From the Stash is just my way to denote when something is from before I had the blog. I have been reviewing books since January 2010 so I’d like to showcase some of that past work.
Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz
Published: August 29, 2006 by Bantam
Format/Source: Purchased paperback
Genre: Paranormal thriller
Originally reviewed: April 22, 2010
“The dead don’t talk. I don’t know why.” But they do try to communicate, with a short-order cook in a small desert town serving as their reluctant confidant. Odd Thomas thinks of himself as an ordinary guy, if possessed of a certain measure of talent at the Pico Mundo Grill and rapturously in love with the most beautiful girl in the world, Stormy Llewellyn. Maybe he has a gift, maybe it’s a curse, Odd has never been sure, but he tries to do his best by the silent souls who seek him out. Sometimes they want justice, and Odd’s otherworldly tips to Pico Mundo’s sympathetic police chief, Wyatt Porter, can solve a crime. Occasionally they can prevent one. But this time it’s different.
A mysterious man comes to town with a voracious appetite, a filing cabinet stuffed with information on the world’s worst killers, and a pack of hyena-like shades following him wherever he goes. Who the man is and what he wants, not even Odd’s deceased informants can tell him. His most ominous clue is a page ripped from a day-by-day calendar for August 15.
Today is August 14.
In less than twenty-four hours, Pico Mundo will awaken to a day of catastrophe. As evil coils under the searing desert sun, Odd travels through the shifting prisms of his world, struggling to avert a looming cataclysm with the aid of his soul mate and an unlikely community of allies that includes the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll. His account of two shattering days when past and present, fate and destiny converge is the stuff of our worst nightmares—and a testament by which to live: sanely if not safely, with courage, humor, and a full heart that even in the darkness must persevere.
I first read this book several years ago. I picked it up at random while at the beach. It is the first Dean Koontz book I ever read. I loved it the first time I read it and loved it this second time.
Even though I remembered the shocking twist at the end of the book, it still moved me emotionally. It still brought tears to my eyes. I was on the lookout the whole time I was reading to see if there were any loose ends I missed on the first time. What I discovered was some repetitions of details that grew a little tedious. Repetitious anecdotes aside, the first installment of Odd Thomas is riveting. Each chapter makes you want to begin the next. The detail of the small town of Pico Mundo is great–really makes you feel like you’re there.
While at points the story seemed to drag on a bit, there wasn’t too much that could have been cut from the story. Overall, a good read and still a good re-read.