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ISBN: 0553384287

ISBN13: 9780553384284

Odd Thomas: An Odd Thomas Novel

(Book #1 in the Odd Thomas Series)

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Meet Odd Thomas, the unassuming young hero of Dean Koontz's dazzling New York Times bestseller, a gallant sentinel at the crossroads of life and death who offers up his heart in these pages and will forever capture yours. "The dead don't talk. I don't know why." But they do try to communicate, with a short-order cook in a small desert town serving as their reluctant confidant. Sometimes the silent souls who seek out Odd want justice. Occasionally...

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8 ratings


Was under the impression that I was getting a regular print hardcover but got a large print instead and there was not anything listed showing it was large print.

Odd and exciting!

I first read this book after I saw the movie on Netflix, which was a conscious decision. I knew before I saw the movie that it was a book I thought I might want to read because I am a huge fan of Dean Koontz, but I don’t like to read series. So I decided to wait for a movie to be made, determining that if I liked the movie when I watched it, I would certainly give the book a try. The first time I ever knew a movie had been made was when I found it available to watch on Netflix. I loved every minute! The only downside to the entire story was a slightly sad ending; otherwise, it was just like watching a Dean Koontz book unfold on television! I also loved the book when I read it! For one thing, I found that the movie had been just faithful enough to the book for me to love it that much more. For another, like any book, this one has enough of its own twists and turns to make it very thrilling, exciting, and scary beyond what you see when you watch the movie! For a great book that features more of Koontz’s excellent storytelling, including humor, compassion, empathy, love, redemption, unbearable suspense, scares, chills, mystery, and surprises, I couldn’t recommend Odd Thomas more highly! Not only do I also recommend the movie for one of those exciting and rare occasions when a faithful film adaptation of a Dean Koontz book has ever been pulled off, but I also recommend the only other books I have read in this series so far: Forever Odd and Brother Odd. Even if you don’t ordinarily like reading a series, trust me when I say that this one is worth it! If you’ve only ever read this book, it only gets better with future books! I wholeheartedly give this book 5 👻👻👻👻👻!

A wild ride.

Just when you think you know what is happening, you don't! Definitely worth the twists and turns!

I don't like Dean Koontz

I am not a Dean Koontz fan at all, but because of the large number of people who are, I occasionally give one of his books a shot. Most of the time I am simply reminded as to why I am not a Dean Koontz fan. Odd Thomas, however, was a massive exception to this rule. It just seemed to have all the ingredients and to fit them together so well: an interesting premise, an endearing main character, and witty story-telling. Even if you're not a fan of the author, or even the genre, this book is well worth taking a chance on.

The book that is Odd in all the right ways.

Odd Thomas was a book that was really a great piece of literature. It was unique, interesting, and kept me reading. I liked this book because it had a very strong plot; it was funny at times, but still showed seriousness when needed. Odd Thomas is a book about a man named Odd Thomas who is, as his name suggests, odd. He works as a short order cook in the small town of Pico Mundo, and has a very special talent. He can see dead people. It may seem like this has been used so many times, but Dean Koontz really makes this theme unique to his book. He is in love with a woman named Bronwen Llywellyn, who prefers to be called Stormy. One day, Odd encounters a man in the restaurant he works in, surrounded by invisible spirit creatures known as bodachs. These creatures signify that something bad is going to happen, and the sheer number of them around this man signifies something horrible. So Odd then tries to find this man, who he nicknames "Fungus Man", and stop the impending doom that he knows is coming. The question is, will he be able to? This book will catch you even if you are not a big reader. I even just saw it one day and picked it up because of the cover. I am glad I did because it was one of the best books I have ever read. It was exciting, moving, and in the end was a big surprise that I will never forget. I recommend this book to everyone.

How Odd (but very good)

When I first started reading this book, I thought perhaps Odd Thomas was mentally challenged. As I continued to read, I realized that he was quite intelligent, but approached the world rather simplistically, perhaps even naively. Odd has an unusual talent; he sees the dead. You can imagine it would be quite disconcerting to see Elvis walking around in your hometown, looking as he did in life, with the same taste in clothes. Unfortunately, the dead do not speak; at least, not to Odd. It takes us only a little while to discover that something is wrong in Odd's home town of Pico Mundo. Odd sees a very strange character that he dubs the "Fungus Man," who is followed by a group of bodachs, which are spirit-like beings invisible to those of us that are unable to see the dead. In Odd's experience the presence of bodachs is an indication that something bad is going to happen to someone, somewhere, soon. Odd takes the opportunity to make use of a driver's license to break into Fungus Man's house, where he finds even more unusual and bizarre things. Fungus Man has a fascination with serial murderers and violence. The physical and psychic evidence mounts that something is going to happen in the town of Pico Mundo, and Fungus Man seems to be at the center of it. Odd continues to gather evidence of Fungus Man's activities to help support action by the Police Chief of Pico Mundo, who is Odd's friend and who is aware of Odd's talent for seeing ghosts and bodachs. As we follow Odd in his gathering of information throughout the story we discover that Odd is far from being a storybook character, having bizarre parents, one of whom is severely dysfunctional, if not insane. Perhaps the biggest surprise is that Odd is so relatively nice and normal, except for being able to see dead people, when Odd had such weird parents. We are also introduced to Bronwen "Stormy" Llewellyn, Odd's girlfriend and, in Odd's opinion, the most perfect and beautiful woman on earth. Dean Koontz wrote this story perfectly, continuing to build momentum from the discovery of Odd's talent, to meeting Fungus Man, to several dramatic and important events through the culmination of the story, when he pulls it all together. One other reviewer found fault with the introduction of Odd's parents late in the novel. However, in real life, as in this novel, Odd was searching for information, and he thought he might learn something from his parents. As it turned out, he learned a very important piece of information from his mother that aided him as the final events unfolded in the book. Dean Koontz' recent novels have been a roller coaster of quality. While his books have been readable, their consistency has varied significantly. "Odd Thomas" stands out as the best novel that Koontz has written in quite a long time. The pacing is good, the building of suspense is steady, the novel is relatively short compared to some of the recent bloated works of some authors, and most important, Koontz manages to c

Koontz is Back

I have been a long time Dean Koontz fan. I've read just about every book, including some by his pseudonyms. Almost every book was a great read. I would close the book after the last page feeling both fulfilled and sad. Fulfilled because of a great story, sad because it was over. Lately, however, Koontz's books have been slipping.I think it began after Seize the Night. His books became harder to read and filled (and I mean filled) with metaphors and similes. And the ultra-sappy happy endings were very unlike the author.I didn't read The Face because of the bad reviews I heard. So, when Odd Thomas came out, I was reluctant but curious. Am I glad I picked this book up!The story was fast-paced and exciting. The subject (Odd sees dead people) may have been used before, but Koontz put his own special touch in there. The characters were vivid, especially Odd and Stormy. And the humor...Koontz has a gift when it comes to humor in his books. I literally laughed out loud more than once.Odd Thomas is classic Koontz. A great story, a quick read, funny, sad, scary, and moving.

Nothing "Odd" about this read

For the first time in a long time Dean Koontz has written a book that delivers on any level you can name. Odd Thomas is a suspenseful, powerful, imaginative, and entertaining story. The characters are believable and seem to leap off the page at the reader. Of course, I like all of Koontz's works, the early stuff and his later, more spiritual works.Odd Thomas is a short order hash slinger in a small out of the way town of Pico Mundo. Besides being a talented writer, Odd sees and communicates with ghosts. Not just any ghosts mind you, but all types of ghosts. One type that is especially bad are the "bodachs" a particularly malevolent spirit that is attracted to and seem to feed off of violence. These spirits are in town and associated with a character Odd names "Fungus Man." As you read you realize that Fungus Man is much, much more than he appears on the surface to be.This is an unsettling read. Koontz manages to keep the reader slightly off balance. This causes a little disorientation and some readers may be critical on this aspect of the novel. However, when you reach the end of the book you'll be glad that you hung around to the end.Koontz is a talented writer. His books are meant for intelligent readers. Odd Thomas will not disappoint.

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