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My Name is Dee, by Robin Wyatt Dunn Book Review | SFReader.com
My Name is Dee, by Robin Wyatt Dunn Genre: Horror Publisher: Self Published Published: 2013 Review Posted: 3/12/2014 Reviewer Rating:
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My Name is Dee, by Robin Wyatt Dunn
Book Review by Michael D. Griffiths
Have you read this book?
My Name is Dee, by Roland Malfi is an Urban Fantasy. The main character John Dee is a modern city sorcerer, but at the beginning of the book is trying to kick the habit. He is so serious about doing so that he has sought out a support group to help him.
Before long, someone he cares about falls into the hands of a chaotic spell user with a disability and he seeks to rescue her. The disability in this case is Autism.
I was not too fond of this book on multiple levels and I will explain why. First off, it was hard to follow. The sections were short and choppy. Sometimes just a few paragraphs would be strung together and then we would move someplace else. Perhaps the author thought he was being literary or artsy, but I just found it annoying and it left me wondering why I kept reading it.
I also thought that calling your character John Dee was a questionable idea. Why use the name of one of the most famous magic users of all time other than in a sad attempt to sell books? I got an idea, I am going to wrote a fantasy novel about a wizard. I am going to call him Gandalf and he has a small friend named Frodo. Or maybe I should write a story about a dentist and call him Doc Holiday.
Lastly, the use of a character with Autism as a villain. Part of me is okay with this because it seems to be treating people equally. Why should all people with Autism be good? Why could not some be evil? It is almost progressive, but... it could also be looked at as creating the image that anyone different is bad. It could go either way, perhaps.
I hate to be mean and if you read my other reviews you will see I rarely am, but this book just seemed like the writer was trying too hard. Instead of just telling a story, he wanted to prove he could write in a manner that showed off some skills, but in the end just left the reader wanting to grab a book that just told him a story in a way that could be enjoyed.
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