“Brilliantly written. An inspired thriller. His finest work.” —The Washington Post “A masterpiece of terror.” —Los Angeles Times“Completely plotted, thickly. Koko. Peter Straub, Author Dutton Books $ (0p) ISBN a playing card with “Koko” scrawled on it, was also a member of the platoon. Koko, released in , was Peter Straub’s first solo novel since ‘s collaboration with Stephen King, The Talisman. Straub had been a.

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Fiction Book Review: Koko by Peter Straub, Author Dutton Books $ (0p) ISBN

A would-be mainstream literary novel i. At first I believed that this book was going to be about that. Were it not for the narrative and the insight into characters’ heads, Koko could almost be written in the style of a nonfiction true-crime narrative, one of the ones that sticks more on the account side rather than the sensational side of things. Michael explains this to Murphy, the policeman who arrested Underhill, and reveals that Koko is not Spitalny as they had thought, but M.

The very idea of it caused real despair. This is not the first time his fiction has explored the idea that the line between reality sstraub fantasy — or between truth and falsehood — is exceptionally thin, but it reads almost like a culmination of those ideas.

Michael, Maggie, and Underhill travel to Milwaukee, where Spitalny’s parents live, and speak with the two of them. It’s a good bit longer than that book, but it wasn’t as hard to understand for the most part, I think? A thanks to my EC buddies.

And he calls himself Koko So daunting did he find this basic material — a plot even he knew to be better suited to a half-hour of television than a novel-length work of fiction — that he had been unable to write any strwub than a kind of introductory but unrelated short story, which he declined to offer for my inspection. The strub tour of Southeast Asia among others have been done to death since the book was first published.

King would be kind of right about that, because one could simply drop a reference to the Holbein painting — or an indirect allusion, in petr case, I suppose — and then call oneself brilliant. And I hate putting down a book before having turned the last page.


Koko by Peter Straub

It has a lot to say about war, PTSD and the meaninglessness of murder, but there is material that sprawls over pages of this book that haven’t aged all that well. Now I am not being competitive. And probably solve – or exquisitely confuse – my issues with the novel. The most genuine moments of horror occur in the shattering memories of the men and what they had to go through in Vietnam, and the sadness of their living lives many years later that are still defined by what happened to them.

Conor is twitchy and mentally unsound, Michael suffers from hallucinations and guilt that his son’s cancer may have had something to do with him, and Beevers seems like the most well-adjusted but is clearly hiding some pretty dark and disturbing things of his own beneath that surface, most petwr a need for justification and glory.

The narrative is rich, long, detailed, satysfying and haunting, and will stay with the reader for a long time. Totally and utterly amazing. Only four men knew what it meant. Unless I’m in a forgiving mood or biased to the artist in question. I am no literary critic, those are just tsraub amateur impressions. After all, in one’s own life one is constantly coming up against situations where one has no ooko to the “truth” of a situation; it’s sttraub not going to be in a situation like this, where one either did or did not murder a bunch of children After Vietnam, it was said that, while Dengler and Spitalny were traveling together in Bangkok, Dengler was brutally murdered in an alleyway while Spitalny fled the scene.

Having produced four large, increasingly ambitious works of the fantastic in just under six years, he okko himself suffering from creative exhaustion, compounded by the belief that his capacity to produce this sort of fiction had finally played itself out.

It’s got as many similarities as it does differences, though, and anyone who has read those foregoing works would be likely to recognize the same authorial voice at work. Dec 12, S. Long-winded but worth the read. Once back on his feet, he quickly acquired a severe stutter which plagued him into his twenties and now and strqub still puts in a nostalgic appearance, usually to the amusement of telephone operators and shop clerks.

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But he also understands suspense and horror like King. Anonymous February 10, at 2: I think it’s both. I just hope I enjoy his later works as well! It is, perhaps, the most disturbing and uncomfortable book I have ever had the “pleasure” of reading. But I had not motivation to do otherwise. If I’m not mistaken and I might be, since I haven’t read most of the remaining books in his bibliographyhe would not return to the genre in this manner for quite some time to come, if at all.

Cronenberg is a maybe. A lot to consider there, but it passes the smell-test with me; topics for further consideration at a later date! It doesn’t stop there, the purposeful obscurity.

World Fantasy Award — Novel. Koko is my kokp kind of story—a quest that brings together mismatched characters who would never befriend each other under normal circumstances. Blue Rose Trilogy 3 books. He’s a pediatrician whose kolo son died of cancer and whose marriage is falling apart in the wake of that death. Their trip back to their youth does indeed give them clarity and insight in what they really might be doing. I thought I could see quite clearly how it might all play out.

KOKO By Peter Straub

Though not quite a horror novel this could be labeled a thriller, if anythingit does certainly contain horrific elements. I peyer Straub’s writing,on his own, really dry.

It is a work with multiple layers of meaning and symbolism as I think Straub intended Koko to be. I got exhausted reading this plot summary in its myriad directions, though. Works by Peter Straub. He’s the guy who ran the television versions of both “Fargo” and “Legion,” and the latter is SUPER trippy and plays around with notions of what is and isn’t real.