I've been a fan of DK since I was 13 and probably too young to be reading some of his books. He's fantastic and I'm wondering what happened to him. There's just no way to get back the time I've wasted with this story. Reading this book was like trying to trudge through the snowstorm described within. I like Odd Thomas, and thoroughly enjoyed the last two books. This one is just plain drivel. Absolutely tedious.
I don't usually have to force my way through any of his books, and I skipped over 1/3 of this one. I've never read more run-on sentences of pure crap in my life. He goes on and on about going forward to go back, and how this attunes to that. Give me a break, already and get to the actual story. If I wanted a self help book, there's plenty here to choose from.
In my opinion, Koontz is a brilliant writer, but when he's got to actually describe a scene with the ghost of Elvis pretending to pick his nose and do disgusting things with the product, it's time for a vacation and some serious margaritas.
I'm sure if Odd Thomas shows up again, I may even give it a shot, but this one, unlike most every DK book I've ever read, will not be staying on my keeper shelf.
I liked this story of Odd Thomas better than the last book. I really enjoy Odd's personality. He is a humble hero, with a wonderful, yet simple, sense of humor. I love the way he interacts with people as well as with the spirits of those who are attracted to him after death.
A lot of this book is about his interaction with the residents, the nuns, brothers, children, guests, and spirits at the Sanctuary where he has retreated after his horrible experiences in the last book. While he is trying to shelter in this out of reach world, he again encounters the horrible bodachs that always fortell of tragedy, suffering and death. He has to try to figure out what is coming and how to stop it. With the help of a few trusted and quite memorable characters, Odd find himself once again in the role of a savior and hero.
The ending of the book makes it quite clear that Koontz is not finished telling us about the adventures of Odd Thomas and I for one look forward to more of Odd's tales.
So far, this is the best book in the series for the creepiness factor alone. Odd Thomas is a genuine humanitarian which is really showcased in this installment. Among the monastery environs lies an orphage that caters to the severely handicapped. Odd's handling of these fragile children during the crisis is masterful and heart-felt. The plight of these children in the story (hell even in real life) is heart-breaking. It's embarrasing to know that we humans treat anyone like this especially those who need love the most.
The monestary is a weird place to have a total nut job but I guess even monks go bad. The bone creatures that are staulking the children are creepy as hell. It truly creeped me out to hear about these critters scuttling around and murdering people from the inside out. Yuk!
I have visions of my best friend from childhood when I think of Odd Thomas. He is very intelligent and quick-witted and will say or do anything to make someone smile. It's a rather endearing trait.
Odd's adventures are, well odd but typical prose for Dean Koontz. I can't wait to see what he's up to in [book:Odd Hours|2029927].
This is my favorite of the Odd Thomas series. Odd has retreated to a monastery to try to recover from the loss of his beloved Stormy. He feels evil about to engulf the place, which is also a home for disabled children, but in what way, and how can he stop it, if he can stop it?
I liked the change of setting (Sierra monastery in the wintertime), and the people Odd meets. It was a good mix of horror and thriller with a touch of humor.