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By the Light of the Moon Hardcover – 4 Nov 2002

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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Headline; First Impression edition (4 Nov. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747270732
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747270737
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 24.5 x 4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,925,359 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In By the Light of the Moon artist Dylan O'Connor is driving through Arizona with his autistic brother Shepherd, and decides to catch up on his sleep in a motel. But (as Hitchcock demonstrated) motels can be dangerous places, and Dylan is soon tied up, gagged and being pumped full of strange fluid by sinister doctor. At the same time, comedian Jillian Jackson is watching her career feebly played out against a succession of down-market comedy joints. All her dreams of changing her life are torpedoed when she, too, becomes a victim of the deranged scientist, who steals her car. Then begins a lunatic chase, involving the doctor and his victims, and the surfaces of reality quickly become very insubstantial.

As the plot suggests, Koontz's new book is quite unlike anything he has written before (or, for that matter, unlike anything by his contemporaries); the highly ingenious plotting is matched by some beguilingly off-kilter characterisation and a breathtaking pace that allows for little pause. One can only admire this writer's refusal to repeat himself: a phenomenon all too rare with so many other thriller writers simply recycling the same old material. --Barry Forshaw

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'Perhaps more than any other author, Kootz writes fiction perfectly suited to the mood of America post-September 11: novels that acknowledge the reality and tenacity of evil but also the power of good; that celebrate the common man and woman; that at their best entertain as they uplift' Publishers Weekly 2/12/02 (Publishers Weekly)

'It's a tense, fast-paced read, full of humour, drama and shocks' Yorkshire Evening Press 15/1/03 (Yorkshire Evening Press)

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This was my first Dean Koontz book and it certainly won't be my last. I hadn't known what to expect from him. I had for some reason thought his books were horror but this book clearly isn't. I'd describe it as a supernatural thriller.

The plot was quite bizarre but chugged along at a fairly quick pace. The writing was exceptional. The amount of beautifully quotable prose was staggering. There were also a huge amount of laugh out loud moments and I can remember getting very emotional at one point and blubbing a bit. Not because of anything sad, just from how some of the relationships between certain characters change. Any book that can hit my emotions like that gets a thumbs up from me.
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Worth buying the triple set here. Saving as lot of money
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B016VXYSZ2?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_d_detailpage_o00_

The Dean Koontz Halloween Collection is an unmissable omnibus of his spine-tingling thrillers BY THE LIGHT OF THE MOON, ONE DOOR AWAY FROM HEAVEN and SEIZE THE NIGHT. A terrifying Halloween treat perfect for Stephen King fans...
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Ok, I should say before I start that I am a die hard Stephen King Fan. A few weeks ago, I finished reading all his currently published works and I was desperately looking around for an author to 'fill in' before Kings next novel.
My wife saw this book and bought it on a whim and boy was I glad.
I had never read any of Dean Koontz books before and I am about half way through this book. So far it is excellent.
A worthy companion on my bookshelf for the Stephen King collection.
He has an easy reading style, you get into his story straight away, it grips you and doesn't let go.
The story is excellently written with a surprisingly dark humour throughout. The characters are just as 3 dimensional as Stephen Kings and as believable.
I won't spoil the story by giving away any spoilers here.
All I will say is that if you like authors such as Stephen King, James Herbert etc, then you will love Dean Koontz.
Go and buy this book, its worth every penny.
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the start is promising, 2 people who don't know each other get injected by someone and start to get some sort of special powers. Again the story is about manipulating the brain, but for me some parts were getting a bit dull
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By A Customer on 16 Oct. 2003
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This is the first book I have read by Dean Koontz and it left me wanting more of the same. I have allways been a fan of Stephen King and no other author has come close to his literary genius untill now!
Dean Koontz has created a masterpiece whose characters are deep and true to their nature. Koonts ia able to explain the supernatural phenomenon so well that even the most sceptical of people will instantly believe it.
I reccommend this to anyone with a sense of adventure or with a depth of nature, as you will surely be able to empathise with these characters.
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I loved this book. Dean Koontz just rocks. I loved Dylan and Shep, and found myself wanting the perspective to change quickly back to Dylan, rather than Jilly.

The ending was a bit fast, however, with a bit of a cheesy "save the world" concept. I really wanted more. I even started trying to read a lot slower i read too fast :P) just to make the story longer.

I did notice they there seemed to be a few...what can I call them...blips? Not very noticeable, but I did get slightly confused at some points, as they seemed to be a void of a reaction by one of the characters to a particular action...(am really trying to not let spoilers go here..plus I can't remember a proper example).

I do love Koontz style of having an entire book about, in this case : 18 hours...Other books i've read have been about 2 days, or just 24 hours. It's quite amazing that. Though I did sort of think at one stage, that a few days had passed but then one of the characters said "yesterday" and I was shocked. I love the style but sometimes you can doubt the believeabilty of it. Really? So much in so little time?

And I am confused about the "folding" part of it...well, in particular, how the hell did Jilly get the hang of it???? I was so confused when she suddenly stated she was amazed about the sense of reality...then folded across the church by herself. :S

In fact, I think Dean Koontz made a few mistakes with Jilly. I think that is where he did the blips, the voids : Jilly. So, I think he preferred Shep and Dylan, and ended up rushing a few Jilly parts of some scenes.

And seriously, get together! Though, later, I did think 18 hours of madness (however mad and long it seemed) wasn't long enough for a relationship, I suppose... I was waiting for something to occur in that sense though.

I really loved Shep and Dylan. Such epic characters.

Overall : the book just rocks. Get it. Seriously.
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I get really impatient waiting for new books to come out, I pre-order when I can so I don't miss any, this is a really lovely story and I read it when it first came out so this is my 2nd time, and really enjoyed it.
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Bought this in the audio format having enjoyed a number of previous Dean K. books in that form. Found it enjoyable for about the first 2 hours. After that the constant repetitions of Shep started to get on my nerves, until they became nearly unbearable. I suspect that this is worse in the audio form that the written. Am hitting the 11 hour mark and Shep has just said "ice" for about the 200th time. Don't go near the book in audio or you will finish smashing your computer or mp3 player or whatever.
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