Odd Hours (Odd Thomas, #4)
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Only a handful of fictional characters are recognized by first name alone. Dean Koontz’s Odd Thomas is one such literary hero, who has come alive in readers’ imaginations as he explores the greatest mysteries of this world and the next with his inimitable wit, heart, and quiet gallantry. Now Koontz follows Odd as he is drawn onward, to a desti...more
Mass Market Paperback, 397 pages
Published April 28th 2009 by Bantam (first published 2008)
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Lori Whitwam
Three stars may be the fewest I'd ever give a Dean Koontz book. Koontz fans (of which I am one) love Odd Thomas and his unpredictable supernatural abilities, troubled but simple life, and drive to do good in the world. This installment in the Odd Thomas saga, though, fell a bit short of the mark.

There are wonderful passages - Koontz has an amazing gift for description that is never cliche or vague. But this is one of the books in which the entire story takes place in just one day. I don't care...more
Chris
This book was an absolute train wreck. Having been a fan of and read all 3 previous Odd Thomas novels, I was very disappointed with this book.

This novel could have been condensed to about 200 pages. There was way too much "filler information". I became frustrated when the plot would drag, and then as it seemed to be moving along, it would go off track once again. Maybe this was Koontz's intended style, but I found it too much and annoying.

I don't need a biography on Sinatra or a Wikipedia artic...more
ayrdaomei
Jun 05, 2008 ayrdaomei rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: only very die-hard Koontz fans
Shelves: finished
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Echo
Just as fabulous as I expected out of the Odd Thomas series. Koontz even manages to reference another of his novels, not at all related to the world of Odd Thomas, if you catch it. In the beginning Odd is wearing a sweatshirt with the words "Mystery Train" across the front that he got at "a thrift store". Die hard Koontz fans will recognize the Mystery Train from Christopher Snow's world in "Seize the Night". Does this mean Snow and Odd might eventually cross paths? There's something I would lik...more
Bob
Occasionally great writers, like Dean Koontz, find a niche, which fits them so well that they rise above their already lofty status to produce works, which define them. Dean Koontz has done this with his Odd Thomas series. Like Stephen King with his Dark Tower Books, Koontz accomplishes this feat – in my opinion – with his incredible understanding of the lead character and his world.

In, Odd Hours, Koontz explores two of America’s biggest internal threats – greed and extreme idealism – and pits h...more
Patsy
I hate giving this book two stars, because I LOVE Odd Thomas. He is one of my favorite fictional characters. This novel was as well written as Koontz novel's usually are, with those wonderful turns of phrase ... it just didn't seem as pulled together. I thought at first it was an exercise in developing Odd's character further. But Odd is what he is. Finally, after completing the novel, I thought that perhaps there is a Part II coming on it's heels, because there was much unfinished business. "Al...more
Sean
12 chapters in, and I find myself staying up late reading instead of watching TV. I'm a fan of the author and the series, and this one is off to a great start.
Angela Oliver
Another Koontx book that feels rather like he typed it up on the weekend, glanced over it once and thought "she'll be right". Like the previous Odd books, this contains some clever language and some rather entertaining non-cliches in Odd's thoughts. This is probably its saving grace. But, also like other Koontz novels, this contains bad guys with poorly explained motives, a pretty weak plot and despite what the "Observer" review says on the back, does NOT contain a "terrific final twist" or if i...more
Kirsten
So due to the newest Odd Thomas book coming out in a month, I decided to buckle down and force myself to read this book. Previously, I had stopped shortly after starting it, frustrated with the story and deciding that there was more I wanted to do with my time than read it.

Now that I made myself get past the horrible beginning and onto the tolerable middle and the dragging-on ending, I'm glad I read it.

That being said, this wasn't one of my favorites. I felt that Koontz whipped this one up on...more
Sara
I got locked out of my place the other night, and the friend who has our spare keys wasn't around. So I went to the drugstore and bought this book, then headed to the nearest sushi restaurant to kill time with some rolls, booze, and this book.

Let's just get this out of the way right now. This book is not good at all. It is terrible. But it was *so* terrible that it became funny and eventually I couldn't wait to see exactly how much more dreadful writing the author could pack into the rest of it....more
Patrick O'Neil
Jul 15, 2008 Patrick O'Neil rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Koontz or Odd Thomas Fans
Title: Odd Hours
Author: Dean Koontz
Fiction/Non-Fiction: Fiction
Genre: Suspense/Horror
Date Started Book: July 4, 2008
Date Finished Book: July 9, 2008

Before Reading:

What do I expect to gain from reading this?
I am already a fan of the Odd Thomas series; I was looking to continue Odd's adventures.

During/After Reading:

Brief Overall Summary of the Book:
Odd has returned from the monastery of Brother Odd, the previous book, and has settled in the little coastal town of Magic Beach. He has a premonition...more
Laura
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Dlora
Odd Thomas himself is what draws me back again and again to this series by Dean Koontz. He is "dear" as Karen Allen said, with a sly sense of humor, a love and appreciation for all kinds of people, a quiet gallantry, and innocence mixed with worldly wisdom. But then you add his intriguing paranormal abilities--he sees the dead and tries to help them, he has a psychic magnetism that can draw him toward people he wants to find, and he has intuition and prophetic dreams, which are what led him to a...more
Josh
A mixture of unnecessary dialogue, annoying and over-the-top mannerisms, and a writing style more YA than most YA novels I've read made the 4th installment of the previously enjoyable Odd Thomas series a drab and uneventful affair.

In 'Odd Hours' the former short order cook with a the ability to see the dead finds himself in a seaside town drawn to police corruption which extends as far as placing every resident of America in danger. Odd quickly learns of a smuggling ring involving nukes and one...more
Jak
Jan 12, 2010 Jak rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Absolutely no one. Not even Kootz fans
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JG (The Introverted Reader)
I had forgotten how very much I love Odd Thomas, his straight-faced humor, and his personal life philosophy. It only took a couple of pages for me to remember what a great character he is.

The story is honestly kind of more of the same--Odd is trying to stop the bad guys before they can hurt a lot of people. But the little town of Magic Beach is shrouded in fog and that made it all so much more atmospheric. And really it's supposed to be taking place in one evening/night, but in my mind, it was...more
Dawn Michelle
Jul 30, 2012 Dawn Michelle rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who enjoys a good book
Recommended to Dawn Michelle by: Read the first three in the series
READ~July 7, 2008
I really enjoyed this book. Loved it even. I am more and more impressed by this character the more I read about him. We have been discussing who would play him should they make a movie about him, and truly, there is no one that could be Odd. He is one of a kind. Maybe that is why Mr. Koontz wrote him that way.

This book is a lot darker than the previous three. And it definitely makes you think A LOT more. And you are taken right along with Odd as he struggles with decisions he h...more
Rebekah
Odd Thomas, a young man with clairvoyant tendencies, is led to the town of Magic Beach, where he has a recurring apocalyptic-type dream. Soon he finds himself trying to stop a group of terrorists who hope to cause national destruction and unseat current political leaders.

I don't usually like this type of book and had little to go on but the author's reputation when I checked it out, but found it an enthralling story with likable characters that seem as if they've been around forever. This is no...more
Nancy_dancehall
I polished this off in two days; I think it might have taken Koontz the same amount of time to write it. I still love the "Odd" series, because of the characters and because I'm really wondering where he's going with all this. This book did not satisfy either; nothing new about Odd, the new characters were sketched out, the plot was one long chase scene. It's a middle book. But I LOVED what he did with the ghost of Frank Sinatra. If Koontz can get away with using Sinatra's ghost as a weapon in h...more
Barbara
I absolutely loved the first three "Odd Thomas" books. I was very disappointed in this fourth Odd Thomas book. It had a very different feel to it...almost as if it were written by a different author. The first three books started right out with a dead person coming to Odd for help (the reader not knowing at first that the person was dead) and they went on from there and moved right along. There was none of that in this one. There was also too much of the "cutesie" type back and forth banter tha...more
Crystal
01 June 08
I am disappointed. Very disappointed. I only gave this one two stars because Odd is still a very consistent and famillar character. As for the rest of it....

Government consiiracy of Tom Clancy porportions, international and domestic terrorists, unexplained characters, and unnecessary allusions to the events in his Christopher Snow series all combined to make this a less than satisfactory read.


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I really enjoy this series and can't wait to read the new installment.
Jason Carlin
Koontz annoys me sometimes. His bad guys are almost exclusive holders of '9mm pistols' and bad names, and sometimes it feels like these things are forced. To be fair, their motives in this novel are not what one would call clichéd, but I do find that his characters are repetitive. The Good are unequivocally good, incorruptible, while the Bad are likewise irredeemably twisted. The first three books are a hard trio to expand on, and he struggled a bit here. What keeps me coming back to Koontz thou...more
Nancy
I know that other reviewers loved this book and felt that it was the best of the bunch, but not me. Actually, my favorite was the previous one, Brother Odd. That book was funny with just the right amount of wordplay and action to keep my interest. Then we hit the proverbial wall.

Odd Hours does not seem to have the same dry wit. Odd just seems to be trudging along with an occasional quip, but that is all. I did love the character of Lawrence “Hutch” Hutchinson. His humor was what kept me reading...more
Ellen

Odd Hours: An Odd Thomas Novel

Odd Hours: An Odd Thomas Novel
by Dean Koontz


3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best in the series, August 22, 2013


This review is from: Odd Hours: An Odd Thomas Novel

I started listening to the Odd Thomas series on CD and totally enjoyed the first book. All of these Odd Thomas books are brilliantly read/performed by David Aaron Baker who, in my opinion, faithfully represents the voice of Odd.

This book, however, ambled on and on to the point of my losing interest in the s...more
Robin Branson
I'm starting back up on some of my book reviews again, and this seemed like the best place to do it, especially with this book, considering I have posted reviews for the first three on this website already, during times past. Trying to get the old writing hand cranking back up again, on the non-fiction side of things. What better way then by criticizing those that have mastered the craft more successfully than I?

The fourth installment in the "Odd Thomas" series is a well-rounded reflection of...more
Rebecca
Before I start, let me say that I love Odd. I was hooked within sentences, and have been since.
I was disappointed by the previous book (Brother Odd) - I thought that Odd in a monastery was going to be wonderfully entertaining, but instead of being odd as in quirky and unusual, it was odd in the sense of confusing and nonsensical.
I just finished Odd Hours. The first thing I noticed was that Odd's style of dialogue, which had always seemed wonderfully clever in an almost Seuss-like sort of way, n...more
L.
Just as big dogs need big bones, a hero of Odd Thomas's caliber requires bigger and bigger challenges. Odd Hours (the fourth in a planned series of seven) answers the call, thrusting our increasingly formidable young hero into a plot worthy of a Bond flick.

Odd has taken up residence in the small seaside town of Magic Beach, serving as personal chef to octogenarian Hutch, a once-famous movie star whose eccentricity is a good match for Odd's oddness. But when Odd begins having nightmares in which...more
Benjamin Duffy
Wow! I think this may be the best Odd Thomas book, and it's neck and neck with Watchers for my favorite Koontz book, period.

The story is slick, glib, moving, and frequently hilarious. Here Koontz writes in a style that is utterly unique among his novels: the narrative hurtles forward breathlessly, yet barely a sentence is squeezed out without some kind of cultural reference, elaborate simile or metaphor, or joke. It's like sprinting and skipping rope at the same time, and it makes the book extre...more
Mary
Although I still like the character Odd Thomas, this was my least favorite book in the series. Odd is having dreams of the world's end which start to appear as visions when he touches the hands of bad guys. He meets a mysterious pregnant woman and pledges his life to her. I have to admit that after page 226 I skimmed a number of pages (which I almost never do) because they just seemed to ramble on with unnecessary information. I know part of Odd's appeal is that he wanders from this subject to t...more
Joyce
Kinda sad to say, but this series might have jumped the shark already. Everything that made the first volume so charming -- a modest young man, deeply embedded in a humble small-town life, surrounded by loving yet eccentric friends, and gifted/cursed with only one extraordinary ability -- has gotten completely blown out of proportion by this fourth volume. Let's just say there is some heavy-duty Saving the World involved here, as well as numerous physical and psychic abilities never even hinted...more
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