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review 2017-09-06 07:27
Odd Thomas: "I see dead people."
Odd Thomas - Dean Koontz

 

Odd Thomas can see ghost. He sometimes helped ghost to find their killers so that they could reach the next stage, whatever that is. 

 

This is the first book of the Odd series focusing of a nice nature young man Odd Thomas. The style is like a autobiography. It is kind of nice to see a not so scary ghost story. 

 

Only 20% in. But I'm in. I didn't know about this series until I watched the movie on TV. I missed Anton. 

 

Finished. This is a good read. A bit too much on the cult thing but one has to explain why there is danger and why Odd has to get involved. 

 

I like the part about Odd's parent. Very selfish and cruel, that make Odd even odder when he turned out to be kind and good. 

 

Enjoy reading this. I'm going to go through the series eventually. 

 

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review 2017-08-23 21:13
ARC Review - Dean Koontz, THE WHISPERING ROOM
The Whispering Room - Dean Koontz
Release Date: 11.21.17

Picking up immediately after the action of this novel's predecessor, The Silent CornerThe Whispering Room — Dean Koontz's latest thriller — hits the ground running. Jane Hawk, blacklisted CIA agent, is still on the run and working hard to solve the massive conspiracy she uncovered in Koontz's previous release. Certain people have been chosen to kill themselves, for no apparent reason . . . except to manage the gene pool, perhaps? 

In a lot of ways, this book feels like the antithesis of The Silent Corner. I thought that book was exciting, fresh. It was a techno thriller that, for the most part, felt original and believable. I read it in three days and gave it a glowing review. The Whispering Room . . . is a sequel. Bringing nothing new to the table, this is Silent Corner redux. Jane is a boring cipher here; before, I thought she was perhaps one of Koontz's finest creations. Everything that interesting about her before is not really present here. Like Koontz's 2005 novel Forever Odd, this is a sequel that saps all the energy and vitality from its main character. And the villains . . .? I'm going to be totally honest and say I'm not exactly sure who the villains were in this one, aside from the mysterious "government agents" Koontz LOVES to use this century, to varying degrees. 

In essence, this is a chase novel. There's no character development — it's all action: running, gunfights, boom boom boom. And at one point Jane helps children from an orphanage of sorts, in a scene straight out of Brother Odd. Laaaame. 

Yeah, this book is pretty terrible. I dreaded reading it every day, which is why it took me so long to finish. It was just a big bore, that's all. Constant action isn't for me. I like world building and character development. I will give it two stars for its first 25% or so, which did hook me in. And, as usual, Koontz's prose is professional and without error. 

Overall, this is a disappointment. 

Thanks to Netgalley and Bantam for the ARC, which was given in exchange for an honest review.

 

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review 2017-08-21 14:34
When You Start Rooting for the Killer, the Book has Problems
The Good Guy - Dean Koontz

Bah.

 

Bah I say.

 

I decided to read some Koontz to get into a Halloween type of mood. Why do I do this to myself? 

 

Besides having a ridiculous premise (dude thinks guy at bar is hired hitman) and guy the so called Good Guy decides to do what it takes to stop a woman he does t know from getting killed. The development of the good guy and woman is woefully inadequate. Koontz spends most of the book giving us the hitman's world view and it sucks. One chapter was enough. But nope we keep going back to him. The dialogue between characters was awful and the ending ludicrous. 

 

Also a freaking dog appears but at least it's not a golden retriever.

 

The good guy in this book, Tim is dark and mysterious, but sorry I pegged him as former military within ten minutes. I am getting fed up with Koontz writing every character now is military and former military. Guess that's the only way he can explain them using weapons proficiently. 

 

And I'm sorry, I don't buy why Tim is hell bent on getting involved with this whole thing cause he sees the woman he's paid to kill, face. Linda (the target) is a writer and man oh man she's irking. She's Gillian Flynn's cool girl brought to life. She can't answer questions or act like a regular human being, just talks in puzzles for most of the book before pushing a big reveal onto Tim about her life that I didn't buy for a second.

 

The other characters are barely in this and we just follow Tim and Linda as they hide from the bad guy.

 

Tim and Linda also make stupid decisions so that was fun to read (no it wasn't). 

 

The writing wasn't great. I don't know what else to say besides that. I feel like Koontz has forgotten how people speak to each other (not in cliche form). Also it's creepy for a man to pop up and be all hey I may be falling in love with you as you run for your lives. 

 

The flow was awful. There's a distinct difference every time you shift from Tim, Tim's friend who is trying to help and the hired killer.

 

The ending was a joke. I won't even get into it besides it just made the book worse than I thought was possible at that point.

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text 2017-08-21 00:07
Reading progress update: I've read 100%.
The Good Guy - Dean Koontz

A thousand times no. The ending was a joke and I need Koontz to stop writing books about shadow organizations all the time. 

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text 2017-08-20 20:05
Reading progress update: I've read 31%.
The Good Guy - Dean Koontz

Shocking though it is, if I was hiding from a hit man guess what I wouldn't do, check into a hotel under my own damn name.

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