Friday, September 19, 2008

2008 Book 80: Forever Odd

Book #:80

Book Title:Forever Odd

Author:Dean Koontz

Publisher:Bantam Dell

Pub. Date:2005


Started:September 16, 2008

Finished:September 18, 2008

Time to Read:3 Days

Back Cover / Inside Flap:"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 hes 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."


Review:Nearly as good as it's predecessor, Odd Thomas, Forever Odd is a tale of how easily the human heart can be corrupted...but how enduring the faith of some people is at abiding even the most horrific situations and hoping for the future.

A childhood friend of Odd Thomas has been kidnapped after his step-dad was brutally murdered. But the most likely suspect is already in jail and so Odd must use his psychic magnetism to draw him into a lair of evil greater than even he could imagine. The horror that awaits and the grace with which Odd overcomes it are what make the story terrific.

My criticism for this book would have been to include the same characters from the first Odd Thomas book a little more than just as cameos. But even without that, it's a great offering that shows the master that Dean Koontz is at creating a world we'd all like to visit. Enjoy!

If you have read or are planning to read this book, please make sure to stop back by and leave me a comment to let me know your own thoughts!

From my library to yours,



Patricia said...

Although I love the character Odd Thomas, the series is not my favorite of Koontz'. I believe it is because the Odd stories seem to move too fast for me, more like TV dramas, rather than the nice leisurely epic novels that Koontz writes in which you have plenty of time to get to know and love each character.

Tiffany Aller said...

That's a very good point, Patricia! They do move very quickly - especially compared to some of the other Koontz novels I read, which are massive stories. I love the character of Odd Thomas, well crafted!