Odd Thomas is one of those rare novels that succeeds not only by keeping its readeWOW. Now this stands for "Work of Wonder", not "Warrior of Wrath" or some other dark persona. Well you should know what I mean if you've read this book.
Odd Thomas is one of those rare novels that succeeds not only by keeping its readers up all night, supperless and sleepless, hands ever engaged in page-turning actions. It actually teleports them into the world of Odd Thomas, where every character feels so real and every event so personal. "Loop me in, odd one," Stormy used to say. But now it's us readers who have been looped in, and don't want to break out.
Let me digress. If psychic magnetism is what drives Odd to investigate his calling and face his destiny, then it is the same psychic magnetism that drives me to buy this book. Actually I didn't pay any attention to the first three Odd novels in the series when they were released, but when the fourth one (Odd Hours) came out, I was somehow intrigued. I don't know why. I didn't buy it however; instead I bought the third novel (Brother Odd). After a week without turning a page, I bought the second novel (Forever Odd). Still I had no desire of reading either of them. But something kept pushing me to face my "destiny", which was to find the first novel, Odd Thomas. After some searching, I finally bought it. Then I turned to the first page. Two days later, I'm here writing up my thoughts. Psychic magnetism does seem to work in the real world.
Now that I've discovered the world of Odd Thomas, I don't think I can go back to my world easily. I need to snap back to reality, but the psychic pull of Odd is so great. I think I'm going to devour the sequels in quick succession. But I can't afford to; time is not on my side. I'm feeling torn between two worlds. Just like Odd, who is torn between the living and the lingering dead. Shall I force myself to be sober, or shall I give in to the irresistible pull of psychic magnetism?...Continua