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Odd Thomas: An Odd Thomas Novel [Kindle Edition]

Dean Koontz
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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.
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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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1668 KB
  • Print Length: 466 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam (June 29 2007)
  • Sold by: Random House Canada, Incorp.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000T8F50S
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (167 customer reviews)
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4.0 out of 5 stars worth every word. July 1 2014
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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 exciting twists and turns, this is the book for you.
I'm looking forward to reading the rest of them.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing..... Feb. 14 2013
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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. I decided to give him another try since the character of Odd Thomas sounded intriguing and I was looking for something to read.

The book started out ok but quickly went nowhere. There was so much unnecessary exposition here that I found myself skimming through full chapters. By about the halfway point I was in full blown skim-mode and just wanted to get to the end to confirm what I already knew was going to be the 'surprise' ending.

I may try another Koontz novel. It won't be another Odd Thomas novel though.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A most odd yet interesting protagonist Dec 24 2003
Odd Thomas lives up to his first name; he is a 20 year old short-order cook with the ability to see the ghosts of the dead and the shadowy faceless spirits he calls "bodachs," who gravitate toward scenes of horrific violence and evil. Odd is a very likable guy whose ideal future rests with his girlfriend and soulmate Stormy Llewellyn and with a career in tires or footware. Aware that his sixth sense is a burden that sets him apart and makes him appear otherworldly to others, he knows that he has received this gift for a reason. He feels a responsibility to make sense of the ghosts he encounters and to thwart the violence that the bodachs portend. When he spots a large congregation of bodachs converging on his home town of Pico Mundo, he has a premonition of great disaster. He hones in on a villainous and twisted "Fungus Man" who he senses will most likely cause the violence. He must now discover the time and place where the bloodshed will occur. He races against the clock to prevent a tragic outcome. Narrated by Odd, this story is at times gory, at times inspirational, at times funny, and at times bittersweet.
Koontz is still a master at interweaving scenes of horror with humorous dialog and action. The ghost of Elvis materializes at incongruous moments. There is an exploding cow to add comic relief. The author portrays many humorous and colorful characters including Odd's oversized six-fingered mentor Little Ozzie and his landlady Rosalia who fears she will become invisible. As the author's writing career has progressed, his books have adopted more and more of an undertone of spirituality and religious optimism. His latest effort expands on this trend as he juxtaposes satanism and the paranormal with an uplifting message.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beyond apt description of the unexplained Dec 22 2003
I truly enjoyed this book. Once I received it and read the first 2 chapters, I realized I'd have to wait for a day or two where I could read it uninterrupted through to the last page.
Odd Thomas is the kind of character that an author creates which just vibrates to life and make a reader feel like she knows someone just like this. So complicated they have to simply their lives to deal with the exceptional, so ordered that they come apart at the seams when the extraordinary goes beyond paranormal, and so wise that the most basic lost harms them deeply.
I just enjoyed the way he told the story. He could have summed it up in about 10 chapters if his story telling didn't push me to wonder about the details he didn't tell me up front.
I enjoy suspense crafted at a high pace. This was a page turner to be enjoyed.
Hopefully without telling you the things which surprised me, you will just run out and get the book when you have the time to read it straight through. His assessment of death and what lies beyond it had a few familiar themes but what he mixed it with was refreshingly new.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dean Koontz Continues to be THE Master Dec 20 2003
More often than not, when the name "Dean Koontz" comes up in conversation with people who are on the downside of middle age, they will profess an unfamiliarity with his recent work. They will list DARKFALL, LIGHTNING, PHANTOMS or any one of a dozen or so Koontz titles among their favorite novels, but at some point --- for whatever reason --- they fell off after that. This is more than unfortunate; for Koontz, at a time when his contemporaries choose to retread, remake and remodel past glories, is doing some of the most mature, intriguing and innovative work of his career.
ODD THOMAS is the latest exhibit offered as proof of that proposition. The title is the name of the novel's narrator and protagonist; first name "Odd," last name "Thomas," how do you do. Thomas is a resident of the tiny municipality of Pico Mundo in Southern California. He is simple, as that term is applied to his life, or perhaps the term underachiever would be more appropriate. Or then again, not. Thomas is employed as a short order diner cook and is an expert in such matters. His plans for the future consist of moving on to tire sales, or perhaps selling shoes, when he grows weary of facing the griddle.
But what Thomas does is not what he is. Thomas can see the dead, the spirits who are restless for one reason or another. And he can also see bodachs. Bodachs are creatures --- something more and less than spirits --- that are drawn to the scene of unusual death and disaster. And Thomas, as he prepares the simple orders at the Pico Mundo equivalent of Waffle House, sees bodachs flocking around a particular customer, a stranger who appears to be the focal point of some unnamed, unknown disaster that will strike Pico Mundo within 24 hours.
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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 HE SEES DEAD PEOPLE...
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... Read more
Published on July 26 2009 by Lawyeraau
5.0 out of 5 stars What an interesting protagonist Odd is!
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... Read more
Published on Sept. 19 2008 by Cheryl Tardif
5.0 out of 5 stars My 100-word book review
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. Read more
Published on March 24 2007 by A. J. Cull
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
Published on Sept. 1 2004
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
Published on Sept. 1 2004
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