Kacey, January 4, 2015 (view all comments by Kacey)
I think this is the first time ever I've liked the movie better than the book. I did watch the movie first and I absolutely fell in love with it, so that might have something to do with it. Doesn't matter if it's the book or movie, the story is just fantastic! As usual the book allows you to become more intimate with the characters, learn more of their backstories, etc. I rather liked the life-is-perfect Stormy from the movie than the Stormy from the book that made my heart sad. Still, Odd Thomas is an great story and I cannot wait to read what Odd does next!
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.
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!
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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mellymel1222, April 8, 2008 (view all comments by mellymel1222)
It's hard to say ANYTHING at all bad about Dean Koontz, ESPECIALLY after reading this book!!
A shy down to earth fry cook with the power to see the dead!! This is the ULTIMATE "I see dead people" thriller!!
You MUST read the entire series and you too will fall in love with an Odd little story and the man who bears his name.
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"Review A Day"
by David Hannon, Powells.com,
"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)
by Publishers Weekly (Starred and Boxed 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."
by Boston Globe,
"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."
by Janet Maslin, The New York Times,
"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..."
by Kirkus Reviews,
"[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."
by Denver Post,
"[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."
"[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."
by San Jose Mercury News,
"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..."
by Library Journal,
"Koontz has once again set in motion a compelling combination of character and circumstance, tempered with his special brand of dark humor."
by School Library Journal,
"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."
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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