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Forever Odd: A Novel | [Dean Koontz]

Forever Odd: A Novel

He's the most unlikely hero you'll ever meet, an ordinary guy with a modest job you might never look at twice. But there's so much more to any of us than meets the eye, and that goes triple for Odd Thomas. For Odd lives always between two worlds in the small desert town of Pico Mundo, where the heroic and the harrowing are everyday events. Odd never asked to communicate with the dead, it's something that just happened.
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Publisher's Summary

We're all a little odd beneath the surface.

He's the most unlikely hero you'll ever meet, an ordinary guy with a modest job you might never look at twice. But there's so much more to any of us than meets the eye, and that goes triple for Odd Thomas. For Odd lives always between two worlds in the small desert town of Pico Mundo, where the heroic and the harrowing are everyday events. Odd never asked to communicate with the dead, it's something that just happened. But as the unofficial goodwill ambassador between our world and theirs, he's got a duty to do the right thing. That's the way Odd sees it, and that's why he's won hearts on both sides of the divide between life and death.

A childhood friend of Odd's has disappeared. The worst is feared. But as Odd applies his unique talents to the task of finding the missing person, he discovers something worse than a dead body, encounters an enemy of exceptional cunning, and spirals into a vortex of terror. Once again Odd will stand against our worst fears. Around him will gather new allies and old, some living and some not. For in the battle to come, there can be no innocent bystanders, and every sacrifice can tip the balance between despair and hope. Whether you're meeting Odd Thomas for the first time or he's already an old friend, you'll be led on an unforgettable journey through a world of terror, wonder, and delight, to a revelation that can change your life. And you can have no better guide than Odd Thomas.

©2005 Dean Koontz; (P)2005 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Odd's strange gifts, coupled with his intelligence and self-effacing humor, make him one of the most quietly authoritative characters in recent popular fiction." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Sittingduck Montgomery, AL, US 12-27-05
    Sittingduck Montgomery, AL, US 12-27-05 Member Since 2002

    Sittingduck

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    "Detailed Koontz"

    This book could have used a little more uumph (if you know what I mean).
    I always forget how far Mr. Koontz can go with his descriptions of a scene or a memory or a person or just about anything he gets started on.
    I accidentally put this audio book back a chapter and was throughly reminded of the excessive details Mr. Koontz feels compelled to convey. It became clear how incredibly, mortifyingly long it took for anything to happen in this book. It's a good story but it needs something more thrilling or urgent to compensate for the meandering ultra-descriptions.
    The reader is very good except for his attempt at the voice of the female villan. The voice and inflection he gives her are terrible. She sounds like a stupid, valley-girl, mall-rat, goth attempting an immitation of a smokey-voiced lounge singer. Not to put all of that on the reader, that character is written very poorly too. Just not as intimidating as a villan in her place could have been. She was almost funny, thoroughly irritating, and absolutely not scary.
    Other than that, Odd Thomas is still a unique and interesting character. It was nice to see a little more of his life but it seems like he could have shared a little less description and a little more suspense.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Bill Kailua Kona, HI, United States 09-19-11
    Bill Kailua Kona, HI, United States 09-19-11 Member Since 2009

    The Path Between the Seas to The Great Bridge ~ Kagan's Peloponnesian War to Gaddis' Cold One ~ Mornings on Horseback to a River of Doubt ~ Tom to Huck ~ Lennie to Charley ~ Cadfael to Cross ~ Rhyme to Reacher ~ Blomkvist and Salander to Wallander and Wallander ~ Moving Cheese or Eating Frogs ~ On the Road and Into Thin Air ~ The End of History to A Short History of Everything to ... well ... everything else.

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    "Great narration, disappointing story"

    I enjoyed Odd Thomas (the first of the series) and David Aaron Baker's narration of both novels. But Dean Koontz isn't up to his normal superb story-telling with this tale. Most disappointing is his ending which reminds me of the cop-out we all learn in high school writing class when our hero is trapped beyond escape ... "and then he woke up."

    Koontz can do MUCH better and we, his readers, deserve MUCH better.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    ShawnaLanne Blahville 12-22-05
    ShawnaLanne Blahville 12-22-05 Member Since 2004

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    "Odd"

    It was an enjoyable sequel but I did find myself rolling my eyes throughout it due to a bit too much repetion. Or it could have been that I really hated how the reader read the woman. A man reading a woman as a seductress with a 'hissing' voice can become obnoxious FAST.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Ronald Port Charlotte, FL, USA 01-15-06
    Ronald Port Charlotte, FL, USA 01-15-06
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    "Poor Sequel"

    Odd Thomas is an extremely likable character. He is one of the most harmless people you would ever meet. He is kind, generous, giving, and just an all out nice guy. The events in the first book are exciting, adventurous, and amusing. The endinging is sad and touching. This book does not measure up to the first book in any way. It is a simple chase book with little of the charm of the first book. Odd's odd abilities are almost an afterthought in this book as he tries to foil some one dimensional evil woman whose disregards all reason to her own destruction. I was sad as I was so looking forward to another great Koontz book but this is not worth the listen.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Bradley Verona, NY, USA 02-16-06
    Bradley Verona, NY, USA 02-16-06
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    "A very worthy sequel!"

    "Odd Thomas" was amongst the best stories that Dean Koontz has ever written. The characters are fascinating, the story is quirky, and the plot has enough depth to be something other than just a slasher story.

    "Forever Odd" is a very worthy sequel! This story picks up 16 months after the events in "Odd Thomas", and all of the interesting characters are back. The style of the story telling, the atmosphere painted by Koontz, and the style of plot are all very recognizable from the first book. David Aaron Baker does an amazing job with the all of the characters, but especially with Odd himself.

    This is one of those stories that will have you sitting in the car in the driveway after your drive home, hoping to hear just a little bit more.

    Very very highly recommended!

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Madison, NJ, USA 07-13-08
    Paul Madison, NJ, USA 07-13-08 Member Since 2008
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    "Weak middle"

    I really enjoyed Odd Thomas, but this didn't live up to it.
    I liked the character enough to read Brother Odd and that is a great read. My advise is to skip Forever Odd -- there really isn't anything in the book you need to know to enjoy Brother Odd.

    13 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Jim Dearborn, MI, USA 01-26-06
    Jim Dearborn, MI, USA 01-26-06
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    "Sophomore Curse-Skip it."

    After I finished listening to Forever Odd, I had to go back and listen to Odd Thomas just to see what it was that made me want to listen to Forever Odd. Then I thought maybe I had inadvertently downloaded an abridged version of Forever Odd, without the characteristic convolutions and engaging enigmas of a typical Koontz novel, but it really was just a short, flat, uninteresting book about some really interesting characters. If Koontz revisits Odd in a third book, go straight to that one from Odd Thomas.

    12 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew E. Keene, NH, USA 12-15-05
    Matthew E. Keene, NH, USA 12-15-05
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    "Solitary Odd"

    I really enjoyed the first book principally for the characters and situations. This book has most of the original cast, but Odd is very introspective this time. Very little interaction with the surrounding cast, except for the villains. Still, the story holds together and keeps you interested.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Gail Columbia, SC, USA 12-06-05
    Gail Columbia, SC, USA 12-06-05
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    "Not as good as OddThomas"

    I guess after "Odd Thomas", I had big expectations. A found a lot of the descriptions of Odd's surroundings boring and not quite easy to picture in the mind's eye. I was hoping for the "Bodocks" and other interesting characters that was in "Odd Thomas."

    This is the first Dean Koontz book that I've listened to that I didn't like.

    11 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Bee Keeper OGDEN, UT, United States 03-04-10
    Bee Keeper OGDEN, UT, United States 03-04-10 Member Since 2008

    Original Audible member since before the Amazon buyout, and that is ok with me. I enjoy all things Amazon. Audio books make the day fly by.

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    "It's Odd, but . . . ."

    . . . . first of all I want to say hi to my Audible neighbor Gail! I graduated from El Cajon Valley High a long time ago. Now to the book. Based on other reviews, I did Forever Odd last. Odd Thomas was perfect! Brother and Hours were also very good. But Forever was not engaging, and the reviews are all over the board in support of that opinion. I cannot remember an author throwing so much mundane detail at the reader/listener as in the descriptions of the burned out casino. It came across as fluff or filler . . . trying to get sufficient pages written so as to satisfy the publisher. It certainly didn't satisfy me. Additionally, a few of the exchanges between Odd and villainess Datura are just plain pulp fiction . . . borderline pornographic and not necessary in order to instill our hatred of her. If you are just discovering Odd Thomas, enjoy #s 1, 3 and 4 and leave Forever Odd for last. You will not miss a thing! Odd Thomas is the kind of young man you WISH you actually knew . . . a wonderful character in every sense of the word. David Aaron Baker did his usual stellar job of narration. DK is unique in the genre, but his sophomore offering in this series is just that.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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