Odd Interlude #3 (Odd Thomas, #4.3)
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Leading up to the highly anticipated arrival of "Odd Apocalypse "this summer, catch up with Odd Thomas in "Odd Interlude, " a special three-part eBook series by #1 bestselling master of suspense Dean Koontz Here is the spine-tingling 58-page third installment of this super-charged stand-alone Odd adventure.
THERE'S ROOM AT THE INN. BUT YOU MIGHT NOT GET OUT.
Nestled on a...more
ebook, 62 pages
Published June 25th 2012 by Bantam
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Mike
I just finished the last of the three Odd Interludes that Dean Koontz wrote as a primer for Odd Apocalypse. The 3 novellas are fan-friggin-tastic! I love the way that more characters were incorporated into the story and that things that you wouldn't expect included (i.e. another persons narrative) are later explained to make perfect sense. I have read Odd Apocalypse and I am now salivating to read Deeply Odd. However, I have come to a conclusion that makes me quite depressed. It is stated in eac...more
Josh
The conclusion to the Odd interlude which takes place between the events of ODD HOURS and ODD APOCALYPSE provides closure to the mystery at Harmony Corner. Super AI computer Ed, Odd, and local Jolie team-up to confront Hiskott, the human/alien hybrid in a bid to sever the control he has over the tight-knit community. The story flows well, picking up direct from the events in ODD INTERLUDE #2. This instalment focuses more on the fight between good (Odd) and evil (Hiskott) than story or Fort Wyver...more
Greg
Not bad...a return to his earlier work involving "reasonable extensions" of existing recombinant DNA research, coupled with the fantasy of Odd's...oddities. Better than others of his more recent works, but still wordier than he used to be. Too much inane chatter from the characters and overuse of "SAT" words, as my kids like to call them. He used to be more crisp in his writing. Also, the action was formulaic, not as intrinsically frightening as some of his earlier books, perhaps because it was,...more
Chris
Wrapping up this little trilogy of Odd Thomas novellas, leading up to Odd Apocalypse in late July, I enjoyed this departure into more of science-fiction horror than supernatural. Odd does what he does, this self-depracating would-be hero, and manages to sprinkle in both wickedly funny and poignantly sad moments, all the while leading to a confrontation with pure alien evil. Yeah, I was a tad bit disappointed (spoiler alert!) that there was no Chris Snow resolution (these novellas were largely se...more
Lexa Cain
If you enjoy Odd Thomas books, you'll enjoy Odd Interlude.

When starting Koontz's Odd Interlude #1, I expected it would be the first of three short stories, but it's actually the first third of a novella featuring the character Odd Thomas. As usual with Koontz, things are fast-paced, well-described and exciting. I always enjoy Koontz's books because it's so easy to root for his heroes, and they don't come more likeable than Odd Thomas. He's sympathetic, humble, funny and brave.

The plot is interes...more
Mo
Read parts 1, 2, and 3 as a complete combo ebook.

A little better than the previous two Odd books (Forever Odd and Brother Odd) but still some over-description & meandering in pacing (as Koontz is wont to do) and the climax of the story was too easily wrapped up compared to all the build-up.

And why was the character Annamaria with Odd? She never really played much of a part in this story ~ only mentioned briefly in the beginning and then shortly at the end. I guess she's going to be importan...more
Johnny
Funniest part of the Interlude. The Ed and Odd dialogues are great. I like how it writes the ending so it'll explain why "Odd Apocalypse" won't have any mention of this story. A good monster story, it doesn't always have to be hard to kill the villains. A lesser author might make the battle too elaborate.
Joey
The three-part mini-series is up and down but for the most part it is more good than average. HOORAY GRAMMAR! WHAT A SENTENCE THAT WAS!
Shireen
This ebook is part three of three, really a novel cut into three to up the suspense (and profit) factor. I borrowed all three ebooks from the library: Odd Interlude #1, Odd Interlude #2, and Odd Interlude #3. This is a review of all three.

The most overriding characteristic of this story is -- compelling. I hadn't realised when I borrowed the first one that these three ebooks are structured as parts one, two, and three of one story, and so I ended up having to wait interminably for Odd Interlude...more
Edward Lorn
Hey, hey, hey! Glad to see you back for the final review.

I grew up reading Dean Koontz. Books like Twilight Eyes, The Bad Place, Cold Fire and Dragon Tears taught me a great many things about fiction. No matter how unrealistic the circumstances, as long as you care about the characters, anything can be possible. I think that, more than anything else, is why I loved the final novella in this Odd Thomas side quest. The dark fantastic is a grand place to get lost in, and Dean Koontz took me on a j...more
wally
part three
subtitled: in the corner

begins w/another quote from Charles Dickens,The Pickwick Papers: i wants to make your flesh creep.

begins with chapter nineteen
in the highest meadow in the southeast quadrant of harmony corner, face-to-face with donny, the mechanic who nightly feeds two possums named wally and wanda, my choice is kill or die. i have a pistol, he has a revolver, and the range is point-blank.

okee-dokee, then...that's a hooker...onward and upward.

hmmmm...i said that i finished this...more
Al

Leading up to the highly anticipated arrival of Odd Apocalypse this summer, catch up with Odd Thomas in Odd Interlude,a special three-part eBook series by #1 bestselling master of suspense Dean Koontz! Here is the spine-tingling 58-page third installment of this super-charged stand-alone Odd adventure.

THERE’S ROOM AT THE INN. BUT YOU MIGHT NOT GET OUT.

Nestled on a lonely stretch along the Pacific coast, quaint roadside outpost Harmony Corner offers everything a weary traveler needs—a cozy diner,

...more
Stephanie Griffin
This novella in three parts is the fifth entry in the Odd Thomas series, following ODD THOMAS, FOREVER ODD, BROTHER ODD, and ODD HOURS. I love reading this series and can’t wait to read the next installment, ODD APOCALYPSE. I’d recommend ODD INTERLUDE to people who have already read the previous books in the series.

The plot is entertaining; Odd comes upon a motel and diner run by the Harmony family, who are being brutally mind-controlled by Dr. Hiskott, who himself has hidden away in one of the...more
M. Leon Smith
I have waited until I have finished all three parts of Odd Interlude before posting a review. The story the Koontz gives us in this three-part novella fits perfectly into the world of the titular Odd. I gave parts one and three five stars each but part two suffers a little from being essentially the middle of the story and has a point of view shift that I found, at first, to be jarring, The fact that the author has to refer to this change of perspective in the closing section of book three is an...more
Linda
This is the last third of a novel. The interludes are one book, broken into thirds, and do not stand alone.

As always, I enjoy the Odd Thomas books for their intelligence, wisdom and wry humor. I think this one was just a bit weaker, maybe because it made less use of Odd's special gifts than the others. I also felt the new character, Annamaria, was neglected, at a time that readers are most curious about her.

This interlude series needs to be read after the third book, but before the fourth.
Josh Reinhard
This review is for all three of the e-novels. It's been a while since the 4th Odd Thomas book came out, so it was refreshing to read of him again. This mini-trilogy as a whole though was a bit more off the wall than some of the previous ones. Without giving any spoilers, it was to me a bit farfetched in places. But the feel of the character was the same, and I suppose that is what counts. Be aware of the shift in narrator in the middle of the second "Interlude" as it was a bit jarring at first....more
Breakdown
I really wanted to like these book. I will be reviewing them all since I feel that none can really stand alone. It's been a while since I've read the other Odd Thomas books and so when I came across these I got excited to see that Odd's story continued. Nevertheless I was less then impressed with this episode.

I think my disappointment stems from my perception of Odd. At the beginning and during the other books as I recall, he has always been simple. No flowery prose, not plugged into the latest...more
Syd Perry
Odd Interlude was only published as an e-book in three installments It is one book divided into three parts and sold separately, for just $1.99 each. OI 1 ended with chapter 7, OI 2 began with chapter 8.

That said, it was a wonderful interlude. It joins the "real" books before and after (Odd Hours and Odd Apocalypse) but if not read, these two books will flow seamlessly from one to the other.

And a good read it was. Sweet Oddie making friends and enemies wherever he goes. The universe invites Odd...more
Rhonda
Jul 22, 2012 Rhonda rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Odd Thomas/Koontz fans, anyone who likes suspense
I love Odd Thomas! This review is based on all 3 episodes of ODD INTERLUDE. I love the Odd Thomas character and while this isn't the best Odd Thomas book, it was definitely good. I read the episodes back to back so it had the feeling of reading a novel length book. I'm kind of worried about what will happen to Odd in the next book. But I'll read it. As for this one, I enjoyed it and was sad to see it come to an end.

I have no idea why Koontz or his publishers decided to go this route with INTERL...more
Kimberley
This "interlude," along with its first two parts, is a good overall story, I think. You get a creepy atmosphere and lots of Odd running around trying to avoid being killed and do his usual saving of the innocent(s) here. Lots of hideous creatures trying to get all up in Odd's business! As I stated in my review of the first two parts, my frustration is that the focus here is - yet again - on a (view spoiler) and not on ghosts. I enjoy any story that will let me...more
Brian Callahan
I thoroughly enjoy the character of Odd Thomas. As always, I get caught up in the dialogue. Below is one of my favorite passages.

"Yet the human heart is disheartened by the most unreasonable self-judgments, because even when we take on giants, we too often confuse failure with fault, which I know too well. The only way back from such a bleak despondency is to shape humiliation into humility, to strive always to triumph over the darkness while never forgetting that the honor and the beauty are mo...more
Audrey C. Hargraves
Does Odd prevail ?

The time for ending this tale has come. Will Harmony Corner come to an end? Does Odd come to an end? What does Jolie find, will there be help, or another enemy?
Matthew
I continue to be baffled by the ever increasing list of Odd Thomas's powers. As much as I like the character and his quirky nonchalance it bothers me that Koontz continues to add "powers" to justify Odd's immersion into every event. These are not my favorite series of books, but considering the time I have already invested I can't help but wait for the next one to see where Odd ends up and the trouble he managed to escape from. Grimly, we are reminded at the end of this interlude that none of th...more
Bob
A terrific little adventure in the life of Odd Thomas! What is so interesting in these stories is that the enemies Odd faces are sometimes supernatural, sometimes human and sometimes a mixed bag. It is great to be kept guessing. My one minor quibble is Odd's constant attempt to remind the reader he doesn't think he's a hero, didn't seek out this role in life. If we've been with him this long, we've accepted his humility. We know he's a good guy - his self-deprecation gets in the way of his wit,...more
Kim Eyler
I was excited to have some short stories leading up to the newest Odd release, I really enjoyed this book. Great story!
Cheryl
Dea Oddie, I am going to start out sounding a bit cliche, but here goes....... I still love you. I always will. It's not you (and here the cliche ends), but it's not me either. It's the stupid stories your author keeps putting you in!

I realize that you are a unique and wonderful guy. It must be difficult to create situations and settings that are worthy of you. Unfortunately, the last few have fallen short. I will keep reading because I really do love you. You always make me smile. But, it's get...more
Rodney
I'm reviewing all three of the Odd Interlude stories in one review. I'm a big Dean Koontz fan but like most of his recent work this effort is chocked full of overly wordy dialogue with too many pop culture references and attempts at witty repartee reminiscent of early Spiderman comic books. I love the character of Odd Thomas and it was great to connect with him again but I would prefer more action and a return to a supernatural and maybe slightly more human adversary than the one in these storie...more
Daniel Pyle
Meh. This three-part interlude was my least favorite of the Odd Thomas books so far. There were some entertaining and suspenseful sections, but I think Koontz has gone overboard with his writing. What was once a clever use of language has become a verbal onslaught too distracting to read. On top of that, his characters are all so self-actualized and altruistic that they're no longer relatable. Especially the children.

I think I'm done with Koontz for a while. He was one of my favorites back in th...more
Monica Rodriguez
A true Odd Thomas finish to this short story (really 4.5 stars, but can't do that here). There are few characters like Odd Thomas. I've enjoyed getting to know him. It upset me, though, to hear him repeat his belief that his life is not meant to be long. I take that to mean eventually, probably sooner than later, Odd Thomas will be killed off. I can't say how I feel about that. A tragedy, for sure, yet a well-deserved rest at the same time for this character who yearns for peace, but is constant...more
Walter Foddis
Odd Interlude was an enjoyable 3-part novella with military secret ops; a benevolent, empathetic AI; aliens; psychic phenomena (both for good & evil); theistic-philosophic messages, such as finding meaning in mystery; interesting characters; the importance of trust in relationships; and literally explosive action sequences. Not sure if it was a necessary precursor to Odd Apocalypse, which I'm reading next. Perhaps Koontz just intended it to be a filler to reacquaint readers with Odd Thomas a...more
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“The only way back from such a bleak despondency is to shape humiliation into humility, to strive always to triumph over the darkness while never forgetting that the honor and the beauty are more in the striving than in the winning. When triumph at last comes, our efforts alone could not have won the day without that grace which surpasses all understanding and which will, if we allow it, imbue our lives with meaning.” 4 likes
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