Saturday, June 7, 2008
I should be getting my hand on a copy of Odd Hours by Dean Koontz this weekend. It had to go through my mom and sister first. (Saving money, too poor to buy my own, how sad!)I am so excited. This is the fourth book in the series, which will be seven books. If you have never read them, go now start with Odd Thomas, go to Forever Odd and then my personal favorite so far Brother Odd (you have to love something about a monk who used to be mafia, but converted after reading The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, yet another fantastic book!)
Afraid of Koontz? Heard he is too dark? Heard he writes Horror Novels? Well in some ways you are right. I too shunned him for several years because of those things. And then one day I discovered Odd. There is something so wonderful, so likeable, so endearing about the character of Odd. He is a 19 year old kid who works the grill at a local cafe and sees dead people. Yes, there are demented people in these books, but it is almost what makes the good guys so good. The fight between dark and light, and guess what the light wins. It isn't awful and creepy. And along the way some good people die, that happens to be life. To read Koontz POV on faith, yes faith! Click here.
Koontz has the most amazing way of writing metaphors and similes or as I affectionately call them Smellaphors (never can remember which is which). One of my favorite scenes is when he writes about a butterfly being like a geisha. It is so beautiful.
I seem to love all of Koontz characters. Christopher Snow, Jimmy Tock, but Odd is the one that started me on the path to one of my favorite writers and so he will always hold a special place in my heart.
For any of you already fans, you can check out a four part webcast about Odd here!
I am anxiously waiting to see what our hero does next. My heart is Forever Odd!