Odd Apocalypse by Dean Koontz
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Odd Thomas is funny, clever, and psychic. He's one of my favorite Dean Koontz characters. And this was one of the better Odd Thomas novels. I found myself laughing several times and reading faster at other times to find out what was going to happen. There were a few gory scenes - so beware if you don't like that kind of stuff, but there was practically no cussing and there was no sex. So - just your basic horror. ;)
Here's an example of why I like Dean Koontz:
On page 74 he writes: "Without faith to act as a governor, the human mind is a runaway worry generator, a dynamo of negative expectations. And because your life is yours to shape as you wish with free will, if you entertain too much anxiety about too many things, if you place no trust in providence, what you fear will more often come to pass. We make so many of our own troubles, from mere mishaps to disasters, by dwelling on the possibility of them until the possible becomes inevitable."
And on page 77 when Odd Thomas is hiding inside of a bin trying to be silent so that he won't be discovered, Koontz writes: "Bleachy ozone tingled in my sinuses, but I trusted providence to prevent a sneeze, refused to worry, declined to dwell on negative possibilities, and I did not sneeze, did not sneeze, still did not sneeze, but then I farted."
The reasons I did not give the book five stars include: 1) The "freaks" (monsters, pigs, whatever) were not very scary, and they reminded me too much of zombies. I don't like zombies. 2) I wanted more development and resolution with Annamaria. That character is becoming frustrating. I hope more happens with her in the next book.
I love Odd Thomas, and I cannot wait to read the next book.
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