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Tick Tock by Dean Koontz
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Aug 11, 09

Read in August, 2009

The first 80 to 100 pages of this novel are on the edge of your seat thrilling, but then, almost like flipping on a light switch, Koontz falls back onto his old tired conventions. Man meets girl, one of the two is being chased by terrifying creature/killer, they survive threat and fall in love. In the afternotes Koontz claims that he is known for changing up styles and genres. I guess this is true if one considers making the couple run from aliens instead of a serial killer changing from thriller to sci-fi or from aliens to voodoo monster changing from sci-fi to horror. He claims that this was supposed to be a goofball comedy. Although I did find some situations absurd and a little silly, there was nothing that made me believe that this was supposed to be anything other then your typical horror story. In that regard this novel was a total failure for Koontz.
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Samee I agree. Reading the Afterword, I was perplexed by Koontz's attempt to classify the book as something it wasn't. In reality, it was a foolish dalliance on my part (and a waste of time) into a lightweight genre of "suspense" mixed with romcom. Koontz is wordy and predictable. I won't read any more of his books.

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