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Odd Interlude: A Special Odd Thomas Adventure (Odd Thomas #4.1-4.3)

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Odd Interlude, Dean Koontz’s New York Times bestselling three-part digital series—now in one volume for the first time

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, a handy service station, a cluster of cottages. . . and t
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Mass Market Paperback, 279 pages
Published January 1st 2013 by Bantam (first published December 1st 2012)
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Shellie
Why have I not read Dean Koontz until now? Cowardice. I incorrectly assumed his works would be disgusting and night-mare provoking. One of those that saturate the bookstores with their evil masochism and leave you so viscerally shaken up that you hate humanity and wish you lived on a different planet. I took a chance on Odd Thomas because I knew the name. I found that Koontz’s writing is suspenseful, sarcastic, refreshing and flawless.
Populating his work with aliens, ghosts, artificial intellig
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A.R. Voss
Although I was not excited about a different point of view in the book, Which I personally deem it uncharacteristic of Odd Thomas novels, I understand why Mr. Koontz did this to keep the mystery and excitement of the story moving. As the last Odd Thomas book I read (Odd Apocalypse) I wasn't sure if I was going to like the story but as always by the end he had his genius grasp on me and my three star review transformed into four.
I feel that Odd Thomas is such a fantastic character that he writes
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Stephan
Dean Koontz used to be a buy on sight author for me. The last few stand alone novels were extremely bad. I was hoping the continuation of Odd Thomas would get back into Koontz. Unfortunately I stopped reading about halfway through. Koontz nowadays insists on writing stories that take place over a short amount of time boring the reader with every last minute detail of a scene and thought to fill the pages. The days of Lightning and Watchers are sadly over.
Robin
This book bills itself as "A Special Odd Thomas Adventure." Its main character describes it as a "detour from the main arc of my journey." In this list of the works of Dean Koontz, extremely prolific horror maven that he is, it is listed separately from the canonical series of (so far) seven Odd Thomas novels. And before being published in a single paperback volume, it was originally rolled out as a three-part series of novellas. Its publication date puts it between Odd Apocalypse and Deeply Odd ...more
Thomas Hughes
This is the 7th or 8th Odd Thomas book and he's the most wonderful character. This book is as fantastic as all the others. At some point I seem to remember Mr Koontz saying he'd no longer be writing Odd Thomas books, but I'm so glad he continues to!

Odd has a sixth sense that makes him aware of some horrible event, some horrible evil, before it takes place. As heinous as the situations he walks into are, he feels its his moral duty to try to diffuse them before lives are destroyed; always at the
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Rob
I love this series, Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz, this was a nice "get away" a quick read. Here is a quote I liked from it: "Yet the human heart is disheartened by the most unreasonable self-judgments, because even when we take on giants, we to often confuse failure with fault, which I know to 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 more in the ...more
Dustin Crazy little brown owl
I loved Odd Interlude!!!! Reminded me of the humor in Demon Seed. Absolutely loved it :-) I able to relate to the character named Jolie Harmony because I am also a wise ass.

How interesting that this little volume ends up being one of the very best in the Odd Thomas series. Originally released as three ebook novellas, the story was used to promote Odd Apocalypse and served as a bridge between Odd Hours and Odd Apocalypse. Fans are treated to a Fort Wyvern connection - the setting for the Chris Sn
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Sandy (WI girl at heart)
Just finished Dean Koontz's book "Odd Interlude: A Special Odd Thomas Adventure". If you haven't read all the other books in this series don't worry because the author does a great job bringing bits and pieces to this book to help explain things some. I would highly suggest reading the whole series 1st and then read this book because it make it much more enjoyable in my opinion.

Loved how the story unfolded and it kept me interested through the whole book. It was hard to put it down at times. Bu
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Vanessa Wolf
I was rather miffed to have this volume come out in print when it did, I don't care for collecting electronic editions and thus being forced into reading volumes out of order. There also seems to be some confusion as a result, these are three parts that make a novella, not three separated-and/or-connected novellas.

Following "Odd Hours," and before "Odd Apocalypse," is the story of "Odd Interlude," wherein Odd and Annamarie take temporary refuge at Harmony Corner. Fans of the Christopher Snow se
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J.T. Therrien
I really enjoyed reading this latest installment of Dean Koontz's Odd Thomas series. The plot was so-so, fairly run-of-the-mill but, as usual, well-written. I always enjoy Odd Thomas' voice (amazed by life, remorseful, humble, full of smile-inducing charm and wisdom) and a new character in the series, Annamaria.

I love the cryptic words that Koontz puts in her mouth. The fact that she doesn't share any of her past with Odd Thomas (why, we wonder), the odd, cryptic pronouncements she makes, the wa
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Ann
I read Odd Apocalypse before I read this one. Thinking I missed a vital missing chapter, I got Odd Interlude and read that. Nope, I didn't miss any new information, although I must say this is superior to Odd Apocalypse as far as pacing and plot interest goes.

Odd Thomas is in Harmony Cove trying to, once again, stop a malevolent Deus ex machine from ruining the world through one man. This has become Thomas' role through several of these books and it's predictable enough to expect it in the next
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Haydee
There is a reason why Dean Koontz has been on the number 1 bestsellers list at LEAST 14 times (even Google isn't sure how many times...). This man has found a formula, stuck to it, and must be highly organized in his notes to pump out concepts for the ODD THOMAS series.

I've been reading DK since I was about 15 (almost ten years now.), and Odd Thomas since I was 17. So I feel like I grew up and fell in love with the guy.
Anyway, nearing on that quarter life...I love how I can see the formula DK u
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Margo Kelly
Hmm. While I was excited to read another Odd Thomas book, this one was not my favorite. The first person present tense threw me, and then it switched to another character's perspective, which really threw me. I wanted to read a book about Odd and from his perspective, not the point-of-view of the little girl he was trying to save. And it was strange that he showed up at the beginning with a female character, Anna Maria, but she had no purpose in the plot. I'm confused why she was even in the sto ...more
J.S. Bailey
Well this was a crazy little adventure! This is officially the weirdest rest stop I've ever read about in fiction, but I guess that's because it's near Fort Wyvern. (If you ever find yourself sucked via portal into the Koontz-verse, stay away from Fort Wyvern. Chris Snow ran into trouble there, and Odd Thomas does, too, and if you ever set foot within its walls you might grow an extra arm or something.)

I know that this is supposed to be a novella, but I still felt that parts of the story were ru
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Darryl
Dean Koontz does it again with Odd Interlude! There is a lot under the surface in Koontz. I'm beginning to see connections with his choice of names, such as the mysterious Annamarie, a young pregnant woman who seems to have no fear, but filled with understanding and trust. Check out the Hebrew etymology (and one can't also but help to draw loose parallels between the virgin Mary and Annamarie).

While the story really isn't about Annamarie at all, I found myself fascinated with her place in the wo
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Michelle
I'm kind of upset that I had no idea this book (although at the time, it was a digital series) existed. It takes place between Odd Hours and Odd Apocalypse. Anyone who reads my reviews knows that I am a stickler for reading books in order. Regardless, this was a great little story. I simply love Odd Thomas. I love his humor, his humility and courage. This story was (obviously), less extensive than the normal Odd Thomas novels, but still enjoyable. I enjoyed his sidekicks in this book and the act ...more
Craig
This is a nice little adventure that fits chronologically between two of the previous novels. I was quite surprised to find parts that were narrated by a different view-point charcater, though that is nicely explained in the end... along with much sly use of the word "discursive." Another feature is that much of the book is set at Fort Wyvern, home to Christopher Snow, who is by far my favorite Koontz character. I actually liked this one quite a bit more than the last couple of entries in the ma ...more
Dlora
This addition to the Odd series, set between two books I have already read, was very much to my liking and a bit more like the first Odd Thomas story that is my all-time favorite. Perhaps it is because we have the addition of another point of view that is delightful and fresh and original. However, there still are some elements of horror, that are not my favorite, but they also move into science fiction elements that are more rational and believable.

Odd stops off, or is drawn to, a small roadsi
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Heather
Odd Interlude: A Special Odd Thomas Adventure is the fifth book in the series. While it isn’t as good as the first two, it’s certainly better than the fourth. It has a bit of an odd science fiction feel to it, given that the series has been mostly paranormal/horror up until now (a very small bit of SF implication was present in book three, but it didn’t have that genre feel). I gather that Odd Interlude was originally published as a three-part digital enterprise. It does have a feeling of being ...more
Keith
I'd say this installment of Odd Thomas falls firmly in the category of "guilty pleasure." It's a bit of a mess in terms of conception and plot, but I still enjoyed it because I'm charmed by the main narrator and hero, Odd Thomas. The "Odd one" remains the embodiment of the most orthodox Christian values: humility, self-sacrifice, and love (the kind of love that leads to gracious compassion and faithfulness). Not only that, he's got a wonderful wit and is the master of deep rumination and tangent ...more
Thomas Bruso
Odd Thomas is on a solitary ride, heading to Santa Barbra, when he senses trouble in the air.

He, his ghost dog, Boo, and his newfound friend, Annemarie, whom he met in the last twenty-four hours, stop at a roadside outpost named Harmony Corner. To eat and catch some shut eye.

And it is at Harmony Corner that weird things start to happen and help shape Odd's next white-knuckle journey to the realm of the dead. That night, Odd--Odd One or Oddie, as Annemarie likes to call him--hears a noise in his
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Jeff Curtis
I have been reading the Odd Thomas books as fast as Dean could write them. To date, I have enjoyed all of them. Everything about them; the characters, the storylines, and the solutions to the mysterious problems Odd finds himself. But this Odd Interlude wasn't as complete to me as those other novels. I know it was written as a novella. I really don't understand why anyone would write a novella. The problem I see is this, Dean introduced a lot of excellent information in setting this storyline of ...more
Jo Bennie
Dec 23, 2014 Jo Bennie rated it 4 of 5 stars
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Odd Interlude is a charming shorter story in Koontz's Odd Thomas series and chronologically comes between the action of Odd Hours and Odd Apocalypse.

Odd Thomas is driving, just roaming without destination, with his companions, enigmatic Annamaria, ghost dog Boo and Labrador Raphael when he feels himself drawn towards Harmony Corner. The the diner, garage and motel are run by the extended Harmony family and it is Donny that Odd meets first. Donny is hideously disfigured but has a sweet nature and
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Benjamin Thomas
This book truly is an "interlude" between the main Odd Thomas novels. Dean Koontz originally published these 3 parts as an in-between story while Odd Thomas fans were waiting for the publication of Odd Apocalypse. It's important to understand that these three parts are collected into this book, "Odd Interlude"; they are not three complete novellas but rather one complete short novel.

I've always been hot or miss with Koontz but have been enjoying the Odd Thomas series thus far. Unfortunately this
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Doris
Little Harmony Corner looks like a beautiful place, but you know it isn't when your ghost-friendly Odd is directed there by Annamaria. From the first moment they arrive, they are bombarded with weird events, from the television talking to them, to a mechanic with two personalities, Nice and Nasty. Odd of course decides to check things out, and as he does, he encounters multiple issues, not least of which is the fact that the entire town is straight out of a 70s movie (view spoiler) ...more
Anthony Bellaleigh
I have to admit to having been a bit disappointed by Oddie's third outing. This one though is a return to a Koontz master-class in eloquence. If you can buy into the fantasy and go-with-the-flow then the sensitively crafted main characters will take you on a voyage of discovery into joys which too often lie hidden behind the grim facades we humans like to paint onto the world around us... Terrific stuff.
Carol
Annoyed with myself that I read this one out of order. I thought it came after Apocalypse, but it was before. It didnt particularly ruin it though, but if you can, read this one before the next.

I did enjoy this one. Not so much of Annamaria, which suits me because I am still not sure I like her too much. I am not sure what her purpose is, and it isnt getting any clearer.

Fewer bodies here than with the previous (and the next) book(s), but an interesting concept for this one. Believable if you ar
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Keith
Loved this. It makes a couple of moves that seem a little uncharacteristic for the series, which is possibly why it's classed as an 'Interlude' and was released the way it was (as a 3 part e-novella as opposed to a full-blown release). I've read a couple of reviewers who saw these as curveballs they weren't happy with, but I thought this was as strong as any instalment in the main series. Odd is such a fantastic character, and his adventures so strange and endearing that it felt great to spend t ...more
Jeremy Nordin
Another wonderful Odd Thomas Story,

Odd winds up in the Harmony Corner, where people are acting strange (nice one minute, then mean the next). turns out a mad Scientist has found a way of mind control. The new characters he introduced are well written, particularly Jolie. A bit of Science Fiction added in. Well written and a fantastic ride. I highly suggest everyone to give this a read.
Michael
I have little to say about this novel. I cannot admit that I'm a huge Dean Koontz fan and have only read the very first Odd Thomas maybe 5 years ago? I only picked up Interlude because it was small and I wanted a beach read.

With these nil expectations a satisfactory outcome was easily met. I got bored with Koontz's long-winded over-explanations about unrelated past events and/or comparisons. There was seriously half a page devoted to why people could abruptly start and stop sneezing. Even worse
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