Monday, February 20, 2012

I want to like this book but...........

I am reading Dean Koontz's 77 Shadow Street 
and I am really having a hard time getting into it.

I don't know if its me or the book.
It sounded so good when I read the dust jacket.
The cover is awesome by the way. I have a thing for old keys and truth be told the cover was why I picked the book up in the first place.

Here is the synopsis from Barnes and Noble

I am the One, the all and the only. I live in the Pendleton as surely as I live everywhere. I am the Pendleton's history and its destiny. The building is my place of conception, my monument, my killing ground. . . .
The Pendleton stands on the summit of Shadow Hill at the highest point of an old heartland city, a Gilded Age palace built in the late 1800s as a tycoon’s dream home. Almost from the beginning, its grandeur has been scarred by episodes of  madness, suicide, mass murder, and whispers of things far worse. But since its rechristening in the 1970s as a luxury apartment building, the Pendleton has been at peace. For its fortunate residents—among them a successful songwriter and her young son, a disgraced ex-senator, a widowed attorney, and a driven money manager—the Pendleton’s magnificent quarters are a sanctuary, its dark past all but forgotten.

Sounds good right?
And it is kind of good. 
I already like one of the main characters. 
He is a little boy who loves to read so whats not to like. 
But I find myself being distracted while I am reading which is unusual when I am reading a good book.
I have read many Koontz books in the past some really good others just okay but all of them held my attention. 
So I began to wonder if maybe its just me. Am I so focused on my own writing that I am having a hard time reading someone else's? 
Ever since sharing the first chapter of my wip with my best blog friend Stacey
I have been in a writing frenzy.
Stacey also shared her writing with me and it felt really good to share....even though Stephen King said that was not a good idea. But what the hell does he know?
Anyway so I wonder if I am maybe too preoccupied in my own mind to really appreciate the story of 
77 Shadow Street.
What do you think?
One last thing I finally have a Twitter account....its jennyjoybooks in case you wanted to know.


Muriel said...

Just followed you back on Twitter! I am glad that you are progressing on the writing front - I would love to say the same thing but I am a bit stuck. Let's hope that it is only temporary...Anyway, if you are writing I am not surprised that you can't read anything else. Writing takes a lot of energy! Good luck!

Andrew Leon said...

I haven't read the book, so I can't speak of it from that stand point. I do know that when I'm reading a book I'm not enjoying, I have a hard time staying focused on it. I have to really force myself to read it.

Also, I have a hard time reading when there's something else really occupying my attention. If you'd rather be writing, just do that.

Unknown said...

I don't know about this book.... sometimes there are just those that I can't get into.
Anyway.... I'm totally following you on twitter. I think I tweeted you the other day! :P (although I'm not totally regular.....)

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