Time Thieves ★★★☆☆

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Title: Time Thieves
Series: ———-
Author: Dean Koontz
Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Genre: SF
Pages: 146
Format: Digital Scan



Peter Mullion wakes up sitting in his car in his garage and can’t remember a thing about how he got there. He knows he went to his cabin to work on it, but that is it. When his wife comes home and sees him, she tells him he’s been missing for 3 weeks! Peter sets out to investigate just what happened to him.

Unfortunately, he’s having trouble counting or keeping track of time or even where he is. He loses his way one day in his office building and when he comes to his wife tells him he’s been missing again, for several days. Peter sees the same man watching him, at a restaurant, at home, wherever he turns, there he is. Peter and his wife Delia head up to the mountain cabin to see if that holds any clues. They find the cabin painted, which means Peter was there. However, upon further examination, it appears that the painting was done less than a day ago, not weeks ago like it should have. Peter’s paranoia isn’t so misplaced after all.

One night Peter begins hearing voices and he realizes he can hear other people’s thoughts. Peter ends up in communication with an alien being, who has been spying on him using its robot servants. Peter flees, honing his mental skills. During a cat and mouse game, he destroys the minds of the robots. Now he just has to deal with the aliens.

The aliens mentally kidnap his wife and tell Peter that they accidentally killed him 3 weeks ago. They rebuilt him but due to them not being familiar with human biology, accidentally gave him telepathy. They say Humanity isn’t ready for that and they just want to take that ability away from Peter. No harm, no violence, just remove a mistake that they made. Peter refuses and tells them every single human is alone and that they shouldn’t be. Peter kills the aliens, who are pacifists at heart and he and Delia go off to live a happy life, spreading telepathy to all and sundry like corn kernels to chickens.


My Thoughts:

First, that cover has ZERO to do with this story. There is no sexy woman with a ray gun, Peter doesn’t dress up like a ninja and crouch on a mountain and the UFO is only talked about. It’s actually parked inside a mountain for the whole book.

The title only makes sense if you consider the aliens to have stolen time from Peter when he went missing those several times. They can’t actually manipulate time. I kept waiting for that right up until almost the end of the book.

The tension was pretty high for most of the book and I liked that. Koontz kept me edgy and wondering just what was going to happen.

My issues came down to the fact that Peter killed the aliens because they were going to take something back that had been given by mistake. His life was not in danger, his wife’s life was not in danger but Peter had something and he wasn’t going to give it up. The justification given is because of how much Peter loves Delia, but that just rang false. He was an adult who knew enough about how Humanity would use such a gift and he was even told that it would spread but he chose to keep it anyway. It almost felt like Koontz was writing about a modern Adam and Eve, but ones that weren’t deceived into eating the forbidden fruit but ones who willfully chose to take and eat such a fruit. Even “love” can be corrupted and that is really applicable in this day and age with every idiot bleating about “love” all the time but having no concrete concept of what Love actually is.

My kindle had this at about 140 pages. I think the paperback runs around 100, so either way, it was a short little novel bordering on the novella. I wasn’t expecting a mind blowing experience and I wasn’t disappointed. On the other hand, I wasn’t disappointed. Glad I read this but don’t plan on ever reading it again.

I am thinking of adding an author’s name as a tag to any series of books that don’t have a series associating them together. I’ve been doing that with Dickens and I’m going to start now with Koontz. I will have to decide if I want to start that with every book or not. The problem with NOT doing it for every author is then remembering which authors I AM doing it for. But if I do it for every author then my tag cloud is going to grow humongously, even more ridiculous than it already is. Do any of you have any thoughts or opinions or anecdotes or experience to shed some light on this issue?



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31 thoughts on “Time Thieves ★★★☆☆

  1. Sometimes it’s really frustrating when covers have little to do with the novel. I love the authors Ilona Andrews but the covers of their books always look sexy romances. While there is some of that in the story, it’s never the main point of the story.

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    1. That is actually one of the reasons I’ve stayed away from most UF series written by women. The covers make them look like paranormal romance and I will DIE before reading any more of that. Even if I KNOW the cover isn’t accurate, it still affects my choice :-/

      Definitely the publishers trying to target specific audiences. Booo to that!

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  2. I only do tags for authors I have written about a bunch. I think I have only three at the moment – Brandon Sanderson, Robert E. Howard, and Tolkien. I don’t have a Robert Jordan or GRRM tag because I have Wheel of Time and Game of Thrones tags. Those and Walking Dead might be my only series tags. I think the only character tag I have is Conan (I’ve written about a bunch of non-Howard Conan books as well as non-Conan Howard books).

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  3. I was trying to figure out what the cover and title had to do with the synopsis. Thanks for clearing that up.

    I have ended up adding a tag for every author I write about in my posts. It does mean the tag cloud has exploded, but it also means I can more easily find any mention of the author’s work. How you do it is up to you of course, but it didn’t backfire on me the way I thought it might when I made the decision to add the tags.

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    1. Now, did you go and retro-tag all your old reviews? That is the biggest thing I’m afraid of. I already have so much work to do on the blog and have accomplished at least 1/3 of it and I really don’t want to have to deal with that 1/3 AGAIN 😀


    1. I’ve been noticing that 5-10% of my traffic in the last 2-3 months has been search engines. It is nice for the monthly numbers but doesn’t really add to the conversations. I guess I can’t have everything! 😀

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          1. Yes, but how sure are you that some of these don’t yield new followers that might comment down the road? Do they all come via WordPress itself? If so, how do you know? My stats don’t show that data.

            (About commenting: I would have expected some rejoicing remarks from your exhalting presence on my Blake Crouch review by now 😁)

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            1. I have a small enough following that whenever I get a new follower, it is usually obvious where they came from. And my views, comments, likes, etc are also small enough that it is pretty fair to guess which search engine hits correlates to which page.

              Now, you might be right that 1 or 2 WP people have found me through google and then started following me. But my experience has been that the majority of those who follow me have been introduced through another blogger OR I follow them, blab at them until they surrender and follow back 🙂

              As for your Crouch review. Don’t take this the wrong way, but you post irregularly enough that I don’t follow you any more. You’ve broken my “post once a month” rule at least once, if not more, since I did follow you so now I go and check out your site whenever you come over here.

              And holy smokes, that was a lot more comment than I originally intended to write 😀

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              1. True, I guess most of my following happens the same way you describe, but I get way more traffic via search engines. I value both.

                As I have less time with 2 young kids atm, I’ve noticed likes have gone down a bit since I stopped doing 1 post a week, so it indeed seems regularity is important for the WP community (a few bloggers also seem to have just stopped themselves, and I don’t go out to find new speculative WP blogs as I used to do to replace those).
                I try to do 1 post a month, and I usually succeed, often 2 even, but summers are somehow bad for posting: last year I had a blogging slump, and this year I tackled the new Stephenson, 850+ pages, that’s 2 or 3 other books/posts on average, so… No hard feelings though!

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                1. For me, it is ALL about the comments 🙂 Something about someone commenting on a post just feeds my soul.

                  Ahh, kiddos. Man, I really don’t know what my blogging life would be like if we had kids. Glad there are no hard feelings.

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                  1. I went from 4-6 books a month to about 2 since my first was born 2.5 years ago. Number two didn’t change a lot about that but surely didn’t help, as maybe I could’ve start reading some more now that the oldest is soon starting school. Anyhow, I’m not complaining. Somehow I can still read a lot compared to my colleages and peers.

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                    1. Sadly, I don’t find it hard to believe that you read more than your colleages, even with 2 kids. Novel reading seems to less and less “popular” as other forms of easier entertainment are now available.


  4. Ha! I see your posts on WP reader again 😉
    We’re tagging authors on Re-E, but not titles 😉
    Lastly, this book doesn’t sound like something I’ll be giving a chance 😉 But seeing as you plow determinedly through Koontz, I need to pick up at least one Odd Thomas…

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    1. Oh good, glad they’re back. I have no idea why they might have disappeared :-/

      I suspect heavy readers will shy away from Koontz as he seems to write repetitive stuff. Goes over great with those One Book a Year crowd 😦

      As for Odd, read the first one. I think that was the best one of the bunch.

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  5. Really odd title and cover choice. I wouldn’t have been inclined to pick it up based solely on those too.

    I tag the author, title, and series all the time. I don’t mind that it exploded the number of tags for now since… besides tagging them, I don’t do much else with those tags. I tell myself that they’ll come in handy when I actually need to hunt down the contribution of an author/artist to a book/comic. I also tell myself that it might help that 1 person out of a gazillion whose curious about any other title by X author that I might have reviewed… 😀

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  6. I agree with your comment about a lot of urban fantasy looking too much like paranormal romance. Sadly too much of it IS paranormal romance in reality and I hate misleading blurbs drawing me into buying books that are just not UF!

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    1. I’m pretty gunshy about “UF” now for that exact reason. Which is why I”m usually so vocal about Monster Hunter International, that is UF that I know I like!


    1. I know I started using a “series” tag just so I could easily find books in the same series but everything else is just force of habit.

      I guess I do it more for those who might do a google search or something?

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