I'd actually give this a 3 1/2, but GoodReads doesn't let you do that. I enjoyed the story very much. The only place where it lost points for me is in...moreI'd actually give this a 3 1/2, but GoodReads doesn't let you do that. I enjoyed the story very much. The only place where it lost points for me is in predictability--I knew how it was going to turn out in the end, who the killer was, from the beginning. It didn't lessen my enjoyment of the story too much, though. It's just that it could have been more. An enjoyable light read, especially as an audiobook. I listened to it during my commute, and it was way better than the traffic around me.(less)
A suspenseful story, but the writing itself was a disappointment. Far too much "telling"! It got annoying at times. I found myself deleting lines and...moreA suspenseful story, but the writing itself was a disappointment. Far too much "telling"! It got annoying at times. I found myself deleting lines and rewording sentences myself, and wishing his editor hadn't given him such a pass on this book. I may be picky, as a former editor myself, but this was a bit much. Still, the story itself was suspenseful enough to take me to the end. I'd give it 2 1/2 stars if we could do that here.(less)
The suspense of the story kept me reading (or rather listening -- audiobook), but this book could have used a bit more editing. As an editor/proofread...moreThe suspense of the story kept me reading (or rather listening -- audiobook), but this book could have used a bit more editing. As an editor/proofreader myself, I know that if I'm mentally rewriting sentences as I read, there was more work to be done on a story. Really 2 1/2 stars, but since I can't do that here, I'll give it the full 3 just for the suspense. Dean Koontz does know how to deliver a suspenseful story.(less)
A terrific build up to Odd Apocalypse. It's been a few years since I've read an Odd Thomas novel, so this brought me back into that world and got me r...moreA terrific build up to Odd Apocalypse. It's been a few years since I've read an Odd Thomas novel, so this brought me back into that world and got me ready for the latest adventure of Odd Thomas. (less)
Finally, a new Odd Thomas story after quite a while (the Odd Interlude series was a good warm-up to this new one).
I enjoy the tone of the Odd Thomas b...moreFinally, a new Odd Thomas story after quite a while (the Odd Interlude series was a good warm-up to this new one).
I enjoy the tone of the Odd Thomas books. Casual, as if we're having a conversation. His sarcastic remarks or odd observations at tense moments make this a fun read even when there are mutant pig people trying to rip him apart. This lightens the otherwise ominous tone of Odd's struggle with the darkness he must use to accomplish his missions. I don't care for the repeated references to his short life span. It's as if Koontz is preparing us for his coming demise. I hate to think of it, yet it feels inevitable.
Overall, I think it's the character of Odd Thomas that draws me to these stories. He's a unique character, one that you can't help empathizing with and even growing to care about. And not wanting to DIE.
A third of the way through Apocalypse, I was missing the character of Annamaria, wishing she was more a part of the story. It's not that her character is so brilliant. We actually don't know much about her, though we do learn a bit more about who she is in this story. Annamaria provides Odd with clues, encouragement, and even hope. But she's not a part of the story. Although Odd talks about her often enough that she feels like she should be, like at any point she will become more central to the story, she doesn't. When Odd wants or needs to speak with her, he goes to her room, which she never leaves. It's... odd. Perhaps Koontz will reveal more about her in the next installment. On the other hand, Nikola Tesla was an interesting addition, since we didn't know what he was for a while.
Koontz seems to explain a bit more than I remember him doing in previous Odd Thomas books. At first, there are some good reminders, but at times it feels like Odd is repeating himself.
I also noticed that there are fewer spirits in this story for Odd. Just the one, really, and a brief visit by another. It makes it feel less like an Odd Thomas story and more like an ordinary mystery. A good mystery, but there is something of the previous Odd Thomas stories that's missing.
Despite these disappointments, once Odd found the weird mechanical things, I was fascinated. The tension and action build from then on, and there are few disappointments after that. Perhaps my familiarity with Odd Thomas is what makes this story seem a little less out of the ordinary. And yet, a fascinating mystery.
In Odd's words: There is in me a darkness that, by darkness challenged, will rise up and have its way. I act in defense of the innocent, but I sometimes must wonder if I will be innocent in my own heart, or even redeemable, at the end of my strange road.
I can't help but wonder at Odd's fate myself.(less)
I'm so glad to be back in the world of Odd Thomas. Odd's interaction with Jolie is terrific and endearing. He seems to get along with children far bet...moreI'm so glad to be back in the world of Odd Thomas. Odd's interaction with Jolie is terrific and endearing. He seems to get along with children far better than adults. I did hope to see more from Annamaria, but perhaps that's coming. (less)
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 gettin...moreA 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 constantly thrown into chaos and violence. I'll follow you to the end, Odd One.(less)
I haven't listened to a Harry Bosch tale in a while. The narrator has a distinct way of speaking I've come to associate with Harry Bosch. While engros...moreI haven't listened to a Harry Bosch tale in a while. The narrator has a distinct way of speaking I've come to associate with Harry Bosch. While engrossing enough to listen to during a commute, this story disappointed me on several levels. WARNING: Ahead there be spoilers.
I found Connelly explaining a lot. Things that were obvious he said anyway. A lot of explaining of gestures, for example. The editor in me kept saying 'you just repeated yourself,' or 'that's obvious from what you just said.' It was distracting, interrupted the pacing, and took away from the narrative. Kind of a lesson what not to do for a writer.
I may have forgotten details regarding Harry Bosch's character, but he behaved differently than I remember him acting in other stories I've read. Namely, he is more aggressive in this story, and well, he's kind of an ass. He consciously shuts out his partner, David Chu, ordering him about and outright telling him he isn't going to tell him what was going on. Once he tries the "I'm trying to protect you" line, but it comes off as patronizing and he never returns to the idea anyway. Besides, that's not how partners work. He's working a political case, but he should show Chu how to deal with the politics. Instead, he took control of the investigation himself, ordering Chu about, even though Chu calls him on it and tells him he doesn't appreciate being shut out.
Chu was out of line talking to the reporter, but when Chu confronts Bosch with how he's treating him, Bosch refuses to acknowledge it, insisting on holding Chu to a standard he's not keeping for himself. He treats Chu poorly and has no guilt about it and no desire to forgive Chu. He just writes off Chu as a partner.
Another thing I didn't understand was his reaction to Hannah. They get romantic after knowing each other a short time, and Hannah tells him about her son, who committed a horrible crime. When Hannah asks how he feels about what she told him, he is at a loss to offer anything but sympathy. When Hannah says she can't ignore her feelings, that she has to deal with what her son did and that he was in prison -- a reasonable statement, in my opinion -- Harry suddenly comes to the conclusion he's made a mistake with her and blows her off. It seems a huge leap that didn't have an explanation. There was no connection between point A and B. I don't see how he came to his conclusion just from what she'd said. Maybe it's a guy thing? Hannah starts talking about feelings, Bosch jumps to "this is a mistake"? There's something missing there to me. And somehow, Hannah "knows" she "messed up" with him when they next talk. I don't see how, since he doesn't give any indication except being a little abrupt in how he ended the last conversation. If she can sense he's annoyed, I don't see how she would have figured out why. It seems Connelly was operating with more knowledge than he was sharing with the reader.
By the end of the story, Harry has made a U-turn on his opinion of Chu, presumably because of how he handles their second case. I have to assume that, because he never explains his change of heart, except that he manages to tell Chu he did a good job with the case, and later tells himself he's going to move on and stop holding a grudge. But how did he get there from the deep insult he'd felt? It didn't seem plausible.
Chu was also a bit annoying in his reaction to Harry's behavior. While he tries to stand up for himself and complains to Harry when he shut him out of the case, that's all he does. Then when Harry finds out about the reporter, Chu insists he's going to make it up to Harry and practically begs Harry for a second chance. Repeatedly. The guy needs to grow a pair.
The Hannah storyline is left dangling a bit. But at that point, I didn't much care. With Harry being a general ass, I was less than happy with this story. (less)
Just a quick review here. The Kraken Project was full of fun and interesting characters. But I felt there was not enough time spent on any one charact...moreJust a quick review here. The Kraken Project was full of fun and interesting characters. But I felt there was not enough time spent on any one character to get really connected to them. I ended up feeling most connected to Jacob, whom we didn't meet til later. And at first it felt like another story. I knew it would connect eventually, or else why was it part of the story? But the supposed main character, Wyman Ford, didn't feel like a main character, even less central than Melissa Shepard.
Still, I enjoyed seeing how Dorothy behaved. I was curious how that would play out. It was interesting to see. All in all a fun story. And nice ending! Set up for the next one?(less)