The Taking by Dean Koontz


The Taking, Dean Koontz, 2004

My favorite quote: “We’re down the hole to Wonderland, and no White Rabbit to guide us.”

Notable characters: Mary Sloan, the typically-insipid Dean Koontz main character; Neil, the typically-bland Dean Koontz husband; Virgil, the ever-present, preternaturally intelligent Dean Koontz dog (sorry, but there’s a certain kind of Dean Koontz character I just can’t handle sometimes — and The Taking is full of them

Most memorable scene: The Taking has some of the wickedest imagery out there, I have to give it that. The one that’s most memorable to me is one involving creepy talking dolls …

Greatest strengths: Like many a Dean Koontz book out there, The Taking has what promises to be a strong and engaging premise.Unfortunately (for me) it falls flat — also like many a Dean Koontz book out there

Standout achievements: The Taking, like much of Dean Koontz’s work, has an ability to keep me reading even when I’m not sure I really like it. I knew I should have put it down. I KNEW it. But alas, I didn’t — and in that respect, I have to give Dean Koontz credit for a job well done 

What it taught me about writing: The Taking is one of the books that taught me that it’s okay to play your secrets close to the vest, to plant your clues discreetly, and give the readers room to make the discoveries on their own. There are a lot of very forced moments in The Taking that I had a hard time getting past

Other media: It was announced in 2006 that Sam Raimi’s Ghost House Productions purchased the rights of The Taking with intentions of making it into a mini series, but so far, it hasn’t happened. It’s probably for the best. So far, I have yet to see a movie or film based on any of Dean Koontz’s books that worked out very well. I know a lot of folks liked Odd Thomas, but even that left me cold. I’m not sure why

Additional Thoughts: I feel kinda bad about leaving this less-than-stellar review because the truth is, I think Dean Koontz is a very good writer with some very excellent ideas. Unfortunately, they just don’t work for me sometimes — especially his later stuff. The Taking is a good example of the things that often bother me in his work: unrealistic characters, over-description (if not outright purple prose), and plot devices that just feel way too convenient 

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Published by Alistair Cross

Alistair Cross grew up on horror novels and scary movies, and by the age of eight, began writing his own stories. First published in 2012, he has since co-authored The Cliffhouse Haunting and Mother with Tamara Thorne and is working on several other projects. His debut solo novel, The Crimson Corset, was an Amazon bestseller. The Black Wasp, book 3 in The Vampires of Crimson Cove series is on its way. Find out more about him at: http://alistaircross.com ********************************************************************************************* In collaboration, Thorne and Cross are currently writing several novels, including the next volume in the continuing gothic series, The Ravencrest Saga. Their first novel, The Cliffhouse Haunting, was an immediate bestseller. Together, they hosted the horror-themed radio show Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE! which featured such guests as Anne Rice of The Vampire Chronicles, Charlaine Harris of the Southern Vampire Mysteries and basis of the HBO series True Blood, Jeff Lindsay, author of the Dexter novels, Jay Bonansinga of The Walking Dead series, Laurell K. Hamilton of the Anita Blake novels, Peter Atkins, screenwriter of Hellraiser 2, 3, and 4, worldwide bestseller V.C. Andrews, Kim Harrison of the Hollows series, and New York Times best sellers Preston & Child, Christopher Rice, and Christopher Moore. ********************************************************************************************** Currently, Thorne & Cross are hosts of Thorne & Cross: Carnival Macabre, where listeners can discover all manner of demented delights, unearth terrifying treasures, and explore the dark side of the arts.

2 thoughts on “The Taking by Dean Koontz

  1. I think I read this one a few years ago. If I did, I don’t remember much of it . . . which I think will be your experience after awhile. I do like Koontz, but there are other books of his that are better.

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