Odd Thomas is a Koontz character introduced to readers a few novels back.
In this book, "Oddie" finds himself in retreat at St. Bartholomew's Abbey on the California side of the Sierra Nevada range. It is here, inside the Abbey, that the really strange story unfolds. Koontz ends his tale in a way that makes it clear that we haven't heard the last of Brother Odd!
Surprisingly, I found some fairly amazing quotes buried in the science fiction. I'll share one now and then in coming posts.
Listen in to the conversation Brother Odd has with his beloved "Brother Knuckles."
"Though if I was your dad," Brother Knuckles continued, "you'd probably be shorter and thicker, with your head set closer to your shoulders."
"I don't need a neck anyway," I said. "I never wear ties."
"No, son, you need a neck so you can stick it out. That's what you do. That's who you are."
"Lately, I've been thinking I might get myself measured for a habit, become a novice."
He returned to his chair but only sat on the arm of it, studying me. After consideration, he said, "Maybe someday you'll hear the call, but not anytime soon. You're of the world, and need to be."
I shook my head. "I don't think I need to be of the world."
"The world needs you to be out there in it. You got things to do, son."
"That's what I'm afraid of. The things I'll have to do."
"The monastery ain't a hideout. A mug wants to come in here, take the vows, he should come because he wants to open himself to somethin' bigger than the world, not because he wants to close himself up in a little ball like a pill bug."