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    Default Dean Koontz--I know, but why not?

    The last one I read was "The Husband" not nearly as good as "Velocity" but okay.

    I kind of consider his books like a Die Hard movie. Not much story but engaging enough for the price.
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    I am a big fan of the ODD THOMAS series (three so far) of Koontz books.
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    I really liked Intensity, but the rest of his books i'm kinda "meh" on. I haven't read the Odd Thomas series though and I have heard good stuff about them.

    This thread reminds me of something on an animated show I saw once (I think it was on the Family Guy but i'm not postive). A guy is driving in his car and he hits a guy. He frantically jumps out and says "Oh my god! Are you Stephen King" and all banged up the guy says "No, I'm Dean Koontz". The guy immediately jumps back in his car and proceeds to back over the guy again before driving off. I almost cried I was laughing so hard.
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    That was Family Guy, and it was Brian (the dog) driving the car.

    I have only read two books, Demon Seed and another one that was something lighting. they sucked.

    Going from SK to DK to me is like going from beer to wine coolers. It sucks.
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    When I was a kid I didn't like reading. Kootz made me love reading. I was hooked on his books however before that I had read once in a blue moon.
    Once we were shopping in a plaza with my family when one of his books hit me. I loved the title and I bought it. I read it and I couldn't put it down.
    So I will love and respect him even if I feel there are many writers who are closer to my heart now.

    And I mustn't forget that once I didn't find any new books by him in the bookstore and THAT's why I bought the DT because the title seemed to be nice - anyway I wasn't happy with it at all.
    If on that that I would have found a new Kootz book maybe I wouldn't be here right now because I would have never read the DT.

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    I love a lot of Koontz novels... Lightning, Dragon Tears, The Odd Thomas books, Twilight Eyes, to name a few.

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    Same here, I believe his stuff can be pretty good. He's like the Nora Roberts of suspense.
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    I have to agree with Letti!

    I have always loved Koontz, He is one of the reasons Im such a voracious reader today. I literally devoured his books when I discovered him.
    Some of his stuff is getting hackneyed though,
    Superintelligent dogs only take me so far in a story.
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    Lightening,Phantoms, Intensity, and Watchers are some of my favorite books
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    Intensity is one of my top 5 of all time.
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    I'm a big Koontz fan as well. I think King is highly superior, but that doesn't mean I still don't like Koontz. I also like that he puts humor into his novels, like Odd Thomas or Life Expectancy. I've always felt humor and horror can be a good mix.

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    I'm in the middle of Icebound, but it's currently on hold while I read something else. Anyone read Shattered?? That was a decent Koontz book.
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    I thought Shattered was pretty good. I think its been nice that some of his recent ones feel like stories I have not read before.

    no super smart dog for instance.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gguthrie View Post
    ... I also like that he puts humor into his novels, like Odd Thomas or Life Expectancy. I've always felt humor and horror can be a good mix.
    I agree. That's one of the reason that I like the Odd Thomas books so much.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fishonabike View Post
    I love a lot of Koontz novels... Lightning, Dragon Tears, The Odd Thomas books, Twilight Eyes, to name a few.
    Holy cow, Fish! Lightning, Dragon Tears & Twilight Eyes are probably my three favorite Koontz books of all time! Those and Whispers... and Watchers...

    OK... I pretty much love must of his catalogue...

    Most of the people I know IRL that love King are also Koontz fans to some extent. The first time I ever heard of any 'rivalry' between the two was some thread over at TDT.net.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Patrick View Post
    I am a big fan of the ODD THOMAS series (three so far) of Koontz books.
    I'm also a fan of the Odd one. I'm looking forward to the next book in that series.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VolsToTheWall View Post
    I'm also a fan of the Odd one. I'm looking forward to the next book in that series.
    Now I really feel I will have to buy them quickly. I have been planning to buy them for long but it's high time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Letti View Post
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    I'm also a fan of the Odd one. I'm looking forward to the next book in that series.
    Now I really feel I will have to buy them quickly. I have been planning to buy them for long but it's high time.
    You won't be dissapointed Letti. Odd is my favorite character that Koontz has come up with. I love his unique sense of humor and his perspective on life, and how both translate onto the written page.

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    I've read only one Koontz - The Servants of Twilight - and was very disappointed. The idea was good, but the writing was so poor, I hardly finished it. Maybe I should try something different? I recently read three novels by Graham Masterton, one was quite unreadable, another passable, while the other (Mirror) next door to great. It could very well be the case with Koontz, too, I think I'll try again.

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    I found Velocity to be the best of his new ones.

    The Husband was dry and flat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VolsToTheWall View Post
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    I'm also a fan of the Odd one. I'm looking forward to the next book in that series.
    Now I really feel I will have to buy them quickly. I have been planning to buy them for long but it's high time.
    You won't be dissapointed Letti. Odd is my favorite character that Koontz has come up with. I love his unique sense of humor and his perspective on life, and how both translate onto the written page.
    I think tomorrow I will have some free time and I am going to buy it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VolsToTheWall View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Patrick View Post
    I am a big fan of the ODD THOMAS series (three so far) of Koontz books.
    I'm also a fan of the Odd one. I'm looking forward to the next book in that series.
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    *sigh*
    I tried to buy it the first book of the Odd series yesterday but it's not so easy in Hungary. I will go to another bookstore because in that one the shop assistant started to laugh when I asked if they had Kootz books. *shrug*

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    I'm back and forth on Koontz. Some of his stuff I love, some of his stuff (Winter Moon being the best example) leaves me totally flat.

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    Velocity is the only one I've read. He has an easy style to read, although I found him to be a little cliched in parts. I've been recommended to read the Odd books too though, so I may be book store hunting like Letti soon

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    I like quite a few of Koontz's books...but there are quite a few that I've found to be lacking, too. Its been quite a while since I've read any (most recent may have been Odd Thomas), but I'll inevitably pick him up again, I'm sure.

    I don't like him as much as King, but he's good for a little break now & then when I get sick of reading SK for a while and can't find anything else.
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