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?

 

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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.

Odd Thomas (Odd Thomas #1)

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Title: Odd Thomas

Series: Odd Thomas #1

Author: Dean Koontz

Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Pages: 344

 

Synopsis:

Odd Thomas, a young man who has a gift for seeing ghosties and other supernatural apparitions, must try to stop an unknown deadly event from happening in the small town of Pico Mundo. With help from his soul mate Stormy, his father figure the Police Chief and the ghost of Elvis, Odd must solve the mystery before evil blooms.

 

My Thoughts:

Back in May, I watched the movie Odd Thomas [Review can be found HERE] and really enjoyed it. Enough so that I sought out the books it was based on.

This was definitely a case where whichever medium you were acquainted with Odd first is your preferred. I enjoyed the book, and the movie got the dry, self-deprecating tone down perfectly, but since I already knew what was going to happen, the book didn’t have the same “oomph”.  I liked the movie better, but I can see if I had read the book first I would have liked that better.

For someone who grew up with a complete narcissistic father, a selfish bordering on the insane mother and who can see ghosts and “demons” [bodachs], Odd is pretty grounded. I found the balance he struck between trying to change things and not getting involved to be just what I’d like to think I would have done.

Thoroughly enjoyable read and I’ll be seeking out the later novels to put on my TBR list.

Odd Thomas (Movie)

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This showed up on Netflix, and while I’ve never read the books, it looked interesting.

Normally I’m not a fan of Urban Fantasy. I’ve quit the Dresden Files, the Iron Druid Chronicles and probably some more that didn’t even stick in my mind.

However, I enjoyed this a good bit more than I was expecting. Part of it was that Odd’s supernatural abilities didn’t overwhelm the thriller aspect of the story. Preventing a Small Town USA massacre has so many angles that it makes for a great plot point. And when you shroud even that with dead bodies, mysterious dreams, hell mouths and a veritable swarm of supernatural vultures, well, that is awesome.

I liked the guy who played Odd Thomas. He was humble, down to earth but not afraid to use what he knew. I found the whole ghost twist at the end interesting as well. I suspect most people saw it coming, but I wasn’t paying that much attention so it caught me square on the jaw, but in a good way.

Finally, the thing that made this a 4 star instead of just a 3 was that now I want to go read the books. When a movie pushes me to the source material, that is good. Now maybe if I’d read the books first and saw the movie then I’d be disappointed. But for ONCE I’ve seen the movie before I’ve read the books it was based on. That is a nice change for me.