The Hollow City, Deeply Odd and A Bad Day For Voodoo

I’m a huge reader. And reading is a very expensive addiction, especially for a self-defined book phagocyte like me. I devour books I love. If I’m really into a book, I will not be able to put it down until I finish it, and woe unto you if you come between us.

A lot of my peers (’cause, though I’m an adult, I’m still a young’un) will talk about how some band saved their life or something like that. For me, it was books. Particularly Dean Koontz. I was quite the depressed, dramatic teenager until I stumbled across Fear Nothing in my high school library.

Recently, I’ve read three excellent books by three of my favorite authors.

1) The Hollow City by Dan Wells

What I love about Dan Wells is his ability to write characters with mental disorders. In his debut book, I Am Not A Serial Killer, he did a really excellent job of getting into the mind of a sociopath (at least, from an empath’s point of view). In The Hollow City, he did it again, but with schizophrenia. It was wonderfully packed with twists and turns, trying to figure out what was reality and what was delusion. Also, it’s creepy, funny and heartbreaking—a variance of emotion, which is pretty necessary for me to love a book.

2) Deeply Odd by Dean Koontz

Koontz is my favorite author, flat-out. I bought—and finished—this book the day it came out. The latest installment in the Odd Thomas series, it may just be my favorite of them all, which is saying a lot. The villains are creepier, the ghost companion is awesomer, and there’s a character named Edie Fischer who I want to be when I get old. And it’s full of connections to Koontz’s other works, which drives people like me crazy in the best way. Once more, creepy, funny and heartbreaking, but also with the enduring optimism in humanity that Odd voices so well.

3) A Bad Day for Voodoo by Jeff Strand

Strand is an underestimated genius. Nobody manages to combine humor and horror in quite the same way he does. His style is so delightfully quirky and unexpected. Sometimes, I wish some bestselling authors (who can be a bit dull sometimes) would be more like him. Books need more humor, because a lot of them take themselves too seriously.

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