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- Audible.com Release Date: July 31, 2012
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Everyone else read the others in the series? Good. Here goes...
This is a much darker Odd Thomas novel than the others, and the last one (Odd Hours) was pretty shadowy. This book takes place over a day at an estate in California. It's a couple days later than the events in Odd Hours, a point Odd makes a couple of times. Annamaria is back, you know the pregnant, enigmatic girl from Odd Hours. She is still enigmatic, and though she has a strong part, it's a small one. Boo, the ghost dog is also back, but he's with Annamaria most of the time.
Though this is dark, Odd still has a way with words. "...nor in the sense that a man is insane who wears a colander as a hat to keep the CIA from controlling his mind. I dislike hats of any kind, though I have nothing against colanders properly used." - page 9. Odd is sad and has had horrible things happen to him, but here's why I like him: "Yet everywhere I look, I find great beauty in this battlefield, and grace and the promise of joy." - page 15. Through the darkness and horror, Odd remains fundamentally decent and good. And that's what makes this series so good. There IS horror in Odd's life, but his attitude toward it makes it bearable, both for himself and for his readers. You want to take the journey along with Odd, no matter what turns it makes, because you care about him. There aren't a whole lot of characters I truly care about.
While the writing is good as always, this almost didn't seem like an Odd Thomas novel.Read more ›
Odd Thomas (so named due to the dropping of the "T" from Todd on his birth certificate) and Annamaria are invited to Roseland and are housed in a stone tower located in a eucalyptus grove on the compound and told to keep the doors locked and never to venture outdoors at night. They share the dwelling with a living Golden Retriever and Boo, the white German-shepherd ghost dog who has befriended Odd in previous novels. Odd, you must understand, can see the dead. On one of his illicit forays into the night he meets a spectral woman in white astride a black stallion who points down at him with a message about a young son she left behind.
Odd further explores the grounds finding weird lazy eights, made of copper, embedded in the mausoleum, the stable and atop the fortress-like stone wall that surrounds the compound. He meets the cast of characters who dwell in one capacity or another at the estate. Aside from the current owner we meet Chef Shilshom the corpulent cook who aside from being a gifted kitchen pundit demonstrations his main talent is "not" answering questions in a very evasive manner.Read more ›
I have enjoyed the Odd Thomas series very much and was excited to get this book. I read it very quickly and wanted to like it, but I didn't. It was entertaining and imaginative; however, it felt ... forced? There were too many unrelated jokes, too much flowery prose, and too many pop culture references that gave it a forced feeling, as though there was some quota on forced jokes, pop references, and flowery prose that must be inserted in the book whether they added to the story or not. I also felt there was too much repetitive explaining of Odd throughout the book. Since the book is in a series, it's not a stand-alone. We know Odd is a fry cook; we already know Odd's abilities and what he's been through. A little refresher is fine, but it continued through the entire book. In such a short book, all of this added together felt like filler lessening the actual progression of the greater storyline of the entire series.
I chuckled out loud at first at the jokes.
"Anyway, the dead can be more frustrating to deal with than are many of the living, which is astonishing when you consider that it's the living who run the Department of Motor Vehicles."
However, they were thrown in too often and everywhere which gave them a forced feel. They became rather irritating for some reason.
As to the pop culture references, I didn't feel they were artfully inserted, but rather thrown in too much.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Staying at Roseland, where no roses grew, was becoming stranger by the minute. There was the blond horse riding ghost and her ghost horse, who seemed to need help for a young... Read morePublished 11 hours ago by Amazon Customer
I love Odd anyway, but this really showed his spirit. It felt very Christian and prophetic. We are on the brink of Apocalypse for real. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Bobbie Lowe Kreider
This series has been great! Each book is usually a stand alone, but the last couple have had a feeling to them in which it seems they are building to something spectacular.Published 3 days ago by jacob lambrecht
This is a seriously terrible book. It took me a week to slog through it. I'm a friend of Odd, so I forced myself to soldier on. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Phoenix
I love odd and all his adventures I can't wait for him to go his next one until him and Stormy can see each other againPublished 9 days ago by Kindle Customer
Excellent book in the series a little hard to get through in the middle but stick with it. Odd Thomas is a great characterPublished 23 days ago by Chris Hamilton