Review: Odd is on our Side by Dean Koontz

Odd is on our SideWhen things get scary, it’s nice to know that Odd is on our side.

The one and only Odd Thomas is back—in his second edgy and enthralling graphic-novel adventure from #1 New York Times bestselling suspense master Dean Koontz.

It’s Halloween in Pico Mundo, California, and there’s a whiff of something wicked in the autumn air. While the town prepares for its annual festivities, young fry cook Odd Thomas can’t shake the feeling that make-believe goblins and ghouls aren’t the only things on the prowl. And he should know, since he can see what others cannot: the spirits of the restless dead. But even his frequent visitor, the specter of Elvis Presley, can’t seem to point Odd in the right direction.

With the help of his gun-toting girlfriend, Stormy, Odd is out to uncover the terrible truth. Is something sinister afoot in the remote barn guarded by devilish masked men? Has All Hallows Eve mischief taken a malevolent turn? Or is the pleading ghost of a trick-or-treater a frightening omen of doom?

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Review

It’s been a few years since I read any of the Odd Thomas books. I honestly don’t remember what number I got up to, but I remember running out of steam after a few and needing to read something else. Regardless of the amount of time since I read the series, I remember Odd Thomas the character well.

When I went to the library and perused the graphic novel section, I came across Odd is on Our Side and knew I had to read it. I remembered becoming bored with the storyline, but I decided the characters were enough to give the story a chance. I loved Odd when I was reading the series, as well as the quirky characters he came across, and his gentle character.

I enjoyed Odd is on Our Side. I love a good graphic novel, especially when I’m busy and don’t have much time to read. They give me a chance to shut off for a short while and being able to revisit Odd only made the timeout even better. I think he is definitely one of those very likeable, affable, mild-mannered characters you can appreciate rather than come to resent. Not all protagonists with a mild manner end up being loveable in my experience. What does help of course are the side characters.

I loved the banter between Odd and his girlfriend. I love how Stormy is more pro-active and wants to kick butt, while Odd wants to take the non-conflictive side. They’re a really good match and their differences help to balance each other out.

I also loved Odd’s interaction with people, living and dead. I adore his relationship with Boone and Boone himself. It was nice to see Boone brought to life alongside Odd, Stormy, Elvis, and Chester the cat. Reading Odd is On Our Side was like reading any of the other Odd books, but with visuals.

I’m not sure how much I cared for the plot though. I think it’s the same issue I had with the Odd Thomas books. The stories were too quaint for my tastes and after awhile it wears on my nerves, but characters can make a huge difference and I will be seeking out other Odd Thomas graphic novels because of the characters.

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