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I would normally say a writer's personal beliefs aren't necessarily reflected in his work--mine aren't always--but Koontz now always goes on about how his books must reflect his personal philosophy, so I'd say there's a good chance this one is a representation of his personal beliefs.
We are not strangers to ourselves, we only try to be. --Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz
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Originally posted by TheFirTree TheFirTree wrote:

It's interesting to me to whether certain aspects of the story resemble DK's actual beliefs. It shouldn't really matter though - better to just enjoy the books + not over-analyze I suppose.


FirTree, I get the greatest enjoyment from books when I can relate to the worldview reflected in the story. DK's worldview has a sense of love and hope, evil is real but goodness prevails, the importance of family and friends, heroes with a warm and endearing humility about them, and they hint at spiritual or divine possibilities existing in our world, answers provided by something greater than mankind. Those aspects of the books are what I love most. I also get a kick out of his view on politics and literary figures.

I came back to this thread because I wanted to quote something in your post about poetry but I guess I was just hallucinating again. I just started reading The Taking again. I think this is one of DK's most beautifully written books. His use of the english language created the perfect mood of Molly's surreal experiences involving the rain, inside her house, the trees, and the coyotes.


Looking outside her window:
"Black and argentine, the mercurial gloom streamed and glimmered past the windows."


The coyotes:
"Their anxious panting painted pale plumes on the glass. From behind this veil of smoking breath, their radiant eyes beseeched her."

The forest:

"Now, with the reverential hush of the woods replaced by the din of the downpour, the gloom coiling among the trees seemed to be a different character from that on any previous night. The god of this cathedral was the lord of darkness."

I won't go into anymore quotes, but the unique "fecund" quality of the rain really tripped me out. That was so weird and shocking but fit right into the atmosphere of the chapter and foreshadowed the significance of the rain.

Well, that's what I was wanting to say about me being a dullard with poetry when it comes to poems written and read indivdually, but how I do love poetic verses, imagery and poems woven into a story. I haven't arrived to the T.S. Elliot part yet but I'm going to try and appreciate it more this time.




I'm inclined to believe in parallel worlds filled with dark bound Snow and Odd adventures.

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Here's example of political views that I get a kick out of that just came up in The Taking. Molly and Neil are watching the TV news discuss the catastophic weather conditions. One of the news anchors asks the national meteorologist if "these phenomena were the result of global warming." Dr. Templeton replies, "The vast majority of meteorologists don't believe there is any global warming,...at least not any that isn't natural or cyclical." The anchors are dumbfounded by the statement and one replies, "But Dr. Templeton, everyone knows the effect of greenhouse gases--." Dr. Templeton replies, "what everyone knows is bunk...and if we're going to get a handle on this, what we need right now is analysis based on real science, not--" then he's interrupted. On the next page a specialist in satellite-data-analysis named Dr. Sanford Nguyen is asked the same question and appears to have an expression of "contempt" for the question.

I have no idea what Koontz's stance is on global warming but it's fun to read these topics and ask yourself questions on your own beliefs. I infer from these couple of pages that Koontz's depiction leans toward the skeptical side on the issue but I don't know. I myself am not sure if global warming is a man made situation or a cycle in nature but I think that whatever it is, mankind is exacerbating the damage to our environment. But I'm also aware that there is money and politcal gain to be made and wasted on both sides of the global warming issue and I'm skeptical of the validity of some of the research on each side. However, I'm not "passionate" about the issue.

Anyway, that's an example of do we read this into Koontz's personal belief systmen or just the characters' beliefs. I don't know, but it's interesting to be made aware no matter what you believe.
I'm inclined to believe in parallel worlds filled with dark bound Snow and Odd adventures.

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