I really liked this book. Odd's narration is so dead-pan and funny you just can't help but like him. This book has it all: great, memorable characters, intense suspense, mystery and humor. Definitely one of koontz's better books. In spite of the bad reviews, I'm really looking forward to reading more. Too bad it looks like I'll have to wait until book 4 for a good story.
Odd is such an ordinary hero you can easily imagine what it would be like to be in his shoes. He's relateable and funny. Given the supernatrual subject matter, Koontz manages to pull off a rather believable tale by showing at different stages how no character is really safe. Loved the ending, a great twist that caught me by surprise even though I thought the ending was too easy. Koontz masked his surprise through about 15 pages before letting on and succeeded in tricking me even though I kind of felt like there had to be more to the story.
On a side note: I know who Odd reminds me of now: Forrest Gump. He's simple, 100% sincere, and gets to the heart of complicated matters and feelings using simple analogies and metaphors.
Why is there no movie?