“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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I’m not sure it worked, but it’s honest if nothing else. I knew loko of this, but not all of it, and what I didn’t know kind of fascinates me. View all 7 comments. Through scenes of mundane human existence he explores universal themes of redemption, grace, the nature of evil and forgiveness.

Peter Straub has clever and engaging narrative techniques that keep the novel srtaub even when not much is happening, my favorite being the phone calls between Judy Poole and Pat Caldwell as a way to indirectly deliver information.

It was the pure principal of the thing that fuelled my surpassing both those afore laid markers, not the prose or the characters or the story.

Do we need to know all the details about Michael’s collapsing marriage? Were it straug for the kkoko 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.


Bryant Burnette January 28, at 3: It’s not difficult to describe Koko should I type that as “Koko”? Claire Carton June 21, at 5: It is a real tour-de-force by the excellent writer Peter Straub. Unless I’m in a forgiving loko or biased to the artist in question. I also don’t think it’s a stretch to say that maybe Straub inspired King for certain elements of the Tower novels such as the author insertion, and the blurring between what’s real and what’s not.

Because this novel is in part about PTSD, long stretches feel fantastical; many times I was not sure if what I was reading was actually happening to the character, or not. Peter Straub in one of the interviews said that Koko was his best writing experience, where he entered a flow state in which he was with his characters and discovered that he wrote whole pages without thinking about writing them.

In fact, you did a very difficult job breaking down ANY Straub novel well. This book is a real good tale about post Vietnam syndrome as felt by the people that were there.

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None of the men are particularly stable to begin with. But let’s give it a shot. He could have told the same story, shortened by about pages. My only exposure to Peter Straub excellent Slate interview here before this book was through his colla Found this srtaub staring at me from the shelf of a used book store about a year ago. Tina is too wrapped up in his restaurant to go overseas with the other men, but that’s okay; overseas will come to him, eventually.


I probably sound frustrated by it, and in a technical sense, I am; but I don’t see it as a negative thing. But I continued to guess. Putney Tyson Ridge, R. God Bunny is Good Bread Mr.

Koko is a lenghty tome. View all 16 comments. Koko has horrific acts — psychopathic killer, atrocities committed in war. Misguided in every aspect of its intention, design and execution, actually misguided at its core, this resolute display of narrative perversity now and again nearly pter, quite mysteriously, in its far-too-evident ambition to surpass the time-honored conventions of genre fiction.

KOKO By Peter Straub

Murphy kokko his squad of police trail them. It is agreed that Underhill will accompany Michael and Conor on the flight to San Francisco where they meet with Harry and return to New York together.

I suspected those chapters were leading someplace; they weren’t, and while I’m happy that they didn’t lead where I expected them to go, I might have wanted them to lead someplace.

Its sheer ambition results in a great deal of fascinating material along the way, though; and I think kojo a very honorable outcome. But Koko is its own thing. But Peter Straub’s best feature is that he’s able to get inside his readers’ heads, and he does that here. Myself, I was unable to crack the code.

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