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Forever Odd (Odd Thomas) Paperback – November 27, 2007
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For those who don't know whether to read this or not, no one can honestly say. I, for one, did not like this book. Others here did. Personally, if you are going to read it and aren't collecting, I would wait for it to come out on paperback. Its just not up to Koontz's (or Odd's) thriller top. And I don't see why we should support weak work; particularly when Koontz is spitting out books so quickly (Husband is coming out next month) and, in my opinion, sloppily.
Unhelpful votes, here I come!
Two years ago, Dean Koontz released Odd Thomas and created his most memorable and lovable character ever. That story fascinated me and the characters pulled me along. It was by far one of the most endearing and tender stories, while at the same time tense and dark. When I heard that Forever Odd was coming out and would be another story centering on Odd, I was over-joyed.
What pulled me along in the first book was Odd's use of language. Koontz did a great job making Odd's voice unique and the first person narrative was perfect.Read more ›
In Forever Odd, you just don't CARE what happens to Odd or Dr. Jessup's son he's trying to save. Which leads me to another problem with the book. Dr. Jessup's son has brittle bone disease and has had it most of his life. Dean goes on to give several examples of how Danny broke bones throughout his life. One of which was when he broke his wrist by flicking playing cards. Now, I don't doubt that that can happen, but if he's THAT brittle, how could he have been kidnapped? I mean, the struggle alone would have crushed him.
What happens in the end to the kidnapper is ridiculous and completely uneventful. But what happens to Odd and where he ends up is even WORSE.
I know that many people will most likely click on the button that says this review was not very helpful.Read more ›
Suddenly Odd has a best friend we never heard of in the entire first book, whose life he has to save from some meglo-maniacal new-age wanna-be witch lady protected by psuedo-zombie male followers, all holed up in an old Indian casino. For some reason Odd must transverse an underground drainage system to get there, which takes up half the book, why Koontz thought this would be interesting is unknown to me. Once he gets there his psychic magnetism and numerous failures of architecture thwart his rescue attempts. Unfortunately this creates little more suspense than does 100 pages of running through drainage tunnels.
This sequel totally lacks the gut-wrenching twists of fate that defined Odd Thomas, and all of the humor that made that book so wonderfully readable. The plot limps along to a boring climax involving a villain we are never frightened by. I truly enjoyed Odd Thomas, and I want more of this eccentric, haunted character, but please, let's give him something half way interesting to do!
I hope the next chapter in this series, Brother Odd, will prove much more entertaining.
Forever Odd details Odd's personal quest to rescue Dr. Jessup's son, his childhood friend, Danny. Fearing that police involvement would result in Danny's immediate death, Odd decides to go it alone, relying solely on his own supernatural resources for guidance. Thus much of the novel is devoid of dialogue, instead featuring Odd's internal conversations. Here Koontz sometimes has the tendency to wax poetic, lapsing into such frequent comments about human nature that I found this to be a bit more annoying than in his previous works. Still, Koontz retains his uniquely engaging storytelling style, and although I think this is far from his best work, his fans are likely to find something of value here. Overall rating: three and a half stars (rounded up to four for amazon).
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I've only read two books so far, but I really like this series for as far as I've read. I'm excited to read the next novel in the series.Published 6 days ago by Jesse
I really like this series. This is the 2nd book in the Odd Thomas books. This series is all about good vs evil and the price that sometimes has to be paid for good to win. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Jami
Love this series so far. This book was just as dark as the first one but that was practically the only thing the same. Read morePublished 13 days ago by winged
This series is great! I never want to put the book down. Love how they start and end. Really enjoyable.Published 22 days ago by Laura Oldenbrug
I usually like Kootz's novels, but did not care for this as much as others I've read.Published 22 days ago by Amazon Customer
This book is a little slower and harder to follow than the first. It didn't really hook me until half way through, but still a great book.Published 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
After the first novel, I wanted more of the rollercoaster that is Odd Thomas and less of a review of the last novel. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
Freaking FANTASTIC! I loved every part of it! Koontz has done a STELLAR job with Forever Odd and should be given the highest of awards ! Love it!!! Read morePublished 1 month ago by AnimeLover
I have loved Dean Koontz for years. This book is one that didn't let me down and I had a hard time putting it down!Published 1 month ago by Rebecca Taylor