Bachelor Number One (Kindle Single) Kindle Edition
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More About the Author
His Kindle Singles for Amazon have all been bestsellers. He writes true stories about drink, drugs, disasters, desire, deception and their aftermath. His work has been praised for its grit, humor, fearlessness and heart. 'The Long Run,' his mini-memoir detailing his transformation from alcoholic drug abuser to sober ultrarunner is one of the best-selling Kindle Singles to date.
Mishka Shubaly lives in Brooklyn where he is at work on a new solo record of his original songs for In Music We Trust and a full-length memoir for Public Affairs. He welcomes feedback from his readers. We're all in this together, you know?
"The Kindle Singles bestseller list has anointed new stars like Mishka Shubaly..."
-The New York Times
"The gruff and rough-voiced Shubaly is a chronicler of mankind's darkest impulses and failures, a guy with a ticket to hell and back."
-Time Out New York
"A beaming ray of jet-black sunshine."
-The Village Voice
"Shubaly's writing grabs you by your neck, his thumb fingering the delicate pulse by your throat. He's going to tell you about himself, whether you can stand it or not, and the reason you can't stop reading? It's because he also seems to know a thing or two about your inner life."
Top Customer Reviews
Dont get me wrong, there is insight in this book about how reality shows work, but the author is not giving you any insights himself. These insights must be derived yourself, after sifting through his lengthy analogies and descriptions of his feelings and background to get a glimpse into the auditioning process. There is no analysis or insightful observations on reality shows beyond the suicide rates; instead it tries to bring in literariness through making lengthy analogies of his experience and how he feels, but they are neither funny nor do they bring anything new to understanding the experience of whatever he's writing about. It feels like he grew up around a bunch of people who can't write and he's showing off his ability to use words (look at me! I can make long sentences full of descriptive imagery!!). The worst part is that these analogies are littered throughout the book. His writing lacks both conciseness and sharpness, although there are rare moments where he does demonstrate he has the talent and potential and that if he worked a little harder, and don't rely on his natural gift, he could be a much better writer. Unfortunately, this book reads like a Sophia kinsella novella, filled with boring stream of consciousness and is better reserved for a blog.
The book is not bad, but do come in with the expectation that you're reading the stream of consciousness of a self-proclaimed 35 year old angry teenager who managed to make his way through a reality show audition.
"Bachelor Number One" began a few days after his girlfriend Asha broke off their relationship with not a letter but a novella describing exactly why she was leaving him. It's a classic dump letter, which the author said made him feel like "this malevolent surgeon is doing an autopsy on me and I'm not dead yet." On the rebound, he applied to be a contestant on a new reality TV dating show. Remarkably, despite his checkered past, he was able to jump through all the hoops and pass the tests and evaluations and interviews that the show's producers threw at him. But the real fascination of the story was Mishka's anecdotes of his life. Before giving up alcohol, he had some crazy adventures, and he described them very colorfully. Actually, even sober, he led an interesting life. And it wasn't just him. His circle of friends was just as far out.
So how did the reality TV show go? You'll be surprised at the outcome, but in the end, Mishka showed why he's so dedicated to writing. I enjoyed "Bachelor Number One" very much for the humor and the behind-the-scenes glimpse into the world of reality TV.
A common thread of all his stories so far is his concern for others. In this case his family.
This guy is a major catch...who will end up the lucky girl? Now that will be a great read!
I did not dive into the book immediately like say how a kid might head straight for a muddy patch. I did forget that I bought the book. And I think this is why I like the book and by association, the writer, so much right now. I read it when I wasn't expecting something like it. I thought I knew what the book was about but when I started, I then realised that it was not what I thought. 1. It's not a work of fiction. 2. It's really written from a guy's perspective (sorry, blurb writer that I forgot your blurb).
As I sat there waiting for my turn in a very long wait at a doctors waiting room, I found myself laughing and sometimes leaning to one side, biting my finger to stop me laughing. I think most in that room figured I was way to happy looking to be seeing a doctor but on a work day, that in itself could be certifiable as well.
I loved the book. The author - in his eloquent degenerate self is so appealing and endearing, I dunno, I can't help but feel for what he is trying to achieve in his life - addiction comes in so many forms and it is always hard to break from it but to break from alcoholism and drug abuse, it truly is nothing short of a >>insert desired expletive<< miracle.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I've read all of his kindle singles, and I thoroughly enjoy them all.
I would put this in my top 3 favorites. Read more
I could have gone on reading this book for several more weeks! Such a fabulous writer, Mishka gives so much, honesty, a big heart, a deep intellect, there for all to see. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Fiona Evans
I love this guy. He is who he is, unapologetically. He really did Beat the Devil by escaping his addictions. I was glad to be along for the ride. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Mary Lieberman
Nothing to do with a dating show really, maybe 20mins of the 2hr audio book. Wasn't that interesting or exciting, fine because it was free but glad I didn't spend money on it, just... Read morePublished 8 months ago by lisajanea
Fun but kind of short. Well written (I like the stories Mishka Shubaly writes and have read many) but not my favourite Kindle Single.Published 8 months ago by ReadingForFun
A thoroughly enjoyable read.
Even though the author is a bit cynical in his outlook at times, I found it so nicely woven into a true mastery of language and character... Read more