Forever Odd (Odd Thomas #2)
Ο Dean Koontz επιστρέφει με τη συνέχεια του Παράξενου Τόμας. Ξαναπιάνει το νήμα της ιστορίας ενός μοναδικού ήρωα και της αλλόκοτης μικρής του πόλης, σ’ ένα μυθιστόρημα που ισορροπεί τέλεια ανάμεσα στον τρόμο, το...more
Everything is here to make this as solid a book as the first; interesting plot, great supporting characters, etc. Additionally Odd's wit in Forever Odd seemed a bit more refined than the first book, and I enjoyed it a bit more because of it.
What I found unfortunate was that Forever Odd seemed stitched on to the first book in what I felt was a forced way. I couldn't escape the feeling that Odd Thomas was intended to...more
The most brilliant thing about the book is that Dean writes in a clever way (yes, some of my friends did not get some of the funny parts); the way that things said in the beginning of the book ends up being absolutely hilarious later on while the book still keep...more
Still recovering from the disastrous events that led him to write his first manuscript, Odd wakes one night to find Dr. Wilbur Jessup in his bedroom staring at him. He has a sinking feeling.
He heads out the doo...more
I read a lot of thrillers and, in my experience, this one has considerable originality, most of all for its first-person narrative built on the lead protagonist’s internal dialogue which fills most of the book.
Koontz has created an interesting, possibly unique, character in “Odd Thomas” with his paranormal faculties. The book hints at darker things being possible though my imagination could not fill the gaps.
This thriller also stood out for little sayings I thought were memorab...more
There are, however, a few problems I had with it:
- Odd Thomas asks the diner owner, Terri, if he can borrow her cell phone, but turns out she only has a satellite phone. Who (other than South American drug tycoons) owns a satellite phone?
- Odd Thomas cannot give a straight answer, but to every inquiry has to give some snarky, half-wit,...more
This book is 300 pages. If all the needless descriptive "clutter" is removed, it would only be 200 pages. I'm not a fast reader and I finished this book in a few hours. I'm willing to bet it only took Mr Koontz a week or so to write it. Upon finishing the book, I honestly felt like he threw it together as quickly as possible. I have a strong feeling he had to meet a deadline, so he wrote the basic stor...more
The standoff between Odd and his voodoo-obsessed nemesis is also pretty unsatisfying. The reader's only glimpses of Odd and his friend Danny's relationsh...more
Every so often a character so captures the hearts and imaginations of readers that he seems to take on a life of his own long after the final page is turned. For such a character, one book is not enough—readers must know what happens next. Now Dean Koontz returns with the novel his fans have been demanding. With the emotional power and sheer storytelling artistry that are his trademarks, Koontz takes up once more the story of a unique young hero and an eccentric little town in a tale that is equ...more
I liked it how Forever Odd was a pretty simple story, most of the characters were introduced in the previous book so there wasn't any need to waste pages on explaining who everyone is and their history. Danny was a surprise though, I don't think he was even mentioned in Odd Thomas and yet he's supposed...more
I think Koontz uses this series to relax. He uses Odd's character to write the stories in this series and he uses the opportunity to relay his own philosophies about life. It certainly does allow Koontz to wander down some pretty odd paths and relate unrelated trivia! I did like the word association game Odd plays with Danny! Whew… Seems a bit m...more
I loved the plot and narration of the main character, and I also enjoy how this book has a slight sci-fi...more
So disarmingly engaging and self effacing as he was in "Odd Thomas" this prose...more
May 17, 2012
Dean Koontz’s book “Forever Odd” has the same theme as Spider-Man “With great power, comes great responsibility”. Having the power to interact with the dead was not a gift that he admired, but he was put in a situation where he had no choice but to use it. Although gifts might seem amazing, it can put a big weight one’s shoulders. It is not easy for a physic to go on with life as a regular person would. Throughout the novel I was walked through...more
Second in the Odd Thomas series, this is my least favorite of the four. I didn’t like the lead villain Datura. She was evil aplenty, but . . . her motivations didn’t seem very strong, or her planning skills, and I’ve come to expect much more from Mr. Koontz. I did like this book though – I think that Danny being kidnapped to get to Odd, and the weight of this responsibility is what drives Odd through this. Although heartbroken at the loss of Stormy, he continues on with his life, and mov...more
This is the second novel with Odd Thomas as the protagonist. After Odd discovers that his childhood friend Danny has been kidnapped, he assumes that Danny’s father, who was recently released from prison, has kidnapped him. Therefore, Odd investigates and is led through a water tunnel and into an abandoned hotel by his “psychic magnetism syndrome” (PMS).
Inside, he finds his friend tied up and strapped to a bomb. Danny informs him that his dad did not kidnap him. I...more
The antagonist in this story and her reason for conflict with our fry cook hero are interesting and entertaining. Koontz once again creates a character that is intriguing...more
Elvis Presley hangs around, (I forgot to mention that in the last book.)
Odd must race the clock to save a childhood friend. With such an appealing character, though there are moments of utter weirdness and incredulity, there is still a sense of passion and sadness with Odd.
The plot was so much better in this novel as well, I thought. I was hooked after...more
I do enjoy the way that Koontz told the story as if it is Odd writing it after the fact. It helps to give Odd a very defined voice. One that is a mix of random history and literature and mythology and whatever else is useful to the story. I think that Odd...more
Jumping back into the Odd Thomas series was nice and I wasn't sure how effective the series would be after the events of the first book, however, stepping back into Odd's life was an easy and pretty comfortable fit. While this book is not quite on par with Odd Thomas - what sequel ever is - and has lost some of the charm of the first book, there's still plenty to enjoy with Odd and his quirky sensibility and humor. Ghost Elvis is...more
Only six months after losing the love of his life, his soul mate, his Stormy Llewellyn, Odd Thomas faces the danger of losing another loved one. Childhood friend and surrogate brother, Danny Jessup, has been kidnapped from his home a...more
So, I finished it...finally. Let me just say, anytime the main character reveals that they died and you rejoice only to be told in the next chapter that they really didn't die and THAT is when you cry, it is not a good sign. Suffice it to say, I disliked this book. Immensely. There are too many reasons why to list here. Let me summarize it all with a quote from the story towar...more
I did not feel that way about this one. I could go a day or two between the last CD to the next. I was not emotionally drawn into this story. It wasn't a bad story. It just didn't make me feel invested to finding out what was going to happen next. I was not si...more
Dean R. Koontz has also published under the na...more