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Odd Thomas

September 30, 2009

Odd Thomas

for November 4, 2009 by cassie67

Author: Dean Koontz

Title: Odd Thomas

Genre: Horror

Publication Date: 2003

Number of Pages: 446

Geographical Setting: Pico Mundo, California

Time Period: Present day

Series: Odd Thomas

Plot Summary: Short order cook Odd Thomas can see the “restless dead” and is compelled to help solve their murders in what at first feels like a cozy mystery. When Odd sees evil, shadowy forms he calls bodachs swarming around residents of his little town and preparing for a bloodbath of some kind, he follows an unusual character he calls “Fungus Man” to try to find out what evil deed is being plotted for August 15. Trouble is, it’s already August 14.

Appeal: engrossing, leisurely pace accelerates toward the end, intriguing secondary characters, quirky, vivid, some explicit violence, folksy tone, literary references, plot twists, tragic, resolved ending, detailed setting, details of supernatural abilities, humorous, menacing, nightmare (tone), conversational, homespun.

3 terms describing the book: Folksy, quirky characters but plot hints of menace

Subject headings:

Koontz, Dean R. (Dean Ray) – Prose & Criticism

Fiction

Fiction – Horror

Fiction – Espionage/Thriller

Mystery/Suspense

Fiction/Suspense

Suspense

Cooks

Mediums

Murderers

Three relevant fiction books:

Empire Falls by Richard Russo is as much about the town in which it is set as the characters and how the lives of those who live in town intertwine. The measured pace of most of the book gives way to a fast-paced ending much like that of Odd Thomas.

In Shadowland: The Mediator, Book 1 by Meg Cabot, a high school sophomore has the power to talk to the dead and to help spirits move on, much as Odd Thomas uses his abilities to do the same.

Heartsick by Chelsea Cain is a cat-and-mouse game between serial killer Gretchen Lowell and police detective Archie Sheridan, who was one of Lowell’s victims. Those who want more of the details of the serial killings in Odd Thomas will find them here.

Three relevant non-fiction books:

Don’t Kiss Them Good-bye by Allison DuBois. DuBois’ life and her work with crime investigators are the basis for the TV show “Medium.” Like the character of Odd Thomas, she has had to learn to deal with her psychic gifts and she shares some insights into the afterlife.

Serial Killers; The Method and Madness of Monsters by Peter Vronsky looks at serial killer investigations throughout history, signs to watch for if someone is a serial killer and means of surviving an encounter with one. Odd Thomas investigates someone he suspects of planning a mass killing and finds a lot of clues to the man’s state of mind in his home.

500 Things To Eat Before It’s Too Late by Jane and Michael Stern is a love story to unique foods served in little diners and holes-in-the-wall across the country. Odd Thomas works as a short order cook and prides himself on his light and fluffy pancakes. He also discusses diner slang in one chapter, and the Sterns have a short glossary of diner terms.

Name: Christine Edison

Tags: engrossing, leisurely pace accelerates toward the end, intriguing secondary characters, quirky, vivid, some explicit violence, folksy tone, literary references, plot twists, tragic, resolved ending, detailed setting, details of supernatural abilities, humorous, menacing, nightmare (tone), conversational, homespun.