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

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“[Odd Thomas is] one of the most remarkable and appealing characters in current fiction.” —The Virginian-Pilot



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 motel rooms…and the Harmony f
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Mass Market Paperback, 253 pages
Published January 1st 2013 by Bantam (first published December 1st 2012)
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Shellie
Nov 16, 2013 Shellie rated it it was amazing
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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Cody
Feb 28, 2017 Cody rated it really liked it
Shelves: dean-koontz
I started reading Dean Koontz's Odd Thomas series in fall 2014, months before I began blogging in earnest. I read Odd Hours in November of that year — so it has been a while. I liked Odd Hours but didn't love it; I'd become burned out on the adventures of ole Oddie. His awkward self-deprecating humor, his dorky inner dialogue, his constant insistence that he's no hero, he's so humble, blah blah blah. It got old. Truthfully, I don't like Odd. I've never liked Odd. He's the outlet through which De ...more
Dustin Crazy little brown owl
I love Odd Interlude!!!! Reminds me of the humor in Demon Seed. Absolutely loved it :-) I am 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 S
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Robin
Jun 07, 2014 Robin rated it really liked it
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
A.R. Voss
May 03, 2013 A.R. Voss rated it really liked it
Shelves: 1st-editions, other
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
Mar 10, 2013 Stephan rated it did not like it
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.
Kristie
Sep 21, 2016 Kristie rated it really liked it
This was my favorite of the series so far. So many parts that made me laugh out loud and an interesting story, which went more into science fiction and fantasy than the previous books. 4.5 stars
Thomas Hughes
Feb 08, 2013 Thomas Hughes rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 04, 2013 Rob rated it liked it
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
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
Apr 01, 2013 J.T. Therrien rated it really liked it
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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Emily Selleck
Dec 21, 2016 Emily Selleck rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio, horror
My traditional Christmas read! :D Okay, those of you who don't know me very well might think it's strange that a book series about a guy who sees dead people is my annual Christmas read, and to you I say "But what about a Christmas Carol?" and leave you to brood. To those of you who do know me... well, you know how I am ;P

This book was interesting as all the Odd Thomas books are interesting. As usual, I love Odd's self-deprecating humor and his kindness, and the monster was particular scary. I a
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Sandy (WI girl at heart)
Feb 10, 2013 Sandy (WI girl at heart) rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-it-was-great
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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Ann
Oct 26, 2013 Ann rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 18, 2014 Haydee rated it really liked it
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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Malinda
4 stars

This was a very good addition to the Odd Thomas series. It's actually 3 short stories that (together) complete one story but overall the story is almost as long as a normal Odd Thomas adventure.

In this story, Odd and Annmarie stop at a place for the night that rents cottages. This takes place mere hours after the end of book #4 and the only reason they stop is because Odd has a pull to do his thing. He finds a family in trouble and the trouble they're in brings ties to Koontz's Moonlight
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Margo Kelly
Jul 27, 2013 Margo Kelly rated it liked it
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
Mar 03, 2014 J.S. Bailey rated it really liked it
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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Michelle
Feb 23, 2013 Michelle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Darryl
Jan 13, 2013 Darryl rated it it was amazing
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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Craig
Jan 15, 2013 Craig rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Karen B.
This is a wonderful little side story between two of the Odd Thomas novels. I think of it as an amusing excursion. Odd meets some interesting characters. One "character" is an artificial intelligence, nicknamed "Ed", with even a sense of humor. By far the most delightful character is Jolie Harmony, a young girl of 12 with wisdom beyond her years. Odd is once again the "doer of good deeds" as the Wizard of Oz would say. He's been drawn to Harmony Corners to help set the Harmonies free of somethin ...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.
Cathie
3.5 stars. What can i say ~ Odd Thomas is one of my favourite series. This is #4.5 in the series and was first published only digitally. This definitely moves more into the realm of sci-fi and of course, it has Odd, being his humble, hero, kick-ass, funny self.

Maybe more of a review to come...
Jeremy Nordin
Jul 09, 2013 Jeremy Nordin rated it it was amazing
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.
Diane Lynch
Jun 06, 2014 Diane Lynch rated it it was amazing
Excellent book. I found it to be different and unpredictable. Great ending. No spoilers here. U have to read this one. 2nd favorite after Brother Odd which is hard one to to in my opinion.
Marc-Antoine
Feb 18, 2013 Marc-Antoine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: odd-thomas
Fun little read, the first person narration from two different characters was at times annoying, especially since both characters seemed all too similar, but was all explained in the end.
Rhonda
Dec 07, 2015 Rhonda rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook, thriller, 2015
This was different from the other books in the series, but I still liked it. Odd Thomas has become one of my favorite fictional characters.
Tera Marie
Aug 02, 2013 Tera Marie rated it really liked it
I continue to love Odd Thomas
Julie Kellner
Thoroughly enjoyed this Odd Thomas novella
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