What’s So Special About Dean Koontz?

Somebody told me that if I thought Stephen King was good, I should try and read Dean Koontz, and he’d be sooo much better. So I thought I’d give him a try.

I’ve read 3 of his books, at least one of them unabridged, and the whole experience left me unimpressed. Reading his stuff is like watching a cheap horror flick. And that’s never good. Books are supposed to be better than movies, and certainly better than cheap movies.

Here’s a sample of the sheer stupidity I’ve read. Some woman gets pregnant in the free love era, and takes lots of hallucinogens. Then she tries to abort her baby with all kinds of herbal and other non-medical methods. It doesn’t work. He’s born, and he becomes an evil demon child with super psychic powers, can control clumps of mud which he makes to looklike people with his mind and set people on fire with thoughts. Give me a break.

The best part of the whole book was when he narrated what a dog must have been thinking. That was kind of cute. But the rest was just dumb.

So what is so good about this author? Has anyone read anything cool by him? Maybe I just picked the wrong 3 books. But somehow I doubt it.

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