Author: Dean Koontz
Details:430 pages, paperback, book number 3 in the series.
Book Number: 1
Loop me in, odd one. The words, spoken in the deep of night by a sleeping child, chill the young man watching over her. For this was a favourite phrase of Stormy Llewellyn, his lost love, and Stormy is dead, gone forever from this world. In the haunted halls of the isolated monastery where he had sought peace, Odd Thomas is stalking spirits of an infinitely darker nature.
Although I'm not much of a Dean Koontz fan, the Odd Thomas series has caught my attention and kept it. Odd Thomas the character is entertaining, funny in a ironic yet innocent way and unique. Despite everything, Odd perseveres in life, bringing on adventures that I'm sure most readers only wish they could have (in that retrospective, full of danger-type of way). Of all the four current novels, this one is my favourite. However for me, one of the resonating theme's was that not everything is as it seems, and Odd seems to have a knack for getting himself into situations where things most certainly should not be taken at face value. The typical Dean Koontz trademark of having dogs in his book does show up again. But in the end, Odd shows us that no matter how much you might try to run from your life, you talents, yourself... in the end, it always catches back up to you.
Title: Odd Hours
Author: Dean Koontz
Details: 397 pages, paperback, book number 4 of the series.
Book Number: 2
Only a handful of fictional characters are recognized by first name alone. Dean Koontz's Odd Thomas is one such literary hero, who has come alive in readers' imaginations as he explores the greatest mysteries of this world and the next with his inimitable wit, heart, and quiet gallantry. Now Koontz follows Odd as he is drawn onward, to a destiny he cannot imagine. Haunted by dreams of an all-encompassing red tide, Odd is pulled inexorably to the seas, to a small California coastal town where nothing is as it seems....
By far the worst book in the series. Although Odd's character continues on in life - developing, learning, experiencing... the storyline does the exact opposite. Full of holes and unexplained (but hinted at the fact that they will be explained later) references and characters... throughout Odd Hours I found myself constantly going, "I'm sorry, what?" Despite the fact that Odd is as charming as always, with his companions and his wit, and yes some of his regular trouble does follow him into this book (poltergeists, sad Stormy memories, friends that life has treated unfairly and the such), a large part of the book is left completely unexplained. The back description is ridiculous and is clearly written to entice readers and in fact, has very little to do with the book, and all-around, this book sucks. Avoid if you can.