From the Corner of His Eye

His birth was marked by wonder and tragedy He sees beauty and terror beyond our deepest dreams His story will change the way you see the world On the heels of his 1 bestseller False Memory, Dean Koontz brings together his most compelling themes and an unforgettable cast of characters to create what is perhaps the most thrilling and emotionally powerful work of his critHis birth was marked by wonder and tragedy He sees beauty and terror beyond our deepest dreams His story will change the way you see the world On the heels of his 1 bestseller False Memory, Dean Koontz brings together his most compelling themes and an unforgettable cast of characters to create what is perhaps the most thrilling and emotionally powerful work of his critically acclaimed career Bartholomew Lampion is born on a day of tragedy and terror that will mark his family forever All agree that his unusual eyes are the most beautiful they have ever seen On this same day, a thousand miles away, a ruthless man learns that he has a mortal enemy named Bartholomew He embarks on a relentless search to find this enemy, a search that will consume his life And a girl is born from a brutal rape, her destiny mysteriously linked to Barty and the man who stalks him At the age of three, Barty Lampion is blinded when surgeons remove his eyes to save him from a fast spreading cancer As he copes with his blindness and proves to be a prodigy, his mother counsels him that all things happen for a reason and that every person s life has an effect on every other person s, in often unknowable ways At thirteen, Bartholomew regains his sight How he regains it, why he regains it, and what happens as his amazing life unfolds and entwines with others results in a breathtaking journey of courage, heart stopping suspense, and high adventure.
From the Corner of His Eye His birth was marked by wonder and tragedy He sees beauty and terror beyond our deepest dreams His story will change the way you see the world On the heels of his bestseller False Memory Dean Koont

  • Title: From the Corner of His Eye
  • Author: Dean Koontz
  • ISBN: 9780553582741
  • Page: 480
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “From the Corner of His Eye”

    1. Massive, massive, MASSIVE disappointment.Obvious spoilers ahead.The premise for this book is amazing; a boy named Bartholomew loses his sight at the age of three, when surgeons remove his eyes to save him from fast spreading cancer, and then, though eyeless, regains it at the age of thirteen.Thinking that it could be a fun, fast paced daredevil-like story, with quantum theory involved, I was setting my hopes high. Boy, was I let down.When a reader opens the book he reads how Barty loses his sigh [...]

    2. MY VERY FAVORITE KOONTZ WORK OF ALL TIME!!! (I would also like to note that it is his favorite accomplishment as well.) This book was recommended to me when I was 17 by my husband to-be and was the first Dean Koontz book I ever read. It is the PERFECT example of his superiority to other authors of his time and made me an absolute obsessed fan. I then became a collector and this is what started it all. It is a complex tale of vivid characters and includes every emotion you could think of while in [...]

    3. Alright, I went on a "Koontz binge" last spring, and of all the stuff of his that I read, From The Corner Of His Eye has got to be one of the WORST, most godawful pieces of "literature" (using the term loosely) that I've ever read.I grew quite used to Koontz's style of writing plastering excessive detail onto every description, taking five pages to detail the wallpaper on a house, etc. So when I read the jacket for FTCOHE and it said the story was about a boy who loses his sight and then regains [...]

    4. Favorite QuotesShe lived for others, her heart tuned to their anguish and their needs.His blue eyes were seas where sorrow sailed.Not one day in anyone’s life is an uneventful day, no day without profound meaning, no matter how dull and boring it might seem, no matter whether you are a seamstress or a queen, a shoeshine boy, or a movie star, a renowned philosopher or a Down’s-syndrome child. Because in every day of your life, there are opportunities to perform little kindnesses for others, b [...]

    5. In a Dean Koontz book, if there's someone he describes as particularly good, gracious, or appealing; you can be sure that something very bad is about to happen to them.There's plenty of that in this book, which tells a number of stories, all tied together by the actions of the villain. There are good number of biblical references, with most characters having a biblical corollary; especially Bartholomew, one of the heroes of the story, who has as his namesake one of the lesser known Apostles.In t [...]

    6. I guess I would give this a 1.5 if I could. It's readable but you kind of regret spending the time on this. Maybe if it was half the size it wouldn't have pissed me off - but 768 pages? And I felt like it was doing some preachy religious allegory crap at me. What the hell is your point with this book Dean Koontz? I feel like there were huge holes in the plot on this one and it was just the weakest thing I had read by him. There really wasn't the pay off you want when you get to the end either. A [...]

    7. A good example of what some are calling the "new Koontz". Maybe, I know I like this book. There are several of his more recent offerings that I have really enjoyed and this is one.Also he has one of his more "interesting" villains here. I can't say anymore without giving a spoiler, but this is one of those horrible yet laughable evil killers. You can't laugh at the evil bloody acts, but the interesting "mental gymnastics" of this guy are well done. Koontz moves into the realm of science fiction/ [...]

    8. I really enjoyed this Koontz book. Yes, it got a bit overly sentimental at times, but on the whole I preferred it to some of the other Koontz books I've read lately, which have been hugely formulaic and so very predictable! I enjoyed the multiple universe aspects (not sure how a few of the explanations would go with real scientists, but I'm not one of them, so no problem there) and the twists and turns. I thought Enoch Cain one of his more interesting villains. Of course, if you don't enjoy dram [...]

    9. From The Corner Of His Eye Bantam Books, 2000, 729pp $7.99Dean Koontz ISBN 0553582747 Imagine being in labor, with your husband lying dead beside you. “Urgency gripped the paramedics. The rescuers’ equipment and the pieces of car door were dragged out of the way to make a path for a gurney, its wheels clattering across pavement littered with debris.” You don’t know if your kid has survived the accident or if he will be as normal as all the others. As you look out from the back of the amb [...]

    10. NOTE: I am a HUGE Dean Koontz fan, but I'm also objective. Within the horror/suspense genre, Koontz generally writes two types of novels: 'government conspiracies', or 'madman chasing an innocent man/child/woman/dog/couple/ all of the above.' The gov't ones are fine, as a matter of fact, it was "Strangers" that got me hooked on DK. But there's only so much you can do with 'black ops' and 'the government within the government.'While "From the Corner of His Eye" DOES have a madman chasing innocent [...]

    11. You ever wonder where Koontz comes up with these stories? Most of them are brilliant, engaging plots with lots of twists and turns that keep you on the edge of your seat. Some of them are plain strange and make you wonder what he was smoking when he sat down that dayd why he wasn't sharing.This book had the benefit of being both brilliant in many ways, and of being one of the stories that makes you scratch your head and wonder.I loved the separate yet slowly intertwining stories of all the chara [...]

    12. This is the second time I've read this book. The first time being about 15 years ago. I remember it being a good read but it was even better this time. Koontz's writing style, dark humour and excellent descriptive passages are a joy to read. The characters are a varied mix that combine well together.The story combines two different threads that are interwoven in a way that avoids confusion and makes you wonder how they are connected. The character Enoch (Junior) Cain is one of the best character [...]

    13. I was disappointed by this one. Koontz's initial idea was brilliant, and I love the quality of his prose. I enjoy the way he writes because it's so vivid and detailed; at his best moments he paints with words. However, at his worse moments he comes up with great ideas but does nothing with them. Ultimately, he does not achieve an interesting narrative with this book. I liked the characters for the most part but the story was just kind of lame to me. I found the villain disgusting but not necessa [...]

    14. The beginning was shocking and twisted. which I loved. But then the story got bloated and complicated and at the end died a quick death (fortunately). Why did the author spend all that time (and pages) developing the evil Enoch Cain only to have him evaporate in one sentence!? And in the beginning the reader was subjected to painfully articulate hour by hour, day by day accounts of 3 story lines. Then at the end it was rushed to decades by decades. This was truly a story I couldn't wait to finis [...]

    15. From the Corner of His Eyeby Dean KoontzBantam, 729 pages, paperback, 2001; reissue of a bookoriginally published in 2001Dean Koontz is probably, right now, the most underestimatedwriter at work in the field of fantastic literature. The reasonsare not hard to fathom. Unlike most authors, who go through thelearning process before they ever see print, Koontz had themisfortune — although of course it must have seemed far fromthat to him at the time — to find publishers for his early,clumsy attemp [...]

    16. After a lifetime of thrillers, (semi-)horror stories, conspiracy tales, etc. Koontz finally comes with a story so different from everything he has written before, yet at the same time is a culmination of all the good versus evil themes he has always incorporated in his books. I’ve read “From the Corner of His Eye” about half a dozen times and each time it’s like I’m seeing new things in it.It’s an enormous task to summarize this book in a single paragraph. I’ve tried several times [...]

    17. JC could stand for Jesus Christ, and one might get that impression at the novel’s beginning. We think we sense a sweetness in Junior Cain’s character, until it takes an unexpected turn.Junior Cain isn't a religious man. Instead he bases his life on a particular set of volumes, a particular philosophy. We are treated to his attempts to follow this philosophy throughout his adventures. He is a man on a quest for self perfection while believing that life is for pleasure, ungoverned by the conce [...]

    18. Although I enjoyed this book, for the most part, it's got major flaws.If you're familiar with Dean Koontz, you know that sometimes (well, most of the time), he overdoes it. Describes things in entirely too much detail, takes 5 pages to explain something that could be told in 3 paragraphs, etc. He does not sway from that in this book. In my opinion, it could have been cut by about 200 pages and still told the story just fine.The story centers around 2 characters, mainly: a boy named Bartholomew, [...]

    19. That Dean Koontz is an amazing writer of supernatural stories is a known fact. What makes this book special is the mix of several themes that work in superb harmony - a psychotic killer, quantum physics and faith. I've always wondered about parallel universes and in this book, the author has tried to put a structure to it through the theories of Thomas Vanadium and the abilities of Bartholomew, Angel and Mary. Koontz uses Enoch Cain's obsessed journey to find Bartholomew as a background to highl [...]

    20. Wow, this book kept me interested for some 750+ pages! Many absorbing main characters and even the secondary characters interesting and real. Most of the book involves a terribly arrogant, paranoid serial rapist/murderer. His delusions and more than that-his pure evil drive him towards what I think he sees as his survival. That survival, in his mind involves the death of someone named Bartholomew, who turns out to be a child. Dean Koontz must have really thought that this was the ultimate evil c [...]

    21. I have the phrase "This Momentous Day" tattooed on my leg, because of the impact this book has had on my life. FROM THE CORNER OF HIS EYE is currently ranked as my #2 FAVORITE KOONTZ BOOK, second only to Life Expectancy. Each smallest act of kindness reverberates across great distances and spans of time, affecting lives unknown to the one whose generous spirit was the source of this good echo, because kindness is passed on and grows each time it's passed, until a simple courtesy becomes an act o [...]

    22. Loved it! Twists and turns, a fabulous story, great characters. Enoch Cain has you believing he is a good and loving man as the book begins, but then he does something that totally leaves you in shock, and after a while you begin to see what an evil person he is. Evil and extremely dangerous. I couldn't put this book down. The way Dean Koontz brings all the characters together is very clever. What a writer. This book has everything, but what I particularly like is that there is a moral tone all [...]

    23. This is an amazing book. I only give 5 stars to page turners I am obsessed with. Not an obsessive page turner but a very good book. The characters are slowly developed until you know them personally. This is the only book I have ever read that I cried when a character died. For Dean Koontz fans some of the story lines will be familiar but presented in a different way. The villain is well written. (view spoiler)[ The villain is a severely mentally ill person. Dean Koontz presents this illness thr [...]

    24. I’m a big Koontz fan but dear God I hate it when he goes off on a quasi-religious bent. This book is simply awful. I’ll save you a coupe of weeks of your life ploughing through the 500 pages. Everything is cool, God has a plan.

    25. В определен смисъл късния Дийн Кунц е като Реймънд Чандлър или Дашиъл Хамет.Макар Чандлър и Хамет да пишат"детективски" романи и разкази, за читателя няма никакво значение всъщност кой кого е убил и защо. Това е вторично и дори третично в творчеството на Чандлър и Хамет. Ког [...]

    26. I would have rated this book a 5 until the last few chapters. I love Koontz's writing and use of words. I love his weird characters and intricate, complicated storylines. Love the way he weaves it all together, when initially things seem unrelated. However, he should have ended this book somewhere around Chapter 79 or 80, leaving some things to the imagination, leaving us to wonder, leaving us wanting more.

    27. One technique that an author has at his disposal when writing to get a reader involved early in their book, "The Hook", is Pathos. We feel sympathy for a character because of some tragedy that has befallen them. We want to learn more about this character and how they might champion this terrible ordeal. Pathos is effective. Pathos often sells books. Pathos sucks when mishandled. Take one blind boy, no let's not make him just blind: Let us make him have no eyes! Yes this will get people to feel i [...]

    28. It is hard to swallow a character that is incorruptible and perfect. Generous and selfless. A character that gives of herself even though her life is wrought with pain and loss. It is damn near impossible to accept 12 additional characters that are similarly saint like. But what's even more ludicrous is this group of caring people finding each other and then living together in perfect harmony. Even the most righteous person is going to sick of your annoying habits. These characters are so paper [...]

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