"I'm impressed by a number of things about this book: the quality of its prose, the penetrating psychological insights into its protagonist, and the unflinching way it manages to depict its subject. Anna David's blurb on the cover is quite apt: Like Bret Easton Ellis's American Psycho, The Hobbyist has a grim, cold, bleak worldview. It's not a place that is particularly fun to visit, but you're glad you went through it, by the end.
I very much admire Shelly's boldness in writing this book, as it couldn't have been easy to be so revealing on the page. This is an extremely impressive, if grim, read.~ Writer's Digest
"I didn't read the book, I absorbed it. It was so good, I loved every single bit of it... Visually stunning and so incredibly appealing - it's hot! I wish I would have just been there to see it as a fly on the wall to witness the human behavior... Find this book because it's amazing!" ~ Playboy Radio
"I almost wish it would be like a Mad Men-esque TV show because I don't want it to end. I want it to keep going."
~ Dr. Drew Pinsky
Addiction expert and host of Lovelines and Dr. Drew on HLN
"Funny as hell...dialogue is sharp and the narrative witty...adult females may delight in discovering what certain men really think and feel about women, in and out of bed."
~ Kirkus Reviews
"In painstakingly, painfully precise detail, Darryl Shelly's The Hobbyist walks us through the mind and experiences of a young male sex addict roaming the streets of New York, with an inheritance to spare and seemingly every Asian Mamasan on speed dial.What Jerry Stahl did for junkies and Bret Easton Ellis provided for serial killing bankers, Shelly has done for sex addicts. Simply put, The Hobbyist is impossible to put down."
~ Anna David
Sex & Relationship expert and author of PARTY GIRL and BOUGHT
"Shelly is a talented writer, and his prose can soar poetic when he wants it to. Still, his descriptions of sexual encounters range from delicate and intimate to raunchy and completely absurd... Shelly lovingly details the sex that Dash has for the mostly right reasons, but he refuses to glorify the sex that exists as an emotional crutch and a burden. Addiction is never pretty, and this book shows that in a vivid manner. In The Hobbyist, Darryl Shelly has created a disturbing (and disturbingly realistic) tale of a young man falling into temptation."
~ San Francisco Book Review
"Darryl Shelly's honesty is startling, and there's a sadness in this personal journey that's inescapable - but it's what elevates this novel above a tell-all, show off memoir. In the tradition of George Orwell's Down and Out in Paris and London, William Burroughs'
Junky, and Charles Bukowski's
Barfly, it shows that even in the modern, Disneyfied New York, the dark underbelly of the city that never sleeps is still alive and well."
~ Michael Rymer
Producer: Battlestar Galactica and director of Anne Rice's Queen of the Damned
"The Hobbyist wears its heart on its sleeve and pulls you in close as Shelly bares his soul with unflinching vulnerability. His anti-hero will be the new face of sex addiction by showing us that the bedroom is just the tip of the iceberg, and with any justice, The Hobbyist will be remembered as the Midnight Cowboy for the next generation."
~ Joey Monteiro
SVP Marketing & Publicity for the film DRIVE