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Odd Hours (Odd Thomas #4)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  36,383 Ratings  ·  2,036 Reviews
Odd Thomas lives always between two worlds.

He can see the lingering dead and knows that even in the chaos, there is order, purpose, and strange meaning that invites our understanding - but often thwarts it.

Intuition has brought Odd Thomas to the quaint town of Magic Beach on the California coast. As he waits to learn why he has been drawn here, he finds work as cook and a
Mass Market Paperback, 404 pages
Published 2009 by Harper Collins (first published 2008)
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If you are keeping a running tally if Dean Koontz novels with a golden retriever in them, add another hash mark for Odd Hours.

I continue to enjoy the Odd series, but my one complaint is that the pacing, the story, the motivations, the progress, etc. all feel a bit flat. Things are never a 10, they are never a 1, they are always just at 5 or 6. This is interesting because there is some stuff that happens that should be very intense, but it isn't. Some of this may be caused by the characterization
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
Jun 04, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
May 21, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: only very die-hard Koontz fans
Shelves: finished
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Feb 18, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series
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
Odd Thomas and his current ghostly companion,Frank Sinatra take on the latest baddies. This time though, the end game has global implications. I enjoyed this installment as much or maybe even a little more than the previous ones. Odd Thomas and his unique life view has become a favorite of mine.
I can forgive if the plot line drags a bit here and there. And yes, the pace is a bit rushed.(The whole book takes place over twenty four hours). But I love the pithy grace under extreme pressure. And
Angela Oliver
Oct 04, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
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
Alissa Patrick
Sep 13, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

This book was such shit. Worst one of the series. I hope the next one is better. Ugh.
Feb 02, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 28, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 01, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Absolutely no one. Not even Kootz fans
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Jun 11, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jun 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Patrick O'Neil
May 26, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  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
Maggie K
ok, I really like Odd Thomas a lot, I think he is just a beautiful person. But this book was soo.....I don't know the word, but I got the feeling the author sat and wrote it all in one take, probably in one night, and then never looked at it again.
First, it all takes place in the space of one night. But incomprehensibly, it deals with an issue of global security. These two things just do not work together!
Second, Odd's gift is psychic magnetism. He is drawn toward people who need him and just c
Leah Polcar
So, I needed a break from the awesome City on Fire and this was available from the library for immediate digital download. So I downloaded. I am not sure why, probably because it is sort of like mind candy, but I have to say that I do not think I will following up with the rest of the books in the Odd Thomas series.

While I appreciated that Koontz stopped telling us all the details of the earlier books, just in case we were new to the series and fit the backstory tidbits more fluidly into Odd
Dec 01, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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
Mel Miller
Jun 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this one although as much as I wanted to give it five stars but just couldn't because of a few things. The character Annamara bugged me, and I was totally bummed by the ending. Also there was this one scene were OT was stuck under a pier for like 20 pages and I all but literally screamed at the book to just get out from under the pier already.
All that being said, I love Koontz books and his writing. I love the way he describes things and the way he writes in general and this for
Feb 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Koontz has a way of rambling on in some areas and giving a bit too much detail at times, but I just love Odd as a character. Also, there were a couple of times in this book where I laughed out loud due to the witty dialogue. I do have to admit that I didn't have all of my questions answered in this book, but I'm hoping to figure out what was going on with a couple of things in the next book. I look forward to being in Odd's world again soon.
Winter Sophia Rose
Dark, Eerie, Action Packed, Gripping, Compelling & Hilarious! A Great Read! I Loved It!
Aug 17, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, reread, read_2012
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
Sarah ~Sehrenity~
Jun 07, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Koontz, as always, proves that he can create a loveable character and enough witty dialogue to keep readers engaged in the story. I enjoyed Odd Hours very much.

That said...I'm not sure how I feel about the choices Odd was forced to make during the resolution of this book. No spoilers, but just see if by the end of this book you don't feel something of the innocence that is Odd is lost. I didn't feel much development out of the antagonists, but perhaps this is because Koontz left the ending open
Feb 08, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Odd Hours picks right up from the last pages of Brother Odd, and this one finds Odd Thomas at Magic Beach, California, which I don't even know if Magic Beach is a real place or fictional, I looked it up just out of curiosity but didn't find any Magic Beach, so I assume it's fictional. Anyway, I found this book to be very different than the previous books in the series, this one didn't involve much supernatural stuff like the previous ones. Still, it was a great book.

Now for book #5, Odd Apocalyp
Jun 09, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Oct 25, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dawn Michelle
Jul 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Audrey K.
This time, Odd saves the world from nuclear bombs being brought on shore in California. He meets Annamaria, and Birdena "Birdie" Hopkins (owner and driver of a 1959 Cadillac Sedan DeVille), as well as Raphael the dog. We are introduced to Blossom Rosedale, at the Cottage of the Happy Monster. The very aggressive and congregating coyotes appear twice, and remain a mystery.
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
Jan 02, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense
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
Jun 26, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

I still love the character of Odd Thomas and it is still Dean Koontz's one and only creation of any substance whatsoever, but this book is a tragedy. You cannot set up Annamaria to be a huge part of the story in the beginning and then simply not explain her. Also, the villains, as usual, were completely black-and-white and undeveloped. The chief was decent, as at least he wasn't a cliched thug. Still, after finally getting a villain who was interesting in Brother Odd, we go back to dull, one
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