Saint Odd (Odd Thomas #8) (Final) 5…

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Title: Saint Odd

Series: Odd Thomas

Author: Dean Koontz

Rating: 3 of 5 Stars

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Pages: 352

Format: Kindle Digital Edition

 

Synopsis:

 

Odd returns to PIco Mundo as he knows the cultists from the previous book are going to try to get back at him through his home town. Following a dream where the whole of Pico Mundo is underwater, Odd must stop the cultists from creating some sort of event that will shake the nation even while he knows that it is time for him and Stormy to finally be together forever.

 

My Thoughts:

 

Honestly, this felt weak. I have to admit, I was looking forward to Odd being back in Pico. I was hoping that the characters there would be as engaging as in the first book. I was hoping the badguys would be REALLY bad and that Odd would go out in a blaze of Fry Cook Glory.

It just wasn’t to be. The faithful Pico Mundo’ites were barely sketched in, more like name dropping than anything. Remember that Sheriff guy, a second father to Odd? He’s just a tired, ragged man with a badge. Those people who loved, nurtured and helped Odd? Names, just names.

The cultists were just crazy nutjobs blowing stuff up and trying to set loose a plague.

But my goodness, if you ever wanted to hear about Stormy, over and over and over again, you get that in spades. I get that Odd is a young 20’something and his hormones are as much in charge as his brains, but for goodness sake, give it a rest. Then the whole 2nd life Battle thingy, it felt rushed and forced, just to give a pseudo-happy ending.

For the series overall, I really enjoyed the first book and then one or two in between. But I didn’t really ENJOY this book nor the overall series. I’ll probably re-read Odd Thomas at some point but it will definitely only be the first book. That was gold.

Deeply Odd (Odd Thomas #7)

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Title: Deeply Odd

Series: Odd Thomas

Author: Dean Koontz

Rating: 3 of 5 Stars

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Pages: 352

Format: Kindle

 

Synopsis:

Odd has a vision of a mysterious cowboy burning 3 children alive. To prevent that is the adventure that this book portrays.

Odd meets a variety of people, some really good, some really bad. He also realizes that the supernatural world that he has a limited access to is much wider and has a greater impact on our world than he previously realized.

 

My Thoughts:

Odd Thomas takes on a Satanic Cult.

I haven’t added the horror tag onto this series until now. But this one certainly deserves it. Koontz takes a very broad based Judeo-Christian world view and throws the demons full on onto Odd. Thankfully, unlike Stephen King, Koontz also emphasizes the side of Good, no matter how peculiar they might be. It is made abundantly clear that Odd couldn’t have taken on this adventure, and succeeded, without the help of many other Good people.

I like that.

Several things made me uncomfortable with this read though. I suspect it was Koontz’s intent, but I still want to note them.

The children. Anytime a story revolves around the pain, suffering and possible death of children, it puts me on edge. I do not subscribe to the belief that children are “innocents”. I was a child, once. I remember. I have also seen children through my adult eyes. Anyone who thinks children are innocent has never seen two 5 year olds fight over a toy and then lie like a politician about it when one of them gets hurt and the adults have to intervene. But I am a strong believer that children must be protected until such a time as they can take care of themselves, mentally, physically and emotionally. So it just makes it a hard read when children are the object of a satanic ritual.

Which brings me to the second thing that made me uncomfortable. The satanism and demons. I am a Christian and hence believe that the supernatural world is real. I believe in God. I believe that Satan is a fallen angel and that demons are other fallen angels. I believe that the devil hates God and His creation so much that he’d rather see it destroyed than exist and not be under his, Satan’s, control. I believe that the devil is immensely powerful and can give some of that power to humans to further his own aims. So to just casually write about this subject sets off alarm bells in my head.

Like I said above though, I think Koontz included both those subjects as uncomfortable subjects and not just because it was convenient for the plot. Or maybe it was. Either way, while they made me uncomfortable, I liked the way Koontz handled them.

There is one more book in this series, Saint Odd. While I’m sad that this series will end, as I’m enjoying the whole of it so far, I am glad that Koontz will finish this.  A good story needs an ending and a good author will not allow said story to be the story that never ends and to have it wither on the vine, so to speak.

Odd Apocalypse (Odd Thomas #6)

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Title: Odd Apocalypse

Series: Odd Thomas

Author: Dean Koontz

Rating: 3.5 of 5 Battle Axes

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Pages: 370

Format: Kindle

 

 

Synopsis:

Odd and Annamaria are just hanging out at a billionaire’s mysterious house where things are weird.

Odd meets a ghost who wants him to help her son, sees some sort of human/swine hybrid creatures wandering the grounds and sees the sky turn yellow instead of blue.

Annamaria simply sits in her room and tells Odd to believe in himself.

 

My Thoughts:

As much as I don’t care for Annamaria, she really helps anchor Odd. She gives him a purpose that he can hold onto and a center that he can return to when things are simply beyond his understanding. I still don’t like her though.

While this is touted as book 5, it really is book 6, as Koontz interjected that serial novel Odd Interlude, into the stream of things part way through.

Things get really weird in this book. It seems like reality itself is shifting at random, but only on the estate. Koontz wrote these sequences in such a way that I felt just as confused and disoriented as Odd when these shifts happen. And bad things happen during these shifts as well, so the tension was ratcheted up pretty good.

The whole Tesla and time and copper thing was a means to an end for the story but it didn’t do much for me. I’m not one of those who think that Tesla was some sort of super-genius who got bypassed in history because of politics and business maneuverings.

The ending was a bit more violent than I was expecting, but that isn’t really a bad thing.

Odd Interlude (Odd Thomas #5)

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Title: Odd Interlude

Series: Odd Thomas

Author: Dean Koontz

Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Pages: 289

 

 

Synopsis:

Odd Thomas, on his way to stop something or other, stops into a small town. And for goodness sake, discovers phracking E.T.

And E.T. would rather EAT you than make your stupid bike fly.

 

My Thoughts:

This was loads and loads more enjoyable than the previous book.  Hijackings, crashes, explosions, gun battles. This was Odd Thomas at his quirkiest and his best.

Odd was in fine voice and his asides and whatnot were exactly what I was expecting and hoping for. The parts of the story written by the little girl [well, 12’ish I believe] were pretty good too. It made me laugh when she assumes Odd is “old”, like maybe 30, or EVEN 35. Got to love time.

My only quibble was with how the dna thing worked. I know recently that “dna” is the big thing and “You Too Can Gain Superpowers, by Just Injecting This ‘Stuff’ Into You” is what is presented. I can usually ignore it, but this time it had me rolling my eyes.

So folks, DON’T WORRY! If some bugger sticks you with a syringe full of alien goop, you will simply DIE! You WILL NOT turn into an ALIEN. I hope that sets your minds at ease. I know I’ll sleep better with that very important reminder. Because come on, admit it, doesn’t everyone secretly worry about being turned into a hideous, cannibalistic alien/human hybrid?

 

Odd Hours (Odd Thomas #4)

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Title: Odd Hours

Series: Odd Thomas #4

Author: Dean Koontz

Rating: 3 of 5 Stars

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Pages: 283

 

Synopsis:

Odd meets a pregnant young woman who spouts mysterious drivel while Odd must figure out a blood red ocean dream.

 

My Thoughts:

Every time I go into these books, it always surprises me how short the time frame for the story is. This time was less than 24hrs.

And nukes coming into the country.

Ever since 9-11, this type of story, the very idea itself, scares the crap out of me. So I’m just going to leave it at that.

As for the pregnant girl, she pissed me off. Enigmatic, vague, pointless warnings have a way of doing that to me. Refusing to explain something is a sure fire way to piss me off as well.

Brother Odd (Odd Thomas #3)

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Title: Brother Odd

Series: Odd Thomas #3

Author: Dean Koontz

Rating: 3 of 5 Stars

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Pages: 330

 

Synopsis:

Odd is at a monastery, trying to clear his head after the events in the last 2 books. This monastery is also a home to severely hurt children and when bodachs begin showing up, Odd knows something bad is in the offing.

At the same time, a run in with a creature that is apparently Death AND in our physical world makes Odd question everything he knows about this world and the next.

 

My Thoughts:

This was a bit of an odd duck [no pun intended] as a book. Quantum mechanics mix with the paranormal and make for a very “what is going on” kind of experience.

Odd is still pretty tormented by Stormy’s death and just can’t get over it. That really sets the tone for the book and everything isn’t as light hearted as the previous two. Odd’s commentary is as quirky and quick as ever, but it isn’t the same.

The bone monsters were pretty cool monsters, even if what they actually were and their motives weren’t explained right up until the end.

My only quibble is on a theological note. Odd is at a Monastery with some very devout and very smart people and yet no one debates with him about his little pet theology about the afterlife. Or the fact that he can talk to dead people. It just struck me as odd [there’s that word again!] that this wasn’t brought up, because it would be a MAJOR point of contention with any serious Christian. Of course, I also realize this is a book and Koontz can do as he pleases, but still…

Overall, I enjoyed this even while wondering where it was going to go almost the entire time. Definitely going to keep reading the series.

Forever Odd (Odd Thomas #2)

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Title: Forever Odd

Series: Odd Thomas #2

Author: Dean Koontz

Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Pages: 309

 

Synopsis:

Odd must rescue a young man with brittle bone disease. Said young man’s mother and adopted father were brutally murdered in the kidnapping.

Only, things aren’t quite as they seem and the young man isn’t the final target. Betcha can’t guess who is?

 

My Thoughts:

While the first book involved Odd, it wasn’t ABOUT him. That changes in this book. In a big way.

We also aren’t dealing with run of the mill psycho’s but with a psycho bitch who seems to have some kind of connection to the supernatural.

Odd’s narrative voice is soothing, calm and laid back, even while telling horrific happenings. Who would think that a battle in the sewers could be exciting and yet perfectly calm? Koontz pulls it off seamlessly.

On general principle, I am not an urban fantasy fan or a paranormal fan, but this series is pulling me in. It is hitting all the right “thriller” buttons and I am finding Odd to be a completely likable and sympathetic character.