Teaser Tuesday: Watchers (and again)

Teaser Tuesday post for 20 September 2016
from Watchers by Dean Koontz

In the dark, Travis could reach out and touch both the shotgun and Einstein.  He took greater reassurance from the presence of the dog than from the gun.

Teaser Tuesday logoTeaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB (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!
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Teaser Tuesday: Watchers (again)

Teaser Tuesday post for 13 September 2016
from Watchers by Dean Koontz

But now that they'd heard the disturbance in the model home, their training and instinct required them to act more boldly.  They moved toward the back of the house.

Teaser Tuesday logoTeaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB (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: Watchers

Teaser Tuesday post for 6 September 2016
from Watchers by Dean Koontz

Travis shared that conviction.  His atavistic fear -and the reliance on instinct that it invoked- sent him hurrying after the dog, over the far side of the ridge, into another tree-filled canyon.

Teaser Tuesday logoTeaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB (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: Innocence

Teaser Tuesday post for 21 &  28 June 2016
from Innocence by Dean Koontz

From 21 June…

After a sharp inhalation of shock, the two men were frozen for a moment at the sight of him.  At first but only at first, their wrenched countenances were those of helpless children cornered by a thing that stalked them in their worst dreams, a thing that in the lands of sleep never quite possessed features but that now had a face more terrifying than their worst nightmares.

From 28 June…

When the pyrotechnics concluded and the sky brought forth only rain, Father said, "When men in power decide that things need to be rebalanced at any cost, the violence is never brief and never really directed solely at the imbalance that supposedly inspired it.  The rule of law becomes the rule of violence."

Teaser Tuesday logoTeaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB (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!

Review: The Voice of the Night

Magic Bites by Ilona AndrewsTitle: The Voice of the Night
Author: Dean Koontz
Published: March 2011 (first pub 1980)
Author’s Website: http://www.deankoontz.com/
Genre: Horror

Review:  Colin is a shy kid who idolizes his new friend, Roy, one of the most popular kids in school.  Along the path to becoming blood brothers, Roy talks a lot about killing animals and people, even asking Colin if he’d be willing to join in killing someone for no reason other than it being a real “popper”.  Colin doesn’t really believe Roy has or will kill anyone, but when he crosses Roy, he learns just how crazy Roy is.

Bottom Line:  This is a great horror/suspense story.  No monsters or ghosts.  Not a lot of blood and gore.  Just suspense.  Building and building…and then building a bit more.  When, finally, the suspense is broken, it’s a brief respite before more suspense leading to the final climax.  I highly recommend it to fans of the suspense/horror genre.

 

Teaser Tuesday: The Voice of the Night

Teaser Tuesday post for 17 March 2015
from The Voice of the Night by Dean Koontz

The Voice of the Night by Dean Koontz
from The Voice of the Night by Dean Koontz
"People who say they love you will pounce when they get a chance.  You gotta always remember that they're just waiting for the opportunity to get you."
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Teaser Tuesday logoTeaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm. 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: 77 Shadow Street (again)

Teaser Tuesday post for 17 February 2015
from 77 Shadow Street by Dean Koontz

77 Shadow Street by Dean Koontz
Both Edna's expression and posture confirmed the reality of the incident:  Her eyes were hoot-owl wide, mouth formed in a perfect O of unvoiced astonishment.

After a silence, Edna said, "Dear, I haven't seen you spring onto action like that since back in the day when a board-of-directors meeting wasn't going well and you had to whip them into line."

 

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. 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!

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Teaser Tuesday: 77 Shadow Street

Teaser Tuesday post for 10 February 2015
from 77 Shadow Street by Dean Koontz

77 Shadow Street by Dean KoontzEarl Blandon was gone.  Apparently the car had arrived at the third floor, and the ex-senator had disembarked.

 

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. 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!

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BookBlogWriMo – Days Fifteen, Sixteen, Seventeen, Eighteen

BookBlogWriMo.  Book Blog Writing Month.  Created by “Book Bumblings” as a book bloggers’ version of NaNoWriMo.  I found it through “Shattered Hearts Reviews“.

Day Fifteen – Favorite Book Blogging Things

The Books, of course.  I love to read.  I like helping others, teaching others, giving great recommendations to others.  While I don’t necessarily categorize myself as a “book blogger”, I like to think that someone will read my review of a book and find their next favorite book or avoid reading a piece of crap.  I also like the occasional back and forth in blog comments about why a book was good or not.

Day Sixteen – Least Favorite Book Blogging Things

Finding/making the time to do it.  I think I’ve already established my super-slackerness.

Day Seventeen – Favorite Book Tropes

While I really like deep, multi-dimensional characters, I am also quite fond of the stereotypes.  I love a good fantasy with the haughty, law-abiding paladin, the sneaky rogue that the party doesn’t even know if they can trust, the bumbling gnome, the mighty moronic barbarian, the in-fighting between elves and dwarves, the wizard who can devastate and entire village with one fireball, but can’t fight off a kitchen rat.  In the horror, realm, I still love a good classic vampire story where they are burned by sunlight, can be kept at bay by crosses, and the older vamps are always more powerful than the younger ones.  I have no beef with the “our planet is dying, let’s take theirs” plot, or the search for a new Earth, or the “bug hunt” on one’s own ship.  Of course, I don’t mind when stories branch out and try to make their own mark, or create their own interpretation of classics, either…as long as the characters are well-written and the story is good.

Day Eighteen – Favorite Subgenres

Fantasy – Pretty much any subgenre, including high, teen, urban, paranormal romance.

Horror – Mostly by author:  Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Dan Simmons, George R. R. Martin, Poe.

Sci-Fi – Not the hard core sci-fi that gets into the weeds of how all the engines, drives, weapons, and such work.  I don’t care about all that, I just want the characters and story to be good…like those of Robert Heinlein.

Poetry – Keats, Frost, Wojtanik (if you don’t know his work, you should check out his latest collection: Dead Poet…Once Removed).

Self-improvement – Fiction and poetry writing, leadership, management, motivation.

 

The Reading List Archive – 2012

This is the archive of the books I read (or started) in 2012.  For the books I’ve read or am currently reading, check out The Reading List.
I’ll put an X behind those that I recommend and a XX behind those that I highly recommend. Books with one X will likely only be popular with those who are fans of the genre, while XXs are those I’d recommend regardless of genre preference.
85.  Towers of Midnight (The Wheel of Time, boook13) by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson (10 Dec 2012) – XX
———-Read:  My review of Towers of Midnight
84.  The Gathering Storm (The Wheel of Time, book 12) by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson (21 Nov 2012) – XX
———-Read:  My review of The Gathering Storm
83.  Knife of Dreams (The Wheel of Time, book 11) by Robert Jordan (31 Oct 2012) – XX
82.  Crossroads of Twilight (The Wheel of Time, book 10) by Robert Jordan (4 Oct 2012) – XX
81.  Winter’s Heart (The Wheel of Time, book 9) by Robert Jordan (9 Sep 2012) – XX
80.  The Path of Daggers (The Wheel of Time, book 8) by Robert Jordan (19 Aug 2012) – XX
79.  A Crown of Swords (The Wheel of Time, book 7) by Robert Jordan (31 Jul 2012) – XX
———-Read: My review of A Crown of Swords
78.  Lord of Chaos (The Wheel of Time, book 6) by Robert Jordan (6 Jul 2012) – XX
———-Read: My review of Lord of Chaos
77.  The Hunger Pains: A Parody by The Harvard Lampoon (4 Jul 2012)
—–I didn’t like this book at all.  I tried to imagine it being like a Mel Brooks movie…like Space Balls was to Star Wars, but it didn’t help.  I found one or two places that made me smirk, but nothing that made me really laugh.  Maybe my sense of humor isn’t highbrow enough to get Harvard Lampoon, but I’m glad it was just a loaner from a friend.
76.  The Fires of Heaven (The Wheel of Time, book 5) by Robert Jordan (17 Jun 2012) – XX
———-Read: My review of The Fires of Heaven
75.  The Shadow Rising (The Wheel of Time, book 4) by Robert Jordan (31 May 2012) – XX
———-Read: My review of The Shadow Rising
74.  The Dragon Reborn (The Wheel of Time, book 3) by Robert Jordan (17 May 2012) – XX
———-Read: My review of The Dragon Reborn
73.  The Great Hunt (The Wheel of Time, book 2) by Robert Jordan (3 May 2012) – XX
———-Read: My review of The Great Hunt
72.  The Eye of the World (The Wheel of Time, book 1) by Robert Jordan (14 Apr 2012) – XX
—–Great start to my favorite Fantasy series
———-Read: My review of The Eye of the World
71.  Onward: How Starbucks Fought for Its Life without Losing Its Soul by Howard Schultz  (2 Apr 2012) – XX
—–a great book on how Schultz decided to come back to Starbucks as CEO and turn Starbucks back around
70.  Inheritance by Christopher Paolini  (5 Mar 2012) – XX
—–The final book in the Inheritance Cycle, but not the last book to be set in Alagaesia.  The XX is if you’ve ready the previous books.  If you haven’t read the previous books, I recommend skipping this one and checking out Eragon, the first in the series.
———-Read:  My review of Inheritance
69.  Forever Odd by Dean Koontz  (26 Feb 2012) – XX
———-Read:  My review of Forever Odd
68.  Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz  (12 Feb 2012) – XX
—–Somewhere between a thriller and a horror, it’s got quirky characters and not too much spook or violence to be a turn off to folks who aren’t fans of these genres.
———-Read:  My review of Odd Thomas
67.  Hooked:  Write Fiction that Grab Readers at Page One by Les Edgerton  (2 Feb 2012) – X
—–An in-depth book on how to begin a story
66.  Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins  (18 Jan 2012) – XX
—–An excellent end to a great trilogy.
———-> Read:  My review of Mockingjay
65.  Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins  (15 Jan 2012) – XX
—–Continues on where The Hunger Games left off.  A must read if you started the trilogy.
———-> Read:  My review of Catching Fire
64.  The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins  (10 Jan 2012) – XX
———-> Read:  My review of The Hunger Games