Demon Seed: A Thriller Paperback – January 6, 2015
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“Dean Koontz is a prose stylist whose lyricism heightens malevolence and tension. [He creates] characters of unusual richness and depth.”—The Seattle Times
“Tumbling, hallucinogenic prose....‘Serious’ writers...might do well to examine his technique.”—The New York Times Book Review
“Lyrical writing and compelling characters...Koontz stands alone.”—Associated Press
“In every industry there exist ‘artists’ that are not only unforgettable, but know their craft better than the rest. Dean Koontz...is among these artisans.”—Suspense Magazine
“[Koontz] has always had near-Dickensian powers of description, and an ability to yank us from one page to the next that few novelists can match.”—Los Angeles Times
“Perhaps more than any other author, Koontz writes fiction perfectly suited to the mood of America...novels that acknowledge the reality and tenacity of evil but also the power of good...[and that] entertain vastly as they uplift.”—Publishers Weekly
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I was looking forward to rereading about Susan and the computer her obsessed husband designed. As I started to read it, I was confused. Had my memory betrayed me. Scenes in the book I did not remember. The computer talking about falling for Winona Ryder and Marilyn Monroe? But then it got worse. Corny voice cameos like a bad episode of the Simpsons including Fozzie Bear and Tom Cruise...
One of the more sinister elements, the tentacles that were used to control and protect had gone, replaced by a freaky pervert with chips in his head... It left my head spinning. Ouch, Ouch, Ouch. As the computer/ Fozzie said.
When re-imagining something for a new audience, I would have thought even a note on the books description stating this was a completely new version based on the original. Much as Asimov did with Fantastic Voyage II which the author wrote taking the original version's concept into a new story and setting. Like Lucas with re-releasing "improved and enhanced" versions of Star Wars, Koontz has created something that people will either love or hate. Myself, I frankly have come to hate it. Demon Seed 2.0 is what it should be called. Fans of the original may find themselves feeling lost, let down and disappointed by this new version.
I am sure it will gain a new generation of fans, people will like it for what it is. But in my humble opinion, it just feels like too much effort went into working in new ideas and currently popular themes and celebrities at the cost of what was a great story in it's own right.
One other reviewer suggested there should be a re-release with both versions and I fully agree. At the very least give people a chance to choose which version they prefer. I know for me I would take the unmolested original over this strange new version that deals with child abuse as a back story.
I would have to sum this book up as disappointing.
And if I had an Alexa, I’d be taking a hammer to it right now.
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some interesting leaps of the imagination about non-human intelligence.
No such luck.
Koontz re-wrote the original because he decided it was sexist (or maybe someone decided for him that it was sexist).
We are given a computer with the mind of a horny (male)adolescent and a genius female heroine
recovering from a sexually abusive father.
How very politically correct,misandrist and boring!
I don't often throw books in the trash but my copy is now enjoying life in a landfill.