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Go stand against that wall chart, sir

It seemed to me like I'd read some Dean Koontz in the past and been unimpressed with his style. I remember a character walking into a room and getting a rundown, like, "He was a shade over six feet tall, with piercing blue eyes and sandy hair...." You know, pretty much a height/weight thing that always feels lazy to me and never says much.

Now I'm listening to Odd Thomas on audio and I'm wondering if I had Koontz mixed up with someone else--Grisham, maybe. The writing rocks! The character begins the story by describing himself in such an engaging way (and no height/weight rundown, thank you) that I feel like I must've been mistaken. I'm totally loving this story, and the premise, and especially the first person narrator, who's dry and wry and yet somehow gentle. Maybe I will now have a new author to love with a gigantic body of work to plunge into. I need to take a sick day from work and indulge one day ;-)

I have a Channeling Morpheus freebie coming up soon to celebrate October, my favorite month. Stay tuned and I'll post a link when it's up!


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Oct. 2nd, 2008 07:37 am (UTC)
I think Koontz got better at is as time marched on -- as we all do, I'm sure. I'm reading James Patterson right now, though, and I had a moment of, "Dude. You didn't just stick her in front of a mirror, did you? You can do better than that!"

Even the 'in front of the mirror' thing can be handled very well, but he missed the mark with this one.

And then there's me ..... I don't give descriptions. You're lucky if I even state a hair or eye colour. Editors are always up in my grill about it (rightly so!) but I loath doing it. Bad writer!
Oct. 2nd, 2008 08:18 am (UTC)
Whoa, the mirror. That's up there with stories that begin with people waking up.

In a weird way, I don't think about big authors getting better as they write. I wonder why. Maybe because some authors only seem to get more self-indulgent and weird, though I find that more often with female chick-horror authors rather than male.

I just had a co-worker mention that he hates when authors pick up a series after leaving it sit for ten years. I see an author's done that with a series whose characters I liked way back when. I'm interested to see if her writing style has developed. She was infodump queen when she started out.
Oct. 2nd, 2008 08:06 am (UTC)
Luckily, even though Dean Koontz has a huge body of work, you only need to read 3-5 of his titles to have a feel for all of them. Which sounds catty, but that type of consistency is hard to do.
Oct. 2nd, 2008 08:20 am (UTC)
I'm always happy to read a writer whose characters have cool voices. I have a feeling I might start reading some and have the "Oh, wait, I read that before" thing happen.
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