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Praise for Odd Thomas: 'A read-at-a-sitting novel with a terrific final twist' Observer --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Dean Koontz, the author of many #1 New York Times bestsellers, lives with his wife, Gerda, and the enduring spirit of their golden retriever, Trixie, in southern California.
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Product Details

  • Series: Odd Is on Our Side
  • Paperback: 186 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey; Original edition (October 5, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345515609
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345515605
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (196 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,305 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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127 of 138 people found the following review helpful By S. M. Robare on September 3, 2010
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Sigh. I should have seen it from a mile away, but my biggest disappointment with Odd is On Our Side is that it reeks of being one giant cash grab. Apparently Koontz's character Odd Thomas, who has appeared in four previous novels (penned by Koontz) and one previous manga volume, is pretty darn popular with teens, which explains a few things to me. First, why these further adventures of Odd are presented in the manga format (actually, technically these are the previous adventures of Odd as these books take place before the prose series), and second, why Koontz didn't bother to write them himself. Take a popular character from a well known writer, truly make it a branded product by passing it off to another writer, package it in a profitable "hot" format that the target audience seems to respond to, and bam, instant profit. Along with the current boom in interest in graphic novels and adaptations, we've been seeing this equation again and again. Stephen King's Dark Tower series (Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Born) and Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake novels (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter: Guilty Pleasures - The Complete Edition) have both been adapted in the comics format by Marvel to varying success, and Koontz is just the next stop in the line.

Before I start to sound too cynical, I will say that my interest was peaked with Odd is On Our Side because the material was new, whereas the trend has been to adapt and abridge into the comics format (which was the case with both King and Hamilton's comics.
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57 of 62 people found the following review helpful By David Girod VINE VOICE on September 13, 2010
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I'm a fan of Dean Koontz. I'm a fan of his "Odd Thomas" Series, but I just couldn't get into "Odd is on Our Side" at all.

Dean Koontz really doesn't seem to have much input into these graphic novels (also see "In Odd We Trust"). It feels as though the writing and story are dumbed down to fit the comic book style, and to appeal to a teen audience, leaving adult fans of the series out in the cold.

Another drawback to both "Odd is On Our Side" and "In Odd We Trust" is that both are prequels. We already know Odd has moved on from these tales, and because we know the fates of certain characters through the Koontz novels, neither of these graphic novels are able to build any suspense. I would also add that the illustrations by Queenie Chan who also worked on the previous novel, simply have no life. The artwork is very generic, and at times laughable (take a look at Elvis in "on Our Side" and try not to giggle).

In "Odd is On Our Side" it's Halloween in the not-too-sleepy little town of Pico Mundo. Odd Thomas along with his girlfriend, Stormy Llewellyn are enjoying the sites around the small California town, when Odd begins to see the "Bodachs" forming around an old farm. Because the "Bodachs" are drawn to places where death and disaster will occur.

So while "Odd is On Our Side" does follow the usual blueprint of previous "Odd Thomas" tales, it's painfully obvious that the author behind those tales did not take part in the telling of this one.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Bill Garrison VINE VOICE on September 19, 2010
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Having read and loved all four Odd Thomas novels, I was excited to get a copy of the graphic novel, ODD IS ON OUR SIDE by Dean Koontz, from Amazon Vine. I've never read a graphic novel, so this was a new experience. It was a good story, and interesting to read in comic book form, but it really is nothing more than an afterthought. The story has no subplot, character development or depth.

Odd is a twenty-something fry cook in Pico Mundo, California. He has the unique talent of seeing dead people and easing them into the other side. Often the dead appear and ask him to help him right a wrong. Also, Odd sees bodachs. They are mysterious, black ghost-like creatures that usually appear when something bad is about to happen.

When many bodachs appear around a Halloween festival, Odd investigates because he knows something must be wrong. Then he sees a young girl covered in a bed sheet and realizes she's dead, and holds up a sign that says "Save Me."

That's really all the plot you need to know, because it really isn't much more substantial than that. I read the book in about 40 minutes. It is fleeting and really adds nothing to the Odd Thomas canon. In fact, this book seems to be set before any of the books were written. While I'm always glad to read more Odd Thomas adventures, I hope the next will come in novel length form.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Lana Del Slay VINE VOICE on September 29, 2010
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A definite departure from typical Koontz fiction, the Odd series of graphic novels have confused a lot of fans of the author. To Koontz fans I urge you to remember that this is a book for teens, and thus is totally different from his typical novels. As a stand alone graphic novel I think it is actually quite good!

Its a graphic novel, and a really quick and exciting read. The story is interesting and ends with a bit of a twist that I wasn't expecting. From what I know, the Odd series has quite a fan following among teens, and it is easy to see why. The story is about young adults and the books are a breeze to read. I think that this series would be a great way to get teens excited about reading. The graphic side of the book is interesting and well drawn. There doesn't seem to be a lot of hidden imagery or symbolism going on here, its just your basic graphic representation of what is going on. Overall a really fun read, if you know what you should be expecting!
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