Friday, January 14, 2011

The Face, by Dean Koontz


Very creative, but too long and drawn out. The book could have been cut by at least a third and would have been cleaner and much more efficient.

Once again, Koontz chooses a villain so evil as to lose all subtlety and complexity. He also relies on a bit of a deus ex machina (or perhaps more accurately a 'diabolus ex machina') that strains the reader's suspension of disbelief to the breaking point (which, in a novel involving ghost angels and phone calls from the dead, is really saying something).

I'm not sure that the merits of the book justify the time required to wade through this tome. The audiobook is exceptionally well-read, but the written version is probably easier to skim when Koontz draws things out unnecessarily.

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