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This is my second read of The Moonlit Mind, by Dean Koontz. Without question, Mr. Koontz' s novels are my favorite...despite reading every genre of fiction and non-fiction as well. I have owned 77 Shadow Street since it was published, but had taken a break from the suspense/horror/paranormal/Sci-Fi genre to read simpler, less-intense novels (i.e. romance...all versions, biographies and memoirs).
Finally ready to enter Mr. Koontz' s world again and read 77 S. S., I chose to reread this Novella...The Moonlit Mind...a precursor to 77 S.S.
The Moonlit Mind is Dean Koontz at his finest. From sentence one I was jerked into the suspension and often terror of Crispins world. Nothing written or portrayed on "the big screen" scares me or causes that adrenaline rush of fear, horror and suspense anymore. Yet despite having previously read this Novella, I was immediately aware of my heart rate increasing and a knot forming in the pit of my stomach. YES, I was THRILLED. As with all his novels, this Novella was a suspense ride from beginning to end. It has Koontz' s signature animal with above average...perhaps paranormal...intelligence. Every scene was not spoon fed to the reader, but rather painted with words so descriptive and well written that you are aware you are seeing exactly what Mr. Koontz wants you to see, not something your own mind creates for lack of good writing.
ONE of the things I love most about this and all Koontz' s novels is that he uses little to no foul language (not that I'm opposed) and still creates a tremendous amount of suspense. In addition, unlike authors such as Stephen King, he isn't constantly pushing his political agenda, nor does he show a complete disdain for Christians the way King does. Additionally, while Koontz characters are not perfect, they have a definite goodness about them, making his stories a true battle between good and evil. And the imagination of Mr. Koontz...just WOW!
I would recommend this Novella to anyone above the age of twelve who likes a truly imaginative, yet relatively clean, story... and to those who are willing to ignore the rest of the world for hours at a time as this story and his others are so very difficult to put down.
If he keeps writing them, I'll keep reading them!!! THANK YOU DEAN KOONTZ!
SIDE NOTE: At the age of 12, I forced my eldest son to read "Sieze the Night" and "Fear Nothing", causing him to become a lifelong fan of Koontz as well. In fact, as I loaned my two shopping bags
full of Koontz books out to friends, my son purchased his own set of STN and FN!
The hero of this story is an adolescent boy and his dog (but maybe more than a dog) who are thrust into a journey for survival over a 4-year period, with only his wits (and a few mysterious allies) to help him escape from a nightmarish evil which threatens to destroy him at every turn. The story jumps back-and-forth through time, with each view of the past adding a little more insight into the path upon which the present day character must follow to achieve his ultimate goal.
The Moonlit Mind: A Tale of Suspense (Kindle Single)
Evidently a 77 shadow street related novella. Haven't read it yet but the sample chapters at the end of “The Moonlit Mind” would suggest at least the same geographical area is common.
I've always been amazed at how Mr. Koontz can turn a phrase, like, “The Moonlit Mind” and eventually, as he did in this story, he makes it mean more than you would ever suspect by just casual consideration.
Why 4 stars, not 5. I used the Goodreads terms for what each star means. 5 would be “amazing” and this one doesn't quite get there. More like, “I really liked it” (4 stars). I once read “Door to December”, a long ago Koontz novel. Within a chapter or two I pretty much knew how things would resolve, yet I kept reading it just for the joy of consuming another literary meal served by Dean Koontz. I was correct in my assumptions while not getting every twist exactly correct, I could have set it down long before the end. This novella has that same quality to it.
I'm not sure anyone could jump to a conclusion without having read as much Dean Koontz as I have... For me it's like having a dear friend who you know is going to twirl a finger in their hair at certain stressful times. I've read so much Koontz you'll catch me grinning from time to time. He can't help letting a bit of his personal feeling seep through at times, and where I believe he does this, intentionally or accidentally, I nearly always agree with the sentiment.
The blurbs, jacket covers, publisher's review, etc. will tell more than I do with my reviews, so sorry about that. Kids living on the streets of evil and lurking dark shadows... Master Crispin and Mistress Amity both runaways for dark and true reasons are all too aware of the elusive truth of their dark city, a truth that melts away when light is upon it like a retreating shadow. Yet the truth is also unseen when faded into deep darkness. The real dark truth can only be seen with a moonlit mind.