dean koontz

Movie Monday – Odd Thomas

Odd Thomas was…well, odd. It reminded me a bit of the TV series, The Dresden Files, or any series that is paranormal in nature, and TV quality. It wasn’t bad. It just wasn’t done really well either. It had an interesting, unique plot: young man sees dead people and demons, and has other clairvoyant abilities that he uses to try to help prevent evil from happening. Kind of campy and goofy but in a good way. Unfortunately, at times the characters were flat and not well-developed. However, eventually that falls away and you just get caught up in the story. The end caught us completely off-guard and the story suddenly had a heart that it was lacking up to that point I think. It certainly wasn’t an expected or predictable turn of events. I realized what was happening just a few seconds before Don did and…I can’t say more or I’d give too much away. I think the end really turned my whole opinion of the story around. Of course all of this is relative because it’s based on a series by Dean Koontz which I’m sure is more comprehensive and solid on paper. And, the fact that’s it’s a series makes sense. The movie feels like the start of a longer story and I could easily see a TV series around the idea. If you like fantasy, sci-fi, or paranormal stories, this one is worth a watch just for the fun of it.

“I see dead people. But, then by God, I do something about it!”
~ Dean Koontz, Odd Thomas

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Reading Corner – One Door Away From Heaven

I hate not finishing a book but I just got so sick of the way this one is written that I couldn’t do it anymore and I quit halfway through. One Door Away From Heaven by Dean Koontz appears to be one of those that either you love it, or you hate it. I clearly fall into the latter category. It started out promising. I was intrigued for a while. But in the end the repetitiveness of some things and the slow deliberate way Koontz withholds information from the reader just killed it for me. Part of me wanted some answers so I Googled as much as I could to get detailed information on the story and this Wiki explained a few things and makes it sound like an interesting read. It’s not. IMO. Or in this person’s opinion either. This reader however, has read it 3 times! I couldn’t even get through it once, much less fathom the idea of re-reading it. *shudder* Perhaps you just have to love Koontz’s writing to fully appreciate this novel.

On the other hand, 30 pages in to my next book, The Night Circus I was mesmerized. Stay tuned… 🙂

A good book has no ending. 
~ R.D. Cumming