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Strange Highways [Audiobook, MP3 Audio, Unabridged] [MP3 CD]

Dean Koontz , Jeff Cummings
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Nov. 29 2008
You are about to travel along the strange highways of human experience: the adventures and terrors and failures and triumphs that we know as we make our way from birth to death, along the routes that we choose for ourselves and along others onto which we are detoured by fate. It is a journey down wrong roads that can lead to unexpectedly and stunningly right destinations...into subterranean depths where the darkness of the human soul breeds in every conceivable form...over unfamiliar terrain populated by the denizens of hell. It is a world of unlikely heroes, haunted thieves, fearsome predators, vengeful children, and suspiciously humanlike robots.

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From Publishers Weekly

Collection of tales from horror novelist Koontz.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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This collection includes a new novel along with previously published novellas and short stories.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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By DanD
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Koontz isn't a horror novelist, even though he's been cast in that role. He's called the Master of SUSPENSE, and for a reason: his tales are downright suspenseful (the mold for other novelists) even if they usually don't use the element of horror.
But in this collection, Dean Koontz delivers several short stories that contemplate and expertly acheive horror genre greatness.
The title story (actually, it's a novel) is about a man who returns home...then is forced to face the demons of his past, who have come back to haunt him. "Kittens," Koontz's first published work of fiction, is about a little girl who decides to get revenge on her parents.
"The Black Pumpkin," along similar lines, is about a little boy ostracized from his own family. "Miss Atilla the Hun," "We Three," and "The Night of the Storm" are brilliant sci-fi pieces (from Koontz's old days of writing science fiction), while "Trapped" follows a similar vein as Koontz's pinnacle novel "Watchers".
"Bruno" is a flat-out hilarious sci-fi farse, while "Hardshell" (the first piece of fiction I read by Koontz) is about a cop hunting down a killer who is a little different. "Snatcher" is a journey into the macabre, while "Twilight of the Dawn" is a moving tale of a man's search for faith and guidance.
"Strange Highways" is not so strange at all; it's great fiction by a masterful writer. Dean Koontz is without a doubt one of the best writers of all time. That statement may sound a little exaggerated, if you haven't read any of his work. If you read something by him, though, you'll know what I mean. Why not start here, with "Strange Highways"? It's diverse, and it shows you what this man can do--and do well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Beginning Feb. 19 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
These are short stories from his college days and even before of just writing things he thought about. Things that were around him that maybe caused one to question about the possibilities of this or that. So true to life and 'What Ifs', which I drive my friends and family crazy with mine. If a person is a reader of Dean Koontz, then watching many movies has taught you from reading his books how to look for things and be observant more than others. This one of his originals I have when he finally put on market. I told my sons, if they want to hear something scary, I'd read them something!!! They knew what I meant, and being 15 and 18, they're not ready for the reality of his books. Hopefully one day they will be.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love this! Aug. 22 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I picked this one up at a yard sale years ago and read it until it was dog-eared. Unfortunately, I've lost my copy. I'm not really a fan of Koontz' novels. I just don't think he's as creative as Stephen King although he is a solid writer. Some of his horror leans towards sci-fi. But in "Strange Highways", Koontz goes all out. 14 haunting, poignant and well written stories that range from sheer horror ("Black Pumpkin") to melodrama ("Twilight of the Dawn") to humor ("Bruno"). The two novellas, "Strange Highways" and "Chase" are very well written indeed. Pick this one up if you can. It'll chill your bones. WooooooOoooooooOOOOOOOOooooh!
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3.0 out of 5 stars "The Good the Bad and the Uninspired" May 8 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Because this book contains many short stories I obviously have mixed feelings about it. The first short story "Strange Highways, which is closer to being a novel, was excellent. It had everything: suspense, action, and twists. I think it is one of Koontz's greatest pieces. The last story "Chase", which was also almost novel length, was excellent as well.
However, most of the stories between these two novels were horrible and downright embarrassing. Many of them where from when Koontz was just starting to write(and it shows). The story "The Black Pumpkin" reminds me of something I wrote in fifth grade for a Halloween project. "Bruno" is Koontz's attempt at writing comedy and it succeeds at being the corniest, most childish, waste of thirty-some pages. Most of the rest of the stories are very one dimensional and uninspired.
I think this book proves that Koontz should stick to writing novels and steer clear of short stories. I do think that Koontz is a wonderful writer and I have read many of his excellent books, but this isn't one of them. I would definetely recommend reading the first and last stories of this book, just nothing in between.
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1.0 out of 5 stars This guy needs a creative writing class April 26 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio Cassette
I couldn't stand this book. The short stories had endings anyone could see coming from the first couple pages (a little twist at the end, please?!?). Doesn't even compare with Stephen King or Thomas Harris for creepiness or suspense. And he uses the same tired, cliche-ridden phrases over and over. Not for those who actually care about the quality of what they read. I've read better from 8th graders.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Longer Isn't Better, But... April 9 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Koontz is far better at developing novel-length stories than short fiction. (Stephen King, by contrast, is the exact opposite.) For the revised reprint of "Chase," alone, though, it's worth the price of the book.
The title novel/novella in the book is uneven, suffering from an excess of unexplained fantasy elements, which has plagued several of the author's more recent pieces. It is, however, well-written and enjoyable.
The rest are much more of a grab-bag. Most of Koontz's short stories aren't all that memorable. There are exceptions. His first sale, "Kittens," is among its pages, and is much better than the author gives it credit for. "Down in the Darkness" is eerily atmospheric and unsettling. "Miss Attilla the Hun" displays Koontz's ability to wed humor with suspense, and is quite enjoyable, and "Bruno" is simply a comic delight.
Two of the pieces I would much have preferred to read as novels, and I'm sorry Koontz didn't develop them to that extent: "Hardshell" and "Trapped." The former is a most unusual cops-and-robbers story, the latter one of Koontz's monster-out-of-the-lab offerings.
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5.0 out of 5 stars evil, murder, monsters, and a little romance
Koontz has done it again. His stories are ablt to send you running for the streets if not send you into pschic shock from the stories becoming too real for you. Read more
Published on Nov. 7 2001 by meg
5.0 out of 5 stars Short Stories Show Talent
I used to be a Stephen King fan until a friend loaned me this book. I couldn't put it down. After returning it to him, I directly went out and bought a copy for myself. Read more
Published on April 5 2001 by "thayli"
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
I throughly enjoyed reading Koontz's Strange highways, especially the one about the kittens. It is a great read to see how Koontz was as a writer when he was younger as I think... Read more
Published on Sept. 8 2000 by "jocelyn_c"
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Good Collection by a Sometimes Great Writer
There are some excellent pieces in this work, and some poor ones. With the help of the fact that the three longest works are excellent, though, more pages are spent in enjoyment... Read more
Published on June 3 2000 by Anon
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
This collection of Koontz short stories will blow you away. They are jsut fantastic my favorite one was Chase. Don't skip this one buy it now!
Published on June 1 2000 by "ploid"
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Koontz!
If you've ever read any of my reviews on Koontz titles in the past, you know how big a fan I am. This time is no different. Read more
Published on May 21 2000 by N. Bernadsky
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for any new dean Koontz readers (or anyone else)
This is the best book to read if you've never read dean koontz. It shows all the aspects of a dean koontz book. BRUNO shows his humorous side... Read more
Published on April 3 2000 by Matt B.
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