Odd Thomas #1 Odd Thomas
Title: Odd Thomas
Series: Odd Thomas #1
Author: Dean Koontz
Published in English: 2003
Dansk titel: Odd Thomas
Dansk Udgivelsesår: 2005
Finished Reading: May 2020
Genre: Mystery & Thriller
This is my personal review without spoilers of the actual plot.
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.
This is a short book in comparison to other, but it still manage to take me nearly a week to finish it due to Koontz way of writing. I’ve tried reading this book multiple times, but never gotten past the first few chapters before throwing in the towel, admitting defeat. I’ve lost count on the amount of times I’ve begun this book, now I’ve finally read it!
It’s a good book! I wrote like two pages worth of reasons why the book is both good and bad at the same time, only to realize I had spoiled almost everything about the book. Ups. Odd Thomas is an interesting character. He is supposedly twenty years old but acts as though he is an old man. I had trouble picturing him as a young person, and when reminded of his age, I was confused. It threw me off a bit; I’m not sure, if it was intentional or if Koontz simply isn’t great at creating younger characters.
Either you love this book or you hate it, don’t think there’s anything in-between. Either you like his way of creating characters or you don’t. Odd isn’t like any character you’ve ever met. He is a one of a kind, truly loveable character that will make or break you. You want good things to happen for him, you want Odd to be happy. There are more books in the series, and I plan to read them, unless it all goes to hell of course. It will be interesting to see how the story develops after this, since in my opinion, the story could easily have ended there.
What peaked my interest the most in the book as a whole was the writing style. Narrator wise it was something I’ve never read before. He is telling his story, but at the same time writing it. Olly, his, in my opinion, best friend is a writer, wanting Odd to start writing; I believe this is the work he ends up writing in the future.
People have categorized it as a horror; I just didn’t get that vibe from the book. If Stormy wasn’t a character in this book, I would have been doom and gloom, but her positive attitude, and her love shined through the pages. She really did bright up my day with her quirkiness.
I can really go on and on about this book. However, what had me most intrigued about this book was Koontz was of stretching time. Typically, author’s skips to the next day and the next day again, this book however, spans over the course of two days. The first day, taking up the most of the book. very interesting.