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Twilight Eyes by Dean Koontz (First Book Review)


Title: Twilight Eyes
Author: Dean Koontz
Publication Date: First published 1984
Paperback edition published November 02, 2010
Pages: 416
My Rating: 5/5

I always believe that a book, for it to be considered as laudable should be composed of a completely original and extraordinary plot. Also, part of the book’s originality is the capability of the author to put in labels or specificity that emphasizes the era when it was first published or brought about. Somehow, it gives identity to the book making it out of the box.

Dean Koontz successfully coiled these components in a remarkable and thought-provoking book – Twilight Eyes.

I actually don’t know the genre of this book. Suspense-Thriller, part coming-of-age, philosophical, Sci-Fi or YA. Apparently, the tags suggest that Twilight Eyes falls to any of it. Imagine, that’s how diverse this book is!

The book was set in a time frame far from the present year (2016) and yet it appeals, and greatly affects the readers from the year it was first published and beyond.

Twilight Eyes is an exceptional book of hope, despair, defeat, triumph, good, evil, failure, success and camaraderie. It encompasses the common virtues of the man and perpetually gushes out the heroic values and virtues every man should have.

It’s moving, inspirational but it doesn’t leave the horror of threat the world out there is facing. Not the most ideal for heroic situations, sickening in fact but the realism it shows allows the readers to be involved. Somehow, the book (more like, Slim Mackenzie) got me. I was never into books like this not until I’ve read Twilight Eyes and I’m so proud to tell the world that this book broke the curse. It is a must read for everyone for a fact that it was greatly crafted and interesting. It deserves spotlight as much as mainstream books have.

Dean Koontz created monsters also known as Goblins in a most hateful and gruesome form and set those creatures into characters that walk with us. The mere idea that monsters can be anyone and is feeding on our sufferings for sustenance added the fact that only few people (mostly those who have Twilight Eyes) can differentiate one Goblin from a human is a torture yet it’s the very reason why the book is insanely interesting.

He made an incredible mixture of mundane-heroism and power-based heroism all in a fairly odd band. Slim MacKenzie, Rya Raines, Joel Tuck and the rest of the carnies made an exceptional quest that vows to help the humanity although the world has been cruel to them.

There’s no such thing as genuine love for humanity. We are all thriving for survival and none of us see the impending doom that will befall unto us. We live without the fear of dying soon and as I see it, the Goblins don’t need to use much effort (sorcery, science or cult stuff) to erase us. Man-made disasters are achievable and sometimes, we ourselves may also be a Goblin. We pose threat to each other, that’s pretty evident from the book. It’s in our hands whether we’re going to live our lives in service and appreciation of the people or we’re going to continue our way up the hierarchy.

“There’s more decency in the world than cruelty.”

The world is beautiful. May we appreciate it the way Slim and Rya did.


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