The Taking

Dean Koontz has become one of my favorite writers in recent years. I enjoy the good, sympathetic heroes, the well-plotted stories, and the sense of humor found in all of his novels. I expected to really enjoy “The Taking”, but somehow I did not.  I don’t know why I couldn’t get into this book. It had all the features of a good Koontz novel, but somehow the parts did not come together for me. Maybe it was the deus ex machina ending in which the Aliens are revealed to be the Devil and his angels, here to sift the population of the Earth for Hell. Maybe, it was because The Taking was more a horror story than Koontz usual suspense stories. While reading The Taking, I did sometimes feel as if I were in a nightmare.

In all, the Taking is good, especially at the beginning, but it could have been so much better.

Odd Thomas Movie

They’re making a movie of DeanKoontz’s Odd Thomas. Dean Koontz seems to be excited about it, even though he has generally not had very good luck with movie adaptations of his novels. I wonder who will be playing the title role.

I generally like to read Koontz’s books. He features good, likeable characters who often face monstrous evils. They are heroes, but quiet sort of heroes who do what they have to do without seeking glory. The lessons of his novels emphasize the simple but important things in life, love and family, decent behavior, etc.

I looked it up on that invaluable resource wikipedia and Anton Yelchin will be playing Odd Thomas. I’ve never heard of him but judging from the picture in the article, he looks the part.