I loved this book.....cant wait for number six. They get more intense with each saga.....hope we dont have to wait long for his next adventure
Yes, but be sure and read the other ones first. I don't think this would be a very good story without the back stories.
Not at first. It took a bit to feel engaged.
I love that for me, he IS Odd Thomas.
Yes, after I got an hour into it.
I was happy at the conclusion that we will see more of our friend Odd.
I thought this returned Odd back to the charecter I like so much in the first book. I did not care for Brother Odd at all, but Odd Hours and Odd Apocalypse have me loving the old Odd once again. I would agree that the the series is taking a move fantasy feel to it then the original stories but I like it.
I would not say this was a book thats plot kept you on the edge of your seat, but it did keep me in my driveway waiting for a good place to stop.
I think this is Odd at his best. Fighting for the strange good in stranger circumstances.
I've listened to or read the previous books. I bought this the moment I saw it. That's the power of Dean Koontz's sweet, resilient hero.
But now, five books in, the cloying mythology, the 1950s television mores, the Mysterious Character Who Will Not Answer The Damn Question are tiresome. Koontz has not written a snuggie, he's written a straightjacket.
We get to the point dozens of chapters (and in some cases two books) before Odd Thomas does, and this is effective for a while. Koontz makes us a spectral companion with Odd, as if we were Elvis or Sinatra. Like his ghosts, we cringe when Odd makes mistakes, and when he hasn't quite put two things together, and all we can do is wave our arms since he's deaf to us. It's a classic technique, and Koontz does it very well.
And Odd does not curse. His characters may, but he does not. He is unfailingly polite yet ruthless when required. But his Oddness seems more an affectation, and I imagine Koontz performing the "Odd Character Trait Edit" on the novel to spackle in expected adorableness. This helps turn the last act of every Odd novel into The Ransom of Red Chief. And I admit that by not accepting Odd--kumbaya--for what he is I am on the losing side.
But there is a living character who can answer questions, who does answer questions, but she responds in the unique language of the hack writer: koan and gibberish, all while denying her answers are rhetorical questions. Koontz brilliantly turns this around. Her character pushes Odd to ask more questions, but here Odd is scared--the only time Odd is truly fearful. But this, too, is snuggie into straightjacket.
Set in a cross between the Winchester House and San Simeon, the inanimate objects surprise us more than the characters. Until we reach the heart of the novel, and Koontz opens doors into evergreen evil.
This is the fifth of seven Odd Thomas books, and there are two crossing arcs in this novel. The first is towards the seemingly predictable end of the seventh novel; if there were any more foreshadowing I would need a miner's helmet. The second arc is towards film. This book smirks at the film business in Odd's new companion, and by being set in the Xanadu of a long-forgotten Hollywood mogul. Perhaps Koontz builds these bridges so reviewers can remind reader that the Odd Thomas movie arrives in 2013.
I recommend this book, for all its faults and visible clockwork because Odd is a sweet guy, and I wish him happiness. I just wish he could find it in fewer than seven books.
David Aaron Baker, at 49, plays Odd, aged 20 or so, very well. He captures the sweetness, but also the duty and burden forced on this young man. Baker does women well, but his older men are played from the mouth not the heart--there is no depth in their vocal characterization.
In previous books, Odd actually had a role in the events occuring around him. In this book, he was basically a bystander waiting for the magic to occur and people to tell him what to do. One basic previous rule was that the dead could not speak, but here we invent an entirely new type of shade just so we can tell Odd exactly what to do. He was basically a victim of circumstance. This was just lazy writing.
I love Odd.
Dilemma regarding Stormy
Really love the Odd Thomas books. Hopefully there are more to come.
i have listened to hundreds. oa sits right at the top
david is and always has been a top performer
Long haul commuter. Audiobooks keep me from causing serious physical harm to my fellow commuters. Bless you, Audible!
Dean Koontz once again takes along the journey of Odd Thomas. This book picks up just days after the previous book. If you have not read this series from the beginnning - turn back and start at "Odd Thomas".
The story is strange and seems familiar, though I can't place the plot exactly. We receive only slightly more insight into Odd and his strange companion, Annamaria. More story is apparently in the works as this definately feels like a second (5th) act.
Odd is his usal charming self and the reading of Davis Aaron Baker is pleasing to my ear.
Odd Thomas is one of my favorive characters and I'm always waiting to find out what he's up to. This was book seemed lighter to me and I enjoyed it. Not that I haven't loved the darker ones too!