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Most Helpful Favorable Review

14 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

Strangers is an early Koontz masterpiece.

I've read the reviews posted on this book and I understand everyones opinion. However, please keep in mind Koontz wrote this book and had it originally published back in '86. He has evolved as a writer over the last 20 plus years. He still explores the same themes in hi...
I've read the reviews posted on this book and I understand everyones opinion. However, please keep in mind Koontz wrote this book and had it originally published back in '86. He has evolved as a writer over the last 20 plus years. He still explores the same themes in his books, but his older books are just a bit different compared to his more recent books. Strangers is a huge tale that introduces multiple characters, both good and evil, that are all caught up in a singular event. I loved that Koontz wrote such a big, sweeping, epic book. This was tons of fun. I'm glad he explored each character and explained their motivations and backgrounds. It made this book all the more enjoyable for me. I was invested in each character and I wanted to see where the story was going. I was rooting for their success. I genuinely liked the good guys. I disliked the bad guys. This was a fun read for me, which explains why I've gone back and read it multiple times. I always get something new out of the story. Strangers, after all these years, has become a familiar friend for me. Dean Koontz writing in the 80's and early 90's was some of his best. Strangers is near the top of all his books.

posted by Country_Boy9 on July 11, 2010

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Most Helpful Critical Review

1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

BUST

normally i love every book that dean writes but it took forever to get started and then i was disapointed in the end. skip over this book if i were you

posted by 2819467 on April 17, 2010

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  • Posted June 23, 2010

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    Just too much going on.

    That hardest part about reading this book is that there is so much stuff that you have to remember. It switches between like 6 different people and they are all depicted in a lot of detail. It's sometimes hard to keep up. It's one of those books that you have to sit and continue reading because if you put it down, you'll forget something and have to go back and reread.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2006

    Okay....if you like TONS of narrative

    I love Dean Koontz. I've read more of his novels than any other author, but this book left me flat. I was so excited when the book started: the characters were great and the storyline was very interesting, but once you get to the end its so blah. Standard sci-fi, nothing interesting or unusual. The ending doesn't fit the build up. Also, I've never read a book with more narrative. You could go ten pages straight without a single line of dialogue.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2005

    Compelled to finish once began...

    This is my first Dean Koontz book and my last. While I enjoyed the characters and suspense...I can't help but feel the story was so much longer than it needed to be. I think Koontz is too descriptive at times. I found myself skipping over paragraphs just to get on with the story. I finished the book just to see what all the fuss was about. But now that I'm done, I think I'll go back to Stephen King.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2005

    Well, it's very odd....

    I normally love koontz, but this one here just seemed to drag on...which is odd, because there was excellent character development and everything else you look for in a good book, but I just couldn't bring myself to finish it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2003

    Suspenseful..Yet Disappointing In The End

    I love Dean Koontz; always have and always will. I am an avid reader of his books; have most of them in my home. However, this book was not all that it's cracked up to be. Koontz is an excellent writer, and this book was definitely well developed, but it kept me on the edge and let me down in the end. The concept with a spaceship and military scandals..that was too much to absorb. The characters were well captured and well portrayed, but the ending just shattered the brilliance of the whole development of the novel. Definitely NOT one of my favorites, but I can forgive him and keep moving on.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2014

    Not one his better books.

    Being a fan of Dean Koontz, I was disappointed with the writing style. Though the theme of the story was good I felt he spent too much time detailing the characters, much which was not relevant to the actual story. I actually did not complete the story because I had some difficulty getting thru all the details.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2013

    Too Long

    Sorry Dean. Good story but it could have been done with half the characters and half the pages. Plus, a more believable "Dr. Strangelove" figure at the end would also have been a big help.

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