A couple of months ago, I picked up Stephen King after a long hiatus from his work. You can read my review of Lisey's Story if you want to find out how that turned out for me.
Sometime after I stopped reading King, I also stopped reading Dean Koontz. I don't think it was because of the subject matter, but because of boredom. I had enjoyed his mix of suspense and a type of science fiction or fantasy for a good suspension-of-reality sort of read, and so I promptly read novel after novel end to end. I think that every writer has a type of pattern, to an extent, and so although each novel was different, they started to seem the same to me. I think that I got into my head that I had quit reading because of content. At the recommendation of a friend, I recently read The Husband. It was a great page-turning read. There was no sex and very little bad language. There was some violence, as befits the genre, but it was not gory (save one brain-splattering scene).
Thank you, friend, for the Dean Koontz reminder. After I began this book, I added Watchers to my favorite reads in my aStore, remembering it as one of my all-time favorites. I recommend that one especially for suspense readers who are also dog lovers. I'm going to try to read it again soon, since it's probably been ten to fifteen years since I first read it.
By the way, I found a Dean Koontz podcast last week and promptly subscribed and downloaded all eleven episodes. I have listened to about half of them, including a very sweet one about being a husband, and his own love story, the inspiration for The Husband. In other episodes, he speaks about the writing process, or the process of taking a book to the big screen. My first thought as I listened to him was, "He sounds so normal."
Incidentally, I know that some of you may think that all of this podcast chat is useless to you, since you might be pod-less, as I was until Christmas. I do want to let you know that anyone can upload itunes and you can use it to save podcasts and listen to them on your computer (or burn them to CDs and listen to them during your commute). I think I knew that it was going to be a favorite topic of mine when I made an ipod label when writing that first post on the topic. So, I will go back to the philosophy I shared in the Blog Meme, and say, "It's my blog, and I'll write what I want to." I trust that some will find the information useful, and those who don't can skip over it.