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Loop me in, odd one. The words, spoken in the deep of night by a sleeping child, chill
the young man watching over her. For this was a favorite phrase of Stormy Llewellyn,
his lost love, and Stormy is dead, gone forever from this world. In the haunted halls of
the isolated monastery where he had sought peace, Odd Thomas is stalking spirits of an infinitely darker nature

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Hardcover, 364 pages
Published November 28th 2006 by Bantam (first published 2006)
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Beth
I love Odd Thomas. I think he is a great character: endearing, quirky, funny. All the qualities I would want in a good friend. And of course, his ability to see ghosts, and his fundamental compassion towards those spirits, makes him special and even more admirable.
So I was fully expecting to love this book, as I did the first two in this series (Odd Thomas and Forever Odd).
Unfortunately,

***SPOILER ALERT****





the climax of this book was very disappointing. It lasted approximately 1 and 1/2 pages o...more
UniquelyMoi ... So I Can Shine...

Odd Thomas is such an awesome character. I loved his integrity, his dry humor and his bravery. I recall reading a quote, something along the lines that bravery isn't the absence of fear, it's the presence of fear but the willingness to do what is needed, anyway. That describes Odd Thomas to a T.

Kristin
To be honest, three stars was pretty generous, but I just have a hard time giving less unless a book is crap! Don't get me wrong: this is far from crap, but unfortunately I liked it least of the three books in this series. Maybe I was just "over" the premise, but I found many of the characters in this book to be ridiculous, including Mr. Thomas himself. =( I was annoyed by his endless witty/sarcastic/funny comments. It was like he was living one long CBS comedy. And it wasn't just him; everyone...more
Charles
I didn't care that much for the second book in the Odd Thomas series but this third book really kicked it up a notch. I thought the end came a bit too easily, but there was a lot of genuine tension throughout the book and some very nice description to go along with interesting characters.
J.S. Bailey
Having reread Brother Odd, I've decided that I enjoyed this volume more than the first book in the series. In addition to Odd's continuous wit, there's a group of badass monks and nuns who help defend a school of vulnerable children against evil creatury-things that are going to kill them--and if that isn't awesome, then I don't know what is.

As I've been rereading this series, I've fallen into long bouts of introspection in which I ponder the human condition much as Odd himself does. Odd is alwa...more
Eric M. Witchey
When I'm working hard on cleaning, organizing, repairing, or any of the mundane chores of life, I like to listen to audio books. I listened to Brother Odd over a three day period, and I found myself smiling and occasionally, unintentionally, pausing to listen instead of work. It was a fun mix of "I see dead people," Catholicism, Quantum smoke and mirrors, and mad scientist egoism. I love the compassion and respect Koontz brings to the perspective of people who are generally dismissed in our cult...more
Michelle
B A D B O O K !

Koont'z purple prose give me a migraine and makes me want to kill.


This book will give your pets cholera.


This book is responsible for increases in the gas tax.


This book emanates the odor of previously owned Romano cheese.


This book slapped my husband.


This book voted for Bush.


Kathy Davie
Third in the Odd Thomas horror-lite series about a young man needing to retreat from his horrific life.

Horror-lite? Yeah, what else can you call it when the story is both warm and creepily weird?

My Take
Well, I was dying to know what and why Odd sought out a monastery. And Koontz delivered with warmth and homeyness even as violence broke out. It's an odd mixture of science and the metaphysical, not at all what I would expect. But then, neither is Odd.

The peace and vitality with which Koontz inves...more
Davis
I was given this book as a diversion while hospitalized. It served that purpose but little else. While the character Odd Thomas initially shows some promise, he is never fully developed. The author adds numerous comments in the first person narrative regarding events which have no relevance to this story. I realize this is the third in a series, but the interjections only allude to the first books and add nothing to either the character or the plot of this book. While the plot begins interesting...more
Chloe
At this point in the series, Odd is kind of like Caine from Kung Fu. He wanders the land looking for supernatural mysteries that he can make right in some twisted karmic redemption plot that he has going. Still, at least this opens up Odd's normally insular little desert existence to something more- like a monastery plagued by quantum bone monsters where your only allies seem to be the roughest bunch of monks ever assembled, from the former mob heavyweight (Brother Knuckles, no joke) to the crim...more
Jak
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Barbara ★
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...more
Quintin Merwe
Initially, this book started off on the same pace as the other books and I almost got worried that this one is going to just be the same thing all over again. Even though I raved about the first two books, if he kept on telling the same story just with a slight twist here and there, I would have been very disappointed.
Luckily this book is a step up from the previous books (not that they weren't great also) and I was captivated by the new mystery - you'll have to read it to understand what I mea...more
Jennifer Wardrip
I love Dean Koontz. I love Odd Thomas. In fact, I love that Dean Koontz loves Odd Thomas enough to write a third (and I'm guessing, soon a fourth) book about him. So I may be a little biased in saying that BROTHER ODD is one of my favorite books of the year.

Odd has left Pico Mundo to join the nuns and brothers in a monastery. Although he's not taking his vows, he's been enjoying the peace and quiet--and relative safety--that being with these brothers and sisters of Christ has brought. He's also...more
♥ Marlene♥
Sep 20, 2008 ♥ Marlene♥ rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no-one
Shelves: thriller
on Saturday, August 02, 2008 I wrote about this book:

OMG What a horrible boring book. I still have 10 pages to go and i am searching the internet to see what others think about this book. To my surprise a lot of people love it. Guess they only do because they love the character Odd Thomas cause the writing and the story is bad.

Nothing happens. No excitement no suspense, very weird story. All characters are the same. all have the same humour, speak the same as Odd does.

I thought Life Expectancy...more
Regina
I found it comforting to find Odd Thomas in a monastery after the loss of Stormy. Thinking at first to escape but then actually there to help others, both living and dead, in his selfless way. I continue to be intrigued with him and look forward to the next chapter/book of his life.
Janie Johnson
I was rather disappointed with this installment of the Odd Thomas series, and found that I struggled through most of it. I did have high expectations going into this one since I really enjoyed the first two. I feel like the story could have really been shortened by at least 100 pages.

I felt like there was a lack of the excitement in this story, meaning not too much was really going on. I feel like the story lacked the depth and there was all this build up in the story for something BIG that was...more
Josh Barnett
You can read this review and others at my book blog site, joshsbookcorner.blogspot.com


Seven months have past since we last heard from Odd Thomas. He has left Pico Mundo to live with the monks at St. Bartholomew’s Abbey. He hopes to find peace and quite within himself as a guest there.
After a monk goes missing, Odd sees a bodach. Bodachs are a sign of destruction. The only one who can save the monks, sisters, and kids from the danger is once again Odd Thomas.
This entire plot is great but what...more
Bob
Brother Odd begins well, the unusual setting contributing effectively to the mood as the hero, Odd Thomas, sits in the window of a dark monastery, watching the night, waiting to catch his first sight of snow. And Mr. Koontz doesn’t disappoint the reader by allowing the Odd one to linger in peace for too long, robbing the story of conflict. As it should, the trouble starts right away.

For me, however, as the book eased into the middle, the story became somewhat diluted, not enough for me to lose i...more
Deepak
Dean Koontz succeeds again with the third installment to his thriller series, Odd Thomas, with the novel Brother Odd. Dean Koontz has been my favorite author ever since I’ve picked up one of his older novels about two years ago, called Fear Nothing. Being a Dean Koontz fan, there was no doubt I would be reading another one of his best novels. His sense of humor, intriguing ideas, ability to make likable characters, and his form of writing makes his books a fun read. Brother Odd didn’t fall shor...more
Tee Jay
With this third installment in Koontz’s series, I found that I was slightly disappointed with the novel. I mean, after reading numerous reviews that essentially exclaim that the novel Brother Odd was a fine return to form after many people exclaimed their disdain toward Forever Odd, I was quite surprised to find that I actually enjoyed Forever Odd more than Brother Odd. I’m not sure if this is good or not; indeed, I’m left to wonder whether Koontz’s writing has degenerated to such a degree that...more
Edward Lorn
Brother Odd is Dean Koontz's redemption piece after the fiasco that was Forever Odd, whether or not the author thinks so is beside the point. He redeemed himself in my eyes. Everything I hated from the second book is thankfully absent from the third, while everything I adored about the first book returns in abundance.

Odd doesn't have to spend 120 pages walking this time around because he's already at the site of the book's action. I have read other reviews that complain about the story line bei...more
Jen
I really enjoyed this story. For the most part, it was well-written and entertaining. I gave it only four stars because I was little unclear on whether or not Boo was a ghost dog. I can't now remember if Odd ever said, but it turned out he was. I mainly figured this out thanks to the fact that Boo could go through doorways that Odd had to first open, and that Odd was the only person interacting with him.

I also found the bone creatures a little unrealistic. While I enjoyed the concept of them and...more
Chris
Ok, this might just be me. In a horror/suspense novel, the villain is key. The villain has to scare the crap out of you or it just doesn't work. This villain just didn't do it for me. I hate spoilers so I will just leave it at that. Reasonable minds differ and all that. And the ending was too abrupt for my taste. Oh, so there is more, is there? Ok, that being said, I would read a book about Odd Thomas going grocery shopping. Although I read the first book only a few months ago, he is one of my a...more
Sarah
Better than Forever Odd...not as good as Odd Thomas...has some serious flaws. The writing is lack luster, although Odd Thomas is still a character that is charming in a quirky way. The plot flucuates between gripping and overly cheesey, which started to aggravate me toward the end. Maybe I'm too cynical, but for the love of god, I'm tired of hearing about how lost Odd is with Stormy gone. The actual plot is okay, but not as strong as I would have liked with a an ending that seriously let me down...more
Jeremy Brooks
Brother Odd is the third book in the "Odd Thomas" series, and the one I've liked the least out of the first three. Odd Thomas is a very likable, unassuming young man who uses his odd (no pun intended, or perhaps it is) supernatural abilities to help and protect the innocent, the lingering dead, and those whose death is portended by the appearance of shadowy creatures or spirits only he can see. I love the character of Odd Thomas. His is a past borne of and shaped by dramatic, traumatic turns of...more
Al

Loop me in, odd one. The words, spoken in the deep of night by a sleeping child, chill
the young man watching over her. For this was a favorite phrase of Stormy Llewellyn,
his lost love, and Stormy is dead, gone forever from this world. In the haunted halls of
the isolated monastery where he had sought peace, Odd Thomas is stalking spirits of an infinitely darker nature

Through two New York Times bestselling novels Odd Thomas has established himself as one of the most beloved and unique fictional

...more
Lily
It had been a long while since I'd last picked up a Koontz novel. This book was a fun afternoon quick read. It was another Koontz's formulaic monster stories with the unknown-for-most-of-the-book-entity stalking the main character until the resolution.

The main character, Odd Thomas, seems to be a apart of a larger story arc that spans a few books. I've only read this one but I am glad I didn't pick up the first book in the series because the Odd's backstory sounds completely boring and predictab...more
Stephanie
While I did enjoy the story, I think this was my least favorite so far of the Odd Thomas series. There was just something about this one, like it didn't quite tie together. I don't know, it just seemed weird to me.

Odd Thomas is living as a guest in monastery in the mountains of California. He is happy and enjoying his life with the brothers until he spots the first of what he calls "bodachs", dark shadowy creatures that show up when disaster is about to strike. So Oddie does what he does best an...more
Sherry (sethurner)
Oh boy, I feel like a real Scrooge, because people whose taste I respect have recommended this series to me, and I just thought the entire book was awful. It was filled with cliched writing, and endless padding. The plot could have made a decent short story - maybe - but it was dragged on and on. There was an annoying subplot about Elvis as a ghost waiting to "move on" that particularly seemed superfluous. I felt like Koontz was preaching lots of the time, getting on a soapbox about people who h...more
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