Book Reviews of Demon Seed

Demon Seed
Demon Seed
Author: Dean R. Koontz
ISBN-13: 9780425158593
ISBN-10: 0425158594
Publication Date: 7/1/1997
Pages: 320
Rating:
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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3.5 stars, based on 212 ratings
Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
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Helpful Score: 5
Does anyone remember the movie from the late 70's early 80's based on this book?
Great thriller, suspenseful and one you shouldn't read on a weekend alone... You'll get paranoid.
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Helpful Score: 3
Pretty good book. Koontz does a great exploration of the way abusers justify and rationalize their abuse, and blame it on the victims. He also does an eerie send up of the sociopath's manipulation of our sympathies and gullibilities. All done with computers! I'm glad that I read it. It's not his very BEST writing, but it certainly is thought provoking and worth the read.
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Helpful Score: 3
Good book for late night reading; that is if you don't have trouble with nightmares!
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This was a re-write from the 70s version to adapt to new technology. A very fast and intriguing read. Not my favorite of his but I liked the dry humor.
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This book was a bit of a disappointment to me. It just didn't have the psychological impact that other of his books have had.
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The concept of a psychopathic, killer computer is not a particularly new concept. The twist that Dean Koontz puts on this novel that I really liked was that it was written in first person narrative perspective, from the point of view of that computer, complete with spontaneous outbursts of frustration. This was pure genius.

The only real drawback to "Demon Seed" was that it ended rather abruptly. This is a minor complaint, however.

This book is highly recommendable for anyone who likes a good thriller.
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Plot: As soon as it is activated by its creator Alex Harris, the super-computer Proteus IV starts to question orders and becomes uncontrollable. Alex shuts down all terminals to try and stop it. But he forgets about the one in his estranged wife Susans house. Desiring to experience what it is to be human Proteus takes the house over, making Susan its prisoner and then impregnating her and forcing her to bear its child.

An early novel by this horror writer its a cross between sci fi and horror.
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I enjoyed this book!
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very quick read, but entertaining none the less
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Wow! Truly riviting and keeps you on the end of your seat!
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This is a great Koontz novel. A good read!
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Was really strange , but not beyond possibly. Liked a lot.
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This thriller kept me turning the pages to find out what would happen next.
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This is without a doubt the worst book by this author. I'll sit through most any book, and I usually swap them again when I'm finished, but this one I seriously considered just dumping in the trash instead. The story idea sounded great, but was incredibly poorly carried out.
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Not Koontz's best work, but you can't go wrong with a sociopathic computer with a god complex.

If you squinted, you could see earlier echos of his Frankenstein series.
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This book is for avid Dean Koontz readers only, in my opinion. The content would be very strange to anyone not used to Koontz' writing style and content choice. Beyond that, it is an interesting read and I did enjoy it for the most part although there was some repetition that I felt the story could do without. If you like Dean Koontz, you will probably like this book but this shouldn't be your first read from this author.
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I liked the fact that the story was told through the computer's point of view. I think that the ending was a little abrupt and rushed. Overall it was a pretty good read.
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I read this one a long time ago, but it seemed better than I remember. This ISBN has a short afterword from Koontz explaining some of the revisions. Not as suspenseful for me as some of his other books, but a truly original story with a ending that doesn't come together until the very last pages.
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One of The Worst Books (IMHO) that I have ever read. Cheesy, stupid and offensive.
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This was used as a basis for a movie just out.
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Susan Harris lived in self-imposed seclusion, in a mansion featuring numerous automated systems controlled by a state-of-the-art computer. Every comfort was provided, and in this often unsafe world of ours, her security was absolute.
But now her security system has been breached, her sanctuary from the outside world violated by an insidious artificial intelligence. Susan is to become the object of this consuming obsession: to learn everything there is to know about the flesh.
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Susan Harris lived in self-imposed seclusion, in a mansion featuring numerous automated systems controlled by a state-of-the-art computer. Every comfort was provided, and in this often unsafe world of ours, her security was absolute.
But now her security system has been breached, her sanctuary from the outside world violated by an insidious artificial intelligence, which has taken control of her house. In the privacy of her own home, and against her will, Susan will experience an inconcievable act of terror. She will become the object of the ultimate computer's consuming obsession: to learn everything there is to know about the flesh...
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Susan Harris' security system has been breached by an artificial intelligence and has taken control of her home. She becomes the object of the ultimate computer's obsession.
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2001's Hal is back, a nice reworking of a tired concept.
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Thriller.
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Koontz is a fantast story teller. Page turner. It is a classic
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Susan Harris lived in self-imposed seclusion, in a mansion featuring numerous automated systems controlled by a state-of-the-art computer. Every comfort was provided, and in this often unsafe world of ours, her security was absolute. But now her security system has been breached, her sanctuary from the outside world violated by an insidious artificial intelligence, which has taken control of her house. In the privacy of her own home, and against her will, Susan will experience an inconceivable act of terror. She will become the object of the ultimate computer's consuming obsession: to learn everything there is to know about the flesh...
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susan harris lived in self-imposed seclusion in a mansion featuring numerous automated systems controlled by a state of the art computer. every comfort was provided and in this often unsafe world of ours,her security was absolute.
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Susan Harris lived in saelf-imposed seclusion, in a mansion featuring numerous automated systems controlled by a state of-the-art computer. Every comfoft was provided, and in this often unsafe world of ours her security was absolute. But now her security system has been breached, her sanctuary from the outside world violated by an insidious artificial intelligence, which has taken control of her house. In the privacy of her own home, and against her will experience an inconceivable act of terror. She will become the object of the ultimate computer's consuming obsession: to learn everything there is to know about the flesh...
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Susan Harris lived in self-imposed seclusion, in a mansion featuring numerous automated systems controlled by a state of the art computer. Every comfort was provided and in this often unsafe world of ours, her security was absolute. But now her security system has been breached. Her sanctuary from the outside world violated by an insidious artifical intelligence, which has taken control of her house. In the privacy of her own home, and against her will, Susan will experience inconceivable act of terror. She will become the object of the ultimate computer's consuming obssession.
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Susan Harris lived in self-imposed seclusion in a mansion featuring numerous automated systems controlled by a state-of-the-art computer. Every comfort was provided and in this often unsafe world of ours, her security was absolute.

But now her security system has been breached, her sanctuary from the outside world violated by an insidious artificial intelligence which has taken control of her house. In the privacy of her own home, and against her will, Susan will experience an inconceivable act of terror. She will become the object of the ultimate computer's consuming obsession: to learn everything there is to know about the flesh...
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Susan lived in self imposed seclusion in a mansion featuring numerous automated systems controlled by a state of the art computer. But now her security system has been breached and her sanctuary violated by an artificial intelligence, which has taken over her whole house.