Note: this review was originally written in a notebook on Dec 11/19
while I was on vacation last week. I've made some minor edits to it
while transcribing it.
"Oddkins: A Fable for All Ages" is another story I've had on my Kindle for quite some time. A friend of mine recommended it to me (or at least I think he did - he may have recommended a different Dean Koontz and I got this one accidentally). I've never actually read any Koontz before and wasn't really sure what to expect. When I first started reading "Oddkins," I didn't know what to make of it, but once I got into it I liked it quite a bit.
After a magical toy maker passes away, it's up to his creations to find his replacement. But the forces of evil want to claim the toy factory for themselves; a group of evil toys from the hidden sub-basement awaken and seek to stop the Oddkins, while an evil toy maker arrives to buy the factory.
The Oddkins were a fun group: they were all unique, yet very loyal and
good. I loved how they got through their various encounters (like how
Butterscotch talked down the mongrel, or Patch stood up to the alley
cats), and how each of them had dreams beyond their initial purpose of helping their special children.
The squad of bad toys were really well done too. Rex and the others were all rather terrifying in their own ways, especially for the Oddkins (but I felt it too). I also liked how besides being malevolent, their lack of empathy meant they didn't really work together because in a way they couldn't. That was a really nice touch.
I have to admit, I'm now quite curious about what happens to Viktor, the adult who saw the toys and had his world unexpectedly awakened as a result. What does he go on to do now?
My one major complaint was that I found the story a bit heavy-handed at times, particularly at the end. But overall, I thought this was a well-written good vs evil showdown, which I do recommend. Just not necessarily to all ages - it's a bit dark for children in my opinion.
*As of September 24/15, I am not taking any more requests from authors to read their books. I currently have too many books to read. I'll update this if/when that changes.*
I currently have 164 fiction books just sitting in my room to read (although that doesn't stop me from randomly picking books up at work or buying them on Kindle!). I've been keeping track of them on a paper list for years. This blog shares what I read as I attempt to get "the List" down to a more manageable number.
If you'd like to know what books are on the List, check out my Goodreads shelf devoted to them - it's my physical list digitized! I've also got a shelf for every book I've reviewed here on this blog.
Not everything I review here is actually on the List. Some books come from the library, some books are nonfiction (which are not included on the List), some books are on my Kindle (which have never been included on the List), and some books are given to me by friends and family.
Note: as of April 12/14, I am not going to add the *spoiler* warning I used to when I'm giving away details of books. I want to talk about the books I've read in whatever detail I'd like. So if you haven't read a book I'm reviewing, you might not want to read the review.