Odd Hours by Dean Koontz


Odd Thomas, the hero’s name, meets Annamaria on the pier of Magic Beach, California.  Odd, a fry cook and a person who sees dead people, saves Annamaria from some bad men and barely escapes himself. Odd runs trusting his instincts and two companions who are really ghosts. Frank Sinatra and a dog named Boo. Boo has replaced his old pal Elvis.

Throughout the story the world itself seems to be under threat and many could die. Odd has prophetic dreams and psychic encounters and struggles with his reality. Odd is very humble about it all and he knows he has come to this little town by the sea for a reason.

I really have liked Dean Konntz’s books, but this character is just too weird and the story is not exciting. Obviously characters and plots make a book good but they were both weak. I didn’t feel this book was good and would not recommend it.

What is really odd about this book is that it is part of a series?

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Odd Comments from the Book

“Of all the spirits I have seen, only Elvis and Mr. Sinatra are able to manifest in the garments of their choice. Others haunt me always in whatever they were wearing when they died.

This is one reason I will never attend a costume party dressed as the traditional symbol of the New Year, in nothing buy a diaper and a top hat. Welcomed into either Hell or Heaven, I do not want to cross the threshold to the sound of demonic or angelic laughter. ~Odd Thomas”

“It's only life. We all get through it. Not all of us complete the journey in the same condition. Along the way, some lose their legs or eyes in accidents or altercations, while others skate through the years with nothing worse to worry about than an occasional bad-hair day. I still possessed both legs and both eyes, and even my hair looked all right when I rose that Wednesday morning in late January. If I returned to bed sixteen hours later, having lost all my hair but nothing else, I would consider the day a triumph. Even minus a few teeth, I'd call it a triumph.”

“Evil men often easy to mislead, because they have spent so long deceiving that they no longer recognize the truth and mistake deception for it.”

Life had not taught me to distrust ministers, but it had taught me to trust no one more than dogs.”

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