Forever Odd by Dean Koontz
Odd Thomas is indeed properly named.
While having maintained a job as a fry cook in a desert town of Pico Mundo, Odd also communicates with the dead.
He sees dead people. In particular, he sees Elvis a lot, who for some reason hangs out in Odd’s apartment weeping and pacing. While Odd does see dead people, the dead can not speak back so he has no idea why Elvis is so upset. Sometimes he is not upset… sometimes Elvis is funny. He pretends to pick his nose and flick it at Odd. A ghost has no reason to pick its nose. The dead, often come to Odd. Especially after they have just died… sometimes looking for comfort, somehow they know that Odd is able to see them.
Such is this particular morning.
When the father of his childhood friend Danny appears before Odd, Odd knows something has gone wrong. He follows the man back to his home wondering what he will encounter, but knowing for sure he will find this man’s body. What he finds is the man has been murdered, and Odd’s handicapped friend Danny, has been taken. Odd never knows how he gets himself involved in these things, but he knows it is up to him to make things right if only he can.
A little note about me and Dean Koontz…. I adore his writing and have for years. Koontz writes like Stephen King, but at a lesser creep level. He is not as intense, and more so, something I appreciate, he has a great sense of humor that shows up in his books.
I have read a few of the Odd Thomas books along the way. Not consistently, but they are the type of books that you do not need to follow all along. What I like about them is that I imagine they are like desert to Dean Koontz. Odd is a different character than you will find in his other books. He not only sees dead people, but he has a dry sense of humor, as well as everyone else who pops up in the book. They are fun reads. They are funny reads.
I like that.
In Forever Odd, I just had to smile at the familiarity of the character, the unwilling passage to the dead. Odd didn’t ask for this gig… but it is his. The whole Elvis line (that follows through all of the Odd books) is a fun one. At the end of this book Odd explains why he feels Elvis will not continue his journey to the after world…
I think what he says is spot on.
If you have not experienced Odd Thomas, I suggest you give him a try. They are fun reads with a mystery mixed in.
The audio is narrated by David Aaron Baker. He was the right voice.
- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 8 hours and 37 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Random House Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: November 28, 2005