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I see dead people. But then, by God, I do something about it. Odd Thomas never asked for his special ability. He's just an ordinary guy trying to live a quiet life in the small desert town of Pico Mundo. Yet he feels an obligation to do right by his otherworldly confidants, and that's why he's won hearts on both sides of the divide between life and death. But when a childh I see dead people. But then, by God, I do something about it. Odd Thomas never asked for his special ability. He's just an ordinary guy trying to live a quiet life in the small desert town of Pico Mundo. Yet he feels an obligation to do right by his otherworldly confidants, and that's why he's won hearts on both sides of the divide between life and death. But when a childhood friend disappears, Odd discovers something worse than a dead body and embarks on a heart-stopping battle of will and wits with an enemy of exceptional cunning. In the hours to come there can be no innocent bystanders, and every sacrifice can tip the balance between despair and hope. You're invited on an unforgettable journey through a world of terror and transcendence to wonders beyond imagining. And you can have no better guide than Odd Thomas.


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I see dead people. But then, by God, I do something about it. Odd Thomas never asked for his special ability. He's just an ordinary guy trying to live a quiet life in the small desert town of Pico Mundo. Yet he feels an obligation to do right by his otherworldly confidants, and that's why he's won hearts on both sides of the divide between life and death. But when a childh I see dead people. But then, by God, I do something about it. Odd Thomas never asked for his special ability. He's just an ordinary guy trying to live a quiet life in the small desert town of Pico Mundo. Yet he feels an obligation to do right by his otherworldly confidants, and that's why he's won hearts on both sides of the divide between life and death. But when a childhood friend disappears, Odd discovers something worse than a dead body and embarks on a heart-stopping battle of will and wits with an enemy of exceptional cunning. In the hours to come there can be no innocent bystanders, and every sacrifice can tip the balance between despair and hope. You're invited on an unforgettable journey through a world of terror and transcendence to wonders beyond imagining. And you can have no better guide than Odd Thomas.

30 review for Forever Odd

  1. 5 out of 5

    Matthew

    I have seen a lot of negative reviews for this book, and after reading it, I can see where people might feel that way. However, I thought it was very enjoyable. Sure it was weird and outlandish - with bizarre characters and haphazard dialogue, but I found it very entertaining. The plot is basic good vs evil. The baddies are very spooky and cartoony. The leader is very focused and unreasonable in her goals - a one track mind of questionable motivation that doesn't make a whole lot of sense. Odd ma I have seen a lot of negative reviews for this book, and after reading it, I can see where people might feel that way. However, I thought it was very enjoyable. Sure it was weird and outlandish - with bizarre characters and haphazard dialogue, but I found it very entertaining. The plot is basic good vs evil. The baddies are very spooky and cartoony. The leader is very focused and unreasonable in her goals - a one track mind of questionable motivation that doesn't make a whole lot of sense. Odd manages to maintain a sense of humor even when facing adversity and his one-liners are often priceless. It may not be the finest of literature, but I liked the next chapter in the world of Odd Thomas and I look forward to more.

  2. 4 out of 5

    William Dalphin

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Suppose you're a wealthy dominatrix. Just pretend for a second, okay? You've got this incredible body, and innate ability to get men to do whatever you want. You've also got a collection of voodoo items and knick-knacks, and you're very passionate about the spirit world. Naturally, instead of traversing the globe, gathering items of magical power, you scour the internet, developing online relationships with crippled people, right? Of course, because chances are good that one of those crippled pe Suppose you're a wealthy dominatrix. Just pretend for a second, okay? You've got this incredible body, and innate ability to get men to do whatever you want. You've also got a collection of voodoo items and knick-knacks, and you're very passionate about the spirit world. Naturally, instead of traversing the globe, gathering items of magical power, you scour the internet, developing online relationships with crippled people, right? Of course, because chances are good that one of those crippled people has a friend who can see the dead. Hey, there you go! You found one who has a friend who can see the dead! You want to learn from this individual... maybe steal his life essence for your own so you can have his power for yourself, right? How would you go about doing that? What? Kidnap the guy and cut his heart out? No, no. Obviously, the right thing to do would be to kill the crippled guy's dad, kidnap the cripple, and drag him through a series of sewer tunnels out to an old abandoned casino in the desert! That way, you can test the friend to find out if he really can see the dead, right? Of course you could just kidnap him and cut his heart out and then if he's gifted, you've got the gift, and you've only killed one person instead of three. But hey, don't let logic get in your way! Forever Odd is a continuation of Koontz's Odd Thomas stories. This time, Odd's crippled friend gets kidnapped by a dominatrix (you can stop pretending, it's not you), and dragged out to an abandoned casino to await Odd's inevitable rescue. Odd comes through with flying colors and a lot of insane deus ex machian on Koontz's part once again. Koontz is clearly the master of writing himself into a corner, and then coming up with retarded ideas for getting his characters out of the wacky situations he's written them into. How can one restaurant cook with a gift for seeing ghosts outwit a clever dominatrix and her two powerful bodyguards? Well, he can have an angry ghost cause a distraction, then a wildcat shows up to take out one badguy while another just magically goes blind and stumbles into the wrong room. Yay! While you're at it, Dean, why not just have the Hand of God come down from the sky and spank that naughty minx? That'll teach her not to kidnap cripples ever again. This book is the equivalent of Dean Koontz coming to your house and dumping your children in a woodchipper aimed at your freshly washed sheets. Why does Dean Koontz hate humanity so much? The world may never know.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Aj the Ravenous Reader

    The title kind of suits this book because well, the main character's name is Odd, the story is also odd and even the genre is odd. You couldn't tell if it's horror or comedy. So, in short, Forever Odd is one odd book. Is it odd that I enjoyed reading this? :)

  4. 5 out of 5

    Carolyn

    As we discovered in Odd Thomas, Odd is able to see and speak to the ghosts of newly dead people and those who don't move on. Although they can't speak back they can guide and show him things. This makes life for Odd very difficult as the dead (including the ghost of Elvis) are all around him and he chooses to live in the small town of Pico Mundo in Southern California where life is quiet and few people know about his unusual gift. Odd recently lost the love of his life Stormy (Bromwen) Llewellyn As we discovered in Odd Thomas, Odd is able to see and speak to the ghosts of newly dead people and those who don't move on. Although they can't speak back they can guide and show him things. This makes life for Odd very difficult as the dead (including the ghost of Elvis) are all around him and he chooses to live in the small town of Pico Mundo in Southern California where life is quiet and few people know about his unusual gift. Odd recently lost the love of his life Stormy (Bromwen) Llewellyn and is still grieving her loss. Now his best friend Danny, a sufferer of brittle bone disease, has been kidnapped by a woman who is "crazier than a syphilitic bomber with mad-cow disease". Odd embarks on a chase through storm drains and underwater systems to burnt out casino to confront the woman and her other-wordly companions in an attempt to get Danny back. There is plenty of action as well as a lot of humour and I enjoyed going along for the ride, however this felt more like an interlude in Odd's story rather than adding any more depth to it. At the end of the novel Odd announced that wants to move to an unusual place so that may lead to further development of his character. 3.5★

  5. 5 out of 5

    Ian

    While this Odd Thomas book was a good and entertaining read, I say so resignedly. Everything is here to make this as solid a book as the first; interesting plot, great supporting characters, etc. Additionally Odd's wit in Forever Odd seemed a bit more refined than the first book, and I enjoyed it a bit more because of it. What I found unfortunate was that Forever Odd seemed stitched on to the first book in what I felt was a forced way. I couldn't escape the feeling that Odd Thomas was intended to While this Odd Thomas book was a good and entertaining read, I say so resignedly. Everything is here to make this as solid a book as the first; interesting plot, great supporting characters, etc. Additionally Odd's wit in Forever Odd seemed a bit more refined than the first book, and I enjoyed it a bit more because of it. What I found unfortunate was that Forever Odd seemed stitched on to the first book in what I felt was a forced way. I couldn't escape the feeling that Odd Thomas was intended to stand alone, and these sequels were only drafted in response to the character's appeal. True enough, that's no reason to hate the book, and I don't - I just wish there were a few things that tied the plot more to the first book. I wanted this story to really address Odd's interactions with the other people in Pico Mundo, and develop Odd's character even more after the events of book one. Instead, I think of book two as a side adventure in the overall story. It's certainly an entertaining and engaging one, but not to the extent that I'm wowed. Hopefully the third book ties things together in a more satisfactory way.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    This is my least favorite of this series and because of that I was remembering this as a much weaker book than it actually is. The way that I remember it the woman serving as the bad guy, the woman a character describes as "crazier than a syphilitic suicide bomber with mad-cow disease," is really too evil to be believable. My memory says that she is the focal point of the whole book. This is why I should never rate by memory. She is indeed the main bad guy but her actual on camera pages are rela This is my least favorite of this series and because of that I was remembering this as a much weaker book than it actually is. The way that I remember it the woman serving as the bad guy, the woman a character describes as "crazier than a syphilitic suicide bomber with mad-cow disease," is really too evil to be believable. My memory says that she is the focal point of the whole book. This is why I should never rate by memory. She is indeed the main bad guy but her actual on camera pages are relatively few. She's still a little too evil, though. Odd wakes up one day to find the ghost of Dr. Jessup standing over his bed. He quickly heads over to Jessup's house to find out how he died and what became of his son, Danny. Danny is a close friend of Odd's since the days that they were swapping Venusian-methane-slime beast cards for Martian-brain eating-centipede cards, which I'm hoping was a long time before this takes place. Danny has been abducted and Odd sets out to find him. I said, "Sir, you know what's wrong with humanity?" "Plenty," he said. "The greatest gift we were given is our free will, and we keep misusing it." My heart breaks a little every time I read that line. Another fun memory thing - I remember this one as considerable shorter than the other books but it's only 30 pages shorter than the (my memory insists) much longer next book in the series? Memory! Luckily I now have goodreads to serve as my memory bank and I'll get to remember that I actually do like this book the next time around.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Amber

    Review to follow later on.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Michael

    Odd Thomas has never had things easy. Still reeling from the loss of the love of his life, Stormy, he will soon find himself thrust into something truly sinister. When one of Odd's best friends from his childhood goes missing there is universal concern. Danny suffers from a condition that makes his bones brittle and with the thought that his psychopath biological father has abducted him, it is vital that he is found soon. When Odd, with his unique powers for finding individuals, sets out he will Odd Thomas has never had things easy. Still reeling from the loss of the love of his life, Stormy, he will soon find himself thrust into something truly sinister. When one of Odd's best friends from his childhood goes missing there is universal concern. Danny suffers from a condition that makes his bones brittle and with the thought that his psychopath biological father has abducted him, it is vital that he is found soon. When Odd, with his unique powers for finding individuals, sets out he will find himself up against a twisted evil far greater than he could have imagined. This is a being that wants to call upon the dead and sees Odd as a means to an end. With Danny as her bait, Datura with her henchmen lay in wait. Odd will need to rely on everything he has learned over the years encountering all manner of evil. With his friend's life literally on the line, he will have to be extra careful and smart to get himself and Danny out of this mess. For me, Forever Odd was an odd beast. I for one can't remember the first book having so much humour. This combined with the horror and supernatural elements made for a bizarre storyline that walks the line between b-movie camp and comedy. On top of that, we did not get any development with Odd as to why he is the way he is with seeing the dead. Sure it was great to have dead Elvis back again, but why can Odd see him? Lastly the evil just did not seem as scary as the menacing Bodachs. I am hoping that a change of scenery for Odd will help develop him as a character and provide a proper move on, instead of what here seems a stop gap chapter.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kathy Davie

    Second in the Odd Thomas lightweight horror series revolving around a man who sees ghosts. Based in a tiny desert town in California---Pico Mundo. My Take I think Koontz uses this series to relax. He uses Odd's character to write the stories in this series and he uses the opportunity to relay his own philosophies about life. It certainly does allow Koontz to wander down some pretty odd paths and relate unrelated trivia! I did like the word association game Odd plays with Danny! Whew… Seems a bit m Second in the Odd Thomas lightweight horror series revolving around a man who sees ghosts. Based in a tiny desert town in California---Pico Mundo. My Take I think Koontz uses this series to relax. He uses Odd's character to write the stories in this series and he uses the opportunity to relay his own philosophies about life. It certainly does allow Koontz to wander down some pretty odd paths and relate unrelated trivia! I did like the word association game Odd plays with Danny! Whew… Seems a bit much though to allow such a decision to hang on its conclusions. Sad and yet hopeful. Odd comes to feel why Elvis likes to hang out with him. And Koontz provides a valid reason for his staying on this side of the veil. You'd like Danny. He's got a great sense of humor and amazing insight. I particularly liked his comment about John Merrick, the Elephant Man about whom the film was created. One thing about Odd is how peaceful he is to be around. Even when he's disarming a terrified friend or confronting armed thugs. Ick...Datura's spouting gives Koontz even more opportunities for little one-offs! Sick, he is just sick! I wonder if they're threads of story ideas…? The Story It's Dr. Jessup's sudden appearance that worries Odd about his friend Danny and sends him rushing off to the Jessup house. Odd's just lucky that Chief Porter trusts him and his judgment as Odd speeds off to track his friend down, leaving the chief with the mess. It's a terrifying chase with the kidnapper taunting Odd. And it just gets worse when he catches up to her. What she wants is...unimaginable. The Characters Odd Thomas is a metaphysical orphan. Yes, his parents still live, but even you would prefer to be an orphan to acknowledging them. Instead he fills his life with the friends who are his family. P. Oswald "Little Ozzie" Boone is his hugely fat friend and mentor who wallows in good food as he writes several series of books about detectives. His latest? It definitely draws on his experiences with Odd and Terrible Chester. Terri Stambaugh lives in her own world since her husband died of cancer some years back. She runs her cafe, the Pico Mundo Grille, and obsesses over everything Elvis. She also knows about Odd's abilities and employs him as a short-order cook. Bill Burton runs the Blue Moon Cafe. Chief Wyatt Porter keeps Odd's secrets and together they solve crimes. He and his wife, Karla, both love Odd as a son. Dr. Wilbur Jessup is a radiologist whose wife Carol recently died. Now there is only him and the son he adopted, Danny. One of Odd's friends from childhood, Danny suffers from osteogenesis imperfecta, a.k.a., brittle bones, like the Elephant Man. He's a brilliant young man with a biting, dry wit. Simon Makepeace is Carol's first husband. Jailed for sixteen years for manslaughter and a nutcase furious in his own mind with his wife for betraying him. Father Llewellyn was Stormy's uncle. Odd consults him about the next step he anticipates in his life. Datura is a psychopathic nutcase with money to burn. She's obsessed with being able to see ghosts and not to simply experience them. Cheval Robert and Cheval Andre are two of her goons who help her with whatever she wants. The Cover The cover perfectly portrays Odd's world. A soft blue on one side and black on the other. It's Odd's hand reaching out from between the two sides, the two worlds that he inhabits. An oddly peaceful representation. I don't know where the title comes from. Odd will be Forever Odd whether he chooses to hide as Odd Smith or stay Odd Thomas.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jonathan

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I'll just save you sometime and point out the big flaws I found in this book. I'll preface this by saying I love the first book and brother odd, the third, in my opinion is even better then the first. I'm not trying to say don't get into the series because of one blunder, but do my part in adding my opinion. It is an awesome series that has a blemish because unfortunately Koontz rushes into Forever Odd. Problems Odds best friend appears out of nowhere: odd specifically states everyone who knows ab I'll just save you sometime and point out the big flaws I found in this book. I'll preface this by saying I love the first book and brother odd, the third, in my opinion is even better then the first. I'm not trying to say don't get into the series because of one blunder, but do my part in adding my opinion. It is an awesome series that has a blemish because unfortunately Koontz rushes into Forever Odd. Problems Odds best friend appears out of nowhere: odd specifically states everyone who knows about his gift in the first book. Then out of no where we get a best lifelong friend who has been like a bother to Odd for almost his whole life. Danny knows about his gift yet has never been mentioned before this book. There was nothing really supernatural added to book: This was more of a survival tale then anything. While there were ghosts who play a role in Odds story such as jessup and the casino ghosts, it's all things we've seen before. Only dr jessup really contributes to solving the kidnapping of Danny. Otherwise most of the book is Odd waiting for a good time to escape the hotel. Odd basically spends the first book walking around hoping to be pulled toward Danny. The second half he is waiting for a good moment to leave. You never get that eerie feeling or wonder who committed the crime because there are basically no suspects until odd gets the phone call The villains are poorly thought out and ridiculous: Detura, an evil genius phone sex operator. Her Minions are zombiefied bouncers with guns. Snake man, who really has no significance. Characters are killed in ridiculous ways: the main villain datura is killed by a mountain lion. Seriously. A mountain lion saves the day. Odd shotguns another minion when he magically goes Into a blind trance. Their demise is comical at best Overall I think Koontz just put out what ever he could As fast as he could. If y review seems jumbled and poorly written, it is. I really didn't feel the need to write out a well versed, grammatically correct and witty review for this book. I think my review reflects the overall feeling one will get from reading forever odd. I do not mean to, as I said, turn you away from the series. I have read odd Thomas and forever odd both in the past 48 hours. I'm already half way into brother odd and so far it is my favorite book of the series by far. Keep reading and you will look past this blemish for the sake of the other books!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Quintin Merwe

    I am still amazed by the amount of times I find myself laughing out loud when reading the "Odd" books. Brilliantly done and 5 starts for the interesting storyline. I stayed up almost all night reading this book and could not put it down. The most brilliant thing about the book is that Dean writes in a clever way (yes, some of my friends did not get some of the funny parts); the way that things said in the beginning of the book ends up being absolutely hilarious later on while the book still keep I am still amazed by the amount of times I find myself laughing out loud when reading the "Odd" books. Brilliantly done and 5 starts for the interesting storyline. I stayed up almost all night reading this book and could not put it down. The most brilliant thing about the book is that Dean writes in a clever way (yes, some of my friends did not get some of the funny parts); the way that things said in the beginning of the book ends up being absolutely hilarious later on while the book still keeps the serious foundation of the story that is being told. One can't help but love this character and to 'root' for him! This is an easy read and yet brilliantly balanced, 'must read' book. I find myself struggling to find the words to describe the experience maybe because I just finished reading it now and should have waited a day or two before writing this review. You have to then get the series of 'Odd' books and read it yourself to find out what I'm raving about here.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Melodie

    After a hiatus, I returned to the world of Odd. I enjoyed the first book meeting the eccentric, sensitive Odd Thomas and his friends and neighbors of this world and beyond. So I dove into the second book of Odd ready for a walk on the wild side again. Odd pursues a childhood friend kidnapped by a special kind of villain. It's a race against time and the first part of the book met my expectations. But then as the pursuit wore on and on, I found myself skimming. Skimming through Dean Koontz? Noo! After a hiatus, I returned to the world of Odd. I enjoyed the first book meeting the eccentric, sensitive Odd Thomas and his friends and neighbors of this world and beyond. So I dove into the second book of Odd ready for a walk on the wild side again. Odd pursues a childhood friend kidnapped by a special kind of villain. It's a race against time and the first part of the book met my expectations. But then as the pursuit wore on and on, I found myself skimming. Skimming through Dean Koontz? Noo! Disappointed somewhat in Odd #2. I'll take some time away again before I read #3. But return I will. Odd Thomas gets under your skin.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Bark

    This is the sequel to Odd Thomas, one of my favorites from Koontz. I wasn't expecting it to be as great as the first in the series but I was looking forward to it anyway. Sadly, it lacked that emotional spark that made Odd Thomas so appealing a read. This time Odd's friend is kidnapped and he spends the book attempting a rescue and battling a crazed female psychopath who wants Odd to conjure her a ghost. I found my mind drifting away far too often as I read. Too much action, too little emotion. O This is the sequel to Odd Thomas, one of my favorites from Koontz. I wasn't expecting it to be as great as the first in the series but I was looking forward to it anyway. Sadly, it lacked that emotional spark that made Odd Thomas so appealing a read. This time Odd's friend is kidnapped and he spends the book attempting a rescue and battling a crazed female psychopath who wants Odd to conjure her a ghost. I found my mind drifting away far too often as I read. Too much action, too little emotion. Oh well, I'll just have to back and reread Odd Thomas again.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    Uh oh, kids, it’s that time again. What time, you ask? Time for you to pull out your boots and grab your shovels because that synopsis is pure BULLSHIT! First of all, Odd does not communicate with the dead, he sees the dead. Big difference. I mean sure, he can talk to them, but unless they whip out a pen and paper, he has no idea what they actually want. Second of all, Datura is not an exceptionally cunning and fearsome enemy. You know what she is? Crazy. Not schizophrenic, bipolar, manic depres Uh oh, kids, it’s that time again. What time, you ask? Time for you to pull out your boots and grab your shovels because that synopsis is pure BULLSHIT! First of all, Odd does not communicate with the dead, he sees the dead. Big difference. I mean sure, he can talk to them, but unless they whip out a pen and paper, he has no idea what they actually want. Second of all, Datura is not an exceptionally cunning and fearsome enemy. You know what she is? Crazy. Not schizophrenic, bipolar, manic depressive or mentally unstable. This chick is simply nine cents short of a dime. And just let me add, worse character name ever. Well, second worst. Dreamweaver still ranks #1. Third, there is no battle. There is a chase scene, a lucky shot, an improbable appearance from a mountain lion, another chase scene, and a starry-eyed fight sequence. And each one of these scenes showed Koontz totally reaching. Finally, the whole sacrifices tipping the balance between despair and hope…utter shit. Not only did this book contain one of the most non-existent plots in history, but it was also hollow and shameful. I understand authors write to get paid as well as tell their stories, but damn, you’re not supposed to rub it in our faces!! With each turn of the page all I kept thinking was, “How many damn bones does Trixie need? Does he need the money that bad?” With a story that consists only of repetitive tidbits of history and chase scenes (again, that’s the whole book), the only good thing is that you don’t need to read its predecessor to understand. Now you would think that my love for the characters would have carried over from the first book, but it’s wasn't so. Odd’s pointless shuffling around, erratic thought process and unrealistic dialog killed whatever attachment I had to him. And aside from all of that, he had no development, nor did any other character in this book. Moving like puppets with their strings showing, this cast was empty and trite. Oh, but wait, it gets better. Thanks to over-description, choppy and chaotic sentence structure, and bad editing, Koontz’s writing style murdered the pace and assaulted the atmosphere so badly that it committed suicide early on. Think I’m exaggerating? Here, let me give just a few examples: “Danny has a lot better brain than any movie star of the past few decades.” – pg. 152 “Although Datura’s customary self-possession had given way to an evident excitement, to a twitchy anticipation, Andre and Robert exhibited all the enthusiasm of a pair of boulders.” – pg. 203 “She hurled more abuse at the cocktail waitress, in a language far more vile than she’d used thus far, and both of the Coleman lanterns pulsed, pulsed, as though in sympathy with the lightning that might at the same moment have been ripping though the sky outside.” – pg. 212 “That stormy day in the desert, however, much changed for me.” –pg. 256 “After putting the shotgun on the floor, I wiped my face with hands, blotted my hands on my jeans.” – pg. 257 And Mr. Koontz – Dean, considering that you wrote this book for the money, feel free to send me a check for $50. You know, for all those $.10 words you dragged out of the thesaurus. Because seriously, who uses such words like: somnambulant, semaphore, phosphorescent, disinclination, and threnody?? The only good I could find in this book was this one sentence: “She’s crazier than a syphilitic suicide bomber with mad-cow disease.” –pg. 153 Hilarious!!! My rating? I give it a 1. Don’t torture yourself and buy it for the ‘good days’ you had with Koontz. Dump him! And if you really need a hero, check out Jeff Strand’s Andrew Mayhem series. Now there’s a hero that captures me every time as if it were the first. -As posted on Horror-Web.com

  15. 4 out of 5

    Maciek

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. SPOILERS, but the book is not really worth anything so... The protagonist runs around in the sewers and a deserted casino in search of a kidnapped childhood friend (about whom we didn't hear a word in the first book). He discovers that a succubi dominatrix has kidnapped his friend, but don't worry - a mountain lion jumps out from nowhere and kills her. BOOL! The End.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Mauoijenn ~ *Mouthy Jenn* ~

    Love love love these Odd Thomas books... On to the next one!!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    3.5 stars I liked this one more than the first book. It contained less doom n' gloom foreshadowing but kept up the creepy plot and wild characters. Still somewhat disturbing but interesting enough that I might listen to the third one. I like how philosophical Odd gets and the way he treats the ghosts.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jaemi

    Odd Thomas was the first book I read by Dean Koontz, and when I saw Forever Odd at a local Borders and got excited because I knew it had to be another Odd Thomas book, I wasn't surprised to find out tht he'd written since people had been clamoring for more. Odd Thomas is a pretty cool guy. Still recovering from the disastrous events that led him to write his first manuscript, Odd wakes one night to find Dr. Wilbur Jessup in his bedroom staring at him. He has a sinking feeling. He heads out the doo Odd Thomas was the first book I read by Dean Koontz, and when I saw Forever Odd at a local Borders and got excited because I knew it had to be another Odd Thomas book, I wasn't surprised to find out tht he'd written since people had been clamoring for more. Odd Thomas is a pretty cool guy. Still recovering from the disastrous events that led him to write his first manuscript, Odd wakes one night to find Dr. Wilbur Jessup in his bedroom staring at him. He has a sinking feeling. He heads out the door and sets off on foot towards the Doctor's house, hoping to find an accident rather than a death, but upon arrival, the Doctor shows him a glimpse of what he will find inside, and he knows his hope is lost. What he doesn't know is what's become of Danny--the Doctor's son, and a good friend. After some exploration he decides Danny has been taken, and calls in the Police Chief--one of the few people in town to know of his abilities. Once the scene is under control, the Chief and Odd set off together in hopes that Psychic Magnetism will draw Odd to Danny. It doesn't work. Sitting in the dark, where the Chief left him off, Odd is paid a brief visit by Elvis, which is cut off when he realizes that his gift didn't fail him after all--up the road is coming a van driven by the man who attacked him as he was trying to leave the Jessup house. He takes off on foot after it. And is led to another dead end. Eventually the magnetism kicks in full force, and Odd finds himself below the city, in a network of Flood tunnels, pondering their immensity and the breadth of their existence. He is lead to an old abandoned and damaged Casino. Here he must spend the rest of the day trying to free Danny of his captors without further injury (Danny suffers from Brittle Bone Disease), trying not to get himself killed, and trying not to be too haunted by the ghosts still hanging on after their tragic demise at the Casino. There is definitely, or so it seemed to me, a lot more tension in this story than the other. Maybe in part because the other exists, and this seems too much on top of it. But Odd finds his way through, bringing peace to some along the way, rescuing Danny, and making some decisions for himself that may well change his life.

  19. 5 out of 5

    UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

    This review is based on a recent re-read: Odd Thomas is at it again.... a great story with lot's of twists, turns and surprises.A childhood friend of Odd’s has disappeared. The worst is feared. But as Odd applies his unique talents to the task of finding the missing person, he discovers something worse than a dead body, encounters an enemy of exceptional cunning, and spirals into a vortex of terror. Once again Odd will stand against our worst fears. Around him will gather new allies and old, some This review is based on a recent re-read: Odd Thomas is at it again.... a great story with lot's of twists, turns and surprises.A childhood friend of Odd’s has disappeared. The worst is feared. But as Odd applies his unique talents to the task of finding the missing person, he discovers something worse than a dead body, encounters an enemy of exceptional cunning, and spirals into a vortex of terror. Once again Odd will stand against our worst fears. Around him will gather new allies and old, some living and some not. For in the battle to come, there can be no innocent bystanders, and every sacrifice can tip the balance between despair and hope. I've been a fan of Dean Koontz for awhile now, but there's something so special, so... memorable... about Odd Thomas. He's a great character - funny, emotional, honorable - and that he talks to dead people just adds to the appeal. Forever Odd, the second book in the Odd Thomas series has a darker feel to it than the first book. It's more emotionally involved - and I loved it! If you're a fan of suspense/thriller/horror stories, but also want an amazing hero to join you on your reading journey, then you definitely need to read this series. And I'd strongly encourage you to read these books in order, though it's not going to be difficult to follow if you don't.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Deborah Joyner

    If you haven't read Odd Thomas, I certainly suggest that you do - this follow-up volume finds Odd in another strange situation. Because Odd can see dead people, he knows something bad is going on when the ghost of his friend Danny's step-dad shows up at the foot of his bed. Danny has been kidnapped - and a strange woman keeps calling Odd with cryptic comments. Following the kidnappers to an abandoned casino, Odd faces down a strange set of killers. It's better than I can describe - Koontz's pros If you haven't read Odd Thomas, I certainly suggest that you do - this follow-up volume finds Odd in another strange situation. Because Odd can see dead people, he knows something bad is going on when the ghost of his friend Danny's step-dad shows up at the foot of his bed. Danny has been kidnapped - and a strange woman keeps calling Odd with cryptic comments. Following the kidnappers to an abandoned casino, Odd faces down a strange set of killers. It's better than I can describe - Koontz's prose is fun and chilling - quite the best mix of horror and fantasy.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Laura Crosse

    So this was a huge improvement on the first book in my opinion. In this book I actually totally fell in love with Odd and I couldn't get enough of his weird little ways. In the first instalment I thought it was difficult to warm to his character and I didn't really 'get' his weird humor and stuff but this has all changed. I now adore this character, he's so sweet and funny and refreshingly decent it's just fantastic. The plot was so much better in this novel as well, I thought. I was hooked after So this was a huge improvement on the first book in my opinion. In this book I actually totally fell in love with Odd and I couldn't get enough of his weird little ways. In the first instalment I thought it was difficult to warm to his character and I didn't really 'get' his weird humor and stuff but this has all changed. I now adore this character, he's so sweet and funny and refreshingly decent it's just fantastic. The plot was so much better in this novel as well, I thought. I was hooked after the first couple of chapters whereas with the first in the series I found it took me ages to get into the story even a little bit. I felt the surroundings in Forever Odd made all the difference. The first setting when Odd begins his trip are the underground drainage system beneath Pico Mundo which are huge and cavernous and seem to be miles and miles long. They first instilled in us this sense of foreboding and anticipation that continued for nearly the whole book. They were a creepy place to be in and Odd, although he never faltered on his quest, felt as uncomfortable as the reader to be down there. The second setting was the old Panamint Resort and Casino. It's basically an abandoned hotel that was partially destroyed by an earthquake and an ensueing fire that has never been restored or torn down. It just immediately had this creepy feeling as soon as Odd began to describe it's history. Buildings like these always fascinate me and if I'm ever near an old abandoned house, barn, castle, anything, I am compelled to go in and explore even if there is do-not-enter signs hanging omniously from the gates. I think this is why this setting intrigued me so much and it's definitely a huge part of why I enjoyed the story to the degree that I did. The bad guy was a serious bad guy or gal as I should say. Datura was just plain evil and I wouldn't have liked to encounter her in any scenario. She was crazy and it was actually refreshing, weirdly enough, to have a certifiably insane bad guy! Odd handled her well however and I was glad to see her get her comeuppance in the end. All in all this was thoroughly enjoyable and I'm now really looking forward to reading the next in the series and won't leave as much as a gap between books this time.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Debbie

    Odd Thomas is truly Forever Odd and thank goodness for that because it sure makes for an entertaining book.   Hooray, I’ve gotten through the second book in this series. And I liked it. And it was by Dean Koontz. So far so good. Once again the adventures of Odd Thomas had me hooked.   What do you get when you combine Odd’s 6th sense with a psychopathic wanna-be witch doctor woman and her zombie goons and put them all in an creepy abandoned casino full of dead people. You get this book! It’s great. Odd Thomas is truly Forever Odd and thank goodness for that because it sure makes for an entertaining book.   Hooray, I’ve gotten through the second book in this series. And I liked it. And it was by Dean Koontz. So far so good. Once again the adventures of Odd Thomas had me hooked.   What do you get when you combine Odd’s 6th sense with a psychopathic wanna-be witch doctor woman and her zombie goons and put them all in an creepy abandoned casino full of dead people. You get this book! It’s great. Read it!   This time the author interjected more of Odd’s comical sarcasm. I'm convinced that this is what prohibits any of the possibly scary from being scary at all. Creepy? Yes. Horrifying? No. I think we've all turned past those TV shows or internet videos/pictures of abandoned buildings that just the thought of even looking at them too closely makes your skin crawl. It was entertaining encountering Odd in this place but you couldn’t pay me to go into one. This is probably why I was so intrigued. You want to see but it's so creepy. You want to hear/read all about it but it's so weird. I think the author did a great job of conveying this through the writing. I wonder if he toured some crazy abandoned place for research? But I really don't want to know! Ok, maybe a little bit.   I’m giving this one a 3 star rating. Again, I liked it. I think I actually liked it better than the first one. I do recommend it. If you’ve seen the Odd Thomas books and weren’t sure, I say, go for it. I think you’ll like them. I liked the first two so far. I will be moving on to the next Odd Thomas book in the series.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Rachel the Book Harlot

    Hey, Forever Odd. How ya doin'? Good? Yeah? Look, I'm just gonna come out and say it, things just aren't working out. It's not you, it's me..... Okay, who are we kidding. It's totally you. Your plot is weak, the story feels like it's not going anywhere, and I'm bored. The magic is gone. And with only one week left of summer vacation, I wanna play the field. You know, weigh my options, read around, see if something catches my interest. I just can't be tied down. But I really do hope we can be frie Hey, Forever Odd. How ya doin'? Good? Yeah? Look, I'm just gonna come out and say it, things just aren't working out. It's not you, it's me..... Okay, who are we kidding. It's totally you. Your plot is weak, the story feels like it's not going anywhere, and I'm bored. The magic is gone. And with only one week left of summer vacation, I wanna play the field. You know, weigh my options, read around, see if something catches my interest. I just can't be tied down. But I really do hope we can be friends. DNF: 46%

  24. 5 out of 5

    Edward Lorn

    Oh my, but how the mighty have fallen. I really, really, really wanted to like this one. I read Odd Thomas some time ago and I was floored by how much I enjoyed it. With that being said, other than the sarcastic humor that made me fall in love with Odd in Koontz in the first place, I found nothing enjoyable about this second in the series. Without spoilers, let me explain why. Odd walks... a lot. Then, he walks some more. There is, quite literally, one-hundred-twenty paperback pages of Odd simply Oh my, but how the mighty have fallen. I really, really, really wanted to like this one. I read Odd Thomas some time ago and I was floored by how much I enjoyed it. With that being said, other than the sarcastic humor that made me fall in love with Odd in Koontz in the first place, I found nothing enjoyable about this second in the series. Without spoilers, let me explain why. Odd walks... a lot. Then, he walks some more. There is, quite literally, one-hundred-twenty paperback pages of Odd simply walking. Odd finds this, Odd finds that, going into great detail about pieces of garbage that litter the floor of Pico Mundo's sewer system. I'm a slow reader, I like to digest every line an author has written because, after all, they took the time to write it and I feel that every word deserves my attention. In other words, I don't skim or skip about. Because of this, I felt like I was mostly reading a text book on the workings of public waterways and casino architecture. Then, when Koontz does bring the action to Odd, it's very anti-climactic. Odd drones on and on during the pivotal scenes, ad nauseam, about how this is like that and so on. I've seen Koontz do tense, tight action sequences, but this book is completely, and I mean completely devoid of any of that. When the lead baddie bites the dust, Koontz just skips over the action. Skips it. That persons gone. Nothing more to see here. I figure Koontz was trying to let the reader fill in the blanks, but instead he just left me feeling blank. The one saving grace this book has are the final pages. As with Odd Thomas, the first book in the series, Odd reflects on the human condition at the end and pretty much nails it. Even though the rest of the book stunk and dragged on forever (hey! maybe that's why the author called it Forever Odd) the ending had me in tears. The writing is good, as well, but you come to expect that with an author of Koontz's caliber. I read this because I plan on reading the entire series. My next review will be for Brother Odd. I can only hope it's better than the second book.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Dustin Crazy little brown owl

    Probably my least favorite of the series :-( Favorite parts from Forever Odd: The Tree Of Death stands across the alley and down the block from the Jessup place.... Mr. Ying enjoys lecturing on the deadly nature of the lovely brugmansia. Every part of the tree - roots, wood, bark, leaves, calyxes, flowers - is toxic. One shred of its foliage will induce bleeding from the nose, bleeding from the ears, bleeding from the eyes, and explosive terminal diarrhea. Within a minute, your teeth will fall out, Probably my least favorite of the series :-( Favorite parts from Forever Odd: The Tree Of Death stands across the alley and down the block from the Jessup place.... Mr. Ying enjoys lecturing on the deadly nature of the lovely brugmansia. Every part of the tree - roots, wood, bark, leaves, calyxes, flowers - is toxic. One shred of its foliage will induce bleeding from the nose, bleeding from the ears, bleeding from the eyes, and explosive terminal diarrhea. Within a minute, your teeth will fall out, your tongue will turn black, and your brain will begin to liquefy. ______ The telecom revolution does not always facilitate communication. ______ A fantastic perception arose that I had ventured into a construction that stood between worlds, or linked them, as if uncountable nautilus shells intersected in myriad dimensions, the fluid geometrics of their spiral passages offering pathways to new realities. ______ The less depth a belief system has, the greater the fervency with which its adherents embrace it. The most vociferous, the most fanatical are those whose cobbled faith is founded on the shakiest grounds.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Miranda Reads

    I adore Odd so so much - could he be any cuter? Review to come Audiobook Comments Read by David Aaron Baker and he did a fab job with this one! Blog | Instagram | Twitter

  27. 5 out of 5

    Danni

    The first book was good...this was not good. I'm not going to spoil it for anyone who wants to/is reading this one but there are some serious holes in this story. The biggest, being Odd's best friend who was never mentioned in the first story. The other is the ending for which I am only confused. The resolution was far-fetched, even for fiction horror.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Ms. Nikki

    Nothing special here, but the "voice" of Odd Thomas. I listened to the audiobook and was slightly bored with the wandering that Odd did in the story. I suppose it was due to the pacing, which was really slow. I'll read the next, but I'm in no rush.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Wendy

    A great addition to the Odd Thomas series!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Димитър Цолов

    Добре написана, но твърде плоска като развитие история... Освен това анотацията в гуудрийдс-профила на книгата е сгрешена и това всъщност е описанието на първия том - "Чудакът Томас", Odd Thomas (2003). В "Чудакът Томас: Завръщането", Forever Odd (2005) "негов приятел от детинство изчезва безследно. Дали не се е случило най-лошото? Од използва необикновените си способности, за да открие изчезналия, но се натъква на нещо много по-страшно от труп - изправя се срещу лукав и коварен враг и е въвлече Добре написана, но твърде плоска като развитие история... Освен това анотацията в гуудрийдс-профила на книгата е сгрешена и това всъщност е описанието на първия том - "Чудакът Томас", Odd Thomas (2003). В "Чудакът Томас: Завръщането", Forever Odd (2005) "негов приятел от детинство изчезва безследно. Дали не се е случило най-лошото? Од използва необикновените си способности, за да открие изчезналия, но се натъква на нещо много по-страшно от труп - изправя се срещу лукав и коварен враг и е въвлечен във водовъртеж от ужасяващи събития. За пореден път той ще устои на най-големите си страхове, ще му помагат стари и нови съюзници, някои живи, други - не. Защото в предстоящата битка няма да има безучастни наблюдатели и всяка грешка може да наруши равновесието между отчаянието и надеждата." (из Хеликон) Тънка тройчица. Толкова.

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