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Dean Koontz has my respect for mixing and melding different genres in some of his works and so I occasionally pick up a random book by him for a leisure read. I stumbled into the second or third book of this series in paperback, so a few of the plot twists were already known to me (via flashbacks and side comments) from that book, but even so the entirety of the story kept me on the edge of my seat and waiting for the "other shoe to drop" I now own almost all the audiobooks in the Odd Thomas series. They are excellently narrated and you come to associate the voice of David Baker with Odd Thomas in a very satisfying way (think Harry Dresden and James Marsters - if you're a fan of the Dresden Files by Jiim Butcher).
Even if you don't particularly care for Koontz in general (his writing does go hit and miss at times when he's being innovative with his genres), give this one a spin. If dark, sleuthy supernatural fictions get your blood going, this is one with a bit of thiller thrown in to the mystery.
I haven't gotten around to reading/listening to anything else by Scalzi yet...not because I don't think I'll enjoy it, but because I can't imagine enjoying it more than I enjoyed this one. Even with Wil Wheaton narrarating some of Scalzi's other works, this story was brilliant.
I bought in to it simply from the title. Redshirts. I'm not a raving Trekkie, but I was raised looking forward to family night watching ST:TNG (Star Trek: The Next Generation) and am familiar with what being a 'Redshirt' means. I'm also a bit of a card/boardgame nut and StarMunchkin (if you have to ask....best not) with it's tongue-in-cheek Redshirt hireling had me primed to listen to this book. I do love a good parody/satire/sendup.
What transpired between the 'covers' of this audiobook was everything I was hoping for and more. What I wanted was an irreverent laugh out loud page turner with lots of tropes and stereotypes offered up for the fodder of comedy....and I did get that, to be sure...but by the end Scalzi had somehow managed to twist the story I was reading into a poignant, and - how can I put this - well an amazing finale. Nothing like what I thought I was going to get - but in hindsight I couldn't have possibly asked for a better end. I've listened through it a few times now and it's definitely one of my favorite audio titles to date.
I picked up both this and Card's first book in the Pathfinder series and was immensely pleased by both of them. I'm very picky about my reading and even more so about my listening. The narration here is well done and the story.....well, Card isn't one for cut and paste jobbies. I'm a bit of a mythology fan and the inclusion and explanation for mythology as presented in this fiction was a delight. I am now eagerly awaiting the next book in series and MAY just have to pick it up for a read if it doesn't hit the airwaves fast enough!
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