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Dean Koontz – The Vision

Most educated people were convinced that, without exception, the motivations behind the antisocial acts of violent people had their roots in poverty, broken homes, childhood traumas, parental neglect or parental ineptitude.

Mary Bergen aids the police in solving crimes, those that have happened and those that are about to. Now this gifted clairvoyant is using her psychic gift to help track a serial killer. But something terrible from Mary’s past has been invading her dreams and she is haunted by the sound of leathery wings. The killer knows secrets even she has locked away. Knows about the torture she was administered at the hands of a psycho when she was a little girl. And he is coming for her next.

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The Unnoticeables by Robert Brockway Book Review

I read this little 300+ page book on a 4h flight from Athens and I loved every minute. I’m trying now to figure out why I loved it as when I’m trying to articulate the subject of the book in my mind, it sounds like an absolute mess.

I dreamed I was floating on a sea of breasts. Just coasting from one boob to another, completely free and unhinged from society. It was majestic.

Hear me out.

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The Raven Boys – by Maggie Stiefvater – Crappiest book of 2018 (just getting started)

While I absolutely adored Maggie Stiefvater * The Wolves Of Mercy Falls Trilogy, I could not finish The Raven Boys. Three times I attempted to read it and three times I put it down in sheer boredom. It could not spike my interest and the characters were so bland I could not help thinking Maggie drew some names out of a hat and made a terrible plot just to cash in some more.

If I were a tree, I would have no reason to love a human.

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The Shining * Stephen King Book Review

Because it’s the month of gruesome tales and amazing hauntings, why not discuss the mad and absolutely amazing “Shining” book by horror master, Stephen King. This is the story of Jack Torrence (played wonderfully by Jake Nicholson) who decides to take a job as a hotel overseer during the winter months when the hotel was empty.  He takes his family with him and as they prepare to tackle the long, hard, winter coming along, they will have to deal with another problem. Jack goes mad. He starts seeing ghosts and he develops a strong urge to kill his family (just like in Amitiville horror). But was he mad? Or was he driven mad by the specters present in the house?

The whole place was empty.
But it wasn’t really empty. Because here in the Overlook things just went on and on. Here in the Overlook all times were one

In a way, the story reminded me of the place out of time described by Dean Koontz in 77 Shadow street * Dean Koontz Book Review  and in Odd Apocalypse. This is a place who has seen some tragedy – but this fact is only briefly discussed when they move in and is only mentioned in passing by the current overseer.

“Any big hotels have got scandals,” he said. “Just like every big hotel has got a ghost. Why? Hell, people come and go. Sometimes one of em will pop off in his room, heart attack or stroke or something like that. Hotels are superstitious places. No thirteenth floor or room thirteen, no mirrors on the back of the door you come in through, stuff like that.

So the questions stays: was Jack mad before he moved in or did the ghosts tip the balance by constantly whispering in his ear?

This inhuman place makes human monsters.

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Worlds Beyond * Ian Wilson

“There is one consistent feature to stories of so-called “ghosts”, it is that they almost invariably seem to have their roots in some tragedy from the past.”

Worlds Beyond is the title of a thirteen-part TV series which explores the world of paranormal as it has been revealed in the lives of countless “ordinary” people across five continents. While the TV show has a more “commercial” vibe to it and tends to sensationalize the happenings, the book are based on the real cases and research from the Society for Psychological Research and we can see many of the hauntings debunked.
This important contribution to the study of paranormal proves the wisdom of the great psychologist Jung who remarked

“I shall not commit the fashionable stupidity of regarding everything I cannot explain as a fraud”

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Dean Koontz

Brother Odd * Dean Koontz * Odd Thomas Series

Loop me in, odd one. The words, spoken in the deep of night by a sleeping child, chill the young man watching over her. For this was a favorite phrase of Stormy Llewellyn, his lost love, and Stormy is dead, gone forever from this world. In the haunted halls of the isolated monastery where he had sought peace, Odd Thomas is stalking spirits of an infinitely darker nature.

In this world where too many are willing to see only the light that is visible, never the Light Invisible, we have a daily darkness that is night, and we encounter another darkness from time to time that is death, the deaths of those we love, but the third and most constant darkness that is with us every day, at all hours of every day, is the darkness of the mind, the pettiness and meanness and hatred, which we have invited into ourselves, and which we pay out with generous interest. 

Through two New York Times bestselling novels Odd Thomas has established himself as one of the most beloved and unique fictional heroes of our time. Now, wielding all the power and magic of a master storyteller at the pinnacle of his craft, Dean Koontz follows Odd into a singular new world where he hopes to make a fresh beginning—but where he will meet an adversary as old and inexorable as time itself.

St. Bartholomew’s Abbey sits in majestic solitude amid the wild peaks of California’s high Sierra, a haven for children otherwise abandoned, and a sanctuary for those seeking insight. Odd Thomas has come here to learn to live fully again, and among the eccentric monks, their other guests, and the nuns and young students of the attached convent school, he has begun to find his way. The silent spirits of the dead who visited him in his earlier life are mercifully absent, save for the bell-ringing Brother Constantine and Odd’s steady companion, the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll.

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Odd Thomas series * Odd Apocalypse

Once presided over by a Roaring ’20s Hollywood mogul, the magnificent West Coast estate known as Roseland now harbors a reclusive billionaire financier and his faithful servants—and their guests: Odd Thomas, the young fry cook who sees the dead and tries to help them, and Annamaria, his inscrutably charming traveling companion. Fresh from a harrowing clash with lethal adversaries, they welcome their host’s hospitality. But Odd’s extraordinary eye for the uncanny detects disturbing secrets that could make Roseland more hell than haven.

Soon enough the house serves up a taste of its terrors, as Odd begins to unravel the darkest mystery of his curious career. What consequences await those who confront evil at its most profound? Odd only knows.

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The Philosophy of Time Travel – A fictional book created by a fictional character

   The “Philosophy of Time Travel” is a fictional book written by character Roberta Sparrow, or more commonly referred to as “Grandma Death”. Dr. Kenneth Monnitoff gives this book to Donnie during one of their conversations about time travel. Since Roberta Sparrow is a fictional character in the movie Donnie Darko, it is not clear who has written this book, but it was most likely the director, Richard Kelly or his staff. It was included on the Official DVD to help viewers understand the plot of the movie and to help explain many of the occurring events. The book has chapters missing from it, most likely on purpose to give it more of an authentic feel, since if such a book existed, it would probably contain large amounts of extraneous information which is not needed to understand the plot. Below is a copy of “The Philosophy of Time Travel” with comments and examples I have added to help show the relationship between the book and the movie ( * denotes a comment).

The fact that Roberta Sparrow has written this book, and overnight completely switched from being a nun to a science teacher, leads us to believe that she has gone through what Donnie is going through in this movie. There is no actual proof that she has gone through this since there would be no evidence of it ever occurring.

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Dean Koontz * Deeply Odd

“The world howls for social justice, but when it comes to social responsibility, you sometimes can’t even hear crickets chirping.”

I have loved this book much as I loved most of the Dean Koontz books I have read (and I have read my fair share of them). Oddie is back and while he was young and innocent and in love with Stormy in “Odd Thomas”, with every book, he got darker and broodier and facing bigger and bigger monsters each time.

This time it’s satanists who are using a crack in the dimensional space to kidnap children and sacrifice their innocence in gruesome manner to their dark lord. Sounds like a stretch? Well, it’s not and it’s filled with good people and good and memorable life lessons I will extricate and display in other posts.

There is a very colorful character in this book (Eddie) and I wish when I grow old I’ll become a little like her.

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“…Child, do you know where trult great courage comes from, the kind of courage that will never back down?’
I said, “Faith.”
“And love,” she said. “faith is a kind of love you know. Love of what is unseen but certain. Love makes us strong and brave.”

“It’s funny, ma’am, how sometimes you’re so sarcastic but it doesn’t sting.”
“Because of my dimples. Dimples are a get-out-of-jail-free card”

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The Exorcist * Novel by William Peter Blatty

theexorcistTo this day The Exorcist stands as one of the most horrifying movies ever made, a legendary cinematic venture that graphically portrays an epic struggle between human lives and demonic forces. Adapted from William Peter Blatty’s best-selling 1971 novel of the same name, the film was released by Warner Brothers on December 26, 1973 and immediately played to packed movie theaters across the country. The ensuing media blitz focused its attention on both the movie’s hard-to-stomach scenes that depicted a child possessed by the devil and the fact that author Blatty had based the story on a supposedly real event that took place in the Washington, D.C. area back in 1949. The film was nominated in 1974 for ten Academy Awards (including Best Picture) and was the recipient of two: “Best Screenplay Based On Material From Another Medium”—William Peter Blatty, and “Best Sound”—Robert Knudson and Chris Newman. The Exorcist has retained a faithful following since its debut and to date has grossed over $165 million (making it the thirteenth top grossing film of all time), with video sales and rentals still bringing home healthy sums.

Karras: Hello, Regan. I’m a friend of your mothers. I’d like to help you.
Regan: Why not loosen the straps then?
Karras: I’m afraid you might hurt yourself, Regan.
Regan: I’m not Regan.
Karras: I see. Well then, let’s introduce ourselves. I’m Damien Karras.
Regan: I’m the devil. Now kindly undo these straps!
Karras: If you’re the devil, why not make the straps disappear?
Regan: That’s much too vulgar a display of power, Karras.
Karras: Where’s Regan?
Regan: In here – with us.
Karras: Show me Regan and I’ll loosen one of the straps.
Regan: Can you help an old altar boy, Father?… Your mother’s in here with us, Karras. Would you like to leave a message? I’ll see that she gets it.
Karras: If that’s true, then you must know my mother’s maiden name. What is it? What is it?
[Regan vomits onto Karras]