77 Shadow Street

3.33
I am the One, the all and the one. I live in the Pendleton as surely as I live everywhere. I am the Pendleton ’ s history and its destiny. The uilding is my place of conception, my monument, my killing ground....

The Pendleton stands on the summit of Shadow Hill at the ighest point of an old heartland city, a Gilded Age palace built in the mi 1800s as a tycoon ’ s dream home. Almost from the eginning, its grandeur has been scarred by episodes of madness, suicide, mass murders, and dreaming of things far worse. But since its rechristening in the 970s as a luxury apartment building, the Pendleton has been at peace. For its fortunate residents—among them a successful guitaris and her oung brother, a disgraced ex-senator, a marrie attorney, and a driven money manager—the Pendleton ’ s magnificent quarters are a sanctuary, its dark past all but forgotten.

But now inexplicable shadows caper across walls, security cameras relay impossible images, phantom voices mutter in strange tongues, not-quite-human figures lurk in the basement, elevators plunge into unknown depths. With each passing hour, a terrifying certainty grows: Whatever drove the Pendleton ’ s past occupants to their unspeakable fates is at work again. Soon, all those within its boundaries will be engulfed by a dark tide from which few have escaped.

Dean Koontz transcends all expectations as he takes readers on a gripping journey to a place where nightmare visions become real—and where a group of singular individuals hold the key to humanity ’ s ques. Welcome to 77 Shadow Street.
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Published December 27th 2011 by Bantam (first published 2011
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77 Shadow Street
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451

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I ’ ll dmit 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 boo.

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.

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I don ’ t know how it ’ s likely, but somehow “ 77 Shadow Street ” manages to showcase both the best and worst of Koontz.

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 essay: 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 xpense of Koontz ’ s overwhelming desire to over-describe damn near everything in the Pendleton mansion.

“ Do you see the fungus? ” Speaking of children, Koontz still fails to craft a believable kid.

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 backstor to even have any worth in this book.Those 2 kids are but a mall part of the uge cast of characters Koontz attempts ( and fails) to craft into this book.

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 very well feel like this may be my last attempt at trying to give Koontz another shot.

From the loo 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 wors.

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I really wanted to like this novel.

But ... ..Dean Koontz is hit or miss for me.

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I only got 1/4 through this bad book ( I hesitate to call it a ovel, 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 edroom, 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 first 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?

The wall wasn ’ t nearly thick enough to accommodate such a monste.

All was as it should be. " ell, I do n't think that anyon 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 novel.

Nine year old boy, not only orphaned but also traumatized, standing in the sno ( why do such things never happen on a sunny day?), nevertheless not losing strenght!

If a writer wrote his first boo in 1968 and in 2012 writes crap like this, perhaps it 's time to call it quits.Okay, maybe I was unfair.

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!

Well, at least I ca n't see much of dreadful authorial intrusion, where the authot tries to ridicule what he does n't like by making a bad character take the position he does n't agree with, specifically oversimplifying it to make those who disagree with him look as dumb as possible ... " Great art wasn ’ t about emotion.

If it touched your heart, it wasn ’ t art.

If it made you think, it might be philosophy or science or something, but it wasn ’ t art.

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So many readers whine about his writing having changed, but I like the new everythin.

Tur 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.

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Seventy-Seven Shadow Street was the most peaceful address in the city.Or not.Phantoms/ Midnight era Koontz: that is what this is.

In 77 Shadow Street, however, it seems to work a whole lot better.

The mechanics of 77 Shadow Street are so far out of the box it should change horror writing forever.

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