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This is a special Odd Thomas story set between books 4 and 5 in the series. I loved the first Odd Thomas book and have enjoyed the successive books in the series. However, Odd Interlude was a bit of a drag. At over 6 hours it could have been trimmed down quite a bit. The dialogue and descriptions seemed to go on forever and by about two-thirds of the way through I was just wanting the story to end. Koontz's quirky humour can be a bit wearing - at times (such as when Odd meets the truck driver) it can be spot on at other times it can be a bit grating. There's also the usual (if somewhat predictable) elements to a Koontz story - outcast/damaged lead characters, dogs, quirky humour along with some issues he's visited in the past such as Artificial Intelligence, aliens, mad scientists, secret government projects, too much government monitoring etc. If you are a big fan of the Odd Thomas series then give it a go. If you're just a casual Koontz fan then I'd say give it a miss.
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MELANCHOLY CAN BE SEDUCTIVE
Koontz writes in at least three different styles. GRIDDLE WORK IS ZEN. If you have been following The Odd Series, than this should be no disappointment. Odd is, his usual lovable self and still questions himself and life for the deep answers. His side kick Jo Leigh "IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO SMILE TOO MUCH." being supportive. Odd "DID YOU EVER SEE THE JOKER IN BATMAN?", still sees more than others. If you are new to the Odd series, I see no reason why you could not start here. The Odd series is a very melancholy piece of work, with some paranormal, sci-fi, horrish stuff thrown in. This is listed as a horror and it has horror aspects to it, but I would not list it as horror. This might be horror made palatable for those who don't like horror.
IN SPITE OF ALL YOUR BRAVE WISE BUTT TALK
Two new characters are introduced in this book and are probably only in this book. There is a twelve year old girl, whose name I forget, who was very refreshing. We also meet an AI character, who is scary and funny. SILENCE IS HIS FREQUENT REFUGE.
I PREFER A CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST
For those like me, who prefer something more exciting, check out the Frankenstein series by Koontz. The first book is okay, but it gets much better after that. Each book gets better and better. Phantoms, Lightning and Life Expectancy are also exciting Koontz writings. Avoid most of his earlier writings some of them are painful to read.
I FIND IT DIFFICULT TO STAY UPBEAT
I really like the narrator, he is the voice of Odd.
I HAVE NEVER ACCIDENTLY SHOT OFF A CHUNK OF MY BUTT.
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Odd Interlude was released after Odd Apocalypse by six months. However, Odd Interlude takes place one day after Odd Hours ends and before Odd Apocalypse begins. For listening fans, this may be a little confusing at first if you’ve already listened to Odd Apocalypse because the timing is inconsistent with the character story arc. I went back and verified that the release dates were indeed out of sequence. No matter, Odd Interlude is a great story. One of the pleasant parts of this novel is the addition of a two kindred spirits: JoLeigh and Ed. I won’t spill the beans on who they are and the roles they play in the story; but, I will comment that Koontz does a nice job in allowing them to fold effortlessly into this tale.
I really like the narration of David Aaron Baker. He has been the voice of Odd since the very beginning and his performance is excellent. He does a great job differentiating characters and imbuing them the emotion of the story.
If you are a fan of the series, you will like the story. Although this story does not rely on the supernatural as much as the others, it is a fun listen and I believe is much more filled with humor than the darker Odd Apocalypse. If you are not a series reader, you can read this novel first. It will leave a lot of open questions and spoil the first Odd Thomas novel and Odd Hours, but that will be the extent of the spoiling.
I continue to be a fan of the series. I hope to continue to see Oddy pick up some friends. I give a big thumbs up recommendation.
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