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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER   I see dead people. But then, by God, I do something about it. Odd Thomas never asked for his special ability. He’s just an ordinary guy trying to live a quiet life in the small desert town of Pico Mundo. Yet he feels an obligation to do right by his otherworldly confidants, and that’s why he’s won hearts on both sides of the divide between life and death. But when a childhood friend disappears, Odd discovers something worse than a dead body and embarks on a heart-stopping battle of will and wits with an enemy of exceptional cunning. In the hours to come there can be no innocent bystanders, and every sacrifice can tip the balance between despair and hope.   You’re invited on an unforgettable journey through a world of terror and transcendence to wonders beyond imagining. And you can have no better guide than Odd Thomas.
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Another great installment of the Odd Thomas series. it takes you on a trip through anormal psychology to a stunning revelation and leaves you gasping for air in the supernatural chaos that is Odd's life. Looking forward to the next book in the series.more
This is not a spoiler, so much as it is just a warning: the "Odd Thomas" series is somewhat depressing. I do not recommend trying to read the series back-to-back (there are four books already published, and a fifth is due out shortly - I believe Koontz has planned a total of seven books in the set). Actually, having admitted to the fact that this is a continuing (albeit limited) series does, in a way, serve as something of a spoiler. Odd Thomas (the main character's name) sees dead people, a fact only a few of his acquaintances know. He also has a tendency to see people who have just had their lives cut short, frequently criminally so, so that there is the air of detective novel to the stories, but Agatha Christie Dean Koontz ain't.What Dean Koontz is, is a very thoughtful, well-written author who does not pull punches. His stories are appropriately atmospheric, he does have the appropriately warped sense of humor for a writer of macabre, and he is able to structure his stories in an effective way. His books are to-the-point and brief, something many contemporary novels are not; this makes them so effective, and just perfect for a quick read between more serious endeavors.I just wish something nice would happen to Odd.more
Thomas Odd is an unlikely hero, just and ordinary guy with an ordinary job. Author Koontz gives hope to the regular hard working Joe as only a master storyteller can do. I recommend Forever Odd by Dean Koontz.more
Odd is a great character, but this book spent a lot of time on one long chase. Odd is rescuing his lifelong best friend who was somehow never mentioned in book one. I got to about chapter 45 and skipped to the end. I don't think I missed much, but I did wonder, "Huh, how did he get out of the sewer?" When I flipped back, I discovered that Koontz never explains that part. It was like one of those B movies where the cliffhanger shows the hero about to die, and the next movie shows the hero relaxing in a completely different country. I like Odd enough that I will probably read #3, and I hope it is better.more
 Odd Thomas fry cook and psychic. Odd can see the dead, not that he wants to. He san see them but can not hear them so trying to get infor from them is hard to do. Follow Odd Thomas, our reluctant hero as he tries to figure out what calamity his deceased companions are trying to help him figure out.more
The flesh on the nape of my neck did the crawly thing that it does so well. Some people say this is God's warning that the devil is near, but I've noticed I also experience it when someone serves me Brussels sprouts.Odd Thomas, a young man living in a small desert town in California, has the power to see the lingering dead. When he is woken one night by the ghost of Dr. Jessup, his friend Danny's father. Going over to his house, he finds Dr Jessup dead and Danny missing. But this time danger threatens Odd himself rather than the whole town.more
Not as good as the first book in the Odd Thomas series, but still a fast and enjoyable read. The Odd Thomas books remain the only Dean Koontz books I've encountered in which I don't find the author's voice intrusive and awkward.more
After reading the first book of this series in July entitled 'Odd Thomas', I finally got around to reading the second book in the series: 'Forever Odd'. Not as good as the first, I still enjoyed following Odd Thomas on his second documented crime busting adventure. The main character Datura was not nearly as frightening as the miles of underground tunnels Odd spent most of the story in.At the end of this book, Odd Thomas is leaving his small home town of Pico Mundo to go and live in a monastery. Hopefully this will provide a different adventure altogether - I can't wait to read the third book!more
I used to be a big fan of Dean Koontz. Lately I have strayed away from his books because I have been reading so many series books. I picked up the first Odd Thomas book about a year ago and remembered enjoying it alot. I was at the library and couldn't think of anything to get so I picked up Forever Odd, the second in the series. When I first started reading, I couldn't remember why I like the first one so much, and I was starting to doubt that I had ever even liked Koontz. That only lasted about 25 pages. After that, I couldn't put it down. It was a great read that kept me enthralled until the last page.more
Second in the Odd Thomas series. One of Odd's friends is kidnapped by a psychotic wannabe psychic, in the hopes of getting Odd to follow them. He does, all the way to a deserted casino that had been destroyed in an earthquake/fire some years ago. What I had liked the most in [Odd Thomas] was the interaction between Odd and the other characters. There was very little of that in this book; the bulk of it was Odd's internal conversations. So I found this second book less compelling than the first. But it wasn't bad enough that I'll quit the series.more
I was stoked about reading the sequel to Odd Thomas, which in my opinion was an outstanding read. This book was a huge disappointment. After reading over 100 pages of ODD just walking through the sewers, describing in detail the boring parts of sewers, I was forcing myself to continue on. The storyline was a little ridiculous. Odd is trying to rescue his supposed best friend that he has known forever but never even is mentioned in the first book. And the villainous is one of the worst written characters I have ever read (and I have read a ton of books in my life). Overall a real disappointment, I still haven't read Brother Odd because I was so let down in this book.more
The narrator is still cold and distant, but I have made peace with that. The story is compelling, again, it was very difficult to put down. This story had more gore than I enjoy reading, so I won't reread it, but I do like Odd's sarcastic, graveyard humor.more
Alas. Though this book's predecessor, Odd Thomas, was excellent, this story was depressingly Koontzian. That is, one long chase scene where Good Guy is being chased by Inexplicably Evil People. In this case, our old pal Odd is running around a burnt out casino, pontificating on the nature of good and evil in between saving the lives of himself and others. It's not a bad story on its own, just a terribly disappointing sequel.more
Odd and then Some In Forever Odd, Dean Koontz pits his hero, Odd Thomas, against Datura, a maniacal dark spiritualist and her chevals, French for horses, but animated corpses for followers of voodoo. Odd is propelled into the story - which starts a little slow but more than makes up for it once it shifts into high gear - when his long time friend, Danny Jessup is kidnapped for the sole purpose of drawing Odd to the voodoo queen.Koontz's unique brand of humor is in full force with Forever Odd, but as usual this only acts to strengthen the story as Koontz pulls you deeper and deeper into the plot. If Koontz got his footing with Odd Thomas, he hits his stride with Forever Odd. A good read that will keep you turning the pages.Bob Avey, author of Twisted Perceptionmore
Forever Odd is a very good read and you can develope a sense of the trails and thoughts Odd goes through. I highly recommend the book, especially if you are a Koontz fan and if not give it a try you may find a new author to read.more
Koontz's sequel to Odd Thomas is a short read. You can read the synopsis above so I won't reiterate that, but what is worth adding is that the structure to this tale is cleverly conceived. You arrive at what seems a final scene only half way through, which in turn creates an interesting page turner. You'll never be quiet sure in which way it will turn, it's a very different book from the first and could quite easily stand alone. In retrospect, Forever Odd is comparible to a supernatural Die Hard, which is no bad thing. It's never a rollercoaster, and there are times in which Koontz rambles a bit, but most of the book is tightly written. There are also some parts of the plot which seem unneccesary, either utilised for padding or for preamble to the next installment. Worthwhile reading.more
Odd must rescue his friend Danny Jessup from an evil, crazy woman who is "testing" Odd's talents. This one is *much* freakier and darker than the first in the series.***Felt a lot like _Intensity_...more
This series is rather sad yet I have to keep reading just to find out what happens next. There is a lot of death in these books and some rather weird characters to find out about. So the Odd part of the title does fit the books.more
The second in the Odd Thomas series, Forever Odd, continues the story of a young man who lives up to his name (and yes, Odd is his first name). Odd sees ghosts, and occasionally spirit-like creatures that feed off the hate and violence surrounding particularly evil acts. In Forever Odd, he's led to rescue a friend from kidnappers who've murdered the friend's father. I don't want to say too much so I don't spoil some surprises. But suffice it to say that there's more than meets the eye going on here, and Odd is asked to give all of himself to see things through.Koontz is one of those big names that sells a lot of books. Some of his stuff can be pretty good beach reads without a lot of depth. But the Odd Thomas series is different - there's considerable exploration of spiritual themes, and an interesting mix of characters that feel real as opposed to the cast of stereotyped characters some authors might have used in what could have been a vanilla Good vs Evil story. Recommended, but start with the first for best effect.more
The second Dean Koontz book to feature Odd Thomas, Forever Odd, perhaps should have been called MacGyver Odd. Odd tracks down a strange group of villains who are obsessed with the supernatural and have kidnapped a friend of his in order to make Odd show them ghosts. Although Odd can see ghosts he can't make them manifest to others so this is something of a problem. Practically the entire book takes place in an isolated, burned out casino and Odd spends the entire book figuring out ways to outwit them and rescue his friend. This was distinctly different from the first book but I enjoyed it nonetheless.more
Odd Thomas has a supernatural gift that is extremely rare. He can see the dead, and they know this instinctively, so they seek him out, either for company or help. So, when he is awakened at 2 am by Dr. Jessup, standing in his pajamas by Odd's bed, he's pretty sure his friend is no longer among the living. Dr. Jessup's worried look and insistent manner sends Odd to the Jessup home, concerned about Danny Jessup, his long time friend, and adopted son of the good doctor. Odd finds Dr. Jessup's body cruelly bludgeoned to death by his bed and Danny nowhere to be found. Odd senses immediately that Danny has been kidnapped. Since Danny is a lifelong victim of brittle bone disease, finding him before he is injured or killed by his captor. After a couple of mysterious calls to his cell phone by a smoky voiced woman who seems to know a lot about him, Odd sets out alone to find his friend and bring him home. This time he can't call in his good friend, Police Chief Porter, and Odd ends up confronting an evil he'd never known existed before.I enjoyed the first Odd Thomas, and this one was excellent, also. Witty and suspenseful, the story unfolds at a sometimes excruciatingly slow pace, but builds to a crescendo that is quite satisfying. I give this one a 5.more
Second in the series about Odd Thomas, who sees the dead and has a few other supernatural powers. In this one, he has to use all his powers to save his dear friend.Odd Thomas is one of the most interesting and original narrative voices. It really feels like some one you'd want to know... he is sweet, intelligent, and a darn good fry cook. Highly recommended.more
Forever Odd is a book that delves into the world of ghosts and detective work, which it justifies both poorly. Follow the main character, Odd, in solving a murder. Now no one said he would solve this murder by the books, no, he communes with the deceased, including a dead Elvis. Odd talks with the cool skepticism of most Koontz's novels heroes, as if they are all just cookie cutter protagonists from Dean's bakery of novels. If you like good books, don't read this.more
This was an awesome book! Definitely a different feel from the first one--which I'm finding to be a common theme even within this series for Koontz--but still just as great as the first! A fantastic read, a job well done!more
on Saturday, December 02, 2006 I wrote....Very quick read. I think it took me 2 days.It wasn't as good as the first book though.(Odd Thomas) I like his horror books better. I am re reading The Prodigal Son, because I thought that was one was such a great read.Forever Odd is all about a chase. I guess that genre is more suspence? I recommend his Frankenstein books over these but it is just a matter what kind of genre you like.more
For a few years I fell off the Koontz bandwagon. I am now again a passenger.Koontz has stopped the over-the-top, totally dated, supernatural “horror” stuff and grown up. As with its precursor, Odd Thomas, Forever Odd has a strong voice written in the first person. Odd is a likeable, strange and witty person and following him on his adventures is a pleasure. Though this second book lacked strength of plot, I will not hesitate to pick up the 3rd book, Brother Odd, (once it’s in paperback that is). Now, if he would just get back and write a 3rd in the previous series (Christopher Snow, dude who is allergic to sun/light) he started a view years ago....more
This is a very good book but slow to start but when it heats you might get burned.more
A good follow-on to Odd Thomas, thoroughly enjoyable. Contains all the familiar characters which I hope Mr. Koontz will continue to write about.more
Odd Thomas sees ghosts. They draw him towards things, they haunt most of his waking days. He can interact with them to a degree but it's not reliable or predictable. When his friend Danny is kidnapped Odd goes in search of him. What he finds is a woman who believes that his power is greater than it is. Who wants power of her own, who is very scary.As the story unfolds it's interesting to see how unquestioning belief in all that is said to be possible with the paranormal can cause problems. It causes serious problems with her but where the borderline is, is left up to the reader.more
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Another great installment of the Odd Thomas series. it takes you on a trip through anormal psychology to a stunning revelation and leaves you gasping for air in the supernatural chaos that is Odd's life. Looking forward to the next book in the series.more
This is not a spoiler, so much as it is just a warning: the "Odd Thomas" series is somewhat depressing. I do not recommend trying to read the series back-to-back (there are four books already published, and a fifth is due out shortly - I believe Koontz has planned a total of seven books in the set). Actually, having admitted to the fact that this is a continuing (albeit limited) series does, in a way, serve as something of a spoiler. Odd Thomas (the main character's name) sees dead people, a fact only a few of his acquaintances know. He also has a tendency to see people who have just had their lives cut short, frequently criminally so, so that there is the air of detective novel to the stories, but Agatha Christie Dean Koontz ain't.What Dean Koontz is, is a very thoughtful, well-written author who does not pull punches. His stories are appropriately atmospheric, he does have the appropriately warped sense of humor for a writer of macabre, and he is able to structure his stories in an effective way. His books are to-the-point and brief, something many contemporary novels are not; this makes them so effective, and just perfect for a quick read between more serious endeavors.I just wish something nice would happen to Odd.more
Thomas Odd is an unlikely hero, just and ordinary guy with an ordinary job. Author Koontz gives hope to the regular hard working Joe as only a master storyteller can do. I recommend Forever Odd by Dean Koontz.more
Odd is a great character, but this book spent a lot of time on one long chase. Odd is rescuing his lifelong best friend who was somehow never mentioned in book one. I got to about chapter 45 and skipped to the end. I don't think I missed much, but I did wonder, "Huh, how did he get out of the sewer?" When I flipped back, I discovered that Koontz never explains that part. It was like one of those B movies where the cliffhanger shows the hero about to die, and the next movie shows the hero relaxing in a completely different country. I like Odd enough that I will probably read #3, and I hope it is better.more
 Odd Thomas fry cook and psychic. Odd can see the dead, not that he wants to. He san see them but can not hear them so trying to get infor from them is hard to do. Follow Odd Thomas, our reluctant hero as he tries to figure out what calamity his deceased companions are trying to help him figure out.more
The flesh on the nape of my neck did the crawly thing that it does so well. Some people say this is God's warning that the devil is near, but I've noticed I also experience it when someone serves me Brussels sprouts.Odd Thomas, a young man living in a small desert town in California, has the power to see the lingering dead. When he is woken one night by the ghost of Dr. Jessup, his friend Danny's father. Going over to his house, he finds Dr Jessup dead and Danny missing. But this time danger threatens Odd himself rather than the whole town.more
Not as good as the first book in the Odd Thomas series, but still a fast and enjoyable read. The Odd Thomas books remain the only Dean Koontz books I've encountered in which I don't find the author's voice intrusive and awkward.more
After reading the first book of this series in July entitled 'Odd Thomas', I finally got around to reading the second book in the series: 'Forever Odd'. Not as good as the first, I still enjoyed following Odd Thomas on his second documented crime busting adventure. The main character Datura was not nearly as frightening as the miles of underground tunnels Odd spent most of the story in.At the end of this book, Odd Thomas is leaving his small home town of Pico Mundo to go and live in a monastery. Hopefully this will provide a different adventure altogether - I can't wait to read the third book!more
I used to be a big fan of Dean Koontz. Lately I have strayed away from his books because I have been reading so many series books. I picked up the first Odd Thomas book about a year ago and remembered enjoying it alot. I was at the library and couldn't think of anything to get so I picked up Forever Odd, the second in the series. When I first started reading, I couldn't remember why I like the first one so much, and I was starting to doubt that I had ever even liked Koontz. That only lasted about 25 pages. After that, I couldn't put it down. It was a great read that kept me enthralled until the last page.more
Second in the Odd Thomas series. One of Odd's friends is kidnapped by a psychotic wannabe psychic, in the hopes of getting Odd to follow them. He does, all the way to a deserted casino that had been destroyed in an earthquake/fire some years ago. What I had liked the most in [Odd Thomas] was the interaction between Odd and the other characters. There was very little of that in this book; the bulk of it was Odd's internal conversations. So I found this second book less compelling than the first. But it wasn't bad enough that I'll quit the series.more
I was stoked about reading the sequel to Odd Thomas, which in my opinion was an outstanding read. This book was a huge disappointment. After reading over 100 pages of ODD just walking through the sewers, describing in detail the boring parts of sewers, I was forcing myself to continue on. The storyline was a little ridiculous. Odd is trying to rescue his supposed best friend that he has known forever but never even is mentioned in the first book. And the villainous is one of the worst written characters I have ever read (and I have read a ton of books in my life). Overall a real disappointment, I still haven't read Brother Odd because I was so let down in this book.more
The narrator is still cold and distant, but I have made peace with that. The story is compelling, again, it was very difficult to put down. This story had more gore than I enjoy reading, so I won't reread it, but I do like Odd's sarcastic, graveyard humor.more
Alas. Though this book's predecessor, Odd Thomas, was excellent, this story was depressingly Koontzian. That is, one long chase scene where Good Guy is being chased by Inexplicably Evil People. In this case, our old pal Odd is running around a burnt out casino, pontificating on the nature of good and evil in between saving the lives of himself and others. It's not a bad story on its own, just a terribly disappointing sequel.more
Odd and then Some In Forever Odd, Dean Koontz pits his hero, Odd Thomas, against Datura, a maniacal dark spiritualist and her chevals, French for horses, but animated corpses for followers of voodoo. Odd is propelled into the story - which starts a little slow but more than makes up for it once it shifts into high gear - when his long time friend, Danny Jessup is kidnapped for the sole purpose of drawing Odd to the voodoo queen.Koontz's unique brand of humor is in full force with Forever Odd, but as usual this only acts to strengthen the story as Koontz pulls you deeper and deeper into the plot. If Koontz got his footing with Odd Thomas, he hits his stride with Forever Odd. A good read that will keep you turning the pages.Bob Avey, author of Twisted Perceptionmore
Forever Odd is a very good read and you can develope a sense of the trails and thoughts Odd goes through. I highly recommend the book, especially if you are a Koontz fan and if not give it a try you may find a new author to read.more
Koontz's sequel to Odd Thomas is a short read. You can read the synopsis above so I won't reiterate that, but what is worth adding is that the structure to this tale is cleverly conceived. You arrive at what seems a final scene only half way through, which in turn creates an interesting page turner. You'll never be quiet sure in which way it will turn, it's a very different book from the first and could quite easily stand alone. In retrospect, Forever Odd is comparible to a supernatural Die Hard, which is no bad thing. It's never a rollercoaster, and there are times in which Koontz rambles a bit, but most of the book is tightly written. There are also some parts of the plot which seem unneccesary, either utilised for padding or for preamble to the next installment. Worthwhile reading.more
Odd must rescue his friend Danny Jessup from an evil, crazy woman who is "testing" Odd's talents. This one is *much* freakier and darker than the first in the series.***Felt a lot like _Intensity_...more
This series is rather sad yet I have to keep reading just to find out what happens next. There is a lot of death in these books and some rather weird characters to find out about. So the Odd part of the title does fit the books.more
The second in the Odd Thomas series, Forever Odd, continues the story of a young man who lives up to his name (and yes, Odd is his first name). Odd sees ghosts, and occasionally spirit-like creatures that feed off the hate and violence surrounding particularly evil acts. In Forever Odd, he's led to rescue a friend from kidnappers who've murdered the friend's father. I don't want to say too much so I don't spoil some surprises. But suffice it to say that there's more than meets the eye going on here, and Odd is asked to give all of himself to see things through.Koontz is one of those big names that sells a lot of books. Some of his stuff can be pretty good beach reads without a lot of depth. But the Odd Thomas series is different - there's considerable exploration of spiritual themes, and an interesting mix of characters that feel real as opposed to the cast of stereotyped characters some authors might have used in what could have been a vanilla Good vs Evil story. Recommended, but start with the first for best effect.more
The second Dean Koontz book to feature Odd Thomas, Forever Odd, perhaps should have been called MacGyver Odd. Odd tracks down a strange group of villains who are obsessed with the supernatural and have kidnapped a friend of his in order to make Odd show them ghosts. Although Odd can see ghosts he can't make them manifest to others so this is something of a problem. Practically the entire book takes place in an isolated, burned out casino and Odd spends the entire book figuring out ways to outwit them and rescue his friend. This was distinctly different from the first book but I enjoyed it nonetheless.more
Odd Thomas has a supernatural gift that is extremely rare. He can see the dead, and they know this instinctively, so they seek him out, either for company or help. So, when he is awakened at 2 am by Dr. Jessup, standing in his pajamas by Odd's bed, he's pretty sure his friend is no longer among the living. Dr. Jessup's worried look and insistent manner sends Odd to the Jessup home, concerned about Danny Jessup, his long time friend, and adopted son of the good doctor. Odd finds Dr. Jessup's body cruelly bludgeoned to death by his bed and Danny nowhere to be found. Odd senses immediately that Danny has been kidnapped. Since Danny is a lifelong victim of brittle bone disease, finding him before he is injured or killed by his captor. After a couple of mysterious calls to his cell phone by a smoky voiced woman who seems to know a lot about him, Odd sets out alone to find his friend and bring him home. This time he can't call in his good friend, Police Chief Porter, and Odd ends up confronting an evil he'd never known existed before.I enjoyed the first Odd Thomas, and this one was excellent, also. Witty and suspenseful, the story unfolds at a sometimes excruciatingly slow pace, but builds to a crescendo that is quite satisfying. I give this one a 5.more
Second in the series about Odd Thomas, who sees the dead and has a few other supernatural powers. In this one, he has to use all his powers to save his dear friend.Odd Thomas is one of the most interesting and original narrative voices. It really feels like some one you'd want to know... he is sweet, intelligent, and a darn good fry cook. Highly recommended.more
Forever Odd is a book that delves into the world of ghosts and detective work, which it justifies both poorly. Follow the main character, Odd, in solving a murder. Now no one said he would solve this murder by the books, no, he communes with the deceased, including a dead Elvis. Odd talks with the cool skepticism of most Koontz's novels heroes, as if they are all just cookie cutter protagonists from Dean's bakery of novels. If you like good books, don't read this.more
This was an awesome book! Definitely a different feel from the first one--which I'm finding to be a common theme even within this series for Koontz--but still just as great as the first! A fantastic read, a job well done!more
on Saturday, December 02, 2006 I wrote....Very quick read. I think it took me 2 days.It wasn't as good as the first book though.(Odd Thomas) I like his horror books better. I am re reading The Prodigal Son, because I thought that was one was such a great read.Forever Odd is all about a chase. I guess that genre is more suspence? I recommend his Frankenstein books over these but it is just a matter what kind of genre you like.more
For a few years I fell off the Koontz bandwagon. I am now again a passenger.Koontz has stopped the over-the-top, totally dated, supernatural “horror” stuff and grown up. As with its precursor, Odd Thomas, Forever Odd has a strong voice written in the first person. Odd is a likeable, strange and witty person and following him on his adventures is a pleasure. Though this second book lacked strength of plot, I will not hesitate to pick up the 3rd book, Brother Odd, (once it’s in paperback that is). Now, if he would just get back and write a 3rd in the previous series (Christopher Snow, dude who is allergic to sun/light) he started a view years ago....more
This is a very good book but slow to start but when it heats you might get burned.more
A good follow-on to Odd Thomas, thoroughly enjoyable. Contains all the familiar characters which I hope Mr. Koontz will continue to write about.more
Odd Thomas sees ghosts. They draw him towards things, they haunt most of his waking days. He can interact with them to a degree but it's not reliable or predictable. When his friend Danny is kidnapped Odd goes in search of him. What he finds is a woman who believes that his power is greater than it is. Who wants power of her own, who is very scary.As the story unfolds it's interesting to see how unquestioning belief in all that is said to be possible with the paranormal can cause problems. It causes serious problems with her but where the borderline is, is left up to the reader.more
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