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Dean Koontz's Frankenstein: Dead and Alive: A Novel Paperback – Large Print, July 28, 2009
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From Publishers Weekly
In this fast-paced third installment of his Frankenstein series, Koontz continues, without necessarily concluding, his modern-day reimagining of Mary Shelley's horror classic. Leaving his co-authors behind, Koontz makes the most of previous developments, which set the stage for an epic showdown in storm-soaked New Orleans between Victor Helios and the high-tech, artificial beings he created to destroy the human race. Many members of the unhappy, soulless "new race," created by Helios to kill his enemies, have turned their hatred back on their master. Deucalion, a centuries-old giant who was the madman's first, flawed human creation, leads an uprising of creatures that includes a naked troll and a slithering chameleon. Though big developments await fans, Koontz hints that he may not be done with this violent monster tale, a project that has taken him deep into sci-fi territory. Witty characters provide relief from the story's dark undercurrent, though Koontz knows, perhaps better than ever, how to scare his readers without resorting to gory details.
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“A rarity among bestselling writers, Koontz continues to pursue new ways of telling stories, never content with repeating himself. He writes of hope and love in the midst of evil in profoundly inspiring and moving ways.”—Chicago Sun-Times
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I have been a fan of Dean Koontz for about 15 years now, and I enjoy his writing style. It changes depending on which character's perspective he's writing from - dimmer characters are written in short, newspaper-like sentences, for example. He has a wonderful way of describing the setting (New Orleans) in these books, without belaboring insignificant details, and you can almost feel the humidity and smell the curry as he's writing about Carson and Michael.
The plot is as described in the listing. This is NOT a re-telling of the Frankenstein story. It's a continuation that answers the question "What would Victor Frankenstein be doing if he were living in today's society?". I find that fascinating, and the books do not disappoint.
If you like monster stories and very well thought-out, interwoven stories, you'll like this. If you prefer a linear narration from one character's point of view from start to finish, this isn't for you. There are parts that are gory, but Koontz doesn't give them any more time or detail than he does any other aspects of the book. I can't wait to keep reading and see what's next!
The way that Dean Koontz has built his characters are like none I have ever seen. All of his characters contradict themselves. Randall Six craves the outside world but doesn’t want to go out into the world for fear. Deucalion is a monster and is made from the worst kind of humans but yet strives to not be that. Victor is a human but views himself as godly and better than everyone. Koontz has awakened a classic in a modern day society in the slums of New Orleans. I have never read an author that is capable of scaring the crap out of you in one chapter and making you laugh uncontrollably the next. I would highly recommend this to any mature mind out there. Warning it make keep you up all night.