Frankenstein Part 3 is finally here!

I’m one of the legion of fans who has been eagerly awaiting the third installment of Dean Koontz’s reinvention of the Frankenstein story and I’m glad to say it has finally been published.  We just received our copies at the library last week and mine is sitting by my bed on the top of my reading pile. 

There has been plenty of talk on the Internet about the third installment, called Dead and Alive, and there were plenty of rumours about what had happened to the book.  From what I read, Koontz’s official explanation was that it was due to be released in 2005, but because the books are set in New Orleans and Hurricane Katrina hit, virtually wiping out the city, he felt that it wasn’t right to release Frankenstein’s monster as well.  Therefore the book was delayed and rewritten and we can now read the final installment.  If anybody has already read it,  I’d love to hear what you thought.  I have a feeling I may need to reread the first two books to refresh my memory.

Dean Koontz – master of our darkest fears

I’ve been a fan of Dean Koontz since reading Velocity a few years ago.  Since then I’ve made my way through his older books and eagerly awaited his new ones.  I like to think of him as the poor man’s Stephen King.  His stories are quite similar in nature to Stephen King and I often find myself seriously creeped-out reading some of them.  If you like a good thriller with a touch of the supernatural thrown in, Dean Koontz is your man.  I think the reason I like his books so much is that most of his characters are ordinary people (a landscape gardener, a fry cook, and an author just to name a few) who find themselves in life or death situations with psychotic individuals who are bent on tearing their world apart for a seemingly unknown reason.  One of my favourite Dean Koontz books is Life Expectancy about a guy called Jimmy Tock who is born at the same moment his grandfather dies.  On his death bed his grandfather predicts five future dates that will be terrible for Jimmy.  The novel follows Jimmy on these five days in his life, including his run-ins with a psychotic clown.

I’m currently reading Koontz’ lastest book Relentless and it’s another fantastic, disturbing thriller.  I can’t wait to get back to it to find out how the characters are going to get out of their horrific situation.  It’s definitely worth a read and so are his other books that we have in the library.