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Brother Odd (Odd Thomas #3)

3.97  ·  Rating Details  ·  47,705 Ratings  ·  1,950 Reviews
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.

Hardcover, 364 pages
Published November 28th 2006 by Bantam (first published 2006)
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Will M.
The thing with this series is that no matter how pointless each book may seem, I still find myself enjoying each one way or another. This is the third one and I still don't see the point of the series, but I enjoyed it nonetheless.

The whole book was composed of father ____ and sister ____ did this and that. Plus Odd trying to explain that he's not crazy. It was an easy listen, plus David Erin Baker narrated it perfectly. I really liked the way he did it. It felt natural. Even the way he portraye
Mar 08, 2008 Beth rated it it was ok
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).


the climax of this book was very disappointing. It lasted approximately 1 and 1/2 pages o
Dustin Crazy little brown owl
This is the fourth time I've actually read Brother Odd. Good thing for Goodreads to help me keep track of how many times. Brother Odd is among my favorites in the Odd Thomas series. For a long time, I said it was my favorite but now I am rather partial to Odd Interlude and Odd Apocalypse.

I like the idea of creating our own reality which I hadn't seen in Koontz's works since By the Light of the Moon , From the Corner of His Eye and most recently experienced in Ashley Bell.

The most impressive thin
Jan 18, 2008 Kristin rated it liked it
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
Feb 23, 2008 Michelle rated it did not like it
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.

UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

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.

Feb 20, 2015 Corey rated it really liked it
It's been a while since I've read the Odd Thomas series, I had to go back and refresh my memory a little bit before jumping into this book, and I'm glad I did. Brother Odd was an entertaining and fun read, had some comedy in it, some parts making me laugh out loud. It did however take a bit to figure out the plot, and what's going on. But as I read more, it started making sense.

No matter how weird or strange his books can be, I gotta say Dean Koontz is a phenomenal writer!
Eric M. Witchey
Jan 05, 2009 Eric M. Witchey rated it really liked it
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
Aug 19, 2008 Charles rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller
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.
Edward Lorn
Apr 08, 2015 Edward Lorn rated it it was amazing
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
J.S. Bailey
Feb 21, 2014 J.S. Bailey rated it it was amazing
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
Kathy Davie
Apr 26, 2016 Kathy Davie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: homey, horror, funny
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
Jennifer Wardrip
Nov 14, 2012 Jennifer Wardrip rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 11, 2008 Jak rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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May 11, 2013 Regina rated it really liked it
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.
4-4.5 stars

This was a really good addition to the Odd Thomas series. Due to the tragedies that Odd has experienced, he felt a need (at the end of book #2) to get away from all who know him and gain quiet and solitude to heal. Odd goes to a monastery where he stays as a guest and takes time to regain himself. Unfortunately, after being there for 7 month, Odd encounters some freaky stuff that seems to threaten the monks, nuns and the children that the nuns take care of. Odd, with some help from a
Barbara ★
Sep 06, 2014 Barbara ★ rated it it was amazing
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
Josh Barnett
Jun 15, 2013 Josh Barnett rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: default
You can read this review and others at my book blog site,

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
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
Dec 04, 2013 Davis rated it it was ok
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
Apr 06, 2009 Chloe rated it really liked it
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
Kris Van Laer
Aug 16, 2015 Kris Van Laer rated it really liked it
Other setting for the third book, this time Odd is in a monastery in the California mountains which gives it a more spooky setting. When Odd is in the monastery he discovers that bad things are about to happen and when soon a monk is killed it turns out to be some kind of detective story in search for the evil one amongs them. The plot was thrilling although not 100% satisfactory as it turned out that some supernatural and scientific force was involved
nevertheless a nice one in the series
Mar 15, 2016 Kelsey rated it liked it
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Diane Lynch
Apr 13, 2014 Diane Lynch rated it it was amazing
My favorite Odd Thomas book. This would make a great movie. It is impossible to predict anything in this book. No spoilers here. A must read.
Jul 09, 2015 forestsprite rated it liked it
Mmmm, I dropped an extra star for this one over the first two in the series. Let's go over why:

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Arun Divakar
Dec 29, 2014 Arun Divakar rated it it was ok
Odd Thomas – the man who sees the lingering dead, paranormal investigator and universally liked fry cook was trying to live in isolation. Atop a remote mountain monastery, he plans to unwind and spend time introspecting on the deeper nature of life as an enigma. Sigh ! But hey we all know what happens to characters in thrillers who try this right ? It’s like Al Pacino remarks in Godfather III - Just when I want out, they want to pull me back in. Our poor old Odd Thomas is tossed back into mayhem ...more
Oct 21, 2014 Siobhan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Personally, this is one of my favourite books of the series. In fact it’s my second favourite after the first book. In this we see Odd move away from his home introducing us to a new range of characters. As with his hometown friends those Odd comes into contact with are all easily to fall in love with. Odd deals with yet another kind of predicament, as different from his last two as you can get. Moreover there are questionable people around this time, leaving you curious as to who is friend and ...more
Oct 11, 2015 Tori rated it really liked it
Creepy, fantasy/suspense but with warmth and humor. It's absurd but it works. This book is much more like the first than the second. Liking this book makes me dislike the second even more.
♥ Marlene♥
Sep 20, 2008 ♥ Marlene♥ rated it did not like it  ·  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
Carlos Río
Apr 08, 2015 Carlos Río rated it liked it
"Brother Odd" se desarrolla en un entorno originalísimo: son un monasterio de monjes y una abadía de monjas en un mismo recinto, donde viven niños con discapacidad, y un antiguo genio de la física con un laboratorio ultramoderno en los sótanos. Además, siendo Koontz, la novela tiene momentos de tensión y terror geniales: todas las apariciones de los endoesqueletos y del monje sin cara hacen que las páginas vuelen, y los contactos con el más allá son excelentes.
Donde falla un poco la novela es
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Odd Thomas (7 books)
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