There are so many different styles of writing, and so many different styles of reader, and while some criticism is legitimate, what it boils right down to is (in my opinion) the connection between the reader and the writer. Both have to "link up" in some way for that to happen. When I say I don't like a book, I don't at all intend to suggest that someone who does has poor taste. Okay, YES, there are a few exceptions to that rule (*cough* 50 Shades *cough*), but Koontz isn't one of them.
I try not to say "That book sucked." Unless it does (*cough* 50 Shades *cough*). But I also don't hold back from criticizing where criticism is due, and I think that is helpful, because there are so many books to read out there, and so many authors who persist in writing new ones even though they must know I'm falling further behind every day (it's like they don't even CARE, the heartless bastards), that if I don't get some guidance from like-minded friends and critics, I'm just flailing. I wish I had all the time in the world to read, but I don't. So I have to be selective with what I pick up. Not insular, mind you, but selective--meaning that I believe I have a good chance of enjoying the book on some level.
Oooh, I'm totally stealing my own words for a blog post. Ha! (I really need to comb back through all my blatherings on this site if I run out of ideas.)
p.s. Did I understand the title of this thread - he says he wants me to "Koontz" his butt?
[QUOTE=Neesy;566849]I must admit I am guilty of reading the first one in the series but my hubby had just gone up North [/QUOTE]
At another of my messageboards, we were having a debate on the merits of Babylon 5, when who should show up but J. Michael Straczynski. And yes, it was really him.
I wonder if Mr. Koontz is a member here. That would be fun, though I'm sure that professional courtesy would keep him from revealing himself.