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Tuesday, July 22, 2008


by Dean Koontz

Odd Thomas thwarts a plot to smuggle nuclear weapons into the United States in this fourth installment of Dean Koontz's "Odd Thomas" series.

It's not the stories that I like in the Odd Thomas books. It's Odd Thomas himself. I think, after the first book, the plots are mostly ludicrous. But Odd is a great character. I like the way he talks. I love his descriptions and clever quips. I like his humor in the face of his own terror and his kind heart. Odd Hours is not a riveting page-turner, but a pleasant way to spend a few stress-easing hours in your favorite chair while Odd entertains you with his ironic observations of humanity, his dry, self-deprecating wit and his totally unrealistic adventures.


Joy said...

Unfortunately I just returned this book to the library yesterday without reading it. :( I'm so looking forward to it for the very reasons you mentioned. I love Odd and I don't necessarily like the stories. However, if Odd was placed in different stories (ones that we think we would enjoy more), he may not have the same appeal. Sometimes the setting, storyline, etc. molds a character more than we realize. Hmmm, just something to ponder. :)

Jeane said...

I like to read your take on it. The other reviews I read of these books didn't make that clear about his character.

Andi said...

I haven't read any of the Odd books. The reviews don't seem very good after the first one, but I would definitely be interested in trying it at some point. I keep forgetting to put it on my bookmooch list. Now might be the time!

Darlene said...

You know I could never get into Odd Thomas-I may have to give it a try again one of these days.

Lezlie said...

Joy ~ You have a good point. The story seems so secondary, almost an afterthought, to Odd Thomas' character that he may have turned out to be a completely different person otherwise.

Jeane ~ If they were reviewing the story, I can see why the ratings weren't so good. Frankly, the story is pretty stupid. Odd's personality is the draw to these books.

Andi ~ I can see why these might not be his most popular works with reviewers. They're, well . . . , odd. ;-)

Dar ~ If you give them another shot, just forget about the plot. Just go with his character and listen to his ramblings. They are what make the books worth reading. If you're looking for something really gripping though, these really aren't it.


Anonymous said...

That was well put! I've never heard the Odd series described like that, but you are do dead-on!

Darlene said...

Hey Lezlie, I nominated you for an award. I can't figure out how to link in comments so here's the link:

Lezlie said...

J. Kaye ~ Thanks! It was hard to put into words what it is I like about them without making them sound stupid.

Dar ~ Thank you so much! (I can't figure out how to link in comments either.)