- Mass Market Paperback: 264 pages
- Publisher: Leisure Books; First Edition Thus edition (February 1, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0843960914
- ISBN-13: 978-0843960914
- Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 3.8 x 0.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,530,468 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Darkness on the Edge of Town Mass Market Paperback – February 1, 2010
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People have compared it to King's The Mist, and while I thought that too in the beginning, the overall theme is completely different. Keene does an outstanding job of portraying what happens to people when catastrophe hits. And in typical Keene style, he leaves you guessing at the end. Highly recommended, especially to existing Keene fans.
If you read my earlier review of "Terminal" you know that it wasn't a happy book. I would have to say that this isn't a happy book either - and it's proud of that fact. So what is the story, you ask? "Darkness on the Edge of Town" tells the tale of Walden, Virginia. They awaken one morning to find the entire town cloaked in darkness. There is no power, no phone service, no television - nothing. There also appears to be a barrier at the edge of town that cuts it off from everything that surrounds it. No one knows why the Darkness is there, what caused it, or when it will dissipate. It soon becomes clear that there is no escape, and the town starts to dissolve into chaos as the Darkness takes it's toll.
I really enjoyed this book. It's a great addition to the Keene library, and does a lot to expand upon the underlying "Keene-verse", the Thirteen, and the Labyrinth. Long time fans will find a good bit of meat added to the underlying Labyrinth story, and a few potentially major things are teased for, what I presume, will be future stories. If you like horror novels, if you like the idea of a wide tapestry woven throughout an author's own universe, and you like just a good fun read - check out Brian Keene. You won't be disappointed.
I've always loved Keene books, and I've always looked forward to his books. I'm sorry to report that Darkness on the Edge of Town is a rare miss or Keene.
The plot is pretty simple. There is a darkness that seems to be on just the edge of the a town, hence the name. The people in the town, can't cross it, and they heard the screams of the people that have tried. However, something is in the darkness that's watching the town, watching and waiting for the right moment to strike.
I had several problems with this book. The biggest problem I had is that, well, nothing happens. Nothing to much, just one or two things, and that's it. The darkness can take the form of others that the people know. Could be a family member, or someone you know, just to lure you into the darkness. I really meant what I said, nothing happens. It was a dull read.
The characters are just okay. The main character is named Robbie and he's keeping a journal on what is happening. Most of the characters were so flat and had no depth to them. I just liked one, Dez, who was the local homeless crazy guy, but he knew what the "Darkness" was. What he said about the Darkness and where it came from was pretty interesting. Now, did he really know, or was it just the ramblings of a crazy man. Either way, he was the only character that had any depth.
The writing style left a lot to be desired. There was no plot twists, nothing to really keep the reader hooked. I just finished it to see what would happen, and nothing does. Not a thing. When I read Keene, I do expect horror, and we didn't even get a lot of that. I guess Keene wanted to show the "horror" of what man can do to man when darkness takes over your soul.Read more ›
Now, people can pass through this darkness, in which case these people die, and die horribly from the sounds of the screaming, or you can stay put. Those that go into denial, get ready for work and drive into the darkness and die; those that panic, pack it all in and flee the town, into the darkness, and die. Those that take the wait and see attitude will also mostly die, but it will just take a longer and be more painful. The darkness also has the ability to reach out and infect Walden's populace, and cause them to do truly dark deeds. And people will die. Odd, death and dying seem to be a reoccurring theme here.
The novel's storyline takes place around pizza deliveryman Robbie Higgins, as he attempts to survive what is happening with his live-in girlfriend Christie, his upstairs neighbor Russ, and his downstairs neighbor, aging hippy Cranston. Also of interest is T and his whiteboy, gang wannabes, and Dez, a homeless, brain damaged man who seems to have all the answers. Although in the end he does precious little with any of them.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I was halfway thru when I read some reviews that gave away the ending. I thought it was better than the ending of "The Dome", but overall it was just average.Published 1 month ago by E. Graham
The town of Walden is surrounded by an impenetrable curtain of darkness. There are whispers in the blackness and the darkness has teeth. It is strong. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Bill
This story is 96% interchangeable with The Mist by Stephen King except that the main protagonist has no children and it's darkness instead of mist engulfing the town. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Jeremy
I see how some of the people reviewed the way they reviewed but I say Keene does it again for me. I don't think he can do any wrong. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Taylor Stevens
¿Poorman's The Dome?... No way, perhaps not so ambitious, but far more satisfying than King's one. Recommended.Published 15 months ago by Alvaro G.
Great premise and pace. There is some awkward style issues on the storytelling side that occasionally gets in the way of the story itself. But generally it's a solid read.Published 23 months ago by Jonathan
It takes a lot to scare me. A LOT. And this book scared the s*** out of me. It wasn't the bloodiest or most violent. It didn't have horrendous acts of iniquity, or gross-outs. Read morePublished on July 17, 2014 by Evan Dean Whipple Jr.
I really didn't get a grip on this one, and more important; it didn't get a grip on me. It was pretty much the same from beginning to end, with little changes. Read morePublished on May 4, 2014 by Varjagr