Odd Thomas: You Are Destined To Be Together Forever by Dean Koontz
My rating: (4 / 5)
“Nevertheless, I gave Gypsy Mummy a quarter, and she presented to us the message that Johnny and his fiancée had hoped to receive: YOU ARE DESTINED TO BE TOGETHER FOREVER.”
I’ve been reading the Odd Thomas series for a while, and last year – in 2014 – I re-read much of the series. I know that the next book in the series takes us back to Pico Mundo, where it all began, and this little short, a prequel to the series, dropped to fill in the gap between.
I’ve seen several people recommend reading it before reading the rest of the series, but I’m going to depart from that and say it’s perfect just where it is. It reminds you of the sweet, innocent guy Odd was before all of his troubles and travails began, and that’s kind of nice. I was starting to feel a little disconnected from Odd in the last book I read. He was just such a different guy. This reminded me of where he came from and why he is so very, very changed.
“She has these dark eyes as deep as galaxies. It’s easy to get lost in them.”
This tale takes us back to the start, when Odd was just a 16 year old kid with an odd talent for talking to dead people and a girl he adored beyond all reason. It let us get to know that girl – Stormy – a little bit better, which I really enjoyed. And I liked getting to experience the moment when Stormy and Odd received the fortune that would end up so defining Odd’s life.
Yes, it’s short, so there’s not a ton to say about it. But it’s fun, and it’s a brief escapade with familiar and loved characters, and there’s Koontz’s familiar, lyrical prose, so I really enjoyed it.
“The stairs creaked. They always creaked when creaking could lead to your death, and they never creaked when creaking didn’t matter.”
I’ve seen a lot of complaints about paying $0.99 for a 40 page story, but I downloaded this from the library, so it was free for me! I don’t think it’s fair to rate a story lowly, star-wise, because you think it was too short for the price you paid. Honestly, people, libraries are a thing. Use them.