Reader Review: Odd Thomas is a good book. It's different than most books by Dean Koontz, but it's beautifully written - even thought sometimes you feel like the vocabulary used by him can go on forever. It's funny and light sometimes, and absolutely dark in others. I was delighted by the book half way through, and upset at the other half, when the whole thing turned a bit to the self-help direction. Nevertheless, it's an interesting book, worth reading.
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Dean Koontz's Deeply Odd.
“The dead don’t talk. I don’t know why.” But they do try to communicate, with a short-order cook in a small desert town serving as their reluctant confidant. Meet Odd Thomas, the unassuming young hero of Dean Koontz’s dazzling New York Times bestseller, a gallant sentinel at the crossroads of life and death who offers up his heart in these pages and will forever capture yours.
Sometimes the silent souls who seek out Odd want justice. Occasionally their otherworldly tips help him prevent a crime. But this time it’s different. A stranger comes to Pico Mundo, accompanied by a horde of hyena-like shades who herald an imminent catastrophe. Aided by his soul mate, Stormy Llewellyn, and an unlikely community of allies that includes the King of Rock ’n’ Roll, Odd will race against time to thwart the gathering evil. His account of these shattering hours, in which past and present, fate and destiny, converge, is a testament by which to live—an unforgettable fable for our time destined to rank among Dean Koontz’s most enduring works.
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|Title of eBook: Odd Thomas||Series: Odd Thomas, , #1|
|Release Date: 06-29-2007|
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|Publisher: Random House Publishing Group|
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MY NAME IS ODD THOMAS, THOUGH IN THIS AGE WHEN fame is the altar at which most people worship, I am not sure why you should care who I am or that I exist.
I am not a celebrity. I am not the child of a celebrity. I have never been married to, never been abused by, and never provided a kidney for transplantation into any celebrity. Furthermore, I have no desire to be a celebrity.
In fact I am such a nonentity by the standards of our culture that People magazine not only will never feature a piece about me but might also reject my attempts to subscribe to their publication on the grounds that the black-hole gravity of my noncelebrity is powerful enough to suck their entire enterprise into oblivion.
I am twenty years old. To a world-wise adult, I am little more than a child. To any child, however, I'm old enough to be distrusted, to be excluded forever from the magical community of the short and beardless.
Consequently, a demographics expert might conclude that my sole audience is other young men and women currently adrift between their twentieth and twenty-first birthdays.
In truth, I have nothing to say to that narrow audience. In my experience, I don't care about most of the things that other twenty-year-old Americans care about. Except survival, of course.
I lead an unusual life.
By this I do not mean that my life is better than yours. I'm sure that your life is filled with as much happiness, charm, wonder, and abiding fear as anyone could wish. Like me, you are human, after all, and we know what a joy and terror that is.
I mean only that my life is not typical. Peculiar things happen to me that don't happen
Title: Odd Thomas
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I read lots of books. didn't know what to expect.
September 6, 2008
Reviewer: A reader from Southfield, MI US
I read lots of books.
didn't know what to expect.
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Odd Thomas is a good book. It's different than mos
October 8, 2007
Reviewer: A reader from São Paulo, BR
Odd Thomas is a good book. It's different than most books by Dean Koontz, but it's beautifully written - even thought sometimes you feel like the vocabulary used by him can go on forever. It's funny and light sometimes, and absolutely dark in others. I was delighted by the book half way through, and upset at the other half, when the whole thing turned a bit to the self-help direction.
Nevertheless, it's an interesting book, worth reading.
Book Review: Odd Thomas (Odd Thomas #1) by Dean Koontz
March 12, 2013
If you are an avid reader (or maybe even not), the name Dean Koontz is quite familiar to you. There is a reason for that, this man is very talented. The man is great with suspense. I was on the edge of my seat from the first chapter of this book. Mr. Koontz, I am happy to report you have yourself a new fan. So happy I finally started reading your work.
Odd Thomas (real name, not nickname) is about a twenty-year-old guy who lives in a town named Pico Mundo. Odd is actually relatively normal except he can see dead people (an aspect that is totally at odds at what we are use to given the way how movies portray people who see dead people). Thing is, Odd does his best to actually help the dead, not ignore them as though they aren't there, something else I thought was pretty unique. This book starts off with Odd running into a girl named Penny who we find out is a ghost. She can't talk, none of the ghosts can talk. But she shows Odd what happened to her and who killed her. Well psychically speaking she did, even though he isn't a psychic. It was pretty disturbing and gross, but it, surprisingly, it is not the tone of this book.
We find out that Odd is a cook at a burger joint, he has a girlfriend named Stormy Llwellyn (I love that name), and is friends with bunches of people in his small town. He is followed by some dead people, a man (can't remember the name) who was killed in a car accident (well drowned from that terrible accident) who still has weird sense of humor. Odd is also followed by Elvis' ghost, which is actually not as comical as that sounds.
Overtime, Odd is asked by one of his many "followers" who believe he is a psychic (which he isn't). This woman, I believe was named Terri (again can't remember name for sure, I know, it stinks), but nonetheless, she tells Odd about a nightmare she had, so Odd being Odd, he tries to help her. Along the way, Odd learns more about the bodachs. They are these creepy, shadow like creatures who show about when there is potential chaos and/or death. Odd ends up finding the main bodach's, Robert Thomas Robertson's (aka Fungus Man) house. Odd finds bunches of creepy things from this "guy" and knows something big will be coming August 14 (3 days after my birthday, not cool) and it is up to Odd to find out what it is before it is too late.
This was my very first audiobook (that I listened to from beginning to end) and I am happy I finally did. The narrator, David Aaron Baker, was thoroughly entertaining. Really made me smile with the voices he gave the characters. The characters in this books really add a lot to this story and most importantly, they add plenty to Odd's character. The relationship between Odd and Stormy was fresh and fun. Stormy knows all about Odd's abilities ans hasn't ran off screaming and they have a perfect way of understanding each other. I also enjoyed Little Ozzie. He is a 6 fingered, intelligent author who writes detective novels. He definitely helps steer Odd into the right direction for his unofficial investigation.
Now for a little babbling. For me, what is the most unbelievable thing about Odd is the fact that he wasn't a psychopathic serial killer and some nutcase born and bred for the insane asylum. And I am not talking about his abilities, I mean on how he was raised. Odd has THE MOST TERRIBLE PARENTS EVER! Actually you can't even call them parents. More like a sperm and egg donor who decided to conceive the traditional way. His dad is a selfish, arrogant, money hungry pedophile. Will only date girls of appropriate age but look younger and would not spare a dime to his son even if it meant life or death (though Odd wouldn't take it anyway).
Odd's mom might be even worse. She absolutely resents Odd's existence altogether. She said the only reason she didn't have him scrapped out (her words, definitely not mine), was because if she did, she would lose his dad's money. She has even told Odd to his face that she hates him and she tried killing him before and herself. because of him. So this book has made me appreciate my mom even more. Sorry about the tangent about his parents, but I just couldn't believe they were so awful and Odd was so normal and helpful. I mean we don't meet his parents until near the end of the book and I just imagined them to be loving and supportive. I don't think either of them know how to spell the words.
Overall, this book was pretty amazing and I am happy I started a Koontz series especially this one given they will be making a movie out it. Odd Thomas will be played by Anton Yelchin who has been in some great movies and tv shows, so my hopes shall be high. The storyline was well paced for me, not too slow and not too fast. This book was not insanely scary, but had plenty of suspense and gory scenes to keep your attention. The characters, again, are outstanding. The people that surround Odd are truly the ones that help keep him above water and that is what makes Odd a great hero. If you haven't started Koontz, now is the time.
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