In Odd We Trust (Graphic Novel) [NOOK Book]

Overview

"Meet a young man named Odd . . . who helps the dead get even."

From the infinite imagination of #1 New York Times bestselling author Dean Koontz comes the suspenseful graphic-novel debut of a natural-born hero with a supernatural twist.

Odd Thomas is a regular nineteen-year-old with an unusual gift: the ability to see the lingering spirits of the dead. To Odd, it's not such a big deal. And most folks in sleepy Pico Mundo, California, are ...
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Overview

"Meet a young man named Odd . . . who helps the dead get even."

From the infinite imagination of #1 New York Times bestselling author Dean Koontz comes the suspenseful graphic-novel debut of a natural-born hero with a supernatural twist.

Odd Thomas is a regular nineteen-year-old with an unusual gift: the ability to see the lingering spirits of the dead. To Odd, it's not such a big deal. And most folks in sleepy Pico Mundo, California, are much more interested in the irresistible pancakes Odd whips up at the local diner. Still, communing with the dead can be useful. Because while some spirits only want a little company . . . others want justice.

When the sad specter of a very frightened boy finds its way to him, Odd vows to root out the evil suddenly infecting the sunny streets of Pico Mundo. But even with his exceptional ability-plus the local police and his pistol-packing girlfriend, Stormy, backing him-is Odd any match for a faceless stalker who's always a step ahead . . . and determined to kill again?
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Gr 10 Up

Koontz moves into the medium of comics with this prequel to his massively popular supernatural thriller series "Odd Thomas" (Bantam). Nineteen-year-old Odd's day job is working as a fry cook and serving up the best pancakes in Pico Mundi, CA. But he also holds supernatural powers that allow him to see and talk to ghosts. When a stalker starts terrifying the town by murdering small children, Odd decides to use his power to help solve the case before anyone else gets hurt. Although lacking the dark terror of the original novels, this story is still filled with plenty of creepy moments as Odd tracks down and confronts this all-too-human monster. Fans of the novels will be pleased to see the light touches of humor that have made the series so distinctive. They will also enjoy seeing the slightly younger, less experienced versions of other familiar characters, like Odd's gun-toting girlfriend, Stormy, and Police Chief Porter. Chan's black-and-white artwork is not too different from her work in her own series, "The Dreaming" (Tokyopop). Heavily inspired by manga-complete with large eyes and visual metaphors like sweat drops on the head-the artist has created a nice visual match for the difficult balance of humor and terror in the story. The volume closes with some character sketches by Chan and a sample chapter from the original novel Odd Thomas (Bantam, 2003) that started it all.-Matthew L. Moffett, Pohick Regional Library, Burke, VA

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345541017
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 7/4/2012
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 58,174
  • File size: 90 MB
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Meet the Author

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

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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THE ODD FACE IN THE MIRROR
Dean Koontz

During my career, I have written a townful of characters, maybe enough of them to populate Pico Mundo, California, in which Odd Thomas lived his first twenty years. I have provided physical descriptions of those people, some in more detail than others. In all but one case, during the writing of the books in which those people appeared, I had vivid images of their faces in my mind.

The exception was Odd Thomas. By page two, I knew Oddie more intimately than I had ever known another character after writing so few words about him. What I knew of Odd, however, was his heart, every chamber of it, all its secrets, all the hopes and dreams that he sheltered there, all his losses. I knew his goodness, his self-doubt, his capacity for friendship and for love, his extraordinary humility. I did not know what his face looked like.

Because the book employed a first-person point of view, I could not describe him from the eyes of another character, and I did not want to engage in any hokum like having him look in a mirror and describe himself. Rather than stop writing and brood about his face, I let the narrative flow, certain that the details would accumulate until I could see him clearly in my mind’s eye.

By the time I finished Odd Thomas, the first novel in the series, I not only knew Odd’s heart but also the singular workings of his mind, and not least of all the architecture of his soul. I knew him as well as--perhaps better than--I knew myself. I knew his body type. His physical qualities were clear: real strength without Schwarzeneggerian muscularity; masculinity without bravado; natural athleticism; the agility of a dancer; confidence in every pose and position, but never arrogance; self-effacement that expressed even in his physicality, so that he seemed unremarkable though he was in fact exceptional.

After three books--and a fourth in the works--I do not know his face. The actor to whom readers most often refer is Toby McGuire, and I think Mr. McGuire--although soon too old for the part--would be terrific because he can project innocence without naiveté and can portray genuine goodness rather than the cloying kind. Yet Oddie’s face is not Toby McGuire’s. It is nothing like the face of any actor anyone has named.

When we developed an avatar of Oddie for the website, we came up with one that I liked. But it’s not his face. I thought at first that the limitations of avatar design would not allow us the detail necessary to capture the real Odd Thomas.

When the wonderful Queenie Chan presented her engaging sketches for the book you hold in your hands, I liked her Odd very much, and felt he worked perfectly for a manga. But this was not Odd’s face any more than Toby McGuire’s face is Odd’s.

As I write this, I am at work on Odd Hours, and I have begun to understand why Oddie’s face will not materialize in my mind when I strive to envision it. The reason for this arises from Odd’s destiny and from his fundamental nature, which have become apparent to me as I work on this book. Because he is an archetypal character in a way I did not fully understand until he revealed it to me during this fourth novel, no face is right for him; every face is his face, in one sense, and in another sense, he is not to be understood whatsoever by his appearance but only by what will prove to be his fundamental nature, which is why his face eludes me.

I now believe that, God willing, there will be six Odd Thomas novels. His end will prove to be there in his beginning, and his beginning in his end. When I get to the last page of the sixth book, I believe it will be apparent to me that everything in the series was to be foreseen in the first book, perhaps in the first chapter of the first book. And yet where I find this going is a great surprise to me and extremely exciting. Pulling off books five and six with the grace they require will be an epic challenge, and all I can do is follow my fry cook and hope that, when it’s over, I will feel that the whole series was as much a gift to me as was the first book.

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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted February 16, 2009

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    Odd Thomas Prequel

    For anybody considering In Odd We Trust, take note that this book is a Graphic Novel, and takes place before the first Odd book, "Odd Thomas"

    17 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 6, 2009

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    Don't get caught like I did thinking this was a "normal" novel by Dean Koontz

    I have over 30 books by Dean Koontz plus the 4 in the Odd Thomas series. I did not notice that this was a comic and I was very disappointed when I got the book. It was my fault for not paying close attention but calling this one of the "Odd Thomas Series" is a trick in my opinion.

    15 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2009

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    Odd Thomas is one of the most creative and brilliant characters! Fabulous!

    I started reading Dean Koontz books because I had run out of books to read, and I haven't stopped. I actually bought the first books I read for my sister, and she never got them!
    His wasn't the first book I read, but Odd Thomas is the one character I have anxiously awaited hearing from again. What I love about the book is that it finally gives you a picture of Pico Mundo, of Odd, Stormy and a window into their relationship. Koontz gives Odd and Stormy wonderful chemistry; and the love they have for each other is beautiful and heart-warming. I not only recommend this book, but the entire Odd Thomas series. Fantastic!!!

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 23, 2009

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    Don't Waste your time or money......

    I was very disappointed with this book I plan on returning both copies asap. I barely flipped through the book, saw that it was a comic book and put it aside. If you like comics, this is for you, otherwise if you were hoping for an insight to Odd Thomas, you will be extremely let down.....

    This is the first Dean Koontz book that has really surprised me! I love Koontz and have most of his books. I was surprised he did this one..

    4 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2009

    I was a bit disappointed with this book.

    I am a big Dean Koontz fan, especially of his "Odd" books. Odd Thomas is so endearing, and so are his friends and "friends". First, I bought the book without looking inside so I was surprised at the comic book format, but not unpleasantly so.

    I think there was not enough Dean Koontz in the book. While Queenie Chan is very talented, her type of writing and type of illustrating are just not what I prefer. I'm certainly not saying I did not appreciate her art, just that this style does not make for an enjoyable Odd Thomas book. Too juvenile.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 15, 2009

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    koontz never disappoints...

    the odd books are not my faves of koontz's writings but they are original & i don't regret reading them & if he keeps writing them, i'll read them all because i have ALL of koontz's books & he ties w/stephen king as my fave authors of horror. koontz understands the meaning of heartache & his books are full of emotion as well as always scaring the pants off me! LOL my fave book by koontz is the bad place probably but i've never been disappointed in reading any of his books tho some are not what i wanted them to be exactly...i always get SOMETHING interesting or thought-provoking or new-kind-of-scary from his books so i find them all worth reading.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2009

    The Comics

    I really like the "Odd" series of books, but this one I'm not sure about. It was an ok book, but the comic book format was a little out there for this type of serial book character(s).

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 25, 2009

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    Odd Alive

    This was a truly innovative way for Koontz to expand to other types of readers without sacrificing his writing abilities. I loved the art and the story, as it fits perfectly into the mythos of Odd Thomas - one of literatures more recent "time-will-tell" true hero characters. I hope Koontz does more of this. The Frankenstein graphic novels are really cool too.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 20, 2009

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    Great to get kids involved in reading.

    This book was a good way to get my son involved in reading more difficult books. It introduced to him a character that is involved in a series of books, which has made him want to read the other Odd books. Kudos for to Dean Koontz for this!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2009

    awful-- disappointing

    This is a comic book. It was not clear on the web site that this is a comic book. I was expecting a regular text Dean Koontz. I read the first few pages and tossed it. What a waste! Too difficult to transition from text to cartoons.

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 2, 2009

    Great, especially for those who know Odd

    This is a great book, especially for those that are fans of Dean Koontz and fans of the Odd Thomas series in particular. Some might be initially turned off by the different format, this being a graphic novel, but if you enjoy the Odd Thomas series, this will give you an opportunity to see what the characters look like in the mind of Dean Koontz.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 23, 2009

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    Odd is always good

    I've read the entire Odd Thomas series and it's very good. Dean Koontz is one of my favorite authors. He has a great blend of novels covering sci-fi, horror, and just plain suspense. I get every one of his books as soon as possible.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 21, 2009

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    In Odd We Trust - Dean Koontz' 1st Graphic Novel

    I've never read a graphic novel before, but I'm a huge Dean Koontz fan. I really liked the format of the graphic novel because you have pictures to put a face to the characters. The read is really fast and the action was great. I will definitely read more if Koontz chooses to publish more. I've read all the Odd Thomas novels and this was a great addition to the series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2008

    This is a great read

    Dean Koonz has been cranking out books forever but he has never had a character as endearing as Thomas Odd. This series will not only give you moments of the heebe jeebies but will pull at your heartstrings. Dean Koonz is a nice man and his writing is like a window into part of his soul through the character of Odd.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2013

    Switching to making it a graphic novel in the middle of a series

    Switching to making it a graphic novel in the middle of a series.... how rude!!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2013

    NOT GOR EVERYONE

    For the money it is not worth the 9.99 in my opinion. I totally enjoy the odd thomas series but this Graphic Novel is a BIG THUMBS DOWN! Wait for the book. It is like 2 different sets of characters with the same name. I am still wondering why he did this and another. And who is this suppose to appeal to? Maybe if you get the GNs then read the books nahhhh. No way around it it was Bad. If you do decide to buy it. "I TOLD YOU SO."

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2012

    BUYER BE WARE. Graphic novel means cartoon format, not a novel with some pictures.

    I was extremely disapointed when I saw this book. I was glad they were willing to give me my money back. I had never heard of a graphic novel before so when I got it and it looked like a comic book, I was very unhappy with the way it is advertized. Using words to describe something in such a way I see as nearly false advertizing. Not that this company is guilty of anything as I have seen the words 'graphic novel' used in many places. I blame the publishers for this in trying to sell a product under false pretences. No where do they describe what a graphic novel is. I expected to have some pages with pictures on them but not a cartoon format. Just another sales gimic.

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  • Posted August 2, 2011

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    This is just another example of how well Dean can get you entirely infused within the life and time of his characters.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2011

    WARNING, This is a Comic Book

    I'm a BIG Dean Koontz Fan. Imagine my surprise to receive a damn COMIC BOOK instead of a paperback novel. Comic books are for those who don't have enough imagination to visualize the characters in the book they're supposed to be reading. This "book" needs to be labeled as it should be, as a comic book NOT paperback or "Graphic novel". It's a COMIC BOOK no matter what else you try to call it!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 16, 2010

    Stupid!

    Thought I was going to recive a nomal novel and it's a stupid comic book. I am really irritated.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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