what I've read about it it gets even worse as it goes on. Currently, it has 131 one star reviews on Amazon and only 53 five star reviews. I'd mostly encourage people to not even pick it up to read, but to pick it up and throw it out of the window. If a writer wrote his first novel in 1968 and in 2012 writes crap like this, perhaps it's time to call it quits.Okay, maybe I was unfair. I've got to be polite. I've got to be respectful. I will look at the next chapter. I am full of hope!"After the Russian manicurist departed, Mickey Dime went into the study. The wood floor felt sexy under his bare feet. A lot of things felt sexy to Mickey. Nearly everything."Ah, this doesn't start well..."On the carpet, he stood squinching his toes in the deep wool pile. His feet were small and narrow. Well-formed. He was proud of his well-formed feet. His late mother had said that his feet looked like they were carved by the artist Michelangelo.Mickey liked art. Art was sexy."Aw, crap! Crap! Why did I do this? Well, at least I can't see much of dreadful authorial intrusion, where the authot tries to ridicule what he doesn't like by making a bad character take the position he doesn't agree with, specifically oversimplifying it to make those who disagree with him look as dumb as possible..."Great art wasn’t about emotion. It was about sensation. Only the bourgeoisie, the tacky middle class, thought art should affect the better emotions and have meaning. If it touched your heart, it wasn’t art. It was kitsch. Art thrilled. Art spoke to the primitive, to the wild animal within. Art strummed deeper chords than mere emotions. If it made you think, it might be philosophy or science or something, but it wasn’t art. True art was about the meaninglessness of life, about the freedom of transgression, about power."Aw, screw you, 77 Shadow Street. You're a terrible, terrible book, and it makes me sad that trees had to die to carry this awfulness in print. What a waste!

  • Steven Walle
    2018-09-28 03:20

    In 77 Shadow Street, Dean Koontz takes us on quite a trip of the supernatural. We start in a hotel which has been leaped in a time warp to some time in the future. In this time there are no humans. They have all been whipped out save one who is a super human and is held responsible for remembering the whole history of the world. I won't tell you how it ends so I recommend you all read it.Enjoy and Be Blessed.Diamond

  • Allen Kelley
    2018-09-23 04:24

    I really tried to like this book, but ended up really not caring for it all. the way it ends makes me believe that Koontz just got tired of writing it and just slapped on an abrupt ending.

  • Jordan Anderson
    2018-10-07 22:15

    Unlike the slow pace and absolutely dreadful prose of this novel, let’s cut right to the quick of it, shall we? I don’t know how it’s possible, but somehow “77 Shadow Street” manages to showcase both the best and worst of Koontz. There are sparks of greatness within these pages reminiscent of “Phantoms” and “Watchers” and then there are the horrendous faux pas of books past such as the ridiculously terrible “Breathless” and “Darkest Evening of the Year”I’ll get to the bad stuff eventually, but before I completely drive this book to the ground, let’s point out the few (and really, there are only a few) decent things about this novel. Personally, I’ve never really had much problem with Koontz’s plots (aside from the 2 previously mentioned books) as they generally tend to be original and creative and the of “Shadow Street” isn’t half bad. Like most readers have said, it’s new take on the ages old haunted house story mixed with a bit of sci-fi time travel and thrown in with a dystopian spin. It sounds complicated, and it is (and Koontz somehow ruins this - read the negatives for that) but in some parts it does work. What also works are his “creatures” or “Pogroms”. In much the same way as he did in “Phantoms”, Koontz gives us an original monster, one that is both dangerous and scary. But of course, in more recent typical Koontz fashion, he goes over the top with ways to repetitively describe them, very nearly ruining their credibility as evil beings and turning them into an almost comic-book kind of villain.And now comes the part everyone will automatically skip to, due to my low star rating of this book: the negative stuff.As I’ve just stated, where this book really begins to bog down and start it’s negative spiral is at the expense of Koontz’s overwhelming desire to over-describe damn near everything in the Pendleton mansion. And just when you think he can’t find something else to write about, he somehow manages to surprise you with even more descriptions, or a repeat of past ones. Perfect example being that stupid fungus. Again and again and again, the reader is presented with a picture of the fungus that seems to grow all over the place in the Pendleton after the switch. It is truly overkill at times. It’s almost to a point where it seems as if Koontz forgets he is writing for adults and reverts to childish writing habits. Think Dora the Explorer trying to tell a story. “Do you see the fungus?” Speaking of children, Koontz still fails to craft a believable kid. Like the children in “What the Night Knows” both Winny and Iris are so far off the path of normal kids that it is impossible to believe them. Winny is only 12 yet acts with more courage and bravery than the supposed war veteran he is with and even has a better vocabulary. Iris isn’t much better. Although she never talks (she’s an autistic (yet another subject Koontz has seemed to exhaust throughout past works)), she’s much too cliche’d and transparent of a character to even have any worth in this book.Those 2 kids are but a small part of the huge cast of characters Koontz attempts (and fails) to craft into this novel. Nearly every one in this book is one cliche after another. You have the hit-man, the ex-marine turned accountant, the 2 older women who believe in ghosts and ghouls, a blind man, a Vietnamese refugee escaping from his past, a borderline paranoid, and an indian concierge. Not a single one of them bring anything to the literary table. I didn’t like a single one of them and never once felt for sorry for any one who happened to be attacked and killed by the “Progoms.”I scratch my head as to why I continue to purchase Dean Koontz books. I gave up on Patterson. I gave up on Cussler. I even gave up on Michael Crichton there at the end of his life, but again and again, I find myself still purchasing the newest Koontz books. When I finish, it I know I will be disappointed. I know I will feel like I wasted money. I know I should have bought the next “Game of Thrones” book. I very well feel like this may be my last attempt at trying to give Koontz another shot. I have been giving the guy shots since “The Husband” and pretty much every time I feel duped. From the looks of all the other negative reviews “77 Shadow Street” has gotten, so do a lot of other loyal fans.Koontz must not read any of the comments people post on his books because they have consistently been more and more negative with each new story and they show no signs of getting any better. You want an honest opinion? Skip this book. Skip anything after “The Taking” or “The Face” and you won’t be in for a huge let down every single time.

  • Kendra
    2018-10-01 03:29

    Just a quick comment before I even start reading. I'm pretty darn sure I will enjoy this book because it's NOT "old" Dean Koontz. So many readers whine about his writing having changed, but I like the new stuff. It's not predictable, it has odd sort of paranormal/magic/special gifts that make the stories different from most of the authors out there. I don't want my favorite writers to stagnate and write the same damn thing. I'm not the same person I was 20 years ago, why should my authors be the same? Like it or dislike it, but don't whine for the past. Move on, just like Koontz has, and like I do every time I see another whiner's comment1/7/11 This book is freaking me out. I can only read it in bits and pieces because it is disturbing! It is well done, suspenseful, detailed but moves at a good pace. Dah......

  • Juli
    2018-10-08 00:13

    I really wanted to like this book. The blurb sounded interesting and creepy. But.....Dean Koontz is hit or miss for me. This one is a miss. I DNF'd this about 150 pages. Why?The story moves too slowly. No real suspense or action. Weird, mostly unseen, mysterious creature sneaking up on people -- Koontz Trope. Very little character development. This one is not for me. DNF and taking it back to the library. Sometimes I really enjoy Koontz.....other times.....meh. It did keep me entertained while I spent 3 hours getting my hair colored and cut......but not entertaining enough for me to finish the book.

  • Christine
    2018-10-21 00:32

    The house is called the Pendleton now and it was built as the dream home of a tycoon in the 1800’s. The original family was plagued with tragedy and ever since there has been a cycle of tragic events … coincidentally every 37 years. In the 1970’s it was remodeled as luxury apartments inhabited by the rich and famous, the rich and not so famous and the downright notorious. The curse of tragedy, however, seems to have stayed on despite the renovations and now ghostly images, disembodied voices and glowing mold haunt the residents of 77 Shadow Street.In my on going quest for a good ghost story I thought of all people Mr. Koontz would deliver. I hate to say this, but not so much! I’ll admit to being a long time Koontz fan, and although lately there have been some hits and some misses I always look forward to reading his books. This one was definitely on the “miss” side of the column. There are so many characters in this book … obviously the inhabitants of a luxury condo building … and the story progresses as each tells a part of the action. Sometimes this works, but in this case it is like watching a movie with too many fast cuts. Instead of adding to the drama and action it actually takes away from it. By the end of the book I didn’t care about the characters and was a little tired of the lengthy reflection on the bleakness of the world and the “darkness” of humankind. Would not recommend this one, even to a Koontz fan.

  • Jackie
    2018-10-13 00:07

    77SS started out good, mysterious and intriguing. I thought it was a haunted house story but it's not. Which is cool too. However, in the mid-way point, I was tired of the same long winded descriptions of grotesque and nasty things, the same thing over and over. I lost my momentum and found myself putting the book down more easily and not in much of a rush to get back to it.It wasn't a bad book, just not one of Koontz's best.

  • Lou
    2018-09-27 03:06

    "I am the One, the all and the only. I live in the Pendleton as surely as I live everywhere. I am the Pendelton's history and it's destiny. The building is my place of conception, my monument, my killing ground.""Not just a great house, not merely a mansion, the Pendleton was more accurately a Beaux Arts palace, built in 1889, at the height of the Gilded Age, sixty thousand square feet under roof, not counting the vast basement or the separate carriage house. A combination of Georgian and French Renaissance styles, the building was clad in limestone, with elaborately carved window surrounds. Neither the Carnegies nor the Vanderbilts, nor even the Rockefellers, had ever owned a grander house."77 Shadow Street an address like any other but with a mystery behind its doors unlike any other.A insidious evil is reawakening, there has been events of the macabre kind in the past nearly every 30years to be precise.Dean Koontz has really created an atmosphere of chilling eeriness. He is a master when it comes to writing with memorable characters, in this dwelling of darkness he brings to you two wonderful kids Winny and Iris an autistic girl of remarkable courage. If you think of H.P Lovecraft and Clive Barker getting together to write a novel involving a charnel house of mystery then this would be the end product. The writing flows well, it immerses you with expectations of a new evil force present and delivers with an originality of grandeur. You won't want to stop reading once you get into the whole 'who's there' scenario.One of the characters in the novel gave a fitting descriptions to the series events that he witnessed, he said it was as if he just been part of a movie that James Cameron directed while on amphetamines and Red Bull.I could see this being a really good adaptation to the big screen.King had his Shining, Matheson created Hell House, Peter Straub created Ghost story and now Dean Koontz has made a mark with 77 Shadow Street.You have had many house stories but Dean Koontz brings to the table a unique charnel house tale of his own."Iris was that perhaps rarer of autistic savants: one who had an intuitive grasp of the relationship between phonemes, the basic sounds by which a language was constructed, and the printed word. One day when she was five, Iris picked up a childrens book for the first time- and quickly began reading, having had no instruction, because when she looked at a word on the page, she heard the sound of it in her mind and knew its meaning. When she had never encountered a word before, she searched for its definition in a dictionary and thereafter never forgot it.""Winny was surprised to see so many books, because he thought some autistic kids never read well , maybe not at all. Evidently, Iris read a lot. He knew why. Books were another life. If you were shy and didn't know what to say and felt you didn't belong anywhere, books were a way to lead another life, a way to be someone else entirely, to be anyone at all. Winny didn't know what he would do without his books, except probably go berserk and start killing people and making ashtrays out of their skulls even though he didn't smoke and never would."Review also on more2read my webpage.Watch also Dean Koontz interview here.

  • Fred
    2018-09-19 22:32

    This was a NYT number 1 best seller on January 12, 2012.In Pendleton, Andrew North Pendleton builds 1880s apartments, his family captured & killed. Pendleton hides for years. Later purchased by the Ostock's, their butler kills them in 1935 "to save the world". A resident known as the "Witness" lead to kill other Pendleton residents. The remaining Pendleton occupants transported to the 2040s controlled by a spirit named "One". Mickey Dime kills off these Pendleton's residents but other threats exist?

  • Dirk Grobbelaar
    2018-10-19 05:27

    Seventy-Seven Shadow Street was the most peaceful address in the city.Or not.Phantoms / Midnight era Koontz: that is what this is. At long last. This is the kind of thing that made DK huge back in the day, and it is also the kind of thing he didn’t write nearly enough of (in my humble opinion).So it isn’t subtle. So what? Fear is the engine that drives the human animal.With its grotesque imagery, this is the kind of uber-weird acid-trip horror that did so well in the 80s. Make no mistake: this is one bizarre book! Koontz even manages to rationalise the madness to some degree. His habit of interspersing his horror plots with pseudo-science is often hit-or-miss. For example: I wasn’t overly fond of The Bad Place. In 77 Shadow Street, however, it seems to work a whole lot better. In fact, it works really well, because this is such a visual novel. Not a lot of beating around the bush - observe: freakishness!Basically, it’s a story about a haunted house. The nature of the haunting, however, is extremely unconventional. The mechanics of 77 Shadow Street are so far out of the box it should change horror writing forever. However, looking at the rather low average rating on Goodreads, it seems the world isn’t ready for this kind if thing (yet)…

  • Samantha Vanbrocklin
    2018-09-24 02:11

    I really wanted to love this book, but it really made it hard. I love the style in which the book was written. The movement between characters really added suspense and thrill, and a few times I wanted to jump out of my skin. However, it was drawn out at times and, although the ending was interesting, it didn't start taking shape until 3/4ths the way in. Overall, an interesting read but not up to Koontz's par.

  • Bob Milne
    2018-10-16 04:32

    Damn. There was a time when Dean Koontz stood tall alongside Stephen King and Clive Barker as a cornerstone of my horror collection. Over the years, however, I noticed his stories deliberately shift away from the dark weirdness and explicit horror that was so compelling to me. Eventually, I stopped picking up every new release, and started cherry-picking the ones that sounded interesting. I think it was that distance from the material that allowed me to step back and view his work with a more critical eye, ultimately realizing he'd descended into his own sub-genre of suspenseful, message-laden, clichéd morality tales.It was the Strange Highways collection, more than anything, which finally crushed that eroded cornerstone into dust. There were some stories in it that reminded me so much of his older work, I found myself getting excited again - and then I discovered Twilight of the Dawn. If there is one work above all others than demonstrated how far he'd fallen for me, one story that abandoned all attempts and subtlety and beat you over the head with the message that God is Good, that was the story. If you haven't read it, it's basically about a man whose atheism is responsible for all the tragedies that befall him and his family, and who is 'saved' by a pair of miracles.I've tried to get back into Koontz a few times since then, with no success. Even when he's not falling back on his favorite tropes of special needs kids and adopted dogs saving the world through their purity and innocence, I can't escape simplicity of his villains. There's no moral ambiguity, no sympathetic aspect, and no sort of internal conflict. They'd be cartoonish in their stark blackness, if it weren't for the fact that they're so dreadfully heavy-handed. Find a character in a Koontz novel who doesn't believe in God and who engages in illicit kinky sex, and you've got your villain. I mean, he went so far as to take the archetype of the classic, morally ambiguous, sympathetically tormented villain, strip him of all of that color and depth, and instead present Victor Frankenstein as a man who is wholly evil and without moral direction because he doesn't believe in God. With all that baggage, you're likely wondering why I even gave 77 Shadow Street a chance. Well, the truth is, I wanted to find a Koontz book I could enjoy again, and a classic haunted house tale - with no room for one of those simplistic villains - seemed like a perfect choice.This actually started off extraordinarily well, raising my hopes for a return to form. It was mysterious and creepy, full of WTF moments, and had an intriguing ghost story at its heart. The Pendleton was a fantastic setting, and its horrific history was perfect background for a contemporary ghost story. The plummeting elevator? Awesome. The blood-red water and sinuous shapes in the basement pool? Fantastic. The gigantic bug-like creatures seen only in shadow? Stunning.Except, of course, that's not what this is. Koontz teases us for a long time, and really lays the supernatural evidence on thick, but eventually devolves into a messy sci-fi/horror mash-up involving time travel, alternate timelines, and dangerous experiments. I was disappointed, and came to resent the sci-fi intrusions, but was still willing to see where it went.Unfortunately, the characters bring the story crashing down. For one, there are just too many of them for us to really be able to focus and care about their fates. The best of them are damaged, and the worst of them are those cartoon evil-doers who deserve their fate. There are no sainted doggies here, but two special needs kids who you just know are going to be pivotal. What began as a fascinating ghost story with some real narrative flair turned into a soap opera of character studies. We go from room to room in the Pendleton, from character to character, and basically wait for something to happen. I gave up somewhere in the second half when I looked back at the past 150 pages and realized a few characters made it down the stairs. Seriously, that was the sum total of plot development. All momentum was lost, and I just couldn't compel myself to continue.I hate to say it, but I think I may be done trying to reconnect with my glory years. There are some authors who grow and evolve alongside you, and others who choose to take their development down a different path. Koontz and I, we're clearly on different paths, and I no longer see a crossroads ahead.Originally reviewed at Beauty in Ruins

  • Laura
    2018-10-09 00:23

    Normally, I can whip through a Dean Koontz book at two or three days, tops. But this one plods along. Things don't really pick up until about 200 pages in, but even then it's a slog. Only the last 50 or so pages feel like an actual Dean Koontz book.One problem is that there is no one to really root for. I felt ambivalent about all the characters (of which there are many, another problem). The only ones really worth of rooting for are Iris and Winny, but that's because they're kids. I also felt there were too many different elements; the plot felt like multiple plots, rather than a main plot and sub-plots. The elements finally came together in the end, but really I couldn't decide if I was reading about time travel, the seeing of ghosts, science beyond my understanding, or what.Koontz's novels tend to get my heart pumping and leave me longing for the next chapter, but "77 Shadow Street" just doesn't fit the bill. I kept reading because I hate the idea of leaving a book unfinished. It was a relief to reach the end.I'll keep reading Koontz's work, of course. This book is (thankfully) a rare miss in a library of hits. I am especially excited that another Odd Thomas novel is due out this summer.Visit my blog at Bums & Bellybuttons.

  • Obsidian
    2018-09-28 04:17

    I don't even know what to say. I was tempted to DNF but I really wanted something to get crossed off of my second bingo card so struggled through to the end with this one.I don't know guys, I think that Koontz has flashes of brilliance in his books, but his later stuff is just him preaching via his characters about whatever he currently has a bug about. This one is just about how advances in technology can lead to the world being wiped out via our scientific advances.I will say the initial part of the book (the horrific events that occurred at a Gilded Age home over the years) was great. When Koontz got into the characters and dialogue it just fell apart. What's wrong with just writing a straight haunted house mystery? I don't know why Koontz went from that to what this turned into."77 Shadow Street" follows a former home eventually turned into condos that every 37 or maybe it was 38 years an event occurs there that leaves all of the inhabitants dead. Now it's about to go through its cycle again. Now called the Pendleton, it is a home for it seems fairly well off people. I don't know what to say about the characters. We have a former Marine (of course we do) who is now an investment banker of some sort. Two elderly rich sisters leaving together, a former U.S. Senator, a country music writer and her son, and a woman and her autistic daughter. There is also a retired lawyer, a scientist, and shoot I know I am blanking on at least 4 more people here, but I can't even recall people's names at this point.I can't even point to a favorite character since we spend so little time with everyone. You maybe get a paragraph or two before Koontz blithely skips to the next character. We also get an info dump via the retired attorney about the history of the Pendleton. I really hate info dumps and this one made no sense to me since who moves into a place where it seems murders keeps happening? If Koontz could have limited himself to a first person POV and just had that character introduce us to the other characters it could have worked. When I started reading the one kid's point of view I was just over everything. It doesn't help that we get some bad science via characters too when the happenings at the Pendleton start getting explained. Readers quickly find out though that Shadow Street is not what it seems. It appears to also connect to a man calling himself "Witness" and a narrator calling themselves "The One." It takes a while for all of this to sync up so you can figure out what is going on. However, the reveal to me was disappointing. The flow started off okay and than just got increasingly worse. The writing was atrocious (dialogue wise) too. I just kept going to myself, who the heck talks like this while I was reading. Everyone sounded like a bad fortune cookie. At one point I thought I was reading an Odd Thomas book since everyone in this book managed to sound like that character at one point or the other. The setting of the Pendleton at first was creepy. But when things got explained I found myself in disbelief about how this all got explained. It was overly explained and I called BS on what actions one of the characters did. I think it would have caused some paradox consequences, but I really didn't care at that point cause at least I had finished this book. FYI, I skipped reading the novella included since it was a prequel of "77 Shadow Street" called "The Moonlit Mind" and honestly should have maybe been put up front before you get into the longer book. Either way, I was glad to be done and refused to read that. This book ended around the 75 percent mark because of my skipping that read.

  • Adam Wilson
    2018-10-10 22:15

    I suppose that by this point I could qualify as one of Dean Koontz's unique villains since I continue to perform the same action and expect something different. By "action" I mean reading yet another new Dean Koontz novel and by "different" I mean expecting it to actually be good. Remember the good old days? Remember when Koontz consistantly put out masterpiece after masterpiece. Everything from roughly 1975 to 2007 was excellent. If you have read much before that time period you will know what I mean, but he has the excuse of being young and inexperienced. After 2007 however... I actually liked Your Heart Belongs to Me but it wasn't fantastic or anything. Then there was Relentless which I gave a free ride because you had to give Koontz credit for trying something new even if it was something new like Metallica's St. Anger was supposed to be new. Then Breathless came out and I felt a twinge of fear deep in my belly that had nothing to do with the story itself. By this time, the Frankenstein novels were also beginning to decline and feel stretched to ensure that Koontz could put one out a year. Then, What the Night Knows was released and that twinge of fear became outright horror as I tossed another bad rating Koontz's way. I mean, Koontz! He is my second-favorite author and I hated, well, hating, his new stuff. Now, to finally get to the point here, I no longer feel guilty for giving this stuff poor ratings. 77 Shadow Street is a nice atempt to return to the classic Koontz of the eighties that I love so damn much but just because you can ride a skateboard when you are twenty doesn't mean you will do it just as well when you are nearing seventy. I know that isn't fair to say but I really got the feeling that Koontz had lost the ability to make good horror. This was just ridiculous from about a third in and onward. It was made all the more disappointing because the set up was nicely done and I was rejoycing because I knew that good ole Koontz was back on track. No such luck though, at least not for me. The plot is a bit too ridiculous to get into, the book does that annoying thing where there are too many damn characters and each chapter bounces from one to the next (which was one of my major problems with Breathless), the writing felt forced as if Koontz was struggling to impress people with the complexity of his phrases rather then his storytelling, and a lot of the time I just had no clue what in the blue fuck was going on because I continuously lost interest due to the other problems I just mentioned. "Well, does it get better in the end?" No. The beginning was awesome but is soon forgotten as the weight of annoying characteristics of the novel begin to way upon you. In short, I am disappointed once again but I do respect Koontz for still writing and writing so much after all this time but I wish that he could go out with a bang rather than with these highly anticipated books that are so unlike him.

  • Dustin Crazy little brown owl
    2018-10-13 23:23

    Holy Shit! This is a damn good book! It's been a long time since a story has intrigued me as much as 77 Shadow Street. I have recently become addicted to the TV show called American Horror Story and this story is a nice book to read while waiting for new episodes. 77 Shadow Street is about a haunted luxury apartment, formerly a Gilded Age palace, built in the 1800's. Well technically, the place ain't haunted (view spoiler)[ it's something more to do with alternate realities of past present and future, (hide spoiler)] so it also reminds me of my favorite TV show, FRINGE and this is a good book to read while you're waiting for new episodes of that one too :-)To me this seems very original, both as a haunting and as a book written by Dean Koontz. This is not your typical Koontz story and the descriptions are amazing! :-) Too bad most of yous have to wait until 12/27/11 :-) I feel so honored to have this opportunity.While there is no dog as a main character and no clear man and woman hooking up for a happy ending, there are some characteristic Koontz elements to this story, things that he has done in other books. These include, but are not limited to:(view spoiler)[-Conspiracy Theories-Frankenstein Like Monsters-Mix of Humor & Terror-A Woman named Nora-A conveniently located lava shaft for disposing bodies (Velocity)-A young character who has autism-A friendly, helpful lawyer-The use of lightning to highlight a person's tragic life-An Artifical Intelligence out of control (Demon Seed)-A killer with an extra-large bathroom (Frankenstein)-Golden Retrievers (hide spoiler)]You will get to know The Pendleton's layout very well - the book features building blueprints to help you do this. The building has four levels. The basement level has a pool, Gym, storage units, HVAC room, security room and the Superintendent's Living Quarters. The other 3 levels feature the Luxury Apartments of various sizes. There are many different residents/characters in this book. Luckily Koontz allowed a few of the places to be vacant during this story - As the story takes place in December, some residents are on vacation.:-) THANK YOU TO MY GOODREADS FRIEND WHO SENT ME AN ADVANCED COPY OF THIS BOOK!!!!!Update: I enjoyed the first half of the book much better than the second half. While I still really liked the book and would like to read it again, I did have to downgrade my amazing 5 star rating to a 4 star rating.2017 Thoughts:This is an intriguing & thought-provoking story, but I feel there are too many characters. My most recent favorite Dean Koontz novel was Ashley Bell, published in 2015. For the first time in a long time, Koontz fans went through a calendar year (2016) with no new releases from Dean Koontz.

  • Jamee Zielke
    2018-09-25 03:32

    This book is a thriller. It took me a good two weeks to read.I was nine pages from the end at about 11:30pm. It's a thriller - I should not even be able to sleep until the end, right? I mean NINE pages!I feel asleep and had to finish it in the morning. And only did so I can move on to the next book I want to read.Koontz does a wonderful job with description. He's very thorough and detailed. Which would be great if he didn't repeat all the descriptions with each character. It really destroys the momentum of the story.I don't recommend it. I know Koontz has other reads that are a lot more engaging than this one was.

  • Andrew pinto
    2018-10-03 02:29

    im already much over half way, and this book makes you wonder...will it get better? it started pretty okay, but its just getting boring now. okay putting this one down, not even going to finish it, it is very boring that i fall asleep when i think about reading it...i really tried to like this one but i just cant do it

  • Robin
    2018-10-19 06:36

    Sped read like a demon...so I could be done with it! Koontz has been great at character development in the past. In this book, I didn't really like anyone so didn't really care what happened to them.

  • Michael Knudsen
    2018-10-14 00:08

    I'm one of those who waits expectantly each December for Dean's latest. He's a solid writer with a great imagination and I like and agree with many of the ideas circumscribed in his "agenda". Like many reviewers here, I've become less enamoured of his more recent efforts and long for the Dean Koontz of old. I doubt that he'll be making a comeback to those glory days. Mr. Koontz is a different writer now, but I'm not quite ready to dismiss him as one of those publishing powerhouses who's gone off the deep end writing what he wants because he can without much regard for his fans. He's still a consummate entertainer, an important cultural allegorist, and a narrative ringmaster who can hang with the best of them. Yes, the themes and imagery are beginning to fatigue a bit, and black and white are often presented in stark, unrealistic contrast in novels like 77 Shadow Street. My thoughts after 100 pages -- Too many protagonists, yet some so similar that it causes confusion. I could barely keep Bailey, Kirby, and Silas straight at this point. Are we dealing with a haunted apartment building here, or something more?After 200 pages -- Weirder and weirder, but that's Dean Koontz. Love his ability to imagine the most depraved human and non-human monsters. This is interesting enough to keep reading. 300 pages -- Really, bio-tech, nano-tech apocolypse, combined with an ill-advised time travel condundrum? I'm surprised at this, but it's still interesting. Some of the good guys are dying, and that's a bit of a switch. This is becoming somewhat of a whodunnit, and I'm starting to care about some of the characters. Home stretch -- No spoilers, but I liked the last part of the book best. Somehow, it all ends up making sense. I never was really frightened of any of the scenes themselves (even with the lights off), but the wholesale premise is terrifying. If this is supposed to make us paranoid about scientific advancements, mission accomplished. I was excited to see no dogs as characters for once, just a couple of cats that meet a tragic fate. As I approached the last page, I said to myself, "wow, not even a mention of golden retrievers". Alas, that most cherished of breeds is mentioned twice in the final 400 words. This was just enough to keep me reading, Dean, but I'm not as excited about your new releases anymore!

  • March Shoggoth Madness The Haunted Reading Room
    2018-09-29 01:26

    77 Shadow Street is a startlingly complex novel effortlessly combining Supernatural, Scientific, and Science Fiction genres. I say startlingly, because this novel is a giant step forward, even for the very accomplished and prolific Dean Koontz. The only previous novel of Mr. Koontz’s that I can think of even coming anywhere close to the achievement of 77 Shadow Street is The Taking-also a novel by Mr. Koontz which I have never been able to put out of my mind. 77 Shadow Street focuses on The Pendleton, a lovely Beaux Arts residence of the late Victorian period, over the duration of some three quarters of a century, a single-family residence (through several changes of ownership), then from 1973-2011, a condominium—a gentle, dignified, lovely building on a finely landscaped hill-but this is only the surface, and behind the scenes (and underground) lies slithering, shimmering, horrifying secrets. This is not a book easily walked away from, and it is not a book that can be forgotten. It will hound you, tease you, and make you pause to think-and that’s the way a novel should be-and what I can always expect, and never disappointed, from Dean Koontz.

  • Bettie☯
    2018-10-18 06:11

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  • Mike (the Paladin)
    2018-10-06 00:17

    Dean Koontz is an extremely prolific writer. He's also a writer who can turn out books the appeal differently to different people. Some of Mr. Koontz's (that sounds so odd, "Koontz's...but hey I didn't make the rules of grammar. [But when I was a kid I loved to visit my "grammar"])... (Okay forget all that). As I was saying some of the author's early work didn't appeal to me much. But my wife loved these books. On the other hand one of his earlier books Watchers, was one I liked a lot (though the language bugged me a bit). So, why all that? A few years ago the books of Mr. Koontz "seemingly" took on a particular tone. At least some perceived they had and this was referred to by many of his fans as "the new Koontz". There was some disagreement on these books but they are for me some of my favorite books. By the Light of the Moon, One Door Away from Heaven, The Taking and others of this era are books I like. Unfortunately after this period the books changed again. There are books from that "era" of whatever like Your Heart Belongs to Me that I REALLY dislike. The last few books I've read by this (as noted earlier) prolific writer have been books that really didn't impress me. I picked this one up as the Koontz group chose it and my daughter read it. And I hope it signals a change for the better (of course that's "better" based on my taste and what I like. As noted Mr. Koontz writes books that appeal differently to different people.)This book is a mixed bag. I'll mention some specifics later under a spoiler tag, but you trying to decide whether to read it or not I'll try to give a general outlook on what I think. For a lot of this one I had a "been there done that got the tee shirt" vibe. If you've read much of DK's work you're going to recognize a lot of character types if not the characters themselves. Many of the participants of this one have appeared elsewhere in his work. The book also struggles to get past what I'd call "the set up". Most of the author's work has a "set up" period where get to meet the players, know the villain/villains (and maybe their psychopathy). There's a plot laid out and then the story unfolds. This one runs on too long. The story could have been told in much less space. The feeling of horror vignettes seems to go on and on. I was pretty "unhorrified" after a while. It just dragged out to much. Point of view shifts sometimes take place after only a few lines (over and over) and while if you were really in a situation like this the horror or terror would be overwhelming in a book it simply manages to wear thin. Neither do we get to know one or two or three characters well enough to care about them. We do spot some of them and go "oh yeah that's the...fill in the blank..." but as to THIS BOOK and THIS GROUP OF 'PEOPLE" no not so much.On the other hand. The rating of this book went back and forth for me between 3 and 4 stars. The idea behind it (which has been done elsewhere, but does rest at least lightly on actual possibility) is a good one. Some of the characters are really pretty good in their application. AND one character who typifies a given group is very well done as are his actions and reaction/s. For that one set of scenes alone I almost brought the rating up to 4 stars. Sadly you still have to wade through a lot of verbiage I think most will find unnecessary.(view spoiler)[In this book you're going to meet a lot of characters we've met before with Mr. Koontz. The brave ex-military, the hurt and troubled mother, the strangely psychotic murderer. Some are like the characters who went before others are mixtures of the types. For example the young daughter of Sparkle Sykes is autistic whereas in Light of the Moon it's a young man. There are a couple of "innocent children" saving the world motifs in the cast and so on. The cast here is too large so far as detailed story telling goes. We never really settle in on any main characters other than "the cats of characters. Still the scientist who gets a look at what his life's work will ultimately bring about (the destruction not only of human life but all life) simply clings to the idea he still knows what's best for everyone. That an elite can and must decide what's best for all the world. I loved it myself. I've seen it before but this book's scene does it so well. It has some problems, (for example the size of the cast) but their not fatal ones. In the end or all in all I like the book...mostly, LOL.Clear as mud? The novel is, as I said a mixed bag.(hide spoiler)]Bottom line. I think you could skim this book skipping about a lot through the first 3/4s and still get the story. BUT I liked the plot itself and hope we're seeing here a shift in the writer's output. 3.5....in this case equals 3 stars.

  • David Brian
    2018-10-11 05:28

    I consider Dean Koontz a true wordsmith. His powers of description are amazing, and he creates flawless imagery surrounding the worlds and characters he is writing about. He has written some wonderful novels. Unfortunately, he has also written some stinkers.After struggling with The Darkest Evening of the Year, and then following up with Breathless, I had to seriously consider whether I would ever read Koontz again. His stock characters, plots, and an abundance of dogs (and I love dogs), began to sorely test my interest in his writing.So, having said all of this, why did I decide to pick up 77 Shadow Street? Answer: I don't honestly know. But I am damn pleased I did.There are still a few D.K. staples, but these are easily forgiven because of the work he has produced here. The Pendleton is a building with a spotty past (and that's being kind). It has been a building of nightmares and, for the current inhabitants, this is about to be true once again. With an abundance of interesting and quirky characters, and a complex plot that crosses boundaries, weaving between horror and sci-fi, this is Dean Koontz at his best. To sum up: There is no doubting D.K. has had his off days, but when he is on - he nails it! And he nailed it this time.

  • Beth
    2018-10-04 00:30

    I love most books by Dean Koontz. This one was not a favorite of mine. At times, I had to force myself to keep reading. It was harder to follow the plot, and I kept getting the characters confused. The best part of this book was the novella, The Moonlit Mind, at the end of it. I devoured that in one sitting, and I was hoping for more!! Would love for his new book to be about Crispin, Harley, and Amity!!!

  • Susanhayeshotmail.com
    2018-10-06 01:09

    One point five stars, I almost hated it, very rare for me, mostly because I was so dang disappointed. I have a hankering for a good ghost story and this sounded like it might fit the bill, old house, mysterious deaths and disappearances in the past, weird happenings in the present ... if you're into that type of thing, and once in awhile I am. This, this however was a chore. And absolute plod, a slog through just too many characters, too many wordy descriptions. I must give him credit where credit is due, the fungus descriptions? Super creepy and icky poo, I didn't even want to read about it, let alone see it. Anyway, I usually enjoy his clever use of language and sly bits of humor but this did not grab my attention at all. I skimmed heavily, I must have skipped more than half the book in the faint hope that things would pick up and I would be compelled to read the whole thing. Never even tempted. I always feel vaguely guilty writing negative reviews. I mean, who am I to judge? I've only the vaguest idea of what it must take to write an actual book! But let me wax at a little length about my feelings for Mr. Koontz and his writing. When he has his game on he can do weird and creepy supernatural and somehow link them to both the darkest and best in people resulting in a delicious meld of heartwarming, frequently larded with humor, horror as Good conquers Evil. Over the years I have enjoyed that gift and one of the other things I have appreciated is his general, really almost complete lack of profanity and vulgarity and though he writes about violence and creepy things they are seldom graphic, at least in the ever escalating, voyeuristic, gross and shocking way that seems to have become all too prevalent in all forms of media. And I love that he so obviously has a romantic heart, in the best sense, that believes in true love and the courage and good to be found in the most average people. All that remains true in this novel and, sadly, a great many other Koontz hallmarks are present and accounted for though I was relieved to not encounter, at least in my slap dash skimming, any beatified canines. The problem is, all those Koontz hallmarks or themes have become, for me, the equivalent of, say, what if Alfred Hitchcock had decided that if one subtle, fun to look for cameo appearance per film was good then popping in and out of each movie over and over would be even better? A cinematic scene by scene Where's Waldo. Just not so fun or effective and would seriously diminish the power of the film. So. Good premise for a story but I have been irrevocably disappointed in too many recent Koontz offerings. Dean, in the words of Steve Martin, and despite a lack of dog poopie (which in gratitude for previous hours of enjoyment I would never fling at your shoes), I break with thee, I break with thee, I break with thee. You're a good man but I am moving on. I don't even think Odd Thomas can lure me back.

  • Mike
    2018-10-03 23:34

    77 Shadow Streetby Dean KoontzPendleton Apartments have a dark past, a frightening present, and a horrifying future. The residents that reside there include a cold blooded killer, a woman trying to cope with the tragic deaths of her parents, and a conspiracy theorist who believes the Ruling Elite is slowly poisoning the population. These occupants among others are now living in a building controlled by an evil presence dialogued as "One". The "One" ensures immortal dominion by pivoting history towards it's own control. The entity maintains a place of deep mystery and enchantment with occasional episodes of terror to give it texture. Every 38 years it rises from a fault of time and space as plant, animal, and machine.Dean Koontz needs no words to describe his talent at writing and story telling. He is one of our talents that we cherish, and celebrate each time a gift is given to his readers. This latest book is no exception, and will stand alongside all the other successes he has conjured. Koontz is the rare author that you don't have to read the synopsis on the back cover of a book, or try to make decisions among other competitors. You see his book on the shelf, you purchase it, you take it home, and you benefit. The End.

  • Angie
    2018-10-09 04:20

    Let me just tell you, fungus scares me. I do not want it on my pizza. It grows in dark, moist corners and feeds off compost. Yuck! Let's just say fungus plays a big role in this book and each page will keep you in suspense as well as go "yuck". I loved it, really. It reminded me of the first Dean Koontz book I read that got me hooked: "The Taking". Same kind of post-apocalyptic feel with just as much of a human-less, fungus-filled environment. Enjoy! And stay away from the mushrooms!

  • Thomas Edmund
    2018-10-06 03:36

    77 Shadow Street is by far the best Koontz I've read (even given the psychology bias towards Odd Thomas [guess what the T in my name is...]) and I'm not a fan. Koontz shows exceptional skill at quickly building attachable characters and establishing the 'rose red' haunted house setting.Of course the genre is so hastily established, one suspects some theme-bending twists and Koontz does not disappoint. After all the blurb says it all (look yourself I don't want to spoil anything.)Despite this I find an old complaint of mine resurfacing. Despite his best efforts Koontz can't seem to keep his own personal opinions out of his writing - I guess half the motivation of being a famous author is to get your point of view some page-time, but it doesn't serve the story when towards the end of the book when the big reveal happens you feel like Glenn Beck wrote the part of the 'bad-guy' and I find myself wanting to correspond with Koontz just to tell him that science isn't quite as bad as he makes out.Diverting from hypocrisy I also have a reviewerly reason for not giving 77 S.S. 5 stars - Koontz weighs his story down with an overdose of characters. The book is probably a good 100 pages too long, due to needing to flesh out each introduced person, which also makes the plot a little repeditive as we have to see each person's first experience of the 'supernatural' and ultimately only a few of the characters are vital as P.O.V.'s the rest could have be demoted to minor, as an unfortunate side effect of over-populating your narrative is a sense of pleasure each time someone dies so you don't have so many people to keep track of. This is particularly obvious when Koontz switches from having a P.O.V. per chapter to labelling paragraphs with the central character's names, much slowing the pace and reducing the empathy.That all said, 77 Shadow Street was an epic ride, and a highly original piece (a rare find these days!)