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Character in 'Odd Thomas' series leads adventure between living, dead

June 25, 2015

Saint Odd 3DDuring the past eight years, Dean Koontz has kept my interest with his tales about an extraordinary young man named Odd Thomas, who is the focus of a series with the same name. That is a difficult feat considering Odd’s story spans 12 books if you include the graphic novels and short story novellas. But when your main character uses his ability of seeing the dead to save the lives of the living, how can you not look forward to each new adventure.

Read the full review @ Victoria Advocate.

Polish review of Odd Interlude

May 27, 2015

Interludium Odda (Polish)W małej, zapomnianej przez ludzi miejscowości Harmony Corner z pozoru życie toczy się swoim normalnym, spokojnym trybem. Gdyby nie potworne okaleczenia widoczne na twarzach niektórych mieszkańców wydawać by się mogło, że to miejscowość, jakich wiele z sielankową atmosferą i oferującą wszystko, czego pragnie strudzony podróżny.
W swojej wędrówce Odd Thomas, wiedziony dziwnym przeświadczeniem, właśnie to miejsce wybiera na kilkudniowy odpoczynek. Chłopak ma niespełna dwadzieścia dwa lata i bagaż doświadczeń za sobą, których nie powstydziłby się nawet najtwardszy globtroter.
Jednak Odd nie jest zdobywcą ośnieżonych szczytów, czy podmorskich głębin. To, co widzi i czuje mężczyzna jest dalekie od postrzegania rzeczywistości przez innych ludzi, ot chociażby duchy zmarłych ludzi, czy zwierząt, które błąkają się jeszcze po ziemi w drodze do innego bytu. Chłopak ma też niezwykłą intuicję, która zawsze wskaże mu drogę do największych kłopotów i dzięki której Odd pakuje się zazwyczaj w ogromne tarapaty.

Full review @ Inertia360.

A computer tries to impregnate Julie Christie in this creepy thriller

May 25, 2015

AI Week
Every day, Watch This offers staff recommendations inspired by the week’s new releases or premieres. This week: For The A.V. Club’s Artificial Intelligence Week, we’re focusing on sentient computers and computer programs, a.k.a. our future overlords.
Demon Seed (1977)
“Tonight, I’ll impregnate you. In 28 days you’ll give birth to a child.” These words don’t come until almost an hour into Demon Seed, a 1977 horror film starring Julie Christie, but it’s what the viewer has been waiting for. With a title like that—and design art in which the “o” in Demon is altered to not-so-subtly suggest a vagina—the movie telegraphs where it’s going with the light touch of a Howitzer.

Read the full review @ The AV Club.

Koontz’s ‘Winter Moon’ offers beastly chills

May 25, 2015

BND-LogoQ. I am trying to remember the title of a Dean Koontz book I read sometime before 1995. As I recall, it started with or included a scene in which the occupants of a house looked out at night to find that animals — squirrels, rabbits, etc. — were sitting in the yard and staring toward the house from all sides. Any idea of the title?
— L.J., OF SWANSEA

Read the answer @ the Belleville New-Democrat.

Book Review: Demon Seed by Dean Koontz

March 15, 2015

Demon SeedThis isn’t a “professional” review but figured I’d share it if for no other reason than I’ve not previously been aware of the HubPages platform.

This book starts out with a single woman who has a wait staff and a sprawling mansion with manicured grounds. Why is she single? This is revealed early in the book. She has planned on taking some time for herself and these plans are rudely interrupted by an “entity”, that was created by her husband Dr. Harris.
The entity is electrical and lives in the air ways and can attack phone lines, computer programs and the security system of the house. The project was something that was being worked on in the lab by her husband. It’s like a computer became evil and took over this woman’s hi tech mansion and she is being controlled.

Read the full review @ lesliebyars.hubpages.com. She’s also written a review of The Husband.

“Saint Odd” wraps up an intense Koontz series

March 6, 2015

Saint Odd 3DIf you are an Odd Thomas fanatic, like me, then you were both excited and saddened by the release of Dean Koontz’s final installment in the Odd Thomas series, “Saint Odd.” The novel promises a conclusion to the 12-year-long series that I have been reading, religiously, as each book has been released.
“Saint Odd” picks up where the story left off in the previous novel, “Deeply Odd,” with Thomas returning to his hometown, Pico Mundo. Thomas feels, once again, he is being pulled toward a disastrous event in which it is his duty to prevent. Thomas also feels that his time on earth is limited, and that the event he must stop will ultimately result in his own death.

Read the full review @ The Slate Online.

Denise Drespling reviews Odd Thomas

March 4, 2015

Book review: 'Odd Thomas' faces final challenge

February 23, 2015

Saint Odd 3D“SAINT ODD” is the concluding chapter in Dean Koontz’s “Odd Thomas” series of occult mystery thrillers.
Despite being the last story, “Saint Odd” will appeal to all readers, even if this is the first introduction they have to this unusual character. Those who have read the other six books in sequence will experience the story that much more deeply.

Koontz’s masterful storytelling, his clear, spartan prose and his ability to see the world beyond the experience of the five senses combine to create Odd Thomas, a character at once humble, courageous and aware of the true nature of good and evil.
Read the full review @ Fredricksburg.com.

The Unforgettable End Days of Dean Koontz’s Odd Thomas

February 8, 2015

Barnes & Noble logoAs fiction heroes go, Odd Thomas is unique. He has no father; born with one foot in the land of the living and one foot in the land of shades, he can speak to the dead, who often come to him for help. Unlike the many horror-novel characters motivated by hatred or revenge, Odd seeks to serve a higher good. Most unusual of all, from the very beginning he’s told the reader how his saga will end: with his own death. Now, in Saint Odd, the seventh and final book in Dean Koontz’s mesmerizing series, Odd’s moment of truth has arrived. Will he achieve his destiny, the purpose for which he was born?
 

Read the full post @ B&N Reads.

Story reflects author's new style

February 1, 2015

Though I feel like this review of The City is appearing a year late…

The City (Cover 2)With “The City,” Dean Koontz once again has delivered a great read, a story that is well written, offers a message of hope and shows that how we react to choices given can impact our lives for years to come.
The book has the usual bits of mystery, scary moments mixed with moments of lighthearted normal life moments of the characters, and offers up a good dose of nostalgia of a time in our country — the late 1960s — when things were changing, and our television sets brought in those events to us every night. Events, such as race riots, bombings on college campus and demonstrations colored people’s memories and influenced a generation as never before.

Read the full review @ Journal-Advocate.com

Movies for guys to watch … for free

February 1, 2015

ODD-THOMAS_movie-art“Free” as in via Netflix streaming…

“Odd Thomas:” Typically, when I stream movies or TV shows, I’m pretty particular in the ones I pick. This was not one of those picks, and I was pleasantly surprised. I clicked on this one simply because I like the lead actor, Anton Yelchin (“Star Trek”), who plays the title character. Adapted from a Dean Koontz novel of the same name, “Odd Thomas” is a paranormal investigator who can see ghosts. Though somewhat predictable and at times plodding, it’s good sci-fi fare that benefits from Willem Defoe (“Spider-Man,” “Boondock Saints”) in a supporting role and some pretty solid CGI for a low-budget flick. It has heart, humor and decent action, and a touching ending that I didn’t really expect.

Read the full article @ The Dickinson Press.

BookReporter review of Saint Odd

January 22, 2015

Saint Odd 3DIn 2003, Dean Koontz published ODD THOMAS, which followed a 20-year-old fry cook from Pico Mundo, California, through the loss of his true love, Stormy Llewellyn, in a brutal mass murder. In the years since, Koontz has published six more Odd Thomas novels, concluding the series now with SAINT ODD.
In the two years since Stormy was killed at the Green Moon Mall, Odd has been traveling the country, drawn to various dark scenes and enigmatic figures. Throughout the series, he thwarts several major crimes or disasters using his psychic ability to see and communicate with the dead, though the body count is always still high. The bad guys are often nefarious cultists, and those assisting Odd are frequently mysterious or possibly magical. In SAINT ODD, the series ends with Odd finally returning to Pico Mundo and facing an evil greater than even the one that took Stormy from him.

Read the full review @ BookReporter.com

So Long Odd Thomas: Saint Odd

January 17, 2015

Saint Odd 3DAs much as anyone hates to see a story come to an end, nothing lasts forever. We’ve all seen television, book, and movie series that somehow survived long past their expiration date, in the process becoming parodies of what once attracted us to them to begin with. It’s like Jud Crandal said in Stephen King’s Pet Semetary: “Sometimes, dead is better.”
Perhaps more common are those series that are struck down in their prime: Firefly is my favorite example, but there are so many others – Dead Like Me, Freaks and Geeks,Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles – each with its own tragicomic backstory of studio meddling, executive cluelessness, and ignominious death on the frontlines of popular entertainment.
Sometimes, though, the audience gets lucky and a story ends just where it should. Loose ends are tied up or left with just enough slack to leave us with something to think about. Story arcs are resolved. Heroes and villains arrive at their destiny. We stand and give a round of applause, maybe wipe a tear away, and put the book or blu-ray or ticket stub away on the high shelf of our imagination.

Read the full review @ Suvudu

Book Review: ‘The Face of Fear,’ A Thriller by Dean Koontz

January 8, 2015

BlogCritics logoThe title of this book tells you well what to expect of it: fear, suspense, red-hot emotions and unexpected twists and turns of the plot. Add to this the fact that the novel was written by Dean Koontz, a famous master of thrillers, and you won’t be disappointed from the very first page.
The story starts with a TV interview with Graham, the former mountain climber, who acquired supernatural mental capacity after an almost fatal fall off the slope of Everest. This psychic ability of the protagonist is the only deviation from a crime-detective story, in which nothing but the puzzle of reality exists. However, this assumption of Graham’s clairvoyant trait should not be categorized as a complete fantasy, as there are a few documented cases when psychics helped to solve crime mysteries. In any case, the story, told with convincing clarity of details is as believable as it could be in this genre.

Read the full review @ Blogcritics.

Kątem oka

January 4, 2015

Here’s a Polish edition cover for you. The title translates to “peripheral vision.” Leave a comment if you want to guess which book this is a translation of. (Source review.)
Kątem oka

A review of Apokalipsa Odda

November 27, 2014

Apokalipsa OddaŻycie nie jest łatwe, jeśli w pracy jest się kucharzem, a w nocy nawiedzają człowieka duchy, które mają na ziemi niezałatwione sprawy i szukają jedynego człowieka, który jest im w stanie pomóc. W sumie po pewnym czasie staje się to pewnego rodzaju standardem. Trudność polega na początku na komunikacji, jak zrozumieć kogoś kto już nic nie może powiedzieć. Przyzwyczaić należy się również do tego, że jeden z dwóch posiadanych psów również jest duchem…
Dean Koontz to znany pisarz amerykański, specjalizujący się w thrillerach oraz horrorach. W jego dorobku jest kilkadziesiąt pozycji, z których większość ukazało się w języku polskim. Obecnie ukazuje się kolejna książka, wchodząca w skład cyklu o dość nietypowym kucharzu Oddzie Thomasie.

Read the full review @ inertia360. (Or an English version via Google Translate.)

31 Days of Halloween: 'Odd Thomas,' 'The Raven' and 'Jacob's Ladder'

November 16, 2014

Herald MediaIf you’re searching for a movie that provides just enough entertainment and tension then this is your movie. There are emotional impacts that will hit you harder than you’ll likely expect, but again…not like in the book. Perfect for teens or adults looking for lighter fare, “Odd Thomas” is without a doubt a sleeper worth watching.
Oh, and do yourself a favor; read the books. Even the worst of them are great.

Read the full article @ HeraldExtra.com.

Koontz’s “Odd Thomas” does not disappoint

November 10, 2014

The newspaper for Shippensburg University reviews the original Odd Thomas novel.

The Slate Online logo
If you are an avid reader like me, you make sure there is enough spare time in the day to get lost in the eerie, futuristic worlds of Stephen King or fall in love with Nicholas Sparks’ latest absurdly charming male lead. Although I have read what seems like a million books, none have yet to compare to “Odd Thomas,” the greatest piece of literature every written (in my opinion at least).
“Odd Thomas”, written by Shippensburg University alumn, Dean Koontz, could be classified as a mystery, thriller, dark comedy or romance novel. The story takes place in Pico Mundo, California, a small town located in the Mojave Desert.
We are introduced to the protagonist, Odd Thomas, within the first chapter. We quickly learn that Thomas has a special gift (or some say curse) of seeing the dead, which plays a large role throughout the novel. Thomas warns the reader from the very beginning that he “leads an unusual life”, and evidence of this statement can be found throughout the entire story.
Main characters include Stormy Llewellyn, Thomas’s high school sweet heart whom he is destined to be with forever; Chief Wyatt Porter, the head honcho of the Pico Mundo Police Department and also Thomas’s surrogate father; Little Ozzie, a famous four hundred pound, six fingered writer who is one of Thomas’s closest friends. Finally Fungus Man, a sadistic creep of a guy who is the assumed antagonist of the story.

Read the full review @ The Slate Online.

The New American reviews The City

October 16, 2014

The City (Cover 2)Dean Koontz’s characters are often a strange lot, and Jonah Kirk is no exception. In the hands of a lesser author, the story of a young black man with a gift for music growing up during the 1960s in Koontz’s unnamed city would probably become a painful dull preachment on the social ills of that era. When the reader discovers that another major character had been among the Japanese-Americans who spent the years of the Second World War in the Manzanar internment camp in California, the possibility for such preachment would often be redoubled. Not so with The City. Koontz does not offer characters who define themselves as “victims,” or who wallow in morbid self-pity. Far from making such characters objects of pity, Koontz leads the reader to see the strength which comes from adversity. As one character declares in the course of the novel, “Too many experts make art political, ’cause they believe great artists always held the same convictions as they themselves do. But the last thing art should be is political. Yuck. Double yuck. Keep your mind free. Trust your eye and heart.”

Read the full review @ The New American.

New Zelander review of Innocence

October 4, 2014

Innocence UK TPBKOn the surface, it looks like girl meets boy, boy saves girl, but Innocence is much more than that.
Parts of it feel a little bit saggy, and the description of the snow, and the cold is a bit overdone, but Innocence still cracks along at a reasonable pace. The evildoers are unambiguously evil, and Addison and Gywneth are unambiguously good, and sometimes it’s refreshing to read a simple good vs evil morality tale.

Read the full review @ The Southland Times.