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Odd Apocalypse (Odd Thomas #5)

3.84 of 5 stars 3.84  ·  rating details  ·  12,528 ratings  ·  1,560 reviews
Once presided over by a Roaring ’20s Hollywood mogul, the magnificent West Coast estate known as Roseland now harbors a reclusive billionaire financier and his faithful servants—and their guests: Odd Thomas, the young fry cook who sees the dead and tries to help them, and Annamaria, his inscrutably charming traveling companion. Fresh from a harrowing clash with lethal adve...more
Paperback, Large Print, 464 pages
Published July 31st 2012 by Random House Large Print (first published 2012)
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The original Odd Thomas book is one of my absolute favorites. However, the sequels have all been a bit too "odd" and hard to follow. This last one was no exception, in fact, I found it even harder to follow than the last two. I think part of the reason I enjoyed book 1 so much was because of the relationship btwn Odd and Stormy and without that relationship the more recent books have been missing something. This most recent one was entirely too technical and just confusing all around.
Fantastic! Odd is my favorite Koontz character and this did not disappoint. I enjoyed everything about this book and now I want to go back and read parts of it again. I would need to write a 5 paragraph essay in order to cover all that I loved in a review but I'll not do that. I loved the theme, the humor, the mystery, the science, the guest star, the "good guys," the beginning, the middle, the ending. Odd's observations and reflections about life and its meaning touched my heart. Odd may be swe...more
Finally! We've all been waiting since 2009 for another Odd! I'll try an hold it together until its release in July.
Update: It shipped it shipped it finally shipped yay yay! Thank you amazon.
Last update - no spoilers: It was so great. I forget how much I like Odd and the fact that he will forever be in love with Stormy. Odd's deep perspective on life and human nature is still alive in this book, which is one reason I love this series so much. Fun note: I don't know how in the world you came up...more
Julie Davis
I love the Odd Thomas books overall. However, what this book showed me above all is that I love the first trilogy of the Odd Thomas books. (Odd Thomas, Forever Odd, Brother Odd). Each of those were written as complete stories showing sweet, gentle but capable Odd Thomas fighting the supernatural for the good of the innocent who were threatened. They have beginnings, middles, and ends ... or at least resolutions of an evil situation with Odd sometimes on the road to find somewhere that a simple f...more
Why do I keep coming back to Odd, despite my general aversion to all but the tamest of the horror genre?* One word: humor.
I cannot help but love a book in which the main character spouts off about wanting to strangle mimes, "like all mentally stable citizens," assures himself that the frightful cry keeping him awake cannot belong to a loon, because loons "do not change their voices to fit the landscape. They're birds, not politicians," or categorizes believing in the solvency of Social Security...more
Aug 15, 2012 Meran rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes a bit of humor mixed with their horror and supernatural reading choices
Shelves: favorites

Sixth in the Odd Thomas Series...

I have no idea why so many people are expressing their disappointment in this book; it's VERY "Odd-like"!

The humor is still there... One of the sweet things about the Odd books... (no spoilers, though these are direct quotes from the book) On pg 102: "the chef was intent upon adding to a pile of eyes on the cutting board beside the sink, where he was blinding several pounds of potatoes before peeling them." Hilarious! On pg 104: "Day turning to night. Like a fe...more
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Odd Thomas has never really lived up to his original adventure. Where his perennial good humour and dogged optimism were winning character virtues in Pico Mundo, in "Odd Apocalypse" he seems almost apathetic and dull, disconnected from the events occurring around him.

When the fiction is a complicated mixed metaphor of supernatural horror, science-fiction, and high fantasy, without a solid character arc to tie it all together, it's just a lot of fluff that makes suspension of disbelief difficult...more
T. Edmund
If you pick up Odd Thomas #5, you'll get a creepy story, insight into Odd's odd brain, and funny ghosties. So if you're a big fan of the series rest assured you'll enjoy this one.

However, if you are more like me and need a bit more literary flair, you're out of luck with this one.

I think Koontz had quite an interesting idea for this story, however rather than fully fleshing it out, he just had Odd pontificate about Koontz's beliefs for large chunks of the book book.

So forget character developmen...more
It's hard not to expect the moon and sky from a Dean Koontz novel - he did a great job over the years in raising my expectations.

Unfortunatley, Odd #5 didn't come close to meeting them. Koontz's writing style is, as always, excellent and there's lots of the humor you expect with Odd.

And I guess it's hard to write a series about a character and not reflect back on certain points for the benefit of those who may not have read previous books, but if you have read them and you have a decent memory,...more
Melody Martino
It feels like I've waited forever for the Odd Thomas story to continue! I'm only about 20% into the book right now, and while I am enjoying the story, I really don't feel like I'm reading Odd Thomas. Maybe it's just that the first books were soooo long ago, but it seems the voice of Odd Thomas has completely changed. I don't remember his descriptions being so "wordy". Dean Koontz tend to be "wordy", but I never felt he was with Odd. I'm finding myself skipping over paragraphs. That is disappoint...more
How can you not love Odd?! I read the first Odd Thomas book on a whim. I was walking through a discount book store and the hard cover was on sale for something like $2.00, who could pass up a $2.00 book by an author who usually writes best sellers. Actually I didn't know I liked Koontz then...I just knew that I read & enjoyed Whispers and figured I'd give this one a try. I had no idea it was to be more than one book, but I am oh so happy it is. I love Odd. He is by far one of my favorite boo...more

This is the fifth book in the series starring Odd Thomas, the self-proclaimed fry cook with his ability to see the recently departed. The series continues along the same path it did with the prior novel "Odd Hours" with Odd Thomas and his companion Annamaria as they stay at the Roseland estate. The events of the novel take place over the course of a single day and Koontz manages to pack a significant amount of action, suspense, and even a little bit of horror into this nearly 400...more
Dustin Crazy little brown owl
I finally read Odd Apocalypse as part of the Autumn 2012 Reading Challenge for the Dare to Dream Group. This title meets the task of reading a book with an orange/yellow cover as well as the task of reading a book with where at least of the characters is a ghost :-)

I really wasn't sure I was gonna like this installment of the Odd adventures because it started out with too much repetition, but about the half-way point in the novel, the intriguing story had me.

I love time travel so this brought ba...more
Louann Carroll
Odd is back!

I've read the entire series and loved every book.

Odd is a little different. He's a fry cook by trade, but hasn't had the chance to cook for quite a while. He comes from Pico Mundo, a fictional desert town in California. The place where he lost the love of his life--Stormy Llewellyn.

His name, Odd, is a mistake. His mother thought she put Todd on his birth certificate, but someone made a mistake and Todd became Odd.He's okay with his name. It fits him well.

Odd sees ghosts. They don't t...more
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Feels like I say this in every review of an Odd book, but I'll say it again: I am not a fan of Dean Koontz. But I am a big fan of Odd.

The previous book was too much Koontz and not enough Odd, but this one made up for that. You can really feel Odd in there, behind the words---under the words, as Tim would say (and I did love Tim).

Odd did have one whole paragraph of his philosophy about words that made me really need to be able to sit him down, say, "Now, Odd. That is crap," and explain why it was...more
Austin Reams
As far as the "Odd" series goes, and a generally good and interesting read, I would have to give this a 4-ish-star ratting. But after finishing this book, I feel more than ever that this series is going nowhere and that Koontz is merely dragging out Odd Thomas' exploits with no intention of answering any of the lingering questions driving this story. He apparently only intends on selling more pulp fiction.
Again, Odd finds himself in a similar situation: a bunch of bad guys, and at least one cute...more
“Their faces melt off their skulls. And their skulls turn black when the air touches them, and all their bones block. And then the black blows away like soot, there isn’t anything left of them.”

ODD APOCALYPSE is a novel of nightmares, the most 'adult horror' to feature Odd Thomas yet. The latest instalment breathes a breath of rancid air to the series, sure to fear and induce night terrors. Koontz' creations share some similarities with the conceptual monsters of 77 SHADOW STREET - perhaps not i...more
Sandy (WI girl at heart)
Just finished Dean Koontz's book "Odd Apocalypse". If you're an "Odd" fan this is a good one to read. My only suggestion is to make sure your read the 4 "Odd" book prior to this 5th one. As usual Koontz has you twisting and turning through out the entire book. I picked up on some of the small hints during the story but missed one of the bigger points until it was too late in the story.

The character Odd Thomas had me convinced that he was going to die in this book before the end of the story but...more
Dean Koontz has really left me disappointed lately, but that is all okay with me... as long as he keeps letting me read about Odd Thomas. Seriously, these books are IMO some of his best works. I forgot how much I love Odd. He is, yes, odd, but funny and sweet and you can't help but root for him every step of the way. I think Koontz is at his best when he is mixing in humor with horror. This book was pretty freaking cool. The premise of the estate and the horribly weird inhabitants. Very, very co...more
Odd Apocalypse was a disappointment.I liked the first one in the series, tolerated the next two, but the last two have just been more of the same, no originality, tension, or suspense. Just Odd doing essentially the same thing in a different setting. About a third of the way throughmth book, I couldn't stand it any more, skipped to the last few pages just to see if the end would be as predictable as I thought (it was) and then closed the book.

I had high hope for this Odd novel, since over the la...more
Shawnee Bowlin
I hardly ever rate a book 5 stars, even those by Dean Koontz (one of my top favorite authors). Odd Apocalypse was one of his best thus far! Odd carries on from a previous adventure with a delightful female oddity who accompanies him as a friend even he can't understand. His journey leads him to a wild adventure he'd rather forget in search of a little boy who isn't a boy, yet is.
Odd is my favorite Koontz character, and is a quirky one at jokes in strange situations. I thoroughly enjoy Odd's abi...more
Joanna Duell
Have not read the prior books. Starts out very slow. Once you reach the middle a lot of questions and riddles are answered. Hope to finish by the weekend. Must say Odd has a great sense of humor when u least expect it. pretty good read.
love love loved this book!i was on the edge of my seat with this one and cant wait to read more of dean kootz books! a must read! i received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads.
Mark Turner
After 77 Shadow Street, which was for me a dissapointment, I'm happy to say that Koontz is back to something like his best with this one. I hope my fellow Koontz fans like it as much as I did.
Odd Thomas is back! Koontz returns to his awesome writing roots by bringing us more Odd in a fast-paced read that will have you worried for our fry cook friend on every page.
I haven't actually quite finished this fifth installment of the "Odd Thomas" and I'm not sure I will. It is almost impossible to become interested in the action because in fact there isn't much action and A LOT of Odd's musings, philosophies, and exhaustive re-telling of his backstory. The ghost of Alfred Hitchcock (seriously) had just appeared in the midst of a rather urgent situation and instead of just moving forward with the plot line I am being treated to 4 paragraphs of blather about previ...more
I should have seen it coming.The title alone should have been enough.But I entered The World of Odd unprepared.Having read only the first in the series, I was ill-equipped for this one.
A beautiful but sinister estate is the setting for number five in the series. Our Odd hero and his latest lady companion are "guests" of a reclusive gazillionaire. Warned to not go out at night, of course Odd does exactly that. Though soon,it doesn't matter the time of day, the danger and monsters are ever prese...more
Barbara ★
I've always loved Dean Koontz's writing style - a little loopy, a little humor and a lot horror. I enjoy the "Odd" series and really like Odd Thomas's character. He's a morally upstanding guy who from time to time has to do repugnant things for the good of humanity. Interspersed with the horrific details of various nasty things and creatures, Odd's quirky personality peeps out, bringing some much needed comic relief to the mounting tension. Odd seems to have picked up a few travelers whom he tak...more
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“The best part of a Mr. Goodbar is not the wrapper, is it? No, and the best part of a Coke is not the can. On those nights when you lie awake, either man or boy, wondering about yourself, peeling away one layer of oddness after another, you should remember and always be grateful that the woefully imperfect person that you are, with all your contradictions and unworthy desires, is not the best of you, any more than the wrapper is the best part of a Mr. Goodbar. -Odd Thomas - Odd Apocalypse by Dean Koonts pgs. 354-355 chapter 53” 13 likes
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