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ISBN:
9780553584493
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496pp
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Series Vol.#:
01
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Bookgroup Date
March 04, 2009
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Synopsis

“The dead don't talk. I don't know why.” But they do try to communicate, with a short-order cook in a small desert town serving as their reluctant confidant. Odd Thomas thinks of himself as an ordinary guy, if possessed of a certain measure of talent at the Pico Mundo Grill and rapturously in love with the most beautiful girl in the world, Stormy Llewellyn. Maybe he has a gift, maybe it’s a curse, Odd has never been sure, but he tries to do his best by the silent souls who seek him out. Sometimes they want justice, and Odd’s otherworldly tips to Pico Mundo's sympathetic police chief, Wyatt Porter, can solve a crime. Occasionally they can prevent one. But this time it's different.

A mysterious man comes to town with a voracious appetite, a filing cabinet stuffed with information on the world's worst killers, and a pack of hyena-like shades following him wherever he goes. Who the man is and what he wants, not even Odd’s deceased informants can tell him. His most ominous clue is a pag eripped from a day-by-day calendar for August 15.

Today is August 14.

In  less than twenty-four hours, Pico Mundo will awaken to a day of catastrophe. As evil coils under the searing desert sun, Odd travels through the shifting prisms of his world, struggling to avert a looming cataclysm with the aid of his soul mate and an unlikely community of allies that includes the King of Rock 'n' Roll. His account of two shattering days when past and present, fate and destiny converge is the stuff of our worst nightmares—and a testament by which to live: sanely if not safely, with courage, humor, and a full heart that even in the darkness must persevere.

The New York Times

While still sustaining the requisite level of creepiness, Mr. Koontz manages to tell a breezy, overtly inspirational story that should attract a few fans of its own … Odd Thomas walks a very thin line between the exploitation of horror and the feel-good religious optimism that transcends the darkness -- and will be one of this book's main selling points. … Janet Maslin

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3 reviews

Overall rating 
 
4.4
Story held my interest 
 
4.2  (3)
Writing style 
 
5.0  (3)
Characters 
 
4.0  (3)
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Discuss the setting and the role it played. Describe when and where the story takes place.
Who are the main characters? What problems or conflicts does each character face in the book? Briefly describe each character.
What are the good points of this book? What did the author do well? Tell why you liked the book.
What, if any, were the bad points in the book? What did you feel the author did poorly? Tell why you didn't like the book.
This is where you give a brief summary of the book. Tell about at least two events that took place in the story. Don't give away the ending but give a 20 second synopsis that describes the story.
Without giving away the ending tell whether or not the ending was satisfying. Did the end fit the story?
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Story held my interest 
 
4.5
Writing style 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
4.0

Odd Thomas

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Setting
In the book that I have read majority of my 2nd term in my senior year of highschool is called Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz. The book is about a young man whom goes by the name of Odd Thomas. No one really knows if the name “Odd” was intentional or just an accident. Odd is a very odd person, he can see the dead. He always sees them wandering around and they see him too. He also solves some murders by the help of those whom have been killed. A young woman Named Penny was murdered by a man named Harlo. She asked Odd to help her find her killer and bring him to justice. After a long chase Odd Gets Harlo arrested after Harlo breaks into a family’s home.
Characters
In the book Odd Thomas has a best friend who is known as Stormy Llewellyn, she is a very outgoing kind of person who also is to herself. She is someone who Odd kind of likes but the same time cherishes the friendship more. She helps odd through the rest of the book. A minor character of the book would be the kid holding the blue bear who was in the way of Harlo when Odd was chasing him down. If the boy wasn’t in the way it wouldn’t have build up the suspense of the kid possibly being the next victim.
Good Points
Since I did not finish the entire book I can only talk about the first 15 chapters in. I think the author did really well on how he portrayed the characters and the way he described them. Each person had a back story that made sense and had very little gaps in it. I like also how the story was written in the point of view of just Odd and no one else. It just made more sense. The story line was very good in my opinion and leaves me wanting to read more.
Bad Points
Only thing that I didn’t seem to really get into is the unnecessary conversation odd would have with people around him. The author wrote the book very well. Using words that I never heard before which expanded my vocabulary. The unnecessary dialogue is the only bad part I didn’t like about the story.
Plot Summary
The entire book is in first person, all in Odd’s point of view. The setting of the book is calm and at times very suspenseful. All takes place in a small desert town in southern California called Pico Mundo. It is a very small town where everyone knows everyone.
Do you recommend this book?
Yes
Language
PG-13
Sexual Content
PG-13
Violence
PG-13
Drug and Alcohol Use
PG
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Story held my interest 
 
4.0
Writing style 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0

Odd Thomas

In Dean Koontz’s novel Odd Thomas, Odd is a man who leads an unusual life apart from being a short order fry cook at the local grill- he can see and communicate with the dead. In the small town of Pico Mundo in which he lives, this usually isn’t a big deal until one day he has to use his “powers” in order to save many lives. "I see dead people. But then, by God, I do something about it."-Odd Thomas.
The characters in this book are well developed and are quite unique, making them very realistic. Odd Thomas is the main character, the hero of the story. He lives up to his name, being quite unusual. He has the ghost of Elvis Presley that follows him most everywhere he goes and can see the dead and also what are called bodachs, which are spirit type shapes that hang around people that are going to die or cause deaths. The love of his life is Stormy Lewellyn, who works at the local ice cream shop. Her real name is Bronwen, but she doesn’t like it and tells everyone to call her Stormy. Stormy and Odd know that they are meant to be together forever because of a card that they got from a “fortune teller” at a carnival. There is also Little Ozzie, who is in fact not so little. He is one of Odd’s good friends and weighs around 400 pounds and has a sixth finger on one hand. He enjoys his culture, sips fine wine, and had a beloved cow that exploded. The book is in Odd’s point of view, making it very interesting. He has a funny thought process that is quite intelligent and believable. There is conflict after conflict in the book, keeping you on your toes and not wanting to put the book down. Koontz keeps you guessing, a surprise around every corner.
I thought that this book was highly interesting. The author was very descriptive and kept everything, as silly as some parts seemed, realistic. I think that this book is about perseverance and believing in yourself, and I would definitely recommend it because that is a good lesson to learn and this book is overall enjoyable.

User Review

Do you recommend this book?
Yes
Language
PG-13
Sexual Content
PG-13
Violence
R
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Story held my interest 
 
4.0
Writing style 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
3.0

Surprisingly great

This was the first horror book I read and it had a good impression on me. I enjoyed the main characters, but I felt that some of the characters weren't needed and necessary and were almost in the way. This book not scary, but certainly tense.

User Review

Good Points
Kept me wanting to read more
Great characters
Good storyline
Bad Points
Had some unnecessary characters
Few bad transitions
Do you recommend this book?
Yes
Language
PG
Sexual Content
PG-13
Violence
PG-13
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