I have loved the Odd Thomas books in the past, but this one just bored me. I couldn't finish it. There were just tooooo many asides to the past, to Stormy and to things that had already happened. I didn't think that so much time should have been spent on it, because it left me saying, "get on with it". My other half, however, really liked it, so perhaps I am just impatient.
I believe a reviewer should finish a book before submitting a review. What do you think?
Oh I was hoping Mr Koontz would bring back the magic of our beloved Oddy. Although this book was an improvement on the last two in my opinion, the overall charm and cohesion was still missing a bit.
There is a cult of supernatural (some are) bad guys who have kidnapped a group of young children for reasons that are super creepy, the spirits that Oddy sees, a darling hot rod wealthy granny with lovely charm and plenty of dogs, what's not to like?
This all makes for a pretty good Odd book, however because the earlier ones were so good I can't help feeling this disappointment.
And I can't write this review without a mention of the ever pregnant Annmarie character who once again is dangled in front of the listener without any connection to the story. This one pony trick is wearing; doesn't Mr. Koontz realize that there is no need for this ploy? We are loyal reader/listeners and we do not need the "enigmatic ever pregnant woman" to keep us interested in your books. I have the opposite reaction personally.
So of course I look forward to the next Odd book and perhaps the baby will finally arrive and the annoying Annemarie will fade away into the past. Happy listening!
Sure, I'd love to hear your story....
I've enjoyed this series for a while and was DEEPLY disappointed in the last couple of books. I was afraid I was ready to say goodbye when this one came along. At least I'm not ticked off at using my hard earned credit. The good news is the addition of a great new character ("call me Edie") that almost made the weird presence of the perpetually pregnant Madonna like character less annoying. But not quite. There is more humor, fewer monsters without rules, and frankly, at least this one has a plot. So I'll just keep complaining that I miss the old Odd, and pony up my credit for the next book. And, the narrator is pitch perfect as usual. Glad he had something to work with on this one.
I love books and love to get lost in the fantasy. I'm always looking for a new good story to bury myself in. :)
This was a very good addition to the Odd Thomas series. This story takes place a little while after the last book. Odd, Annamarie and Tim (a boy they rescued from Roseland in Odd Apocalypse) are renting a place. Odd wasn't expecting it but ends up having another eventful day. He starts out planning to go run some errands and ends up meeting an evil trucker. Odd quickly realizes that the bad guy is going to perpetrate some really bad actions against innocents. Odd has to track him and stop him and while doing this, Odd makes another friend (who ends up being a lot of help to him). Odd does his thing and finds out what's going on, what has to be done to stop the badness and he does what needs to be done (even if he feels badly about the actions he must take to stop the bad guys).
There are indications that something bad is headed for Odd's home town and so it looks like the final book with take place there. Annamarie still hasn't had much to do with the stories (being absent for about 95% of the story) so I guess we'll see what she's there for in the next book. I still love Odd's character and was very pleased with this book. I'd recommend this series. :D
Dean Koontz has done it again! I love the Odd Thomas series and Deeply. Odd was exceptionally good. I love the new characters and see the deepening of Odd's understanding of his gifts. I don't want to say more and give away anything about the story itself. This is a must read for Odd Thomas fans!