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Odd Thomas, a fry cook who can communicate with the dead, in the fictional small Book Odd Thomas: You Are Destined To Be Together Forever. by Dean. Odd Apocalypse. A mission of mercy will lead Odd through realms of darkness he has never before encountered, as he probes the long-held secrets of a sinister. Book 1: ODD THOMAS — Odd is a short-order cook in a small desert town, Pico Mundo, California. He leads an unusual life — the spirits of the lingering dead.

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Odd Thomas is a thriller novel by American writer Dean Koontz, published in The novel derives its title from the protagonist, a twenty-year-old short- order cook named Odd Thomas. The book, which was well received and lauded by critics, went on to become. There may be is only one Odd Thomas movie (RIP Anton Yelchin), but there are a lot more Odd Thomas books than that!. Odd Thomas book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. The dead don't talk. I don't know why. But they do try to communica.

Odd Thomas Series. See also the Odd Thomas Graphic Novels. Odd Thomas, a fry cook who can communicate with the dead, in the fictional small town of Pico Mundo, California: Book 0. Odd Thomas: The singular journey of Odd Thomas is approaching… More.

Every so often a character so captures the hearts and imaginations of readers that he seems to take on a life of his own long after the final page is turned.

For such a character, one book is not enough—readers must know what happens next. Now Dean Koontz returns with the novel his fans have been demanding. With the emotional power and sheer storytelling artistry that are his trademarks, Koontz takes up once more the story of a unique young hero and an eccentric little town in a tale that is equal parts suspense and terror, adventure and mystery—and altogether irresistibly odd.

For Odd lives always between two worlds in the small desert town of Pico Mundo, where the heroic and the harrowing are everyday events. The worst is feared. But as Odd applies his unique talents to the task of finding the missing person, he discovers something worse than a dead body, encounters an enemy of exceptional cunning, and spirals into a vortex of terror. Once again Odd will stand against our worst fears. Around him will gather new allies and old, some living and some not.

For in the battle to come, there can be no innocent bystanders, and every sacrifice can tip the balance between despair and hope. And you can have no better guide than Odd Thomas. Odd Thomas. Sometimes the silent souls who seek out Odd want justice. Occasionally their otherworldly tips help him prevent a crime. A stranger comes to Pico Mundo, accompanied by a horde of hyena-like shades who herald an imminent catastrophe. Share on Facebook. Related Titles. Other Series By Dean Koontz.

About Dean Koontz Photo: More about Dean Koontz. Other Series You Might Like. LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices. Read it Forward Read it first. Pass it on! Stay in Touch Sign up. These three had conspired with Robert Thomas Robertson to have a mass killing at the mall. The three had gotten involved in ritualistic satanism as teenagers and first killed when they were 15 on a "dare.

Varner and Eckles became cops, while Gosset became a school teacher. Varner had killed Robert Thomas Robertson after he found out that Odd had been in Robertson's house and suspected him, he then tried to frame Odd for the murder. Eckles and Varner were the two gunmen that Odd subdued; Eckles first with the bat then Varner with a shot to the shoulder and head. Gosset had shot Odd twice in the back, Odd managed to pull the wires out of the bomb, thereby disarming it as he fell to the ground.

Gosset later told everything that had happened between all the conspirators. They called the atrocity "just another way of worshipping. Nicknamed 'little' despite being larger than his father, Ozzie has a 6th finger on his left hand and has published many very successful detective novels.

He has a pet cat named Terrible Chester who Ozzie claims is over 50 years old, and has pictures to prove it. Novelist Dean Koontz told San Diego Comic-Con attendees on July 26, that he had a movie script adapted from his book Odd Thomas and he's very pleased with the results. Koontz also teased that an unnamed actor has signed on to play the title character, but refused to reveal any further details.

Koontz added that after reading the script, which was written by an unnamed screenwriter, he 'fell over' because it was 'so perfect.

The unnamed writer was confirmed in November to be American filmmaker Stephen Sommers , who also handled the directing. The film was produced independently by Howard Kaplan and John Baldecchi. It was announced in February that Anton Yelchin was cast to play the title role. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article is about the novel.

For the movie based on this book, see Odd Thomas film. Main article: Odd Thomas character. Odd Thomas film.

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It took 7 years. Sometimes being clueless CAN be a good thing. In almost all of the Dean Koontz books I have read, I find that I quickly grow attached to central characters he introduces.

I am always on board with them on their journeys and adventures, and constantly worry about their welfare. This was no exception. Jul 07, Amber rated it it was amazing Shelves: This was a buddy read I did at the Reading for Pleasure book club here on Goodreads. Odd Thomas is a short order fry cook who communes and sees the dead. When he discovers a dangerous man named Fungus man a.

Bob Robertson surrounded by bodachs, Odd discovers that tragedy and chaos is coming soon to Pico mundo. Can he protect his one true love Stormy as well as his friends and family from the danger? Read on and find out for yourself.

This was a pretty good read. Though I have seen the film adaptation , this is my first time reading this book which is first of a series. If you enjoy books about ghosts with action and adventure, check this book out.

I look forward to continuing the series in the future. Look for this at your local library and wherever books are sold. Jan 31, Mara rated it did not like it Shelves: There are plenty of prolific authors out there with whom I'm completely unfamiliar.

So I decided to give Dean Koontz a whirl, and as suggested by my lone star rating Odd Thomas and I did't exactly hit it off. I get the whole different strokes for different folks thing, but I just couldn't handle the saccharine sweet e. The premise for the book is simply not all that hard to follow—Odd sees dead people. September 11th comes up a couple times, pedophilia and molestation are in there for good measure, and then there's Odd's bizarre understanding of autism. Long of the short, Odd Thomas is not for me.

I'd be open to giving Koontz another try, but, after this one, I'm in no hurry. View all 10 comments. Apr 25, Rebecca McNutt rated it it was amazing Shelves: Odd Thomas is one of my favorite Dean Koontz novels. With a seemingly average character whom any reader can relate to, fantasy and eerie happenings, it's a very different and unforgettable story. View 1 comment. 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: Odd Thomas is a great start to the series.

All the necessary world building is done so that it's interesting, funny and yes, even believable! Odd Thomas is the kind of guy I wish lived outside the pages of a book, because I'd love to know the 'real' him. He is kind, honest, funny and What more could you want in a friend?

If you enjoy humorous stories with a paranormal twist, be sure to check out this series. View all 18 comments. I like Dean Koontz but I am not a big fan. 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 a Caution: The idea of someone being able to see and interact with ghosts is hardly original with Koontz.

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 meand 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.

View all 11 comments. The first chapter hooked me-- bad stuff is going to happen to the likable guy who sees dead people. Well, almost nothing-- Odd discovers this Black Room with mysteriously cool properties.

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The Black Room keeps me hooked a little bit longer I spent the next pages waiting for Odd to go back to the room, but it's not even mentioned again.

Minus the Black Room concept, the book is awful--lame villains, horrible dialogue, and unbelievable situations. Did I mention unbelievable situations? I wanted to stop reading, but I was hoping there would be some huge payoff in the end ie: Instead, Koontz ends the novel with a cataclysmically bad and unnecessary plot device that ruined the book even further.

As I was reading, I genuinely thought that Koontz published this novel as a big joke-- "Look, my name alone can sell a million copies of crap. One side note: If this guy can do it, anyone can.

Mar 03, Elora rated it it was amazing.

Literally an awesome book from beginning to the end, I loved the rabbit trails all throughout it and the thinking that went into trying to figure out the complex situation that Odd was in. Bless this omg. Mar 11, Imogen rated it really liked it. Isla was going to get this, but she was equivocating, so I knocked her over and took it. I have read a lot of Dean Koontz! Back when he was Dean R.

According to Wikipedia, in , when I was thirteen, I had read every book he'd published under his own name- which was, what, like, a dozen or so? I used to get them from the library and read them at other kids' little league games Anyway, I loved 'em! I was a little nerdy serious kid like "Mom Isla was going to get this, but she was equivocating, so I knocked her over and took it. I was a little nerdy serious kid like "Mom, what does 'hermaphrodite' mean? Just that she tends to be nearby when I'm excited.

So yeah, Odd Thomas. I think I stopped reading Dean Koontz before high school? Maybe around high school time? I think what happened was, I read the Catcher in the Rye and decided that genre fiction was for stupid babies. Which is wrong! But what did I know, I was a thirteen-year-old who'd only ever read Dean R. Koontz and Lois Duncan. I remember Mr Koontz's books being more horrory and less suspensey, but I think I was wrong. I mean, this one had ghost monsters and Satanists and stuff, but it was much more about suspense than about awesome explosions or anything.

ALSO Alex has been reading Janet Evanovich lately, and she tells me things that happen in Janet Evanovich novels like "she told her mom she could play the cello but she was lying! It was still nice though. I can see why Mr. Koontz is so pumped to make Odd Thomas be a big long series- his voice as narrator is soothing and friendly and inviting, even if it's as hokey as every other death-obsessed year-old goth who thinks he's a little bit too mature for all the showy gothiness of being a goth, and is much more interested in world-weariness than black lipstick.

But still, genre fiction is genre fiction, and this works as genre fiction. I enjoyed it! I mean, the only reason for me to be reading Dean Koontz instead of Angela Carter is nostalgia, but nostalgia's a legitimate reason.

Have you noticed I'm not really saying anything? I'm typing 'cause I'm bored. Odd Thomas is a young, short order cook with special psychic abilities. When a stranger arrives in the town of Pico Mundo, Odd notes a upsurge of other worldly 'bodachs' and knows that something horrific is about to happen.

Using his abilities, he must now figure out what it is and how he can stop it.

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This is the first Koontz novel I've read for several years and whilst it took me a while to get through it I found it really enjoyable. Odd is a charmingly peculiar character, a good man who wants t Odd Thomas is a young, short order cook with special psychic abilities.

Odd is a charmingly peculiar character, a good man who wants to always do the right thing. The supporting characters all felt very well fleshed out and added a lot to the overall story. The story is fairly straight forward with some satisfying twists and turns, whilst this wasn't an extremely fast read for me this was more to do with my reading habits then anything wrong with the story. Nicely paced with a likeable protagonist, I would recommend this for those that like paranormal thrillers.

Finishing this was a chore. His writing never appealed to me much years ago, but due to several rave reviews I thought I should give his books another try.

Much about this one seems interesting. He's repetitious - a cardinal sin - especially in audio format where I can't skim. The descriptions are too lon Finishing this was a chore. Interesting devices become clubs. For instance, Odd's aversion to guns.

Instead, it was a wandering mess. I haven't had a great start to my reading this year. This one was self-inflicted with grave misgivings. Well, now I know not to waste any more time on Koontz's books no matter how interesting they seem.

His writing is not for me. Nov 07, Carolyn rated it it was amazing Shelves: I've only read one Dean Koontz thriller before and didn't really enjoy it so I wasn't expecting to enjoy this so much. Not only does Koontz spin a good tale, but Odd Thomas is such an original character, it's hard not to like him. He's a gentle soul, a cheerful short order fry chef in the small town of Pico Mundo in southern California, who wants to marry his high school sweetheart Stormy Llewellyn and is contented with his life.

He's almost normal except for one special skill: Some, like Elvis, just don't want to move on and others seek him out wanting justice for wrongful deaths. Odd can also see strange ghost-like beings hanging around those who are going to die so when his town becomes invaded with these beings he gets a very bad feeling.

I enjoyed the way the tension built up slowly in this thriller as Odd tries to work out why these strange ghosts are in his town. I loved his girlfriend, Stormy who is the perfect partner for him with her quirky ideas and I liked the Chief of Police who quietly accepts that Odd sees the dead and trusts him when he has a bad feeling. Definitely a less violent tale than I was expecting, told with a bit of humour and some sadness at the end. Aug 09, Badseedgirl rated it really liked it Shelves: A great story although the ending was not much of a surprise.

The foreshadowing was so thick it was more like "fiveshadowing. Apr 29, Duchess Nicole rated it it was ok Shelves: Folks, I just can't do it.

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I'm just wasting valuable reading time at this point. This is the second DNF for me this year, out of over two hundred fifty books, so I don't do this lightly. The genre just isn't for me. I've read and enjoyed Koontz other works up to a point. I sa Folks, I just can't do it. I say if you're going to create a character that communes with the dead, or slays monster bad guys, or whatever Odd Thomas is a flat, boring, borderline simpleton.

Simple is the perfect word. And while I know many people thought that this was his most endearing trait, it was most definitely not for me.

I like complexity, I like depth. And I just didn't feel it here. Which kind of sucks, because I loved the idea of Odd. Not only did I not like Odd but the description! This is where I really started to tune out. I just couldn't bring myself to care any more. I say NO! I don't want to!! Not my kind of book. I feel that I should also say that I listened to the audio of this, and I think some of my aversion to the story may have been the narrator.

He has a very 'nice' voice, like a Dad from an old black and white sitcom. It added to the boring factor. Koontz has a great imagination, and the story may have been better for me had I read the book instead of listening. View all 14 comments. Aug 02, Cheryl rated it it was amazing Shelves: Book 1 is my favorite Odd Thomas book, to-date.

Awesome story with a memorable character. I thought about Odd long after I put the book down, and it definitely made me want to read more. I started on Forever Odd book 2 the same evening. Dean Koontz has created a very interesting character and some witty dialogue and humor. While it might not be as dark as most of his other works, Odd Thomas has an eerie foreshadowing that really works.

You have to keep reading to find out what happens. I can't w Book 1 is my favorite Odd Thomas book, to-date.

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