Forever Odd (Odd Thomas, #2)
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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...more
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Published January 1st 2006 by Wheeler Publishing (first published 2005)
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Wil
Oct 02, 2007 Wil rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People I want to discourage from ever reading again
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Ian
May 03, 2008 Ian rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ian by: Kevin
Shelves: suspense
While this Odd Thomas book was a good and entertaining read, I say so resignedly.

Everything is here to make this as solid a book as the first; interesting plot, great supporting characters, etc. Additionally Odd's wit in Forever Odd seemed a bit more refined than the first book, and I enjoyed it a bit more because of it.

What I found unfortunate was that Forever Odd seemed stitched on to the first book in what I felt was a forced way. I couldn't escape the feeling that Odd Thomas was intended to...more
Barks & Bites
This is the sequel to Odd Thomas, one of my favorites from Koontz. I wasn't expecting it to be as great as the first in the series but I was looking forward to it anyway.

Sadly, it lacked that emotional spark that made Odd Thomas so appealing a read. This time Odd's friend is kidnapped and he spends the book attempting a rescue and battling a crazed female psychopath who wants Odd to conjure her a ghost. I found my mind drifting away far too often as I read. Too much action, too little emotion. O...more
Deborah Joyner
Aug 16, 2007 Deborah Joyner rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fantasy fans
Shelves: fantasy
If you haven't read Odd Thomas, I certainly suggest that you do - this follow-up volume finds Odd in another strange situation. Because Odd can see dead people, he knows something bad is going on when the ghost of his friend Danny's step-dad shows up at the foot of his bed. Danny has been kidnapped - and a strange woman keeps calling Odd with cryptic comments. Following the kidnappers to an abandoned casino, Odd faces down a strange set of killers. It's better than I can describe - Koontz's pros...more
Quintin Merwe
I am still amazed by the amount of times I find myself laughing out loud when reading the "Odd" books. Brilliantly done and 5 starts for the interesting storyline. I stayed up almost all night reading this book and could not put it down.
The most brilliant thing about the book is that Dean writes in a clever way (yes, some of my friends did not get some of the funny parts); the way that things said in the beginning of the book ends up being absolutely hilarious later on while the book still keep...more
Kathy Davie
Second in the Odd Thomas lightweight horror series revolving around a man who sees ghosts. Based in a tiny desert town in California---Pico Mundo.

My Take
I think Koontz uses this series to relax. He uses Odd's character to write the stories in this series and he uses the opportunity to relay his own philosophies about life. It certainly does allow Koontz to wander down some pretty odd paths and relate unrelated trivia! I did like the word association game Odd plays with Danny! Whew… Seems a bit m...more
Jonathan
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UniquelyMoi ... So I Can Shine...

This review is based on a recent re-read:

Odd Thomas is at it again.... a great story with lot's of twists, turns and surprises.
A childhood friend of Odd’s has disappeared. 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
...more
Jaemi
Odd Thomas was the first book I read by Dean Koontz, and when I saw Forever Odd at a local Borders and got excited because I knew it had to be another Odd Thomas book, I wasn't surprised to find out tht he'd written since people had been clamoring for more. Odd Thomas is a pretty cool guy.

Still recovering from the disastrous events that led him to write his first manuscript, Odd wakes one night to find Dr. Wilbur Jessup in his bedroom staring at him. He has a sinking feeling.

He heads out the doo...more
Rachel
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Hey, Forever Odd. How ya doin'? Good? Yeah? Look, I'm just gonna come out and say it, things just aren't working out. It's not you, it's me.....

Okay, who are we kidding. It's totally you. Your plot is weak, the story feels like it's not going anywhere, and I'm bored. The magic is gone. And with only one week left of summer vacation, I wanna play the field. You know, weigh my options, read around, see if something catches my interest. I just can't be tied down.

But I really do hope we can be frie...more
Sandi
I'm still not much of a series person, but I'm beginning to see what an author can do by re-visiting a character and setting. The character of Odd is developing quite nicely. He suffered a tragic loss in the first novel, but he's determined not to let that happen again. In Forever Odd, Koontz not only further develops the character of Odd, he expands on the history of Pico Mundo(Small World), California. Pico Mundo is a pretty typical California desert town and Koontz makes it very realistic.

I...more
Laura
So this was a huge improvement on the first book in my opinion. In this book I actually totally fell in love with Odd and I couldn't get enough of his weird little ways. In the first instalment I thought it was difficult to warm to his character and I didn't really 'get' his weird humor and stuff but this has all changed. I now adore this character, he's so sweet and funny and refreshingly decent it's just fantastic.

The plot was so much better in this novel as well, I thought. I was hooked after...more
Maciek
SPOILERS, but the book is not really worth anything so...
The protagonist runs around in the sewers and a deserted casino in search of a kidnapped childhood friend (about whom we didn't hear a word in the first book). He discovers that a succubi dominatrix has kidnapped his friend, but don't worry - a mountain lion jumps out from nowhere and kills her.
BOOL!
The End.
Phil Stokoe
Book #2 in the Odd Thomas series, and I enjoyed this one more than the first. Obviously it helps if you have read "Odd Thomas" before you start in on this one, but it's not entirely necessary as Dean Koontz does cover enough of the salient points that you need to know who's who and what's going on, but obviously if you want a fuller understanding, it just makes sense to read the books in order. You wouldn't start watching The Matrix trilogy with Matrix reloaded and then go back and watch The Mat...more
Jennifer Wardrip
Not long after Odd Thomas became a hero in the town of Pico Mundo by taking down a sniper at the local mall with plans of blowing it sky-high, Odd finds himself once again helping out both the living and dead.

His best friend, Danny, who suffers from brittle bone disease, is missing from his home where he lived with his adoptive father, Dr. Wilbur Jessup. Dr. Jessup had only minutes before arrived at Odd's apartment seeming to appeal for help--he was, like so many people who drift in and out of...more
Cherie
An excellent sequel to Odd Thomas , which I read back at the end of 2004. Unfortunately, it took me a few minutes to remember what had happened to Stormy and the exact details of August that Odd kept referring to so I wish I'd have read Odd Thomas more recently, or else had it on hand to briefly glimpse through to refresh my memory on key points and characters. As it stands now, I'm still not sure I recall how Stormy died, but I don't think the exact details were all that important to the curren...more
Imogen
Ugh I thought I'd be able to gloss over the normativities and just enjoy a trashy novel, but I was wrong. The villain is

-a sex worker
-a vegetarian
-an herbalist
-sex positive

whereas the hero is

-a fry cook
-who was saving himself for marriage until his One Beloved died
-who doesn't do anything weird.

Boring. I was rooting for the villain the whole time, except she sucked. Plus pretty much nothing happened: SPOILER Odd finds somebody got killed, so he goes to a hotel, where there are some creepy peopl...more
Robby
Mar 27, 2013 Robby rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Dean Koontz Fans
Recommended to Robby by: Self
Shelves: horror, paranormal, series
I'm writing this review after just writing one for the first book in the series,"Odd Thomas." The reason: I already thought I had. Oh well. I must say, this was a little bit of a let down compared to the first one but not enough so to stop me from continuing the series. I-M-O, the story line and characters just lacked the emotional involvement I felt in the first book. There again sometimes my attention is drawn away from a particular read due to my own reality and the stories (real) therein; oh...more
Danni
The first book was good...this was not good. I'm not going to spoil it for anyone who wants to/is reading this one but there are some serious holes in this story. The biggest, being Odd's best friend who was never mentioned in the first story. The other is the ending for which I am only confused. The resolution was far-fetched, even for fiction horror.
Denise
Forever Odd is Book 2 in the Odd Thomas series. After thoroughly enjoying the first book, I immediately picked up this one with eager anticipation. It had me going for about the first half - Dr. Jessup appearing to Odd and leading him to discover his murder and Danny's disappearance, and then Odd's searching to find out what had happened to Danny, kept me turning the pages. Unfortunately, it lost me after that.

First of all, it occurred to me that Danny, Odd's supposed best friend ever from child...more
Maythavee
MAJOR SPOILERS! YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!

Forever Odd was much darker than the first book. How could it not be though? Odd’s life is changed forever with the traumatic events that happened in previous book. I did miss the lighter tone though. Another thing that I missed was the constant interaction between Odd and his friends (or found family). Odd was alone for the majority of the story and while it was good for us to understand how badly he was affected by the tragedy. It got quite lonely. But wh...more
Laurie
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Kelly
Uh oh, kids, it’s that time again. What time, you ask? Time for you to pull out your boots and grab your shovels because that synopsis is pure BULLSHIT!

First of all, Odd does not communicate with the dead, he sees the dead. Big difference. I mean sure, he can talk to them, but unless they whip out a pen and paper, he has no idea what they actually want.

Second of all, Datura is not an exceptionally cunning and fearsome enemy. You know what she is? Crazy. Not schizophrenic, bipolar, manic depres...more
Tee Jay
Synopsis: Includes ***Spoilers***

This is the second novel with Odd Thomas as the protagonist. After Odd discovers that his childhood friend Danny has been kidnapped, he assumes that Danny’s father, who was recently released from prison, has kidnapped him. Therefore, Odd investigates and is led through a water tunnel and into an abandoned hotel by his “psychic magnetism syndrome” (PMS).

Inside, he finds his friend tied up and strapped to a bomb. Danny informs him that his dad did not kidnap him. I...more
Kevin
Forever Odd was a huge disappointment after reading "Odd Thomas", the first book in the series.

This book is 300 pages. If all the needless descriptive "clutter" is removed, it would only be 200 pages. I'm not a fast reader and I finished this book in a few hours. I'm willing to bet it only took Mr Koontz a week or so to write it. Upon finishing the book, I honestly felt like he threw it together as quickly as possible. I have a strong feeling he had to meet a deadline, so he wrote the basic stor...more
Nicolaas
It doesn't feel like a lot of love went into this book. I enjoyed the first, and at least some of it spilled over to this book - what I mean is, I already liked the characters, so it feels like he didn't make any effort to make us like them again. It's not a very good stand alone book, and I really hope the third is better (already bought it).

Lets see, shaky plot at the best of times. Almost zero suspense. I so missed the feeling of the "sh*t is gonna hit the fan" that I got from the first book....more
Rebekah
Alas, like most sequels to a great novel, this one does not meet the expectation that the first novel inspired, but was still entertaining. While I would consider this the horror/suspense genre, it is more because of the occult/voodoo elements than graphic violence or sadism that many horror novels cling to.

This book also lacked the level of suspense in the first. As Odd works to free a friend from the clutches of a madwoman, he finds her true intent is to have him (Odd), so that she can use hi...more
Tracy Walters
As most of the other reviews have said.....this book wasn't quite as good as Odd Thomas. There is a bit more swearing and Datora is a really nasty character with some really messed up ideas....there seemed to be a bit more 'talking to oneself' and not enough action....although walking, crawling, running, & climbing thru a decrepit destroyed casino is pretty creepy.....especially when it's filled with ghosts and a mountain lion....YIKES!!! The storyline was most interesting at the very beginn...more
Zuck
Forever Odd- and Odd it was. The beginning was slow and I really wondered if I was going to make it through. The main character sees the dead and helps the local police to solve crimes. Early on in the book the main character sees Elvis sitting at his kitchen table crying over salt and pepper shakers of himself. This was the point when I almost gave up reading it. There was truly no point in Elvis, he never returned and was only causally mentioned later in the book. What was the point? Ridiculou...more
Philip
I'd never read a Dean Koontz book before. I've always wanted to. I see his books everywhere. One of my students last year was really into him, so I told her I'd give him a shot over the summer.

Forever Odd was a good book. It featured a kid who could see, but not talk to ghosts. Apparently ghosts don't talk. Or if they do, we don't listen.

Ghosts come to him seeking justice, and he superheroes the day.

Like I said, it was a good book. Not a great book. Not one I'd read again, but I'm glad I read it...more
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