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Odd Thomas

(Odd Thomas #1)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  262,587 ratings  ·  7,883 reviews
The dead don't talk. I don't know why. But they do try to communicate, with a short-order cook in a small desert town serving as their reluctant confidant. Sometimes the silent souls who seek out Odd want justice. Occasionally their otherworldly tips help him prevent a crime. But this time it’s different.

A stranger comes to Pico Mundo, accompanied by a horde of hyena-like
Paperback, 446 pages
Published August 29th 2006 by Bantam (first published 2003)
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Tom Dianne, I've been reading both King and Koontz for years and on the whole I find Koontz's books much less disturbing than King's, he's a devout Cathol…moreDianne, I've been reading both King and Koontz for years and on the whole I find Koontz's books much less disturbing than King's, he's a devout Catholic and very gentle person so I wouldn't worry too much, not that they can't be very disturbing sometimes because they can, but nothing a King fan would worry about IMO.(less)
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Aaron Woodsworth
I haven't read Dean Koontz in years, and I wanted to see if I'd made a hasty judgment about him being not so good. He wrote a book called "Lightning" that I liked, but others I read were, as they say, "Meh." I picked up this book and the next in the series, "Forever Odd," and thought "sure, why not?"

Let me answer that question for you:

Dean Koontz' 20 year old I-see-dead-people fry cook character reads like a 20 year old written by a 50-something year old that assumes he can write a believable 20
Feb 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Hooray for Odd Thomas!

That’s really his name, by the way.

Dean Koontz has made a winner with this 2003 publication that spawned ten other works (as of 2015) and a 2013 film.

First of all, Koontz crafted in Odd a very likeable hero. Notice I did not use the term protagonist, as Odd is a real hero, doing what is right, having fun with it, and being an all around great guy. Odd’s heroism is emphasized by his comparison to his thoroughly unlikeable and completely unsympathetic parents. By showing us O
Jul 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
I usually do not read supernatural books. When I read Chain Letter 2 back in high school, I went against popular opinion and rated Chain Letter 1 higher, because 2 was a premise with supernatural events.

Back to Odd Thomas, I loved reading even the low key chapters. Dean Koontz has a knack for oozing interesting things from even the most mundane thoughts or settings.

I feared who would die in the end, and I was surprised. I cried like a kid and I recommend Odd Thomas, and I'm going to read book 2
Peter Topside
Mar 06, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a very strange and quirky story. I can't say that I loved the writing style, but it was good enough to keep me invested. Odd Thomas is so hapless and unsure of himself, but follows his instincts, even when his logic tries to tell him otherwise. Also, coming from a traumatic upbringing, I found it really refreshing how Koontz used Odd's earlier years and unfit parents as the catalysts for his unique abilities with the undead. There are several times that I found myself thinking, "Just let ...more
Not Now...Mommy's Reading
Best Read of 2004!!! Wow! What a way to start a new year. This is the first book I've read by Dean Koontz and I'm kicking myself in the behind for overlooking the man for some many years! After this review, I will make it a point to get my hands on a copy of everything the man has ever written.

I first mentioned this book to my ex-husband after coming across it in the bookstore early December. Back cover seemed interesting enough but, not being a fan of Koontz, I decided to put it on my "wish li
This was one weird story that ramped up to great 4 star finish. I was skeptical through the first 3/4 of the book or so, I even had a hard time staying interested, but the end was great. I look forward to more in the series.
Chelsea ✨Arielle’s Nebular Ally and Team Acrux✨

This book wasn't supposed to make me cry. This book was supposed to be simple, mindless fun. I wasn't supposed to fall in love with the tortured and unloved (by family) Odd. This story was supposed to be easy.

So why am I still crying?

I had not asked to be born. Only to be loved.

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Review to come.
As a kid, the first thing I did when I was coming back from school was stop by at the library. I used to check out various mystery novels - like those with The Three Investigators, a saga that has remained a favorite and to this day I'm fond of it - and one day the librarian (God bless her) decided that I was mature enough (meaning I started growing whiskers) and recommended Stephen King.

Needless to say, I started to read one King book after the other in quick succesion, sometimes even two at th
Will M.
Dec 04, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: horror, paranormal, 2014
Odd Thomas is a 20-year old fry cook, and he can see dead people. It's either a gift or a curse. In less than twenty-four hours, Pico Mundo will awaken to a day of catastrophe, and it's up to Odd to try and prevent it.

The thing with this novel is that the plot was terribly slow. Koontz served up a lot of character building, a lot being the first 1/3 of the novel. That is pretty normal, but the result should be satisfactory. While I am really liking Odd as a character, I just don't see him as a
Nov 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’ve not read much Koontz but this seemed like a popular one, I’m even planning to watch the film afterwards.

I liked how the story was narrated through Odd, it was really easy to get a feel for the character.
Whilst working as a short order cook young Odd has the ability to see dead people, I instantly thought of Sixth Sense.

In truth this novel reminded me of a few other well known books, the most obvious being Stephen King’s The Dead Zone as Odd has a premonition that something bad is about to
Feb 22, 2022 rated it it was amazing
I see dead people. But then, by God, I do something about it.

Wow...just wow. I don't have the words. It's been years since I've read a book that has emotionally spoken to me like this one. This is my first Dean Koontz book ever and what a satisfying way to start. Meet Odd Thomas, he's twenty and a fry cook. Oh, and one minor detail is that he can see dead people. Needless to say, his life is very unusual but it makes for a fast-paced and captivating read. Koontz is a phenomenal storyteller and h
 Danielle The Book Huntress
My sister and I listened to this in the car on our trips around town. In that week or more we spent together, I felt like Odd became part of my life. I was rather sad when it ended. I appreciated the audiobook format very much. I think it was very immersive, and Koontz words were very poetic. Odd is such a unique guy. He's got a pure heart and that's saying something. His gift has made his life very difficult, but he doesn't take it like a curse. It's his life, and he takes ownership of that. He ...more
I had no interest in reading ODD THOMAS when it first came out. Although Watchers, Lightning, and some of Koontz's older novels are some of my favorites, I had read a few of his more recent novels and had been a little disappointed. But...I was browsing in the used book store and decided what the heck, I will pick up a copy just in case I ever change my mind. It took 7 years.

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The great thing about it taking 7 years is I forgot what the book was about so I got to have the "Big Ahhhaaa
There are plenty of prolific authors out there with whom I'm completely unfamiliar. It was only a few years ago that I “met” (and fell hard for) Stephen King. So I decided to give Dean Koontz a whirl, and (as suggested by my lone star rating) Odd Thomas and I did't exactly hit it off.

I get the whole different strokes for different folks thing, but I just couldn't handle the saccharine sweet (e.g. “My favorite body part is my heart...”), at times infuriatingly repetitive narrativ
Feb 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Odd Thomas is my very first Dean Koontz novel. I only started it because it was available on my Libby app and I needed something to listen to while waiting for another book. So I went in with zero expectations.

What I ended up with is my next must-read series.

Odd is a pure-hearted protagonist with psychic sixth sense and the ability to see dead people. It was a blast following him as he chased bodachs, hung with a celebrity ghost, and solved a deadly mystery.

The book started slow but it is the
Jul 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was a buddy read I did at the Reading for Pleasure book club here on Goodreads.

Odd Thomas is a short order fry cook who communes and sees the dead. When he discovers a dangerous man named Fungus man a.k.a. Bob Robertson surrounded by bodachs, Odd discovers that tragedy and chaos is coming soon to Pico mundo. Can he protect his one true love Stormy as well as his friends and family from the danger? Read on and find out for yourself.

This was a pretty good read . Though I have seen the film a
Brittany McCann
This was a very interestingly told tale. The tale was a good one, but the telling was at times quite disjointed.

Odd is a likable character with an interesting ability. It was great to see that he actually had others' support with his gift, and this book set up an easy path for further books along in the series. I will be continuing to Odd's future forays.

Odd's mom could be in the running for worst mother of the universe, and her parts in the story were tough to stomach. That ending was brutal,
UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

Dean Koontz is an incredible author - one of my favorite in the PNR/Horror genre, and every Koontz book I've read has been fast paced, scary but not terrifying and, start to finish, grabs hold, doesn't let go.
“The dead don't talk. I don't know why.” But they do try to communicate, with a short-order cook in a small desert town serving as their reluctant confidant. Odd Thomas thinks of himself as an ordinary guy, if possessed of a certain measure of talent at the Pico Mundo Grill and rapturously
Dec 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Caution: comments contain spoilers.

I like Dean Koontz but I am not a big fan. I don't know if the stories seem too generic or the characters are too standard in my view, but he gets me about 60% of the way there most times. I have actually put down a few of his books after about 50 pages because I simply lost interest. I know that he is wildly popular so obviously others don't share this view. Odd Thomas, both the novel and the character, were different for me though. The idea of someone being a
Oct 11, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hmmmm..... I wrote a review and now it seems to have vanished.

Ok, briefly, one of Koontz's better ideas, however still way too verbose but fortunately,skipping paragraphs is a breeze and you won't lose a thing. Unfortunately he continues with underwhelming character development (every character seems to think like a nerdy lonely and sometimes angry middle-aged man (he can not even closely get into the head of what a woman would/might think)).
STILL, there are a couple ok twists. :-D
3 solid sta
Nov 29, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book in Koontz's most successful series, about an uncomplicated young man with an Odd name who has some supernormal abilities but mostly just wants to be left alone. The narrative style is a little hard to adjust to at first, but quickly reels the reader in and becomes quite engaging. It's a fast and friendly breezy read, for the most part, though I was really shocked at the fate of one of the characters.... ...more
4 Stars for Odd Thomas: Odd Thomas Series, Book 1 (audiobook) by Dean Koontz read by David Aaron Baker.

I think I was expecting a different kind of story from Koontz. The story feels to me like a YA version of I see dead people. That’s not bad, it’s just not what I was expecting. Although I also didn’t didn’t do any research on what the story was about. I like DK’s writing and I knew that this series was sitting out there with this interesting title. So I gave it a try. Ultimately it was an inte
Amber J
Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Adults only as there is a lot of violence.
“I've since discovered that many human beings need no supernatural mentoring to commit acts of savagery; some people are devils in their own right, their telltale horns having grown inward to facilitate their disguise.”
― Dean Koontz, Odd Thomas

I try to express only my most honest opinion in a spoiler free way. If you feel anything in my review is a spoiler and is not already hidden in spoiler brackets please let me know. Thank you.

Odd Thomas can see and feel the dead, but he can't hear them,

Scott Seaborn
I REALLY wanted to like this novel. The first chapter hooked me-- bad stuff is going to happen to the likable guy who sees dead people. And NOTHING happens for the next 200 pages. Well, almost nothing-- Odd discovers this Black Room with mysteriously cool properties. The Black Room keeps me hooked a little bit longer....but Koontz doesn't even explain what it is or why it's important to the plot. I spent the next 300 pages waiting for Odd to go back to the room, but it's not even mentioned again ...more
Mar 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Literally an awesome book from beginning to the end, I loved the rabbit trails all throughout it and the thinking that went into trying to figure out the complex situation that Odd was in. Bless this omg
Christian Nikitas
This was the first time I have read any of Dean Koontz books. I don't think that he's the best writer, but I did really enjoy the story. The movie was not far off from the book, so I was pleasantly surprised. ...more
Nov 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: paranormal, thriller
I've only read one Dean Koontz thriller before and didn't really enjoy it so I wasn't expecting to enjoy this so much. Not only does Koontz spin a good tale, but Odd Thomas is such an original character, it's hard not to like him. He's a gentle soul, a cheerful short order fry chef in the small town of Pico Mundo in southern California, who wants to marry his high school sweetheart Stormy Llewellyn and is contented with his life. He's almost normal except for one special skill: he can see the de ...more
Miranda Reads
Mar 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobook
Simply quirky and delightful. Wonderful movie too!

Review to come.

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Mar 11, 2009 rated it really liked it
Isla was going to get this, but she was equivocating, so I knocked her over and took it. I have read a lot of Dean Koontz! Back when he was Dean R. Koontz. According to Wikipedia, in 1992, when I was thirteen, I had read every book he'd published under his own name- which was, what, like, a dozen or so? I used to get them from the library and read them at other kids' little league games... which sounds a little nerdy, in retrospect.

Anyway, I loved 'em! I was a little nerdy serious kid like "Mom
Odd Thomas is a young, short order cook with special psychic abilities. When a stranger arrives in the town of Pico Mundo, Odd notes a upsurge of other worldly 'bodachs' and knows that something horrific is about to happen. Using his abilities, he must now figure out what it is and how he can stop it.
This is the first Koontz novel I've read for several years and whilst it took me a while to get through it I found it really enjoyable. Odd is a charmingly peculiar character, a good man who wants t
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