Odd Thomas was a thoroughly enjoyable and engrossing book. Never realized Dean Koontz had such a great sense of humor. Listened to every word while dr..Show More »iving across the desert. Reader David Aaron Baker was fantastic. He became Odd Thomas, and as I totally suspended my disbelief, Odd Thomas became real.
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-..Show More »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.
I am an avid Dean Koontz reader & fan. So of course I have already read the first & second “Odd” books. I liked them & considered them to be entertain..Show More »ing though I was not necessarily a big “Odd” fan.
BUT!...This 3rd book in the series was absolutely wonderful. There are several passages that are nothing less than poetic prose; not sappy or gratuitous but enchanting. Odd was much more genuine & witty in his humor & in his observations. Though very good at figuring out where things are going, the last few chapters strayed from the assumed path & captured my complete attention to the immediate written word. During this time I was not thinking ahead to what, more than likely, was going to happen.
This book is more about the humanity of people than the inhumanity of Dean Koontz’s monsters. He has transcended his “formula” & expanded his range. For this I am very grateful. I can not wait to see more of this from him.
To put it simply....Brother Odd Thomas & Dean Koontz’s writing made me feel really, really good! Lighter in heart & spirit as well.
Disappointing. Odd doesn't have his usual reliable sidekick to elicit his quirky personality. The heroine adds little to the story. She is absent duri..Show More »ng most of Odd's journey and she responds to questions with answers such as, "What will be, will be." I found her more irritating than mysterious. Also, rather than outwitting his nemeses, Odd, though exhibiting remorse, escapes peril by killing them off. This is a departure from the Odd of the Monastery. One can only suppose that the writer resorted to surmounting quests in such fashion to meet a publishing deadline or perhaps to offer a substandard tidbit to satisfy those of us who greedily demanded more Odd, now rather than later. With questions left unanswered, this undoubtedly is a pre-quel to the next Odd iteration.
The Odd series, (pun intended) is a departure from writer, Dean Koontz, normal suspense thrillers and shows off more of his humor and wit, while exp..Show More »loring the dark side of humanity, in these supernatural horror stories. Odd Apocalypse is book five in a seven part series but I believe can be read and enjoyed without having read the previous books. For those who have read the other books, Odd Thomas, the familiar humble fry cook with his strange ability to see the dead, is back. I thought this latest rendition in the series, which goes a little darker than the previous books, is better than ???Odd Hours,??? which reached number one on the New York Times best sellers list. The narrator, David Aaron Baker, gives another stellar performance. I am definitely an Odd fan, (no pun intended).
Odd Thomas is back for the sixth time in what is supposed to be a seven part series; and the end seams near. “Deeply Odd” begins with Odd and..Show More » Annamaria together in a small cottage along the California coastline; but Odd must leave to follow his instincts. Soon after leaving the small cottage he runs into a physcopathic, rhinestone wearing, cowboy truck driver that immediately tries to kill him. During the struggle Odd has a vision of this man committing a horrible act. Odd gets away from the man but then must track him down to try and stop his vision from coming true. Along the way he meets a very interesting elderly woman, Edie, that helps him on his journey. There is also a cameo appearance from Alfred Hitchcock again. As is with all of the Odd series, this is a disturbing look into the darker side of humanity and Odd will be pushed into becoming something he does not want to become, a killer; but he must kill in order to protect the innocent. Odd is changing and like many I miss the Odd in previous books but also realize characters do change. The end is coming as Odd’s path seems to be headed back to Pico Mundo and a reunion with Stormy Llewellyn, and with a few twists and hints of a parallel universe the ending should be epic. I would not recommend this book if you have not listened/read the previous ones as there are references to the past as the series winds down. A word about David Aaron Baker; I have read a few of the Odd books and found with David doing the narration just reading this story falls short of the experience the audio version offers. Mr., Koontz obviously is a gifted writer but David Aaron Baker is Odd; no pun intended.
We have walked the path with Odd Thomas for quite some time. In the first book in Pico Mundo he loses his Stormy, the love of his life, and we meet B..Show More »odocks. Next, evil in an old Hotel then on to defeating a corrupt genius in a monastery. We move to Magic Beach where he meets Ana-Marie an enigma in her own right and a nice addition to the story. On to bring down a house of horrors and everlasting life, on to cults and Edie Fisher (another great character) and finally leading us to his last adventure. Throughout his walk, we have laughed at his wit and turn of phrase, enjoyed his humility and his adventures. Through his friends we can feel for him and through his enemies we admire him. I would like to think that Koontz wanted us to see a little of ourselves in Odd and perhaps for us all to have something to aspire to.
I very much enjoyed the series, if you peel back some of the supernatural facade, Koontz presents us with a cohesive theme and plot line throughout. This is a thoroughly uplifting series about love, humility, respect, determination, and love. I applaud Koontz for bringing the series to closure, so many authors let series linger. During the entire series, Baker has been a great voice of Odd Thomas. The first book was made into a movie and although true to the novel, I like the novel much better.
These books will appeal to everyone of all ages that have a bent for the supernatural. I challenge those who are not so taken with the genre to give the first one a read because the characterization off Odd is so worth the journey. I loved in the last novel all of the loose ends are tied and we understand things. I can't give this series a higher recommendation. Read this series and you might get hooked on other Koontz’s novels. Another one of my favorites is Innocent. Please start with novel one and give them a go.
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 disap..Show More »pointment, 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.