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THE ODD FACE IN THE MIRROR
Dean Koontz

During my career, I have written a townful of characters, maybe enough of them to populate Pico Mundo, California, in which Odd Thomas lived his first twenty years. I have provided physical descriptions of those people, some in more detail than others. In all but one case, during the writing of the books in which those people appeared, I had vivid images of their faces in my mind.

The exception was Odd Thomas. By page two, I knew Oddie more intimately than I had ever known another character after writing so few words about him. What I knew of Odd, however, was his heart, every chamber of it, all its secrets, all the hopes and dreams that he sheltered there, all his losses. I knew his goodness, his self-doubt, his capacity for friendship and for love, his extraordinary humility. I did not know what his face looked like.

Because the book employed a first-person point of view, I could not describe him from the eyes of another character, and I did not want to engage in any hokum like having him look in a mirror and describe himself. Rather than stop writing and brood about his face, I let the narrative flow, certain that the details would accumulate until I could see him clearly in my mind’s eye.

By the time I finished Odd Thomas, the first novel in the series, I not only knew Odd’s heart but also the singular workings of his mind, and not least of all the architecture of his soul. I knew him as well as--perhaps better than--I knew myself. I knew his body type. His physical qualities were clear: real strength without Schwarzeneggerian muscularity; masculinity without bravado; natural athleticism; the agility of a dancer; confidence in every pose and position, but never arrogance; self-effacement that expressed even in his physicality, so that he seemed unremarkable though he was in fact exceptional.

After three books--and a fourth in the works--I do not know his face. The actor to whom readers most often refer is Toby McGuire, and I think Mr. McGuire--although soon too old for the part--would be terrific because he can project innocence without naiveté and can portray genuine goodness rather than the cloying kind. Yet Oddie’s face is not Toby McGuire’s. It is nothing like the face of any actor anyone has named.

When we developed an avatar of Oddie for the website, we came up with one that I liked. But it’s not his face. I thought at first that the limitations of avatar design would not allow us the detail necessary to capture the real Odd Thomas.

When the wonderful Queenie Chan presented her engaging sketches for the book you hold in your hands, I liked her Odd very much, and felt he worked perfectly for a manga. But this was not Odd’s face any more than Toby McGuire’s face is Odd’s.

As I write this, I am at work on Odd Hours, and I have begun to understand why Oddie’s face will not materialize in my mind when I strive to envision it. The reason for this arises from Odd’s destiny and from his fundamental nature, which have become apparent to me as I work on this book. Because he is an archetypal character in a way I did not fully understand until he revealed it to me during this fourth novel, no face is right for him; every face is his face, in one sense, and in another sense, he is not to be understood whatsoever by his appearance but only by what will prove to be his fundamental nature, which is why his face eludes me.

I now believe that, God willing, there will be six Odd Thomas novels. His end will prove to be there in his beginning, and his beginning in his end. When I get to the last page of the sixth book, I believe it will be apparent to me that everything in the series was to be foreseen in the first book, perhaps in the first chapter of the first book. And yet where I find this going is a great surprise to me and extremely exciting. Pulling off books five and six with the grace they require will be an epic challenge, and all I can do is follow my fry cook and hope that, when it’s over, I will feel that the whole series was as much a gift to me as was the first book. --Ce texte fait référence à l'édition Broché .

Présentation de l'éditeur

“Meet a young man named Odd . . . who helps the dead get even."

From the infinite imagination of #1 New York Times bestselling author Dean Koontz comes the suspenseful graphic-novel debut of a natural-born hero with a supernatural twist.

Odd Thomas is a regular nineteen-year-old with an unusual gift: the ability to see the lingering spirits of the dead. To Odd, it’s not such a big deal. And most folks in sleepy Pico Mundo, California, are much more interested in the irresistible pancakes Odd whips up at the local diner. Still, communing with the dead can be useful. Because while some spirits only want a little company . . . others want justice.

When the sad specter of a very frightened boy finds its way to him, Odd vows to root out the evil suddenly infecting the sunny streets of Pico Mundo. But even with his exceptional ability–plus the local police and his pistol-packing girlfriend, Stormy, backing him–is Odd any match for a faceless stalker who’s always a step ahead . . . and determined to kill again? --Ce texte fait référence à l'édition Broché .


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  • Broché: 204 pages
  • Editeur : HarperCollins Publishers Ltd (1 juillet 2008)
  • Langue : Français
  • ISBN-10: 0007236964
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007236961
  • Dimensions du produit: 13 x 1,5 x 19,7 cm
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Format: Broché
Dean Koontz est un maître du suspens, et a un don pour mettre en place dans ses récits un monde fantastique qui, paradoxalement, nous apparaît tellement familier... In Odd we Trust (qui devrait simplement s'appeler Odd Thomas pour rester cohérent avec ses autres écrits et versions) respecte les codes des mondes de Dean Koontz. Bien enlevé, des personnages intéressants à défaut d'être attachants, bon suspens, c'est le bon côté. Mais des éléments de ce monde sont en même temps trop proches du nôtre et trop décalés: ils en deviennent invraisemblables et gâchent la linéarité du récit. Pourquoi, si on a toutes les preuves nécessaires pour arrêter un assassin en série, identifié et dont on a l'adresse, le chef de la police confie-t-il à un serveur le soin de le suivre pour le prendre en flagrant lors de son assassinat suivant???? Beurk.
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238 internautes sur 239 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Enjoyable Graphic Novel featuring one of Dean Koontz's Best Characters 5 juillet 2008
Par Thriller Lover - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
Before you buy IN ODD WE TRUST, be aware of the following:

(1) This is not an ODD THOMAS novel, it's a black and white comic book, a graphic novel drawn in the style of Japanese Manga. If you don't enjoy this type of entertainment, then don't buy this product.

(2) This graphic novel is not entirely written by Dean Koontz, but is instead largely done by Queenie Chan, a very talented manga writer and artist. If you're looking for a writing style that is identical to the ODD THOMAS novels, you will be somewhat disappointed. But I think Chan comes very close to capturing the spirit of all the characters. I also thought her portraits of Odd Thomas and especially Stormy Llewellyn were right on the mark. Overall, I think Chan did a very good job here, given the creative constraints she was probably under.

(3) IN ODD WE TRUST is a prequel story, one that takes place before the original ODD THOMAS novel. As a result, I don't think it's the best place to start Odd's story. My advice is to read Dean Koontz's ODD THOMAS novel first, then read IN ODD WE TRUST afterward. I think doing this will probably maximize your enjoyment of the graphic novel.

All in all, I really liked IN ODD WE TRUST. It's a fun story, and I enjoyed being reunited with all the major characters in the first ODD THOMAS novel. The story definitely lacks the depth of Koontz's novels, but I think that's largely due to the constraints of the graphic novel format (the story, after all, is less than 150 pages long, and took me about a half an hour to read). But if you're a Koontz fan who also enjoys the manga format, this is well worth a try.
54 internautes sur 61 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
You just have to like Odd 26 juin 2008
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
The thing about Koontz's Odd Thomas is that he is just so darned good. How can anyone not like him? He is truly a good person. But in the other meaning of a "good character," it is also true that Mr. Koontz has succeeded in deftly portraying a truly innocent, beautiful soul -- but one for whom innocence does not mean ignorance. Odd has seen it all! I really love these books. Having said that, this particular book is as light and fluffy as one of Odd's pancakes (recall that he is a fry cook). This book is a graphic novel that doesn't have a whole lot of depth or texture as a story. But as a graphic novel, it is just fine. The story is clear; the drawing is lovely and serves the story well. And it was nice to see Stormy in the story. All in all, I don't think this book is a good place to begin your acquaintance with Odd Thomas -- read the novels first. But as an addition to the overall Odd Thomas history, it is quit nice and I recommend it to fans of Mr. Koontz.
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A different look at Odd Thomas - and not especially appealing 8 octobre 2008
Par Jerry Saperstein - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
It's good, I guess, for artists to take occasional chances. There is no doubt that Dean Koontz is an artist and that Odd Thomas is one of his most brilliant creations. However, I have my doubts about Queenie Chan.

If you're not already among the converted, Odd Thomas is the young Pico Mundo, California short order cook, famed for his pancakes. He has other unusual talents as well. Attracting those departed from this life who haven't made the transition to the afterlife. Folks like Elvis, Frank Sinatra and the lesser known, particularly those who have been murdered.

Without guns, knives or even great courage, Odd comes up against some major violent criminals and always prevails. Odd is a genius in his own right and the creation of a genius.

Queenie Chan is a Manga (Japanese graphic novel) writer and artist. Somehow she and Koontz teamed up to produce an Odd Thomas Manga, more or less a comic book for adults.

There's nothing really awful about it, but I don't think it does Odd Thomas justice. The Manga format is simply not well suited for conveying the subtlety that makes Odd Thomas such an appealing character. My understanding is that Queenie Chan also wrote much of this. Since it lacks the dry, ironic wit so typical of Dean Koontz, I don't doubt that.

Anyway, it isn't awful and I suppose if you are a Manga fan, it has its virtues. But if you are an Odd Thomas fan, you mat find it disappointing. And if you have never known the pleasure of an introduction to Odd Thomas, don't start with this.

Jerry
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A Fun Addition to the Odd Thomas Collection 24 juin 2008
Par Jake - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
Odd Thomas is just your average nineteen-year-old. That is if by average you mean someone who can see the lingering dead. By trade Odd is a fry cook in his hometown, Pico Mundo. After seeing a new spirit in the form of a young boy, Odd begins to sense foul play. It seems that a child killer is on the loose, and this boy is his latest victim. When one of Odd's friends finds herself in the middle of the case, Odd and his girlfriend Stormy decided to do some snooping around. What they discover is far more dangerous then they could have imagined.

If fell in love with the Odd Thomas character through the four Koontz novels dedicated to the beloved fry cook. When I heard there were plans for an Odd Thomas graphic novel, I couldn't wait to get my hands on it. In Odd We Trust is a new Odd Thomas story that actually serves as a prequel to the original novel. As always, Koontz's storytelling is second to none and thankfully we don't lose any of the charm and humility of Odd's character in the graphic novel format. This new story is a fun addition to the Odd Thomas canon, and it was a bittersweet experience to have Stormy back for a while.

Australia magna artist Queenie Chan also brings her masterful skill to the table. Her portrayal of Odd and company really fits the story and gives us another delightful dimension of the Odd one. This is a must read for Odd Thomas fans and another wonderful addition to Dean Koontz's stellar body of work.
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Dean Koontz's thoroughly enjoyable and readable Odd Thomas series gets the graphic novel treatment in In Odd We Trust 15 janvier 2009
Par GraphicNovelReporter.com - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
Dean Koontz's thoroughly enjoyable and readable Odd Thomas series gets the graphic novel treatment in the paperback In Odd We Trust. The series has been a best-seller for Koontz for years, and here he fills in some of the missing details of Odd's life. In Odd We Trust is a prequel, an original story that begins before the first book in the series.

The premise of Odd's life is that he sees dead people. Or at least their left-behind spirits. These spirits are sometimes looking for justice or resolution to their lives, and Odd is enlisted to help, along with his tough-as-nails, gun-toting girlfriend, named Stormy (yes, Stormy is more than a bit of a cliché at this point; luckily, she's rescued by being a fresh and genuine character, and she has enough heart to stand on her own).

In Odd We Trust may introduce some new readers to Koontz's work, but more likely, it will introduce some Koontz readers to manga (the book isn't true manga; it reads left to right). It's a great format for Odd, since he's a bit of a superpowered guy anyway, and it's nice to have a visual representation of Odd's native Pico Mundo, California, and the restaurant where he makes the tastiest pancakes in town.

Odd and Stormy are determined to find the killer of a recently murdered young boy (the book's creepy opening shows the boy's spirit reading a newspaper account of his own murder). They work at solving the crime while, somewhere outside, the killer plots again. It's not exactly groundbreaking fare, but Koontz has always had a unique eye for the suspenseful. He's having fun here, too, using the format to great effect and creating an atmosphere of chilling and eerie effectiveness.

Koontz has enlisted the help of noted manga artist Queenie Chan (the Australian artist is probably best known for her great work on Tokyopop's The Dreaming series). Chan also helps with the writing here, so the graphic novel doesn't have the same feel as Koontz's prose series, but it's a nice changeup here.

The series gets some new life, and additional insight, from this work. Koontz includes an essay at the end that explains how he created the character of Odd Thomas and how he draws his inspiration for the work. Koontz promises that ultimately there will be six books in the Odd Thomas series and that "His end will prove to be there in his beginning, and his beginning in his end." Fittingly, the book then segues into the first chapter of Odd Thomas, so readers can see exactly what that beginning was. Chan's sketchbook work is also included, a nice behind-the-scenes touch for readers.

Despite its fictional timing set before the opening of the first novel in the series, In Odd We Trust is not the best introduction to the characters of Pico Mundo. New readers will want to check out Odd Thomas first before checking back here. The experience will be more rewarding that way.

-- John Hogan
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