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Odd Hours: An Odd Thomas Novel by [Koontz, Dean]
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“Koontz’s most likable creation.”—The New York Times
 
“Koontz forges the kind of sweeping melodrama complete with screwball laughs, nail-biting moments, and surprises that is the bedrock of American narrative fiction.”—Booklist
 
“One of the most remarkable and appealing characters in current fiction . . . a page-turning account . . . beautifully written . . . another literary home run.”—The Virginian-Pilot
 
“Takes off at breakneck speed . . . a superb story from one of our contemporary masters.”—San Antonio Express-News

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BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Dean Koontz's The City.
 
Only a handful of fictional characters are recognized by first name alone. Dean Koontz’s Odd Thomas is one such literary hero, who has come alive in readers’ imaginations as he explores the greatest mysteries of this world and the next with his inimitable wit, heart, and quiet gallantry. Now Koontz follows Odd as he is drawn onward, to a destiny he cannot imagine. Haunted by dreams of an all-encompassing red tide, Odd is pulled inexorably to the sea, to a small California coastal town where nothing is as it seems.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3560 KB
  • Print Length: 370 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam (May 20 2008)
  • Sold by: Random House Canada, Incorp.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000YJ67A4
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #70,399 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By lawyeraau TOP 500 REVIEWER on July 30 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
While I loved the first book involving the character Odd Thomas, I confess that I did not love this one, which is the fourth in the series of books featuring this character. Although the book offers some new, likable characters and is filled with screwball humor, the book itself falls flat. This is probably due to the plot, which somehow just does not make the cut. In fact, the entire book seems to drag, which is always a bad sign.

The book is also in need of a good editor, as there are some minor inconsistencies. The plot also seems unfocused and less than compelling. While some of the characters are intriguing, they are never fleshed out and pass out of sight as quickly as they are introduced. Moreover, one of the main characters, Annamaria, for whom Odd seems to risk all, is so one dimensional that it makes the reader wonder why he would risk anything at all on her behalf. I am a big fan of the author, but this is definitely not one of his best.
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I was so looking forward to another Odd Thomas book, he is my favorit character of all time. I didn't like the beginning. Koontz jumped right in and it didn't feel right. I never in my life read so many different ways to discribe fog or anything else. The story is on the side of boring. This book is writen in a between format which gives me hope that the next one will be fill with answers about Annamaria, the dogs and the Happy monster.

I have one advice for Koontz, take your time, we will wait for you. Odd is a good character.
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I really enjoyed this new direction for Odd Thomas. His evolution to a more hardened individual is a natural progression considering all he has been through in the first three books. He has become more cynical which makes him a very human character. I love that Koontz has seen fit to evolve Odd.

The introduction of the new character Annamaria is also bizarre and left me wanting to know more. I really hope the series continues as I havn't begun to tire of Odd and now I'm equally as facinated by Annamaria. There is a romanticism to the Odd Thomas books. I can see the affection that Koontz has for this character more in this novel than past.

It is a deviation from the previous books. To me it is a welcome one. Odd becomes more complex and this story points the series in a new however familiar direction.

Visit my other reviews for more Koontz hits and misses.
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This is not the typical Odd Tomas book, there are few ghosts, almost none who need help from Odd, none of the Charaters from the previous books make appearances. And even Odd himself is different, he is still pragmatic, stange and opptimistic but there is something that is darker about him now; somthing that makes him more real--a disillusionment I suppose.
The book is more based on prophecy and destiny than any of the previous books. This book introduces a stange pregnant woman who seems to know something and yet is also completely in the dark. Mystery surrounds Odd now.
So, yes this book is different from previous Odd Tomas books but I am curious to see where this path will go.
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Odd Thomas is a thriller novel by American writer Dean Koontz, published in 2003; but just recently discovered by me, I loved it and bought the entire series. I haven't been a big fan of Koontz; but this book has changed my mind and I can't wait to read the next one.
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Odd Thomas is an immediately likeable character and, regardless of his supernatural abilities, his circumstances are always such that you can relate to them, in terms of how you would react if you were somehow stuck in the same situation. More than once I found myself smiling wide at the pages of this book, reading a quirky description of a bad guy, or a quick-witted comment of the title character. This book may not meet the expectations of all critics, but for the vast majority of readers, it will satisfy and entertain. I can't wait to see how the author continues the saga. There are a few loose ends, which will inevitably lead to more installments in the series.
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I love the Odd Thomas series & this one did not disappoint. Dean Koontz writes his characters with heart & soul so he pulls you right into the story. Love his work!!!
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By Heather Pearson TOP 500 REVIEWER on Aug. 20 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is the fourth book in the journals of Odd Thomas. He was on his way back to Pico Mundo from the monestary where he was staying during the events of Brother Odd, went he felt a pull that directed him to the coastel town of Magic Beach. He is working as a chef for retired actor Lawrence 'Hutch' Hitchison. One night he feels compelled to walk along the boardwalk. From that moment on Odd's actions and very life take a turn to the mystic. He feels that this has to do with the reason he was called to Magic Beach.

Right from that first moment on the boardwalk I knew that I had to keep turning pages, that I wasn't going to be allowed to put this book down. The character of Odd was perfectly in keeping with his actions and thoughts in the earlier three books/events. There is something about him that I just can't help but love. It's sort of a protective mother like feeling, but not quite. The following passage spoken by Odd is one that endeared him further to me:

But my heart tells me that the gift was given to be used, imperfect or not, and that if I deny it, I will wither away in despair and will earn no life after this one, no reunion with my lost girl.
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