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I'm glad my praise of the book got you to read it. I really do think it's one of Koontz's masterpieces. Koontz never wrote anymore about Ironheart, but this one really was amazing.
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Just finished this book,it started off at a hundred miles per hour and ended up at walking pace.A bit disapointing.I hope Your Heart Belongs to me,which i'm just starting,is a bit better.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote FinalExam Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: July/17/2009 at 11:33am
Cold Fire disappointing?????????? I think I'm going to pass out.
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Me too FE. What's wrong with you people!? This thread is so bare. I think it took 3 minutes to read all the posts. This is one of DK's most fantastic books too.

Here's a link to the afterword. DK put spoiler warnings where they began in the middle of the afterword. I'm posting it because it's funny and discusses something about the ending that movie produces wanted change in order to make it into a movie.

Cold Fire Afterword


*********************SPOILERS*********************



This was a page turner. I was excited the whole time and didn't want to put it down. It's a very unique book. Holly Thorn is now my favorite Koontz female. I found her refreshing and funny and real. I enjoyed her curious investigative reporter personality. Whoever thinks Koontz just writes about disfunctional females needs to read this book as an example of why that's not true. This lady is strong and well adjusted and comes from a loving family. She's the moving force behind Jim Ironheart the hero.

Jim is the strangest Koontz leading male character I've met yet. But I mean that in a good way. You know something is off about him, but you can't put your finger on it. Koontz did a great job at revealing bits and pieces behind the mystery throughout the entire story. Each section keeps up the intrigue. He takes you from biblical spiritual possibilities, to sci-fi alternatives, then wham, the real answer hits you by surprise. What a great idea! A traumatized young boy with "special" abilities that develops multiple personalities one named The Friend and the other The Enemy and he can project them and make them real entities! The part that makes up Jim's "normal" personality is afflicted with mysterious and random memory loss. His background is slowly revealed in such an interesting manner.

This book also has Koontz's best love scene!

And who can't relate in a small way to the power of books to get you through times of suffering? I can. Wonderful works of fiction have helped me through tough times. Granted, Jim Ironheart takes it to a disfunctional level of escapism, but it rings so true. I loved both of these characters.

The ending was uplifting and in the spirit of By the Light of the Moon. It left me with joyful anticipation for Jim and Holly's exciting future together. It was a beautiful message of the power of love and support.

Regarding the afterword. Can you believe the movie producers wanted to change the ending to "What if the pond really had aliens?" Don't get me wrong, I love sci-fi alien stories but there is plenty of that out there already. That would have changed the entire point of the story. I'm glad Dean refused that offer.

You're right FE, this is one of Koontz's best.
I'm inclined to believe in parallel worlds filled with dark bound Snow and Odd adventures.

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I thought it funny that he was hoping YHBTM would be better than COLDFIRE. He probably hasn't read another DK since YHBTM.

Sorry D, I know you enjoyed it.

As far as COLDFIRE goes, I really think it is some of his best writing. Fast paced, great characters, and an ending that was staring us all in the face, except we didn't see it. I remember smiling when I put that book back up on the shelf. I miss the old DK.
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