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Could there really be such a thing as hell on earth? Odd only knows.   #1 New York Times bestselling maestro of macabre suspense Dean Koontz plunges everyone’s favorite spirit-spotting fry cook into his most frightening encounter yet, in the thrill-packed third Odd Thomas graphic novel.   Transforming a ramshackle mansion into a dream house has become a nightmare for o Could there really be such a thing as hell on earth? Odd only knows.   #1 New York Times bestselling maestro of macabre suspense Dean Koontz plunges everyone’s favorite spirit-spotting fry cook into his most frightening encounter yet, in the thrill-packed third Odd Thomas graphic novel.   Transforming a ramshackle mansion into a dream house has become a nightmare for onetime Hollywood producer Nedra Nolan, whose newly purchased fixer-upper in Pico Mundo has sent a string of spooked contractors scurrying off the job, claiming the place is haunted. Who’s she gonna call? Her friend recommends Odd Thomas, the mild-mannered young man with a gift for communing with ghosts who won’t rest in peace. With his soul mate and sidekick, Stormy Llewellyn, in tow, Odd agrees to investigate the eerie incidents. But his spirit-seeking style is cramped by the obnoxious TV ghost hunters Nedra hires to flush out the troublesome phantoms with elaborate gadgets.   As night falls and a raging storm traps them all in the mazelike manse, Odd tries in vain to scare up some lost souls. But instead, something more terrifying than any apparition—something with flesh, blood, and teeth—makes its sinister presence known. And with nowhere to hide, Odd and his fellow hunters suddenly become the prey.


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Could there really be such a thing as hell on earth? Odd only knows.   #1 New York Times bestselling maestro of macabre suspense Dean Koontz plunges everyone’s favorite spirit-spotting fry cook into his most frightening encounter yet, in the thrill-packed third Odd Thomas graphic novel.   Transforming a ramshackle mansion into a dream house has become a nightmare for o Could there really be such a thing as hell on earth? Odd only knows.   #1 New York Times bestselling maestro of macabre suspense Dean Koontz plunges everyone’s favorite spirit-spotting fry cook into his most frightening encounter yet, in the thrill-packed third Odd Thomas graphic novel.   Transforming a ramshackle mansion into a dream house has become a nightmare for onetime Hollywood producer Nedra Nolan, whose newly purchased fixer-upper in Pico Mundo has sent a string of spooked contractors scurrying off the job, claiming the place is haunted. Who’s she gonna call? Her friend recommends Odd Thomas, the mild-mannered young man with a gift for communing with ghosts who won’t rest in peace. With his soul mate and sidekick, Stormy Llewellyn, in tow, Odd agrees to investigate the eerie incidents. But his spirit-seeking style is cramped by the obnoxious TV ghost hunters Nedra hires to flush out the troublesome phantoms with elaborate gadgets.   As night falls and a raging storm traps them all in the mazelike manse, Odd tries in vain to scare up some lost souls. But instead, something more terrifying than any apparition—something with flesh, blood, and teeth—makes its sinister presence known. And with nowhere to hide, Odd and his fellow hunters suddenly become the prey.

30 review for House of Odd

  1. 5 out of 5

    Matthew

    A lukewarm entry in the Odd series. More silly than scary - which is sometimes the case with Odd Thomas. Obviously a graphic novel cannot be quite as developed as a full novel, but this one felt pretty one dimensional. Not really any character or story development at all. To me, it seemed like the final climax was developed and then a hasty back story was added to get it there. The artwork is okay - Manga style like the last two Odd graphic novels - but I was not blown away by it. Usually I incl A lukewarm entry in the Odd series. More silly than scary - which is sometimes the case with Odd Thomas. Obviously a graphic novel cannot be quite as developed as a full novel, but this one felt pretty one dimensional. Not really any character or story development at all. To me, it seemed like the final climax was developed and then a hasty back story was added to get it there. The artwork is okay - Manga style like the last two Odd graphic novels - but I was not blown away by it. Usually I include a few images in my review of graphic novels, but I have not been able to find any really good ones online for this volume. If this was a stand alone, I might give it 3 stars. But, given that I have other graphic novels and regular novels to compare it to, this one is the weakest opposing so far, so I have to go with 2 stars. What I do really like is Stormy! (view spoiler)[With her death at three end of the original Odd Thomas novel, this graphic novel series head been the o muy way to get to know her. I want more stories worth Stormy! (hide spoiler)]

  2. 4 out of 5

    Dustin Crazy little brown owl

    Whatever happened to Cassandra upstairs, she wasn't talking. Which made her much easier to listen to. The plot is a bit weak, but the book is fun and filled with humor. I always like books with pictures - makes me feel so accomplished when I'm able to read them so quickly and of course I'm a big fan of Odd, Stormy and Dean Koontz. This book will at least make you smile. I recommend picking up a copy from the library for a quick odd adventure. In the back is an excerpt from ODD HOURS, book 4 in t Whatever happened to Cassandra upstairs, she wasn't talking. Which made her much easier to listen to. The plot is a bit weak, but the book is fun and filled with humor. I always like books with pictures - makes me feel so accomplished when I'm able to read them so quickly and of course I'm a big fan of Odd, Stormy and Dean Koontz. This book will at least make you smile. I recommend picking up a copy from the library for a quick odd adventure. In the back is an excerpt from ODD HOURS, book 4 in the Odd Thomas series.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jonathan Echevarria

    I enjoyed “House of Odd” much more then the previous two graphic novels “In Odd We Trust” & “Odd Is On Our Side.” One of the main reasons I loved “House of Odd” so much more is the artist Queenie Chan has perfected her artistic representation of Odd Thomas. His facial expressions are much more enjoyable, he doesn’t look as wooden and plastic as he did in the first graphic novel. I feel like if there had been a fourth and fifth graphic novel she would of really of knocked it out of the park. I al I enjoyed “House of Odd” much more then the previous two graphic novels “In Odd We Trust” & “Odd Is On Our Side.” One of the main reasons I loved “House of Odd” so much more is the artist Queenie Chan has perfected her artistic representation of Odd Thomas. His facial expressions are much more enjoyable, he doesn’t look as wooden and plastic as he did in the first graphic novel. I feel like if there had been a fourth and fifth graphic novel she would of really of knocked it out of the park. I also enjoyed the kind of story told in “House of Odd” much more the the other graphic novels. So much of the regular novels focus on murder mysteries and ordinary kidnappings. And while those stories have a paranormal twist, “House of Odd” is the first true supernatural adventure that does not have a Scooby Doo mundane explanation at the end. If anything this graphic novel gives me hope that we will get more demonic entities and horrifying creatures in the later novels of the series.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Mariah

    This book... Oh the sassy and poor puns are so endless. You can't even read a serious part without the art being a tiny bit comical. I really liked that since the last few book I've had to read were either really graphic or so dry that I think I could have sanded my dancer feet with them. The characters in this story were very well described and matched their art almost to a perfect T. "'Does it have a quick-snack room?' 'No, but it has a smart-ass room'"(31). This is a conversation between the This book... Oh the sassy and poor puns are so endless. You can't even read a serious part without the art being a tiny bit comical. I really liked that since the last few book I've had to read were either really graphic or so dry that I think I could have sanded my dancer feet with them. The characters in this story were very well described and matched their art almost to a perfect T. "'Does it have a quick-snack room?' 'No, but it has a smart-ass room'"(31). This is a conversation between the haunted home owner and Stormy, the lead's girlfriend, while the owner is giving a tour of the house. It's those sassy little comments that keep me going through this book. Dean's books in general are always fast paced, but never a quick read. This adaptation really holds true to both. I personally liked this book, but maybe it was because I am a little sass master. I suggest if you are a fan of Dean Koontz like I am that you read this. Also, if you enjoy manga art then you would probably like that aspect of it. If you are just a sassy person go read it because it's just great. I can't really think of any Graphic that are similar to this one, but you could check out the Dean version of this because it was pretty cool, and also Velocity because that book is just mind bending and the bipolar opposite of this.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Joe Bolin

    It's good to get together with Odd Thomas again, but I was surprised (and disappointed) by the plot of this graphic novel. Odd's tongue-in-cheek humor and love for Stormy and the art of short order cooking are readily apparent, but his defining ability--communicating with the dead--does not play a role in the story. I was also surprised by the number of characters introduced in this very short tale; one of the best things about the Odd Thomas books has always been the small number of characters It's good to get together with Odd Thomas again, but I was surprised (and disappointed) by the plot of this graphic novel. Odd's tongue-in-cheek humor and love for Stormy and the art of short order cooking are readily apparent, but his defining ability--communicating with the dead--does not play a role in the story. I was also surprised by the number of characters introduced in this very short tale; one of the best things about the Odd Thomas books has always been the small number of characters and the amazing depth of their development.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Janall

    Just noticed that this book will be a graphic novel- how disappointing. I out grew picture books a long time ago. I want to make up my own pictures to go with the story- a long compIicated story.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Becca

    Creepy. I liked the way the mystery was solved but the cell phone bit was kind of lame and a cop-out, really. My rating went from 3 to 2 stars just because of that.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Confused me as to when it takes place, as it is after Brother Odd but then what's up with Stormy?

  9. 5 out of 5

    Steve Howells

    This graphic novel came out in 2012 and was written by Dean Koontz and Landry Walker and Queenie Chan. Queenie Chan illustrated this book as well as the other two in the series.. It is the second of three graphic novels written in the Odd Thomas series. It is a fun story that takes place before Odd Thomas, the first book in the series. An enjoyable story but not necessary to read before the novels. The illustrating is done in a manga style and it is fun to see how Queenie envisions, Odd, Stormy an This graphic novel came out in 2012 and was written by Dean Koontz and Landry Walker and Queenie Chan. Queenie Chan illustrated this book as well as the other two in the series.. It is the second of three graphic novels written in the Odd Thomas series. It is a fun story that takes place before Odd Thomas, the first book in the series. An enjoyable story but not necessary to read before the novels. The illustrating is done in a manga style and it is fun to see how Queenie envisions, Odd, Stormy and others. Odd and Stormy are called in when they are restoring an old mansion in Pico Mundo and it is suppose to be haunted. Of course call the Odd one, because of his special gifts. The house could be a dimensional portal, or haunted or just old and creaky. Joining Odd and Stormy a group of cheesy, web based ghost hunters. Hi Jinx ensue.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Rob

    This is the third Graphic Novel, but it also is a prequel to the books, For those of us who had read all the books, it is so nice to be back with Odd and Stormy again just for a little while. For those who consider Graphic Novels as just for kids, (1) You might want to be sure you know the content that your kids are reading, some are definitely not for kids. (2) Graphic novels are sort of a shorthand for writers. The pages dedicated in a long book to describing what the reader can see is removed This is the third Graphic Novel, but it also is a prequel to the books, For those of us who had read all the books, it is so nice to be back with Odd and Stormy again just for a little while. For those who consider Graphic Novels as just for kids, (1) You might want to be sure you know the content that your kids are reading, some are definitely not for kids. (2) Graphic novels are sort of a shorthand for writers. The pages dedicated in a long book to describing what the reader can see is removed by showing in pictures what the environment is like, the author then just has to move the story forward. I am not saying that it is better, it is just another way of telling a story, if you have not experienced reading a great comic, this series is not a bad way to start. This was a Good Read.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Leila Anani

    This is the last of the three Odd Thomas manga volumes and has Odd and Stormy stay at a haunted house with a bunch of professional TV ghost hunters. Anyone familiar with the manga series "Ghost Hunt" is going to love this one as its in a very similar vein - we have a science oriented hunter, a professed psychic and her psychic cat and a general dogsbody, plus of course genuine Odd and gun-toting Stormy. I like the mix of various approaches to the supernatural. Although never groundbreaking, this o This is the last of the three Odd Thomas manga volumes and has Odd and Stormy stay at a haunted house with a bunch of professional TV ghost hunters. Anyone familiar with the manga series "Ghost Hunt" is going to love this one as its in a very similar vein - we have a science oriented hunter, a professed psychic and her psychic cat and a general dogsbody, plus of course genuine Odd and gun-toting Stormy. I like the mix of various approaches to the supernatural. Although never groundbreaking, this one is really fun and definitely the strongest of the three Odd graphics. Really like the demonic faces. Its nothing you've not seen done before, but its solid and its nice to see Odd working in a team.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Marcus Zottola

    As an Odd Thomas fan, I picked up all three graphic novels on a whim. While comparatively short relative to his normal books, they're hard to put down, and the length actually helped keep me invested in them. This last one is probably my least favorite of the bunch. It's still good fun with the typical Koontz twists and flair, but it contains some of his old, preachy tropes too. In particular, it features negative stereotyping of people from Hollywood. It also doesn't help matters that the story As an Odd Thomas fan, I picked up all three graphic novels on a whim. While comparatively short relative to his normal books, they're hard to put down, and the length actually helped keep me invested in them. This last one is probably my least favorite of the bunch. It's still good fun with the typical Koontz twists and flair, but it contains some of his old, preachy tropes too. In particular, it features negative stereotyping of people from Hollywood. It also doesn't help matters that the story is set almost exclusively in a "haunted house" of sorts. Still, it was worth the read, and I'll be glad to pick up any new graphic novels in the series if they ever get made.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Fred

    Illustrations by "Queenie" Chan are great & makes its simple to follow. Ozzie Boone (Odd's mentor) asking Odd Thomas & Stormy Llewellyn to help Ms. Nolan with her haunted house. A CISI (Calif. Institute of Supernatural Investigation) crew of 4 goes to help & can't match Odd & Stormy to find a broken pentagram - the key in the this "comic". Illustrations by "Queenie" Chan are great & makes its simple to follow. Ozzie Boone (Odd's mentor) asking Odd Thomas & Stormy Llewellyn to help Ms. Nolan with her haunted house. A CISI (Calif. Institute of Supernatural Investigation) crew of 4 goes to help & can't match Odd & Stormy to find a broken pentagram - the key in the this "comic".

  14. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    I love the character of Odd Thomas so I gave this book a try. It was very repetitive to me, and I might have liked it more if I read it before the first novel in the series by Dean Koontz. This seemed like a simple short story, suited for a younger audience. I prefer the original Odd Thomas series.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Velvetea

    This is my favorite of the 3 graphic novels. The art style developed greatly since the first and the story felt more along the lines of an Odd Thomas novel~ melancholy macabre. I'm glad he kept it to these three~ The written novels give such a gorgeous atmosphere~ more than the illustrated version, in my opinion.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kara

    Not as good as the first two graphic novels. I think this would have been better as a regular novel, there was a lot that could have been covered. Still cute, and I just love Odd and Stormy's characters.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Brandon Leatherman

    MUCH better! A huge improvement from the second to the third book. The story was good, and the drawings were well done. A solid 3.5 stars, right up there where I placed most of the rest of the Odd Thomas series. Well done!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    I did enjoy this book. Reading some of the Odd Thomas books added to this enjoyment.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Tanya

    different from the others. and now just when I started to enjoy these (and the art style) there are no more

  20. 5 out of 5

    Benjamin Page

    Not as good as the first two graphic novels. The story was too flawed for me to really enjoy. If you can get past the flaws, the extra bit of time in Odd's journey with Stormy is nice.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Trisha

    Another fun read about the adventures of Odd Thomas.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jen

    A fun little read. Not sure I like Odd without Elvis and the Bodachs though. Standard that the Hollywood people are all idiots (wonder if Koontz is telling us something about his own opinions?).

  23. 5 out of 5

    Margaret

    Graphic novel , thoroughly enjoyed.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Michala

    The best comic in the series so far.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jackie

    I love these "Odd" books. Even though I may not be a fan of graphic art book, I enjoyed this one. A bit of humor in these. I especially like when the dead Elvis comes back.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Judy

    My first Koontz komic.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Owl Reviews

    Wasn't as keen on this one as I was on the first two. The illustration style was different to the others too, same characters (obvs) but the pictures looked different in a way I can't explain.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Audrey Adamson Stars in Her Eye

    I really enjoy these manga because I really enjoy seeing Stormy alive and interacting. This installment takes Odd to a haunted mansion. There, e and Stormy must work with a TV ghost Hunters. Comical and frightening, House of Odd is more than just ghosts and takes Odd to a new place. The art is lovely and I enjoyed seeing the escapades. House of Odd is a fun entry into the series.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Vanessa Wolf

    To start this review its only fair to note I am a fan of graphic novels. I believe art and literature can come together and the idea that its a "picture book for grown-ups" shows a misconception of what the artists are trying to achieve. Fans of Odd rejoice! This latest addition to the Odd series takes us back to Pico Mundo to a house where Odd's gift may not be able to save him. If you've been reluctant to pick up the Odd graphic novels, toss that reluctance away! This is your chance to see St To start this review its only fair to note I am a fan of graphic novels. I believe art and literature can come together and the idea that its a "picture book for grown-ups" shows a misconception of what the artists are trying to achieve. Fans of Odd rejoice! This latest addition to the Odd series takes us back to Pico Mundo to a house where Odd's gift may not be able to save him. If you've been reluctant to pick up the Odd graphic novels, toss that reluctance away! This is your chance to see Stormy in action and it gives the books greater depth with further understanding of their relationship. Queenie Chan's art homages to the Japanese style, but also touches on the American conception of how a graphic novel should work. You won't have to read it backwards and the layout is familiar if you've read a comic book before. Definitely the most scary Odd story yet, and the ending is very satisfying. As a bonus there's a preview of "Odd Hours" which I found disappointing since that volume has been out for ages now and everyone has read it. I would have much preferred a preview of the much promised-and-not-seen "Odd Apocalypse" which I hope will tie in one of my favorite Koontz heroes Christopher Snow. Also, there wasn't a lot of the concept art that was in previous volumes, such as "In Odd We Trust" probably because how everyone should look has been settled. I'm giving it the full five stars for the story itself, though usually I rate graphic stories based on the whole of what they bring; concept art, covers, bonus material, etc... because you can usually get issues before hand, not so in the Odd books, which in the end creates a veritable all-at-once-feast, rather than a meal by courses.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Elle

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This graphic novel is different from the others in that Odd is beginning to write his story which we know what already happens when he writes his "manuscripts." The novels admit to the actions of what happened already in the Odd series bringing us up to date with Odd but the story itself is written as a prequel where is sidekick is Stormy. Odd and Stormy are sent to a haunted house from a retired Hollywood producer. She also hires a tv series ghostbuster with a scientist, a psychic and a college This graphic novel is different from the others in that Odd is beginning to write his story which we know what already happens when he writes his "manuscripts." The novels admit to the actions of what happened already in the Odd series bringing us up to date with Odd but the story itself is written as a prequel where is sidekick is Stormy. Odd and Stormy are sent to a haunted house from a retired Hollywood producer. She also hires a tv series ghostbuster with a scientist, a psychic and a college frat boy. I didn't forget the main attraction, the cat. This one is much scarier than the others and I was personally scared reading it. I don't want to reveal what happens but I will. Everyone becomes possessed and it is up to Odd to fix it by putting back a pentagram but then he is stuck in nowhere and when Stormy calls him he is able to go back to his own dimension. Scary! Makes me wonder if there will be any more graphic novels.

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