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The Short Film

In Uncategorized on March 3, 2012 at 12:26 pm

This is a short trailer I made to promote the book a while back. It was shot in Worcester. Special thanks to Chad Hanson, who edited the video and whose band, Field Notes, provided the soundtrack.

The Synopsis, Reviews and the Blurbs

In Uncategorized on March 3, 2012 at 12:19 pm

Another Broken Wizard

Another 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.

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 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

Praise for Dodds’ 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

The Radio Interview

In Uncategorized on March 3, 2012 at 11:34 am

If you missed Colin Dodds discussing Another Broken Wizard on Boston’s WBZ Radio 1030 the other evening, here’s the interview in its entirety: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NzRtlpF3Fec&context=C3985e7fADOEgsToPDskK7LqXiTh7Cn98EVf6ziPO2

And be sure to pick up a copy


You’ll be glad you did.

Special thanks to Robin Stratton and Jordan Rich for their kindness, and for making the interview possible.

The End of the Giveaway

In Uncategorized on February 15, 2012 at 2:11 am

 

The Another Broken Wizard giveaway is over. But to express my thanks to everyone for the tremendous groundswell of support, it will be just $.99 for the rest of the month.

It’s here: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B005FA2Z58

And special thanks to the roughly 1,500 of you who picked up a copy of Another Broken Wizard since Thursday. You helped push it as far as #16 on the Kindle Store’s Literary Fiction Bestsellers, just between Jack London and Jane Austen. I hope you enjoy the book, and that you write a review, tell a friend, and spread the word.

With the promotional efforts for Another Broken Wizard slowing down, please check out G3nt—A Handbook for the Third Millennium Gentleman: http://g3nt.blogspot.com/

It’s a fun advice column I’m working on about how to remain a gentleman through the many baffling situations of our age. We’re answering a new question every weekday, and we’d love to hear yours.

The Final Day of the Giveaway

In Uncategorized on February 13, 2012 at 2:25 am

The bad news is that this is the final day of the Another Broken Wizard giveaway. The good news is that you can still pick up a free copy for the next 24 hours. So go for it, and tell your friends.

It’s here: http://www.amazon.com/Another-Broken-Wizard-ebook/dp/B005FA2Z58/ref=tmm_kin_title_0?ie=UTF8&m=AG56TWVU5XWC2&qid=1312134660&sr=1-1

And many thanks to the more than 1,300 of you who downloaded Another Broken Wizard in the U.S., UK and Germany since Thursday. I hope you enjoy it.

The Second Day

In Uncategorized on February 10, 2012 at 1:50 am

It’s the second day of the Another Broken Wizard giveaway on Amazon. You can get a free copy here: http://www.amazon.com/Another-Broken-Wizard-ebook/dp/B005FA2Z58/ref=tmm_kin_title_0?ie=UTF8&m=AG56TWVU5XWC2&qid=1312134660&sr=1-1

Thanks to the 850 or so of you who picked up a free copy of Another Broken Wizard yesterday. You helped push it to #16 on the Kindle Store’s Literary Fiction Bestsellers, just between Jack London and Jane Austen. So tell your friends about Another Broken Wizard, and help me leapfrog Tolstoy, even if just for a few hours.

The First Day

In Uncategorized on February 9, 2012 at 12:59 pm

This is day one of the Another Broken Wizard giveaway on Amazon. So go pick up a free copy, and tell your friends. Check it out here: http://www.amazon.com/Another-Broken-Wizard-ebook/dp/B005FA2Z58/ref=tmm_kin_title_0?ie=UTF8&m=AG56TWVU5XWC2&qid=1312134660&sr=1-1

The Five-Day Unlimited Giveaway

In Uncategorized on February 6, 2012 at 2:44 pm

Free Copies for Five Days

Ever since Another Broken Wizard came out in August, I have been overwhelmed by the kindness, enthusiasm and support from all of you.

And now at the six-month mark, Amazon has presented me with the opportunity to give the e-book away for five days. And so Another Broken Wizard will be available for free from the early morning on Thursday, February 9 until midnight PST on Monday, February 13.

If you haven’t downloaded Another Broken Wizard yet, then please grab a free copy. And if you know someone who might like it, then tell them about the offer, which they can find here: http://www.amazon.com/Another-Broken-Wizard-Colin-Dodds/dp/1466213035/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1312134660&sr=1-1

With the promotional efforts for Another Broken Wizard drawing to a close, please check out Dodds’ new project, called G3nt—A Handbook for the Third Millennium Gentleman. It’s an advice column for gentlemen in our confusing age. There’s a new question answered every weekday. And they need your questions. You can find it here: http://g3nt.blogspot.com/.

Thank you all again.

Regards,

Colin Dodds

The Radio Interview If You Missed It

In Uncategorized on January 31, 2012 at 3:52 pm

If you missed Colin Dodds discussing Another Broken Wizard on Boston’s WBZ Radio 1030 over the weekend, here’s the interview in its entirety: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NzRtlpF3Fec&context=C3985e7fADOEgsToPDskK7LqXiTh7Cn98EVf6ziPO2

 

And pick up a copy here:

http://www.amazon.com/Another-Broken-Wizard-Colin-Dodds/dp/1466213035/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1312134660&sr=1-1

You’ll be glad you did.

 

Special thanks to Robin Stratton and Jordan Rich for their kindness, and for making the interview possible.

The Radio Interview

In Uncategorized on January 27, 2012 at 1:53 pm

Colin Dodds will appear on WBZ Radio in Boston tonight at 2:05 AM to discuss his book, Another Broken Wizard.

Colin Dodds will appear on WBZ Radio in Boston tonight at 1:05 AM to discuss Another Broken Wizard. If you’re in New England, you can catch it on 1030 AM. Otherwise, you can catch it here: http://player.radio.com/player/RadioPlayer.php?version=1.2.13507&station=92.

You can still get Another Broken Wizard for somewhere between free and cheap at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Another-Broken-Wizard-Colin-Dodds/dp/1466213035/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1312134660&sr=1-1