Brother Odd (Odd Thomas, #3)

By Dean Koontz

64,047 ratings - 3.99* vote

Loop me in, odd one.The words, spoken in the deep of night by a sleeping child, chill the young man watching over her. For this was a favorite phrase of Stormy Llewellyn, his lost love, and Stormy is dead, gone forever from this world. In the haunted halls of the isolated monastery where he had sought peace, Odd Thomas is stalking spirits of an infinitely darker nature.Thr Loop me in, odd one.The words, spoken in the deep of night by a sleeping child, chill the young man watching over her.

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Book details

Hardcover, 364 pages
November 28th 2006 by Bantam

(first published 2006)

Original Title
Brother Odd
ISBN
0553804804 (ISBN13: 9780553804805)
Edition Language
English

Community Reviews

Will M.

The thing with this series is that no matter how pointless each book may seem, I still find myself enjoying each one way or another. This is the third one and I still don't see the point of the series, but I enjoyed it nonetheless.

The whole book was composed of father ____ and sister ____ did this and that. Plus Odd trying to explain that he's not crazy. It was an easy listen, plus David Erin Baker narrated it perfectly. I really liked the way he did it. It felt natural. Even the way he portrayed the characters was amazing. He was consistent.

I now take back my statement of how I hated audiobooks. I realized that if the right person narrates it, then it would turn out good, for me. I'll never prefer audiobooks over text, but at least I'm starting to appreciate it a lot. Thanks a lot, David Erin Baker. Will surely listen to his other audiobooks.

3/5 stars. I will be finishing this series, no matter how pointless it gets. I already care enough to know how Odd's life will turn out. I just hope that the next one would be better than this.

Matthew

Bizarre, funny, and horrifying - three things I have come to expect from Odd Thomas. It didn't blow me away, but I enjoyed it.

Also, since I live in the Indianapolis area and Odd spends a good deal of time discussing Indianapolis, Hoosiers (people from Indiana, not the movie), etc., I was entertained!

The story itself didn't come anywhere near drawing me in as much as the characters. In fact, I am not sure I fully understand what happened, but oh well!

Finally, one heck of a cliffhanger that has me very interested in the next one.

Beth

I love Odd Thomas. I think he is a great character: endearing, quirky, funny. All the qualities I would want in a good friend. And of course, his ability to see ghosts, and his fundamental compassion towards those spirits, makes him special and even more admirable.
So I was fully expecting to love this book, as I did the first two in this series (Odd Thomas and Forever Odd).
Unfortunately,

***SPOILER ALERT****





the climax of this book was very disappointing. It lasted approximately 1 and 1/2 pages out of the 430 pages of the book. It was over so quickly as to be anti-climatic. There was a huge buildup fortifying the monastery against the evil forces, bringing together the Brothers and all their make-shift weapons, protecting the children at all costs, and then, bang. One shot and its all over. It was way to simple and quick of an ending for me.

And the actual ending of the book, with Odd getting out of the car and walking away with his ghost dog (too cliche for me) and Elvis, I thought Dean Koontz was making a mockery of Odd, reducing him from a full, three dimensional character whom I felt deeply for to a puppet, stringing him and me along for more books, more money, more more for Mr. Koontz.

This book was great, or more to the point, exactly what I was expecting and enjoyed and wanted to read, until chapter 48, or page 370. Then the last 60 pages of the book disappointed me and made me feel slighted and manipulated by Mr. Koontz.

Amber J

I try to express only my most honest opinion in a spoiler-free way. If you feel anything in my review is a spoiler and is not already hidden in spoiler brackets please let me know. Thank you.

Still, the best series written by Dean Koontz. I admit I have always been a fan. But this series is truly a great one. This book was better than the previous one. It has the scary factor that I felt Forever Odd lacked. It was much closer to all the things I loved about the first book. Hopefully, as the series continues it will follow this and the first book path and not the second book.

These books do not shy away from difficult topics though. More than once I outright said 'oh my God.' Also I listened to the audiobook again, however it doesn't look like that will be a choice from here on out for me, which is fine. I enjoy reading them as much as I do listening.

UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish


Odd Thomas is such an awesome character. I loved his integrity, his dry humor and his bravery. I recall reading a quote, something along the lines that bravery isn't the absence of fear, it's the presence of fear but the willingness to do what is needed, anyway. That describes Odd Thomas to a T.

Michelle Hajder

B A D B O O K !

Koont'z purple prose give me a migraine and makes me want to kill.


This book will give your pets cholera.


This book is responsible for increases in the gas tax.


This book emanates the odor of previously owned Romano cheese.


This book slapped my husband.


This book voted for Bush.


Edward Lorn

Brother Odd is Dean Koontz's redemption piece after the fiasco that was Forever Odd, whether or not the author thinks so is beside the point. He redeemed himself in my eyes. Everything I hated from the second book is thankfully absent from the third, while everything I adored about the first book returns in abundance.

Odd doesn't have to spend 120 pages walking this time around because he's already at the site of the book's action. I have read other reviews that complain about the story line being too far-fetched, but when going into a read about a dude that sees dead people and hangs with Elvis's ghost, I tend to expect outlandish plots and ideas. I refuse to spoil anything this time around because there is much to be given away.

While reading Brother Odd I came to understand why I loathed Forever Odd so much. In Forever Odd, there is almost no character interaction, and what little there is concerns characters I couldn't care less about. In Brother Odd, there's an abundance of quirky characters you can grow to love and worry about. Each one is unique. Most do not even require dialogue tags because Dean fleshes out their tones and deliveries so well. That's what I loved about the first book, the characters. In Forever Odd there are a total of five characters throughout 99% of the book. The villain and her two henchmen, a disabled friend of Odd's so forgettable Dean didn't bother mentioning him in book one or book three, and Odd, himself.

The most remarkable quality of this book, though, is the humor. I received many a strange look from my wife during spontaneous outbursts of laughter. I remember Odd Thomas being laugh-out-loud-funny, and Brother Odd returns to the sarcastic, witty tone of the original. I think I laughed twice throughout the second book, and I'm pretty sure I wasn't supposed to laugh where I did.

Read Odd Thomas, skip Forever Odd, and pick up Brother Odd. Trust me, you aren't missing much if you overlook book two.I have no idea what purpose Forever Odd has in the world of Odd Thomas. Though Dean goes into great detail about the happenings of the first book inside the pages of Brother Odd, there is but one mention in one tiny paragraph concerning the happenings of the second book. It's almost as if Dean Koontz's is saying, "Sorry about that. Let's move on."

Dean Koontz's is in rare form with Brother Odd, finally doing Odd Thomas the justice a fry cook deserves.

E.



Dawn Michelle

Read~July 8, 2008

I really enjoy this series. I love "Odd" and how, without even trying, or even wanting to, lives up to his name.

Odd is struggling with his loss. Even with all that happened in the previous book (and maybe because of it), he is still almost consumed by the loss of his "forever love", "Stormy" Llewellyn. He has retreated to St. Bartholomew's Abbey to live amongst the monks (and the Nun's, who run a school/hospital for children who the world has forgotten or doesn't want anymore)to try and find peace.
When the "Bodachs" first show up, Odd knows that evil and destruction are not far behind. As he rushes to save the Abbey and its inhabitants (who he has grown to respect and love), Odd has to both look deep inside himself AND draw from strength he never even knew he had.

Loved this book!!!

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RE-READ~July 7, 2012
STILL give this book FIVE stars!!!

This still is my favorite book of the series. Odd love for these people and the children and his understanding of them just pours out of him and you cannot help but feel for him and all he goes through and feels. He has hard choices to make in this book. REALLY hard choices. And yet, he stays on the path he has been directed to and veers away from the evil that taunts him. EXCELLENT read.

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Reread April 20, 2017

I decided to reread this one night as I was watching the movie "Odd Thomas" and thinking about how awesome it would have been to have had more than just one movie [but now impossible that Anton Yelchin has passed away] and then it made me think of how AMAZING he would have been in a movie based on this book [this is one of my favorites in the series, which is ironic because I don't understand much of what is going on in this book]. It made me sad, but it made me want to read this again and OD had it so I did.

It is still an amazing read for me - Odd has to be one of my all-time favorite characters ever and this book is really the most personal of all the books I feel. A really great read, that was, apparently, much needed.

Rob

The title says it all ‘Brother this was Odd’

Not too sure if it was
‘A’ a comedy posing as a horror story or
‘B’ a horror story trying to be humorous.
Which ever it was, for me, it failed on both accounts.
A lot of the humour was just plain puerile, like the ghost of Elvis, who appears on numerous occasions, sticking his finger up his nose and wiggling out his ear. This kind of puerile humour just goes on ad infinitum. As a result of the ODD humour the horror story just never takes off.

The book is 440 pages long, about 140 pages too long. This could have been achieved by removing most, if not all, of the quantum physics theorising and the inane humour.

As for the cliff hanger ending it was just like the rest of the book ‘much ado about nothing’.

Recommended only if you have read and enjoyed the other Odd Thomas books

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