Saturday, December 26, 2015

Book Review: Forever Odd by Dean Koontz


Synopsis from Amazon: I see dead people. But then, by God, I do something about it. Odd Thomas never asked for his special ability. He’s just an ordinary guy trying to live a quiet life in the small desert town of Pico Mundo. Yet he feels an obligation to do right by his otherworldly confidants, and that’s why he’s won hearts on both sides of the divide between life and death. But when a childhood friend disappears, Odd discovers something worse than a dead body and embarks on a heart-stopping battle of will and wits with an enemy of exceptional cunning. In the hours to come there can be no innocent bystanders, and every sacrifice can tip the balance between despair and hope. 
 
You’re invited on an unforgettable journey through a world of terror and transcendence to wonders beyond imagining. And you can have no better guide than Odd Thomas



Yet again, I find myself hooked to a series. This time, I'm thinking, "Why didn't I discover this one sooner?" I've been missing out all these years. 

Forever Odd is book 2 in the Odd Thomas series by Dean Koontz. This one started off a bit slow, in my opinion, but (and that's a big but), it picked up momentum quickly. 

SPOILER ALERTS AHEAD. PROCEED WITH CAUTION.

So his friend was kidnapped and the friend's stepfather murdered. His leads were not bodachs this time around. This book was more focused on his psychic magnetism. As much as I like hearing about the creepy bodachs, I didn't get a large dose in this novel. Koontz made up for it tenfold, though. 

Odd's senses and the kidnapper's demands led him to believe that he must follow all the leads alone. Hence, a lack of involvement from Chief Porter until the very end. Odd chases the bad guys (and gal) solo with no weapons. So, no bodach, no Chief Porter. Again, just when I thought it was going to be a weak tale, it definitely was not. 

Basically, a sadistic woman had charmed his friend Danny via a phone sex hotline, and Danny told her Odd's life story because she mentioned she was into the whole ghost and spirit thing. Naturally, he saw an opportunity to impress her and win some points, so he took it, not thinking she'd morph it into a murderous cat-and-mouse chase at a deserted hotel in the middle of nowhere with him tied to a chair that was linked to a bomb and Odd's imminent death as part of her evil plan. 

This was where things started to get very interesting, as in, I couldn't turn the pages fast enough. Datura, the villain, and her 2 thug companions used Danny to lure Odd to the hotel in hopes he could make her dreams of seeing ghosts come true. That's all this crazy lady wanted. That's all this whole thing was about, her fascination with spooks and the fact that Odd was the closest thing to them she had heard of thus far, thanks to Danny. She needed Odd as a medium. She wanted to connect with the other side, to see their dead faces, experience the horror as nothing more than a thrill. 

Likes
- One thing that amazed me about this story was that Koontz was able to create an entire novel just based on their activities inside this old motel. 
- His description of the floors and stairwells and dark corners and lifts had me thinking he has some intricate knowledge of architecture. When a writer can create such a feeling, you know he's a master of his trade. 
- I also enjoy Koontz's writing because he provides such imaginative descriptions, it makes me feel like I'm watching a movie, not reading a book in my hands. 
- His vocabulary is mountainous. I always learn new words when reading his books. He's good at ending chapters with a twist to make you want to continue reading. 
- He provides the unpredictable turns that make the story remarkable. When I read Koontz, I always pause at certain scenes, close my eyes, and try to predict what will happen next or how the protagonist with get himself out of a seemingly impossible situation. I am almost always wrong, which is exactly what I want, the element of surprise. 

The only dislike I had was the fact that I didn't have book 3 waiting. I went to the book store the next day, and they didn't have it. *sad face* So I ordered it on Amazon, and it should be in my mailbox by Wednesday next week, two-day shipping thwarted by it being the Christmas holidays, but no worries. It'll be worth the way. And I'll tell you all about it when the time comes. In the meantime, I'm indulging in some sci-fi.

Happy reading!

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