The first Odd Thomas book was fun. The second was okay and i don't even remember the third. I'm sad that I even spent money on this one. My sister warned me not to. I have always enjoyed Koontz's book although the plot and character formula rarely waver, but found Odd Thomas and the wry turn of phrase he uses fun at first. This book is awful. Terrible. There is absolutely no rhyme or reason for anything. There is no plot. Just a ton of weirdness. Odd gets tedious after just a few minutes and stays that way. Gracious, I hate to denigrade a writer's work, but come on Mr. Koontz - fans of your works know you to be leagues better than this!
First, this book is excellent. Its a great read that will make you laugh & think, like most Dean Koontz books, all while wrapping you up in the suspense and mystery of the story. This book isnt particularly scary (most Koontz books arnt these days), but its got enough to keep it in the horror genre. The best thing in my opinion is that Koontz is beginning to tie at least some of his other stories into the Odd Thomas universe - maybe I'm alone in this but the first 2 minutes of the book made my eyes bulge with the implications.
Something interesting though, it seems to me that Dean Koontz and Stephen King are having a political battle through there most recent novels. If you've read SK's "Duma Key" you know that there are parts of that book that exist only to insult roughly half the country (it adds nothing to the story, though if not for that I'd say it would have been one of the greatest horror novels of all time). The same sort of thing happens in this book, and again its very obvious and shoddy, like it was thrown in at the last minute, perhaps just to counter King's attacks. Koontz has always expressed his own philosophy and morality but always in a general fashion even when it touched on politics (no names), until now that is. Personally I think this is terrible on the part of both authors, people dont buy their fiction to be berated for their beliefs and you shouldnt subject them to derision after they paid money for entertainment. King is more guilty of this than Koontz as his attacks are personal and more numerous but thats no excuse to stoop to the level he's dropped to. I'm an independent, and "Duma Key" enraged me at points, "Odd Hours" just made me uncomfortable at 1-2 points. DK needs to stick to philosophy and morality as it fits into the story - if these two authors want to duke it out let them debate each other in the non-fiction section.
Not if you are not drawn to over repetive material.
No, I prefer to recommend books with more substance. This series has lost its ability to charm.
Baker is a pro, he seems to be Mr. Thomas no complaints.
No better books to spend hours on.
I find that Dean Koontz is trying to preach in this series and since this is very out of character for him, it gets old after the first book.
"You used to be all right, what happened?" I used to read Dean Koontz all the time but I just can't get through anything he writes anymore. It's either so implausible with no build up to let your mind suspend reality or it's just dull. This one was just dull.
I wouldn' recommend to anybody.
Story line itself. Just very boring.
Didn't have a favorite scene.
The story itself.
I am a huge Koontz fan and had read the first three "Odd Thomas" books and was looking forward to this one. I was, unfortunately, disappointed in it. It didn't have nearly as much "meat" to it as the previous three and, in my opinion, the storyline drags. That being said, it will in no way keep me from reading the next in the line if we are given that chance in the future.
This is my least favorite novel by Dean Koontz. I usually cannot wait until I get back to one of his books. This one, I couldn't wait to get through. It was just silly and very unbelievable. The main character was inane. I was surprised and expected more from him. (Dean Koontz)
I was so glad to see odd back again. I don't regret purchasing this book since I really enjoy both the main character and the narrator-but it is not as interesting as the first books.
I had to write in praise of the narrator. His voice characterization of the protagonist, Odd Thomas, is always spot-on, but his other characters really shone in this recording, particularly the quirky Birdie and Blossom, and especially the elderly retired actor Hutch, who was just delightful. The voice of the menacing small-town sheriff was perfect as well. It was hard to believe all those voices came out of the same narrator! It made me feel sorry for those who read this book in print and missed out on the fun. The only sour note was the voice of Reverend Moran, who seemed to be channeling Father Mulcahy from MASH at the end. Otherwise, a marvelous performance. The book is a roller-coaster ride that leaves the story unfinished--I can't wait to find out what comes next.