Friday, February 8, 2013

Review - Odd Apocalypse

Title: Odd Apocalypse
Author: Dean Koontz
Publisher: Bantam (July 31, 2012)
Format: Hardcover; Pgs 368
Genre: Paranormal
Source: Library
Series: Odd Thomas #5

I know that calling the Odd series odd is a redundancy, but to be honest no other word fits the bill. Dean Koontz has written a peculiar series based on Odd Thomas a short-order cook with clairvoyant abilities. Not piqued your attention yet? Odd seems to find himself in the most abnormal situations with very eccentric people and storylines that not only ask you to bend reality but to pretty much give up on it and go with the outlandish flow that only the mind of Dean Koontz can come up with.

Each book involves a tale that puts Odd’s life in peril so when he lands at Roseland, a West Coast property owned by an eccentric Hollywood mogul, he feels oddly (get the play on words there?) at peace. That is until the spirit of a woman on a black Friesian stallion is desperate to get his attention and help to save a child.

To say that this is where the story takes a strange turn would be an understatement, but once you find out who this boy is and how they are able to keep him at Roseland; the premise tends to bend the imagination quite a bit. Then again, what would a Koontz novel be without a bit of stretching of reality? Surface it to say that you will have to remember a bit of science and an eccentric scientist to make this plotline even slightly plausible.

I have pretty much given up on the other books that Koontz is writing, but there is something very fascinating about Odd Thomas. The dry humor is hysterical and I have found myself going back and rereading sections in hopes that I can remember the quips. The storyline is twisty and Koontz has a history of going off on wild tangents, but I do think that if you remain patient you will appreciate the adventures of Odd Thomas.

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