Another Broken Wizard
The second-wave rite-of-passage story (ie late twenties as opposed to late teens) has been done a lot lately. But if you want a solid example of the genre, go with Another Broken Wizard. Dodds has done an outstanding job painting a poignant, utterly unselfconscious depiction of growing up.
Jim's in an odd place; late twenties, recently unemployed from a decent job in New York city, and on his way home to Boston to face a Christmas with two recently divorced parents and a soon to be hospi...more
Ok, let me begin by saying I really should read the blurb about the book before signing up to win it as I though this would fall into an entirely different genre from the title. I am glad that I read it as it is probably the best book I've read of the books published in the last year or two.
The story is gritty and urban, with wholly believable characters. Dodds use of prose is at time funny and at times stunning.
This i ...more
After reading some of the reviews that day this book is about a friend who drinks and does drugs completely missed the point and message of this novel. Dodds has such a magnificent way of eloquently describing the look, feel and smell of things, it is poetic. This story of two people who grew up together and considered themselves brothers took two completely different paths in life and when they are at the face of adversity the way they cope and react are just as different lea ...more
Jim is just an OK guy and he hangs out with OK people. None of them are exceptional and none of them are doing anything exceptional. There’s a lot of drugs, drink, and sex. Jim is just cruising through life enjoying ...more
It was odd to be reading a book based on an area I had just moved to in March. The main character, Jim, came back to his hometown to be with his dad. His father having surgery and needed someone to stay with him as he recovered. Jim seemed to resent having to be there as he had not spent much time in his hometown in years. He meets up with an old buddy and manages to get involved in some shady dealings. Takes care of ...more
We all have that friend from our past who's personality could power a truck stop. This is the story of one such man, and his friend that tried to save him.
A really interesting peak into dead-end subculture that virtually no one escapes unscathed. A not very flattering depiction of a New England town that is firmly on the downhill slope.
Well written with a spare, in-your face style. The author's saving grace is that his cynicism is laced with compassion.
I probably would have given this book five stars except for the frequent errors in sentence structure. There were too many sentences with a word missing, or an extra word, or a word in the wrong place.
The story itself was well written and interesting, and overall, I enjoyed reading it.
I'm not sure how I feel about this story other than it seemed the essential lesson or wisdom is wildly skewed from any conventional form of worldliness, wildness or even simple and common exposure. As protagonists go, Jim is flawed by his unwillingness to confront the deliberately reckless and absolutely stupid damaging behavior he sees in his friend, Joe. Jim can see the poorest types of decisions, the worst impulse control and the frenzied denial s of pseudo-intellectual passion ...more
I didn’t think much to this book if I am honest, it didn’t capture me. There w ...more
I am giving Another Broken Wizard three stars. I ...more
I so wanted to leave a glowing review of this bo ...more
A Review by Anthony T. Riggio of the novel Another Broken Wizard by Colin Dodds
When I started this book, I thought it would be entertaining and a fun read. Was I wrong!
The author is, undoubtedly a Massachusetts/Boston native, as you can almost immediately discern who insures that you understand the English being spoken by the main character of this book. Jim Monoghan returns from New York because his father must have a serious operation and since his parents’ divorce, he is the ...more
The story revolves around two friends, Jim and Joe. Jim is your typical small town boy moved on. He leaves Massachusetts, gets a job in New York City and things are going well. Until he is laid off and he returns to his hometown to take care of his fa ...more
“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 ...more
I got to about 25% of this before giving up.
The writing is light and pleasant, accessible. It's that sort of first person narrative that's really focused on what's going on with our MC and his close ones. The characters seem promising, flawed, imperfect, human. I kept reading for a while expecting for something major to happen, but it didn't quite feel like it did. I waited until I got to this 21% point of the read, and from there on I ...more