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Demon Seed
Demon Seed
Author: Dean R. Koontz
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 artif...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780425158593
ISBN-10: 0425158594
Publication Date: 7/1/1997
Pages: 320
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.

3.5 stars, based on 214 ratings
Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
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restlesswillow avatar reviewed Demon Seed on + 7 more book reviews
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
Good book for late night reading; that is if you don't have trouble with nightmares!
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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.
Dove avatar reviewed Demon Seed on + 262 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
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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Helpful Score: 1
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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roisindubh avatar reviewed Demon Seed on + 49 more book reviews
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.
althea avatar reviewed Demon Seed on + 774 more book reviews
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.