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5.0 out of 5 stars Innocence: An Experience beyond Words, November 30, 2013
This review is from: Innocence: A Novel (Hardcover)
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Addison lives far beneath the busyness of the big city, well hidden from humanity, avoiding all people, lest the mere sight of him cause them to kill him. Meanwhile, Gwyneth lives in her own seclusion, locked on the top floor of her father’s mansion. Refusing to allow human touch, she is banned to a solitary life. When Addison and Gwyneth meet, it becomes evident that their lives have a profound purpose.

This book is beyond words, and, although I would like to say more and extol its value and profundity, I do not want to give away a fragment of the secret gems hidden within the pages of this unforgettable book!

As his readers already know, Mr. Koontz is a master of words. However, this book reads like the finest poetry; his writing is that lyrical! His descriptions are tender and moving. His characters are true and show that Koontz truly understands the many facets of human nature. Although this book is categorized as mystical fantasy and deals with unrealistic happenings, it rings true-to-life because of its exemplary character development and realistic and vivid settings.

This book is poignant and thought inducing, tender and hopeful, and will be forever etched in the reader’s mind and heart.
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Initial post: Dec 29, 2013 10:51:44 PM PST
BarryR says:
"However, this book reads like the finest poetry..."
It also reads like melodrama. The dialogue is often pseudo-mystical.
The underlying premise is very interesting. I couldn't anticipate what made the character so "ugly" as to induce violence.
But the overwriting too often slowed down the telling.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 1, 2014 6:30:11 AM PST
Society in masses, does not like anything different than itself as a awhole .... it shuns the disfigured, the odd, the strange, and what it fears it must destroy .... so does it really matter what made the character so "ugly"?

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 1, 2014 7:45:28 AM PST
Sandra says:
In this case, without telling you about the conclusion, yes, it does matter.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 1, 2014 12:54:45 PM PST
Thank You Sandra ...

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 1, 2014 2:07:57 PM PST
Sandra says:
:-) Enjoy the book!

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 11, 2015 10:09:34 AM PST
Vickie says:
I didn't find a thing absorbing about this book. "Pseudo-mystical" is a good term. I didn't understand the sudden and casual plot twist of a plague. Strange and unsatisfying book.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 11, 2015 10:12:16 AM PST
Vickie says:
Koontz (or whoever wrote this book) thought the nature of the character's ugliness was important. That is why they gave it the embodiment of a child born to man and woman but without original sin on its soul. The innocence was unbearable for people to look at somehow without going nuts. Strange affliction for a character to have.
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