House of Odd (Odd Thomas Graphic Novel Series #3)

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Could there really be such a thing as hell on earth? Odd only knows.
 
#1 New York Times bestselling maestro of macabre suspense Dean Koontz plunges everyone’s favorite spirit-spotting fry cook into his most frightening encounter yet, in the thrill-packed third Odd Thomas graphic novel.
 
Transforming a ramshackle mansion into a dream house has become a nightmare ...

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Overview

Could there really be such a thing as hell on earth? Odd only knows.
 
#1 New York Times bestselling maestro of macabre suspense Dean Koontz plunges everyone’s favorite spirit-spotting fry cook into his most frightening encounter yet, in the thrill-packed third Odd Thomas graphic novel.
 
Transforming a ramshackle mansion into a dream house has become a nightmare for onetime Hollywood producer Nedra Nolan, whose newly purchased fixer-upper in Pico Mundo has sent a string of spooked contractors scurrying off the job, claiming the place is haunted. Who’s she gonna call? Her friend recommends Odd Thomas, the mild-mannered young man with a gift for communing with ghosts who won’t rest in peace. With his soul mate and sidekick, Stormy Llewellyn, in tow, Odd agrees to investigate the eerie incidents. But his spirit-seeking style is cramped by the obnoxious TV ghost hunters Nedra hires to flush out the troublesome phantoms with elaborate gadgets.
 
As night falls and a raging storm traps them all in the mazelike manse, Odd tries in vain to scare up some lost souls. But instead, something more terrifying than any apparition—something with flesh, blood, and teeth—makes its sinister presence known. And with nowhere to hide, Odd and his fellow hunters suddenly become the prey.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345525451
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/20/2012
  • Series: Odd Thomas Graphic Novel Series , #3
  • Edition description: Graphic Novel
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 91,036
  • Product dimensions: 4.90 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Dean Koontz, the author of many #1 New York Times bestsellers, lives in Southern California with his wife, Gerda, their golden retriever, Anna, and the enduring spirit of their golden, Trixie.

Biography

He is one of the most recognized, read, and loved suspense writers of the 20th century. His imagination is a veritable factory of nightmares, conjuring twisted tales of psychological complexity. He even has a fan in Stephen King. For decades, Dean Koontz's name has been synonymous with terror, and his novels never fail to quicken the pulse and set hearts pounding.

Koontz has a lifelong love of writing that led him to spend much of his free time as an adult furiously cultivating his style and voice. However, it was only after his wife Gerda made him an offer he couldn't refuse while he was teaching English at a high school outside of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, that he had a real opportunity to make a living with his avocation. Gerda agreed to support Dean for five years, during which time he could try to get his writing career off the ground. Little did she know that by the end of that five years she would be leaving her own job to handle the financial end of her husband's massively successful writing career.

Koontz first burst into the literary world with 1970's Beastchild, a science fiction novel that appealed to genre fans with its descriptions of aliens and otherworldly wars but also mined deeper themes of friendship and the breakdown of communication. Although it is not usually ranked among his classics, Beastchild provided the first inkling of Koontz's talent for populating even the most fantastical tale with fully human characters. Even at his goriest or most terrifying, he always allows room for redemption.

This complexity is what makes Koontz's work so popular with readers. He has a true gift for tempering horror with humanity, grotesqueries with lyricism. He also has a knack for genre-hopping, inventing Hitchcockian romantic mysteries, crime dramas, supernatural thrillers, science fiction, and psychological suspense with equal deftness and imagination. Perhaps The Times (London) puts it best: "Dean Koontz is not just a master of our darkest dreams, but also a literary juggler."

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Shortly after graduating from college, Koontz took a job with the Appalachian Poverty Program where he would tutor and counsel underprivileged kids. However, after finding out that the last person who held his job had been beaten up and hospitalized by some of these kids, Koontz was more motivated than ever to get his writing career going.

When Koontz was a senior in college, he won the Atlantic Monthly fiction competition.

Koontz and Kevin Anderson's novel Frankenstein: The Prodigal Son was slotted to become a television series produced by Martin Scorsese. However, when the pilot failed to sell, the USA Network aired it as a TV movie in 2004. By that time Koontz had removed his name from the project.

Some fun and fascinating outtakes from our interview with Koontz:

"My wife, Gerda, and I took seven years of private ballroom dancing lessons, twice a week, ninety minutes each time. After we had gotten good at everything from swing to the foxtrot, we not only stopped taking lessons, but also stopped going dancing. Learning had been great fun; but for both of us, going out for an evening of dancing proved far less exhilarating than the learning. We both have a low boredom threshold. Now we dance at a wedding or other celebration perhaps once a year, and we're creaky."

"On my desk is a photograph given to me by my mother after Gerda and I were engaged to be married. It shows 23 children at a birthday party. It is neither my party nor Gerda's. I am three years old, going on four. Gerda is three. In that crowd of kids, we are sitting directly across a table from each other. I'm grinning, as if I already know she's my destiny, and Gerda has a serious expression, as if she's worried that I might be her destiny. We never met again until I was a senior in high school and she was a junior. We've been trying to make up for that lost time ever since.

"Gerda and I worked so much for the first two decades of our marriage that we never took a real vacation until our twentieth wedding anniversary. Then we went on a cruise, booking a first-class suite, sparing no expense. For more than half the cruise, the ship was caught in a hurricane. The open decks were closed because waves would have washed passengers overboard. About 90% of the passengers spent day after day in their cabins, projectile vomiting. We discovered that neither of us gets seasick. We had the showrooms, the casino, and the buffets virtually to ourselves. Because the crew had no one to serve, our service was exemplary. The ship dared not try to put into the scheduled ports; it was safer on the open sea. The big windows of the main bar presented a spectacular view of massive waves and lightning strikes that stabbed the sea by the score. Very romantic. We had a grand time.

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    1. Also Known As:
      David Axton, Brian Coffey, K.R. Dwyer, Deanna Dwyer, John Hill, Leigh Nichols, Anthony North, Richard Paige, Owen West, Aaron Wolfe
    2. Hometown:
      Newport Beach, California
    1. Date of Birth:
      July 9, 1945
    2. Place of Birth:
      Everett, Pennsylvania
    1. Education:
      B.S. (major in English), Shippensburg University, 1966
    2. Website:

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2012

    Disappointing

    I've been a huge Koontz fan from way back, but this graphic novel did nothing for me. Odd has been one of two of my favorite characters that hes done multiple books about. This is a pre-original Odd Thomas story, and had little of the Odd I've come to love. Maybe because I'm not a graphic novel reader, it added to my disappointment. It was extremely short for the cost, and I read the entire thing in under an hour. I miss the witty banter of Odd, and throwing Elvis in felt like a gimmick throw in rather than the important character he's been in other Odd books. Wished I'd waited for the nivel coming out down the road. Koontz has been exploring different spiritual journeys over his writing, but this one dropped the ball entirely.

    28 out of 34 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 20, 2012

    I have not read this newest Odd Thomas offering, but that is not

    I have not read this newest Odd Thomas offering, but that is not likely to happen as long as Mr. Koontz continues with the graphic novel format. Perhaps we could strike a happy medium and encourage the younger generation with the "graphic novel" (looks like a high class comic book to me.) and present the same story in a non-graphic novel for those of us who would rather use our own imagination to envision the characters and scenes so well portrayed and written by Dean Koontz. I LOVE the Odd Thomas character, but stubbornly despise the graphic novel format.

    24 out of 44 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2012

    Great addition to the history of Odd Thomas in a graphic novel format...

    First off: This is a comic book. Many people seem to be unable to search out this clear fact before ordering and carry some weird bias against the medium. The story is on the short side when compared to a standard novel, but as a graphic novel it's a long read.

    This takes Odd outside of his normal setting and removes him from his talents. There are no ghosts here. The only one that makes an appearance is Elvis and he is restricted from approaching the house Odd is in. There's a decent blend of humor and horror that fits with the rest of the Odd Thomas stories. Don't bother with it if you're blindly prejudiced against graphic novels though or under the misguided belief that graphic novels are automatically somehow less than prose.

    22 out of 26 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 22, 2012

    Beware!! It's a COMIC BOOK!

    I was so excited to see another "ODD" book released that I didn't do my due diligence and read ALL the fine print. I NEVER would have paid for a silly comic book format. Like another reviewer stated, it's readable in under 1 hour and I wouldn't have knowingly ever paid money for that! SAVE your money and WAIT for his next real novel in this series coming out later this summer. D.Koontz...many of your readers are not happy about this. Please take note.

    22 out of 32 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2012

    Shouldn't have been in a hurry

    In my excitement at seeing another installment in the Odd series, I quickly hit the buy button and had my afternoon planned. When I opened this book I realized I'd just wasted money on a comic book. I understand there is a fan base for graphic novels, but I prefer to read the story and use my imagination. The comic format, to me, is confusing and I'm very disappointed in myself for so hastily hitting that buy button.

    19 out of 30 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2012

    Stop saying you are a fan if you dont know which books are which!

    Anyone who is a real odd thomas fan knows that this is not the next installment in the book series. Real odd fans know that odd apocalypse comes out in july. Stop the bashing and do your research.

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2012

    Not interested

    One star for his effort.....and because it won't accept no stars ...a sure sign a book is a dud is when they give a one page sample...

    Comic books have always appealed .more to young readers..as in the 7 to 16 age group.....with exceptions of course to die hard fans and collectors....

    But to ask the average reader of the Odd series to now become adjusted to a comic book arrangement just strikes me as "odd" but not in the thomas variety odd....

    It also makes me wonder if in fact koontz is even writing this series anymore...or if he has any of the sci fi juices to get him from one book to another....

    I have always said that when one ages....everything basically becomes dulled...maybe we should remember the series for the entertainment value it gave us and may odd finally rest in peace...

    Koontz is so out of touch with his fan readership...he doesn't even have a website for reader comments...tells me he a. Doesn't give a hoot...or b. Cannot take constructive criticism....either way....he don't want to know what his readers think...

    Somebody...it could have been me once said...."if you want to be good at something...you gotta stay hungry" apparently koontz has a well stocked pantry....

    Miss Lala

    8 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2012

    DONT WASTE YOUR MONEY!!! I JUST DID!! RIP--OFF!!!!

    If you are looking for a COMIC BOOK, buy it because that's what it is.
    I WANT A REFUND KOONTZ!!!!!

    7 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2012

    Amazed!!!

    I am shocked and amazed at how many Odd Thomas (so called) fans were not aware this is a graphic novel! A true fan would know and realize this is his third GN on the character and that it doesn't follow the novels. I look forward to reading it and adding it to my collection (both on my Nook and in print). Koontz has created a very lovable, eclectic character and know I will enjoy the story, regardless of its format! Please keep 'em coming!!!

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 4, 2012

    If I could give this a negative star rating, I would. My fault

    If I could give this a negative star rating, I would. My fault for clicking "buy" without reading the comments. I had NO IDEA this was a comic. I just wasted $10+ and I am not even going to read it, it is horrible. I saw Odd Thomas and thought it was Koontz' new book. In the future, I will definitely read the comments! B&N should have made it more clear though that this was not a book. Wish I could get my $$ back!!

    6 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 4, 2012

    more from this reviewer

    First off - it does indicate that it is a graphic novel. And fo

    First off - it does indicate that it is a graphic novel. And for those of you who have read the books (not graphic novels) should have realized something was wrong when Stormy was mentioned in the description since she died early on in the series. As a graphic novel (comic book) it was a good read. The art work is fantastic and so is the story line -- in true Dean Koontz and vintage ghost stories. The book was well written and thought out, the plot and characters were defined well and it wasn't as predictable as I thought it was going to be. Good book!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2012

    Wasted my money on a damn comic book.

    Wasted my money on a damn comic book.

    5 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2012

    Waste of My Time

    This is truly the worse "book" I have ever purchased. It was a poorly conceived Sunday newspaper cartoon. I look forward to the Odd series and was terribly let down.

    5 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 28, 2012

    was ok

    I love Dean Koontz and I'm still keeping this book ...I'm just not a big fan of comic books and this book was written that way...just wasn't for me

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2012

    Comic?

    I got ripped off thinking this was a real novel. Didn't see anywhere where it said comic when i preordered. Not happy!

    4 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2012

    Dissapointed

    Like so many others l thought this was a new odd thomas book and I wasted my money. They really should put (graphic novel) by the title.

    3 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2013

    Favorite character

    ODD is a favorite character. I did not find this to be the best of the series but still enjoyable reading. I think Dean Koontz may be tired of trying to come up with new situations for ODD but I implore him to keep trying.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2013

    Nothing less than expected

    The excellent team that brought us the other Odd Thomas magnas doesn't fail to deliver in this quirky tail of a haunted house which is also a story critical of big tv ghost hunters.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2013

    Idk

    Idk y u are saying it is a nad book it is a good book espically because it is a comic book but im am only tqtong five stAr!!!!!!!!!

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2012

    Don't Bother

    It's a comic book and a waste of money if you're looking for a Dean Koontz novel. And it's a pretty stupid story, to boot.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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