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Odd Thomas (2003)

de Dean Koontz

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"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. Odd Thomas thinks of himself as an ordinary guy, if possessed of a certain measure of talent at the Pico Mundo Grill and rapturously in love with the most beautiful girl in the world, Stormy Llewellyn. Maybe he has a gift, maybe it's a curse, Odd has never been sure, but he tries to do his best by the silent souls who seek him out. Sometimes they want justice, and Odd's otherworldly tips to Pico Mundo's sympathetic police chief, Wyatt Porter, can solve a crime. Occasionally they can prevent one. But this time it's different. A mysterious man comes to town with a voracious appetite, a filing cabinet stuffed with information on the world's worst killers, and a pack of hyena-like shades following him wherever he goes. Who the man is and what he wants, not even Odd's deceased informants can tell him. His most ominous clue is a page ripped from a day-by-day calendar for August 15. Today is August 14th. In less than twenty-four hours, Pico Mundo will awaken to a day of catastrophe. As evil coils under the searing desert sun, Odd travels through the shifting prisms of his world, struggling to avert a looming cataclysm with the aid of his soul mate and an unlikely community of allies that includes the King of Rock 'n' Roll. His account of two shattering days when past and present, fate and destiny converge is the stuff of our worst nightmares--and a testament by which to live: sanely if not safely, with courage, humor, and a full heart that even in the darkness must persevere.… (més)
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I really wanted to like this one. It was fine. I'm rounding up a half star to 3. I like the character of Odd. It started ok - then the story gets lost a bit in the weeds trying to build a backstory for his dysfunctional family. ( )
  wills2003 | May 31, 2021 |
I liked this book even more than I thought I would. The narrator did a good job and my knowing how it would end didn't hurt my enjoyment. ( )
  amcheri | May 25, 2021 |
A great work by Koontz. Odd Thomas is odd indeed, but only few in the town know how odd he is. He can see dead people, but he does something about it... Definitely recommended reading.

April 2010... Just read the book for a second time after I purchased it.. An even better read the second time around... definitely recommended reading! ( )
  sjh4255 | May 4, 2021 |
Caution: comments contain spoilers.

I like Dean Koontz but I am not a big fan. I don't know if the stories seem too generic or the characters are too standard in my view, but he gets me about 60% of the way there most times. I have actually put down a few of his books after about 50 pages because I simply lost interest. I know that he is wildly popular so obviously others don't share this view. Odd Thomas, both the novel and the character, were different for me though. The idea of someone being able to see and interact with ghosts is hardly original with Koontz. This territory was tread in Sixth Sense and taken farther and darker in Kealan Patrick Burke's Turtle Boy series, among many others. I think it is what Odd Thomas, the character, brings to this story that makes it stand out. He carries in him a sadness, a fatalism, combined with a self-deprecation and appreciation of his own weaknesses that made him and this story stand out to me---and make me want to read more in the series. He is also funny as hell, which I definitely did not expect. The whole narrative is told by Odd Thomas himself (who has no confidence in himself as a proper or even reliable narrator) in a quirky and meandering fashion that invites us not to take anything seriously even when as the story gets darker and creepier. I found myself genuinely creeped out several times and that is a really good thing. 5 Stars. ( )
  ChrisMcCaffrey | Apr 6, 2021 |
This is the first Dean Koontz book I've ever read. I've always thought of him as a horror writer, and I don't like horror. But the paranormal aspect of this book was something that I am ok with. It wasn't the paranormal that was the most horrifying part of this story. Humans can be really, really screwed up.

I found some things to be repetitive -- how Odd's "psychic magnetism" works, the fact that a poltergeist once broke his stereo -- but, for the most part, I found it to be very well-written and engaging. I really enjoyed the whole book, but was truly taken by surprise at the ending, though I suppose I shouldn't have been, given Odd's "gift." ( )
  ssperson | Apr 3, 2021 |
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Koontz, Deanautor primaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Baker, David AaronNarradorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Caminiti, AnnabellaTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Carlsson, PederTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Duzee, LucienTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Gulstad, ThomasNarradorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
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Langer, KimTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
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Hope requires the contender
Who sees no virtue in surrender.
From the cradle to the bier,
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To the Old Girls: Mary Crowe, Gerda Koontz, Vicky Page, and Jana Prais. We'll get together. We'll nosh. We'll tipple. We'll dish, dish, dish.
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My name is Odd Thomas, though in this age when fame is the altar at which most people worship, I am not sure why you should care who I am or that I exist.
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"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. Odd Thomas thinks of himself as an ordinary guy, if possessed of a certain measure of talent at the Pico Mundo Grill and rapturously in love with the most beautiful girl in the world, Stormy Llewellyn. Maybe he has a gift, maybe it's a curse, Odd has never been sure, but he tries to do his best by the silent souls who seek him out. Sometimes they want justice, and Odd's otherworldly tips to Pico Mundo's sympathetic police chief, Wyatt Porter, can solve a crime. Occasionally they can prevent one. But this time it's different. A mysterious man comes to town with a voracious appetite, a filing cabinet stuffed with information on the world's worst killers, and a pack of hyena-like shades following him wherever he goes. Who the man is and what he wants, not even Odd's deceased informants can tell him. His most ominous clue is a page ripped from a day-by-day calendar for August 15. Today is August 14th. In less than twenty-four hours, Pico Mundo will awaken to a day of catastrophe. As evil coils under the searing desert sun, Odd travels through the shifting prisms of his world, struggling to avert a looming cataclysm with the aid of his soul mate and an unlikely community of allies that includes the King of Rock 'n' Roll. His account of two shattering days when past and present, fate and destiny converge is the stuff of our worst nightmares--and a testament by which to live: sanely if not safely, with courage, humor, and a full heart that even in the darkness must persevere.

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