This one was my Siesta Key beach read a couple of weeks ago. The story is okay as is the book overall. Nothing spectacular in either story or characte...moreThis one was my Siesta Key beach read a couple of weeks ago. The story is okay as is the book overall. Nothing spectacular in either story or character.(less)
So, Dean Koontz, Odd Thomas...my first Koontz experience to be exact...
Okay, so it turned out exactly opposite what I thought, my experience with Koon...moreSo, Dean Koontz, Odd Thomas...my first Koontz experience to be exact...
Okay, so it turned out exactly opposite what I thought, my experience with Koontz that is, not Odd Thomas. 2 stars, okay is exactly what I thought. Odd Thomas is nothing outstanding or moving in my opinion. In fact, this is Koontz attempting a thinly veiled lift and twist on the Sixth Sense. Trust me, go with sixth sense (even M. Night hasn't been able to replicate his success with that story). Drop kick the book by the end...maybe not that strong, but it does surprise me how weak the actual story and plot line were. The strength of Odd Thomas lies in its characters and the relationship/love interest between Odd and Stormy. And this is where I was SURPRISED with Koontz.
This is the exact opposite I was talking about, Koontz actually writes pretty good prose. I mean his actual style and writing weren't bad. Yes, some parts were a bit purple (overwritten), but not enough to distract me. For an author that has God knows how many books now, Koontz writes pretty well. He was able to create some interest in his characters and puts them in a setting, Pico Mundo (spelling???), that I want to know more about. I suppose the appeal of Odd Thomas lies in these two points alone. Odd and Pic Mundo are certainly things people, especially teens and 20 somethings, can relate to. He paints these things well and pulls them into a situation that can be considered (by some at least, not me) exciting. The event itself is, unfortunatly, also something most people (Americans especially) that haven't been asleep for the past fifteen or so years can identify with.
I suspect the Koontz's appeal to his fans probably lies with his sensibilities or philosophies, that with most writers simmer in the background (think Hemingway, iceberg principle). In Odd Thomas, Koontz isn't too subtle with his libertarian proclivities or his thoughts on the existence of evil. I say these things due to the fact that they are obvious in the text and the fact that any of his characters all adhere to similar ethos with no middle ground or nuance. Hence, the inevitable good v. evil clash.
I will not be reading any further in the Odd series. One was enough for me. But, from my experience with Odd Thomas, I will give Koontz another go. He can write, it's just an issue of finding the right book, if that book even exists. I suppose that's reason enough to keep reading and exploring.(less)
The only thing I can really say about "On the Road" is that it's best read through a young person's eye. For me, it's really hard to review this book...moreThe only thing I can really say about "On the Road" is that it's best read through a young person's eye. For me, it's really hard to review this book from a strict literary perspective of style, prose, plot, etc... It's a read that will have its impact on who it impacts because of what it is and only that. Will it change your life? Probably not, at least it didn't for me. But (oh yes, the 'but' is what it's all about), it is a book that can serve as source for person's outlook, emotional integrity and perspective of who one is. Can you go to your grave never having read Kerouac and "On the Road"? Sure, and many would probably add that you have not missed much. I suppose the true answer really depends upon what kind of person you are and where your approach is coming from. Really relative in the end. This is one of those reads that offers a rare opportunity, what solid writers and "literature" does when its successful; the possibility to find a piece of yourself, or strike that emotion that can resound into your being. It's a piece that will never be recommended by any "literary" type no matter what level of study, but (here's that 'but' again), it might shape or add a little perspective to this great dream-time, life.(less)
Dan Simmons can certainly put together a decent story and his prose ranks right up there with Gibson and the like. Personally, the best of Simmons is...moreDan Simmons can certainly put together a decent story and his prose ranks right up there with Gibson and the like. Personally, the best of Simmons is his muscular writing style, not so much the story or characters. Simmons certainly stretches his writing muscles in each of the stories he put forth in this first installment of Hyperion, and to some degree shows what he later made into his career -- success in writing across several different genres(sci-fi, hard boiled detective, horror and historical fiction)I have read a good cross section of Simmons and have to say that he writes well for a more popular author, especially Sci-Fi. I'll go on and finish what I started with the second installment, The Fall of Hyperion. If you like a solid read and aren't a stickler for hard sci-fi, this is worth some time poolside. I will read anything (any genre) well written and I liked this one.(less)