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ISBN13: 9780345545930
ISBN10: 0345545931
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

Dean Koontz is at the peak of his acclaimed powers with this major new novel.

 

A young boy, a musical prodigy, discovering life’s wonders—and mortal dangers.

His best friend, also a gifted musician, who will share his journey into destiny.

His remarkable family, tested by the extremes of evil and bound by the depths of love . . . on a collision course with a band of killers about to unleash anarchy.

And two unlikely allies, an everyday hero tempered by the past and a woman of mystery who holds the key to the future.

These are the people of The City, a place where enchantment and malice entwine, courage and honor are found in the most unexpected quarters, and the way forward lies buried deep inside the heart. Brilliantly illumined by magic dark and light, their unforgettable story is a riveting, soul-stirring saga that speaks to everyone, a major milestone in the celebrated career of #1 New York Times bestselling author Dean Koontz and a dazzling realization of the evergreen dreams we all share.

Praise for The City

 

“Beautifully crafted and poignant . . . The City is many things: serious, lighthearted, nostalgic, courageous, scary, and mysterious. . . . [It] will have readers staying up late at night.”—New York Journal of Books

 

“[Koontz] can flat-out write. . . . The message of hope and depiction of how the choices you make can change your life ring true and will remain with you once the book has been closed.”Bookreporter

Acclaim for Dean Koontz

 

“Perhaps more than any other author, Koontz writes fiction perfectly suited to the mood of America: novels that acknowledge the reality and tenacity of evil but also the power of good . . . that entertain vastly as they uplift.”Publishers Weekly

“A rarity among bestselling writers, Koontz continues to pursue new ways of telling stories, never content with repeating himself.”—Chicago Sun-Times

 

“Tumbling, hallucinogenic prose. ‘Serious’ writers . . . might do well to examine his technique.”—The New York Times Book Review

 

“[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

 

“Koontz is a superb plotter and wordsmith. He chronicles the hopes and fears of our time in broad strokes and fine detail, using popular fiction to explore the human condition.”—USA Today

 

“Characters and the search for meaning, exquisitely crafted, are the soul of [Koontz’s] work. . . . One of the master storytellers of this or any age.”—The Tampa Tribune

 

“A literary juggler.”The Times (London)

Review:

"Bad things happen, but good things happen, too. That seems to be the message of bestseller Koontz's maudlin account of the life of Jonah Kirk, saddled by his parents with no less than seven middle names, each the last name of a famous jazz musician. The novel, which recounts the consequences of Jonah's encounters with a woman 'who claimed she was the city,' offers airy optimistic passages that won't persuade anyone acquainted with the harder side of life to always look on the bright side of it: 'In fact, time teaches us that the musical score of life oscillates between that of Psycho and that of The Sound of Music, with by far the greatest number of our days lived to the strains of an innocuous and modestly budgeted picture.' Jonah's relationships with his gifted, loving mother and with his absent, hustler father are clichés, and the concept that a city, which after all is made 'great or not' by its people, takes the form of an attractive woman is too underdeveloped to have any charm. (July)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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

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Dollycas, July 2, 2014 (view all comments by Dollycas)


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I haven’t read a Dean Koontz novel since I have started blogging and this was a great one for my venture back into his unique way of storytelling. Sometimes his stories have just scared me to death but this one drew me in with its almost fantasy feel.

Jonah Ellington Basie Hines Eldridge Wilson Hampton Armstrong Kirk takes us back in time and gives us an “oral history” of his life. And what a life it was. The key character to the whole story is “the city” and that doesn’t mean what you think but there will be no spoilers here. Jonah’s story is very complex and includes some characters them seem very ordinary at the beginning but become extraordinary in the end. I was shocked that the adult Jonah and I have something in common. This story then evoked some totally new emotions.

Let’s face it Koontz is a master storyteller. He creates plots that so intricate and multifaceted that grip the reader so tightly while examining hard issues. His characters come to life right off the page and his descriptive talents bring the time and place alive as well. There is so much going on in this story readers need to slow down and savor the words. There are several elements interwoven with the main theme that all add up to make this an outstanding story.
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Ryan DeJonghe, June 26, 2014 (view all comments by Ryan DeJonghe)
“The City is simultaneously an interesting and a boring book” ��" Rabindranauth
“[W]hat happened to the Dean Koontz” ��" Patrice Hoffman
“[T]he worst Dean Koontz book I have ever read” ��" Elspeth


These are some of the quotes from folks at Goodreads. I get it. I get what Dean Koontz was trying to do in THE CITY. And for the most part I can handle strange, queer, and imaginative. Not so much the rambling. That’s what makes this so different.


I bet the reviews would be better if Koontz wrote this under a pseudonym. Look at THE FIRST FIFTEEN LIVES OF HARRY AUGUST. That book got great reviews; part of what added to it is the mysteriousness of having “an acclaimed author” behind the helm. I enjoyed that part; it added a spice to the book.


The rambling wouldn’t taste as sour if Koontz didn’t repeatedly point out he was rambling. He writes, “if the story is fourteen blocks long, I sometimes start on block four and have to backtrack to make sense.” Then he writes, “I tend to ramble when I talk, like now into this recorder.” And again in a later chapter, “I hop around, back and forth, so maybe you’ll see the uncanny way that things connected.” Ugh.


But let’s get back to what Koontz is doing here. He opens the book with a quote from Thomas Mann saying, “Hold every moment sacred. Give each clarity and meaning, each the weight of thine awareness, each its true and due fulfillment.” Koontz later in the book writes, “In our lives, we come to moments of great significance that we fail to recognize, the meaning of which does not occur to us for many years.” There’s something deep here; he just bounces around getting to it.


There is plenty of mysterious things you’d expect from Koontz: a lady randomly showing up, claiming to be the embodiment of the city; a friend who determines what kind of day it’ll be by flipping breaded toast (is it a butter-up side day?); an orb; future-seeing dreams; and an eclectic set of neighbors. The story is told from the voice of a fifty-six-year-old protagonist looking back on his nine-year-old self. His mom is struggling after dad leaves and pieces of danger manifest themselves. The boy longs to play the piano and yes, as the beginning states, he dies and rises again.


This book explores the themes of life, as well as that of art and music (there is even a special moment dedicated to that of The Goldfinch painting; sound familiar?). As the protagonist proclaims, “Mine is a story of love reciprocated. It is the story of loss and hope, and of the strangeness that lies just beneath the surface tension of daily life, a strangeness infinite fathoms in depth.” And, in the end, ““No matter what, everything will be okay in the long run.”


If you are willing to part with your Koontz expectations and sit around as the tale is spun, then you may find some particular enjoyment in this story. What you’ll find is this (as Kootnz writes): “That’s life. Always something, more good than bad, but always interesting if you’re paying attention.” And that is this book, too.


Thanks to Bantam and Random House for providing an electronic copy of this book for me to review.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780345545930
Author:
Koontz, Dean R.
Publisher:
Bantam
Author:
Dean Koontz
Subject:
Suspense
Subject:
Popular Fiction-Suspense
Subject:
musical prodigy;coming of age novel;paranormal suspense;fantasy romance;dark novels;scary novels;literary suspense
Subject:
musical prodigy;coming of age novel;paranormal suspense;fantasy romance;dark novels;scary novels;literary suspense;horror
Publication Date:
20140731
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
9.59 x 6.41 x 1.49 in 1.52 lb

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Product details 416 pages Bantam - English 9780345545930 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Bad things happen, but good things happen, too. That seems to be the message of bestseller Koontz's maudlin account of the life of Jonah Kirk, saddled by his parents with no less than seven middle names, each the last name of a famous jazz musician. The novel, which recounts the consequences of Jonah's encounters with a woman 'who claimed she was the city,' offers airy optimistic passages that won't persuade anyone acquainted with the harder side of life to always look on the bright side of it: 'In fact, time teaches us that the musical score of life oscillates between that of Psycho and that of The Sound of Music, with by far the greatest number of our days lived to the strains of an innocuous and modestly budgeted picture.' Jonah's relationships with his gifted, loving mother and with his absent, hustler father are clichés, and the concept that a city, which after all is made 'great or not' by its people, takes the form of an attractive woman is too underdeveloped to have any charm. (July)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by , Dean Koontz, the author of many #1 New York Times bestsellers, lives in Southern California with his wife, Gerda, their golden retriever, Anna, and the enduring spirit of their golden, Trixie.
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