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Another Broken Wizard by [Dodds, Colin]
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About the Author

Colin Dodds grew up in Massachusetts and completed his education in New York City. He’s the author of several novels, including The Last Bad Job, which the late Norman Mailer touted as showing “something that very few writers have; a species of inner talent that owes very little to other people.” Dodds’ screenplay, Refreshment – A Tragedy, was named a semi-finalist in 2010 American Zoetrope Contest. His poetry has appeared in more than ninety publications, and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife Samantha.

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  • File Size: 1363 KB
  • Print Length: 327 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: July 29, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005FA2Z58
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #674,660 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This was well written, well constructed and well formatted. It is intended to be a deep and emotional novel on many levels, following an unwelcome return to a home town, family and friends.

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.
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It was free and the reviews were good, so I thought this would be a good change of pace. Instead, I feel dirty and like I've wasted the afternoon.

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.
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This is a breakout novel from an author of substance. Dodds has an ear for language that is entirely his own, reminding me of no one. I found myself rereading sentences for the sheer pleasure of their newness. Original perceptions pour off the pages.

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.
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There's no shortage of literature out there about disheartening homecomings, skewed friendship, and loss, but for my money no book brings all those factors together with as much verve and insight as Another Broken Wizard, by Colin Dodds. As with the best of literary fiction writers, Dodds has a real talent for cracking open the minutiae of everyday life to reveal the complex web of emotion and history that ties his characters together and to their place on earth. In this book, that place so happens to be Worcester, Massachusetts. I've never been there, but after reading Another Broken Wizard I don't think I'll ever have to go. Dodds brings the town and its inhabitants to life with as much gritty realism and psychological depth as all five seasons of The Wire combined. It's an angry book and it's a sad book, but for me it's grace note is that, while reading it, more often than reaching for the box of Kleenex, I chuckled at the human comedy and warmth that underlies the struggle of these characters lives. Seriously folks, this is a great read.
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Masterfully written with all the grit and grisly humor of returning to one's dingy blue collar town, Another Broken Wizard by Colin Dodds is the compelling, tightly-woven story of a couple of 30-year old boyhood chums who don't grow up until it's too late.
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All about self-destructive behavior--boozing, drugging, wanton sex, and more boozing. Come on--seriously not even the least bit interesting. Thought it would actually have a plot but the main character never ever understood that it was time for him to grow up and become responsible. His best friend was totally self-destructive. No sadness at his passing. It just seemed inevitable. Main character seemed to care so little for his parents--it was just a chore for him to be there to help his Dad recuperate. And not even believable that his father would have had open heart surgery for a goiter. Found myself skimming the book to get it over with. Should have just erased it from my Kindle early on!
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