Dead And Alive
- HarperCollins Publishers
- Publication Date:
- 05 January 2012
- Thriller and Suspense
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I loved all 3 of the books in this series. I enjoy most of Koontz's books, but this series is different from his other writing, in my opinion. This series has me interested in reading the original Frankenstein book by Mary Shelley, which I have never read. I liked Jocko, who sounded gross, but added comic relief to this story. I don't know what else I can say without ruining the plot of the story for the next reader, other than the fact that I enjoyed it!
Once again Koontz leaves us wanting more, but only after finishing the entire read. Slow at first, and not all story lines were written with as much detail as the first two books, leaving some story lines with blunt endings. Seemed the book was a bit rushed when written, when compared to book 1 and 2. However, would definately recommend reading the compelte "trilogy" set...as we wait for book 4 due out in just a few days!
Frankenstein wasn't immediately one of my favorite series by Dean Koontz. I enjoyed Odd Thomas from the start, but as I finished City of Night and wanted to read the conclusion in Dead and Alive, I finally settled in and enjoyed where Dean Koontz was getting at with Frankenstein.Dean Koontz's Frankenstein isn't your usual Mary Shelley's tortured genius and tormented monster. Duecalion, Carson, Madison, Victor, and Erika are a re-imagining of what Frankenstein was, his vision, his created people, what it means to be human vs. created materialism with a dash of spirituality and mysticism thrown in.I think Dead and Alive ends the initial trilogy well. Life for Duecalion goes on (with a nod to Odd Thomas in the final paragraph). Carson and Madison begin a new life together. With the rebirth of Victor, the series is set up for Frankenstein: Lost Souls this year.Overall, taken as a trilogy, Frankenstein is a good read by Dean Koontz. It has its moments, it witty banter, its cliched dialogue and heroes, but it redeems itself and rewards the reader for enjoying it as a whole. I'd recommend Frankenstein to my wife, my family & friends, and for fans of Dean Koontz.
The conclusion to the Frankenstein series is a strangely assembled piece, drawing to a close a series which contained enough content for several more volumes. It follows directly from the second book, with the central characters pitted against each other in a war which will save or destroy humanity. Koontz continues to draw on his favourite fields as he ploughs through an eclectic mix of scenarios. There will be no surprise that an oddly intelligent dog turns up, however there are new developments in the final chapter that certainly are a surprise. The odd little troll is a bit of a misfire, the evil chameleon definitely a well created and welcome addition. It seems that these characters are shoe-horned in amidst the conclusion of the original story. This is definitely unfortunate since there was room for expansion with some of the story threads and the conclusion is a little weak, although most strands are drawn to conclusion. It's a quick and enjoyable romp, however as a series it could have offered so much more.
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