Monday, September 15, 2008

In a mood and looking for something to read.


When I was about 14-15, not yet driving really, my mom began bribing me with books. Not for grades or anything like that, but I have three little sisters and she didn't want to leave me alone with them babysitting so she would hire an official babysitter and, knowing three babies are a handful, would ask me to help out rather than disappear in my bedroom. Mom was also very perceptive about my moods and nothing perked me up faster than a new book. 

It was at this time that I began reading through the entire Dean Koontz collection. Every Saturday, mom would buy me three new ones and I'd finish them over the course of the week, just in time for the next trip to the bookstore.

I don't really read Koontz anymore. The last one that I really, really enjoyed was The Face in 2003. My tastes have changed and Koontz's writing has changed. I particularly enjoyed the more paranormal titles of past years. Midnight, Phantoms, Lightning, and Strangers as well as Key to Midnight, Dark Rivers of the Heart, and Door to December are some that stand out for me now (and Icebound but for very different reasons). The Odd books are ok, but I find that in this case, his new direction doesn't fit what I really want from him right now. Doesn't mean I won't pick one up in the future (I've read others since Face and am not terribly behind anyway) but I'm using him as an example of what I am in the mood for right at this instant. 

I find that no one now, that I know of, is really writing like this. I adore Stephen King and his are always chock full of weird, paranormal horror. But at the moment I'm really in the mood for something a little along the lines of X-Files or the new show Fringe. I saw a preview for the new Nicholas Cage movie,  Knowing, and was pretty upset when it turned out it wasn't based on a book. 

I have nothing in my extensive collection that is along these lines, at least as far as I know. I'm hoping someone out there can make a recommendation for something that's a bit sci-fi, but mostly creepy paranormal horror/thriller/mystery for me to read. I know, I'm being kind of vague. If you saw the premiere of Fringe or if you hop on over to the link for Knowing it'll help a little. Know this, I've read all the Koontz and all of mine are in storage four states away so re-reading is not an option. It's really hindering my reading! It's hard for me to get into anything when I know I want something in particular. I've read the X-Files novelizations so those are out as well. Hopefully you guys can come up with something fairly new for me. If it's got psychic stuff as well that would be super cool. Agh, there I go being vague again! Sorry. 


Icedream said...

I know how you feel. I am always on the lookout for an author that can deliver like Koontz. The first book that popped in my head was Boy's Life by Robert McCammon. I loved it and it really reminded me of Koontz. I have since read others by McCammon and he tends to go in a lot of directions. Swan Song reminded more of Stephen King. Right now I can't think of anything else but I will keep you in mind if I remember or come across anything else.

Anonymous said...

I'm the oddball out on this one. I discovered Koontz about the same time as King, but King and Saul won over more than Koontz. That's not to say I don't like the author. He's just not a fave, ya know?

Becky LeJeune said...

Icedream: Thanks. I actually have Boy's Life but have never read it.

J Kaye: I read all the old Saul and all the old Koontz around the same time. What I liked most about Koontz's old stuff, and what I realize now, is that they were very much paranormal mysteries/horror in a sense. He's moved to a more philosophical area that I just don't like as much. They also seem to have become somewhat tamer. I can't really put my finger on it. I still love his older stuff and will read the newer ones occasionally, but they don't compare to my favorites from years ago.

Saul I find I can't read at all anymore, sadly.

King I will always adore. He's my ultimate favorite author and has been since I was about 14.