Odd Apocalypse by Dean Koontz
Odd Thomas series #5
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My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
First Published: July 31, 2012
Read from: February 19 to February 28, 2015
Could this be the End of the World as We Know It… Again?
“We love a series hero, but a series villain quickly becomes silly as he strives so obviously to shock us. Virtue is imaginative, evil repetitive.” – Odd Apocalypse, Page 23
This quote from Dean Koont’s “Odd Apocalypse” seems very apropos: the story of our virtuous hero Odd Thomas saving the world by stopping evil villains from destroying the world (as we know it) is getting a little repetitive. I think I liked this book of the series the least of all that came before. Which is odd, because the serial “novella” that was released before this book as kind of an appetizer, “Odd Interlude”, was one of my favorites because of both it’s short action-packed pace and a couple of fun, interesting new characters. But this book…
While I enjoyed “Odd Apocalypse”, and would recommend it to those who have enjoyed the previous entries in the series, this “haunted mansion / House of Usher”-like story just did not “grab” me like the previous books. Probably because so many of the things I do like about the Odd Thomas series have changed so much. Yeah, I know I just said the stories are becoming repetitive, but strangely the aspects of the stories that I love the most seem to be one of those elements that are becoming less frequent.
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So first the things I liked:
- Odd Thomas’s wit, wisdom and humor, the real reason I love the series, are still present, and there were a number of great quotes from this book (which I’ve collected at the end of this review).
- Aspects of the story deal with one of my favorite historical figures.
- While I had a general idea where the story was going early on, some of the issues I was having with the “bad guys” went away when a piece of the puzzle I was missing was finally revealed.
Things I did not like so much:
- Odd Thomas’ pregnant travelling companion, Annamaria, continues to annoy me. This character, that appeared in “Odd Hours” continues to serve little to no purpose. I’m sure there is some mystery that is to come about her, but I really find her so boring and cryptic that I find myself not caring.
- The bad guys really seemed to be shallow caricatures to me. Maybe if we were shown some more of these characters from their POV I might have been truly frightened by them. Instead I felt they were ‘bad guys of the week” from some episodic TV show like Doctor Who. Not that this is necessarily a bad thing, but not really frighteningly realistic either. Of course if the story switched POV’s it wouldn’t be an Odd Thomas adventure narrated by our favorite witty hero.
- The overall premise. I won’t spoil that premise here. While the main mystery and idea that drives the stoy certainly has some cool aspects and is different from all the stories that have come before, it also seems to have a lot of logical holes a/o overly convenient features to it.
I highlighted a LOT of stuff from this book, so despite my average rating on the book as a whole, it is very well written. I have TRIED to pare down the quotes below from the ton I initially highlighted… but there still are a LOT of them. These quotes contain SPOILERS, so you have been WARNED.
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