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Odd Thomas (Odd Thomas Series #1)

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18 out of 23 people found this review helpful.

A Loveable Hero, Odd Thomas

My son gave me this book and I almost didn't read it, because I had heard Dean Koontz is much like Stephen King and I'm not really a big Stephen King fan. (King is the rare writer where I find the movie adaptations of his novels far better than the books) Anyway, I'm gl...
My son gave me this book and I almost didn't read it, because I had heard Dean Koontz is much like Stephen King and I'm not really a big Stephen King fan. (King is the rare writer where I find the movie adaptations of his novels far better than the books) Anyway, I'm glad I did get to this one. Odd Thomas is such a loveable likeable and unlikely hero. Simple and with a strong sense of humility, he nevertheless possesses the un-asked-for ability to see dead people. And yes, he may have very well borrowed the idea from the Sixth Sense, but his character is so well developed, it is easy to overlook. This story has something for everyone. It is a story of the paranormal, a story of suspense, a comedy, a tragedy, and a love story all wrapped up in one nice package. Interestingly, when reading the few negative reviews, the people mostly mentioned that they felt the book was far too wordy and provided much too much detail. That is exactly why I don't care for Stephen King's books, but this to me seemed much more tame. All the possibly unnecessary conversations Odd Thomas has with his friends and acquaintennces serve to demonstrate Odd Thomas' wonderful heart and strong character. Which makes you feel that much more sad for him at the end. My only complaint with this story is that he seems to make some real jumps in assumption to figure out who the culprit is, and I had a tough time buying the reasoning for the slaughter. What would possess anyone to do such things? No past history of abuse? No plot to gain some kind of riches? Still, it was a good read. And since I didn't know until just now, I am pleasantly surprised to find out this is part of a series. I'll have to pick up the next one.

posted by JustMyTwoCents on June 30, 2009

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4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

CD/unabridged/Fiction: This novel is not really a thriller or a

CD/unabridged/Fiction: This novel is not really a thriller or a horror novel. It is more of a Life Expectancy (which was really good), but only for a YA audience.
It is the day in the life of Odd. A young fry cook who sees dead people. He keeps his life simple wit...
CD/unabridged/Fiction: This novel is not really a thriller or a horror novel. It is more of a Life Expectancy (which was really good), but only for a YA audience.
It is the day in the life of Odd. A young fry cook who sees dead people. He keeps his life simple with a small apartment and a caring girlfriend, Stormy. With the exception of Stormy, few people know of Odd's seeing dead people secret, and those who do only know parts, but not all. Then comes the day "fungus man" comes in to Odd's diner. Fungus man eats as if there is no tomorrow. And there just may not be, for Odd goes in search of fungus man's secrets.
The narration of the book was done well by David Aaron Baker. The narration is done in first person, so you have the voice and feel of Odd. However, there are a lot of descriptions that go on forever. Since I was listening, I didn't have the choice to read it faster or skip over it. There are two points in the book that surprise you where you do a double-take. I understand why so many people like it. It is a story of an ordinary man with extraordinary talents that he wants to keep low-key. There is a certain amount of love story in it too. I do recommend it and am making my teen read the hardback.

posted by bravewarrior on June 2, 2012

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  • Posted July 12, 2013

    poor choice

    Don't waste your money. Sorry that I did.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2013

    Not my kind of book !!

    Just could not get into it.After about 60 pages I had had it. I think maybe you have to like gosts and goblins.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2012

    Not a page turner

    First, let me say that I am a thrill novel enthusiast, so perhaps that is why this book didnt really keep my interest. It was long and too drawn out with details that never mattered or culminated into an action of some kind.

    Wouldnt recommend. Boring, in my opinion.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2008

    Hated it!

    You either love it or hate it. I hated it. Toooooooooo wordy. A LOT of unnecessary dialog. Took away from the story. I found myself speed reading just to get through it. Reviews convinced me to give Koontz a 2nd try. My 2nd Koontz novel - is now my last.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2008

    Short Story

    This is a very short story which Koontz has turned into a 400 page novel by going on and on and on and on and on and on and on about things which have nothing to do with the story

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2005

    Am I only one??

    A friend recommended this book to me and said it the best thing she'd read in a long time. I have to disagree. Koontz goes into way too much detail about EVERYTHING!!! I think the plot is good but was poorly written. I'm sorry i have to disagree with everyone when I say that I did not like this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2004

    odd thomas ; nothing but total eye wash

    i vow never to take my good time to read such over the top discriptions of people and events that have little or nothing to do with the story. total eye wash.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2004

    couldn't finish

    i got half way through this story and just could not make myself finish it. I have read all of Dean Koontz' books, and this story just falls flat to me. I suppose one day i will finish, and then i may come back and revise my review, but as of now I really see no reason to.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2005

    Terry, someone who feels the same as Rose

    Unlike Rose, I finished the book, but I had to force myself. I've read most if not all of Koontz's books. This was the worst.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2004

    SKIP THIS ONE

    I am a Dean Koontz fan, but this book left me cold. The plot was ridiculous and the ending crashed and burned. I liked the main characters.....and they deserved a much better story in which to star. A big disappointment.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2004

    DO NOT READ THIS ONE

    I couldn't have been more bored if I tried. Koontz needs to stop describing everyhing in such great detail......it does not always enhance the story. In a nutshell.....it was boring.

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