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Review: “Odd Hours” by Dean Koontz

In Odd Thomas, we are introduced to our hero and his abilities. Forever Odd is more of the same. In Brother Odd we begin to get the sense that all is not as Odd—and by extension us, the readers—have assumed. We begin to get the idea that this series—and thus Odd’s fate—is actually going somewhere, that he has a purpose beyond helping out the odd lingering soul and that there is a grand crescendo somewhere in his future if he can survive that long. With Odd Hours (*****), that grand destiny becomes even more tantalizing. To quote the Bard, “There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy…..”

Odd Thomas has had prescient dreams before, that is nothing new. Except that this time if he fails to head off the destruction he has been dimly shown, the consequences will be greater than ever before and the death toll catastrophic….for the entire nation. But the villains are on to him, and they have the full backing of the local government behind them. Can Odd Thomas stop them before they pull off a governmental coup straight out of a Ludlum novel? And who is the mysterious Annamaria that features in his vision and yet commands such intuitive trust from Odd?

When I first read this, I found it incredibly frustrating. This was as far as the series went, back then, and it was abundantly clear that this was not the end. The demonic coyotes and Annamaria are not even remotely explained or wrapped up, implying they are being seeded for a later book. Now there are two or three more books (depending on when you read this) and I can only hope Koontz has continued his genius….

Content advisories:
Language: PG-13. Brief, but occasionally strong. Even PG-13 films are allowed two F-bombs these days, so I think this is a safe rating across the board.
Violence: PG-13. People die, but usually not in grotesque detail. There is tragedy, but it is balanced with hope. Still, occasionally disturbing. Another factor: the lingering dead. These can be a little grotesque at times, depending on the manner of their demise.
Sex: PG-13. The subjects of rape and child molestation occasionally come up in the course of Odd’s adventures, given that he sometimes runs into the lingering spirits of victims of such crimes. Not explicit, not gratuitous, but not for kids either.

THE ODD THOMAS SERIES, BY DEAN KOONTZ
Prequel: You Are Destined To Be Together Forever
Book I: Odd Thomas
Book II: Forever Odd
Book III: Brother Odd
Book IV: Odd Hours
Interlude: Odd Interlude
Book V: Odd Apocalypse
Book VI: Deeply Odd
Book VII: Saint Odd
Manga Prequel Series
Odd Passenger (Non-Canon Webseries)

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Review: “Brother Odd” by Dean Koontz

Remember when I reviewed Forever Odd and said that while I still love the series, the sequels to Odd Thomas just don’t manage to match the charm of the first one? Yeah, it had been too long since I read Brother Odd (*****). I won’t say this is BETTER than Odd Thomas, but it is just as good in different ways. Forever Odd for me fell a little flat–it was good, it was an Odd Thomas adventure after all–but if the offhand references to anecdotes and prior happenings Odd keeps tossing out are any indication, it was far from his most interesting adventure (If you’ve read them, you’ll understand this is less saying its boring and more saying that one of those may have made a better book). And not all that important, really. Nothing of significance to Odd’s life really happens, aside from his journey to the monastary at the end. Whereas Brother Odd is riveting without losing the Odd Thomas charm, an incredibly significant event in Odd’s life, and offers the first hints at a larger story in play here. To say more would offer a disservice to the book, so I’ll simply paraphrase the bard, “There is far more in heaven and earth, Odd Thomas, than is dreamed of in your philosophy….”

Language: Brief, but occasionally strong.
Violence: PG-13. People die, but usually not in grotesque detail. There is tragedy, but it is balanced with hope. Still, occasionally disturbing. Another factor: the lingering dead. These can be a little grotesque at times, depending on the manner of their demise.
Sex: PG at most.

THE ODD THOMAS SERIES, BY DEAN KOONTZ
Prequel: You Are Destined To Be Together Forever
Book I: Odd Thomas
Book II: Forever Odd
Book III: Brother Odd
Book IV: Odd Hours
Interlude: Odd Interlude
Book V: Odd Apocalypse
Book VI: Deeply Odd
Book VII: Saint Odd
Manga Prequel Series
Odd Passenger (Non-Canon Webseries)

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