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Odd Thomas

Koontz, Dean R. (eBook - 2004 )
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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.
Authors: Koontz, Dean R. (Dean Ray), 1945-
Title: Odd Thomas
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Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, 2004.
Edition: Bantam international mass market ed.
Characteristics: 446 p. ;,18 cm.
Summary: "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.
Local Note: 23
Alternate Title: Odd Thomas (eBook)
ISBN: 9780307414274
0307414272
9780307414274
0307414272
Statement of Responsibility: Dean Koontz
Reproduction: Electronic reproduction. New York : Bantam Books, 2007. Requires Adobe Reader 6.0 (file size: 1550 KB) or Mobipocket Reader (file size: 434 KB).
Subject Headings: Short order cooks Fiction. Mediums Fiction. Spiritualism Fiction. Young men Fiction. Murderers Fiction. Deserts Fiction. California, Southern Fiction.
Genre/Form: Occult fiction.
Suspense fiction.
Electronic books.
Topical Term: Short order cooks
Mediums
Spiritualism
Young men
Murderers
Deserts
Additional Physical Form Entry: Original 9780553584493 (OCoLC)56812155
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Aug 26, 2014
  • FindingJane rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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.

An "average" guy who communes with souls of the departed, often sought out by humans to utilize this ability. I looked under the bed-twice!

Jul 31, 2014
  • i_like_cows rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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

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.

May 20, 2014
  • bixby rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I love Dean Koontz's books and have just reread Odd Thomas in anticipation of getting the movie from the library. The main characters are wonderful and the surprise ending is worth the wait!

Nov 20, 2012
  • LaimaA rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A very engaging and compelling novel. Odd Thomas is such an unusually earnest character and this book has almost a 1950's very wholesome atmosphere. I dig it and I'm looking forward to reading the rest in the series.

Aug 23, 2012
  • kittybay rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Another new character for me, and I love him. Can't wait to read the rest.

Aug 08, 2012
  • theresaannalee rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Dean Koontz really is my favorite author of all time, and he outdid himself with this series. There's something for everyone in every book, his writing style is dark and still very witty (at at times, cute), and he makes it feel as if the characters actually exist. Whenever I read this book, I get sad because there's no way I can meet them in person. (Haha). The action starts right at the beginning and it just keeps going. I would recommend this book to anyone, anytime.

Jun 06, 2012
  • lumberjackson195 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is the first book in the series and is the best, without a doubt. The characters, limited in number as they are, interweave to make an amazingly complex story that keeps you riveted until the end.

May 03, 2012
  • roxyroy rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

not has good has the first..

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Jul 31, 2014
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