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"...likely to become one of our premiere writers."
- Grady Harp, Literary Aficionado
"Another Broken Wizard is a terrific coming-of-age tale that rings utterly true. Dodds has a gift for conveying the sounds of his people and their world. He can make highway hypnosis as fascinating as a gang brawl. And he has a natural radar for locating the perfect detail to evoke the sense of what it feels like to be caught between the past and the future, between loyalty and logic, and between the security of the known and the impulse to evolve. Though I came of age in the primordial mists, it somehow felt like he was giving me a tour of my own past. Another Broken Wizard is compulsively readable. I'll be giving this book to some of my friends."
- Jack O'Connell, author of The Resurrectionist, Box Nine and many others
"WINDFALL is not your typical political thriller. Dodds deftly weaves in a solid paranormal thread that explores ambition, myth and morality in an indifferent America without resorting to pulpit thumping or cardboard villains."
- The New Podler Review of Books
"No one has done the Apocalypse better! From the opening scene to the final shocking line, this book is full of gruesome twists, profound insights, and absolutely brilliant writing. (The Last Bad Job) is definitely one of the best books I've read in the past ten years."
-Boston Literary Magazine
"Dodds... creates exceptionally vivid characters, a story which sneaks up on you at first, then gathers pace, and the book has tight writing which keeps you turning the pages right until the profoundly moving denouement. Simply put, Another Broken Wizard is brilliant. Read this book!"
- David Gaughran, author of A Storm Hits Valparaíso and If You Go into the Woods
"Smart people compliment the smart and direct narrative in a way that keeps a reader... eager to turn the page to discover the next big move from these compelling leads... (WINDFALL) could easily stand up against the more famous works of the genre."
- Rabid Readers Reviews
"(What Smiled at Him) has an angry edge to it, recalling the spirit of the Beats. Many of the peripheral characters speak like prophets... Marv and Lynn are just as self-aware as their supporting cast, and their abundance of wisdom sometimes stretches believability; it's tempered, however, by the flaw of their continually self-destructive behavior. Watching them ignore their better instincts... makes the characters more endearing."
- Kirkus Reviews
"(The Last Bad Job) is a kaleidoscope of destruction...it's difficult not to giggle even as characters tell their horrific stories, the death and destruction nullified by the absurdity of the context. Whether the author is making a statement about apocalypse, religion or about finding meaning in life, I may be hesitant to make a claim. However, I was happy to warm my hands with the bonfire he created and chuckle at the world's misfortunes...I don't think I'll ever look at an apocalypse the same way."
- Papyrus Independent Author Reviews
"WINDFALL, while a mesmerizingly fascinating and addictive story, steps beyond the usual campfire-cum-barbershop tales spread around town or discussed in literary circles... (I) encourage those whose hunger for the new in writing will be stimulated to become submerged in this very contemporary landfall of a book. Colin Dodds has arrived."
-Grady Harp, Literary Aficionado
"Dodds gets Worcester and shows it in all of its glories and cracks...He runs through the streets of the city and nearby towns and takes the reader with him...Dodds is a master of writing the town life and capturing all of the said and unsaid. His characters are so full of waiting, of pain, and of hope that never reaches past the next day."
- Worcester Pulse Magazine
"(Another Broken Wizard) kept me nostalgic for something that isn't my story, isn't my town, and I got really emotionally involved. I may have shed a tear at the beautifully foreshadowed climax, and I do not cry easily! Seriously. Give it a read."
"The Last Bad Job is a dark, weird apocalyptic trip with profanity, paranoia, and comedy-a beautiful elemental mix... I loved this book for many reasons: the detached but paranoid tone, the comedy and strong voice, the unpredictable turns and switchbacks, and the gonzo-style narrative."
- Marissa van Uden, marissavu.com
"What Smiled at Him manages to be somber, colorful, and often guffaw-out-loud funny. It reads fast but is loaded with trenchant observations on modern relationships, growing up, and happiness that will give the reader pause."
- Kevin Kosar, author of Whiskey: A Global History
"The Last Bad Job is a fantastical trip... I absolutely loved it in a weird crazy way... the characters are what really pulled me into this book... a very realistic post-alcoholic breakdown journalist who is also very introspective and likable all at once... The writing is flawless and the irony of the story is just absolutely fabulous... Colin Dodds has picked up a new fan - I'm definitely going to go back and pick up his prior books and stay on the lookout for more!"
- Kathy LaMee, Tracyriva.com
Top Customer Reviews
Although the writing was good, I never really got invested in this story, and was never transported to that town. My main problem was my dislike of the two friends, who didn't seem to have a shred of decency between them. It wasn't the language, or the drinking, or drugs that I objected to, it was the sheer selfishness and contempt for other human beings that turned me off right at the start.
His main reason for his return was to care for his father, but in my opinion, he made a pretty half-hearted job of that and the poor guy would have been better off alone. His immaturity made it impossible to give any support, emotional or otherwise.
For me, the story never seemed to go anywhere, the character didn't grow, and even on the last page, I was waiting for something to happen, and it never did.
I curse my compulsiveness for making me stick with a story I wanted to leave into the first chapter. It has a weird Raymond Chandler quality where you're watching a train wreck slice of life from someone you don't think you'd like in real life, and then kick yourself for not having sense to look away.
Long story short, the moral of the story seems to be that loyalty for its own sake is not a virtue, at least when it involves self destructive losers who will only take you down with them. I don't get the sense Jim figured that out, even at the end.
The plot concerns a young man returning home to the scruffy New England mill town of Worcester, Mass. He has come to visit his hospitalized father, and their relationship is a good one. Jim Monaghan also looks up his high school buddy, Joe. From the outset, it is clear that Jim's move to New York has given him a measure of maturity, whereas Joe, although charismatic, has a stagnant worldview.
This crowd of rudderless young men finds escape in drinking, fighting, and settling old scores. The decline in Worcester's manufacturing base leaves a darkening landscape for their aspirations. Still, there is a certain spirit that prevails among these men...part loyalty, and part affection for what is theirs. Anger and disappointment are part of the mix.
Dodds saves his strongest characterization for the town itself. He portrays "Wistah" in its present condition showing how it shapes those who live there. The culture of the territory is deftly drawn.
The reference to King Phillip's War is a successful device, and there is plenty of fodder in the relationship of Jim and Joe for book groups.
"Another Broken Wizard" is my first experience with an e-publication. The big houses missed a winner here.
A family medical situation brings a young man back to his hometown and to his best childhood friend. Thus, this story of troubled, beloved people and places unfolds.
The author creates such an uncanny sense of place and characters that they seem to move into the room with you, filling the space with their sweetness and toxicity. When you finish the book, those flawed people and places do stay with you - and you really don't want them to go.
A fine literary and human experience. Highly recommended!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This story takes place in Worcester, MA, my home city. I still live only a few miles away, and I go there often. Read morePublished 3 days ago by kh288411
The writing style is terrible and although he is obviously trying to set up his emotional connection with his hometown, he fails miserably. It is rather uncomfortble reading. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Shutterbug
This book is set in Worcester, Mass, where Jim, 30 years old and recently unemployed, has gone back to his home city from New York, where he resides, to visit with his recently... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mother of 9
Such a wonderfully written novel of going home and watching your future try to mingle with your past. The last page had me heartbroken that there wasn't more. An amazing read.Published 3 months ago by Melissa
Not my favorite characters or type of story, but still reasonably well written. Did keep me engaged.Published 4 months ago by Wirt Woman
Got through 1/3 of this before realizing I must have already passed its climax. Very good character and scene descriptions and good dialog, though.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
this book held great promise and did not deliver. The characters were interesting even when the behaviors were unbelievable. the plot rambled on for a while and then just ended. Read morePublished 5 months ago by amanda hewitt