During 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.
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.
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.
Q. 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.
This 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.
If 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.
As 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.
Though I feel like this review of The City is appearing a year late…
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