Odd Hours

Odd Hours

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Only a handful of fictional characters are recognized by first name alone. Dean Koontz's Odd Thomas is one of those rare literary heroes who have come alive in readers' imaginations as he explores the greatest mysteries of this world and the next with his inimitable wit, heart, and quiet gallantry. Now Koontz follows Odd as he is irresistibly drawn onward to a destiny he cannot imagine and to undreamed of places where the perils he will face and the stakes for which he fights will eclipse all that he has known. The legend began in the obscure little town of Pico Mundo. A fry cook named Odd was rumored to have the extraordinary ability to communicate with the dead. Through tragedy and triumph, exhilaration and heartbreak, word of Odd Thomas's gifts filtered far beyond Pico Mundo, attracting unforgettable new friends--and enemies of implacable evil. With great gifts comes the responsibility to meet great challenges. 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. 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 sidekicks--his dog Boo and a new companion, one of the few who might rival his old pal Elvis. But a true hero, however humble, must persevere. 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. Now the forces arrayed against him have both official sanction and an infinitely moresinister authority...and in this dark night of the soul dawn will come only after the most shattering revelations of all. Burnishing Dean Koontz's stature as a master of suspense and one of our most innovative and gifted storytellers, Odd Hours illuminates a legacy of mystery and hope that will shine on long after the final page.
Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, 2008.
Edition: [Book club edition]
ISBN: 9780553807059
Characteristics: 283 pages ;,22 cm.

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MellowGeneration
Dec 10, 2017

I enjoyed previous Odd Thomas books, but I found this one to be pedantic and overwritten. Gave up about halfway through.

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DragonRhapsody
Jul 07, 2015

Probably the worst of the series - it was absolutely tedious to get through, required more than just a complete suspension of disbelief but ALSO required you to ignore all of the rules that were set up in previous books for this "world" that Odd lives in. I pushed through and wasted my time, the end of the book was not satisfying at all, and will probably continue to be just as horrendously 'purple prosed' as the next book Koontz plans to write. I feel like his novels are all methodically the same, you can expect everything to happen within 2 days of the first opening paragraph, and it's always a big, absolutely ostentatious event that happens at the height of the conflict. Koontz has become cliché.

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LadyJaneBrais
Jul 05, 2015

Although I read the first Odd Thomas books nearly a year ago, I have re-commenced reading the series with exceptional enthusiasm. I enjoyed so much the last two novels and look forward to the next ones. Perhaps it's because TV is such a total wasteland in the summer months; er, um, most of the year now!

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Dtrasler
Feb 04, 2015

I'm planning to read the whole series, but I'm finding the sequels less gripping than the first book. The author's voice is still entertaining, but the added layers of mystery are becoming frustrating.

BostonPL_AnnaD Oct 30, 2014

Odd Hours by Dean Koontz
Read by: Anna/Copley Teen Room
Originally posted to the BPL Teen Blog on 7/23/2012.

This is a continuation of Odd Thomas’s story which was started in the novel Odd Thomas. In this novel, Odd meets new friends and battles new enemies with the help of a ghost dog named Boo, the ghost of famous signer Frank Sinatra, and his own nearly psychic powers. Who’s to say which side of the law anyone is on, including the local church pastor and the Chief of Police when it comes down to a huge terrorist plot on California soil.

I have to admit, I enjoyed the first three Odd Thomas books much better than I did this one. Not to say that this novel wasn’t as well written as the others, because it certainly was. But there were a few bits dealing with the plot that didn’t work for me. One was the beginning where a few things didn’t seem very plausible. But, the part I really loved, was the scene where he had to pick on Frank Sinatra to anger him. He needed to turn the usually calm ghost into a poltergeist in order to help move the ghost on to the next world, and also to save himself from death. A fantastic scene if ever there was one.

Will my disappointments turn me away from the rest of this series? No way. Odd Apocalypse is coming out soon, and I definitely can’t wait to get my hands on it!

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WEAVEONEDREAM
Jul 05, 2013

different, but I did enjoy the book. It read fairly fast and kept my attention

joshualehnerz Apr 25, 2013

Love the odd thomas series

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jsand67
May 13, 2012

I liked this story. Odd was at his best and funniest, but I did not care for the ending. Things were left up in the air, and no answers to any of the questions.

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ssolheim
Nov 29, 2010

A disapointing addition to an otherwise great series. I had to completely suspend belief to make it through the hokey story.

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rick83
Dec 04, 2009

Absolutely the worst book in the series. Far fetched story line that has me baffled what Dean Koontz was thinking trying to pull this on his readers.

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