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March 15, 2017

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Burning towers, prostitutes in parachutes, and brave young men and women hiding from wireless signals. The future’s about to be born, but who will change the diapers?


WATERSHED is the story of a troubled, pregnant woman, and the two men—a snake dealer with a sideline in secret messages and a billionaire living under a false name—who vie for her. As their struggle takes them  through a near-future America of anti-technology enclaves and illegal hospitals, where stockbrokers moonlight as assassins, nurses procure obscure pleasures, a deeper and deadlier mystery emerges.


“The masterfully dystopian WATERSHED unpacks the future of a modern America that, while spectacular, nobody was expecting… It’s a future that, as Leonard Cohen sang, is murder. The revelations of prose in WATERSHED makes that murder enjoyable… one of the few things worth believing in.”


-Two Thirds North


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Published on March 15, 2017 23:29 • 2 views

April 14, 2016

 


windfallcoverpscA tale about the second American civil war, alternative energy and demonic possession, WINDFALL is part political thriller, part love story, and part paranormal epic.


To all appearances, Seth Tatton is a middle-of-the-pack attorney just keeping his head above water. But he has a side job, killing people for shadowy cabal of politicians, billionaires and military leaders. Even in his secret life, things are not what they seem, because there’s something inside of Seth. And it has big plans for him, plans that it and others like it have nursed for centuries. But when Seth is assigned to watch a troubled young woman, all of those plans fall into question.


WINDFALL was named a semi-finalist for the 2013 Horatio Nelson Fiction Prize.


 


 


 


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A book about straddling childhood and adulthood, straddling a fading industrial home town and the information-economy world of our attenuated aspirations, straddling the love for a friend and the urge toward self preservation, Another Broken Wizard is a portrait of Worcester, Massachusetts—its place in the 21st century and its past.


 


 


 


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It’s a hell of an assignment: Five months on a New Mexico desert compound to cover the next Jonestown. For one reporter, it could be a career-maker. But when a cult member close to him kills herself, he decides to run for it, and begins a dark and comic journey through sex, drugs, cults, suicide, the end of the world, and what comes after it. It’s all in The Last Bad Job—a book 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.”


 


 


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What Smiled at Him is the story of childhood friends Lynn and Marv with Caroline, the longtime object of their desires. When Caroline is charged with murdering her husband and son, the murder pursues the friends through their searches for love, stabs at success and self-destructive lapses, in an unorthodox, contemporary mystery.


 


 


 


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Published on April 14, 2016 11:15 • 36 views

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Poems You Can Read Right Now


Links to more than a hundred of Dodds’ poems, that you can read without any cost or hassle.


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Heaven Unbuilt is the sum of roughly ten years of Dodds’ work as a poet. The poems wander the hallucinatory frontiers of experience to the dangerous, unlikely moments of insight for which readers had feared themselves too decent, too well liked and too cautious. The hefty tome encompasses Spill-O’s fitful travels toward grace, down the streets of Brooklyn, over the mountains and across the deserts of the American West, through casinos and churches, to a long interlude in a bar, through grief and into the slow, sometimes reluctant submission to love. The poems in this collection have been published in more than two hundred publications.


“These are very good poems. For moments I could even feel the old feelings when I read them.”


-David Berman



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(Spill-O), a poetic alter-ego or astral double along the lines of John Berryman’s Henry, leaps the ramparts of humility to engage the creatures whose shadows shape our days. More grandiose than polite poetry permits, more conniving than a dissipated innocent would attempt and more venomous than mysticism would seem to allow, Spill-O’s honest explorations animate these poems with the heartfelt, desperate love of things that neither he nor anyone can necessarily justify or defend.


Wisdom’s Real Opposite101 Poems about an Odyssey on a Stool consists of more than ten years of poems written in and about bars. Impossible hopes collide with shabby realities in both starkly lucid and deeply distorted moments. Funny poems that avoid being a comedy routine; severe and extreme poems that maintain sympathy and humanity. Taken together, they represent what the best of books promise—something better than drinking alone.


Can’t Stay the Night—Poems and lyrics written between 2000 and 2006.


blueblueThe Blue Blueprint is the 2003 literary sensation about the September 11 attacks, the shape of the world and of ourselves, the struggle to love, and the introduction of Spill-O.


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Published on April 14, 2016 10:48 • 9 views

April 13, 2016

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Refreshment is feature-length screenplay about how Coca-Cola renames the nation of Mexico, for marketing purposes and the Pepsi-sponsored civil war that follows. Travelling the corridors of power, underworld enclaves, with cartels, ambitious corporate mercenaries and over-privileged addicts.


Refreshment was named a semi-finalist in the 2010 American Zoetrope Contest.


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But Let’s Not Talk about Work is a short film written and directed by Colin Dodds. It’s a paranormal and comedic take on dating, economic crisis and the dark forces in the big buildings.


After one too many working weekends and office anecdotes, Adam’s girlfriend leaves him. But having logged so many years as a banker for demonic forces, he discovers that finding love isn’t so simple. And when he finally meets a woman who understands how his job really works, the real trouble begins.


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Published on April 13, 2016 11:12 • 13 views

December 29, 2015

More about Colin


http://www.amazon.com/Colin-Dodds/e/B005UT9VO2/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_pop_1


https://www.facebook.com/colin.dodds1


https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1094257.Colin_Dodds


http://www.spankthecarp.com/issue16_dodds.html


 


More about the books


http://literaryaficionado.com/n/windfall/


https://davidgaughran.wordpress.com/2013/06/05/have-you-read-a-good-book-lately/


http://papyrus.calebblake.net/2013/06/01/the-last-bad-job-by-colin-dodds/


http://thenewpodlerreviews.blogspot.com/2014/02/windfall-by-colin-dodds.html


http://www.marissavu.com/2014/01/the-last-bad-job-by-colin-dodds/


http://tracyriva.com/the-last-bad-job-by-colin-dodds/


http://www.rabidreaders.com/2014/01/31/windfall-colin-dodds/


http://www.thepulsemag.com/wordpress/2011/11/12-11-pulsebooks-worcester-native-colin-dodds%E2-another-broken-wizard-now-available


http://kevinrkosar.com/wordpress/2012/06/14/colin-dodds-what-smiled-at-him/


 


Short Stories, Essays


https://jmwwblog.wordpress.com/2016/11/28/essay-its-not-easy-to-see-without-looking-too-far-by-colin-dodds/


http://culturedvultures.com/short-stories-got-lucky-case-study-crisis-pr/


http://fivequarterly.org/colin-dodds/


http://gothamist.com/2015/12/21/tads_steakhouse_short_con.php#photo-1


http://neutronsprotons.com/2015/03/30/lou-reed-wants-you-to-deliver-a-pizza/


 


Audio, Video



But Let's Not Talk about Work – watch more funny videos


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HzzpXrWxH6M&feature=player_embedded


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Shop


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http://www.amazon.com/But-Lets-Talk-About-Work/dp/B00JXQ8W5M/ref=sr_1_1?s=instant-video&ie=UTF8&qid=1407248278&sr=1-1&keywords=but+lets+not+talk+about+work


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http://www.amazon.com/Heaven-Unbuilt-Colin-Dodds/dp/1466328851/ref=la_B005UT9VO2_1_6?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1407248191&sr=1-6


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http://www.amazon.com/Last-Man-Moon-Colin-Dodds/dp/0972180508/ref=la_B005UT9VO2_1_7?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1407248191&sr=1-7


http://www.indiebound.org/book/9780972180580 http://www.indiebound.org/book/9781479301461


http://www.indiebound.org/book/9781466213036 http://www.indiebound.org/book/9781466328853


http://www.indiebound.org/book/9781477403310 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OvQSUtjN_5o


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Published on December 29, 2015 06:37

December 22, 2014

Spill-O cvrSpill-O, a poetic alter-ego or astral double along the lines of John Berryman’s Henry, leaps the ramparts of humility to engage the creatures whose shadows shape our days. More grandiose than polite poetry permit, more conniving than a dissipated innocent would attempt and more venomous than mysticism would seem to allow, Spill-O’s honest explorations fill these poems and animate them with the heartfelt love of things that neither he nor anyone can necessarily justify or defend.


The poems in this and the other three volumes in this series have appeared in more than a hundred eighty publications, and have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. The poet and songwriter David Berman (Silver Jews, Actual Air) said of them: “These are very good poems. For moments I could even feel the old feelings when I read them.”


As an ebook, (Spill-O) will be available on every device this side of a walkie-talkie on March 20th, here:


http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/504224


You can hear a lot of the poems in this book for free here:


https://soundcloud.com/colin-dodds-2/spill-os-obnoxious-tutelary-deity-spill-o-the-listener


https://soundcloud.com/colin-dodds-2/spill-os-crimes


https://soundcloud.com/colin-dodds-2/spill-o-learning


And you can read a whole lot of this book for free in the links here:


http://thecolindodds.com/2013/11/19/poems-you-can-read-right-now/


 


 


 


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Published on December 22, 2014 09:46 • 44 views

October 14, 2014

WRO-10-14Wisdom’s Real Opposite101 Poems about an Odyssey on a Stool consists of more than ten years of poems written in and about bars. Impossible hopes collide with shabby realities in both starkly lucid and deeply distorted moments. Funny poems that avoid being a comedy routine; severe and extreme poems that maintain sympathy and humanity. Taken together, they represent what the best of books promise—something better than drinking alone.


Poems in this and the other three volumes in this series have appeared in more than a hundred sixty publications, and have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. The poet and songwriter David Berman (Silver Jews, Actual Air) said of them: “These are very good poems. For moments I could even feel the old feelings when I read them.”


It will be available on every device this side of a walkie-talkie on December 20. But you can preorder your copy now, here


http://www.amazon.com/Wisdoms-Real-Opposite-Odyssey-2002-2012-ebook/dp/B00OGBB2H4/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1413295073&sr=1-1&keywords=wisdom%27s+real+opposite


Or here


https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/484426


So order a copy, then forget about it, and be pleasantly surprised on the shortest day of the year.


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Published on October 14, 2014 08:42 • 25 views

November 22, 2013

Another Broken WizardAnother Broken Wizard is the story of Jim Monaghan, who didn’t want to go back to Worcester. But unemployment and his father’s open-heart surgery forced his hand. Tending to his father and embarking on an ICU romance in the day, Jim seeks out his childhood best friend, Joe Rousseau. But Joe has problems with a local gang, and his plan to resolve the matter only makes things worse. Jim follows his friend into Worcester nights defined by drugs, guns and fistfights. And as the danger escalates, he makes a painful choice to try to save Joe. And then he has to live with the consequences.


A book about straddling childhood and adulthood, straddling a fading industrial home town and the information-economy world of our attenuated aspirations, straddling the love for a friend and the urge toward self preservation, Another Broken Wizard  is a portrait of Worcester, Massachusetts—its place in the 21st century and its past.


Here’s where you can buy the book, or just download an excerpt: http://www.amazon.com/Another-Broken-Wizard-Colin-Dodds/dp/1466213035/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1374626401&sr=1-2 


Here’s more about the book: http://anotherbrokenwizard.com/


Here’s a short film about the book: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9YpieXL-0Hw


Here are some reviews of the book:


“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


“Masterfully written with all the grit and grisly humor of returning to one’s dingy blue collar hometown, Another Broken Wizard 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.”

-Boston Literary Magazine


“It 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.”


Illiterarty.com


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, and Box Nine


“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


“Dodds has written a fine novel. He has a voice wholly his own, and he captures the elemental good and bad in the American male. Joe’s recklessness and gang feud creates a looming peril that keeps the reader on edge.”


-Kevin Kosar, author of Whiskey: A Global History


 


 


 


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Published on November 22, 2013 15:00 • 41 views

November 21, 2013

What Smiled At HimWhat Smiled at Him is a contemporary mystery in which two childhood friends find every clue they need to solve a grisly double murder. But for their own reasons, they choose not to.


Lynn and Marv, are in their late twenties, one a struggling musician, the other a salesman and both have begun to question the choices they’ve made. One night, far from home, alcohol, irresponsibility and coincidence reunite them with Caroline, the longtime object of their desires. Married into a wealthy Chicago family and unhappy, she begins an affair with Marv. A few weeks later, she’s arrested and charged with murdering her husband and infant son. As her trial nears, the unwelcome mystery pursues the friends through their searches for love, stabs at success, self-destructive lapses and leads one of them to his death.


Buy it, or download an excerpt here:


http://www.amazon.com/What-Smiled-Him-Colin-Dodds/dp/1477403310/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1385074935&sr=1-1


What people are saying about What Smiled at Him:


“The novel 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


“‘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


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Published on November 21, 2013 20:05 • 56 views

windfallcoverpscA tale about the second American civil war, alternative energy and demonic possession, WINDFALL is part political thriller, part love story, and part paranormal epic.


To all appearances, Seth Tatton is a middle-of-the-pack attorney just keeping his head above water. But he has a side job, killing people for shadowy cabal of politicians, billionaires and military leaders. With each assignment, he learns more about their plot and their aims, and he grows more intrigued.


Even in his secret life, things are not what they seem, because there’s something inside of Seth. And it has big plans for him, plans that it and others like it have nursed for centuries. But when Seth is assigned to watch a troubled young woman, all of those plans fall into question.


WINDFALL was named a semi-finalist for the 2013 Horatio Nelson Fiction Prize.


Buy a copy or read an excerpt here:


http://www.amazon.com/WINDFALL-Colin-Dodds-ebook/dp/B00HXIJZGM/ref=la_B005UT9VO2_1_7?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1390485846&sr=1-7


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Published on November 21, 2013 19:07 • 32 views