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Odd Thomas (Odd Thomas Series #1)

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24 out of 29 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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5 out of 6 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2013

    A Waste of Money

    I can't understand why this is so popular. The main character doesn't deserve a continuing series about him. You never care about, or like Odd Thomas. The least interesting Dean Koontz book I've read. Get as an e-book from your library rather than wasting money to purchase.

    3 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 23, 2009

    rather boring

    I found this a bit boring - the story didn't really hold my attention and there were several parts that didn't seem to make sense, i.e. the visit to the home where Odd is "lost" - i didn't get the point.

    1 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2004

    Odd Indeed

    This is the only book by Koontz that I have had to struggle to finish - and the only reason I put forth the effort at all is due to the fact that he is my favorite contemporary author. I was holding out hope for a payoff - it never arrived. Dean, whatever you were thinking when you wrote this one, please, please - think again.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2004

    Dissappointed

    Avid Koontz fan- sad to say this is the worst one ever. It could have been a romance, a ghost story, a stoner's dream.......it wound up being a not much. Read the Christopher Snow novels, Dragon Tears or Strangers and then see what you think of Odd Thomas.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 19, 2011

    Ebook issue

    purchased ebook twice (thought I may have done it wrong first time) and neither copy has show up in my library, what gives?

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2005

    Odd Indeed!!!

    I am just over halfway into finishing this book, and I am determined to finish it¿due to paying my hard-earned money for it. This was probably my second or third Koontz book. The eloquent wording gets in the way of telling the story thus bogging it down severely. The book was extremely wordy--long and drawn-out. I found it hard to believe that a twenty year old fry cook could talk as if he had a Master¿s degree! I also found it hard to believe that the characters, in the mist of violence and death, could then turn around and talk about what type of food they will be eating the next moment. I hope the last 150 pages, that I have left to read, gets better. It has been a struggle to read. If I had gotten it from the library, I would have turned it in unfinished. This will be the last Koontz book that I will read. His books are just not for me. I hope you enjoy it better.

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