Odd Thomas and his unique life view has become a favorite of mine. All agree that his unusual eyes are the most beautiful they have ever seen. It just isn't as clever or endearing as he thinks it is. When he ends up on the coastal town of Magic Bay with his ghost dog Boo and ghost travelling companion the singer Frank Sinatra, Odd Thomas decided to work for silent film star Hutch. Maybe this was Koontz's intended style, but I found it too much and annoying.
The only redeeming factor about 'Odd Hours' is that it portrays glimpses of a darker side of Odd. In the creation of the character Odd Thomas, with his prophetic dreams and psychic encounters and plain-spoken philosophizing, Koontz may have intended an avatar for himself, a voice to opine on everything from the two-way therapeutic interrelationship of man and dog to the global state of distress, but he's transcended that to provide an avatar of hope and honor and courage for all of us - the linchpin of a rollicking good tale. With great gifts comes the responsibility to meet great challenges. The thin story line, the flat characterization of the girl, and the obviously overused psychic powers really put a dent in enjoying this novel. And yes, the pace is a bit rushed.
This is the story of how he learned those things, and of what we might do to ensure that he does not visit us. And a girl is born from a brutal rape, her destiny mysteriously linked to Barty and the man who stalks him. The answer to the mystery of existence is the love you shared sometimes so imperfectly, and when the loss wakes you to the deeper beauty of it, to the sanctity of it, you can't get off your knees for a long time, you're driven to your knees not by the weight of the loss but by gratitude for what preceded the loss. Haunted by dreams of an all-encompassing red tide, Odd is pulled inexorably to the sea, to a small California coastal town where nothing is as it seems. Odd runs to a church. This is one reason I will never attend a costume party dressed as the traditional symbol of the New Year, in nothing buy a diaper and a top hat.
This time though, the end game has global implications. Oh, and there will be a posse of other kooky characters backing him up. Many products and services offer Lexile measures for their books and reading materials. It lacked the constant suspense of earlier books. This installment in the Odd Thomas saga, though, fell a bit short of the mark. His strengths also include memorable characters, original ideas, and ability to blend horror, fantasy and humour.
Only a handful of fictional characters are recognized by first name alone. He embarks on a relentless search to find this enemy, a search that will consume his life. In and around the church, Odd encounters coyotes for the second time in the book and at first runs from them, but eventually escapes them by telling them to leave, and that they did not belong there, as Annamaria did during the first coyote encounter. To view it, I have read all of the Odd Thomas books and maybe everything Koontz has written. But a true hero, however humble, must persevere. Now Koontz follows Odd as he is irresistibly drawn onward, to a destiny he cannot imagine. There, from the bizarre and enthralling Gypsy Mummy, a mechanized merchant of dreams and prognosticator of tomorrows, the young couple learns what fate promises for them.
After grappling with the very essence of reality itself, after finding the veil that separates him from his soul mate, Stormy Llewellyn, tantalizingly thin yet impenetrable, Odd longed only to return to a life of quiet anonymity with his two otherworldly sidekickshis dog Boo and a new companion, one of the few who might rival his old pal Elvis. Sed at augue sit amet ipsum viverra ullamcorper. A fry cook named Odd was rumored to have the extraordinary ability to communicate with the dead. What was one of the most memorable moments of Odd Hours? The world is asleep But I, awake She lies in slumber deep While I, the hours, take The world is asleep But I, awake She lies in slumber deep While I, the hours, make The world is asleep But I, awake She lies in slumber deep While I, the hours, rake The world is asleep But I, awake She lies in slumber deep While I, the hours, shake Copyright © Year Posted 2019. Second, I did not care for the open-ended way Koontz closes this book. Third, it seems there is so much filler! I really enjoyed this one although as much as I wanted to give it five stars but just couldn't because of a few things.
I embrace the world on a scale that allows genuine love-the small places like a town, a neighborhood, a street-and I love life, because of what the beauty of this world and of this life portend. As the colony ship hovers in Earth orbit, several violent events reveal a deadly conspiracy to sabotage the launch. So I went to the drugstore and bought this book, then headed to the nearest sushi restaurant to kill time with some rolls, booze, and this book. I found myself laughing out-loud many times while listening to this book. Wise beyond his 20-something years, Odd evokes the homespun wisdom of Forrest Gump amid the mind-spinning adventures of a Jack Bauer. I would highly recommend this series in Audio format; you will not be disappointed.
But no mere human being was ever meant to face the darkness that now stalks the world - not even one as oddly special as Odd Thomas. To view it, I was excited to see that Koontz had written another Odd Thomas book - I like the character, and I find his paranormal abilities fascinating. Several of his books have reached 1 on the New York Times bestseller list. I totally don't get Annamaria, and I didn't appreciate the vague allusions at the conclusion suggesting some possible tie to his lost love, Stormy Llwellyn. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. I got locked out of my place the other night, and the friend who has our spare keys wasn't around. After grappling with the very essence of reality itself, after finding the veil separating him from his soul mate, Stormy Llewellyn, tantalizingly thin yet impenetrable, Odd longed only to return to a life of quiet anonymity with his two otherworldly sidekicks - his dog, Boo, and a new companion, one of the few who might rival his old pal Elvis.
Deucalion's path will lead him to cool, tough police detective Carson O'Connor and her devoted partner, Michael Maddison, who are tracking the slayer but will soon discover signs of something far more terrifying: an entire race of killers who are much more - and less - than human. I continue to enjoy the Odd series, but my one complaint is that the pacing, the story, the motivations, the progress, etc. Cold blooded and reactive to immediate threats sees him disburse the bad guys in true run and gun fashion. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. With great gifts comes the responsibility to meet great challenges. Increasingly, I find myself just skimming long exchanges, whether they're between friends or foes, because they don't add to the story. All that being said, I love Koontz books and his writing.
There are wonderful passages - Koontz has an amazing gift for description that is never cliche or vague. However, I was less appreciative of his plot. This is interesting because there is some stuff that happens that should be very intense, but it isn't. Haunted by dreams of an all-encompassing red tide, Odd is pulled inexorably to the sea, to a small California coastal town where nothing is as it seems. Not in a million years…… bad guy 4 shoots bad guys 3! With the seriousness of the situation and the fact that the book series already has a few volumes I thought this might be the end for Oddie, but he does make it through. You have no uncovering of the shadowy forces that instigated the bomb plot.