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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Harper (3 Jan. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007368313
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007368310
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.9 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,230 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was born and raised in Pennsylvania where I graduated from Shippensburg State College (now Shippensburg University). When I was a senior in college, I won an Atlantic Monthly fiction competition and have been writing ever since. My first job after graduation was with the Appalachian Poverty Program, where I was expected to counsel and tutor underprivileged children on a one-to-one basis. During my first day on the job, I discovered that the previous occupier of my position had been beaten up by the very kids he had been trying to help and had landed in the hospital for several weeks. The following year was filled with challenge but also tension, and I was more highly motivated than ever to build a career as a writer. I wrote nights and weekends, which I continued to do after leaving the poverty program and going to work as an English teacher in a suburban school district outside Harrisburg. After a year and a half in that position, my wife, Gerda, made me an offer I couldn't refuse: "I'll support you for five years," she said, "and if you can't make it as a writer in that time, you'll never make it." By the end of those five years, Gerda had quit her job to run the business end of my writing career. Gerda and I live in southern California with their dog Anna, and the enduring spirit of their dog Trixie in southern California.

Dean Koontz is an international household name whose hugely entertaining parables for our times have been bestsellers in many countries, selling seventeen million copies each year.

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‘Forever Odd is moving, impressive and surprisingly subtle’ SFX

Praise for the Odd Thomas series:

‘The result is a blend of humour, humanity and horror, the classic Koontz concoction’ The Times

‘Odd Thomas is a superb character’ Independent

Praise for Dean Koontz:

‘Dean Koontz is not just a master of our darkest dreams, but also a literary juggler’ The Times

‘Psychologically complex, masterly and satisfying’ New York Times

About the Author

Dean Koontz is the author of more than a dozen New York Times No.1 bestsellers. His books have sold over 400 million copies worldwide, a figure that increases by more than 17 million copies per year, and his work is published in 38 languages. He was born and raised in Pennsylvania and lives with his wife Gerda and their dog Anna in southern California.


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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Mr. T. S. Guy on 20 July 2006
Format: Paperback
Ever since Dean Koontz's books started being released one every six months instead of one a year, the quality of his work has fallen considerably - not surprising really when you consider that he must be rush-writing to have such a high output.

His recent books have been patchy at best, and at worst they have been almost unreadable (the astoundingly awful "Frankenstein: City of Night" being one of the worst books I've ever read, let alone the worst by this author). One of the few bright moments in his career of late was the thoroughly enjoyable Odd Thomas, and this sequel doesn't fail to impress.

Picking up six months after the events of "Odd Thomas", "Forever Odd" sees Odd in a new and equally unusual situation. Although far-fetched, this book is actually more believable than a lot of Dean's recent output, and the characters are warmer and more engaging, particularly Odd. The new character of Datura is also well-handled and she makes a welcome addition to this story.

In recent years, it seems to me that Dean's books have contained more references to God and more jokes with each passing release. This holds true in Forever Odd. The religious aspects are a touch annoying to your average atheist reader, although they are not over-bearing, and far from evangelical. They just feel a little out-of-place. As a comedic writer, I actually feel Dean is developing quite a gift; this is one of the few ways in which his work has improved in recent years. In this book I found myself laughing out loud on more than one occasion, whilst still gripped to the storyline and turning the pages at an alarming rate.

All in all, this is one of Dean's finer releases in recent years, alongside the prequel "Odd Thomas". Beyond these two I would recommend going a little further back in his bibliography, and try "Strangers" or "Fear Nothing". This book has restored my faith in one of my favourite authors, just as I was about to give up on him.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Simon Edwards on 18 Jun. 2007
Format: Paperback
This is a decent effort at a sequel and my gripe is not with the story, which is ok. The idea and character are fine. Its the execution that is so poor.

Koontz style and characterisation are beginning to wear me down. With exception to the villians (who are always 100% evil but one dimensional) why is every good guy so nice!, and not just pleaseant nice, but quirky, annoyingly nice.

This detracts from the story, there is no grit, no hard edge to anything here. While the subject deals with serious issues of death, loss and grief, it all feels rather like a cartoon. THe last 15 or so chapters were all padded out with waffle, and the book could have been 100 pages shorter, and would have flowed better.

The worst part by far was the victim (Odd's 'brother', who was so important to him, didn't even manage a mention in the first book), only appeared because Koontz needs the token 'kid with a health problem' character. What next Dean, conjoined twin detectives?

Odd Thomas is a great character, but the series could have been so much more. The shame is that Koontz is churning out a new book every six months for whatever reason (only he knows)and the downside is the quality.

Velocity and The Taking (in particular) are real stinkers, and don't even warrant a review.

p.s. Yes Dean we heard you when you said Odd was a 'short order cook' in the opening chapter, please don't feel the need to repeat in every other chapter from then on.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mystery Train on 14 July 2006
Format: Hardcover
3 stars, because I can't give 2.5

OK, first of all- I am a HUGE Dean Koontz fan. I started with 'From The Corner Of His Eye' and proceeded to read (and buy) every novel printed and have enjoyed each one.. again: I am a fan- but this is not a good review I'm afraid...

Odd Thomas was an intersting purchase at the time- a good story- nice character, quirky (dead Elvis-classic), funny and sad.

I was surprised however, when Mr K's website announced that Odd Thomas had generated the MOST amount of post/mail about a book/character ever... I mean- it was a good book..but..

So- a sequel comes along- and you buy the book because it's a new Koontz novel- thinking right, we know who it is, what he does, what happens now?

And that's the trouble. It feels like the next episode in a tv series. The story does not match it's predecessor at all- in fact it's a little silly- and it lacks any emotion. Here's the REALLY big problem: I found it INCREDIBLY similar to Fear Nothing and Seize the night' for example: Mysterious pets, belonging to mysterious owners. The quest for a missing friend, running around and being chased at night..

I just felt I read it all before.. which was disappointing. I would not read it again I think - and hope he moves onto the much rumoured 3rd book in the Moonlight Bay Trilogy.

Better luck next time...
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 14 Feb. 2007
Format: Paperback
Being a huge Dean Koontz fan and having read Odd Thomas, the first book, I was slightly disappointed with Forever Odd. Don't get me wrong it is a good book but not up to par with Odd Thomas.I found the book padded out slightly and whilst reading it i found my mind wandering off the story due to the slow pace that some parts were written in. A must read for all Koontz fans but not one of his best!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By FallenGrace TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 19 Mar. 2015
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Forever Odd is the second book in the Odd Thomas series, the first being...Odd Thomas. This series is my first experience with Dean Koontz and I found the initial book to be a nice surprise full of unique, and often funny characters as well as some touching moments. Forever Odd isn't quite as good as it's predecessor to me but is still an enjoyable book with some great ideas.

Set not long after the first book Odd is still reeling from events but trying to get on as best he knows how. Woken up in the middle of the night by his doctor, now a ghost, Odd follows him to find he had been brutally murdered and his son Danny, a close friend of Odd, is missing. Using his supernatral abilities Odd gives chase after the villains of which the lady is an amusing yet sinister basket full of crazy.

The basic story is good as are the locations Odd travels through and I rather liked the main villain. The conversations between characters are still witty and often funny but the problem is there isn't enough of that. Odd spends an awful lot of his time in this book alone and the pace feels pretty slow in the middle as he tracks the culprits who have taken Danny. The end sequence is all pretty interesting, it just takes it's time getting there.

All in all it was still a pretty good novel i'm glad I read, and if you liked Odd Thomas than it is worth reading on to Forever Odd even if it isn't quite as good.

+ Nice plot premise.
+ Crazy villain.
+ Odd is a great character.

- Awfully slow in the middle.
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