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  1. Maciek Maciek says:

    False Memory is a disturbing book.In one of the scenes in the beginning of the book, Martie Rhodes the main heroine is walking her dog and suddenly some mysterious disturbance falls upon her What does Martie do When she realized that the dog had finished his toilet, Martie slipped her right hand into a plastic petcleanupbag, using it as a glove Being a good neighbor, she neatly collected Valet s gift, turned the bright blue bag inside out, twisted it shut, and tied a double knot in the nec False Memory is a disturbing book.In one of the scenes in the beginning of the book, Martie Rhodes the main heroine is walking her dog and suddenly some mysterious disturbance falls upon her What does Martie do When she realized that the dog had finished his toilet, Martie slipped her right hand into a plastic petcleanupbag, using it as a glove Being a good neighbor, she neatly collected Valet s gift, turned the bright blue bag inside out, twisted it shut, and tied a double knot in the neck Performance of this familiar, humble task restored her mental balance The little blue bag and its warm contents anchored her to reality The weird incident remained troubling, intriguing, but it no longer frightened her A gift And yes guys, it s a page long description of collecting fresh, steaming dog waste Dogs are adorable creatures as most of us know but I ve yet have to met a dog owner who finds solace in holding a warm bag full of his pup s poop But hell, I m not a bestselling American novelist so what do I know.I have a love hate relationship with Dean Koontz While I really liked some of his books I utterly loathed some of the others Some people have ups and downs Dean Koontz has his peaks and trenches However there is something that drawns me to the guy s books, even if he just can t create characters that are somethingthan an extra employed to play his hers part, who don t speak but relate what Koontz thinks, and his sometimes ridiculoysly bad overuse of metaphors and similes He s propably one of those guys that require a special clause in their contracts after they rise to fame that no editor is to touch their work And False Memory could benefit from good editing oh yes, it could have.First of all the thing is so long My copy borders on almost 800 hundred pages When a book is of that lenght the writer needs to maintain the suspense the whole way through, to keep the reader s interest and Koontz doesn t Since the title of the book is False Memory and it deals with people suffering from various phobias it s quite obvious what s going on if you take into account that it s a Koontz book, who despises the academia and Hollywood BrainwashingHe dealt with the theme before, most notably in 76 s Night Chills which is two times shorter because he wrote it on a typewriter The antagonist is revealed in approximately 1 4 of the book, and then the suspense dies.So what is left in False Memory nothing of any originality, if you ve read Koontz before Does a perfect couple with a dog running away from the evil psychopath on the loose sounds familiar Exactly Add to it his standard bashing the male lead talks to his dog how news are bad, well because, they are bad And the main antagonist is a member of the academia and the son of a prestigious Hollywood director.On top of all this, it s worth mentioning that Koontz is the master of writing himself into a paper bag and the invening retarded solutions for his characters to get them out of trouble he himself has gotten them into False Memory is no exception the evil doctor mets the end of his fate from the hand of his former patient, who despite being insanse is sane enough to devise a masterplan cunning enough to lure him out and shoot him, and then even ensure a lawyer for herself Does this man take his readers seriously I don t know And then he gives additional 10 pages of a picture perfect ending And that s the worst thing that plagues almost all of his books the reader is unable to immerse himself in the narrative, because he s always aware of Koontz s infulence over the story He is the protagonist, he is the antagonist, he is the plot, he is the conclusion There s no reality to this work there s only constant awareness that we re reading fiction, and it s cheesy fiction That s a bad thing a bad thing indeed that is.So, did I dislike False Memory No It s not the atrocity like From the Corner of His Eye or One Door Away from Heaven, where Dean called Wallmart and bought himself a whole set of thesauruses and sat down to write The Great American Novel twice But I can s say that I liked False Memory either it s just a book that left me indifferent I ve read the story but didn t care for it I don t regret the time spent on it but I don t feel it was all that well spent either thankfully I read fast and if things get really boring you can always skim It s just another book that will find its place on my Koontz shelf The real question is, why do I keep coming back forafter being disapponted again and again and knowing deep down that Koontz propably won t stop swimming in the sea of sugar and sweetness and never write a book that jumps out of his canvas Well, this propably can be answered by sentimentality, as he was one of the first guys who introduced me to horror fiction And like a child to it s father I return and return, though it seems that the old man is getting senile


  2. Rebecca McNutt Rebecca McNutt says:

    I really enjoyed False Memory, perhaps not as much as some of Koontztraditional works of fiction, though It s a powerful, eerie and deeply psychological novel in nature, sure to impress many horror fans, but its characters were very conventional and aside from a few great page turning moments, I didn t really think this book was overly memorable and I don t really think I d re read it I did love Koontz descriptive prose and dialogue, though He s got a gift for capturing the beauty of I really enjoyed False Memory, perhaps not as much as some of Koontztraditional works of fiction, though It s a powerful, eerie and deeply psychological novel in nature, sure to impress many horror fans, but its characters were very conventional and aside from a few great page turning moments, I didn t really think this book was overly memorable and I don t really think I d re read it I did love Koontz descriptive prose and dialogue, though He s got a gift for capturing the beauty of the seemingly mundane and making it surreal


  3. Phrynne Phrynne says:

    Dean Koontz writes two kinds of books, good books and brilliant books, and this was one of the latter It was gripping from beginning to end, all 750 pages of it, and I found it unputdownable I really enjoyed the fact that the two main characters were genuinely strong, intelligent people who played the baddy at his own game and did not constantly do stupid things And I loved that after all the tension and stress Koontz still allowed the reader a satisfactory and happy ending I read to be ente Dean Koontz writes two kinds of books, good books and brilliant books, and this was one of the latter It was gripping from beginning to end, all 750 pages of it, and I found it unputdownable I really enjoyed the fact that the two main characters were genuinely strong, intelligent people who played the baddy at his own game and did not constantly do stupid things And I loved that after all the tension and stress Koontz still allowed the reader a satisfactory and happy ending I read to be entertained and this book for me was pure entertainment


  4. jv poore jv poore says:

    Many years ago I met a person with an eidetic memory I m still intrigued When I first read False Memory, I was thrilled with a character possessing an eidetic memory, particularly as it played such an intricate role in this psychological thriller.Because I m ridiculously and embarrassingly behind on writing book reviews, I ve relegated myself to re reads only, until I catch up This was a fabulous choice it was as compelling and hard to put down this time around too.


  5. Lasairfiona Smith Lasairfiona Smith says:

    Yes, Koontz has come up with a really cool idea This is a serious psychological thriller A woman has a friend who has a bad case of agoraphobia Wait, now she has a crazy phobia And now her husband too Koontz delves into phobias and how they might affect a person The character s journeys are intense and seemingly real The antagonist is horrible and evil The writing is really interestingUntil the end Koontz couldn t write himself out of a paper bag As good as the character s trials are Yes, Koontz has come up with a really cool idea This is a serious psychological thriller A woman has a friend who has a bad case of agoraphobia Wait, now she has a crazy phobia And now her husband too Koontz delves into phobias and how they might affect a person The character s journeys are intense and seemingly real The antagonist is horrible and evil The writing is really interestingUntil the end Koontz couldn t write himself out of a paper bag As good as the character s trials are written, I was expecting something better To be honest I didn t finish the book because the ending was so random, so out of left field, so pulled out of his butt that I couldn t finish it I think I was short 30 pages I was listening to it on tape so I can t be sure.Three books by Koontz showed me that it is a disturbing trend in his writing I avoid Koontz these days


  6. Karen Karen says:

    What a steaming pile of unfiltered ordure this travesty of a novel is I am amazed, and rather proud, that I fought my way through nearly 800 pages of this woeful nonsense that has almost zero characterisation, a dubious and scientifically improbable plot, and one of the most frustrating writing styles I have ever encountered.I hated it from the word go, but yeah, I somehow completed it Part of me wishes I hadn t bothered Another part is delighted, because I can now legitimately scathe about t What a steaming pile of unfiltered ordure this travesty of a novel is I am amazed, and rather proud, that I fought my way through nearly 800 pages of this woeful nonsense that has almost zero characterisation, a dubious and scientifically improbable plot, and one of the most frustrating writing styles I have ever encountered.I hated it from the word go, but yeah, I somehow completed it Part of me wishes I hadn t bothered Another part is delighted, because I can now legitimately scathe about the awful thing Some Minor Spoilers Follow I hardly know where to begin, so let s begin at the beginning The first half perhaps even the first 3 4s is slow, dull, and eminently frustrating You wait, fighting through the turgid and annoying prose, to see if it s ever going to make a point For a long time, it does not Even where it starts to, it still snaps back all too frequently to the two main protagonists two people that you long for the bad guy to ruin, so vacuous and irritating they are and you end up wanting to throw the bloody thing at the wall, desperately wanting it to GET TO THE F KING POINT.The second half last quarter haspace, to be fair, but the characterisation is so poor that the only entertainment value comes from the truly psychopathic antagonist It s a huge indictment on this bilge that you want him a truly evil man to be the victor in the battle.Linguistically especially in the first half , Koontz s supremely appalling talent for hyperbolic and tenuous simile and metaphor is surely unsurpassed across the English speaking word Another hugely annoying aspect of the writing is the fact that it s so dull, so dreadfully written as if his intention is to dumb down everything yet then, every so often, he uses archaic, literary or otherwise insanely pretentious terminology, and it throws the reader into a confused disarray Which is it, Mr Koontz A novel for the masses, or an intended work of literary splendour It can t be both.At about a quarter of the way in and fair play to anyone else that forced themselves through the grating, sanctimonious narrative that characterised the writing to that point , the so called plot reached a juncture at which virtually every future element of the story waspredictable than the very worst of Eastenders episodes At this point, I almost caved in, my intention being to merely read the Wikipedia article pertaining to the book to prove my estimates correct or otherwise a pursuit which would almost certainly have beenengaging and worthwhile than reading the book itself Pure anti failure, determined masochism was the only thing that prevented me from having the sense to go through with this.Needless to say, the vast majority of my predictions turned out to be accurate Well, that was a surprise.Perhaps the worst thing about this pathetic drivel is its affront to mental illness and, indeed, the very real phenomenon of repressed memory At one point, about the middle of the book, one of Koontz s characters claims that repressed memories basically don t exist, that they are all invented through iatrogenic suggestion There is a movement the False Memory Syndrome Foundation that espouse such claims The concept may even be theoretically possible see below , but the FMSF are largely discredited and most psychiatric and psychological scholars are agreed that repressed and recovered memories are usually accurate, at least at a general level It is widely accepted that most claims of false memories are only used in court as a defence against historic abuse In direct contravention of the allegations made by the aforesaid character, these claims not the recovered memories themselves are usually what fails in court 1, 2, 3 Unfortunately, and the entire novel s premise rests on this, induced false memory syndrome is presented as a perfectly viable practice Whilst it is certainly arguable and demonstrable by, for example, the MKULTRA programme that hypnotic mind control can exist, the sad fact is that the book twists and normalises the concept into intertwining psychotherapy, a usually legitimate profession, and the induction of false memories As noted above, this is a technique frequently employed by abusers who wish to disguise the actions they perpetrated to a victim during his her childhood It is usually used as a legal defence and eminent psychiatrists and psychologists the world over agree that it is a unsubstantiated and unlikely claim Koontz s research, if he ever did any, is poor to say the least that he doesn t even acknowledge that the idea of false memories is highly controversial, and that the practice of inducing them is unlikely to ever be done in the fashion discussed in his novel, does a massive disservice to genuine survivors of abuse who have been through the recovery of very real memories.Although its portrayal of agoraphobia is, to its credit, relatively accurate, the condition is consistently denied to be a real mental health concern, thereby demeaning the very real psychic suffering of those afflicted with this condition Further, the main female protagonist proclaims about a quarter of the way through that she would rather have a brain tumour than a mental illness this appears to suggest to the reader that mental illnesses are either incurable or unmanageable, which is a contention that is patently and quite demonstrably false.I do appreciate that the novel, as a supposed thriller, is not intended to be necessarily realistic however, the sad fact is that mental and trauma induced illnesses remain highly societally stigmatised, and it strikes me that people who are lay to this arena may not feel that they have sufficient reason to question the dubious nature of the novel s portrayal of these issues.All scientific criticisms aside, it just sucks ram bollocks anyway It is boring It is humourless save for the odd psychopathic fantasy from Ahriman It is pathetically characterised and hopelessly lacking in substantive plotting.In short, whilst its turgid prose tries, and fails, to be literary and pretentious throughout, all the book succeeds in doing is atrophying and irritating the reader s mind The very best part of it was closing it for the final time.First and last exposure to Dean Koontz Sorry A few examples of sources1


  7. Michaela Michaela says:

    I ve been reading this book for about 3 monthsfinally finished it last night Dean Koontz is one of my favorite authors because his books are always so incredibly suspenseful False Memory is yet another example of suspense and bone chilling imagery Koontz characters are developed so well and are so realistic that you often forget they are fictional He even finds ways to bring subtle humor into the most disturbing of events, for example Dusty was thinking so hard that the wax would have I ve been reading this book for about 3 monthsfinally finished it last night Dean Koontz is one of my favorite authors because his books are always so incredibly suspenseful False Memory is yet another example of suspense and bone chilling imagery Koontz characters are developed so well and are so realistic that you often forget they are fictional He even finds ways to bring subtle humor into the most disturbing of events, for example Dusty was thinking so hard that the wax would have been blown out of his ears with the velocity of bullets 388 The story revolves around a woman named Martie who wakes up one morning and is terrified by her own shadow and can t even look at herself in the mirror This phobia is called autophobia To add to the chaos, Martie has a friend with agoraphobia scared of going outside who she often takes to therapy sessions As one could imagine, these trips to the doctor with her friend are extremely difficult Basically, Martie s once happy marriage begins to fall apart completely, and her husband, Dusty, is desperate to find out what s wrong with her The plot thickens Dusty takes Martie to the same therapist as her agoraphobic friend, in which he discovers that he HIMSELF has an evenbizarre condition than Martie I don t want to give away any, but I highly suggest this book to anyone who loves suspense However, I do not recommend this book to those who don t want to have nightmares about going crazy


  8. Vicki Vicki says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Awesome This is a psychological thriller to the max It is about a psychiatrist that uses a combo drug hypnosis haiku to get into his subjects minds and control them He can implant false memories, intense mental illnesses, and tell them to do horrible things He has absolute complete control over his victims by just saying a word I have to say that I have been a Koontz fan for a very long time, but this truly was the best book that I have ever read by him Absolutely, extremely intense What Awesome This is a psychological thriller to the max It is about a psychiatrist that uses a combo drug hypnosis haiku to get into his subjects minds and control them He can implant false memories, intense mental illnesses, and tell them to do horrible things He has absolute complete control over his victims by just saying a word I have to say that I have been a Koontz fan for a very long time, but this truly was the best book that I have ever read by him Absolutely, extremely intense What an awesome storytruly amazing and absolutely terrifying I loved it


  9. Javi Javi says:

    As much as I used to love Dean Koontz s books, this wasn t one his finer moments First of all, he gives everything away in the title why would he be so obvious It s a terribly long book and from the very beginning you already know what s going to happen and since the pool of suspects able to come up with such an elaborate scheme is so small really, it s just one person , there s no real suspense and that s saying a lot considering that the book is supposed to be about fear and extremely deb As much as I used to love Dean Koontz s books, this wasn t one his finer moments First of all, he gives everything away in the title why would he be so obvious It s a terribly long book and from the very beginning you already know what s going to happen and since the pool of suspects able to come up with such an elaborate scheme is so small really, it s just one person , there s no real suspense and that s saying a lot considering that the book is supposed to be about fear and extremely debilitating phobias Yes, he describes those phobias very well but that s not enough in itself to create enough momentum to propel the story forward at a speed that would leave you breathless and most of all, scared, which should have been one of the points of the book Ovearll, the book is disturbing But as much as I m willing to suspend disbelief when I read any book, I know that the events described by Koontz would never happen in real life, they are too extreme The antagonist is not really only an adversary, it s a full blown psychopath The heroes of the book They re just normal people like you and me who happen to figure everything out in the nick of time And the problem is after a while you stop caring about what happens to them and you simply want the book to end Man, I really misss the old Koontz that wrote gems like Phantoms Where is he He s always been an author to suffer ups and downs but the difference between one book and the next can sometimes be astounding, and not in a good way Unless you re a hard core Koontz fan, I would stay away from this book


  10. Angel Meyer Angel Meyer says:

    SPOILER ALERT My review has a bare outline of the plot, but you need to read it to really get it.I love Dean Koontz, but this one took me a year to read not because it was bad but because of the content The story is about fear Fear that is implanted into the subconscious mind by an unscrupulous Pshycologist Doctor who is protected by a government agency due to his research in behavior control.In exchange for implanting thoughts and unquestioned obedience in chosen persons, the Doctor is SPOILER ALERT My review has a bare outline of the plot, but you need to read it to really get it.I love Dean Koontz, but this one took me a year to read not because it was bad but because of the content The story is about fear Fear that is implanted into the subconscious mind by an unscrupulous Pshycologist Doctor who is protected by a government agency due to his research in behavior control.In exchange for implanting thoughts and unquestioned obedience in chosen persons, the Doctor is allowed to play his games The Doctor enjoys implanting a small fear, increasing it until it is a full blown phobia, and once he is done playing he will either have the person commit suicide or they will commit a major crime resulting in their death What is frightening is that the techniques that the Doctor character uses are currently available and or being researched e.e the ultimate soldier the perfect person The main characters are a husband and wife who begin to unravel the mystery of their newly manifested fears and unexplained moments of lost time by questioning what is happening to them It is their love and trust for one another that assists in their quest to break away from the fear and find answers


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False Memory ❰Epub❯ ➝ False Memory Author Dean Koontz – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk It s a fearparalyzing than falling More terrifying than darkness More horrifying than anything you can imagine It s the one fear you cannot escape, no matter where you run no matter where you hide It It s a fearparalyzing than falling More terrifying than darkness More horrifying than anything you can imagine It s the one fear you cannot escape, no matter where you run no matter where you hide It s the fear of yourself It s real It can happen to you And facing it can be deadly Fear for your mind.