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    Quote Originally Posted by cow;2014828;
    i recently went to the library and got a bunch of dean koontz books. i read false memory before, and i loved it, so i thought i'd read some of his other books. life expectancy was an awesome book. seize the night was kinda boring, and i never read the book that came before it, so... i read the first book of the frankenstein series, but i could'nt find the rest in the library i read sole survivor, and i hated the ending, but other than that, it was a great book. right now, im reading one door away from heaven, pretty boring so far. and i kinda skipped all the chapters that talked about that boy because i didn't like him (well, i skimmed throught them) after this, im reading mr murder (or whatever its called) and then i'll have to get more books! im excited to read the husband, but its not in the library so i assume there is a super long waiting list for it. might have to buy it at costco.

    anyways, one question. it may be a stupid question, but how do you say his last name? that has always bugged me, since oo could be pronounced several ways. well, i never heard anyone say it before, and i don't want to say it wrong if i happen to talk about his books with a friend, so...

    You have to go back and re-read One Door Away from Heaven. the boy is the central character! I got my 14yo son into Koontz too! And it is pronounced Kootz (n is silent). Odd Thomas is very good. You have excellent taste my friend.

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    I finally read "Forever Odd," and I have to agree with those of you who didn't like it as much as "Odd Thomas." I still like the character of Odd, but I felt like this sequel just rushed right into the mystery, and what I'd enjoyed about the first book was how it seemed to take its time, building up, and spending time on other characters. This one just seemed rushed, and I think it could have been better if it had moved more slowly in the beginning, used more of the original characters, and not been set almost entirely in that casino. I had liked the town and the characters there, and felt like they were practically ignored.
    I guess "Brother Odd" will probably feel the same way, but I'll be interested to hear a review. I'll wait for paperback on that one, too.
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    I've just started reading Forever Odd and it isn't grabbing me the way most of his books have. I'll stick it out because I love his writing style.
    Yup, with donuts!!

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    I had a huge passion for Dean Koontz when I was in high school. I found out that he used to teach at my school, one of best friends dad's had him as an English teacher. I thought it was so cool that a lot of his stories used settings from the surrounding area. I a lot of his books and LOVED them, but then my tastes changed as I got older. I remember how much I loved how his books seemed like they could really happen in real life. My favorites included Watchers, Whispers, The Mask, the Bad Place, and Darkfall.

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    I also think I enjoyed his older books more than I have been enjoying his newer ones. I used to not be able to put them down.

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    I'm about half way through Dark Rivers of the Heart and I'm loving it. I've been reading a lot of Koontz lately and have noticed that he doesn't much care for the government as he always seems to be slamming them in one way or another. Perhaps that's why I'm really liking his books.

    I started reading Forever Odd but stopped after a short while. I think Odd Thomas was my very favorite Koontz book and this one just didn't grab my attention. I'll try listening to it later. . . maybe.

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    I did finally finish "Forever Odd", and although it wasn't on par with "Odd Thomas", it definitely got better towards the end.

    I'm now about 3/4 of the way through "Brother Thomas". MUCH better than "Forever Odd" and I'm loving the characters. It's not often where I actually laugh out loud while listening to a book, but the dialog between Odd and some of these characters is beyond funny.

    Along with the laughing out loud, I'm thinking there will be lots of tears as well (GAWD, remember "Odd Thomas"? ) because
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    Stormy has been sending message to Odd through some of the severely disabled children at the monastery, including a 25-year-old artistic savant that I guarantee you will fall in love with. The only children that Storrmy is able to speak through are the children that have died and come back to life. Every time Odd gets one of these messages from Stormy, I swear, I get goosebumps. Every time.


    Okay, I'm off to finish the book. I'll let you know how it goes.

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    I finished Brother Odd and it kind of ran out of steam towards the end. Koontz did a great job with the build-up, and then, the storyline just kind of ended.

    Still a good read, though.

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    Re: Dean Koontz

    I copped an attitude against Koontz awhile back for one reason and another, but I picked up his The Taking the other day. And prompty reinviogoratingly refreshed my attitude before I've managed to read a word of the story itself.

    Something about the mean fog mentioned on the back cover reminded me about a Heinlein short story I've been thinking about again and again lately for some reason, one that had fog that no one could manage to out mean on their own unless they copped his idea.

    I'll be reading The Taking one of these days soon. Wish me luck, I hope it doesn't hurt and irk too much; but only hopeful, not doubtful.

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    Re: Dean Koontz

    Well, I'm about a quarter into The Taking, and Koontz finally has found a story worth sticking around a while longer for.

    Out of the 108 pages read at this point, so far I'd say collectively about 20 of them have been worth a damn, though damning curses are another matter.

    My views differ substantially from the gushing review comments included about this book. It ISN'T one of his best, it ISN'T classic literature, and it sure as heck isn't gripping from the gitgo. What others find appealing, I find self indulgently boring to an extreme.

    A couple of passages from the review blurbs highlight what I DON'T care for, but which others apparently lap up with gusto:

    "...and the prose...poetic."
    "...he is a novelist of metaphysics and moral reflection."

    He appears to me to be all over the place. Rather than settling for telling a tale, he desires to create something of significance, irritating rather than entertaining. By the end, maybe it'll prove to be worth it. But I find myself grinding my teeth to keep from shouting GET. ON. WITH. IT!

    We're treated early on to the fact that something very VERY bad happened to our heroine when she was 8 years old. No details offered. The second time I see it mentioned I sneeringly exhort him to 'Milk it, baby!', and he does, oh how he does.

    I'll finish this, but it'll likely be years before I pick up another one of Koontz' masterpieces.

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