77 Shadow Street ★★★☆½

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Title: 77 Shadow Street
Series: ———-
Author: Dean Koontz
Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
Genre: Horror/Thriller
Pages: 722
Format: Digital Edition

 

Synopsis: Spoilers

The Pendleton. Built back in the late 1800’s, it was the biggest mansion of its kind to date. Throughout the years, strange things have happened to those who lived there. Murders, kidnappings, disappearances, suicides, mental breakdowns. Now the Pendleton has been turned into a bunch of luxury condos. Now the residents are starting to see some really weird things. Now one old man who has done his research knows he must get everybody out of the building if any of them want to survive the next 24hrs.

A disparate group are brought together and through the mystery of Scyenze, are swept into the future to a world that is post-human. Post-anything in fact, except for The One. The One rules All, The One Knows All, The One IS All. Among the group is revealed the creator of The One and The One sows the seeds for its own birth, thus making sure of its own survival and the destruction of humanity.

The One hower, is NO match for 2 kids, an ex-Marine, a Honky-tonk song writer, a brilliant novelist, a blind man, 2 old ladies and their cats, a Scyenzist who swears he WON’T create The One and some others. Oh yeah, and one insane murdering hitman. The group survives and puts paid to the Scyenzist and some shadowy figure kills the other Scyenzist who could do the same.

The World is Safe. For Now.

 

My Thoughts:

Despite the tone of my Synopsis, I rather enjoyed this. I called this a Horror/Thriller because while it had elements of Horror, they weren’t supernatural. However, when creatures shove black goop down your throat and turn you into more of them, what else do you call that? It sure isn’t slapstick comedy.

Having read the Frankenstein novels and the Odd Thomas series, I can see so many ideas that Koontz uses over and over. I think that would/will be a problem if I read a bunch of Koontz back to back or even with just a month of each other. I think with the spacing I have though it should be ok.

The Good Guys Win. That knocked my rating up a half star easily. It is refreshing. Obviously not everybody makes it and there is a big enough group that no particular outcome is telegraphed in terms of survival so I never felt like any particular character was safe (except for the 2 kids, especially the autistic girl). That bit of tension is nice and made the story have a bit of “snap” to it.

I have no desire to ever re-read this book but that is pretty much how I’ve felt about all of Koontz’s books. With the amount he’s turned out though, that really isn’t a problem. A solid fun read that was just scary enough for me but not really scary (which is how I like my scary books).

★★★☆½

 

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14 thoughts on “77 Shadow Street ★★★☆½

  1. There’s a couple of his books I really liked but I admit that for me a lot of his books were kind of hit and miss. I much preferred Richard Laymon!

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  2. Ola G says:

    Nobody is a match for two old ladies and their cats – maybe except other old ladies with other cats… Come to think of it, why is that there aren’t many books with villainous old ladies (with or without cats)? Only fairytales about witches come to mind…

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  3. From what I remember (it’s been a few decades now…) of my encounters with Koontz’s stories, he does indeed use some overly… classic themes, so that one risks a sort of overload if they read too many of his stories back to back, but now and then a good, solid, scary story is what the soul needs 😀

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  4. Great that this had a “snap” to it 😉 Glad it was solid fun 🙂

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  5. Being able to notice recurring elements from one series to another is a bit sad… Unless it ALWAYS works, I guess that’s okay…

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  6. Glad to hear you liked this story! I definitely recommend taking breaks between Koontz novels, as they are dense and he repeats his themes throughout. The only books where he does not do this are his early works, which I do not recommend AT ALL. He had to write a lot of tripe and trash to get big enough that he could write what he wanted to write without worrying that the publishers would muzzle him for it.

    This is part of the reason for his repetition of themes in his books. The other reason is that a) he is trying to wake up a slumbering populace and, (b) it is the truth. That makes him very good to read once every month or two, but not necessarily week to week. Speaking from experience here. 🙂

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