Reader IndecisivenessPosted: June 19, 2013
I am somewhat of a Dean Koontz fan and I have been wavering over reading another book in his Odd Series that started with ODD THOMAS in 2003. I did read the first book and enjoyed it for the most part. It’s about a young fry cook who can see dead people (remember The Sixth Sense?).
Decent enough debut for a new series but… I thought ODD THOMAS had too much of everything bad and not enough of what makes books memorable and entertaining. I remember too much dialogue and introspection. Too many asides. Some scenes just draaaggggged on forever. But on the flip side some pages were suspenseful and humorous even. The ending was tragic :sigh: but it wasn’t a deal breaker.
This Amazon review on his newest, DEEPLY ODD, just made me laugh as I was browsing. Here is a snippet of it:
That being said, “Deeply Odd” is bad. I don’t know where to start with it, it was that bad. The plot was bad. The characters were bad. The dialogue was bad. The attempted uses at humor were bad. Koontz’s never ending right wing paranoia was bad. The action was bad. Even the rushed and boring conclusion was bad.
Here is what made me have third or fourth thoughts about investing in this series. This is what the reader had to say about the main character, Odd Thomas:
he’s done a complete 180 so fast shows that Koontz is losing his faith in his character.
If that is to be believed (and he’s not the only reader who says that) then that sounds problematic for me. I just hate when a character changes so drastically in the middle of a series like that. The reviews (if they are to be believed) seem to be mixed on the changes between those who love the new gun-toting Odd Thomas and those who miss the lovable, whiny Odd Thomas. I’m stuck in the middle and don’t know what to think.
Will I embrace the changes or hate the changes? Should I just start with the latest book and move forward? Read them myself and see if I like them or skip them altogether? That is my dilemma and I’ve debated this for about a year. It’s not that I don’t have enough books to read. Trust me, I do. I’ve been unsure about taking up this series again because I did enjoy the first book, for the most part (like I said).
Dean Koontz is really good when he’s on top of his game. I loved LIGHTNING, a book that uses elements of time travel, suspense and romance. I also enjoyed two more titles: DRAGON TEARS and WHISPERS, regular run of the mill suspense with the former adding elements of the supernatural. Didn’t care for PHANTOMS because somewhere along the line, I quit believing in the story ( that’s bad). I still have WATCHERS unread, waiting maybe for a vacation. It’s supposed to be his defining work. Koontz is hard to categorize which is not a bad thing. This post is me thinking out loud. Oh and you can read the rest of the review “Deeply Horrible” that I quoted from if you want.
I did buy the three ODD novellas Koontz did that got some great reviews and I think I will just read those and see how I like them. Thanks for reading if you’ve made down this far. This is just a late afternoon post where you are witness to my indecisiveness.