I really enjoyed listening to this book. I couldn't help but like Odd Thomas. What an interesting character. I listened to this on a long cross country road trip with some friends. This was the favorite book of us all.
Suprisingly, since this is the first Koonzt book I've read...I was from the first few opening lines of narrative, very pleased, the narrator gives the story depth and is in absolute synergy and sympathy with its leading characters, adding believeability and truth to the tale.. This story is both quirky and touching in equal measure, in the most subtle and amusing of ways ... It draws the reader into the midst of Pico Mundo with its wit, plot and surprise .. I am now completely hooked on the Odd Thomas series...
I am a devoted fan to Dean Koontz. I had previously heard raving reviews about this book - so I purchased it. I loved the quirky personality of Odd Thomas; but I was surprised to be waiting for the action/suspense. Which I finally recieved in the end (good ending). This book is great and looks into the observation of everyone's natural weirdness; I just wished for a "little more" throught-out the rest of the book. However, I do plan on reading the sequel (Forever Odd); because I'm a devoted fan to Dean Koontz.
This is one of the good ones. Quirky, funny and even touching at times. Dean Koontz knows how to satisfy his readers. This one leaves one thinking about one's mortality in a good way; neither maudlin nor morose. The voice of the narrator took a bit of getting used to but after a while he seemed to endear himself and seemed to become Odd Thomas, which added to the enjoyment of the audio. If you like Dean Koontz you'll get your money's worth with this one.
This is an excellent and entertaining story. The reader's voice is perfect for this first person narrative. It completely fits the personality that you imagine for this very likable hero. The character development is excellent, regardless of whether they are dead or alive. (tease) This is a savory listen.
Dean Koontz does an outstanding job developing a simply hero in an extremely supernatural world. The story is compelling and worth listening to.
If I tried to describe Odd Thomas as introspective and slow-paced, you might think he is boring or worse, 'literary'. Quite the contrary, he is a gentle caring person surrounded by supernatural acquaintances who illuminate Odd for us as much as they also provide clues to the events that follow. Part mystery but entirely enchanting, I can hardly wait for the next in this series.
Odd Thomas is a very sweet (at times syrupy) book that is more about a young adult trying to find his way in life than anything else. Oddy is an immediately likable character struggling to come to terms with his "gift," of seeing dead people. Although, there are supernatural elements involved there is little if anything scary about the novel and the supernatural elements are secondary to good ole fashioned human motivations.
Early on, Koontz lays out the idea of bodachs (entities that show up to feed on tragic events) but he doesn't go into them and they become little more than literary devices. It was a disappointing turn since the bodachs were extremely compelling entities that could've been used a great deal more.
The relationships that Odd develops with his girlfriend and friends are heartwarming and the scene with his mother is wrenching.
It lacks depth in many places but makes up for it in the sweetness of Odd's character and his care for others. It reads like a quirky crime novel with supernatural elements with all the pluses and minuses that go along with such a category.
Overall, it is a very fun read despite its shortcomings.