- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 721 KB
- Print Length: 32 pages
- Publisher: Harper (29 Oct. 2013)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00EBZMKXA
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 117 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #27,063 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Wilderness: A short story (Kindle Single) Kindle Edition
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Addison was born different, his mother could hardly care to be around him and he spent most of his time living in the wilderness outside. He's only eight years old, but find himself trying to run away from a hunter. It's the story on the start in life he's had and his views on how he looks and how people react when they see him.
It's very sad to read about a child being treated like that by his mother, and the hunter and possibly other people he may come across in his life.
At only 32 pages, it's very short, mealy an introduction to help to get to know Addison. In my opinion it's worth reading before you read Innocence, but as I've not read Innocence yet, that opinion may change.
It's only cheap, pick it up and give it a quick read, it won't hurt.
I decided to read this after a long hiatus from Koontz's novels, having been an avid fan about 10 years ago, and what I was reminded of straight away was how brilliantly he sets up a mystery and how delicately he can ramp up the tension. Like any writer of his longevity and calibre, novel writing must take on a slightly production line-esque quality, yet this short story still felt as fresh and vivid as the opening of Lightening, the first of his books to really hook me in.
This is such an unusual story that it invites the reader to buy the next instalment.
Considering the vast number of bargain full length novels at 99p these days, it seems a bit steep for just over 30 pages. I'll admit I was expecting more story than I got for the price, but he is one of the top, and my most favourite writers, so I suppose this is the equivalent of designer pricing.
As for his new novel coming through, at £12, I'll wait a while. The storyline previewed is ringing bells, I'm pretty sure I've read something with this story line or very similar before, so I'm not curious enough to spend on this new one immediately.
The main character seems like he will turn out to be the usual Koontz hero; someone marked out by fate or destiny for a specific task, blessed or cursed (sometimes both) with strange gifts that make others regard him with suspicion or even hatred, buffeted by life - in particular, unhappy home life and unloving or neglectful or absent parents - but not embittered and finally passing on the lessons he has learned through his experiences. Also, he'll probably have to kill someone along the way, either accidently or forced to do so in order to survive.
Starting to become generic, in other words, but yes - I want to know why or how a boy can be so apparently hideously ugly that not alone does he have a face even a mother can't love, one look at him sends a stranger into a murderous frenzy and makes him hunt the boy in an attempt to kill him with no ifs, ands or buts about it.
So I will be buying the novel when it's published/released on Kindle. Koontz is able to keep putting enough twists in his tales to keep me wanting to know more about what happens next to his heroes, even if they are all formed from the same mould.
Anyway, there's enough here to whet your appetite for Innocence. It's only 99p so go on buy it!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Pre cursor to the main book. Not sure I'm convinced..too many other books to read.Published 13 months ago by el_barto