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Very Very Good and Highly Entertaining!
on 9 December 2005
Well this is my second outing with the novels of Mr. Koontz. To be precise, my second and a half if you count The Face, which I failed to finish (hence the half),then Odd Thomas (brilliant read though unfortunately I failed to write a review tho I'd have given that 5 stars for sure), and now Life Expectancy.
I was unsure at first how to categorise this story, certainly not a chiller, not a horror possibly dark humour? My library has the book shelved as an 'adventure' and I'd guess they're not far out there really as the characters in this book certainly have some amazing adventures.
As you'll know by now the story is based upon Jimmy Tock, a Baker and five key dates throughout his life. These all involve elements of horror and violence (surprise surprise!) as prophesised by his dying grandfather only moments before Jimmy is born and his granfather dies...almost simultaneously in the same hospital .The adventure and horror starts in those first few minutes of this tale.
All of the five dates are very cleverly interlinked from the first and as the book progresses there are a good few twists and turns that will take you by surprise.
As I have already mentioned, the book is filled with good humour. One thing that really kept me smiling was the constant reference throughout to sumptous cakes and pastries and savouries. I can honestly picture Mr.Koontz penning this novel over a series of Saturday afternoons whilst cooking in the kitchen with his good Lady Wife!
As for rating, I've given it a full five. When I first started out I'd expected to go about 3 to 4. I normally reserve 5 stars to absolute page turners. As the book progressed the pages were turning quicker and quicker therefore I believe it is well deserving.
If you want to have a nice easy going happy read togther with some scarey then this should be right up your street!