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John Dee is a magician in Los Angeles. He is going insane.

My Name is Dee is a novel for the educated reader who enjoys noir action, intrigue and dark romance, for the child in all of us who wants to go on adventures, and for the fearful adult too who marvels at the terrifying scale of this universe.
Battling aliens, journeying between dimensions, exploring the
immensity of
Paperback, 230 pages
Published August 28th 2013 by John Ott
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Aug 06, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
'What do you want to see, what can you handle?' Strap yourself in and get ready for a wild ride. You will be spending time inside the mind of John Dee, a magician who is going insane. It is a fascinating and sometimes horrifying place to be.

The aliens are stellar, loved the species that had 27 different genders. A huge pseudopod with 10,000 legs turns out to be almost endearing. You will be exploring all manner of strange ideas and beings, Mr. Wing, Woman of the Second Soil, Chai, eyes that go b
Aug 08, 2013 rated it did not like it
Haven't received my copy yet, just received notice I have won! 8/8/13
Received my copy, will start as soon as I am done with my current read. 8/16/13
Started 8/21/13
finished last weekend.

I can't give a short synopsis, because I really have no idea what this book was supposed to be about. There were a few sections that made enough sense to follow what was happening but on the whole, the books was a bunch of words put together, but with no rhyme or reason. I get that the character is supposed to be
InD'tale Magazine

Dunn forewarns fans of noir adventure that this is "...a novel for the educated reader...", but most will agree that that's just a nice way of saying that most will struggle completing his cryptic, confusing and complex book.

Read full review in the 2013 September issue of InD’tale Magazine.
Wendy S. Delmater
Aug 03, 2017 rated it liked it
Noir Magica. This story is not dove grey but at times so dark it’s nearly black.

Writing from the POV of someone who is insane, on drugs, or experiencing an alternate reality is an exacting task. Reading such a book is no trivial exercise, either, but some people enjoy teasing out clues to the actual state of such a character’s life. My Name is Dee is not a book for the casual reader: a dedicated reader needs to sift through clues to unravel such a story and do that while getting their informatio
Aug 08, 2013 rated it it was ok
Review copied from my blog.

If I’m honest I have to say that I found this book difficult to read, which is probably why it’s taken me the best part of a month to read this. I found myself needing to go back over parts to make sure I was reading it properly and it was page 30 before I found myself really understanding what was going on.

The story itself was great, full of action and I loved the author’s take on magic. It was quite interesting to see magic as a more subtle force rather than the in y
Aug 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
My Name Is Dee, is a book about the life and thoughts of a man John Dee, who is a magician. But not a magician who casts spells, and does magic tricks, but rather a magician who is more of a sensory magician, meaning he is able to communicate with people through thoughts, and to visually stimulate what one thinks they are seeing. John's closest friend Sandra is missing, he goes on a massive search to find her, only to find her in a apt in his own building in a coma, due to a great entity called ...more
Jeanne Haskin
Sep 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
When I read this book, I said to the author, "Because it's anything but a mainstream novel, it could go one of two ways: either end up a cult favorite or a spectacular failure." In response, he laughed. My own vote is for a cult favorite, with the hope that, in time, this book gains the recognition it deserves. I loved it because the plot is so far off the beaten path that the author must be admired for his imagination and courage. The magic of the protagonist is elusive and undefined, as wonder ...more
Aug 14, 2013 rated it it was ok
The book in itself is great. It has great characters and a plot filled with adventure, and so much action that you would not want to put down.

However, it was at some points difficult to follow and hard to read, I couldn't submerge myself in the book as I found myself going back to reread some parts to make sure I knew what was going on. It was hard work, the different format was confusing and I first though they were flashbacks to help aid the story, but that wasn't the case and it made followin
Pamela DeWolf
Aug 06, 2013 rated it liked it
This was a very different type of book from anything i've ever read before. it was written in sort of a journal form, and it took me awhile to figure out what was going on since it jumped around in place and time, as well as reality vs in the main character's mind.

i enjoyed the book to a point, i felt sort of lost through probably the first half but once i figured out what was going on i enjoyed it more. i plan on reading it again, and will probably enjoy it much more since i won't face the con
Sep 30, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: reviewed
I found this book to be very confusing and I couldn't follow it. It continually jumped to different subjects and it didn't flow.

I do respect that Dee even states that he has hallucinations, it was hard to differentiate what was real and what was the main character's hallucinations.

He is an alien, he is a magician, he loves a writer, something has happened to the writer. He is a mercenary, there is an albino boy that showed him his mind.

I read all sorts of genre and I could not get into this one
Oct 20, 2013 rated it it was ok
My name is Dee is about aliens and a magician who must save the world. Or is it? My take is that it is about a schizophrenic murderer, but the book is unclear enough to leave on guessing and the truth is never fully revealed. A lot of this is because of the way that the narrative jumps between time and place and how nonlinear it is. Most of it is because the narrator is very unreliable and even admits to being prone to hallucinations. This serves to make the book an interesting read that I thoug ...more
Kathryn Farr
Aug 07, 2013 rated it did not like it
I really wanted to like this book- the synopsis was intriguing & it sounded totally off-the-wall. I had high hopes for it.

Unfortunately I just could not get on with this book! The way in which it's written totally distracts from the story. In fact I don't think I could tell you happens in it as it got so difficult to follow...

I felt it was trying too hard to be clever, showing off about how different it is from other stuff out there & ultimately, for me, it spoilt it.

Don't get me wrong, I like d
David Leingang
Mar 24, 2013 rated it it was ok
Dunn's style is like nothing I have seen before. Which is good. Though sometimes a little difficult to follow, he always manages to punch the reader in the chest with strong emotion, giving his pieces a mood that helps carry the reader along. This pre reading of the authors work made me more excited to enjoy his book. Unfortunately I was not as impressed with the novel as I had been with his shorter works..

See more of my review over at,
Jade King
Jul 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
I did enjoy this book
What the hell ??

A total discombobulated mess of words.

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