Are You Lonesome Tonight? (Kindle Single) Kindle Edition
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The story began with a female "following" Mishka on Twitter. That wasn't unusual, since Mishka was a musician and met many people on the club circuit. But the mysterious "Johna" had almost no other presence on the internet, unusual nowadays when almost everyone gets returns when googling their name. But even with a few red flags being raised, Mishka and Johna were getting increasingly involved, and he began to feel a serious connection with the woman. Dare he think she could be the soul mate and true love he was searching for?
Suddenly, with one startling revelation from Johna, their relationship was jeopardized, and the story began a downward spiral, leading to a face-to-face encounter with Johna that turned Mishka's world upside down as his worst nightmares returned with a malevolent vengeance.
To say any more would be a spoiler. I'll just summarize the story with Mishka's own words: "Pathological liar finds a pathological believer."
"Are You Lonely Tonight," is the third installment in his bad-boy, outrageous life. It picks up after the kaleidoscope of an existence he describes in his two previous Kindle Singles "Shipwrecked" and "The Long Run."
This time out he's turned from seeking chemical stimulation to searching for true love. And he thinks he finds it in Johna. Looking at her photo he's captivated, "She had the kind of face easy for a lonely man to project a whole imagined future upon."
It's a fixation that we know is going to go from bad to totally bizarre so quickly and with so much certainty that you can almost hear a young Tina Turner in the background singing "Fool in Love."
In a flash, the object of Shubaly's woefully misguided desire becomes the spurned lover in "The Magus" or the ensnaring temptress in "Kiss of the Spider Woman." Oh, Mishka, we want to scream, "How could you be so stupid to be duped so completely."
Later on and trying to describe the lunacy of the woman he once dreamed about sharing his life with, Shubaly thinks "insane" and "crazy" just don't do her justice." Instead archaic words such as "bonkers, nutso, batty, wacko, bananas, around the bend" come to mind and the best way to depict the craziness of her is probably "cuckoo."
Everything about his search for true love, Shubaly says, has been either seriously terrifying or terribly hilarious. He hasn't decided which. I suggest you read this installment of his story as a cautionary tale and with the expectation of being seriously entertained.
I didn't really feel anything about this book, except that it was not exciting or interesting. From it's title and cover imagery, I guess I was expecting something dark, brooding, and maybe a little mature if not also corny. But it wasn't even that. I felt like I was reading a very empty book; perhaps I should say that the book failed to inspire any real or lasting emotion for me. To me the work was rather flat. I was just really bored and disappointed.
I'm sure there are plenty of people who would disagree with my assessment (and you're all entitled to your arguments), but I think if you're looking for a book that will excite you this isn't the one. If you're looking for something to read just to be reading or kill time, it's probably not a bad buy as long as you don't intend to engage in any critical or close readings of the material.
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