10.31.2004

The Joy of Reading?

Okay, so I'm at the grocery store last night buying more graham crackers for the s'mores we're having along with hotdogs at the bonfire last night. I used to be a HUGE Dean Koontz fan years ago. Lightning and Strangers along with Watchers were some of my favorite reads. I mean I really, really enjoyed them. But, somewhere along the way, Koontz became formulaic, and I lost interest. Last night, however, I scanned the first few lines of Odd Thomas, liked what I read, so I picked it up from the paperback rack on the way out. I decided to start reading today, and I'm only on page 9 and already find it a tedious read. The storyline is one which interests me -- a young man with whom the dead communicate and so on. But, it's full of lines like these:

"Although the dawn had just broken, it had already flash-fried into a hard yellow yolk on the eastern horizon."

My question -- is that really as horrible a sentence as I think it is, or have my reading tastes simply surpassed Koontz' writing expertise? Is he in it now only for the money, or have I outgrown him?

I don't remember his other books being so odious. I should probably pick one up and reread it, but truthfully, I'm afraid I'll be disappointed and will find the charm of their memories tarnished. Maybe I should just keep them as they are, fond memories, and keep this sentence in mind the next time I'm tempted to pick up his newest release.

Cher

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