Meeting Christopher Snow was like meeting an old pal in the middle of Nowhere Street, in Somewhere City. He was strange and kind, benevolent and radiant, honest and robust, except that he had a rare genetic disorder. Hooligans in his neighborhood called him names that included ‘vampire’. It was not without a reason. His genetic disorder, Xeroderma Pigmentosum, would not permit him to come out in sunlight. If he disobeyed this dictum of nature, he would suffer dire consequences regarding his health.
XP is a real disorder, but Christopher Snow is an imaginary character, according to the author. However, when I read the second book in the Moonlight Bay trilogy, Chris Snow seemed someone who was in real and close to me. It was as if he communicated with me. He was a fantastic person to be with. He is witty in talk and wise in thoughts.
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Titled Seize the Night, the second book in Dean Koontz’s Moonlight Bay trilogy is the first book I read in the trilogy. The first book is titled Fear Nothing, which is eagerly kept for the next reading season, in my library. The third book is on its way in the author’s head, still. Released in 1998, Seize the Night deals with the strange events that take place in the fictional suburban town called Moonlight Bay. With suspense, excitement towards the unraveling of the events, horror, and humor, Seize the Night is an inevitable Koontz novel.
The novel also shows the endurance of an individual and the glory he achieves with this personality, transcending his limitations. He sleeps through the day and wakes up at night. Christopher Snow is familiar with the night, and its many faces, more than we mere humans are with our daytime. He sees things in the night that are mysterious and dangerous. Chris Snow investigates the danger and mystery in order to keep the town safe from the unknown terror that lurks behind the dark.
Although he is disabled physiologically and holds no possibility even to go out of his house during daytime or to face electric bulbs, he finds life and enthusiasm in that life, transcending his limitations. Christopher Snow is a very good example for someone who transforms his flaws into possibilities.
“Carpe Deim, Carpe Noctem.”