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From the Corner of His Eye Hardcover – December 26, 2000
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Horrormeister Koontz looks heavenward for inspiration in his newest suspense thriller, which is chock-full of signs, portents, angels, and one somewhat second-rate devil, a murky and undercharacterized guy named Junior Cain who throws his beloved wife off a fire tower on an Oregon mountain and spends the rest of the novel waiting for the retribution that will surely come. But not before a series of tragedies ensues that convince Junior that someone or something named Bartholomew is out to exact vengeance for that crime and the series of other murders that follow.
Bartholomew's own troubles begin with his birth, which transpires moments after his father is killed in a traffic accident as he is taking his wife to the hospital, and continue with the loss of his eyes at the tender age of 3. Young Bartholomew has visionary gifts, though to his mother, a nice lady who's renowned for her pie-making abilities as well as her sweetly innocent nature, he's just a particularly smart kid who can read and write before his second birthday. Eventually, Bartholomew regains his sight, Junior Cain gets his comeuppance, and fate conspires to bring love into the Pie Lady's life, reward the faithful, and put a happy ending on this genre-bending tale. Koontz will no doubt rocket right to the top of the bestseller list with this inventive, if somewhat slower-paced, read. --Jane Adams
From Publishers Weekly
The premise behind Koontz's new novel is the same that buoyed Michael Crichton's TimelineDthat there exist multitudes of alternate universes, each varying only slightly from the next. Whereas Crichton used the idea to generate high adventure, however, Koontz employs it to create powerful emotion tinged with spiritual wonder. That emotion, which rocks characters and will shake readers, marks this as one of Koontz's most affecting novelsDand he's written a lot of them. But there's else in this fitfully suspenseful, sprawling story of good vs. evil that will leave readers wishing Koontz would make better friends with his delete key. Above all, there's the villain, Junior Cain, whose opening homicidal act will shock readers like ice water on the spine. Koontz enlivens dashing Junior with lots of neat touchesDe.g., he develops psychosomatic afflictions (vomiting, boils) after each killDbut Junior seems built from the outside in, more a pile of tics than a full-fledged human. On the side of good, the characters are more engaging, especially two psychospiritually gifted children and Thomas Vanadium, the magic-working priest-turned-cop who gets on Junior's case like a pit bull. Vanadium's lust for justice will galvanize readers, as will the trials and triumphs of the children, particularly the boy, Bartholomew, who Junior seesDin one working out of Koontz's theme of the interconnectedness of all lifeDas his mortal enemy and seeks to destroy. The potency of that theme and Bartholomew's wisdom in the face of personal tragedy provide the novel with great uplift, in spite of its wildly convoluted story line and excessive verbiage. (Dec. 26) Forecast: Note the pub date: Koontz has the week after Christmas all to himself. Plans include major ad/promo, 12-copy displays, simultaneous BDD Audio and Random large-print edition and, most importantly, a preview excerpt in each copy of the mass market of False Memory, on sale one month before. Like Koontz's other novels, this will be a serious bestsellerDperhaps even a #1.
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More and more, we are being drawn towards the subject of quantum physics, where, at subatomic levels, energy becomes though and effect precedes cause. Dean has pointed us towards the concept of faith and science coming together at this sub atomic level, and pointing I think to the domain of the creator or if you like, Supreme Being.
I think that a universe so complex cannot, to any rational being, be dismissed as happenstance. That we go on, either to other lifetimes or ascend to higher etherial levels must be given serious consideration.
Certainly this is a shot in the arm to seekers after truth.
In this volume, Dean has, in my opinion, pointed the way for serious thinkers, nay believers, to follow their own star to the level of spiritual perfection that we must all eventually aspire.
I do hope that Dean will be inspired to give us more of the same, so like the sower and the seed, some of it will find fertile ground and reproduce an hundredfold.
Thank you amazon for bringing this book to my attention.
Very complex story with many characters woven together, many not until close to the end.
Long book, but good read and fast moving.
The only reason there are 4 stars and not 5 because some people died that I really really didn't want to, and the end sort of dragged a little but did close things down.
The infinite universes theory made me think of Big Bang Theory and Sheldon saying in some universes he'd be a clown made of cotton candy, lol. Kind of lost me on that one, but it was still very interesting and, of course, well-written.
It took me around six months to read this novel, in part because at 729 pages it's a long novel, and in part because at times I lost interest in the story. It has a large cast of characters, but most of the minor ones stay minor or have incidental roles even though Koontz spends a good deal of time describing their stories and motivations. I've always held that the best Koontz books are the ones in which he are granted extensive "stays" inside the minds of psychopaths and serial killers. That's why, to me, books like Dark Rivers of the Heart, Intensity, Hideaway, and others, where the point of view is frequently told from the killer's perspective, are the best books of his. In From the Corner of His Eye, we are indeed treated to most of the book being told from the killer's perspective. He is a murderer, and a blatant sociopath whose life is chronicled very extensively though his search for the other main character. A lot of reviewers on here say that the book is too long and that too much of this novel feels like it's padded from the serial killer's perspective. I agree with that. However, I found that the most interesting parts of the book were those told from the killer's perspective. There is also criticism among the Amazon reviewers that the book was rushed in the end. I would agree with that only if the novel, by the last fifteen or so pages, hadn't reached its narrative crescendo, which it does by that point. The last fifteen pages are more of an epilogue. I feel that if the threat had not been vanquished near the end, and not literally at the end, then indeed, the novel would have felt rushed. Should you read this book? I would say yes. Koontz's books are so "hit-and-miss" that it is just as easy to get a "dud" as it easy to get a "gem." This book is neither, but it isn't the atrocity that certain others of his have been (e.g., "Innocence).