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Brother Odd (Odd Thomas #3)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  53,321 Ratings  ·  2,221 Reviews
Hardcover, 526 pages
Published November 28th 2006 by Bantam (first published 2006)
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Will M.
The thing with this series is that no matter how pointless each book may seem, I still find myself enjoying each one way or another. This is the third one and I still don't see the point of the series, but I enjoyed it nonetheless.

The whole book was composed of father ____ and sister ____ did this and that. Plus Odd trying to explain that he's not crazy. It was an easy listen, plus David Erin Baker narrated it perfectly. I really liked the way he did it. It felt natural. Even the way he portraye
Mar 04, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I love Odd Thomas. I think he is a great character: endearing, quirky, funny. All the qualities I would want in a good friend. And of course, his ability to see ghosts, and his fundamental compassion towards those spirits, makes him special and even more admirable.
So I was fully expecting to love this book, as I did the first two in this series (Odd Thomas and Forever Odd).


the climax of this book was very disappointing. It lasted approximately 1 and 1/2 pages o
Michelle Hajder
Feb 23, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
B A D B O O K !

Koont'z purple prose give me a migraine and makes me want to kill.

This book will give your pets cholera.

This book is responsible for increases in the gas tax.

This book emanates the odor of previously owned Romano cheese.

This book slapped my husband.

This book voted for Bush.

Dustin Crazy little brown owl
This is the fourth time I've actually read Brother Odd. Good thing for Goodreads to help me keep track of how many times. Brother Odd is among my favorites in the Odd Thomas series. For a long time, I said it was my favorite but now I am rather partial to Odd Interlude and Odd Apocalypse.

I like the idea of creating our own reality which I hadn't seen in Koontz's works since By the Light of the Moon , From the Corner of His Eye and most recently experienced in Ashley Bell.

The most impressive thin
Dawn Michelle
Read~July 8, 2008

I really enjoy this series. I love "Odd" and how, without even trying, or even wanting to, lives up to his name.

Odd is struggling with his loss. Even with all that happened in the previous book (and maybe because of it), he is still almost consumed by the loss of his "forever love", "Stormy" Llewellyn. He has retreated to St. Bartholomew's Abbey to live amongst the monks (and the Nun's, who run a school/hospital for children who the world has forgotten or doesn't want anymore)t
UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

Odd Thomas is such an awesome character. I loved his integrity, his dry humor and his bravery. I recall reading a quote, something along the lines that bravery isn't the absence of fear, it's the presence of fear but the willingness to do what is needed, anyway. That describes Odd Thomas to a T.

Dec 07, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Για τα δεδομένα του Koontz μπορώ να πω ότι ξαφνιάστηκα ευχάριστα. Καλοδουλεμένοι χαρακτήρες για πρώτη φορά, σουρεάλ διάλογοι (μόνο έτσι μπορώ να περιγράψω την εμφάνιση του φαντάσματος του Έλβις), αφήγηση που μπλέκει την ατμόσφαιρα τρόμου με χιούμορ πολύ έξυπνα και γρήγορη ροή.
Ωστόσο το βιβλίο χτίζει εξαρχής την ύπαρξη του γύρω από μια ιδέα που ξαφνικά σκάει σαν άλλη τσιχλόφουσκα, τελειώνοντας απότομα και τσαπατσούλικα ενώ οι ήρωες και το ατμοσφαιρικό περιβάλλον θα μπορούσαν να είχαν εκμεταλλευτ
To be honest, three stars was pretty generous, but I just have a hard time giving less unless a book is crap! Don't get me wrong: this is far from crap, but unfortunately I liked it least of the three books in this series. Maybe I was just "over" the premise, but I found many of the characters in this book to be ridiculous, including Mr. Thomas himself. =( I was annoyed by his endless witty/sarcastic/funny comments. It was like he was living one long CBS comedy. And it wasn't just him; everyone ...more
Eric M. Witchey
Jan 05, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I'm working hard on cleaning, organizing, repairing, or any of the mundane chores of life, I like to listen to audio books. I listened to Brother Odd over a three day period, and I found myself smiling and occasionally, unintentionally, pausing to listen instead of work. It was a fun mix of "I see dead people," Catholicism, Quantum smoke and mirrors, and mad scientist egoism. I love the compassion and respect Koontz brings to the perspective of people who are generally dismissed in our cult ...more
Димитър Цолов
Блудкаво и захаросано. С главен герой толкова идеален, че чак придразва. А диалозите, диалозите... на места са откровено малоумни. Упорито продължавам да чета Дийн Кунц, защото съм имал страхотни преживявания с него през годините, ама последните ми срещи са, кхъ-кхъ... доста нелепи....
Aug 16, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
I didn't care that much for the second book in the Odd Thomas series but this third book really kicked it up a notch. I thought the end came a bit too easily, but there was a lot of genuine tension throughout the book and some very nice description to go along with interesting characters.
Mar 25, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
It's been a while since I've read the Odd Thomas series, I had to go back and refresh my memory a little bit before jumping into this book, and I'm glad I did. Brother Odd was an entertaining and fun read, had some comedy in it, some parts making me laugh out loud. It did however take a bit to figure out the plot, and what's going on. But as I read more, it started making sense.

No matter how weird or strange his books can be, I gotta say Dean Koontz is a phenomenal writer!
Edward Lorn
Oct 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paperbacks
Brother Odd is Dean Koontz's redemption piece after the fiasco that was Forever Odd, whether or not the author thinks so is beside the point. He redeemed himself in my eyes. Everything I hated from the second book is thankfully absent from the third, while everything I adored about the first book returns in abundance.

Odd doesn't have to spend 120 pages walking this time around because he's already at the site of the book's action. I have read other reviews that complain about the story line bei
This was not my favorite Odd book. I still enjoyed it and I loved many of the characters, but something central to the plot was not what I was hoping for. (view spoiler)

I much prefer Odd to be the most unrealistic part of the book. I can deal with him seeing ghosts and even bodachs. This
Jul 11, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Kathy Davie
Feb 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: homey, horror, funny
Third in the Odd Thomas horror-lite series about a young man needing to retreat from his horrific life.

Horror-lite? Yeah, what else can you call it when the story is both warm and creepily weird?

My Take
Well, I was dying to know what and why Odd sought out a monastery. And Koontz delivered with warmth and homeyness even as violence broke out. It's an odd mixture of science and the metaphysical, not at all what I would expect. But then, neither is Odd.

The peace and vitality with which Koontz inves
J.S. Bailey
Feb 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Having reread Brother Odd, I've decided that I enjoyed this volume more than the first book in the series. In addition to Odd's continuous wit, there's a group of badass monks and nuns who help defend a school of vulnerable children against evil creatury-things that are going to kill them--and if that isn't awesome, then I don't know what is.

As I've been rereading this series, I've fallen into long bouts of introspection in which I ponder the human condition much as Odd himself does. Odd is alwa
Jennifer Wardrip
I love Dean Koontz. I love Odd Thomas. In fact, I love that Dean Koontz loves Odd Thomas enough to write a third (and I'm guessing, soon a fourth) book about him. So I may be a little biased in saying that BROTHER ODD is one of my favorite books of the year.

Odd has left Pico Mundo to join the nuns and brothers in a monastery. Although he's not taking his vows, he's been enjoying the peace and quiet--and relative safety--that being with these brothers and sisters of Christ has brought. He's also
4-4.5 stars

This was a really good addition to the Odd Thomas series. Due to the tragedies that Odd has experienced, he felt a need (at the end of book #2) to get away from all who know him and gain quiet and solitude to heal. Odd goes to a monastery where he stays as a guest and takes time to regain himself. Unfortunately, after being there for 7 month, Odd encounters some freaky stuff that seems to threaten the monks, nuns and the children that the nuns take care of. Odd, with some help from a
Alissa Patrick
May 31, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This one has been my favorite of the series so far. It has the interesting setting of a monastery, as Odd goes to hides and recollect himself- of course, trouble follows him wherever he goes. He begins to see bodachs again, which are the creepy shadowy figures that seem to hang around whenever death is imminent. I picture the shadowy creatures from the movie "Ghost" (I just dated myself, I know. Great movie though).

The story itself was decent, but what made it great for me was the cast of chara
Sarah Anne
More horror, less humor. For years this was my favorite one of the bunch because of the horror aspect. Then the fifth book came out and this one became a distant second. This time around I wasn't as crazy about it because there weren't that many quotable moments. Sigh. I really wanted to inflict many quotes on all of my buddies.

Still, there's always Rodion Romanovich. The convos between those two are hilarious.
Apr 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found it comforting to find Odd Thomas in a monastery after the loss of Stormy. Thinking at first to escape but then actually there to help others, both living and dead, in his selfless way. I continue to be intrigued with him and look forward to the next chapter/book of his life.
Winter Sophia Rose
Fascinating, Quirky, Moving, Spooky, Dark, Engaging & Laugh Out Loud Funny! An Excellent Read! I Loved It!
Mmmm, I dropped an extra star for this one over the first two in the series. Let's go over why:

(view spoiler)
The adventures of Odd Thomas take place in a monastery this time. Our unlikely hero has retreated (pardon the pun)to a monastery for some much needed peace. But as is the norm for Odd, trouble in the form of the dreaded bodachs find him. Now he must figure out what is drawing them to the children being cared for in the ancient abbey.
As is usual in this series the characters are as unique as Odd himself.The monks and their background are given plenty of space. I enjoy Odd's self deprecating humor
Josh Barnett
Jul 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: default
You can read this review and others at my book blog site,

Seven months have past since we last heard from Odd Thomas. He has left Pico Mundo to live with the monks at St. Bartholomew’s Abbey. He hopes to find peace and quite within himself as a guest there.
After a monk goes missing, Odd sees a bodach. Bodachs are a sign of destruction. The only one who can save the monks, sisters, and kids from the danger is once again Odd Thomas.
This entire plot is great but what
Barbara ★
So far, this is the best book in the series for the creepiness factor alone. Odd Thomas is a genuine humanitarian which is really showcased in this installment. Among the monastery environs lies an orphage that caters to the severely handicapped. Odd's handling of these fragile children during the crisis is masterful and heart-felt. The plight of these children in the story (hell even in real life) is heart-breaking. It's embarrasing to know that we humans treat anyone like this especially those ...more
Quintin Merwe
Initially, this book started off on the same pace as the other books and I almost got worried that this one is going to just be the same thing all over again. Even though I raved about the first two books, if he kept on telling the same story just with a slight twist here and there, I would have been very disappointed.
Luckily this book is a step up from the previous books (not that they weren't great also) and I was captivated by the new mystery - you'll have to read it to understand what I mea
Mar 29, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At this point in the series, Odd is kind of like Caine from Kung Fu. He wanders the land looking for supernatural mysteries that he can make right in some twisted karmic redemption plot that he has going. Still, at least this opens up Odd's normally insular little desert existence to something more- like a monastery plagued by quantum bone monsters where your only allies seem to be the roughest bunch of monks ever assembled, from the former mob heavyweight (Brother Knuckles, no joke) to the crim ...more
Nov 29, 2007 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was given this book as a diversion while hospitalized. It served that purpose but little else. While the character Odd Thomas initially shows some promise, he is never fully developed. The author adds numerous comments in the first person narrative regarding events which have no relevance to this story. I realize this is the third in a series, but the interjections only allude to the first books and add nothing to either the character or the plot of this book. While the plot begins interesting ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Odd Thomas (8 books)
  • Odd Thomas (Odd Thomas, #1)
  • Forever Odd (Odd Thomas, #2)
  • Odd Hours (Odd Thomas, #4)
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