Koontz has become Johnny One Note for me. No matter how original the novels seem from the plot summarythere will inevitably be: a dog, a perfect wife, and an eyeball-collecting villain. His books are so cliche, which is too bad. I loved the first few novels I read by him. But after awhile it all reads the same.
I have to agree. I've read almost all of his books. His newer style of writing alienates his original fanbase but the newer fanbase, the fans of his weaker books like Life Expectancy (Horrid garbage) and Forever Odd, etc etc. I'd love for him to go back to his older style evidenced in Watchers, Shadowfires, Coldfire, etc. The only newer book of his that I enjoyed was By the Light of the Moon. I am probably going to have to find another author to buy from depending on how long he wants to continue with this drivel.
I used to be an avid Koontz reader, my favorites were "Watchers" and "The Bad Place". But as of late, I find his newer releases boring and unsatisfying compared to his earlier work. The last titles I read were "Odd Thomas" and "The Face", and those turned me off from reading additional recent novels published by Koontz completely.
Did you read The Husband, or are you just blindly predicting that the book is about a perfect wife, a dog, and a villain. This book is great!!! First of all, Holly, the wife, is not perfect, the only dog involved is being walked by a soon to be dead guy in the beginning of the book, and there is more than one villian. Read the book, than post what you think. Koontz has written so many books most of which are great, and does not deserve to be rated by someone who assumes all are alike.
I agree with Between the Lines. Koontz's earlier stuff, especially Watchers, Phantoms, Strangers, and Lightning (my personal favorite) were sheer genius. But then, a few years ago, it's like he suffered some kind of literary brain damage - the last five or six books of his I've read are the. Exact. Same. Book. But since people have said there is no spunky canine sidekick in this one (thank God), I'll give it a try.
I totally agree with you Breezit, I have enjoyed all of Koontz's books, true I have my favorites, but he always writes such engaging novels. I have never been bored with any of his novels, nor do I think he keeps writing the same type of book! He is always changing his subject. I love Odd and I can't wait for the new one to be released.
I do love the style of his older books where you just can't even imagine what sci-fi explanation will come of them, and I do miss that. I did enjoy the husband though. When I saw the man walking down the street with the dog however, I thought, "here we go again" and was relieved to find there wasn't a perfect golden retriever in this novel but did still find two perfect characters (despite all odds) and a psychopath villain or two. Somewhat predictable in that sense but the plot was less so. I love the Odd series as well. And killing off Stormy was certainly not predictable.