Twilight Eyes is not Koontz's best work, but I love it the most of any Koontz book I've read. Written earlier on in Koontz's career, you can see a dif...moreTwilight Eyes is not Koontz's best work, but I love it the most of any Koontz book I've read. Written earlier on in Koontz's career, you can see a different style than the one displayed so excellently in his newer novels, filled with spectacular imagery, infectious emotion, and sexy romantic undertones. Koontz reaches a lovely, dark place with Twilight Eyes, yet does not fall prey to a very common failure in horror writers; the hero and heroine are, while still human and thus imperfect, attractive to the reader. Slim Mackenzie, the man you follow in an insightful, philosophical, and endearingly REAL first-person perspective throughout the tale, is at once worldly wise and refreshingly innocent. The lovely Rya Raines, our leading lady and romantic interest, is full of sexy flair and has a well-crafted three-dimensionality. While I admit that the idea of the book is a bit cliche, the writing is fantastic: the dialogue is witty, tuned to the correct emotion at every point, realistic--a quality that seems less and less alive in more modern literature,--and, quite simply, engaging. The imagery is the BEST Koontz has put forth in any novel, placing you firmly in the Sombra Brothers Carnival, Yontsdown, and every other venue explored with a beautiful lucidity that is rarely achieved by any author. And, of course, in the area of story, while the premise--which I will not state--is overdone, it is executed flawlessly.
I also advise anyone who claims that Koontz's writing is sub-par to get their asses checked, as their skulls are obviously lodged there quite firmly. With their eyes freed of their colon, they may be able to actually READ the books.(less)