In an effort to find something different and interesting to write about, I thought today I’d take an opportunity to fill you in on a series of books I have read and really enjoy by Dean Koontz. This series revolves around the life and adventures (for lack of a better term) of a young man named Odd Thomas. All of the books are narrated by Odd himself as he describes the various problems, predicaments, and terrifying situations his unique abilities put him in. Odd is truly the right name for this boy.
Here are the books:
You see, Odd can see dead people – I know right now you’re getting flashbacks of The Sixth Sense and in a sense, it’s very similar. In Odd’s words, he calls them ‘the lingering dead’. They are lingering because they are fearful or hesitant to see what they will find on the other side and are not willing to allow their spirit to pass on to the next life. Odd sees a variety of dead people, most notably – Elvis, The King of Rock and Roll. Elvis comes to Odd in a variety of costumes from his various movies and is quite often a needed comic relief in the storyline.
None of the dead are able to speak to Odd, but they do interact with him and they are able to understand what he is saying. Quite often, Odd finds himself in the situation of guiding and helping these lingering dead find their way to the other-side by helping them address the issues that are keeping them from moving on. These make for interesting and captivating side stories along with the main plot of each book.
In addition to dead people, Odd can also sense and see beings he calls ‘bodachs’. These are dark spirits that come around anytime there is going to be death and destruction. The more bodachs, the worse the tragedy will be. These spirits drive much of the story line by coming around and driving Odd to try to find out what is going to happen and help avert what ever tragedy is coming. Odd is not your typical hero, but in each of the books, that is what he becomes – whether he likes it or not.
In the end, I love just about any Dean Koontz book (with the exception of The Taking – what was THAT all about?) and these are no exception. They are easy to read and very enjoyable. Go pick up a copy today!
Technorati Tags: blogging, Dean Koontz, Odd Thomas, Book Review
Look for my newest book review on CompleteRunning.com. This time around I reviewed a book by Andrew Sheehan titled, Chasing the Hawk: Looking for my Father, Finding Myself.
Here is a teaser:
The author of this book, Chasing the Hawk: Looking for my Father, Finding Myself, is Dr. Sheehan’s son Andrew, a self described alcoholic and drug abuser. This book is more than just a chronicle of growing up in large family in the shadow of a famous father. This is the story of…
Read the whole thing at CompleteRunning.com.
Chasing the Hawk: Looking for My Father, Finding Myself
Welcome to the new and improved engelsrud.com!
Thanks to aydin.net and the 3K2 theme, I think I have put together a much better site. I hope you enjoy it.
Some of the main features include:
I think this, along with my content, will make a much more usable, interesting site. I hope you enjoy it!
As always, please leave a comment and let me know what you think!
Thanks — Aaron
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Really cool new site for searching blogs, finding people with similar interests, finding new and interesting content, helping promote blogs in general, and overall just interesting. They have been super responsive to problems and very open to suggestions or new ideas. I think this may go places…
Check out MyDirectory at RawSugar.com. You can see what I have been up to, what I’m interested in, how I tag items, and get a sense of the power of RawSugar. In addition to the blog content integration, RawSugar also allows users to import their social bookmarks from a variety of sources (I use the del.icio.us
integration) and it works really well.
Additionally, take a look a the guided search functionality provided by RawSugar for my site. I have a new ‘RawSugar Search’ section in my sidebar. Check it out! It’s really slick, doesn’t take you away from my site, and provides a solid AJAX interface. Really very nice and very well done.
Take a look and you’ll get hooked.
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For about the last 30 minutes or so I have been listening to the brand new Pearl Jam album. I have to tell you, and I am by no means a Pearl Jam fanboy, this is a really great album.
This self titled album has a little of everything, a couple of rocking tunes (World Wide Suicide, Comatose) that really remind me of Nirvana in their prime – surprisingly melodic yet really very grungy and dark. Additionally, the album contains a down tempo ballad (Parachutes) that really showcases Eddie Vedder’s remarkable vocal talents. He is, and will be remembered as one of the great front-men of all time. The rest of the album fill it out nicely and it will prove to be an album that is nice to listen to in its entirety. It will be included in my playlist…
All in all, I think this album is Pearl Jam’s best effort since Ten and will do very well. It should make the Pearl Jam die hards happy as well as cater to the pop-rock radio crowd.
Give it a listen and let me know what you think…
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Wil Wheaton’s latest Podcast can now be found here.
I hope you enjoy it as much as I did…
OK, it’s Friday night and I’m online doing nothing. My wife is sleeping in our big overstuffed chair, she looks so warm and comfortable I don’t want to wake her. Nada Surf is blaring from my headphones, keeping me in a constant state of deafness, enveloped in a vacuum of sound. I enjoy the solitude and sanity that late nights provide.
My wife asked me an interesting question tonight about blogs. Here’s how the conversation went:
Jen: “Why does anyone care?”
Me: “About what?”
Jen: “About any of it. Why do people spend time reading this stuff? What makes it interesting?”
Me: “Ummm.. I’m not sure. I don’t think anyone actually reads mine. I read other blogs to learn how to write better or to pick up tips about random things or just to laugh. Some of these things are really funny. But really, I’m not sure…”
Jen: “You’re so weird.”
That conversation did get me thinking a little though. Why do I want to do this? What do I hope to get out if it? I’ve decided the answer is, I’m doing it for me. Nothing more, nothing less. If I become a better writer, learn something new, or if someone else enjoys what I write – all the better.
If you actually read this, please leave me comment. I’d love to hear from you.
Today is a frigidly cold day here in Minneapolis. The temp has been steadily dropping for the last few days and today I don’t think it got much above zero. Makes me glad I work indoors and have no need to go outside to get anything throughout the day – I feel for all of you who have no choice but to be out in the elements all day long. So, here’s to you Mr. Road-Crew-Guy and Mr. I-Fix-The-Phone-Guy – I got your back (just make sure my phone works and the road is smooth).
The last few days, as I’ve been working on figuring out this blog thing, I’ve been struggling with finding my voice. I really want to find something that is interesting to both me and you, the reader (at this point I don’t think there is anyone out there other than me, but hey, I can dream). And, as you can tell from this so far rambling and pointless post, I still suck at it. But I’m going to try and get better. Hopefully… Time will tell. One thing’s for sure, I’m going to keep trying.
I recently found a quote in a book I am reading that gave me hope that someday I too could be good at this. Here it is:
…the only real distinction between the creative and the uncreative is the fact that the former have grown up to consider themselves creative and the latter have not.
Joyce Wycoff, Mindmapping
I re-read this sentence about a dozen times because it was (and still is) a really hard concept for me to grasp. I am one of those who have never considered myself even remotely creative. I have never been artistic, never had a real flair for anything ‘artsy’. Sure, I have been in plays in high school and I played trumpet – but that’s where it stopped. However, I’ve always had in the back of my mind that writing would be really fun, interesting, and totally different than anything else that I do. So here it is, my first attempt at writing. We’ll start here and see where it goes.
Welcome to my journey…
Everyone should take a listen to:WWdN: In Exile: Radio Free Burrito Episode One
Wil Wheaton does a excellent job and keeps the podcast interesting and entertaining.
I have posted a mirror to the .mp3 file here. I hope you enjoy it and don’t forget to visit Wil’s blog for more interesting reading…
As a frequent reader of WWdN and WWdN in Exile, Wil turned me on to some excellent music by Mike Doughty. Take a listen and let me know what you think. So far, I’m impressed.Also, while totally different from Mike Doughty, Fort Minor, a solo album by Linkin Park frontman Mike Shinoda is also an excellent effort. Loads of different textures, emotions, and sound – the album explores some very interesting areas.
Oh yeah, before I forget – give a listen to Wil Wheaton’s fresman effort at podcasting. You can find the audio here. Wil is funny, entertaining, and, above all, tells a good story.
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