The Night Window

The Night Window satisfyingly concludes Jane Hawk’s story. While the lead up is not overly exciting, the ending is well done.
Jane has been fighting against the Arcadians, a techno-terrorist group who had her husband killed. On the run, she is trying to prove the depth of the conspiracy that has overtaken the United States and, eventually, the world. Finally, she has what she needs to bring them down; the data regarding who is an Arcadian and who is on the Hamlet (kill) List.night window
The Night Window is a huge improvement over the last two books in the series. Jane is moving forward and actually getting somewhere. This material isn’t filler; it’s actually part of the story. That being said, Koontz does create an adjacent story that becomes the stereotypical man-hunting-man quest that just drags down the pacing. The beginning of this sub-story started off wonderfully; it was an imaginative and fun way to recap what had happened in the last four books. But then it dragged out into a story that didn’t have any impact on the overall arc of the novel.
The ending is perfect. The conclusion makes sense and is the only way the situation could have been countered. While there is plenty of blood and violence, the solution is cerebral and very satisfying using the Arcadian’s tech against them.
I wish the cast of characters has been better integrated. There are characters I really liked that only got a one sentence write-off in this book. Unlike Odd Thomas, this series makes no sense as to why it suddenly dumps characters that were helping her. This is unfortunate; I was rather invested in them.
The Night Window ends Jane’s saga and ends it well. It was about time as the third and fourth entries in the entries were meandering and underwhelming. While I enjoyed the first two novels and was investing in Jane, Dean Koontz overreached and drew out her story for too long.
Publication Date: May 14
I received an ARC from the publisher; all opinions are my own.

Pacific Rim is del Toro’s Fanboy Opus

Homages are a tricky business. Filmmakers often miss the mark and stalely repeat events of other movies with no panache or style (think Oblivion). Occasionally, the filmmaker’s love of the subject shows and fans happily ingest the wonderful reminders of movies or games they love. Pacific Rim is one such movie,

Pacific Rim is what would exist if Xenosaga and Independence Day had a baby and name Fallout and Portal the child’s god parents. The movie is about large creatures named kaiju that come from a breach on the Pacific Rim. These creatures aren’t coming from inside the Earth but through a portal of another plane. Humans band together to create giant robots that kills the Gnosis, sorry jaegers, that must be piloted by two humans. Sons of Anarchy’s Charlie Hunnam star as Raleigh a pilot who loses his brother their jaeger Gipsy Danger is attacked. Reilly is brought back into the program when as the break proof wall fails to keep the monster out. The jaegers are their only hope.

PACIFIC RIMThere are classic scenes from a variety of movies. The same speech from Independence Day is included as well as a recreation of Jurassic Park’s water vibrating. These are done beautifully giving each scene its own spin. The characters are stock: a hurt hero, an avenging daughter, the snotty opponent. But these characters fit so flawlessly into this world no questions it.

Guillermo del Toro’s homages don’t stop at the films. Gipsy Danger’s AI is voiced by none other than Portal’s Ellen McLain aka GlaDOS.  The pilots live in a compound that houses bedrooms similar to those in Fallout; the pilots seem to be locked away in their own vaults. And if we discussed the anime references, this entry would last forever.

For those not into sci-fi movies and games, you’re out of luck. It will seem repetitive, absurd, and uninspired. But for fan boys and girls, this tale is gorgeous and entertaining. Peppered with humor, Pacific Rim is a fun action flick.