Books seventeen through nineteen of 2012 – “Specials” and Extras” by Scott Westerfeld and “77 Shadow Street” by Dean Koontz

Ok, second post for the day, the rest of these weren’t already mostly written, darn haha! Is anyone even reading? Oh you there, single reader, hello lol. I know I haven’t written in forever. I’ve had a case of writer’s block for the last year or so. Then the whole Blogger fiasco started. For now I’ve got the old dashboard, so I’m still holding out hope that Blogger will have improved the new one before they force the switch again.

Ok, so I’m combining again. I feel kind of wrong combining two Scott Westerfeld books with yet another book I didn’t care for, but I’ve read “Specials” and “Extras” a million times and I won’t ever read “77 Shadow Street” again, so that somehow makes me feel better. Don’t ask how. “Specials” and “Extras” are the last two books of the “Uglies” series and they’re awesome! But then, what Scott Westerfeld books aren’t awesome? He writes for young adults, but I love him even though I’m in my thirties. If you’re looking for a change, go check out his stuff.

For awhile between Audible credits, I was just re-reading Westerfeld books. I somehow managed to get to the point where I’m never without a new book though. Audible is cool that way. They have sales, and buy extra credits deals and all kinds of cool ways to save money.

“77 Shadow Street” wasn’t an Audible book. It was passed on to me by a friend. It’s only my second Dean Koontz book and I didn’t care for it. Maybe this is why I had stopped updating the book list, since I had a bad run with books. Luckily that has ended for now.

I think Koontz should have made this a short story. It just went on and on and on and then had a really awesome ending. You know how when you watch a movie that sucks and you hold out, hoping the ending will redeem the two hours you just wasted? Well luckily, the ending to this book did that. It would have made an awesome novella. That’s really all I have to say about it haha! It was pretty cool on the creepy factor, that’s for sure. The characters were just vanilla to me though. I mentioned only reading one other Koontz book. It was “From the Corner of His Eye” last year and I loved it. I think I wrote about it here. Anyway, the characters just felt kind of recycled from that book. Are all his books like that?

So I know I shouldn’t compare Koontz with King but I can’t help it. King’s characters turn up in other books, but it’s the same character, not a cloned version with a different name. Does that make sense?

I just felt like the characters in “77 Shadow Street” were recycled in a way from ‘Corner’. Guess I did have more to say haha. This is one of his newer books. Carol said I should stick with his older books. I will, if I ever decide to read any more.

2012 Audio Book List (all unabridged):

1. “IT” – Stephen King – Began end of 2011, finished 1/4/12

2. “The Concrete Blonde” – Michael Connelly – Finished 1/9/12

3. “Under the Dome” – Stephen King – Finished 1/22/12

4. “The Black Echo” (Bosch #1) – Michael Connelly – Finished 1/24/12

5. “The Black Ice” (Harry Bosch #2) – Michael Connelly – Finished 1/27/12

6.* “The Concrete Blonde” (Harry Bosch #3) – Michael Connelly – Finished 2/2/12

7. “Stories I Only Tell My Friends” – Rob Lowe – Finished 2/6/12

8.** “So Yesterday” – Scott Westerfeld – Finished 2/10/12

9.** “Peeps” – Scott Westerfeld – Finished 2/15/12

10. “1Q84” – Haruki Murakami – Finished 3/12/12

11. “The Stand” – Stephen King – Finished 4/2/12

12.** “Uglies” – Scott Westerfeld – Finished 4/9/12

13.** “Pretties” – Scott Westerfeld – Finished 4/15/12

14. “The Last Coyote” (Harry Bosch #4) – Michael Connelly – Finished 4/20/12

15. “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” – Seth Grahame-Smith – Finished 4/25/12

16. “Zero Day” – David Baldacci – Finished 5/1/12

17** “Specials” – Scott Westerfeld – Finished 5/7/12

18.** “Extras” – Scott Westerfeld – Finished 5/13/12

19. “77 Shadow Street” – Dean Koontz – Finished 5/21/12

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