The Book of Counted Sorrows. This contains all of the entries listing of all poems. All of the poems presented on these pages are Copyrighted by Dean Koontz. I have always loved the poems and sayings from Dean R. Koontz’s novels under the heading of “The Book of Counted Sorrows”. However this collection is. Results 1 – 14 of 14 The Book of Counted Sorrows by Koontz, Dean and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now at
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The Book of Counted Sorrows
May 31, Jessi rated it really liked it Shelves: Definitely not what I expected, but I enjoyed the book none-the-less. Koontz starts out this book with a satirical and sarcastic history of the “rarest” book, that being Sorrows Book of Counted Sorrows, of which there is only one true book that he keeps safe from librarians, thieves, and politicians.
After a very long, drawn out, much distracting and digressive history, we are presented with less than 12 pages of the actual prose. The poetry contained none that I remember him quoting in his books as Definitely not what I expected, but I enjoyed the book none-the-less.
The poetry contained none that I remember him quoting in his books as The Book of Counted Sorrows was probably the most quoted at the beginning of every Koontz bookand not as profound as I expected.
But it was good, some sorroas it was thought-provoking – and one of them hit home with me I’ll be copying it and posting it somewhere, I’m sure. If you’re a Koontz fan, this book is definitely a treat. Aug 18, Jaden rated it really liked it Shelves: The only reason I am giving 4. Rather I thought it would be a cheesy book about badly written poetry as means for further profit for the author.
Thankfully, I was proved wrong – hell yeah! Koontz’s peculiar sense conuted humor couted once more throughout the entirety kointz The Book of Counted Sorrows.
The so-called “intro” was in fact an ironic, fictitious short story The only reason I am giving 4. The so-called “intro” was in fact an ironic, fictitious short story regarding the Koontz manor and its’ beloved, highly esteemed and slightly demented staff, as well as the previous owners of The Book of Counted Sorrows and their lives – or should I say Something absolutely absurd and yet hilarious in its’ precariousness.
The characters reminded me of another Adams family with no telling whether they acted out of good or ill will. What made the book even more entertaining was the way it was written, making the reader feel as if they’re having a direct chit chat – counyed admittedly a tad “off” – with the author, instead of reading a simple piece of paper. As for the poetry, it was ‘food’ for further thought and further unraveling of the author’s stories.
We’re certainly not dealing with a masterpiece of modern literature, but rather every word – even the ones that were clearly used just to help the rhymes – served their purpose whatever that was. I doubt I’ve come across another book similar to this one. It’d be difficult afterall with it being so preposterous, yet so full of wits. A must-read title by an soreows who’s proved he can write whatever he sets his mind onto, and not just a specific genre.
Sincere kudos to Bolk. Koontz and to all those who can get and appreciate his oddly marvelous sense of humor. Oct 29, bobby rated it it was amazing Shelves: I’ve always loved how Dean Koontz would add the poetry before some of the chapters throughout his novels.
I, like others, kept searching for this ‘The Book of Counted Sorrows’ which never existed at one time. I’m glad he has put together an actual book. Sep 23, Damaris marked it as to-read. Couunted 30, Traci rated it it was amazing Shelves: I expected it to be dark and creepy, but it turns out Koontz has a broader writing style than I ever expected. Jan 16, Robert Beveridge rated it it was ok Shelves: The verse here is on the stylistic and artistic level of a Helen Steiner Rice or a Rod McKuen both of ssorrows, actually, have a right to feel offended by the comparison.
It might make for good acoustic folk music by a particularly enthusiastic, but talentless, guitarist at an open mike night after one too many glasses of absinthe. What makes this worth reading, to some small extent, is the introduction to the book, twenty-two thousand words of purely sophomoric humor that nevertheless manages to endear. This is Koontz as we’ve not seen him in many, many years, with an acerbic, self-deprecating wit that harks back at times to the best of his early science fiction writing.
Certainly not literature for the ages, but the prose, at least, is somewhat amusing. Apr 16, Lora rated it did not like it Shelves: If I had paid a large sum of money to buy the limited-edition book instead of borrowing the e-book from the library, I would be really pissed off right now. As it stands, I am really just dumbfounded. The poetry was mostly a bad joke-not all of it, a few were quite good.
I’m giving one star for Mr. Koontz’s use of extremely long sentences.
Jun 24, Amy Featherstone rated kiontz it was amazing. So I read this not really expecting much if I am perfectly honest. Don’t get me wrong, I do love Koontz but poetry really isn’t my thing. However, the ‘introduction’ and history of The Book of Counted Sorrows is what made me give this 5 stars.
I thought the book was hilarious which probably says more about me then I mean it to boik was definitely a light read compared to his suspense novels. A great change of pace.
The Book Of Counted Sorrows
It didn’t make me a fan of poetry though: Mar 10, Emily rated it it was ok Shelves: I loved the kontz, but by the time I got to it I hated this book. I love Dean Koontz, but I can only take so much of his ‘humor’ at a time. Dec 22, Simon rated it it was amazing.
Such an unusual story – well worth his reputation. Koontz has created a story that your brain tells you is not true, but you can’t help but finish the book. The poetry section is unusual but not unexpected. Oct 26, J. As can be expected, given where this came from, there is a lot in this that is striking, but there is also a portion at the front that is simply a fun sense of dark humor.
Being able to put something like this together is simply impressive enough to make it worth reading. Dec 09, Cindy Huskey rated it really liked it Shelves: In his inimitable and gracious way, Basil explained to each that 1 Counted Sorrows is the rarest book on the planet, with only one known copy extant, 2 this copy is in our possession, 3 we decline to lend it “Among those 3, letters a year, a few hundred were from librarians, who had often spent ten or twenty hours – or, in the case of several dangerously obsessive types, even a hundred or two hundred hours – searching for this rare book without success, at the request of their patrons.
In his inimitable and gracious way, Basil explained to each that 1 Counted Sorrows is the rarest book on the planet, with only one known copy extant, 2 this copy is in our possession, 3 we decline to lend it or to photocopy it, and 4 in any event, it is inadvisable for anyone to read the entire contents of the book, because everyone who absorbs every word of the text is driven mad by the terrible burden of the knowledge thus acquired – or he explodes.
I read my first Dean Koontz novel in the backseat of my parents’ car on a five hour trip to visit my sister at Ft. Stewart before she shipped off to the Gulf War. Darkfall was horrifically thrilling, and I loved every page. After consuming my eighth or ninth Koontz novel, I, too, went in search of The Book of Counted Sorrowsbut soon realized it didn’t exist at the time.
When I learned he’d finally published it, I really didn’t know what to expect. I have to say, the wit and sarcasm in the opening pages were reminiscent of Mark Twain, but more fantastical. There were several places where I laughed and snicker and snorted, which was just the literary pick-me-up I needed.
Jan 27, Andrew rated it really liked it. This book was long over due – I remember seeing the first references to it almost from the first Dean Koontz I read all those years ago. Yes at the time I knew that it was a factious book with only limited material created to add a certain flare to the book you were about to read.
But as I read more of his books and more material was written referring back to this book of counted sorrows so I think fiction took on a life of its own. I remember rather embarrassingly now – writing to the UK publi This book was long over due – I remember seeing the first references to it almost from the first Dean Koontz I read all those years ago.
I remember rather embarrassingly now – writing to the UK publishers asking if there were plans on printed them in a true book format – as you boo imagine in the early 90s I received xean back. So you can imagine my surprise and eagerness to read them now that they have finally been collected and published as one. Ok I will be the first to admit that verse and poetry have nothing to fear from me I have not got a clue about them but I do connect with these – I think probably because I remember their origins as teasers and tasters.
Jan 21, Hails rated it it was amazing. I am amazed at the history of this book! I was intrigued about the quotes from the start of his novels but had never actually gotten around to searching for it, but always curious.
I knew one day I would get to it. Then I found his website! It had an explanation that so many fans had to written to him asking him on how to find this nonexistent tome, that he published it! So of course I ordered it right away from his website. So happy when it arrived and the coujted are great! This book is made of I am amazed at deaan history of this book!