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Odd Thomas: An Odd Thomas Novel [Kindle Edition]

Dean Koontz
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From Publishers Weekly

Once in a very great while, an author does everything right-as Koontz has in this marvelous novel. Odd Thomas, who narrates, is odd indeed: only 20, he works contentedly as a fry cook in a small fictional California town, despite a talent for writing. The reason for his lack of ambition? A much rarer talent: Odd sees and converses with ghosts, the lingering dead who have yet to pass on, a secret he has kept from nearly everyone but his girlfriend, an eccentric author friend and the local police chief, whom he occasionally helps solve terrible crimes. Odd also has the ability to see bodachs, malevolent spirits that feast on pain and whose presence signifies a likelihood of imminent violence. The proximity of bodachs to a weird-looking stranger in town, whom Odd dubs "Fungus Man," alerts Odd that trouble is brewing; breaking into Fungus Man's house, Odd discovers not only hundreds of bodachs but a shrine to serial killers that helps him deduce that somehow Fungus Man will wreak widespread havoc very soon-so Odd is caught in a classic race against time to deter catastrophe. As with Koontz's best novels, this one features electrifying tension and suspense, plus a few walloping surprises. But Koontz fans know that the author has recently added humor to his arsenal of effects, and this thriller also stands out for its brilliant tightrope walk between the amusing and the macabre; one of the dead with whom Odd interacts frequently, for instance, is Elvis, still pining for his long-dead mother, Gladys. Above all, the story, like most great stories, runs on character-and here Koontz has created a hero whose honest, humble voice will resonate with many. In some recent books, Koontz has tended to overwrite, but not here: the narrative is as simple and clear as a newborn's gaze. This is Koontz working at his pinnacle, providing terrific entertainment that deals seriously with some of the deepest themes of human existence: the nature of evil, the grip of fate and the power of love.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

Adult/High School-Odd Thomas is just that. He works as a fry cook in the fictional California town of Pico Mundo. Should he ever leave that position, he sees a future in selling tires or shoes. What he lacks in ambition, he makes up for with a special gift. He communes with and sees the dead, some of whom enlist his help in avenging their deaths from foul play. His gift is a secret from everyone except his beautiful girlfriend and the Chief of Police, who never questions Odd's tips, advice, or presence at a murder scene. The man sees "bodachs" as well, small, evil creatures, fluid in shape, that feed upon horrific acts of carnage. He is horrified to see hordes of them gathering in his town. He spots a weird looking stranger in whom the bodachs appear very interested, nicknames him Fungus Man, and rightly assumes that he is involved in the impending disaster. Breaking into the man's house, Odd finds a mysterious black room, a shrine to serial killers, and a page from a calendar that tells him the date of the planned event. Now it's a race against time to foil the plot. The rapid pace, eerie circumstances, and bizarre characters will keep readers turning pages. Just when the suspense is almost unbearable, Koontz exhibits his wry sense of humor to break the tension. The last chapters are so powerful and heartrending that they should be read several times.
Katherine Fitch, Rachel Carson Middle School, Fairfax, VA
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5.0 out of 5 stars HE SEES DEAD PEOPLE... July 26 2009
By Lawyeraau TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
With this book, the author introduces one of his more memorable characters, Odd Thomas. Readers of this book will be richly rewarded, as the character is engaging and the story is well-plotted. Odd Thomas is a twenty year old fry cook in a small California town called Pico Mundo. He has an apartment, a job, and a beautiful girlfriend, Stormy Llewellyn. He also has a special gift. He sees the dead. Trust me, according to Odd, Elvis is indeed dead.

When a mysterious stranger arrives in Pico Mundo, Odd knows that something very bad is going to happen in his beloved town. He know this because, whenever evil is about in full force, shades from the netherworld begin to appear in droves. Suddenly, Odd sees these shades wherever he looks, and it does not bode well for Pico Mundo. Odd has only a short window of opportunity in which to avert a cataclysm in his home town. With the aid of his very smart girlfriend, Stormy, he hopes to do just that and right what seems destined to go wrong.

This tale of the battle between good and evil will draw in the reader. Filled with wry humor, compelling characters, genuinely creepy moments, and an interesting plot, this book kept me turning the pages until the very end. It also has an unexpected twist and turn at the end that took me completely by surprise. Those who enjoy paranormal thrillers will definitely enjoy this one and be taken with its main character, hook, line, and sinker.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What an interesting protagonist Odd is! Sept. 19 2008
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Book 1 is my favorite Odd Thomas book, to-date. Awesome story with a memorable character. I thought about Odd long after I put the book down, and it definitely made me want to read more. I started on Forever Odd (book 2) the same evening.

Dean Koontz has created a very interesting character and some witty dialogue and humor. While it might not be as dark as most of his other works, Odd Thomas has an eerie foreshadowing that really works. You have to keep reading to find out what happens.

I must start book 4 soon...

Cheryl Kaye Tardif
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5.0 out of 5 stars My 100-word book review March 24 2007
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Odd Thomas is a different kind of hero. He is a gentle soul, content with his career as a short-order cook, and he can see the dead. Unusually for Dean Koontz, this book is the start of a series, with three novels published so far, and at least one more to come. The first is clearly the best, as far as I am concerned. Odd Thomas the character has a quirky appeal, which makes him difficult not to love, and Odd Thomas the novel has just the right blend of thrills and whimsical humour to make it an instant classic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Odd? Oh yes, and thrilling as well! July 2 2004
Format:Hardcover
His name is Odd Thomas. He works as a fry cook. And he leads an unusual life in Pico Mundo, California. This was my first Dean Koontz, and it is for sure off the beaten path of what I'd normally read. I wasn't so sure at first, yet I loved it! It lifts your spirits, yet it kills you. No perfect ending, and that's what made it all the more easy to say, "It is just a novel", yet in a sense, it is life. And you can sit back and just say, "WOW!!"
Odd sees dead people, but sometimes, he does something about it, and does it well. He is also an excellent fry cook. If you ever happen to be in a restaurant and hear, "Two cows, make 'em cry, give 'em blankets, and mate 'em with pigs," that'll mean 2 hamburgers with onions, bacon and cheese! Hilarious! But along with the humor, you see a humble, yet zealous side of Odd. And, other than his day job, Odd hangs out with the king, Elvis! The chief of police relies on him sometimes. With friends like Little Ozzie, a rather big dude with six fingers on one hand, and a soul mate like Stormy Llewellen, Odd goes through life and does his thing. He feels it is destiny to be with Stormy forever. Little Ozzie is often challenging Odd with quotes, keeping the mind fresh at all times. But, you can't help but feel sorry for the poor cow! (You have to read it to find out!)
But there is something very evil going on. What is Odd Thomas to do to stop it? What is it? What will happen? Odd knows it can't be good, but what it is, he can't be certain. Is it just him, or will something terrible strike the simple little town of Pico Mundo?
This was a heart pounding suspense story about life and love! Very chilling, yet thrilling. BRR! Good chills! I just sometimes wonder why I hesitated to check out Mr. Koontz sooner! Can't wait to read more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, fantastic, fantastic . . . and odd June 20 2004
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
In my opinion, Koontz hasn't written a bad book. Of all of his, THE TAKING is my favorite, with ODD THOMAS coming in second. The others are up for grabs, and as I said, none of them are bad. But this is one truly "odd" book. Odd but great in that it's so different. Odd Thomas is a guy who does not live off his materialistic, narcissistic father's wealth. He is satisfied with a simple life as a fry cook (best in the county), aided by the complete acceptance and unconditional love of the prettiest girl in the county, who, like Odd, believes that copulation for people truly in love takes place only after marriage. Even when she gives in to her feelings, fearing he will die before they can consumate their love, he still holds out for marriage and promises to be there. Well, as you can see, Odd Thomas, even neglecting his unusual gift, indeed lives up to his name in view of present day morals. (Forgot to mention, he talks to dead people and saves folks). Hurrah for Odd Koontz! More writers should use their talents to present heros with good basic morals - maybe that is not such an Odd idea. A great read - pay attention and hang in there for the first 2/3 of the book, then hang onto your hat! I'm usually one for a bestseller like "Da Vinci Code" or "Bark of the Dogwood" but decided to try this one instead, and I'm glad I did!
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4.0 out of 5 stars the humour and a good story kept me engaged
I am not sure if I am hooked on this series yet, but found it entertaining. The 3rd person point of view, the humour and a good story kept me engaged. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Michael
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
The first book, and truly awesome.
Published 8 months ago by Matilda Rivers
4.0 out of 5 stars worth every word.
Finally an interesting take on murder mystery. Loved the characters and it's well written. If your looking for a new take on a fab genre, with humor and lovable people, and lots of... Read more
Published 13 months ago by beechick
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing.....
I am not a Dean Koontz fan to begin with. I have read only one book from him before and that was almost twenty years ago. Read more
Published on Feb. 14 2013 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Must Read!
I'm not always a fan of Dean Koontz novels. I find some can drag along. This book doesn't drag, infact it has fantastic pace. I loved it. Read more
Published on June 10 2011 by J Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Quirky Favourite
This is one of the few books that I could read a second and a third time.
The first time I read it I borrowed from the library. Read more
Published on Jan. 8 2011 by Alex Verkade
5.0 out of 5 stars Odd Thomas
Although I have read many books by Dean Koontz, my absolute favourite (so far) is "Odd Thomas". I would love to see Mr. Koontz write more stories about this character. Read more
Published on Aug. 19 2005
5.0 out of 5 stars This Book ROCKS!!!!
I loved this book, it's great!! I've become such a big fan of Dean Koontz books, I've read them all and I just count the days for the next one... Read more
Published on April 12 2005 by Christy
5.0 out of 5 stars Breathtaking
The style of writing made this book an easy and fast read, but this does not mean that it was a light hearted book. Odd was probably one of the most surprising books I have read. Read more
Published on Nov. 1 2004 by T. Egan
4.0 out of 5 stars Cool book, one of his better works
Dean Koontz did a fine job in this book. It was similar to his Christopher Snow books and his other works, but what can you say? Read more
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