Sunday, March 25, 2012
quality literature: odd thomas
all this to say that i read two or three dean koontz novels back in the late 80s when he was reaching megastardom. these handed to me by the middle sister who thrives on horror and suspense. i liked them fine. i would categorize them as the horror version of my trashy romance novels though. entertaining, yes, but not a great deal of depth. i obviously hadn't read any dean koontz in the last 8 years and 7 months (g is already telling everyone that he's "almost" nine). but my older sister has been reading my blog and handed me "odd thomas" when i was in florida last week. i really like it when people know what i like and what i'm looking for and hand it to me. it saves me the trouble of looking for myself.
in "odd thomas" dean koontz has matured as a writer. i wish that i had been able to slow down and enjoy his words more, but the driving plot and need to "find out" pushed me on. while this book is suspenseful and has a bit of the fear factor in it, the heart of the story is the hero and his eclectic collection of quirky firiends. dean koontz weaves their stories and personalities together seamlessly with beautiful wordplay. while it isn't exactly a "happy" book, it's a joy to read.
i also noticed while writing this that "odd thomas" has become a series and there are three more in the collection. hmmm. wonder if my sister knows this. wonder if she has them. wonder if they're as good as the first. hmmm . . .