Anti-Man ★★★☆☆

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Title: Anti-Man
Series: ———-
Author: Dean Koontz
Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Genre: Horror – Thriller
Pages: 142
Format: Digital Edition

 

Synopsis:

Scientists have created Sam, an android made up of unique flesh and capable of great feats. The problem is, Sam saves lives and the Earth is over populated with 9billion people. Not only can Sam save lives, he reveals that he is virtually immortal and can give immortality to humanity. This puts him up for first place in the “quick, let’s destroy this monstrous creation” contest. A scientist takes pity on Sam and runs off with him. They evade the authorities and Sam reveals that he is evolving and needs a place to hide.

They hide at some rich man’s vacation home and the scientist leads the authorities away to give Sam the time needed to evolve. The scientist is caught and when released, something that looks exactly like Sam tries to kill him. Sam claims to be god in the “new” flesh and that the Sam that tried to kill the scientist is a rogue part of him. Together, they kill the bad Sam and the scientist is converted to the “new” flesh and begins going around converting everyone he meets to allow mankind to fulfill their destiny.

 

My Thoughts:

This is going to get a bit theological, as Koontz unabashedly goes down that path and I have to take some serious exception to what is written.

The short version, I enjoyed this even though it has all “10” plot points in every other Koontz book. Considering this was written in 1970, and you can see the exact same things in the Odd Thomas books from the 2000’s, Koontz seems to have hit upon a fanbase that doesn’t mind complete recycling of ideas. Maybe he’s writing for those once a year readers? There are psychological aspects of doubt and horror that I found extremely well done and I wish Koontz had stuck to those.

Now we get into the longer version.

I’ve known that Koontz styles himself a Christian and writes at least semi-Christian ideas directly into his books. As a lure, a talking point, a place to begin conversations with others, I don’t mind when I disagree with what he’s writing. However, in this book he crosses some lines (which I suspect he backed away from so as not to be controversial in later years, hence the more veiled way of writing about it) when he has his character talk about God. Sam claims he is god but just a higher order being that could only come into our world because of the new flesh the scientists discovered and clothed the android in. The scientist claims to be “some kind of christian” but categorically denies that any religion is actually correct because God is “too big” to be contained by just one belief. This bothered me so much because it means that God is not actually God, that Jesus is not God and that the Bible is not the Word of God. Those 3 things are foundational to Christianity and to deny any of them places one in grave danger of heresy and unbelief.

God is not a created or evolved Being. He has always been and He always will be. One of the ways He describes Himself to us is “I AM” connoting that He is the End All and Be All of Everything. It might sound nice to describe a god as a higher order being, but it mis-represents who God says He actually is. It undercuts the truth of what God has spoken about Himself.

Jesus was fully man and fully God. That means that while on earth He ate food, his flesh was like ours and he pooped, peed and farted just like me (and I’m guessing you 😉 ). He also claimed from the beginning of His ministry that He was God. What Koontz writes would deny that Jesus could EVEN BE God as His flesh couldn’t take it. While what Koontz writes might be metaphor, it came across much more as deistic evolution amped up.

Finally, the idea of God being “too big” for one religion directly contradicts what the Bible itself says. The Bible states it is the Word of God, a revealing of Himself to us. While the idea of All Religions Lead To god sounds very kumbai ya, that is fuzzy feeling, new age thinking and isn’t what the Bible states. Once again, it undercuts the very underpinnings of Christianity.

With things like this, I can see why my parents never let me read Koontz as a teen. As a mature man who believes in Christ and knows WHY, this doesn’t cause me any doubt. I just find it troubling, as anyone finding a dead ant baked into their birthday cake would find that troubling. This book won’t cause me to stop reading Koontz but it has really put a damper on my enthusiasm for his veiled references to Christian ideas.

★★★☆☆

 

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19 thoughts on “Anti-Man ★★★☆☆

  1. Manuel Antao says:

    But the cover is gorgeous! (the review is not so bad either…lol)

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  2. savageddt says:

    I struggle with books that have deities in them, i even have it now where warhammer is at. Its like Black Library can not decide if the emperor is a god or just a sad old sod… i would like to know some time…

    This was a great review Stooge.

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  3. H.P. says:

    The real problem with saying “God is too big for any religion” is that the speaker is invariably saying “I am too big to be bound by the dictates of God.”

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  4. Love that cover! I never knew that Koontz was a Christian but the message in this book sounds like some wishy-washy personal philosophy. I quite like the Orthodoxs who have their traditions and reasoned beliefs yet hope that everyone will be saved BUT without wishy-washying everything over. This book sort of intrigues me though.

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    • Bookstooge says:

      Koontz did some interviews in 2012 or 2015 where he really talked about his catholic faith. I’d be hesitant to to call him more than a general christian based on what I’ve read in his books though. Whether that is to publish more broadly or because he believes some of that “odd” stuff (hahaha, Odd Thomas, odd beliefs? get it?) I don’t know. But I understand now why I never read him growing up.

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  5. Ola G says:

    That cover is creepy! Not that interested in Koontz, but maybe one day I’ll read an Odd Thomas book or two 😉

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    • Bookstooge says:

      Honestly, watch the Odd thomas movie. If you like it enough, you’ll enjoy the book. If you don’t care for it, then only 2hrs spent instead of “x” for reading the book. I found the movie very faithful to the book.

      One of the few times I’m recommending the movie first 🙂

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  6. Sharon Barrow Wilfong says:

    Hi Bookstooge.

    I am standing up and applauding your bold, unadulterated proclaiming of the truth. Would we all be so bold.

    I have always been a bit confounded by celebrities or other famous people, including writers that claim to be Christians, but exhibit none of the fruit (can we say Anne Lamott?). I’m sure I’m inviting theological debate with that statement because some Christians believe you can be saved and not bear fruit.

    I do not see that in Scripture, however. If it waddles like a duck, quacks like a duck, lays eggs etc…then it’s not a sunflower. (You can quote me on that.)

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    • Bookstooge says:

      Hahahaha, loved that sunflower twist. That got a good laugh from me.

      I wouldn’t have so much an issue with Koontz being “vague” if he stayed within the lines of accepted theology. But he’s made it evident, even in the Odd Thomas books (which I loved by the way), that he’s got some weird personal stuff about the afterlife and God and stuff.

      What a person believes is central. It will define how they act, or won’t act. And considering that I claim to be a devoted Christian, I have to take that pretty darn seriously.

      It’s always a tight rope though, on a public blog with a world wide audience, where a lot don’t believe the same as me. Speak the truth in love and all that.
      Except this is me we’re talking about, so I’m happy if I just don’t completely piss people off 😀

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  7. “”Maybe he’s writing for those once a year readers?””
    Oh, the poor dears! They don’t know what they are missing! 😀

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  8. I liked reading your reflection on the author’s perception of God and what not. Did your parents read as much as you and actually “controlled” your consumption by redirecting you to the “right” stuff?

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    • Bookstooge says:

      My parents were both readers, but not nearly as much as me. They had 3 kids to deal with after all 🙂

      They definitely kept an eye on what we borrowed from the library. Stephen King wasn’t allowed in the house, I can remember that for sure 🙂 It was more of directly heading off the stuff they didn’t want us reading than directing us towards what they “approved” of. For the most part they were pretty hands off.

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