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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War of the Sons (Supernatural #6)

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Title: War of the Sons

Series: Supernatural #6

Author: David Reed & Rebecca Dessertine

Rating: 2.5 of 5 Stars

Genre: Media tie-in

Pages: 238

 

 

 

Synopsis:

Sam and Dean are played by Abaddon, sent into the past and used to try to wipe out some End Game Strategy God had setup to defeat Satan in the final battle.

 

My Thoughts:

Poorly done and poorly thought out, even for a Supernatural event.  Anyone who reads ANY Biblical text knows Abaddon is a badguy, period. Stupid Winchesters.

A list of bloodlines outlining who the vessels of the angels will be in the last battle is the Big Secret? That is not a strategy, that is a weakness to hide. It is NOT a prophecy that deserves to be in a “War Scroll”. Unless you’re a writer with no ideas to work with.

Then the girl from the past ends up dying alone and old in a rest home? She was a hunter through and through. She wouldn’t have lived to BE old. It was mawkish,  sentimental and shallow.

Not sure how many more of these books there are, but I’m done with them. It just isn’t worth the time to read them.

The Soul Stealer (Rogue Angel #12)

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Title: The Soul Stealer

Series: Rogue Angel #12

Author: Alex Archer

Rating: 2.5 of 5 Stars

Genre: Paranormal

Pages: 284

 

Synopsis:

Annja goes to Siberia[?] with an old friend who is an archeologist. His trademark is that he bicycles to each site. So Annja, Mr Friend and his bodyguard all bicycle in. They get trapped in a small village due to a snowstorm and come across a monster that might be a fallen goddess.

Russian Mafia are involved, as well as forbidden Cold War science and a deranged scientist.

 

My Thoughts:

While I enjoy these books as Action/Adventure books, the Paranormal aspect is so badly done that it really takes away from my enjoyment.

Take this book for example. Annja has a sword that she can pull out of the air, her mentor is 500 years old, she has seen and fought demons and yet she won’t believe in the possibility of a goddess. Won’t, not can’t.

This wicked smart woman simply won’t accept the evidence right in front of her eyes.

And that bugs the heck out of me.

Either go Paranormal or not. Stop going back and forth between hidden science or the supernatural.

And Elijah came near unto all the people, and said, How long go ye limping between the two sides?

– I Kings 18:21

That pretty much sums it up. I’m giving this series another couple of books to smooth this out, but if not, I’ll drop it.

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.

The Unholy Cause (Supernatural #4)

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Title: The Unholy Cause

Series: Supernatural #4

Author: Joe Schreiber

Rating: 3 of 5 Stars

Genre: Media Tie-in

Pages: 231

 

Synopsis:

Sam and Dean head down South and get involved with a demon that is trying to use Judas Iscariot’s Noose for some nefarious plan that will further the Big Plan of Lucifer making Sam his vessel.

Castiel is searching out Judas himself to find out the Truth about God [because talking to the guy who betrayed the Son  of God is SUCH a good idea].

 

My Thoughts:

When it comes to Supernatural, I really have to turn off my Theology’ometer because it is so mixed up and silly. It isn’t serious enough for me to take the time to pick out all the stupid bits.

But there are times when something makes it buzz so loudly that I just have to.

Overall, the book was just a typical Supernatural episode. Sam and Dean ride into town, fight demons and then take off. Castiel is all powerful and still whining about searching for God. And there is a LOT of action. Would have been a good episode.

So, this bugged me in the show, as well as this book. Cas’s ‘search’ for God. They are angels, His messengers and are, according to the Bible, right in God’s Presence. Kripke, the creator of the show, sidesteps all this by making God an absent god. It just pisses me off. And Cas keeps asking the badguys about God for goodness sake.

It was just one of those things that I really can’t overlook, unlike much in the show 🙂

Serpent’s Kiss (Rogue Angel #10)

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Title: Serpent’s Kiss

Series: Rogue Angel #10

Author: Alex Archer

Rating: 3 of 5 Stars

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Pages: 292

 

Synopsis:

Annja finds the remnants of an old shipwreck. It appears to be from a possible Lost Civilization and the descendants of an escapee from there want whatever is on that ship. Because it will lead them to a Lost City filled with treasure.

 

My Thoughts:

Annja has adventures. Runs into a modern day pirate and then into a whole city of inbred bestial savages.

And uncovers an archeologists’  wetdream.

And that really sums up everything.