Dean Koontz – Odd Thomas Series Reading Order

by Maryse on May 1, 2014 · 12 comments

in Reading Order Guide:

Now, while many of you know I’m a huge horror fan (be it books or movies), I don’t usually post much horror-wise, on this blog. But I just couldn’t help myself with this series.

Mind you… I wouldn’t consider this full-on “horror” (at least not the way Dean Koontz usually does it). This has it’s serious creep-factor, but there’s just something about it that eases the “scary” and seems more… “Supernatural”/”Buffy the Vampire Slayer-ish” (and my husband said reminds him a bit of True Blood). :|  Okay… sure.

The movie as a whole was fun and freaky and just plain great! But OMG the incredible, sweeeeet LOVE story. That part had me emotionally riveted (and full-on connected). You’ll see. There’s just no way you won’t feel what I felt, and react the way I did.

Okay, and yes… I totally cheated and only watched the movie (not the book). But just think… if the movie had that much of an effect on me (I’m still thinking about it, two days later) can you imagine the books??! Even some of our fav authors loved ‘em like crazy.

Maryse’s Book Blog: Hello my friends. I took a two hour movie break. I just want to tell you… WATCH Odd Thomas (or read it… it’s a series by Dean Koontz). I just watched the movie (I’m assuming it’s book #1). I’m telling you right now…. AWESOME. And you’ll understand why I say awesome at some point. I won’t say a word more.

Hang: I was looking at this!!! I saw it on my Amazon Prime and I love Anton Yelchin, thanks for letting us know

Maryse’s Book Blog: WATCH IT WATCH IT!!!!!!!!!! Don’t let the title allow you from missing an absolute amazing story. And Yes. I liked my own comment and status. It was that good. :P

Tina: I watched it the other night, really enjoyed it. I have read the first few books, I really enjoyed them!

Maryse’s Book Blog: WOW I was taken totally by surprise. This one is “horror” but not near as “horror” as his usual. I can only say… so much more than that.

April: I totally loved it!!!!

Kristi: Loved the book and the movie!!

JM Darhower: The movie was okay for me but the book is absolutely AMAZING. It’s one of my favorite series. On second thought… that might be why the movie was just okay for me. Hard to live up to a good book lol

Maryse’s Book Blog: LOL!!! Yah if I had read THAT book OMG I woulda freaked I’m sure. I’m almost glad I got the easier “movie” version. LOL!

Sarah: It was good! I started reading the books after I saw the movie.

April: I love those books read them years ago and just watched the movie two weeks ago. My 13 nephew even loved it. Wish all our books were turned into movies.

Susan: I’ve read it, looking forward to watching it.

Sara: Loved that book!

Argie: I was reading “Taut” by J.A Huss and “Ford” was saying how much he loved those books!!!

Jocelyn: Odd Thomas is great book! love Dean Koontz I haven’t watched the movie yet but its on my list.

JM Darhower: The books are actually quite funny, in my opinion. There’s a character in them that’s not really in the movie that keeps things amusing.

Nicole: The ****** had my hubby tearing up a little and me bawling.

Maryse: Oh yes the tears were streaming for me… big fat non-stop tears. I LOVE being connected like that.

About book #1

“The dead don’t talk. I don’t know why.” But they do try to communicate, with a short-order cook in a small desert town serving as their reluctant confidant. Meet Odd Thomas, the unassuming young hero of Dean Koontz’s dazzling New York Times bestseller, a gallant sentinel at the crossroads of life and death who offers up his heart in these pages and will forever capture yours.

Sometimes the silent souls who seek out Odd want justice. Occasionally their otherworldly tips help him prevent a crime. But this time it’s different. A stranger comes to Pico Mundo, accompanied by a horde of hyena-like shades who herald an imminent catastrophe. Aided by his soul mate, Stormy Llewellyn, and an unlikely community of allies that includes the King of Rock ’n’ Roll, Odd will race against time to thwart the gathering evil. His account of these shattering hours, in which past and present, fate and destiny, converge, is a testament by which to live—an unforgettable fable for our time destined to rank among Dean Koontz’s most enduring works.


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{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Jacque May 1, 2014 at 6:54 PM

Sorry Maryse, this has nothing to do with this series.. But I thought that I should let you know that there is a great sale on Olivia Cunning books. Sinners tours books are on sale for $2.99 on Amazon!!!

Maryse May 1, 2014 at 7:24 PM

Thank you Jacque!! I love hearing from you no matter what post it’s on. ;) LOL!!

Kristen May 1, 2014 at 9:33 PM

I’ll chime in on Odd Thomas – one of my favorite series (top ten for sure) and the movie was great! There’s a reason why Dean Koontz is a bestselling author like a hundred times over: his writing is fantastic. He writes another paranormal series with a cool twist on the Frankenstein legend that I HIGHLY recommend as well! :)

Lauren May 2, 2014 at 12:18 PM

I discovered Dean Koontz in early HS & I read one about some teenagers in a small town & they did bad stuff (I think a drug company was injecting them with something….the boy’s football coach was iin on it maybe…idk, I read it 20yrs ago) but I remember being so freaked out that for MONTHS, one of my brothers would have to come outside & get me out of my car & walk me inside our house after dark. Sooooo scary.

Bridget May 2, 2014 at 1:16 PM

I love this series. I agree that it is not true horror, which I don’t like. Stormy Llewellyn is one of the greatest names. I love it. The love story is stunning.

Gary June 6, 2014 at 9:16 AM

Humility is the most endearing quality Dean Koontz gives Odd Thomas. Love, and passion are qualities usually given to protagonists, Only by writing in the first person, can the author bring this humility to the character. Through humility there is a kindness that Odd Thomas displays against foes. After reading the books, IMHO most would love to spend a few hours with Odd, maybe over a fried chicken dinner, at a diner on the Pacific Coast Highway.

Maryse June 6, 2014 at 9:32 AM

Sounds exactly right, Gary! I’d like to hang out with Odd for some fried chicken, myself. :)

Malana July 8, 2014 at 9:29 PM

In the middle of the Odd series now and it’s for sure my fav. I recommend some of his other books like Velocity, Fearless, and my personal favorite Twilight Eyes. :)

Gabby September 3, 2014 at 9:43 PM

Forever Odd has to be my favorite of the series so far. I’ll be on #5 when it comes in the mail next week. The movie is on my list to watch – I was so excited when I heard the book was going to be turned into a movie. My other favorite by Dean is Intensity – what an “edge of your seat” book! Oh man! Haha. I’d like to know which book Lauren is talking about, I wouldn’t mind reading it.

Mona Snow September 12, 2014 at 4:19 PM

First time reading your blog and I’m hooked on you, the blog and the info you share. Thanks from an older reader that is just learning about blogs and the info shared. Dean Koontz has been a favorite of mine for longer than I care to remember. Steven King’s “The Stand” is one that that started my trip of loving Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Horror. Love your books and enjoy following the character grow. Keep them coming!

Merlyn September 22, 2014 at 6:18 PM

I believe the book Lauren was talking about is Creature by John Saul. I read it in high school as well, along with many other Dean Koontz and John Saul books.

Autumn LaBelle October 14, 2014 at 11:48 AM

I really enjoyed this website! It had alot of great information and very helpful! I LOVE DEAN KOONTZ!!!! He is just awesome! He is such a entertaining writer…….I can’t wait for the new Odd Thomas in december!

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