Monday, June 23, 2008

Odd Hours by Dean Koontz



This is the latest book in the Odd Thomas series by Dean Koontz. I found an interesting article by Koontz about writing this series of books. In this short passage, he describes how the Odd Thomas character just came to him and his plans for a six or seven book series.


Odd Thomas is back. This book takes place after he leaves behind the monastery of the last book and helps Elvis find his ultimate peace. This story, set in a California beach town, occurs in a very short amount of time. Basically, Odd saves the world from a terrorist, nuclear threat, with the help of some new friends, including a return appearance by Frank Sinatra.


STRENGTHS OF ODD HOURS: I continue to like the character of Odd Thomas. His humanity and humor help make him likable. I also enjoyed his interactions with both the living, including an aging movie actor, and the non-living, Mr. Sinatra who is pivotal to the plot. The book is a quick read and Koontz keeps the action moving.


WEAKNESSES OF ODD HOURS: The entire action of the plot occurs in a very brief amount of real time which does not allow Koontz much time to further develop Odd's character or define his relationships with the people around him. I like the character enough that I wanted to see him grow and that was not possible in this story.


Overall, I'd give this one four stars. It was a very fun read. My review is somewhat brief because I don't want to give away too much of the twisty, turny plot. However, I wouldn't recommend that someone start the series with this novel. It might be confusing if you don't already know about Odd. I'd love to know what anyone else thought. If you've reviewed it, leave me a link and I'll add it to my review.

Here's a link to CJ's review. She gives some great quotes and details so check her out.


3 comments:

cj said...

I certainly enjoyed Odd Hours, but you do have a point. It probably wouldn't be a good place to start the series. I'll have to check your link out.

My review is up here:

http://cjreading.blogspot.com/2008/05/book-review-odd-hours-by-dean-koontz.html

cjh

Sharon said...

I enjoyed this book as well, and I like Odd. As you say though, his character wasn't developed in this one. I wish we could have gotten to know the others better, the aged actor, Annamaria, and Blossom. It sounds as if the last two will be in the next book.

Sharon said...

I enjoyed this book as well, and I like Odd. As you say though, his character wasn't developed in this one. I wish we could have gotten to know the others better, the aged actor, Annamaria, and Blossom. It sounds as if the last two will be in the next book.