Snapshots - #37: It, Breathe, Mark Felt – The Man Who Brought Down the White House

It (2017), (♦♦♦♦): Four inseparable friends in middle school bond with other three newcomers. They all have in common that they are bullied by the same people. Over the course of one summer they'll fend off bullies and face a centuries-old demon in the form of a clown, named Pennywise, whom has been disappearing kids and terrorizing the town of Derry, Maine, every twenty-seven years since the town was founded.
Based on Stephen King's novel of the same title, It is a movie with a smart script and a sympathetic ensemble of nerds that deliver light humor, and deep thrills. It doesn't hurt that each and every character has his or her own arc, thus one gets to know their motivations and fears before Pennywise enters head on into the picture.
In a nod to 1980s movie classics such as The Goonies, and the Brat Pack ensemble, the newest adaptation of It takes place at the end of that decade, when it seems, at least from the Hollywood perspective, that every kid harbored a genius insi…

Odd Hours by Dean Koontz (♦♦½)

Odd Thomas, the psychic twenty-one year-old fry cook from Pico Mundo, left behind his hometown accompanied by Boo, a ghost dog, and the specter of a famous singer, and arrived at Magic Beach, a coastal California town. There he got a job as a cook for Hutch Hutchinson, a former Hollywood star. Odd’s arrival at Magic Beach had been prompted by nightmarish visions of red tides and sky and a premonition of many deaths; in the middle of it all, was a pregnant young woman, floating above the sea.

A month after living in town, he finally met Annamaria, the lady in his visions of the end of the world. That same afternoon, he was pursued by three thugs who wanted to kill him. The next few hours were challenging for Odd Thomas, since he was instrumental in thwarting a terrorist plot targeting millions of American people. Over the course of a night, surrounded by a dense fog covering the town, Odd encountered an assorted cast of characters-- some good, some bad, some plain evil--that tested his faith in humanity and his own beliefs.

I wanted to like this book so much…But I didn’t. It’s not necessarily bad, just not interesting enough. The premise is good, and there’s plenty of drama and adventures to like, but the pace is so slow that it bored me to death. Enigmatic characters that never quite fit and very forgettable characters are some of the issues. There are only two good things going for this book: beautiful metaphors and relatively short story (283 pages).