Dean Koontz

The Moonlit Mind: A Tale of Suspense – Dean Koontz

This city—perhaps any city—is a place of secrets and enigmas. Roaming alone with your dog in realms that others seldom visit, you will glimpse disturbing phenomena and strange presences that suggest the world has dimensions that reason alone cannot explain.

In this chilling original stand-alone novella, #1 New York Times bestselling author Dean Koontz offers a taste of what’s to come in 77 Shadow Street with a mesmerising tale of a homeless boy at large in a city fraught with threats . . . both human and otherwise.

Book Reviews

The Steel Shark (Joe Tesla #4) by Rebecca Cantrell

A dog. His computer. The tunnels under New York City.

That’s all Joe Tesla’s agoraphobia has left him with—the inside world, the dark world—and now the black depths of the sea.

Book Reviews

Nicholas Sparks * The Guardian Book Review

It’s been quite a while since I’ve read a story about a woman, a man and a dog and a psychopath chasing them which wasn’t written by Dean Koontz. Nicholas Sparks has written many, many books like The Notebook and A Walk to Remember – but this is his first thriller and I must say it turned out great. He still let the romance bloom and it didn’t take anything away from the story.

Dean Koontz

Watchers – Dean Koontz * Book Review

People have a natural tendency to anthropomorphize their pets, to ascribe human perceptions and intentions to the animals where none exist.

It is truer for this book than any other Dean Koontz book I’ve read. And I’ve read quite a few! Watchers is considered one of his most popular novels and it straddles the border between science-fiction and “realistic” suspense fiction involving genetic engineering. Like in Frankenstein, men of science have gone about to create life and intelligent beings by forming mutations. In their efforts, they have produced two successful results: a dog and The Outsider – a vile creature so hideous that it pours fear into the minds of men. And what’s worse, both these creatures are self-aware and on the loose.


Dog and Squirrel: Steps in a Flirtation

The bushy flick of your tail
catches my attention.
I am aware of your presence,
but I am ignoring you.

You are now my bull’s-eye.
This will be a fine game.
It may be a game,
but I set the rules.

Whenever you lower your guard,
I step forward.
I never lower my guard.
All escape routes are intact.

My body is an arrow
pointing at your heart.
O large clumsy one,
have you any idea how fast I can run?

I draw closer.
The space between us is nothing.
Odd how the sunlight
kindles your dark fur.

I can taste the silk of your tail.
You can’t possibly get away now.
I know the precise point at which
I must flee. Still, those eyes . . .

Gaze locked, I pounce!
And you are . . .
Gone, of course.
My heart pounds! See you tomorrow?

—Joyce Sidman

Art Book Reviews

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon Book Review

I have to admit, I only bought this book because one of my friends was raving how amazing the theatre production was.  I never really wanted to read a book where a dog dies. I was traumatized enough after I am Legend * Robert Matheson but after a small research online, I was impressed on how well the book did.

The book received praise from outlets like the New York Times and from noted authors including Ian McEwan. To date, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time has been published in more than thirty-five countries and has become an international best seller. In the United Kingdom, Haddon’s book has sold more than 2.6 million copies, making it the third best-selling book of the decade.

Stephen King

L.T.’s Theory of Pets * Stephen King short story

I love a story with a twist. And this one is about a quarreling couple who own a cat and a dog. LT and Lulu got each other the pet they wanted most to celebrate their anniversary together. The problem was that the dog that she got him took to her more than him and the cat that he got her adored him and scratched her. The animals got OK together but the arguments did not stop between the man and his wife and only intensified. Troubled marriages always find a point of insecurity and will argue out of nowhere for the smallest of mis-doings.

LT’s wife, Lulubelle, gives LT a dog whose growls sound like purrs to Lulu but growls to LT. LT gives his wife a Siamese cat whose yowls sound like coming home to LT but yowls to Lulu.


Book Reviews

A dog’s purpose * W. Bruce Cameron

A must-read for dog lovers all over the world.

This is the remarkable story of one endearing dog’s search for his purpose over the course of several lives. More than just another charming dog story, A Dog’s Purpose touches on the universal quest for an answer to life’s most basic question: Why are we here?

Pet Care

The deerhound – a doggie overview

bd-deerhoundThe Deerhound is one of the most decorative of dogs, impressively stately and picturesque wherever he is seen, whether it be amid the surroundings of the baronial hall, reclining at luxurious length before the open hearth in the fitful light of the log fire that flickers on polished armour and tarnished tapestry; out in the open, straining at the leash as he scents the dewy air, or gracefully bounding over the purple of his native hills. Grace and majesty are in his every movement and attitude, and even to the most prosaic mind there is about him the inseparable glamour of feudal romance and poetry.

Pet Care

The Collie – A quick doggie overview

The Collie dog makes an excellent sporting dog, and can be taught to do the work of the Pointer and the Setter, as well as that of the Water Spaniel and the Retriever. He can be trained to perform the duties of other breeds. He is clever at hunting, having an excellent nose, is a good vermin-killer, and a most faithful watch, guard, and companion.