There's room at the inn. But you might not get out.
Nestled on a lonely stretch along the Pacific coast, quaint roadside outpost Harmony Corner offers everything a weary traveler needs - a cozy diner, a handy service station, a cluster of motel rooms...and the Harmony family homestead presiding over it all. But when Odd Thomas and company stop to spend the night, they discover that there’s more to this secluded haven than meets the eye - and that between life and death, there is something more frightening than either.
©2013 Dean Koontz (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
"Supernatural thrills with a side of laughs." (The Denver Post)
"Koontz gives [Odd Thomas] wit, good humor, a familiarity with the dark side of humanity - and moral outrage." (USA Today)
"[Odd Thomas is] one of the most remarkable and appealing characters in current fiction." (The Virginian-Pilot)
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Mr. Koontz, thank you for bringing back the childlike flavor of a favorite character, Odd Thomas. Your last few books have sadly been a bit of a disappointment, but this one rings true to character once again. Odd's side kicks, JoLeigh and Ed are delightful and interesting.
Unfortunately the enigmatic pregnant woman is here and remains an annoying mystery.
But overall the story held my interest; I enjoyed the book.
I am an avid listener. I listen between 75-100 hours per month on my iPhone: 60% fiction to 40% non-fiction.
Odd Interlude was released after Odd Apocalypse by six months. However, Odd Interlude takes place one day after Odd Hours ends and before Odd Apocalypse begins. For listening fans, this may be a little confusing at first if you’ve already listened to Odd Apocalypse because the timing is inconsistent with the character story arc. I went back and verified that the release dates were indeed out of sequence. No matter, Odd Interlude is a great story. One of the pleasant parts of this novel is the addition of a two kindred spirits: JoLeigh and Ed. I won’t spill the beans on who they are and the roles they play in the story; but, I will comment that Koontz does a nice job in allowing them to fold effortlessly into this tale.
I really like the narration of David Aaron Baker. He has been the voice of Odd since the very beginning and his performance is excellent. He does a great job differentiating characters and imbuing them the emotion of the story.
If you are a fan of the series, you will like the story. Although this story does not rely on the supernatural as much as the others, it is a fun listen and I believe is much more filled with humor than the darker Odd Apocalypse. If you are not a series reader, you can read this novel first. It will leave a lot of open questions and spoil the first Odd Thomas novel and Odd Hours, but that will be the extent of the spoiling.
I continue to be a fan of the series. I hope to continue to see Oddy pick up some friends. I give a big thumbs up recommendation.
I focus on fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, science, history, politics and read a lot. I try to review everything I read.
Tantalizingly this new entry in the Odd Thomas series touches on some of the same locations and story elements of the Moonlight Bay series (Fear Nothing & Seize the Night). It makes one wonder if the Odd and Chris stories will collide and have Chris Snow and Odd Thomas meet in the long promised and long awaited final volume of the Moonlight Bay series. Odd Interlude was previously published as a three part novella and is set between Odd Hours and Odd Apocalypse, so if you haven’t read Odd Apocalypse, read Interlude first (but it doesn't matter much). Odd Interlude is indeed an interlude, short and sweet. The characters are nice, the narration is superb, and the story is limited, but enjoyable. In such a short novel there is not enough time for the development of relationships important to any good Koontz book. Annamaria appears here but is not a major character – leaving her unexplained does not bother me at all (it seems to bother some). This story does not have time for any twists or turns so the story is a rather linear progression. Odd Interlude is a quick and pleasant, but not one of Kootz’s best. It is still good Odd.
Love all mysteries!
I like all the Odd Thomas books by Dean Koontz. It is just crazy enough to be enjoyable.
Love Odd. He is a guy who is "just a fry cook" who continues to get involved in the most crazy situations.
I have not listened to David before but will be on the look out for him. He made the book come to life.
I think the name is perfect.
I liked it because it was a quick read. I prefer audio editions because I use them when I take a driving trip.
Nothing comes to mind
I have always like DAB's voice it is perfect for the Odd character, however this time I had a great deal of trouble hearing Anna Marie because he did the voice so softly.
The little girl. I think Dean Koontz nailed the 12 year old attitude to a "T"
Sure, I'd love to hear your story....
I'll admit being disappointed with the last book in this series (Odd Apocolypse), but this one hit a more familiar note. It doesn't have the wonderful humor of the previous additions, but it does introduce us to a new character that you couldn't help but love. What can I say - - I'm a sucker for a plucky kid.
Trying not to give too much away in a review (I just hate when people do that!), returning to a less eerie and more towards a science fiction-y premise serves the series well.
Last bit - - can we just get on with the mystery permanently-pregnant-teen-age-earth-mother character already?
Even as a "short story" I was captured in this story and loved Odd Thomas all the more. I have strayed away from Odd over years and have not read any of his books since book 4 so now I am catching back up. I started with this one. I LOVED IT and I am so happy to be back in Odd's world! At first I was not so sure that Narrator David Baker was the voice for Odd but after listening for awhile, he is def the voice the Odd! Now on to book 5! PS I LOVE ED in this book!!!!!!!
Im some guy in Oshkosh, WI that walks to work and has found the joy of listening to good books and values good narrators :).
I like this series. The narrator sounds naive and hopeful like I think Odd probably would be. He has the perfect voice for Odd. But I liked this story as much as I disliked it. Heres my thing. I love books that explore the wonder of our world. The good and the bad its magical properties and gives a different perspective with which to view our world. And up to now the wonder has been things that are wonderful about "us" . Odd is human who has special powers. He's one of us. If is power is ever explained please let it be something marvelous about humanity that caused it. In this book we find this huge sphere and secret government facility that started out kinda cool. Was it something created by the earth? or maybe old druids or priests using long forgotten powers they got by eating overripe pineapples or something? no! Turns out (probably isn't a need for a spoiler alert you already guessed it) its from ALIENS. Oh and guess what? Their EVIL too? Or at least the evil scientist that was doing evil experiments with the alien DNA did evil things with the alien power.
Its the same sort of thing I found annoying about the last Indiana Jones move "The Crystal Skull". Lets imply that all the wonder and magic we feel is caused other worldly entities. I mean the Earth is boring right!? Were not good enough to possible generate that sort of whimsey or beauty without having some external force that give our lives meaning and clarity.
And I like sci-fi man bring it on. But leave it in a scifi book or one of his other many supernatural books. While I don't hate the book I was just disappointed that Aliens had to be introduced. It just feels lazy. Why is energy causing my skin to tingle and fall ouff? Oh that? Dont worry about it its an Alien thing no need for explanation or further thought.
"Should Have Been A Short Story"
This is a special Odd Thomas story set between books 4 and 5 in the series. I loved the first Odd Thomas book and have enjoyed the successive books in the series. However, Odd Interlude was a bit of a drag. At over 6 hours it could have been trimmed down quite a bit. The dialogue and descriptions seemed to go on forever and by about two-thirds of the way through I was just wanting the story to end. Koontz's quirky humour can be a bit wearing - at times (such as when Odd meets the truck driver) it can be spot on at other times it can be a bit grating. There's also the usual (if somewhat predictable) elements to a Koontz story - outcast/damaged lead characters, dogs, quirky humour along with some issues he's visited in the past such as Artificial Intelligence, aliens, mad scientists, secret government projects, too much government monitoring etc. If you are a big fan of the Odd Thomas series then give it a go. If you're just a casual Koontz fan then I'd say give it a miss.
"Really enjoyable listen"
Wish I'd have started with number one, however nothing lost. Great story and quite amusing character. Made me smile a few times. Well worth a listen.
"Short but exciting"
Good work mr koontz. Good combination of wit and action as usuall. Cant wait for more odd adventures......wonder when the film will get released?
I love all the Odd Thomas books, well written and well read. Dean Koontz is one of my favorite authors.
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