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The Catholic side of Odd Thomas

May 14, 2011

For those interested in something that explores the religious side of the Odd Thomas books has an article you’ll be interested in.

Odd ThomasA common lament among Catholic readers is that there are no great modern Catholic writers. They often cite works from the 1940s-60s by authors such as Flannery O’Connor, Graham Greene, and Walker Percy to underscore their point.

The truth is that there are a number of wonderful Catholic authors writing today who, like the authors above, write interesting and absorbing fiction that the average reader would not readily identify as Catholic. Yet Catholicism defines the underlying world view and subtly pervades their novels in readily identifiable ways if one is looking for evidence.

Possibly the most prolific and well known of these is Dean Koontz, whose suspenseful books often combine elements of science fiction, horror, mystery, and the supernatural, leavened with the occasional touch of humor. His books are frequently on the New York Times bestseller lists and many have been adapted for film and television movies…