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review 2018-07-19 16:36
When Koontz Does Comedy
Tick Tock - Dean Koontz

Not going to lie, when I first read this years ago I actually loved it. I see the weaknesses now in the re-read though and gave this four stars. Also there is a dog and I just maybe sighed so hard I caused my poor cat's fur to ruffle. Aside: Not my fault she likes to get close when I am reading. Tick Tock actually shows that Koontz has a sense of humor. There are parts of this that are funny though when you find out the why behind this mess you are going to shake your head. 


"Tick Tock" has Tommy Phan on the run for his life. Tommy is a successful writer who is dealing with his mother's constant disappointment that he is not a traditional Vietnamese son. Due to his success she is upset that Tommy has forgotten where he has come from. Tommy comes home and finds a rag doll on his steps and stupidly decides to bring it inside with him. When the doll turns into something monstrous, Tommy finds himself on the run from it along with a weird woman named Deliverance who seems to know more than she is letting on and her dog she calls Scottie. If Tommy can live til dawn, the rag doll monster thing won't be able to hurt him. 


I felt bad for Tommy. I used to get those phone calls from relatives telling me how I forgot about them and now that I am all successful I don't come home anymore. Bah. Tommy pushing back against his mother by eating a cheeseburger was hilarious.

Tommy is worried about Deliverance (Del), but they are both really funny together. I didn't guess Deliverance's secret, and I doubt readers coming into this cold will either. It really does come out of nowhere and you are going to love it. Deliverance is very much a kick ass female heroine in this one. I think many of the reasons it didn't bother me in this book was because everything is being played for laughs. I started to chuckle and outright laughed several times while reading this one. 

The writing was really good and I think that this may be the first and maybe last Koontz novel that featured a POC. I really wish that Koontz had followed up on this one, or even put out more lighter fare. This one is not bogged down by being overly descriptive and off the wall like later Koontz books. You are dealing with a horror book with fantasy elements in it and things tie together nicely. 


The ending was pretty brilliant and also funny as hell. I don't want to say too much cause just a little bit will spoil you. 

One of the main reasons why I didn't give this five stars, Tommy should have put two and two together a lot quicker to realize what was going on. Really again with the dog thing Koontz? 

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text 2015-05-18 03:23
Where does the time go??!!

Life just flies by and before you know it you haven't been on Booklikes in weeks and life just keeps flying. Good news is I finally finished Coyote (now working on the bonus novella included in the e-book).

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review 2014-08-17 14:33
Ticktock ★☆☆☆☆
Tick Tock - Dean Koontz

Another book from the neglected pile of dusty paperbacks.


Vietnamese born writer of mystery novels with mommy issues finds a mystery doll on his front porch. Threatening messages appear on his computer, doll comes to life, is evil. This should have been interesting. A scene where a guy tries to hunt down the evil creature and kill it should have been exciting. It took sixteen pages for the protag to search a single room and have a brief skirmish with it. When I found myself skimming the text and looking ahead to see when it would move on to something else, I decided to DNF and start on a new book that would hopefully be entertaining.


DNF at page 71.

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review 2014-05-05 00:00
Tick + Tock
Tick + Tock - Suzanne Steele This is my first read by author, Suzanne Steele and I was not disappointed. This short story is face paced and filled with intrigue. Lovers of psychological drama, suspense and the unexpected will not be disappointed. The clock is ticking and you will not want to miss out on the action!

I was given a copy of this book for an honest review.
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review 2014-01-24 05:40
Tick to the Tock by Matthew Turner
Tick to the Tock - Matthew Turner

I received this book for free from Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


When this blog tour invite hit my inbox, I was immediately on board. So much of New Adult Fiction is made up of intense, dramatic romances aimed at women my age. I can hardly make it through one of them before I want to strangle one of the character for being so obtuse. When I come across books like this one being marketed as New Adult, they are immediately added to my reading list. I’m much more interested in coming across something in this target group that I can relate to (or maybe even some science fiction). I wasn’t let down by Tick to the Tock. I was a little surprised by it.


The truth is that self-published novels tend to be lacking in good writing. Matthew Turner is clearly not lacking that skill. Turner writes some of the most beautiful settings I can imagine. I’m a visually-oriented person (probably why I enjoy movie adaptations so much). His descriptions were so vivid the picture of nearly every scene was painted in my mind. Keep in mind, this praise is coming from someone who often skims descriptive paragraphs. It’s not only the descriptions, though. Turner writes his characters well. The dialogue felt authentic. The emotions were sometimes very raw (you might need tissues if you’re a crier). The relationships were just perfect.


Those of you who’ve been with me for a while or pay attention to what I read may have noticed my near obsession with “cancer books” a couple of years ago. My father had been told by his doctor that he would only have a few months left; instead of spending his time suffering through treatment, he stopped his chemo and radiation to spend some time with us. I think reading stories about people dealing with cancer was somehow cathartic for me. My point is, I have a decent bit of experience with books about cancer. I think I can safely add this one to the ranks of wonderful, moving books on a topic that hits very close to home for me.


One more quick note: books aren’t about the resolution, they’re about the journey. This is one of the rare books that gives you an immediate sense of how it will end. There aren’t really any questions about it. When reading a book like this, the tone tells you whether the characters will live or die. That’s almost irrelevant, as far as the reading experience goes. The entire purpose of reading is to take a journey. I think this journey with Dante is worth the grief. Recommended.

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