Odd Interlude (Novella)

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“[Odd Thomas is] one of the most remarkable and appealing characters in current fiction.” — The Virginian-Pilot

THERE’S ROOM AT THE INN. BUT YOU MIGHT NOT GET OUT.

Nestled on a lonely stretch along the Pacific coast, quaint roadside outpost Harmony Corner offers everything a weary traveler needs — a cozy diner, a handy service station, a cluster of motel rooms . . . and the Harmony family homestead presiding over it all. But when Odd Thomas and company stop to spend the night, ...

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Overview

“[Odd Thomas is] one of the most remarkable and appealing characters in current fiction.” — The Virginian-Pilot

THERE’S ROOM AT THE INN. BUT YOU MIGHT NOT GET OUT.

Nestled on a lonely stretch along the Pacific coast, quaint roadside outpost Harmony Corner offers everything a weary traveler needs — a cozy diner, a handy service station, a cluster of motel rooms . . . and the Harmony family homestead presiding over it all. But when Odd Thomas and company stop to spend the night, they discover that there’s more to this secluded haven than meets the eye — and that between life and death, there is something more frightening than either.

“Koontz gives [Odd Thomas] wit, good humor, a familiarity with the dark side of humanity — and moral outrage.” — USA Today

“Supernatural thrills with a side of laughs.” — The Denver Post

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781469248684
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio
  • Publication date: 1/1/2013
  • Series: Odd Thomas Series , #0
  • Format: MP3 on CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.60 (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 January 1, 2013

    Don't Buy!!

    If you have already read the three interlude stories that were released prior to Odd Apocolypse, then this is a waste of money... nothing new here... the story is great, but i don't see a need to buy it again as a single volume... can't wait for Deeply Odd to be released!!!

    12 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 20, 2013

    more from this reviewer

    If you're like me and you didn't read the 3 digital short storie

    If you're like me and you didn't read the 3 digital short stories that comprise Odd Interlude then this is going to be a treat for you. The events in Odd Interlude take place before the events in the last Odd Thomas book, Odd Apocalypse. Odd and his traveling companion, Annamaria are driving in the Mercedes Odd borrowed from his friend Hutch Hutchison when Annamaria gets a psychic vibe that compells her to turn into a motor court called Harmony Corner. Both Odd Thomas and Annamaria seem to have a link to some higher power that wants them to fight evil and thus begins their next assignment. As soon as Odd and Annamaria check in a get separate rooms at the motor court Odd leaves Annamaria and goes to his own room where he gets himself a drink and sits down. As he drifts to sleep he feels a psychic force trying to enter his mind. This spooks him and he's suddenly wide awake. The sinister entity has introduced itself. Luckily it was unable to infiltrate Odd's unusual mind. What follows is a tale rife with suspense, a bit of sci-fi action, hints that point to another Koontz series about a guy who's allergic to sunlight, and the introduction of a plucky young heroine, Jolie Harmony, who will do anything to save her family from the evil that befell it five years ago. She proves a worthy ally to Odd as he strives to free the family. Koontz is brilliant in long-form and short-form. So if you're thinking of skipping this story because it's only 253 pages, think again. You'd be missing another superb Koontz tale.

    11 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2013

    Odd interlude is a good addition to the series, it starts off a

    Odd interlude is a good addition to the series, it starts off a bit slow but the story kicks up after the first part it's not necessary to read it for odd apocalypse but it's a great read to keep you busy until deeply odd 

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 14, 2013

    I didn't read the 3 short stories when they came out so it was g

    I didn't read the 3 short stories when they came out so it was great to by them as one small novel. Odd Interlude is a must read if you are Dean Koontz fan from way back and an Odd Thomas fan. It was as if Mr Koontz went back to the basics and wrote with more of his "old school style and ideas", but still kept true to the Odd Thomas series. If you let your imagination run with this, you may even get a little scared (in a good way). Overall, very enjoyable.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2013

    I liked the three short stories that made up Odd Interlude and a

    I liked the three short stories that made up Odd Interlude and am very happy to see that it is now in paperback.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2013

    Rivoting!

    Rivoting!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 4, 2013

    Another great "Odd Thomas" adventure. I am happy it is

    Another great "Odd Thomas" adventure. I am happy it is finally in print. Another great addition to my collection.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2013

    It started out good

    This book cut off at page 215. I was left with Odd needing a car. PERIOD! Complete waste of money for what i am sure would have been a correct copy in a bound book.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2013

    An excellent novella!

    A short story packed full of page turning suspense. I have enjoyed the whole Odd Thomas series and can't wait for the next book, "Deeply Odd".

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 20, 2013

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    What a joy to spend some time with one of my favorite characters

    What a joy to spend some time with one of my favorite characters! Odd Thomas falls into a particularly interesting and strange rabbit hole when he enters Harmony, an odd little town on the coast, with Annamaria, a strange young woman, Raphael a golden retriever and Boo a white German Shepherd who happens to be a ghost. If you are familiar with Odd Thomas, none of this sounds strange to you, if you are not familiar with him, well, you should be.

    Odd and crew end up in a town where a malevolent force controls the population, shifting from one to another in an instant. Included is a closed military base, an alien force, artificial intelligence and Odd's own strange talents. I won't spoil the story for you, but suffice it to say, it is another wonderfully "Odd" tale. Not to be missed! Odd Thomas is a wonderful, lighter side of Dean Koontz. Very seldom will you read a story that can give you goosebumps and have you laughing out loud in an empty house!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2013

    See how fast you can find the z!

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    1 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2013

    Its good

    I feel he is leaving the roots of Odds power at times. Still a good read.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2014

    Great

    In odd we trust

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2014

    Loved it!!!

    I got into reading this series only a few months ago. I can't put them down. I am now reading the last book of the series and can only hope that Mr. Koontz has plans to write a few more. They are an enjoyable and easy read. Great story line and wonderful characters. Highly recommend.

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  • Posted January 31, 2014

    Recommend

    Another Odd Thomas can't get enough of him. We need alot more adventure's like this.

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  • Posted January 12, 2014

    A good read

    I have enjoyed the whole Odd Thomas series and this book fit well with the story line.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2013

    Good

    Good read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2013

    Never mind the idiot who claims the ebook cuts off

    The moron who claims the ebook ends with Thomas needing a car clearly needs to work on his reading comprehension. This ebook is full and complete, with a PREVIEW OF THE NEXT BOOK. The preview cuts off with him needing a car, not the Odd Thomas interludes. This ebook is complete.

    And yes, moron who needs to work on his reading comprehension, a bound book would have cut off the exact same way.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2013

    Love odd thomas books!!!!

    Great book from start to finish!!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 17, 2013

    new to me

    intriguing

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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