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I love that part. It cracked me up. The book kind of reminded me of The Taking, where ite seemed to be about an alien invasion but turned into something entirely different.

As strange as it sounds (and I don't want to get into a big huge discussion) but I believe in a higher power and evolution. I can't believe in the big bang theory because I don't believe you can make something out of nothing. They say atoms and such collided, well where did they come from? But enough about that.

I wasn't sure what Tom's journey had to do with the rest until he explains it to his father at the very end. I just pray that people really get the book. It's entertaining but also a book that is full of wondrous points of view about this world and our place in it.
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Probably the best Dean Koontz book in a long time, it kind of fell apart at the end, the twist for Puzzle and Riddle at the end seemed half done and many of the sub plots seemed pointless. Still it had some great characters and it was an interesting story.
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I thought it was one of his best too.

Creativerealms, you didn't think the characters' subplots fit into Lamar Woolsey's pattern recognition in apparent chaos theme?

I would've liked more of Puzzle and Riddle at the end at the roadside bar. Oh well. I just loved reading about them.
I'm inclined to believe in parallel worlds filled with dark bound Snow and Odd adventures.

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Originally posted by brotheroddkins brotheroddkins wrote:

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I went into this book with the belief that it was a return to scifi but it was a lot more. The only problem I have with the book is it seemed like a lot of different books running at the same time.

First, we have Grady and Cammy's story. Throw in Puzzle and Riddle and we have a good E. T. type book. Parts of it did remind me of that movie. You have a lot of mystery with other animals acting strange and such.

Then, we have Henry's story. It took awhile to figure out what was going on there. I won't give away the twist at the end because it's quite disturbing.

Then, there is Lamar's story. The science in that was very interesting. Tom's story which is strange and wonderful at the same time. I like how Dean brought back the coyotes. Tom's journey collides with Liddon's story (which I thought didn't have a complete resolution). I liked how it all came together.

But I also wished he had explained the creatures more. You are left hanging as to what they are. Are they animals? Are they even real? Are they transcendant beings? (this last one is my firm belief).

He dedicated the book Aesop. I'll have to think about what the fable in this tale is. But I know one of the themes is redemption, which seems to be a theme flowing through a lot of Koontz's works lately.



I largely agree with brotheroddkins take.

I wish this book had been 4-5 times longer, and that all the subplots had been more fully developed -- like STRANGERS. Still, I enjoyed this book a lot.

"In the real world as in dreams, nothing is quite what it seems. Dean Koontz

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Hello all. I have just joined this forum purely to add my opinion on this book.

Warning, review may contains spoilers!


I am a long time DK fan so I was disappointed with this latest novel. I feel it started brilliantly with several strong story lines that would obviously eventually come together. However, towards the end, I got the impression that DK had to finish the book quickly to hit a dealine or something. As 'creativerealms' alluded to earlier in this thread, all the sub plots seem to be hurriedly cobbled together or suddenly finished off. The "Henry" character for example, after many chapters developing the plot which seemed to be building to a great confrontation, he is suddenly revealed as being mad and killed off.

As I was getting near the end, I even checked the back to see if it was a part one of two as the plots all seemed to be still bubbling and I had only about 50 pages left!

To sum up. It's a good book, not a great one. It could have been great with a lot more effort on the final third of the story.

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