Maybe he has a gift, maybe it's a curse, Odd has never been sure, but he tries to do his best by the silent souls who seek him out. Sometimes they want justice, and Odd's otherworldly tips to Pico Mundo's sympathetic police chief, Wyatt Porter, can solve a crime. Occasionally they can prevent one. But this time it's different.
A mysterious man comes to town with a voracious appetite, a filing cabinet stuffed with information on the world's worst killers, and a pack of hyena-like shades following him wherever he goes. Who the man is and what he wants, not even Odd's deceased informants can tell him. His most ominous clue is a page ripped from a day-by-day calendar for August 15.
Today is August 14.
In less than twenty-four hours, Pico Mundo will awaken to a day of catastrophe. As evil coils under the searing desert sun, Odd travels through the shifting prisms of his world, struggling to avert a looming cataclysm with the aid of his soul mate and an unlikely community of allies that includes the King of Rock 'n' Roll. His account of two shattering days when past and present, fate and destiny converge is the stuff of our worst nightmares, and a testament by which to live: sanely if not safely, with courage, humor, and a full heart that even in the darkness must persevere.
©2003 Dean Koontz; (P)2003 Random House, Inc., Random House Audio, A Division Of Random House, Inc.
"Once in a very great while, an author does everything right, as Koontz has in this marvelous novel....This is Koontz working at his pinnacle." (Publishers Weekly)
"A curious mixture of whimsy, gentle humor, and horror...It is the casual weirdness on display here, rife with bodachs and other signs of a Vonnegut-style fancifulness, that gives Odd Thomas its principal appeal." (The New York Times)
"This quirky and touching story of a 20-year-old short order cook with paranormal abilities is spun with stylistic grace by Dean Koontz, and read in an innocent, unaffected style by David Aaron Baker." (AudioFile)
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.
An excellent read, Dean Koontz does a great job with being specific but not so much that you get lost with what is happening. It is so easy to like Odd.
Ok - So first of all ... you should know I normally hate Dean Koontz's books. (I love the episode of Family Guy when Peter thinks he has just accidentally hit Stephen King with his car and he freaks out - until he realizes it isn't Stephen King but is really Dean Koontz - then he backs up and hits him again). Boil it down to say I am not a Koontz fan - but this was a fairly good book - especially when I consider who wrote it!
The narrarator, David Baker, has a great, easy to listen to voice. I listen to a lot of audio books and sometimes it is very annoying when the narrator tries to use lots of different voices for the characters. It usually seems overly dramatic and campish. (The guy that reads the Christopher Paolini books literally makes me cringe and roll my eyes every time he does the voices for the dragons!) But David Baker does a great job.
If you like "unscary" stories about the supernatural then you will really like this book. It is very tame - little fear factor in this one. It does have some cool ideas about ghosts and the afterlife.
I always get the unabridged versions of audio books but if I had to do it over again I might see if there was an abridged version of this one. Koontz's use of alliteration and excesive detail gets to be annoying. It kills me how he can spend an entire chapter on montonous details that have no bearing on the story but then as the book nears the end it's like he is sick of writing and tries to wind it all up too quickly.
All in all if you are set on listening to a Dean Koontz book this one is probably his best.... and the narration is good - so it has that going for it.
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