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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on March 28, 2012
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Part of me wants to give this four stars, part of me wants to give it two. I was as bi-polar as the chick in the story while reading this little single.

I agree with some of the other reviews... Shubaly is definitely self-centered, and he's truly a writer because he seems to feel everything more profoundly than he should, and seems to believe everything that happens to him has a more profound purpose or meaning than it really does.

I chose this book over the one about running based on the reviews that claimed that one was more about his drinking/drugging/badboy lifestyle than his love of running, and that he came off as self-indulgent in it. I can see that, because in this book, every time he waxed on about his drinking and drugging days, he did it with a bit of self-deprecation and a whole lot of grandiose, dramatic wording. You can tell he's trying to paint a very specific picture of himself. Maybe it's the truth, maybe it's not, but either way, it sorta made me roll my eyes.

The reason I want to give it four stars, is because he really is a pretty good writer. It's not always easy to write a short story and keep it short and complete at the same time. He managed that, and to be honest, I had trouble putting this one down, so I can't deny it's an entertaining story, even if it sort of... fell into his Shubaly's lap, seemingly. There were moments where he really made me feel for him, too, even though I started out not really liking him all that much. And he tries to be pretty honest about his own shortcomings, even if you can tell he believes them to be romantic flaws, rather than pathetic ones.

I gave it three stars, because ultimately, I knew what was coming long before Shubaly did. Not that I blame him for that... what happened to him is unfortunately a common occurrence in this digital age, and I think we can all say we've had some sort of experience similar to his, if not quite at that level, and it's pretty hard to see the forest for the trees when you're in the thick of it. I just feel as though his own narcissism and superficiality allowed him to be an easy target (which in a roundabout way, he does admit, though I never feel like he really gets it). The part of me that wants to give him four stars is the part reminds me that we can all fall prey to the same self-centeredness that renders one blind, especially where sex and love are concerned (yes, in that order, even if Shubaly seems unable to admit that, too). In the end, though, he gets the three stars for being a good writer/storyteller, but loses on the fourth because he just... couldn't really make me sympathize with him, which in turn made me feel as if I was just being recounted a story by a friend. It was fascinating, exciting at times, and you felt for him, but in the end you really just wanna smack him upside the head and say, "Duh. And what did you learn from this?"

My guess is kinda not what he was supposed to. But that's to be expected, too, and I'm not sure he can be blamed.

Bottom Line? It's a cheap (price-wise), compelling, and definitely worth the read, if only to teach you a lesson about what can happen when you buy into your own hype and lose your ability to question what's probably too good to be true.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on March 4, 2012
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This is a well-written Kindle Single of misguided love and relationships with a nasty twist. Mishka falls for Johna Chase online and sees her as the answer to his loneliness and lack of love in his hazy life that has been made a bit blurry by alcohol and the occasional drug. Johna seems like the perfect woman for him.

The experience that Mishka went through brought out a lot of truths that were inside and he seemed to purge his own mind of things that he needed to change. The twist in the story was an awful thing to experience, but in the end it made him take a good, hard look at himself.

This is the second Kindle Single I've read by Mishka Shubaly and I enjoyed "Shipwrecked" more than this one. He isn't the type of writer who really strikes me in a way that I can't stop reading, because he seems so self-centered. Not all readers like all writers and this boozy writer just doesn't click with me, but I am going to read "The Long Run" by Shubaly to find out if I like that one any better.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 29, 2014
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Enjoyed this one a lot. So very real. He has a way with words and expressed what so many of us do but don't want to admit. For a lighthearted read that I could relate to, this was a good book.
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on July 6, 2014
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It really didn't hold my interest.
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Here first is the good -- no, the great -- news. Mishka Shubaly should read for the world's best authors. What a wonderful voice. Shubaly decorates the English language with flawless tones and rhythm, resulting in absolute clarity and emotional right hooks. If I write another book, he is my guy if he is available and affordable.

However, Shubaly's thoughts and treatment of women rival the most brutal of conservative, even primative, societies. Empathy must only be an empty word in his world. What is worse, based on the narcisistic descripton of the protagonist, I doubt there is a woman in the entire world who would want to date him even once, never mind enter into a relationship. The guy represents every single douche bag descriptor ever penned: self-centered, selfish, incapable of giving or sharing, judgmental, skin deep, using, unappreciative, cruel, demanding, drugged up, alcoholic -- just for starters. Mishka, dude, women are not objects. You, on the other hand, might revisit your view of the world you perceived in 7th grade, then consider evolving beyond that.
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on February 17, 2014
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A good personal reflection about deception. Fine story with fine writing, but I was not compelled to read more. More of a long journal entry.
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on July 11, 2013
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It's not bad, it's just a little rambly - which is pretty much shubaly's style. If you have a couple hours to kill it's not a bad read.
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on April 23, 2013
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Sums it up not great not terrible. Passes the time easily. Not too involved. Would not read again. Not interesting.
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on January 1, 2013
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I gave this single 3 stars in the end although it started out as a strong 4. The author did a great job of keeping me interested in the burgeoning relationship with Johna. You start to realize that all is not what it seems with this girl and Mishka skillfully keeps the secret hidden. It went on a bit too long after the big reveal and dropped to many names for my taste. Good little story if you have an hour to kill.
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on December 28, 2012
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So far so good. Holds my attention. I want to keep reading to find out more about this crazy girl.
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