Odd Thomas

Odd Thomas

Book - 2003
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Now a major motion picture starring Anton Yelchin, Willem Dafoe, and Addison Timlin, and directed by Stephen Sommers
"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 14.
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.
Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, [2003], ©2003
ISBN: 9780553802498
0553802496
Branch Call Number: FICTION Koo
Characteristics: 399 pages ; 25 cm

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Thomas doesn't know why the dead communicate only through him--a measly, short-order cook--but, it's not like he volunteered to do it.

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... Read More »


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Carlalovesbooks
Sep 06, 2017

A very binge-readable book. Twists and surprises, I obsessed over it until I finished it. And Dean Koontz is definitely a first class storyteller; the kind that can handle horror, suspense, drama, and comedy without ever getting cheesy or melodramatic. He keeps it intriguing.

Even though the book is highly derivative of MKS' The 6th Sense it is still very entertaining. Koontz is a very literate writer but still keeps the styling accessible to the average reader. The religious undertones are off-putting at times but you almost expect them from a book that deals with talking to dead people and helping them move on. The Ghost Whisperer TV show steals this theme and goes even further with it; proving that that there is no original idea that can't be mass-produced over and over again. Still, standing on it's own merits, Odd Thomas is worth reading.

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KatherineHere
May 22, 2016

Too odd for me.

cals_peggy Oct 02, 2015

A creepy, sometime scary, action packed story.

airwaving Jul 24, 2015

The best fiction I have ever read!
After a 10 or so year hiatus from reading fiction, my daughter suggested author Koontz, particularly his Odd Thomas series. Brilliant, humorous, great mix of down to earth and "paranormal" considerations.
There aren't enough stars here, because to have this level, quality of escapist literature= priceless.

BakerStreetIrregular Jun 22, 2015

Fell in love with the character Odd Thomas almost immediately. Can't wait to read the rest in the series.

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newfieshawn
May 19, 2015

Very much enjoyed this first book of the odd thomas series and cant wait to see what lies ahead

FindingJane Aug 26, 2014

Mr. Koontz is once again the master of human depravity amidst supernatural situations. Whether the one draws the other or vice versa isn’t a question easily answered and the novel doesn’t provide the reader with any real conclusions. What do come through are the trials of a mere human struggling with a superhuman power and the obstacles thrown in his way by the mortal and immortal world alike. Odd Thomas is an incredible creation, both queer and ordinary, desperately determined to grip his sanity and mildly fearful that he really is nuts. This is a book of genuine creepiness and terror and not to be missed by true horror fans.

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i_like_cows
Jul 31, 2014

Odd Thomas is a lovable, unusual hero whose adventure is well paced, gripping, and suspenseful. Good luck putting this book down!

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Jmrolon991
May 20, 2014

So far an addictive read. I have to read it during the day on days when I have nothing to do because I find myself sitting for hours just immersed in this Odd story.
I will definitely be reading the rest of the series.

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