Demon Seed

Demon Seed

by Dean Koontz

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Smart home devices provide unprecedented convenience, but one woman is about to discover the horrifying dangers of putting her trust in an artificially intelligent machine in this thriller that delves into the darkest fears of our digital age…

Susan Harris lived in self-imposed seclusion, in a mansion featuring numerous automated systems controlled by a state-of-the-art computer. Every comfort was provided. Her security was absolute.

But now Susan’s system has been breached—from the inside. In the privacy of her own home, and against her will, she will experience an inconceivable act of terror and become the object of the ultimate computer’s consuming obsession: to cross the line between man and machine and learn everything there is know about the flesh... 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425228968
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/04/2009
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 214,543
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.70(d)
Lexile: 870L (what's this?)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Dean Koontz, the author of many #1 New York Times bestsellers, lives in Southern California with his wife, Gerda, their golden retriever, Elsa, and the enduring spirit of their goldens, Trixie and Anna.


Newport Beach, California

Date of Birth:

July 9, 1945

Place of Birth:

Everett, Pennsylvania


B.S. (major in English), Shippensburg University, 1966

What People are Saying About This

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“[Koontz] can scare our socks off.”—Boston Herald

“Koontz puts his readers through the emotional wringer.”—The Associated Press

“[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

“One of the master storytellers of this or any age.”—The Tampa Tribune

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Demon Seed 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 60 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Even though its odd and creepy I liked it
Blazingice0608 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A phenominal Koontz read, the AI character was sheer brilliance all the way, the story was a little straightforward, but between it and the AI character, it offered a great deal of thought provoking depth. One of the few DK novels with some sci-fi in it, although a low and entertaining dose of it. That aspect really made things interesting for me, it was nice to have something a little bit different from Koontz.
LouCypher on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A very good no brainer quick read from Mr. Koontz. Doesn't get too in depth either plot wise or character wise but moves very quickly and to the point. I enjoyed reading this in 2011 after 14 years since he re-wrote it and seeing how close artificial intelligence and computers in general are coming to something like this being maybe not possible but at least plausable.
LaurenGommert on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Not one of my favorite Koontz novels, but scary none the less. It's spooky in the same way that Hal from Space Odyssey makes you want to rip out all of your electronic devices. It's a quick read that, oddly enough, raises some essential questions about society, the role of gender, and what constitutes a living being.
Spudd on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was not at all a fan of this book. The book is written from the point of view of the computer, which could have been interesting, but he tried to hard to make the language sound stilted so we don't forget it's a computer. At least, I'm assuming that was his goal! The ending was ridiculous, and things I was curious about were never revealed. The best thing I can say about this was that it was a quick read.
GHysner on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This title was the author's first published work. This version is a rewrite. The original was made into a movie. I disagree with the author about which one is better. I liked the original version more.
AdonisGuilfoyle on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What a dreadful book - and this is a revision! I can only imagine that the first version was just as bad, but peppered with popular film and actress references from the 1970s. Koontz states in an afterword that 'Demon Seed' was probably more of a clever idea than a clever novel, and this is true - he skates over various themes (male desire, artificial intelligence, his usual obsession with abused women) but never really connects with any of them. Instead, this brief book turns out to be a puerile male fantasy with little characterisation, but a lot of violence, voyeurism and swearing. And the device of a sentient computer seeking to be made flesh and take over the world is so hackneyed it's almost a sci-fi parody. Laughable. Now I remember why I stopped reading Koontz's horror novels!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Creepy, thought provoking.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Uber-thin plot and unrealistic human behaviors that simply do not stand up to real human nature detracted from this read. Will help kill an hour or two wait while Starbucks manually makes your decaf pour-over...
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This book was written many years ago when fod on the table was paramount. It was written by DK but he was given a basic plot line and a limited number of pages. If I am not mistaken, DK was the first to write this plot. The movie is okay but character development was weaker.
DeanKoontz-Fan More than 1 year ago
This is short compact book, not at all what we're used to from DK. Really didn't care for the book too much. I think I will have to find the movie that was made from it and see how that went.
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