Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz

Odd Thomas is, as his name states, odd. Not too many people in his small town of Pico Mundo, California know just how "odd" he really is. Odd can see and touch dead people, but they cannot talk to him. They have ways of communicating their needs, though, and Odd helps them with their unfinished business. Since he has this special talent, Odd tries to keep the rest of his life as simple as he can. He works as a short-order cook at the Pico Mundo Grill and can make a mean hamburger or pancake (depending on what you are in the mood for). Unfortunately, circumstances start lining up to tell Odd that something bad is coming to his town, and he tries to follow the signs to stay ahead of whats coming. Odd has helpers in his girlfriend, Stormy (his soul mate), the police chief, Wyatt Porter, resident author, Little Ozzie (and his cat Terrible Chester), and even the ghost of Elvis Presley, but will any of them be enough to handle the evil that is coming to their town on August 15th in the form of a creepy psychopath?

Odd Thomas was published in 2003, but the story is soon going to be a full length motion picture (though it is hard to get a solid release date to post on the blog). I personally am not a scary movie/book fan, but I found myself really enjoying Odd Thomas. He is an easy character to like, and I found myself being drawn more and more into these crazy couple of days that he is relating in his "memoir" (which he states Little Ozzie made him write to document the events). I am listening to the book, and it is a very enjoyable listen. The sixth book in the series, Deeply Odd, is coming out on May 28th, and the library has the first five books in regular print, large print, and audio book. Give them a try!


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