Twilight Eyes (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

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Press: Turtleback Books (December 4, 2007)
Author Name:Koontz, Dean R.


Sought by police for murder, slim Mackenzie, a young man both blessed and cursed by ""twilight eyes,"" stalks the diabolical ""Others,"" who feed their twisted needs with human suffering.

About the Author

Dean Koontz, the author of many #1 New York Times bestsellers, lives in Southern California with his wife, Gerda, their golden retriever, Elsa, and the enduring spirit of their goldens, Trixie and Anna.

--This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.


Mystery, Thriller & Suspense,Thrillers & Suspense,Suspense,Literature & Fiction,Genre Fiction,Horror

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Comment List (Total:17)

  •     Twilight Eyes was the first of several Koontz novels that I've read. I saw the book in an antique and used book store and the cover grabbed my attention. I later found out, after becoming a Koontz fan, that the author has been fascinated with the carnival since childhood and it shows in this book. The story is centered around a young man named Slim MacKenzie who has a gift, Twilight Eyes. The story pulls you into the life of a carnie, and into the life of a boy who sees what few can, the true identity of the living on earth. Koontz pulls you right into the story after the 1st chapter, something he excels at. The carnival and characters are "rich" and real. You can smell the cotton candy and the feel the dust kicked up from the carnival walkways in you're lungs. The "Demons" are also painted vividly and the suspense of battles between Slim and these evil beings is great as well. The story moves at a slow and steady pace and although I felt the ending could have been better this still remains my favorite Koontz book to date. If you love the carnival like I do or are looking to hop into the world of Dean Koontz I highly reccomend this book. I plan on reading it again soon! Enjoy!
  •     I am an avid Dean Koontz follower. This book is not one of his more memorable ones. In fact, I was quarter of the way in before I realized that I had already tried to read it once and not finished it. I made myself finish it simply because I hadn't had the stomach to do so before.The plot and all the characters are implausible, from the unrealistic attributes given to the ridiculously young hero and heroine, to the nauseatingly idealized carnival characters. The book seems to be nothing so much as a vehicle for some rather trite and treacly over sentimental drooling on the subject of mankind's nobility.
  •     Read this book in the 80s and loved it. Loaned my original copy to a friend recently who lost it, so I ordered a new copy, hoping it was still in print, and am now enjoying rereading it. I lived in Michigan when I first read it, but now live less than an hour from Gibsonton, Florida, the classic winter home of carnies, who play a key role in the story. The story is about goblins disguised as humans, and the carnies that hunt them, set in the early 1960s. Good stuff, and a nostalgic second reading for me 25 years later...
  •     Awesome...3rd time reading it . And it gets better every time! Dean Koontz is one of my favorite authors, I thoroughly enjoy his work!
  •     Dean Koontz created wonderful characters for this book, and further created a thrilling environment to employ them. I enjoy them enough to reread this title every few years.
  •     very enjoyable read!
  •     Good but could have been better
  •     This is why I don't watch the Sci-Fi channel. I just don't like Koontz' earlier book. Goblins, teeth-smashing, killing something (and it coming back to life!!).
  •     Loved it!!
  •     really read the 1st 2 pages- there are some parts of this book that are almost Stephan Kingish, where a single sentence can really make you think. I have read every Dean Koontz book written, and this is my favorite by far. I've read it several times, and I'm ready it again right now. it takes you to the dark underbelly of the carnival, and introduces you to some wonderful characters and even a love interest,and then it will take you on a life or death mission to save the world from evil monsters that are hiding inside a human facade.'m?
  •     One of my favorite stories from Koontz!
  •     The characters really make you care and understand their thinking. My favorite character however is Joel Tuck. He is one to make you smile.
  •     great book joe
  •     I have become very disenchanted with Dean Koontz over the last few years; his recent work, in my opinion, leaves a great deal to be desired, and is overly preachy to boot. I look back on his earlier work with rather more affection, especially Twilight Eyes. This is one of those rare books I can go back and reread every few years, and still enjoy it nearly as much as I did the first time I read it. It stands out from most of Koontz' work, mainly because here he eschews most of the trademarks he brings to almost everything he writes. Most of Koontz' books A) are set in California, B) have protagonists in their thirties, C) have a dog (especially a Golden Retriever, which Koontz seems to think is the noblest being in the animal kingdom), D) have a psychopathic human villain whose point of view is elaborately depicted, with extensive justification for his atrocious acts. Here the hero and heroine are just a couple of years either side of twenty, rather than Koontz' usual thirtysomethings, and the story takes place on the east coast (mostly Pennsylvania coal mining country). In fact, not only does the action take place elsewhere than Koontz' preferred southern California setting, he even set it in the past: the early sixties -- probably owing to the impossibility of having a freak show in this carnival if it had been set in the eighties when the book was written, and such attractions were no longer considered socially acceptable. A couple of his trademarks that he does bring in here are the "heroine with the traumatic childhood," and "patient and understanding hero who helps the heroine overcome her traumatic childhood." Still, these trademarks are a bit less heavy handed than in some of his other books, and he's not remotely as preachy here as he got to be later in his career.The story itself is an interesting one, where the teenaged hero can sense the presence of beings he calls "goblins" who can perfectly masquerade as ordinary human beings, but who are filled with hatred and loathing of humankind, and derive their sole pleasure from the anguish and suffering they inflict on the ordinary humans around them. The main character runs away to join a traveling carnival after he kills one of them in his home town, forever cutting himself off from "straight" society, and forcing him to make a life for himself among the carnies. This ultimately proves of great use to him in his crusade against the goblin-kind. The carnival setting also does much to set this book apart from Koontz' more usual fare, and makes it interesting in its own right as well. The explanation for the existence of the goblins turns out to be scientific rather than supernatural, and even though it is very farfetched, one can still suspend disbelief easily and enjoy the story. All in all, it's one of Koontz' more unusual and entertaining stories, and I recommend it.
  •     IMHO, one of Dean's best. Don't believe anyone else's review. They complain about the "formula" that Koontz uses too much. If they don't like the formula they should start reading another author. This one has great character development, surprise after surprise right until the end. I consider this required reading for any Dean Koontz fan!
  •     My favorite book, great two part story
  •     Good read

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