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ISBN13: 9780553584493
ISBN10: 0553584499
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"In the past, Koontz has been known more for his plain old scares, but in books like Odd Thomas...he's obviously enjoying creating unconventional characters that are more winsome than extreme or intense. Don't get me wrong, plenty of his characters are not nice at all, and if you're here for the chills then chills you shall have..." David Hannon, Powells.com (read the entire Powells.com review)

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

"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 14.

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.

Review:

"[E]lectrifying tension....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." Publishers Weekly (Starred and Boxed Review)

Review:

"One of the many reasons this novel works is Koontz's talent for creating richly drawn characters. Odd's oddness seems to arise partly from his estrangement from his family. But Koontz doesn't hit the reader over the head with that underlying psychodrama." Boston Globe

Review:

"In a cleaner, less congested style than he usually favors, Mr. Koontz builds an enveloping story....Odd Thomas walks a very thin line between the exploitation of horror and the feel-good religious optimism that transcends the darkness..." Janet Maslin, The New York Times

Review:

"[D]espite the lift he strives for, these pages go by on automatic pilot....With its tender surprise ending, call it It's a Wonderful Sixth Sense, built out of wet pulp and milk." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"[O]ne of Dean Koontz's best novels....Packed with plenty of original surprises...Odd Thomas is a patchwork tale of borrowed and often gruesome parts that sometimes manage to hide the kind and humane heart at their center." Denver Post

Review:

"[A] corker of a new thriller, [Koontz's] best since Intensity....Koontz employs dry, goofy humor, often in daring counterpoint to the story's spikes in tension and horror." Booklist

Review:

"There's some fun horror in this book...and Odd Thomas, like Koontz's writing, is likable enough....But Odd Thomas is not up to Koontz's best....[It's] empty calories, sugar spun into a meaningless shell of horror-movie cliches..." San Jose Mercury News

Review:

"Koontz has once again set in motion a compelling combination of character and circumstance, tempered with his special brand of dark humor." Library Journal

Review:

"The rapid pace, eerie circumstances, and bizarre characters will keep readers turning pages....The last chapters are so powerful and heartrending that they should be read several times." School Library Journal

Synopsis:

In this New York Times bestseller, Koontz delivers a haunting tale of love and terror, suspense and self discovery. Odd Thomas is an unassuming young man — a gallant sentinel at the crossroads of life and death who serves as the reluctant confidant of the dead.

About the Author

Dean Koontz is the author of many #1 New York Times bestsellers. He lives with his wife, Gerda, and their dog, Trixie, in southern California.

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JERRY D RIEDEL, August 4, 2012 (view all comments by JERRY D RIEDEL)
I am rereading this book in preparation for Dean Koontz' fifth novel in this series (books 7 & 8 are to follow). I don't remember anything about the book from my first read. It's like I'm reading it for the first time... I am enjoying it. Of course I bought the book at Powells back in December, 2003.
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C Richard Monson, January 1, 2010 (view all comments by C Richard Monson)
"Odd Thomas" is a very quirky, unique and endearing story of a young man who wants nothing more out of life than to be the best fry cook at the Pico Mundo Grill and to spend many happy moments with his exceptional girlfriend, Stormy. But a higher power has chosen him to be a great deal more. He has been given an extraordinary ability to see some of those who have exited this life - to even communicate with them after a fashion, since they never actually speak.

However, with this ability comes a dark side. He can see shadowy forms which converge where violence is about to occur. He feels very inadequate to try to put a stop to the event, once he has managed to decipher what it will be; nonetheless, he feels it is his duty, as any decent, upstanding fry cook ought to feel.

"Odd Thomas" is a story that will amuse, terrify and touch your heart. The characters are wonderful and real. But be forewarned, a supply of tissue nearby is mandatory!
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bthompson12603, June 10, 2008 (view all comments by bthompson12603)
I loved this book, it kept moving and kept me interested. But I always love Dean Koontz..he has a way of keeping you interested from the beginning. I can't wait to read the rest of this series...Odd is a character that you just want to read more about...very interesting.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780553584493
Author:
Koontz, Dean
Publisher:
Bantam Books
Author:
Koontz, Dean R.
Author:
Dean Koontz
Subject:
Suspense
Subject:
Young men
Subject:
Deserts
Subject:
Horror fiction
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Popular Fiction-Suspense
Copyright:
Edition Number:
Reprint ed.
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Publication Date:
October 26, 2004
Binding:
MASS MARKET
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
496
Dimensions:
6.92x4.28x1.07 in. .55 lbs.

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Product details 496 pages Bantam Books - English 9780553584493 Reviews:
"Review A Day" by , "In the past, Koontz has been known more for his plain old scares, but in books like Odd Thomas...he's obviously enjoying creating unconventional characters that are more winsome than extreme or intense. Don't get me wrong, plenty of his characters are not nice at all, and if you're here for the chills then chills you shall have..." (read the entire Powells.com review)
"Review" by , "[E]lectrifying tension....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."
"Review" by , "One of the many reasons this novel works is Koontz's talent for creating richly drawn characters. Odd's oddness seems to arise partly from his estrangement from his family. But Koontz doesn't hit the reader over the head with that underlying psychodrama."
"Review" by , "In a cleaner, less congested style than he usually favors, Mr. Koontz builds an enveloping story....Odd Thomas walks a very thin line between the exploitation of horror and the feel-good religious optimism that transcends the darkness..."
"Review" by , "[D]espite the lift he strives for, these pages go by on automatic pilot....With its tender surprise ending, call it It's a Wonderful Sixth Sense, built out of wet pulp and milk."
"Review" by , "[O]ne of Dean Koontz's best novels....Packed with plenty of original surprises...Odd Thomas is a patchwork tale of borrowed and often gruesome parts that sometimes manage to hide the kind and humane heart at their center."
"Review" by , "[A] corker of a new thriller, [Koontz's] best since Intensity....Koontz employs dry, goofy humor, often in daring counterpoint to the story's spikes in tension and horror."
"Review" by , "There's some fun horror in this book...and Odd Thomas, like Koontz's writing, is likable enough....But Odd Thomas is not up to Koontz's best....[It's] empty calories, sugar spun into a meaningless shell of horror-movie cliches..."
"Review" by , "Koontz has once again set in motion a compelling combination of character and circumstance, tempered with his special brand of dark humor."
"Review" by , "The rapid pace, eerie circumstances, and bizarre characters will keep readers turning pages....The last chapters are so powerful and heartrending that they should be read several times."
"Synopsis" by , In this New York Times bestseller, Koontz delivers a haunting tale of love and terror, suspense and self discovery. Odd Thomas is an unassuming young man — a gallant sentinel at the crossroads of life and death who serves as the reluctant confidant of the dead.
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