When I was in Iraq, I read a book by Dean Koontz called Odd Thomas.  I really liked it.  Last year, I discovered on accident that 2 more books (now 3) have been written about Odd Thomas.  Keeping an eye out for them at used book stores, I finally found #2 and recently read it.  Not as good as the first, but definitely interesting enough for me to want to jump right in to book 3.  I picked that one up at the library earlier this week, so you know I must have really wanted to read it.  :-)

At one point in this book there is a very suspenseful chase.  I was actually scared because of it.  The last time I remember being scared by a book was WAY back in 7th grade when I was 13!  That time it was by a book called The Dark is Rising.  Not very scary by my standards today.  :-)

Thinking about this, I was reminded about how I read.  I talked with Sharron about this and she doesn’t think this is the same for her.  When I get in to a book, the words go away.  I know I’m still reading them, but in my head the images of the book are like a movie to me.  I’m not sure if this is true for everyone, but when I was reading the description of what Amazon is trying to accomplish with the Kindle, they mentioned a similar phenomenon.  So, just like with a scary movie, this book caused me to be scared.  :-)

Just for the curious, the last movie that scared me was 1408.

1 Response to “Scared”

  • Interestingly enough, I also read Odd Thomas while deployed (though to Afghanistan). I found both the first and the second books in MWRs at opposite ends of the country. Glad to hear that the series continued to be good–I have been meaning to acquire them. I viewed the MWR system as sort of my personal book exchange system, and I ended up taking probably a dozen home with me–far less than I added to the local book economy, thanks to Mom’s care packages…


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