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In Odd We Trust Library Binding – April 9, 2009
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Grade 10 Up—Koontz moves into the medium of comics with this prequel to his massively popular supernatural thriller series "Odd Thomas" (Bantam). Nineteen-year-old Odd's day job is working as a fry cook and serving up the best pancakes in Pico Mundi, CA. But he also holds supernatural powers that allow him to see and talk to ghosts. When a stalker starts terrifying the town by murdering small children, Odd decides to use his power to help solve the case before anyone else gets hurt. Although lacking the dark terror of the original novels, this story is still filled with plenty of creepy moments as Odd tracks down and confronts this all-too-human monster. Fans of the novels will be pleased to see the light touches of humor that have made the series so distinctive. They will also enjoy seeing the slightly younger, less experienced versions of other familiar characters, like Odd's gun-toting girlfriend, Stormy, and Police Chief Porter. Chan's black-and-white artwork is not too different from her work in her own series, "The Dreaming" (Tokyopop). Heavily inspired by manga—complete with large eyes and visual metaphors like sweat drops on the head—the artist has created a nice visual match for the difficult balance of humor and terror in the story. The volume closes with some character sketches by Chan and a sample chapter from the original novel Odd Thomas (Bantam, 2003) that started it all.—Matthew L. Moffett, Pohick Regional Library, Burke, VA
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The popular novels in Dean Koontz’s Odd Thomas series tell the story of small-town fry-cook and medium Thomas, who becomes embroiled in various eerie exploits thanks to his unusual psychic gifts. Koontz assisted in the creation of this original graphic novel installment, which requires no foreknowledge of the cast or situations, and could easily serve as an introduction to the Odd Thomas novels. Thomas, driven by his ability to communicate with the deceased, joins with his gun-toting, take-no-prisoners girlfriend, Stormy, to track down a child murderer who has chalked up one death and promises several more. The bright, high-energy manga style and sunny, small-town setting are at odds with the creepy (and occasionally grisly) subject matter, and the sometimes stilted dialogue can be distracting. The story moves fast, however, and the stalker himself proves disturbing in a genuinely Koontzian way. For larger collections, this book is a light, diverting read that has the advantage of being a manga that isn’t a part of a multivolume series. Grades 8-12. --Jesse Karp --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Overall, I enjoyed this because it helps to give you a little bit of the relationship between Odd and Stormy, while also giving you pieces of Odd's past that are mentioned and hinted at in the novels.
If you love the rest of the Odd Series, invest in this as well (you'll be happy you did). If you have read the Odd Thomas novels and enjoyed them, but aren't wowed by them, you should probably wander into a book store, and read it there.
To recap; Big fans must buy this. Not a big fan? Bum it off of someone that is.
Koontz has also written three graphic novels about Odd Thomas. This is the first of the three and was published in 2008. He wrote this novel with Queenie Chan, who did the illustrations. The plot focuses upon a stalker who committed a murder. Odd is nineteen years old and the sheriff, who knows about Odd's unusual ability, asks him to help find the stalker.
The drawing are good, but Dean Koontz has been so masterful is describing Odd Thomas' activities, his thoughts and the humorous ways that he thinks, without ever describing him, that I felt a small disappointment in seeing him pictured in this novel. Interestingly, it is possible that Dean Koontz himself, who discusses the portrayal of Odd at the end of this book, never really visualized Odd, and while he liked the portrayal and thought that it is the best that one can come up with, it fell somewhat short. The story is good, but because it is a graphic novel instead of a full book, it lacks Koontz's clever humor. Nevertheless, I think adults will like this book, and it is an excellent way to introduce young people to the enjoyment of reading about Odd Thomas.