Dean Koontz

OMBC – Odd Apocalypse

The fifth book in the Odd Thomas series and it shows, is Odd Apocalypse. This one is hands down my least favorite in the series to date, having drifted father and farther from what made this series so good. I have a few gripes about this book, but I have some praise as well.

 

That was my jumbled thoughts on Odd Apocalypse. See you next month

OMBC – Odd Hours

51zy65ok7gl-_sx278_bo1204203200_Is it the second Wednesday already? Guess that means it’s time for another book review and as promised it’s on Odd Hours, the fourth installment in the Odd Thomas series by Dean Koontz. I really liked this book as it was quick and casual read, the characters were fun. Though sadly not as memorable as some those previous. I see this book as bit of a return to form with the series, or maybe Brother Odd was just the black sheep of series… Odd Hours feels equal parts spy novel and supernatural, with the two never really clashing in a way that feels out of place. I can see where Dean Koontz played with the idea of Odd here and it resulted in some rather spectacular character growth. My only real let down was with Frank Sinatra’s ghost as it felt like a character with a lot of missed potential.

That’s all for Odd Hours, next month I want to get back to the master of horror and my roots. With a review of a Stephen King novel, which one? At this moment I don’t know, but I’m looking forward to it all the same and I hope you do too. So until then, keep reading.

OMBC – Brother Odd

BrotherOddAnother second Wednesday, another book review. This time around it’s Brother Odd by Dean Koontz the third novel in the Odd Thomas Series and I have to say, I was rather underwhelmed. Most of my issues with this novel come from the threats, the adversarys that Odd Thomas faces. Which just don’t fit well into the Odd Thomas world and mythos… well in my opinion as a reader. Dean Koontz is bound to have a very different opinion.

Not that it’s all bad, there are number of like-able side characters and a handful of really fun scenes. But none that I would call suspenseful or scary. Even when Brother Odd tries and sometimes Brother Odd really tries.

 

Well, that’s all for my views on Brother Odd, and even though Brother Odd is by far the worst Odd Thomas novel I’ve read so far. Though, I have only read three… I will read more though. So Brother Odd by no means detoured me. Anyway, next time I’ll be reading The Lords of Salem by Rob Zombie and admittedly I’m a bigger fan of his music than his movies. So, let’s see how this goes.

OMBC – Forever Odd

ForeverOddI like it this book, but I don’t love it. Forever Odd is a good addition to the series. Well, at least as far as I can tell so far. Odd is further developed and explored, but at the expense of the side characters established in Odd Thomas. Which really is a shame due to Odd Thomas having a fair number of really good supporting characters. I also enjoyed the setting shift, getting Odd away from Pico Mundo and into the surrounding area. Sort of, the burned out casino is a really great dread location and functions well here.

Overall I have to say Forever Odd is worth the read… if you’ve read the first novel. Or to a much lesser extent seen the movie, as the film is a pretty good adaptation.

That’s my thoughts on Forever Odd By Dean Koontz. I hope to see you next time when I talk about Happy Homes and Haunting by Molly Harper and until then. Keep reading.

 

OMBC – Odd Thomas

OddThomasHave you ever felt obligated to read a book because you saw the film. Because that happens to me all the time and Odd Thomas is no exception. While both the book and the film have their strength and weakness, I have to say I like the movie just a tiny bit more. But’s most on the back Willem Dafoe, who is one of my all time favorite actors.

 

That’s all for Odd Thomas. I do really like the book, enough to pick up the next in the series Forever Odd, to see where it goes fro here. Something that I am very much looking forward to doing.

Phantoms

phantoms.26225There’s something to be said for the kind of horror movie that while not actually scary, at least in my opinion anyway, remains incredibly re-watchable. Maybe Phantoms is scary, but lost some of the chills somewhere around the twentieth viewing. Strangely I feel that Phantoms may be more well-known from the Kevin Smith film Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, rather than for its own merits. Though I do have to agree that Ben Affleck is pretty bomb in this film, he’s not the best performance. That doesn’t even go to Peter O’Toole, but rather Liev Schreiber. Who does a fantastic job and simply nails it. Phantoms is part of a personal stable of horror films that always get dragged out when I watch to watch a film, something that is familiar. So I don’t have to give it my full attention and it has been since I first saw it. Because honestly for a nearly twenty year old film, it’s held up incredibly well.

Phantoms opens with Doctor Jennifer Pailey (Joanna Going) bringing her little sister Lisa (Rose McGowan) to the small tourist town of Snowfeild, Colorado, where she works. When the sisters arrive, they find the town empty and after finding the body of Jennifer’s housekeeper, then a few other bodies. The pair then find the heads of the local bakers in their oven, before running into Sheriff Bryce Hammond (Ben Affleck) and his two deputies, Deputy Stuart “Stu” Wargle (Liev Schreiber) and Deputy Steve Shanning (Nicky Katt). The group is led by an unseen presence to a hotel where they find no one alive. But do find a note scrawled on the mirror “Timothy Flyte, The Ancient Enemy”, in a windowless bathroom, locked from the inside. Sheriff Hammond manages to contact headquarters to call for back up, but is basically only able to relay Flyte’s name before communications once again breaks up and becoming impossible. Flyte (Peter O’Toole) is contacted by the government, who are responding to the events of Snowfeild in a big way, and explains his theory of The Ancient Enemy, citing famous disappearances of small populations throughout history. Before being dragged off to Snowcloak…

Phantoms biggest advantage is that unlike a number of films from its era is that it doesn’t really use that much special effects. Sure the last act has a mixture of CGI and Practical thrown in, but by and large the film just relies on tension. The not seeing being what scary. Though this abandon during the last section of the film, when the film quickly devolves into a creature feature. A good one though.

Liev Schreiber is by far my favorite part of this film and I really like Ben Affleck in this movie. Same goes with Rose McGowan, Peter O’Toole though I’m about fifty-fifty on. Schreiber is creepy and off-putting in every second of screen time he graces. Heck, I find Stu scarier than The Ancient Enemy. Which upon reflection, was probably the point.

Final Thoughts, I really love this film and is certainly among my personal favorites. But honestly does feel rocky in the later half of the film. It’s not that the film dips in quality, there’s just a tone shift that I find jarring. There’s also a handful of CGI Effects that have aged poorly, especially in comparison the rest of the film. Still both those flaws are a matter of taste than substance. 10/10 Also Phantoms is based on the Dean Koontz novel of the same name.