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Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz
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Apr 14, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: 2010, horror, library-books-read, california-lit, ghost-stories

Orange County, CA is home to at least 3 famous authors: T Jefferson Parker, Gregory Benford and Dean Koontz. In preparation for the LA Times Festival of Books, I checked books by two of the three authors out of the library. I'm pretty sure I've read Gregory Benford before, so I skipped him.

Odd Thomas was recommended to me as a good introduction to Koontz's work. I was really pleased with the experience. I liked Koontz's writing style in this book very much and the story was excellent. Who can resist a ghost story that includes the ghost of Elvis Presley? This books was a great blend of horror, humor and pathos. Odd is a very endearing character. I like how Koontz kept the narrative very concise an didn't over-explain what was going on. He does the first-person POV very well and doesn't tell us stuff the protagonist doesn't know.

As far as horror writers go, I suspect that Koontz is a better writer than Stephen King. I will have to read a few more books by both authors before I say for certain though.
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Reading Progress

April 14, 2010 – Started Reading
April 14, 2010 – Shelved
April 14, 2010 –
page 14
April 19, 2010 –
page 53
April 20, 2010 –
page 129
April 21, 2010 –
page 264
April 21, 2010 – Finished Reading
April 23, 2010 – Shelved as: 2010
April 23, 2010 – Shelved as: horror
April 23, 2010 – Shelved as: library-books-read
April 23, 2010 – Shelved as: california-lit
May 29, 2010 – Shelved as: ghost-stories

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