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Odd Thomas (2003)

por Dean Koontz

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Series: Odd Thomas (1)

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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.… (más)
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***Who sucked me in***
Riddle Solved in her 'Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz | Book Opinion' video published on 25 September 2017.

SIDENOTE: I wasn't really ever going to read the stories by Dean Koontz. I thought he was someone who wrote cheesy stories. And maybe he does but Riddle Solved made it sound interesting at least.

And who am I kidding... I like cheesy stories.
  Jonesy_now | Sep 24, 2021 |
About a year ago, a few friends got on the topic of Dean Koontz. I'd mentioned that I'd only read two of his books, [b:Demon Seed|228204|Demon Seed|Dean Koontz|https://d2arxad8u2l0g7.cloudfront.net/books/1287333548s/228204.jpg|1183044], which caught my attention because it had been made into a movie that I wanted to see, but had been too young to at the time. For a 13-year-old, I liked it. The other one? No idea. It left that little mark on me.

But then two of the friends both said essentially the same thing. "If you don't read anything else of his, read the first Odd Thomas book. Don't read the rest, diminishing returns, etc. But that first one is great."

I remained skeptical, but then ran across a cheapy version of the book, so I thought, enh, what the hell.

Glad I didn't spend much.

What is this novel? At first it reads like some weird YA/fairytale hybrid. Then it turns all dark and gritty toward the end. Odd's parents are barely sketched in for the first 80% of the story, then suddenly we have two scenes, one with dad, one with mom, that both feel bolted on. Neither has any true relevance to the story. The scenes with Odd and Stormy are almost diabetic-inducingly sweet...seriously, my teeth ached. These added to the fairy tale aspect.

And just overall, while it tried to present some lovably eccentric characters, I feel like Koontz got too caught up in that--while failing--and forgot there was a story to be told. When he finally got around to the story, it was too complicated and convoluted to hold any interest or viability.

And what's with Odd's narrative voice. It's overly mature and well-read for a 20-year-old, unless he happened to be raised in the town of Dawson's Creek where every teen talked like a philosophy major. But he was presented as overly chivalrous, overly honest, overly simple in want and need, without a fault to his name.

I couldn't reconcile someone being that educated--educated enough to know a lot of wide-ranging and obscure facts--as well as having two self-absorbed and certifiably psychotic parents as role-models--to be that sweet and innocent. It simply didn't work for me.

I'm not saying it was terrible. I'm not saying it was good. I'm saying it was nonsensical and far too saccharine for my tastes.

And it confirmed my decision to stay away from anything else Koontz has written, past, present, or future.

Big fat meh for this one. ( )
  TobinElliott | Sep 3, 2021 |
I remember that he talks to dead people. One of the first times I read that in a book. But I didn't love the story.

Movie not that great either but I heart Anton Yelchin RIP

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  Seayla2020 | Aug 20, 2021 |
“I've since discovered that many human beings need no supernatural mentoring to commit acts of savagery; some people are devils in their own right, their telltale horns having grown inward to facilitate their disguise.”
― Dean Koontz, Odd Thomas


I try to express only my most honest opinion in a spoiler free way. If you feel anything in my review is a spoiler and is not already hidden in spoiler brackets please let me know. Thank you.
Odd Thomas can see and feel the dead, but he can't hear them, as the dead don't talk. After encountering a strange man who also caught the interest of Bodachs (strange shadow spirits, attracted to extreme violence) Odd follows him to see what he is up to and why his instincts are telling him that something is up. Soon Odd is in danger, but not just him, something big is going to happen. More bodachs then he has ever seen is gathering and he knows hes the only one who can stop. Meanwhile he's trying to protect and keep those he loves safe. Including his soulmate Stormy.

This book is a reread for me, and I love it still. I knew a lot of what was coming, but it had also been long enough that I forgot a lot and got to experience it all over again. This book is scary, I found myself looking over my shoulder and biting my nails. It keeps you on the edge of your seat. And boy did it make me cry. I knew what was coming cause it was one of the things I did remember, and yet still I cried, and HARD. I will be continuing this series. I only read the first 3 in this series and this was the only one I remember, so I know that the rest will be like a new experience for me and I'm excited to experience it. I loved Odd, he is so funny but doesn't mean to be, and while he's smart he's also surprisingly lost at times. It's sweet. I've watched the movie and I can say that while the movie is good. This book is still a must read.

How I choose my rating:
1* Did not finish, or hated it but forced myself to finish.
2** Didn't really like it. Didn't hate it but not sure why I finished it other then for some closure.
3*** I liked it. I had some issues with it, but as a whole it was good. I probably won't reread again ever, but there is a chance I might finish the series. (If part of one) But if not it's not a huge loss.
4**** I really liked this book. Maybe not a work of genius, but highly entertaining. I may or may not reread this again, and I will finish the series. (If part of one) I would recommend to those I know hold interest in this books content.
5***** I loved this book. I found little to no issues with it at all. I will definitely be rereading this and probably more than once. I will finish the series and reread it multiple times. (If part of one) I will recommend this book to EVERYONE!!!!
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  starslight86 | Jul 20, 2021 |
It was a simple but fun read. It’s too bad they could not use Elvis in the movie! ( )
  Kgferris | Jul 12, 2021 |
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To the Old Girls: Mary Crowe, Gerda Koontz, Vicky Page, and Jana Prais. We'll get together. We'll nosh. We'll tipple. We'll dish, dish, dish.
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My name is Odd Thomas, though in this age when fame is the altar at which most people worship, I am not sure why you should care who I am or that I exist.
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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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