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Topic: What's Up with Koontz?

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Bob P. (Desorow) - ,
Subject: What's Up with Koontz?
Date Posted: 10/22/2008 1:57 AM ET
Member Since: 3/24/2007
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I just finished "Shattered" by Dean Koontz. (ISBN 0425099334, Berkley, 1985).  My copy is 215 pages, complete.

However, I've noticed all other copies posted here are more than 300 pages.

Also, the cover showing for my ISBN is not even close to the actual cover.

So, I'm wondering: What's up with that?

Hope someone knows. Do I need to get one of the other copies for an expanded version of the story?

Advanced Thanks to all who respond.

Bob P (Desorow)

Date Posted: 10/22/2008 3:05 AM ET
Member Since: 10/13/2008
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Hi Bob,

I noticed this too. The answer is that it's the exact same novel. It's all in the font size used.

The earlier the copy is, the smaller the font was that they used. Go ahead and compare it to newer Koontz titles and you'll see that the font in the older books is much smaller than what was used in his newer books.

When they reprinted his older novels they increased the size of the font to match his newer books, which obviously took more pages to accomodate. 

Both are indeed the same novel, word for word. This also happened with "The Vision". I've got the old 220 page version but the newer copies are 368 pages.

Hope this helps.


Last Edited on: 10/22/08 3:13 AM ET - Total times edited: 2
Bob P. (Desorow) - ,
Date Posted: 10/22/2008 1:16 PM ET
Member Since: 3/24/2007
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Thanks, Thomas, for the copacetic explanation. I do appreciate it.

I don't know why it didn't occur to me.

Take care,