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  • Koko Author Peter Straub
  • Peter Straub
  • English
  • 07 January 2017
  • 9780007103676

10 thoughts on “Koko Author Peter Straub

  1. says:

    Koko is a lenghty tome My paperback copy spans 640 pages and promises great things a haunting nightmare of four Vietnam ve

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    It has been at least a decade since I last tried to read this book which I had attempted before on two previous occasions And I knew how far I had gotten each time if not by some whiff of remembering; then at least by the markers I had placed where I had stopped each time 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 If memory

  3. says:

    If you’ve thought about reading Koko then Be Like Mike and Just Do It Stephen King fans may appreciate this book and know about the connection with his friend Peter Straub These two guys are like bookends in the horror genre At times they even have a similar way of writing But Koko is its own thing It’s not like Straub’s earlier book Ghost Story saw the movie – have yet to read the book To me that wa

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    Tricksy ReviewWhere to start? An uneasy read this There is real madness to be found here A brooding heady insanity Koko the novel is a disjointed psychological somewhat confusing affair Why then is it such a good read? Well because

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    the atmosphere of degradation regret self loathing and impending doom was pervasive and absorbing the author shows a sure hand with characterization and a steady one with narrative the identity of the killer was unsurprising but well conceived and either as an extended metaphor for What We Did Wrong in Vietnam or as an omi

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    This is the epitome of mysterythriller writing penned by a master of literary fiction at the height of his powersFour men

  7. says:

    Finally finished it Buddy Read with the awesome The Eclectic Club It was fun ride but it had some bumps along the way

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    This has got to be one of the best thrillers I've ever read That might sound like a backhanded compliment especially if you happen to know that I don't read a lot of thrillers but I don't mean it to be I'm even tempted to call it the Moby Dick of thrillers; it's long after all tempestuous a little dreamlike it sometimes meanders and it's about four men in the same boat even if not a literal one chasing a dangerous and

  9. says:

    As is the case when I finish other Peter Straub novels I closed Koko last night speechless aware that I had been at least on a tiny l

  10. says:

    I'm only reviewing this so that if I ever mistakenly pick this up again in the future I will have a warning in pla

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Koko Author Peter Straub

Nonetheless linked by a shared history and a single shattering secret Now they have been reunited and are about to embark on a uest that will take them from Washington D. This is the epitome of mysterythriller writing penned by a master of literary fiction at the height of his powersFour men bonded by the horrors of war reunite to hunt one of their own when a series of brutal killings a world away leads them back into their shared pasts to face the specter that haunts them allKOKOA dense complex book that showcases all of Straub s impressive skills as a wordsmith disassembling and recreating the world around the reader word by word sentence by sentence drawing you into a time and place that becomes your new reality populated by characters that earn your empathy and apathy simply by being purely imperfectly humanThe first book in the epic Blue Rose trilogy whether you choose to continue the journey or not this is a must read for anyone who loves thought provoking immersive fiction that lingers in your memory for the rest of your lifeHighest possible recommendation

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C to the graveyards and fleshpots of the Far East to the human jungle of New York hunting someone from the past who has risen from the darkness to kill and kill and kill. This has got to be one of the best thrillers I ve ever read That might sound like a backhanded compliment especially if you happen to know that I don t read a lot of thrillers but I don t mean it to be I m even tempted to call it the Moby Dick of thrillers it s long after all tempestuous a little dreamlike it sometimes meanders and it s about four men in the same boat even if not a literal one chasing a dangerous and elusive figure from the past who may be a symbol of something or just a man Koko begins in Washington DC in late 1982 where four Vietnam vets from the same regiment it seems like a stretch to call them friends have met up to see the Memorial for the first time It was within the first ten pages or so that I started to get the sense that this novel might be much better than I d expected and when I started to make mental comparisons The Deer Hunter another Vietnam story that takes the time to meander and allow us to experience the characters lives with them The main character Mike Poole walks around near the Monument before the others have arrived just thinkingHere was what was left of the warFor Poole the actual country of Vietnam was now just another placemany thousands of miles distant with an embattled history and an idiosyncratic and inaccessible culture Its history and culture had briefly disastrously intersected ours But the actual country of Vietnam was not VietnamStraub empathetically captures Poole s alienation his feeling even than ten years later that he s returned to a country that s never really understood what he s experienced and in fact doesn t want to understand and that this has forever altered his sense of belonging to that country At any time he can mentally slip into a different country not Vietnam but Vietnam a place that only his fellow veterans have been Somehow neither post war mythologizing nor congratulations from the Coca Cola company in his hotel lobby seem to offer much in the way of comfort or edification Was this what he d spent so much time wanting to get back toDuring his first surreal eighteen months back from Vietnam Poole had been able to tell if a man had been in Vietnam just by the way he held his body His instincthad faded since then but he knew he could not be mistaken about this group Hello sir said a clarion voice at his elbowPoole looked down at a beaming young woman with a fanatical faceshe held a tray of glasses filled with black liuid Might I inuire sir if you are a veteran of the Vietnam conflict I was in Vietnam Poole said The Coca Cola company joins the rest of America in thanking you personally for your efforts during the Vietnam conflict We wish to take this opportunity to express our gratitude to you and to introduce you to our newest product Diet Coke in the hope that you will enjoy it and share your pleasure with your friends and fellow veterans Poole looked upward and saw that a long brilliantly red bannerhad been suspended far above the lobby White lettering said The Coca Cola Corporation and Diet Coke Salute the Veterans of Vietnam He looked back down at the girl I guess I ll pass The aspect of the story that might sound reminiscent of a 90s cable miniseries is that the four of them have also come together to discuss a string of killings in southeast Asia the killer has been leaving their regiment s distinctive playing cards as his signature and it would follow that he is someone they know or knew No than that like it or not they share an intimacy with him I have a feeling that the ingenious serial killer with the occult signature is common in fiction than in reality but soon enough I was nodding along won over by the uniuely foreboding and uncanny atmosphere the sharp and economical dialogue the story s understanding that violence inevitably echoes over the course of years as well as the feeling that Straub had genuinely managed to channel these characters from his unconscious getting their voices on paper and then carefully arranging them in a labyrinthine plot that always seems to be on the verge of splintering apart or capsizing like a lifeboat in a maelstrom As long as I m making out of left field associations here s another one I re watched Vertigo last week and it struck me that the atmosphere and the images especially that shadow in the bell tower at the very end that moment of silence before the audience not to mention Kim Novak understands who or what it is are so powerful that they almost nullify the fact that there s a plausible explanation for everything that s taken place Koko has some of that same tension Yes everything that happens in the novel can be explained or less rationally but the uncanny atmosphere that Straub conjures is somehow convincing Throughout the first couple of hundred pages you sense that something terrible is going to happen Or not exactly Rather something terrible has happened and is continuing to happen and so the dreamlike atmosphere of Koko is not arbitrary at all but a reflection of the fact that the novel is really about trauma the way it distorts time and space and becomes real in the mind than anything experienced before or after In his hotel in DC still early on in the novel Poole falls asleep or half asleep trying to read The Dead Zone by Stephen King which was published in 1979Before Michael could turn off his light he was dripping with sweat carrying his copy of The Dead Zone through an army base many times larger than Camp Crandall All around the camp twenty or thirty kilometers beyond the barbed wire perimeter stood hills once thickly covered by trees now so perfectly bombed and burned and defoliated that only charred sticks protruded upwards from powdery brown earth He walked past a row of tents and at last heard the silence of the camp he was aloneHe trudged past the deserted building into a stretch of empty land and smelled burning shit The camp had been abandoned and he had been left behindthen he knew that this was no dream he really was in Vietnam the rest of his life was the dreamWait a second he thought if this is reality it s no later than 1969 He opened The Dead Zone to the page of publishing information Deep in his chest his heart deflatedthe copyright date was 1965 He had never left Vietnam Everything since had been only a nineteen year old s wishful dream

Characters Koko Author Peter Straub

KOKO Only four men knew what it meant Now they must stop it They are Vietnam vets a doctor a lawyer a working stiff and a writer Very different from each other they are. It has been at least a decade since I last tried to read this book which I had attempted before on two previous occasions And I knew how far I had gotten each time if not by some whiff of remembering then at least by the markers I had placed where I had stopped each time 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 If memory serves me correctly I bought this book based solely on my experience of reading The Talisman Having never read another Straub book I was none the less persuaded to give him independent of King a try It is a hard cover first edition that graces my shelves And I hate putting down a book before having turned the last page Having done so twice before did not make it any palatable I can assure you So why thenHere we goThe prose felt fractured I had a difficult time following it and understanding the meaning behind the words It is not like I need the author to hold my hand or explain every little thing in fact that usually puts me off No this was like a giant jigsaw puzzle put together wrong even though the pieces still seemed to fit as though the edges were malleable I found myself going back and rereading passages and not for pleasure just trying to find a pathThe characters okay I am just going to say it They all felt alike to me Sure there were four different Vietnam vets that reunited in Washington but to me they all read like different versions of the same man each individually cloaked or tricked out in some other fashion they all seemed like revenants of a common hostThe story held great potential I thought I could see uite clearly how it might all play out Who knows maybe I did But in the end at least my end if not Straub s I was not prepared to invest in another 400 plus pages to find outStraub is a prolific writer whom my comfort food King chose to co author two books with This is most likely my failure and not the authors


About the Author: Peter Straub

Peter Straub was born in Milwaukee Wisconsin on 2 March 1943 the first of three sons of a salesman and a nurse The salesman wanted him to become an athlete the nurse thought he would do well as either a doctor or a Lutheran minister but all he wanted to do was to learn to readWhen kindergarten turned out to be a stupefyingly banal disappointment devoted to cutting animal shapes out of heavy