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Lightning

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

13 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

An amazing book. Dean Koontz shows off his formidable skills as a story teller.

My Mom let me read this book (after she read it first) when I was twelve years old. This was back in '89. I've been, like a lot of people who've reviewed this book, a loyal Dean Koontz reader ever since. For sentimental reasons, because this was my first book of his, it...
My Mom let me read this book (after she read it first) when I was twelve years old. This was back in '89. I've been, like a lot of people who've reviewed this book, a loyal Dean Koontz reader ever since. For sentimental reasons, because this was my first book of his, it still ranks as my favorite. This story has everything. Dean Koontz created characters that have endured over all the years. I can still recite the cast and lines from memory after all this time. Mostly because I've re-read it dozens of times, literally. This period of time, for me, represents Dean Koontz best writing. I'm still loyal after all these years and I still read all of his new books as soon as they come out. However, his novels from the 80's and early 90's are the ones I always go back to when I'm looking to pass the time with a good book. They are as comfortable as being around a good friend. Lightning started it all for me. Thank you Dean Koontz.

posted by Country_Boy9 on July 11, 2010

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Eh...

I haven't read many Koontz books, but so far from what I've read they've not been as good as I thought they would be. First I read the Taking, which I'll admit was interesting, but seemed to stall half way through. Next I read the Husband, which I liked a lot. I tried t...
I haven't read many Koontz books, but so far from what I've read they've not been as good as I thought they would be. First I read the Taking, which I'll admit was interesting, but seemed to stall half way through. Next I read the Husband, which I liked a lot. I tried to read "In the Light of the Moon" after that, but found that after about 70 pages I was bored out of my mind, and I just couldn't find the spirit to finish it (And usually I don't mind boring reads). So after quitting that book I decided to give one of his older books a try. I heard great praise for this one, people called it his best. So naturally when I saw it for a dollar at a garage sale I picked it up. The first 200 pages were awesome. They told the tragic story of Lauras life, the characters were vivid and believable, and they were mysterious, you wanted to read on, you wanted to find out why the "angel" had picked Laura in the first place (BY THE WAY, SPOILER'S AHEAD!!!!!!!!)When Koontz described Lauras father you knew he was a kind loving man, when he wrote of the orphanage and the eel you were disgusted, you grew attached to the character. The height of the goodness of the book was when Laura married the awkward Danny, you could really sense love there, it was smart and clever. (AGAIN, SPOILERS!!!!) But when Danny died it all went down hill from there. Perhaps by the 250th page the book is nothing but shoot-outs and complicated time travel jargon from there on. As soon as Danny dies, Koontz seems to take the heart and wonder out of the story, turning it into nothing more but a shoot-out piece of fiction. And the secret to Laura and her importance with Stefan? Absolutely nothing, It turns out that Stefan is just a time traveler (from Nazi Germany of all places)who, when jaunted back in time, encountered Laura signing her books in a store, and fell in love. That was probably the biggest upset of the book itself, how Laura had no destiny (Unless you count as helping kill the nazis as destiny, which Stefan did the most of anyways.) In the first could hundred pages you feel like she's mystic, important in the future of the world, but really she wasn't. After the 200 pages it all turns into a big overwinded bore-fest, and I never thought a shoot out could be boring, but Koontz makes it that way. What I've found with the other books by him which I've read (which isn't enough to givve up on him entirely) is that he can very easily get bogged down in the details, instead of keeping it simple, he tells everything, the type of plants at the sight, the temperature, everything (By the end of this book I was so tired of hearing about plants and the desert). Instead of concentrating on the story alone, Koontz seems to try and squeeze every little detail out of everything, in the end the action is very minimal, but is described in way to much detail. The thoughtfullness and care for the characters were totally abandoned after the infamous apex of the book. Characters that I used to like seemed cardboard to me. The whole time travel thing seemed worn out, and the loopwholes in his explanation of it were huge (That of course is common in all time travel literature, but was ridiculous in this particular case). But there were good things about the book, besides the first two hundred pages (after the overblown action sequence occupying most of the middle) the rest of the book wasn't terrible. The last thirty pages are okay, the ending is a happy one.

posted by Adrian12 on February 15, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2013

    WhiteDiamond and co.

    She padded on , shaking out her pelt.
    <br>

    - WhiteDiamond -
    <br>

    <br>

    She padded in , looking for someone to talk to.
    <br>

    ~ VioletLight ~
    <br>

    <br>

    He padded in , looking around. "May I get my Apprentice ceremony today ?" He meowed to know one in particular.
    <br>

    • SparkPaw •

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2013

    X

    X

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2013

    Dovesong

    A pure white she cat with purple eyes pads in. May i join? She meowed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2013

    Rainbreeze

    Bio done.))

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2013

    To all of lightningclan

    Bloodclan CAN be a bunch of softies, anppd panther hasnt been on in, oh, two months.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2013

    To a keader

    I need a clan. Can i join.
    Silverstorm

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2013

    Yellowstar

    Hey im yellowstar of nightclan I got the ad *turns into pikachu* pika pika pikachu (why are you doing this bloodclan)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2013

    Mysticalsong

    Mysticalsong watched Featherkit and sighed. She twitched one of her legs....managing that. She sighed and slowly got up. She felt dizzy and sat down carefully so her healing wounds wouldnt reopen again. She stood up and took a step...then sat back down. She made it to the shadows of the clan. This is were she was going to stay untill her wounds completly healed. She laid down and fell asleep again. She sniffed....heat seemed to pour out of her body. She had the fever.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2013

    Icestar

    Smashed against the tree, but quickly recovered. Ditto. Your death will bring bloodclan apart. But that doesnt matter. Nithing matters anymore.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2013

    Mossshadow

    Okay fine. Pretend that you are spying on us when you are spying on them. But do not help them attack weak clans. Only strong ones, and even then help them afterward like i do. But i do it under a different name.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2013

    The kit

    *shivers in fear * (ugh gtg bbt)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2013

    Striking

    Yes, battle is today.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2013

    Thistlefang

    He used his momentum to toss icestar over his head and into a tree harshly. He stands up. "This is what i wanted." <p> jaggedstar shruhhed. "I thought this was the clan that used to be at thunder and lightning. Didnt know you were new." <p> strangewhisper released pineclaw blinking at him

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2013

    Oakpaw to SparkPaw

    You anna play?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2013

    OnlyChance and co

    A large and proud tom trots in "may we join?" A few others stand behind

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2013

    Dethstalker

    Pads in

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2013

    Fox to dumbclan

    You guys are boring. Im heading back.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2013

    Stormstar to all

    Move to result 3.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 6, 2013

    more from this reviewer

    Energizing tale that keeps you on the edge of your seat. Couldn'

    Energizing tale that keeps you on the edge of your seat. Couldn't we all use a guardian?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2013

    My go-to book 10stars!

    I absolutly love this book. I think I have read it over 20 times, usually when i have read everything else. Very well written and engaging. When i start this book (again) I hsve really hard time putting it down again. It just pulls me in! As most of Mr. Koontz' books do.

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