Book Review from Insomnialand: The Vision by Dean Koonts

Yes, this book was written and published before half of my DNA was shot into the other half of my DNA, but here are my thoughts on it, anyway.

The VisionThe Vision by Dean Koontz

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Mary is a talented clairvoyant who’s found her calling in helping police across the country solve cases despite having no leads. Aided and guided by her devoted husband and doting brother, she’s led a seemingly simple life. Until her visions change, and a dark, preternatural force seems to enter her life. Where are these visions coming from? Will she be able to solve this new case and find her answers before it’s too late for her and those she loves?

Far from one of Koontz’s best works, this is still a fun read. It has an easy, flowing rhythm to it, along with fabulous dialogue. Mystery fans be forewarned, as the killer is easily distinguished by the end of the second chapter. It’s the brother. This was most likely the height of the disappointment for me, especially considering just how hard Koontz seems to try and steer the reader towards believing the killer is the husband.

Let’s be realistic, here, for a second. If you trip and fall and obtain a small cut upon your finger, your entire sleeve will not be ruined by copious amounts of blood unless you have some type of medical disorder, at which point you will be going to see a doctor. When you trip and fall again, and reopen the two day old wound and it ruins your shirt and jacket from even more blood, and then you get stabbed three or four times and shot, you’re likely going to bleed out extremely quickly from these massive, gaping wounds you’ve sustained, rather than being able to walk across a 60 yard room, down a corridor, force open a heavy oak and glass window, climb out of the window, fall six feet, and then climb to your feet to greet police officers…unless, of course, you’re batman, which this character most certainly is not.

I also failed to get an emotional connection to the characters, something I’ve grown accustomed to in other works by Koontz. I shed a tear at the end of Odd Thomas, grew frustrated at the failed attempts and lack of connection in Lightning, and was out of breath from fear, anticipation, and shear flabbergastedness in both Fear Nothing and Seize the Night. When someone died in this book, I honestly didn’t care other than to think, “Hm, I wonder who the killer could possibly be” in overly sarcastic tones to myself while turning the page.

All in all, while it’s not overly terrible, it’s not a fantastic work, or even up to par by Koontz standards. That being said, if you are a die hard fan of Dean Koontz or are simply looking for a quick read, pick it up, but don’t feel bad about skimming through it. Otherwise, skip it.

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Also, I don’t care if YOU don’t think it’s a word, I think it’s a word, it makes sense in that sentence, and I’m keeping it there.

Another Review: The Better Part of Darkness by Kelly Gay

The Better Part of Darkness (Charlie Madigan, #1)The Better Part of Darkness by Kelly Gay
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Outstanding! Kelly Gay knows how to keep you turning pages and take your breath away, and always leaves you wanting more.

Charlie Madigan is a Detective filled with a strange new power after her death and subsequent revival. A single mom, partner, ex-wife, sister…many things pulling her in just as many directions. But when it’s all threatened, will she be able to overcome the darkness that threatens to devour her?

At first glance this book doesn’t seem much different than other UF titles on the market, yet once this book makes it’s way into the readers hands, it doesn’t want to leave. Well voiced with fleshed out characters this book deserves everyone one of the stars given. Amazing breakout novel, and hopefully there will be many more to come.

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Blackout by Rob Thurman

Blackout (Cal Leandros, #6)Blackout by Rob Thurman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Outstanding! It’s rare for a book in a series top the first, but this did it. This book grabs you by the shirt collar, yanks you off your feet, drags you around, and doesn’t let go until you turn the last page. If you haven’t picked up this series yet, all of the books are worth it so you can read this one.

The series seems to get stronger as it goes along, and Thurman doesn’t miss a beat anywhere along the way. It’s an action movie where the only suspension of disbelief needed is that vampires, werewolves, mummies, and their ilk exist, we just don’t know about them. Cal & Niko, however, do, and they’re doing their best to keep us safe, as well as the creatures of the shadows, through action, snark, and the ability to come up with fabulous one liners for that kill shot.

Be forewarned, once you pick this book up, you can’t put it back down.

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Music as a soundtrack to a book

I don’t necessarily consider myself a fast reader.  I’m not exceedingly slow by any means, but I’m not a fast enough reader to understand why an author would post songs as a soundtrack to a book.

Music as a soundtrack for writing makes perfect sense to me, however.  I completely understand because I use music to set the mood.  Often times I find the tone of my writing changing in response to the tone of a song.  However, offering readers a song to listen to during a chapter confounds me.  It takes more than the roughly 3.5 minutes of a typical song to read a chapter, unless it’s so enormously short it could easily be likened to a car speeding past one’s house.

And while I will, occasionally, find myself liking a song to the extent I will listen to it on repeat, I don’t think I could ever like a song enough to listen to in the background, repeatedly, until I finished a chapter in a story, and then continue to do so with different songs throughout the remainder of a book.  That seems like insanity to me.

It works in movies because we aren’t having to spend long minutes reading the action taking place.  Rather, we are spending mere seconds watching the action as it occurs.

I must be a minority in this since there are entire blogs and such devoted to this.

^^I dare say, there appears to be a joke in that line somewhere.