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Odd Interlude: 3 by Dean Koontz

Odd Interlude: 3

by Dean Koontz

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This novella in three parts is the fifth entry in the Odd Thomas series, following ODD THOMAS, FOREVER ODD, BROTHER ODD, and ODD HOURS. I love reading this series and can’t wait to read the next installment, ODD APOCALYPSE. I’d recommend ODD INTERLUDE to people who have already read the previous books in the series.

The plot is entertaining; Odd comes upon a motel and diner run by the Harmony family, who are being brutally mind-controlled by Dr. Hiskott, who himself has hidden away in one of the compound’s houses for five years. Odd befriends a girl named Jolie Harmony and using her knowledge, he tries to stop the maniac. I was eager to see what Odd found in the house as he hunted down Dr. Hiskott to destroy him!

Odd Thomas is not an everyday person you would run into on the street. He has a sixth sense and can see ghosts. He has a habit of running into things that go bump in the night. Here he has a run-in with one of Dr. Hiskott’s minions:

“The milky eyes are two chalices of steaming anesthetic and bitter venom. A strong supple scaly tail, previously unnoticed, whips around my legs. The capelike mass of loose skin billows out and then forward to enwrap my body, as if I am soon to be a monk of its satanic order, robed and cowled and moon-eyed alike to it.”

Of course Odd is very dear to me, but I think my favorite character in this book is Ed the Artificial Intelligence. He can multitask like there’s no tomorrow. He hooks into all the communication devices out there and can find information in a flash, even “seeing” a picture through someone’s cell phone. Wouldn’t I love to be bionic like that!

“You don’t have to threaten Ed,” Jolie assures me. “There’s not a bad circuit in the guy, and that’s certified once every hour by a self-analysis program. Anyway, he can’t lie.”
“You really can’t lie, Ed?”
“My creators programmed me so that should I ever speak a single untruth, I will immediately identify what I have done by singing, ‘Liar, liar, pants on fire.’ ”

I have a problem with the Annamaria character. Who is this person? She doesn’t really fit in. She appears at the very beginning and at the end of the story but has no interaction in the main plot. I believe her only reason for being a character was to give a voice to the theme of “the role of a person’s life and how to find it.” Having her in the novella was rather clunky and that’s what keeps ODD INTERLUDE from being a stellar story. Her monologues would be a better fit in one of the longer books.

Other than PHANTOMS, I’m not a fan of Koontz’ additional books outside this series, although I’d like to read RELENTLESS. Comparing this work to other horror authors, I’d say its not as creepy as Joe Hill’s 20TH CENTURY GHOSTS, not as gross as Scott Sigler’s INFECTED, and not as classic as Robert McCammon’s SWAN SONG, but still a good monster story. Enjoy!
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  BooksOn23rd | Nov 25, 2015 |
Hey, hey, hey! Glad to see you back for the final review.

I grew up reading Dean Koontz. Books like Twilight Eyes, The Bad Place, Cold Fire and Dragon Tears taught me a great many things about fiction. No matter how unrealistic the circumstances, as long as you care about the characters, anything can be possible. I think that, more than anything else, is why I loved the final novella in this Odd Thomas side quest. The dark fantastic is a grand place to get lost in, and Dean Koontz took me on a journey I will not soon forget.

Not since Kealan Patrick Burke's KIN have I been so terrified by a sequence of events in a novel. But this is a good kind of terror. Koontz garnered a reaction in me so severe that I read the final half of this novella with one eye closed. He scared the bejeebus out of me and that's not easy to do.

Odd finally meets the puppeteer of Harmony Corners and sees this man in all his terrible glory. I was riveted to my kindle, heart thundering in my chest and breath coming in shallow gasps. This is where this book succeeds the most. We all know Odd survives. He has another adventure after this (Odd Apocalypse) and yet another coming out in March of 2013 called Deeply Odd, yet Koontz managed to make me fear for Odd's life. I really didn't think our little fry cook would see the outside world again. I honestly believed he was finally going off to be with his girl, Stormy. Damn, this was a well told story.

This side quest has me seething with anticipation for Odd Apocalypse now, for one main reason. At the end of this novella, Odd tells us that he is going off to Roseland and that he will face horrors that trump the events of Odd Interlude. I find this highly unlikely, but we shall see. Given that this jaunt away from the main series has been the best thing Koontz has written in the past decade, the author seriously has his work cut out for him.

I just started the next book. I'll tell you what I think the moment I am done.

But, seriously, if you don't read any other Odd Thomas story, read this.


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  Edward.Lorn | Feb 13, 2015 |
very good series of 3 books, recommend to any Dean Koontz ( )
  Paul_Salter | Apr 8, 2013 |
Enjoyed the ending to this story. I am looking forward to reading Odd Apocalypse! ( )
  Barb_H | Apr 1, 2013 |
A true Odd Thomas finish to this short story. There are few characters like Odd Thomas. I've enjoyed getting to know him. It upset me, though, to hear him repeat his belief that his life is not meant to be long. I take that to mean eventually, probably sooner than later, Odd Thomas will be killed off. I can't say how I feel about that. A tragedy, for sure, yet a well-deserved rest at the same time for this character who yearns for peace, but is constantly thrown into chaos and violence.
I'll follow you to the end, Odd One. ( )
  monica67 | Aug 31, 2012 |
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Nestled on a lonely stretch along the Pacific coast, quaint roadside outpost Harmony Corner offers everything a weary traveler needs—a cozy diner, a handy service station, a cluster of motel rooms . . . and the Harmony family homestead presiding over it all. But when Odd Thomas and company stop to spend the night, they discover that there’s more to this secluded haven than meets the eye—and that between life and death, there is something more frightening than either.
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