It really amazes me how it is written. Like this:
"The soft features of his wan face brought to mind pale mushrooms that I once glimpsed in a dark dank corner of a basement, mealy puffballs clustered in a moist mounds of forest mast." Dean Koontz - Odd ThomasNow that's a whole lot different than saying perhaps - He had a pale mushy face. There is a greater depth of description, and it's beautiful.
I also liked this -
"She served it hot, kissing plate to counter without a rattle, as she always does." Dean Koontz, Odd Thomas
What a depth of meaning in two short lines. I love it.
I've been using the Stephen King principle in my writing (KISS), just tell the story and get it done, don't put too many ruffles on it. But when I get good - really good - I hope I have some flavor of Koontz in my writing.
King doesn't seem to think much of Koontz. Go figure.
Luckily - I can love them both. Who do you think is better?