Books from the Library

Some people still go to the library and yes, I am one.  I went today to return two books and ended up bringing three back home with me.  Still have the rest of “The Walk” series to read but got these as well:

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I am hesitant to read another Koontz after being so disappointed in the last newer one – but I will start it and see.  I have long rid myself of that nasty need to finish a book if I think it is terrible.  Who has that kind of time?

Don’t know much about the other ones but they caught my eye so will give them a try.

The Mask review

I know they say you can doeverything on a tablet that you can do on the laptop but I don’t have the patience for figuring out how to drag and drop the book’s picture here or put Goodreads info for it.

A couple days ago my laptop died and had to be sent in for repairs.  It is sorely missed.

This book by Koontz is an oldie that I mistook for a new book.  It is about reincarnation as this girl who dies in a fire comes back time and time again to kill her mother.

This is old Koontz – the author I fell in love with back in my twenties.  The suspence is there as well as the element of supernatural.  I enjoyed the book even though I had read it before.

I wish he still wrote this way.  I give the.book an A.

The Moonlit Mind

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Twelve-year-old Crispin has lived on the streets since he was nine—with only his wits and his daring to sustain him, and only his silent dog, Harley, to call his friend. He is always on the move, never lingering in any one place long enough to risk being discovered. Still, there are certain places he returns to. In the midst of the tumultuous city, they are havens of solitude: like the hushed environs of St. Mary Salome Cemetery, a place where Crispin can feel at peace—safe, at least for a while, from the fearsome memories that plague him . . . and seep into his darkest nightmares. But not only his dreams are haunted. The city he roams with Harley has secrets and mysteries, things explainable and maybe unimaginable. Crispin has seen ghosts in the dead of night, and sensed dimensions beyond reason in broad daylight. Hints of things disturbing and strange nibble at the edges of his existence, even as dangers wholly natural and earthbound cast their shadows across his path. Alone, drifting, and scavenging to survive is no life for a boy. But the life Crispin has left behind, and is still running scared from, is an unspeakable alternative . . . that may yet catch up with him.

As this was a novella, I was able to read all 120 pages at work tonight.  Dean Koontz used to be one of my favorite authors, I read everything by him.  Over the past ten years, that has changed because he has changed.  Gone are the days of Watchers, Whispers, Midnight and Phantoms.

This novella is one that I found predictable and not the least bit surprising.  I almost stopped part way through because I am not a fan of stories involving devil worship or child sacrificing but, as it was just a novella, I pushed on.

If  you take away the dark side of the story and look at the characters, Crispin is a likable character, as is the dog Harley.  I thought it jumped back and forth between the past and present too much to be comfortable reading – especially for a novella.

Overall, I can honestly say I wish I hadn’t read the book – I hope it doesn’t affect my dreams.  I give the story a C because it is wallows in predictability.  No gore though so that kept it from getting a D.  🙂

Wilderness review

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Goodreads says: Addison Goodheart is a mystery even to himself. He was born in an isolated home surrounded by a deep forest, never known to his father, kept secret from everyone but his mother, who barely accepts him. She is haunted by private demons and keeps many secrets—none of which she dreads more than the young son who adores her. 
 
Only in the woods, among the wildlife, is Addison truly welcome. Only there can he be at peace. Until the day he first knows terror, the day when his life changes radically and forever . 

I’m afraid this book failed to excite me whatsoever.  I don’t know what it is about Koontz lately that seems to make me go “blah” when he used to be one of my favorite authors.

The character seemed a compilation of several previous characters of Koontz – there was no originality that I could discern.  I suppose this happens after writing dozens of books.

The ending was abrupt and left me disgusted – I will not buy the book that this was a prequel for (Innocence) because I wasn’t impressed with the work that went into this novelette.

Sorry, Koontz, but you slide further down my “favorites” list all the time – write like you did in “Watchers”, “Phantoms”, “Cold Fire”, “Whispers”…etc., I miss that author.

What’s in your mailbox?

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So what have people been up to? What great purchases, gifts, or finds have you made in the book department? I know it has been a while since I shared my mailbox ~ I have purchased quite a few since the last post.  However, today I purchased the following two books:

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I hope they are both as good as Allen’s other books.  I am debating buying the new Odd Thomas book by Dean Koontz…I am believe it is called “Odd Hours” but I’m not sure.  I’ve always liked the Odd Thomas books but it has been so long since I read them that I would probably have to start the series over again to get back in sync with the new book.

Wilderness

Just deleted everything I wrote in this post – irritates me to no end.  So I bought this novella by Dean Koontz that is apparently a teaser for a book he either has coming out – or maybe it has already come out, I quit following his book release schedule years ago.  He doesn’t seem as fresh and fun as his first books but that is my opinion.

B&N says: With this darkly intriguing original e-short story, Dean Koontz sets the stage for his masterly new novel of mystery, suspense, and strange wonder—Innocence.
 
“The world is a machine that produces endless surprises and mysteries layered on mysteries.”
 
Addison Goodheart is a mystery even to himself. He was born in an isolated home surrounded by a deep forest, never known to his father, kept secret from everyone but his mother, who barely accepts him. She is haunted by private demons and keeps many secrets—none of which she dreads more than the young son who adores her.
 
Only in the woods, among the wildlife, is Addison truly welcome. Only there can he be at peace. Until the day he first knows terror, the day when his life changes radically and forever . . .

Wilderness (Short Story)