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Odd Thomas (2003)

de Dean Koontz

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"The dead don't talk. I don't know why". But they do try to communicate, with a short-order cook in a small desert town serving as their reluctant confidant. Odd Thomas thinks of himself as an ordinary guy, if possessed of a certain measure of talent at the Pico Mundo Grill and rapturously in love with the most beautiful girl in the world, Stormy Llewellyn. 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 14th. 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.… (mais)
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I like Dean Koontz but I am not a big fan. I don't know if the stories seem too generic or the characters are too standard in my view, but he gets me about 60% of the way there most times. I have actually put down a few of his books after about 50 pages because I simply lost interest. I know that he is wildly popular so obviously others don't share this view. Odd Thomas, both the novel and the character, were different for me though. The idea of someone being able to see and interact with ghosts is hardly original with Koontz. This territory was tread in Sixth Sense and taken farther and darker in Kealan Patrick Burke's Turtle Boy series, among many others. I think it is what Odd Thomas, the character, brings to this story that makes it stand out. He carries in him a sadness, a fatalism, combined with a self-deprecation and appreciation of his own weaknesses that made him and this story stand out to me---and make me want to read more in the series. He is also funny as hell, which I definitely did not expect. The whole narrative is told by Odd Thomas himself (who has no confidence in himself as a proper or even reliable narrator) in a quirky and meandering fashion that invites us not to take anything seriously even when as the story gets darker and creepier. I found myself genuinely creeped out several times and that is a really good thing. 5 Stars. ( )
  ChrisMcCaffrey | Apr 6, 2021 |
This is the first Dean Koontz book I've ever read. I've always thought of him as a horror writer, and I don't like horror. But the paranormal aspect of this book was something that I am ok with. It wasn't the paranormal that was the most horrifying part of this story. Humans can be really, really screwed up.

I found some things to be repetitive -- how Odd's "psychic magnetism" works, the fact that a poltergeist once broke his stereo -- but, for the most part, I found it to be very well-written and engaging. I really enjoyed the whole book, but was truly taken by surprise at the ending, though I suppose I shouldn't have been, given Odd's "gift." ( )
  ssperson | Apr 3, 2021 |
Spoiler alert! I talk about the ending in the last paragraph

Soooo I have mixed feelings about this book which is making it really hard to pick a rating. I was leaning towards 4 stars, then 3 stars, then 3.5.

First of all let me say I love how quirky and eclectic this book was. Odd is a weirdo and I have a soft spot for weirdos. I loved the quirky yet dark narration and the overall storyline was actually pretty interesting.

Second, I didn't really care for the up and down storyline. I thought it was going to be over several times and the climaxes were slightly misleading sometimes.

Lastly, I would have given it 4 stars maybe even 5 if it ended happily. They had matching birthmarks for gosh sakes! ( )
  Alli_Kelsey | Jan 4, 2021 |
I enjoyed listening to this novel. I found the paranormal aspects interesting - instead of scary - I think due to the narrator's interpretation (very matter-of-fact). The mystery was engaging - what is happening in this small town where ghosts and bodochs travel freely? In some regards it felt like a classic Dick Francis, where the main character lands in the middle of trouble and needs to solve the mystery to get out.

I think that this book suggests a very interesting character - but it wasn't until 3/4 into the book that we learn more of Odd Thomas's backstory. As a result, the fact that Odd Thomas has so many friends and allies in town seemed completely unmotivated. The parent characters were the stuff of nightmares and I would have been interested in that story,

This book had promise that failed to fully deliver. I won't be reading others in the series. ( )
  sbecon | Jan 4, 2021 |
Listened to the audiobook with my husband. Was sad with the ending which will remain a secret so as not to spoil it. ( )
  JRlibrary | Dec 29, 2020 |
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"The dead don't talk. I don't know why". But they do try to communicate, with a short-order cook in a small desert town serving as their reluctant confidant. Odd Thomas thinks of himself as an ordinary guy, if possessed of a certain measure of talent at the Pico Mundo Grill and rapturously in love with the most beautiful girl in the world, Stormy Llewellyn. 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 14th. 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.

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