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Dean Koontz: A Writer's Biography by [Ramsland, Katherine]
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  • File Size: 2738 KB
  • Print Length: 550 pages
  • Publication Date: October 17, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009ST704I
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On the positive side, this is a factual biography of Dean Koontz's life. It appears to have been written with Koontz's cooperation. Aside from the occasional typo, the book is grammatically well written, which, sad to say, is too often not the case anymore.
Unfortunately, the book is only about 40% biographical information. The larger bulk of the book is the author's psychological opinion of not only Dean Koontz himself, but of every plot and focal character from every story and book he has written. It quickly falls into a tedious pattern of biographical tidbit, followed by quick summary of the plot, concluding with the author's opinion of why Koontz wrote it and a therapy breakdown of all the players involved.
Maybe if I was a psychiatrist, I would be jumping on my couch with joy over this treatment. I'm just a typical book lover, and I found it to be deadly dull.
I made it about three quarters of the way through.
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As a Dean Koontz fan and a novelist who writes on the dark side, this biography was a gold mine of information and insight. Ramsland's background in psychology enriched this story into more of a psycho-biography. It’s a fascinating look into the life of Koontz that immerses his difficult upbringing with his writing. Having read many of his books, it was a treat to indulge in the fascinating motifs behind the stories Koontz wrote - and what they represent to him. Just as interesting is how his view on the world changed over the decades he's been writing and how that has seeped into his work.

As a writer, it was incredibly valuable to see how this amazing successful author has become what he is today through hard work, trial and error, dedication to learning his craft, and re-making himself - while staying true to the voice of his stories and taking tough stands to preserve his work. I highly recommend this book for writers and Koontz-lovers, not only to learn more of the private man behind the prolific author, but one man's process of becoming one of the bestselling authors of our time.
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This was awful. my husband and I lasted 3 chapters through this book. pure phyco Babble. I wanted to know about Koontz, not what this lady analyzed him for. not worth it at all. trash. just read his books, they are all great. and he got even better in the 90's-to now.
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I've been reading Dean Koontz novels since the 80s when my "book buddy" sister got me started on Leigh Nichols. I remember being amazed that I could find not just one author that I loved so much, but Wow, another one at the same time? I finally figured out, on my own through something he wrote in one of the books, that Dean and Leigh were the same. I thought I had discovered a great secret and quickly got on the phone to call my sister! I think what kept me going all these years with Dean was the parallels and similarities in our lives, values, political stances - even the way they shaped and revised over time. The alcoholic, crazy father, the need for orderliness and schedules, the yearning for an understanding of the Universe, of God, the belief that a person is accountable for their actions, the pursuit and perfection of a fine craft... and even right down to a most loved, angelic soulmate dog (mine was a big white fluffy samoyed mix, lost to cancer 5 years ago). I read Dean's books not just for that wonderful anticipation of a great story to come, but also for his wisdom and his humility. Even Trixie's memoir got me through some really tough times and helped me to better understand the loss of my own dog. The one thing I didn't know (and didn't figure out on my own) until I read this biography was The Book of Counted Sorrows. Who knew?!
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I'm an avid fan of Dean Koontz and I've always wondered where he got his keen insights into the dark side of life. But more, I've admired how redemptive his stories are, through the wonderful characters whose lights shine so brightly in the "horror" of their surroundings. It all fell into place as I read Katherine Ramsland's biography, and I have a much deeper appreciation for Dean Koontz than ever before. It all makes sense to me now. I'm so very grateful this book was written and that I discovered it and bought it!
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I always enjoyed Dean's books, so I wanted to know more about him. This biography is enlightening and complete. I enjoyed hearing about his childhood, writing challenges, and his love for Herds. I do, however wish to have heard about his beloved dogs.
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Dean Koontz is a very private person, so there is not a ton of information on him available. This was a delightful read to get some inside information on him. It was very interesting to see his thought process on his writing. A must for Dean Koontz fans.
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