Back when he started out, i was a big Stephen King fan and my favorites were The Stand and the short The Mist. He is a good storyteller, but tends to get overly long on character development. about the time he was becoming repetitious for me i found a book by a writer new to me; Phantoms by Dean Koontz. He had me hooked from the getgo be cause the story blasted off in just a few pages and combined aspects of horror,mystery,and a touch of sci-fi.The following is a list of my best Koontz books.

Phantoms; When you arrive in this small town, the entire town is dead, in place, the food still warm on their plates.

The Good Guy; Workday is over and your having a beer in your favorite bar.A guy walks in,sits next to you and slides a manila envelope to you and says 'You get the other half when the jobs done' and leaves. You open it and theirs a wad of  cash and a picture and info of a woman. Sitting there wondering WTF, another guy,cold as ice,sits next to you and says 'Is that the next job, slide it over'.

Watchers; If you ever had a dog.....

Whispers; Rustling in the closest....and a great twist....

note: although not part of the book, Phantoms is the best explanation in my alternate reality for the disappearance of the Dinos, and the movie was pure crap.Good Guy is not horror or sci-fi, just suspence.Whispers drags on for about half the book, then becomes a page turner.Do NOT have a light bulb burn out when reading Phantoms.Enjoy.

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Comment by Steel Breeze on April 22, 2018 at 8:15am

he has other good ones,these were just my top picks....

Comment by Safe Bet's Amy on April 22, 2018 at 8:23am

I still think "Carrie" was the best thing King ever wrote.  I empathized with her character so much.  

As a young kid I used to wish I could do what she did.  it's probably a good thing I couldn't because, I swear, half of the Midwest would have been ashes when I got done.   LOL

Comment by Steel Breeze on April 22, 2018 at 8:26am

i hearya,with abilities like that i couldn't trust my self....

Comment by Jonathan Wolfman on April 22, 2018 at 9:12am

As to CARRIE, when I saw it in the theatre, I jumped from my seat in the last scenes...twice. 

As to MISERY, it may be the most fun satire of serial-lead character writers and their audiences.

Comment by Foolish Monkey on April 22, 2018 at 9:34am

carrie was beautifully written, and shocking - but my favorite is the stand.  I just love all the characters especially the dog kojak.  now that's a great dog (not better than my knuckleheads - but I love fictional genius dogs - I really do.  I get an enormous kick out of them)!  (that reminds me of a terrific sci fi novel I read many years ago - about a genius dog - syrius.  whoa! really special book.)

I've just stumbled across koontz myself.  I have read a lot of scifi fantasy in my 30s.  really good hooked on it.  I had bookshelves filled with the magazine of science fiction and fantasy.  I had a subscription for years and I'd buy old issues at the second hand book store.  carried THOSE around with me for years - couldn't part with them.

  I recently finished a quickie - ricochet joe. damn that was good.  fast reading, great story and so well written.  so I gotta read more because I like his style and pace - so next is watchers.  but I'm reading a really good police/mystery called a cold and broken hallelujah

Comment by Rodney Roe on April 23, 2018 at 3:39am

Not my favorite genre.  A friend who read everything King and Richard Bachman wrote, recommended that if I never read anything else, read "The Stand".  I bought the reissued unabridged version and think Dianne was probably right.  I picked up a copy of "Seasons" and only got through half a year.

As to that mystery/horror/science fantasy vein I read Stuart Woods, "Under the Lake".  I enjoyed it but was not tempted to buy anything else.

L, who is a fan of both, has complained that Woods books - and most successful author's books - have become formulaic.

I read John Grisham's book, "A Painted House" because it was sort of semi-biographical of Grisham's childhood, and because it took place in a part of Arkansas I knew well.  I enjoyed it and got a copy of "A Time to Kill".  I couldn't get through the first chapter which slowly drew out the heinous rape and murder of a young black girl.  I just don't need that, I don't care how good the story or how well written it may be.

Back to King; I think, based only on the The Stand, that King pulls you in because it makes no difference how good a character is or how heroic, their ultimate fate is due to fickle fate.  You then become a detached horrified by-stander waiting to see who is left standing.

Comment by Steel Breeze on April 23, 2018 at 6:06am

thanks guys.....Rod, i'd reccomend to you "The Good Guy".....strictly action/suspense and real good storyline.If you wife likes this stuff and reads nothing else Phantoms is it.

Comment by Steel Breeze on April 23, 2018 at 6:33am

i was gonna due a sci--fi/ fantasy list,but, found it impossible to pick a 'best of' list out of the 100s i've read...

Comment by Safe Bet's Amy on April 23, 2018 at 7:39am

i was gonna due a sci--fi/ fantasy list,but...

That ones simple for me...  anything and everything written by Anne McCaffrey.  [/end list]

Comment by Steel Breeze on April 24, 2018 at 7:36am

good choice,but i've got too many to pick a fav....


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