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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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I found it hard to finish this book. It was a very slow moving book. There were sparks of interest-catching sections, but basically a very dark story. Read morePublished 1 month ago by ELA Teach
This book kept my interest at all times. I would recommend this book to everyone that likes reading about true friendship and trying to handle being a child of divorced parents.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Lots of swearing and vulgarity. Sad friendships that lead to unhappiness and danger. This writer is a very good writer and you might like this book. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Mrs. J.
I just didn't really get it. It was like being on a long bus ride, talking to a stranger in the seat next to you. Read morePublished 3 months ago by J. Aaron lindsey
For something to happen, and it never did. Wading through the minutiae of a dissolute man's life, but it doesn't get better.Published 4 months ago by stephanie kearns
Good, well written story that was entertaining - there were a couple of twists that I didn't expect.Published 4 months ago by W. Coghlan
Very strong writing on the sentence level, but derailed by tiresome characters, thin plot, and metric sh1tloads of "I called Joe and he told me where the party was. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amy Geneva