Teaser Tuesday – The Good Guy

I’m not sure how I’ve found the time to read, but I have and I decided to share with all of you.  I actually just finished this book over the weekend and I have to tell you that Dean Koontz does not disappoint.

The Good Guy

I used to read books for the stories.  I still do, but since I started writing, I also notice writing style and story composition.  I consider Koontz to be in a league of his own.  I’ll be reading along and suddenly he writes prose so beautiful that I have to stop and read it again.  It fits the story, but somehow it doesn’t at the same time.  I also managed to look up five or six words that I didn’t know.  I always feel pretentious when I use a “big” word, but he manages to fit them in so smoothly that you think you’ve always read those words.

I always wonder how anyone can write from the perspective of the killer, but Koontz makes it seem so easy.  He is also a master at creeping me out.  Anyway, The Good Guy is yet another Dean Koontz novel that I highly recommend.

The teaser is from page 249.  I hope you enjoy.

“Sorrow is not a raven perched persistently above a chamber door.  Sorrow is a thing with teeth, and while in time it retreats, it comes back at the whisper of its name.”


Teaser Tuesday is hosted by Jenn at Books and a Beat.

Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Teaser Tuesday – Darkfall

I finally decided to try a different book since I was having such a hard time finishing the one I was working on.  I’m not sure this one is a whole lot better; I’m not much of a creature fan and I happened to pick up a book by Dean Koontz that is about creatures.  I haven’t made it far enough to find out if they are aliens or some sort of other thing, but I’ve made it far enough to be pretty grossed out.

Darkfall

That doesn’t stop me from wanting to keep reading, though.  I love the way Dean Koontz writes and Darkfall is no exception, even though he is pretty descriptive about scary creatures in walls and under beds.

My quote comes from page 10, which tells you I haven’t made it all that far, but I am making progress.  A little progress is better than lugging a book around I never actually pick up and read, though.

I hope you enjoy the teaser!

“Wasn’t she the woman of the house now, and hadn’t she been the woman of the house for more than a year and a half, ever since her mother died?  After about ten minutes, she managed to shame herself into switching off the lamp and lying down.”


Teaser Tuesday is hosted by Jenn at Books and a Beat.

Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Teaser Tuesday – Frankenstein City of Night

City of Night (Dean Koontz's Frankenstein, #2)

My advice for reading this series is that you should have all three of them on hand so you can just pick up the next one when you’re done. Luckily, I did, so I was able to move onto the second one as soon as I finished the first one.

I really love the build-up in this series. The chapters are really short and each one deals with a different character, so there is plenty of suspense. I also love quite a few of  the characters, even the ones who are basically throw-aways.

As always, Dean Koontz is masterful and keeps me hooked. Frankenstein City of Night has definitely not disappointed. If you like gruesome, you’ll really like the second one even better than the first.

The teaser today comes from page 65. I hope you enjoy.

“Among even the most controlled of slaves there simmers a desire – even if not a capacity – to rebel. Therefore, some of these slaves of Victor’s, all enemies of humanity, might in their hopelessness find the will and the fortitude to betray him in small ways.”


Teaser Tuesday is hosted by Miz B of A Daily Rhythm. Feel free to click the link and join in the reading fun.

Teaser Tuesday – Frankenstein Prodigal Son

Prodigal Son (Dean Koontz's Frankenstein, #1)

It’s been a while since I posted a teaser, mainly because I kept picking long books that took me a while to read. I would love to say I read a book a week, but that’s just not doable for me with my life right now. I pretty much read on the train ride to and from work, which is some pretty good reading time, but not always quite enough to get through a book in one week.

I’m back at it again, though, with Dean Koontz. This time, it wasn’t my fault, I swear! I was reading the last book and had every intention of reading a different author, but a friend on the train told me this Koontz series was really good and I just happened to have all the books in my shelf at home.

Of course, I picked up Frankenstein – Prodigal Son and haven’t been disappointed. I honestly can’t fathom why there are so many Koontz haters out there. I think he’s brilliant. I think every author is going to have some things that are better than others, but I don’t think one not so good work is cause to hate on his writing. I don’t know. Maybe that’s just me.

The book is typical Koontz with all the tension and violence you would expect. I also read that this is a direct sequel to Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, but I have to admit I haven’t read it. I’m thinking perhaps I should now that I’m reading this one.

The teaser today is coming from page 210 paragraph 4:

“He may not have sufficient fortitude to reach that special door, let alone to confront the busier world beyond. But his despondency has recently advanced to desperation, and the reckless action that is the whip of desperation may lash into him a kind of courage.”


Teaser Tuesday is hosted by Miz B of A Daily Rhythm. Feel free to click the link and read other posts or join in the fun and post your own teaser.

Teaser Tuesday – From the Corner of His Eye

From the Corner of His Eye

Another Dean Koontz novel for me and I’m not sad about that at all. The only thing I’m realizing is that I should probably pick shorter books if I’m ever going to reach my goal of reading 50 books this year. (If I’m really truthful with myself, I will realize that 50 probably isn’t going to happen, but I’m well on my way to reading more books this year than I ever have, so yay!)

I’m not far enough into this book yet to really get a feeling for what is happening or what is going to happen, but as always, Koontz spins a masterful tale, including a holy-shit villain that came out of nowhere and knocked my socks off.

Without further ado, the teaser for today comes from page 35 of From The Corner of His Eye.

“The beetle-green Pontiac waited in the driveway, with a shine that tempted nature to throw around some bad weather. Joey always kept a spotless car, and he probably wouldn’t have had time to earn a living if he had resided in some shine-spoiling climate rather than in southern California.”


Teaser Tuesday is hosted by Miz B of A Daily Rhythm. Feel free to click the link and read other posts or join in the reading fun!

Teaser Tuesday – By The Light Of The Moon

I think I’m addicted to Dean Koontz. Maybe it’s just me, but when I read his words, I’m simply in awe of how he puts them all together and manages to tell an intense and satisfying story. He does all those things right that we so often find in writing guideline books/blogs. He doesn’t bash you over the head with too much information all at once – he sprinkles it in a bit over time but still keeps you engaged by his description of a hamburger joint of all things. I find his writing compelling and it often shows me how I want to write. Mostly, I just sit and only wish I could write as good as he does.

I suppose if I had a truckload of books that I’d written and published, perhaps I would be that good too. Who knows. What I do believe is that practice makes better and better over time, so maybe I should stop fidgeting on the sidelines and jump into the game. Maybe…

On to the Teaser! Today’s book is “By the Light of the Moon.” I’m intrigued and can’t wait to find out what the hell is going on. It’s another of his books that I don’t want to put down. You can find this particular teaser on page 50 of the paperback that was published in 2002.

“He seemed to avoid such directness not solely because of his severe psychological disorder, and not merely because he was pathologically shy. Sometimes, in a fanciful moment, Dylan could almost believe that Shep’s withdrawal from the world, beginning in early childhood, had occurred when he had discovered that he could read the secrets of anyone’s soul by what was written in the eyes… and had been unable to bear what he saw.”


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Teaser Tuesdays – Intensity

Here I am, just making my way pretty quickly through another Dean Koontz novel. I’d actually probably be done with it if it wasn’t for the day job and my relationships.

Who needs those anyway, right?

The thing is, once you finish a book, it’s done. Finished. You’re left feeling bereft, like you lost a friend. Well, that’s how I feel after finishing some books, but not all of them. Dean Koontz is more like a roller coaster ride and when you’re done it’s almost a relief because your back aches and your head is spinning and you’re feeling slightly sick from the sheer movement, the twists and turns, the ups and downs and you can’t help but laugh out loud at the exquisite pleasure-pain that erupts through your whole being.

Okay, maybe I’m reading too much Koontz.

On to the teaser…

Today’s book is Intensity and I found the quote from page 85.

“He is willing to contemplate the possibility that the immortal soul exists, and that his own spirit may one day be exalted. But if he is to undergo and apotheosis, it will be brought about by his own bold actions, not by divine grace; if he, in fact, becomes a god, the transformation will occur because he has already chosen to live like a god – without fear, without remorse, without limits, with all his senses fiercely sharpened.”


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