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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 19 August 2005
I never know what I'm going to get when I buy a Koontz book since he writes in so many diverse ways. This one is written in the first person with the character having a light-hearted, self-deprecating sense of humour which won me over immediately. The plot has some good twists and turns (can't say too much without spoiling the plot) and I ended up reading this book in one long sitting! I look for enjoyment and entertainment in a work of fiction and this one delivers 10 out of 10. Highly recommended and most enjoyable :)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 4 February 2005
Personally, I own every Koontz book ever written; and while some are not as good as others they are consistently a good read. Some years ago I found Koontz books to be getting too formulaic - they all seemed to be set in Laguna Nigeul, had an intelligent dog, two not-so-intelligent humans and lots of bougainvillea trees. However, from 'Seize The Night' up to 'Life Expectancy' his books have been incredible and some near-masterpieces.
I have just read 'The Taking' and 'Life Expectancy' back-to-back and loved both. The two books could not have been more different and each in its way a marvel to read.
I found 'The Taking' to be a very effective and spooky sci-fi, while 'Life Expectancy' was more light-hearted while still highly tense and, in places, scary.
I still think the best book Koontz has ever written is 'Strangers', but his latest run of books are definitely contenders for runners-up.
Please keep it up, Dean!! You have a true fan here!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 29 March 2005
If you are a huge Koontz fan, just like me, then you'll agree that this book is probably his best yet. For me, he just seems to get better! I didn't think Koontz could surpass Odd Thomas, but as hard as it is for me to say, Life Expectancy certainly did, as well as achieving so much more. Overall - a fantastic read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 19 February 2005
I own all of Dean Koontz's books and love to read them all again and again, but i've got to say that his last two have been the best to date since strangers which is a compliment in it's self. If you are looking for a good read which you wont be able to put down this is the one so go for it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 24 March 2007
Life Expectancy is a curiously riveting and surreal thriller by Dean Koontz, featuring an eccentric baker who must come to terms with a prophecy made by his dying grandfather. There are suspenseful scenes that left me sitting on the edge of my chair, other passages that got me laughing out loud. Koontz's mix of gentle humour and thrills is not for everyone and does not hit the spot every time, but works well here. Like preparing a difficult soufflé (cooking metaphors abound in this novel), Koontz manages to make this book both funny and exciting, seldom a very easy task.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 31 January 2006
This novel is unusual in its focus and approach, quite a departure from the previous novels I read by the author [The Taking, The Watchers]. It begins with two haunting themes simultaneously presented: birth and death ... both are so creatively intertwined that to provide too much detail would possibly ruin the pleasure of the reading experience. The impact, scope and magnitude of this book is enormous. It leaves the reader anticipating and wanting more ...
Essentially, the main character, Jimmy Tock was born in the hospital at exactly the same time that another mother was undergoing labor but sadly, complications occured and the other mother died in childbirth. Both fathers were pacing in the waiting room ... anxious to learn the outcome for their hopes and dreams to start a family. One father went beserk after learning of the death of his wife ... he went on a murderous rampage in the obstetrics ward. He was literally a clown in the circus and his wife had been an aerialist, the daughter of one of the most famous trapeze artists. During these fateful events, the grandfather of Jimmy Tock was dying. Shortly before his demise, he unexpectedly recovered concsiousness ... just long enough to make five predictions about Jimmy's future, complete with dates and forewarnings. These haunting predictions become the cliff-hanger that keeps the reader flipping page after page as fast as possible ... wanting to know what happens next. The artistic merits of this book surpass expectations ...
The book exaggerates emotions and events in what seems like a schizophrenic and surrealistic manner ... but this is exactly what captures the reader's attention. It keeps one glued on the spot, reading every page, feverishly desiring to know the nature of future developments. The grand finale, in the last two chapters, brings together mind-blowing secret events from the fateful day when two babies were born ... whose lives were inextricably tied together. It is amazing how all the predictions of Jimmy's grandfather transpired, leaving the reader quite dizzy and breathless but totally satisfied. The ultimate message is clear: hope and love can overcome the most bizarre and twisted threats that life can offer. This was proven in the lives of Jimmy Tock and his wife, Lorrie. After finishing this book, the question begs to be answered, can Dean Koontz top this one? One thing is certain ... I will *definitely* read the next book to find out! Erika Borsos (erikab93)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 22 July 2006
After having a bit of a Dean Koontz obsession lately I've got through both his Chris Snow and Odd Thomas novels and as good as they are they cannot top this as my favourite. The Opening chapter is so gripping and entertaining that it could be a short story in itself and it doesn't dissappoint from there.

The story of baker Jimmy Tock's life is shaped around the predictions that his grandfather made on his death bed and although the book loses plausability almost immediatelly it's still unbelievably entertaining. The themes of love, hate, death and life are intertwined so beautifully that any thoughts of how ridiculous the plot is dissappear and the book becomes an incredible page turner. I haven't got through a book this quick since I read Cat in the Hat.

The book is unusual for Koontz in that its not based in sunny California and there are no highly intelligent dogs. This is undoubtably a good thing. As usual with Koontz however the book peaks just before the halfway mark but that doesn't matter becuase it continues to shock and suprise with darkly humourous twists and fantastic baking analogies. If you don't love this book you're illiterate
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 2 September 2005
I've been reading DK's books for afew years now and this one is one of the best yet. It's just one of those books that you cant put down.
I was totally hooked on the story and, while it was far different from anything of his that i'd previously read, i found it to be a pleasant diversion. It showed a diversity in style that i would never have anticipated. It was humourous, sentimental and nailbiting - all without the normal demons and ghouls.
Read it, you wont be dissappointed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 21 September 2005
I read a couple of Dean Koontz's books several years ago. "Lightning" and "Watchers" - both excellent. As you do, I looked out for his other books and was grossly disappointed that his publisher churned out his older stuff as "his new number 1 bestseller". There's a good reason this stuff didn't sell originally and putting it out on the back of later success constitutes a con job of galactic proportions. Consequently, I've left off reading Dean's output until now. Glad to say, I enjoyed Life Expectancy. It was well written with several good threads running through it and even more of the quirky humour than I recollect in his previous works (and which he's carried on in another book I'm currently reading - Velocity). There's always the dark edge to the prose and as with several of his other books, there are some unpredictable twists. Who else would have come up with a homicidal clown as threatening as Beezo? (except perhaps the writer of "Funhouse")
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