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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Headline; New Ed edition (9 Jan 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747249725
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747249726
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 2.1 x 17.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
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"Dean Koontz is not just a master of our darkest dreams, but also a literary juggler."--"The Times," London

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Horror and hilarity combine to make this an unforgettable thriller


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 Feb 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I have only started reading Dean Koontz recently but have found him an excellent enjoyable author to read. When I started this book I thought it would be another supernatural adventure/chase story. I was right about that part but the screwball/romantic comedy element of the book took me totally by surprise. These 2 disparate elements were blended beautifully to produce a book that you could not put down but also one that I found myself laughing with also. I was disappointed that it had to end. Read this when you are feeling down - I guarantee it will cheer you up
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lawyeraau HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 13 May 2008
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This book is delightfully quirky and a quick read. Part screwball comedy and part horror story, it will make you laugh and it will make you want to keep the lights on. Filled with rapid, quick fire repartee and lots of non-stop action, I read it in one sitting, as I simply could not put it down, even though it was not at all what I expected.

Tommy Phan is a successful novelist of detective stories. Unfortunately, his Vietnamese mother doesn't see quite it that way. She feels that he is turning his back on his Vietnamese roots, as he has Americanized his name from Tuong to Tommy. He did not wish to become a doctor or work in the family business, as did the rest of his brothers. Tommy is living the American dream, which his mother simply will not accept.

One evening, shortly after returning home, his doorbell rings. When Tommy answers it, there is no one there. He does, however, find a homemade rag doll on his porch, which bewilders him, as he cannot imagine who would leave him such a thing. Taking the doll into his home, the doll's stitches start popping, and so the fun begins.

It is a little more fun than Tommy bargained for, and he flees his home with something evil in pursuit. Ultimately, he runs into Deliverance Payne, a beautiful seemingly intuitive blonde waitress, who gives him a hand in evading his demonic pursuer. She is certainly more than a sum of her parts and is not what she initially seems. Let the games begin! Tommy's life will simply never again be the same.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By marky77 VINE VOICE on 25 Sep 2007
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Yet another good book by Dean Koontz! I really enjoyed this it was fast paced and suspencefull and had great charactors that were very likeable! Quite scary in places but also a lot of funny bits. The two themes combine very well and the humour does not take away from the thriller parts and vice versa.

Definatly recomended to Koontz fans (if you havnt read any of his books before, this is a good place to start) especially if you enjoyed Life Expectancy which was quite similar to this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "dave_wh" on 23 Jan 2004
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I have read many of Deans books now and haven't yet come across one I haven't enjoyed. But this one is my personal favourite. I think it was the first one I'd read and got me hooked. Many people might not think horror and humour are a good mix but the character of Deliverance Payne is one of the most entertaining and downright funny I have ever read. And the way she and Tommy interacted was pure joy. I am now working my way through his entire collection!
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This book is by far the most intriguing i have ever read, which is quite a few!!, I felt many times as the book went on the need to laugh out loud...I was confused after all this is a horror novel?!!??
But rest assured i havent gone mad I was fortunate enough to be reading this, the most amazing of Koontz novels'. At times i was gripped in the usual Koontz brand horrors!!, but then the next minute i was laughing out loud soo hard i was on the verge of tears.
This is an example of true mastery in literature terms the style of the author remains yet a new genre of horror and humour have been combined.
Koontz was kind enough to explain this new and bold move in a note to the reader. The depression evoked by the writing of what Koontz describes as his 'most intensely scary yet', Intensity, was relieved by Koontz by writing this novel. And relief it must have brought i have used this book myself to read to help relieve me of stress so i would love to know how it must have felt to be writting it!!
All in all an amazing novel that should be read by everyone. A heartwarming tale of love and mysticism and even aliens thrown in for good measure....interesting and believe me, one of the funniest books you are ever likely to read!!
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By Vik on 26 Jun 2007
Format: Paperback
I love this book because it doesn't take itself seriously. The story is over the top, and very comical. This book is meant to be taken light heartedly. I've read lots of reviews on this book , and most people write reviews like it is to be compared to Koontz's other books. If you are looking for a great fun read, Ticktock is what you are looking for.

Throughout Tick Tock, Koontz uses a variety of techniques that grip the reader's imagination, drawing the person deeper as they read more and more inside the novel. Metaphors, personification, run-ons, one word sentences, and explicitly descriptive paragraphs entice the reader to continue his or her journey until dawn...that is when time runs out for Tommy.

Ticktock, with its protagonist a Vietnamese-American named Tommy Phan who one day finds a mysterious doll on his doorstep. He soon discovers that the doll contains an evil creature, which is determined to kill him.

The true precision of Tick Tock can be experienced in only one-way: by reading it. I leave you to think about my favorite quote from Tick Tock: "Everything is more than it seems, but nothing is as mysterious as it appears to be."

Seriously recomended
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