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"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 

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


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 292 pages
  • Publisher: Darryl Shelly (March 13, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615746527
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615746524
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,841,898 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By V. Cano on March 21, 2013
Format: Paperback
This was a fascinating look into the rarely-spoken of world of sexual addiction. Although it is a novel and therefore fiction, the author drew on his own experiences in New York to give a realistic portrayal of a sexual addict.
The tension in the book is very effective. The author manages to catch our attention from the beginning and slowly starts building up the anxiety and fear that the protagonist feels. In a way, we are just as surprised as he is when his life starts spiraling out of his control. It's not an easy read, because of the emotional trauma we can spy behind the words, but it is a compelling one.
The one issue I had with the book's structure was the pretty frequent change in tenses, so that we weren't too sure, throughout the story, which moment was the present one. Other than that, the book flows very well and the writing is simple enough to allow the actions to come through, unadorned.
This is definitely not a book for everyone. There is, of course, a lot of sexual material, so if that makes you uncomfortable, better not choose this one. But if you want to know a bit more about this addiction, then this is a great book to pick up.
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Format: Kindle Edition
The Hobbyist by Darryl Shelly is phenomenal contemporary fiction novel that will blow readers away. A novel that is inspired by true story. Darryl Shelly's writing is bold, impressive, and visually stunning. The psychological perspective into the protagonist is amazing. Readers won't be able to get enough of this The Hobbyist which features a coming of age theme. A young man portrayed as a sexual addict in New York while he deals cautiously with heartbreak and falls into manhood. A raw enticing tale with pure honesty that will leave readers coming back for more. Darryl Shelly is one masterful writer whose powerful story will leave you hooked.

The Hobbyist is a must read for all. Darryl Shelly takes readers deep into a plot where a young man details the sex that he has for the right reasons. A story that so catches a young man falling into temptation as a sex addict. I loved how vivid the scenes were and how close to real life this story is. I couldn't put the book down until every page was read. The tension, anxiety and fear of the protagonists feels so real that it becomes your own. Darryl Shelly's novel is also funny as well as daring. I highly recommend this masterpiece to all. Overall, I rate it a five out of five stars.
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I agreed to read and review this book, completely unaware of the real meaning of the word ‘hobbyist’. God alone knows what I thought the book was about.
Turned out to be a hilariously funny mixture of Mrs Robinson and The World of Susie Wong, if you get my drift. A young man’s sexual education, encompassing his many and varied encounters with the opposite sex. So well educated in fact, that he ends up in Sex Addicts Anonymous. Why anyone would think they needed to, is beyond me. I mean, it is harmless, isn’t it?
Unlike gambling or alcohol. Those things will either ruin your life or kill you. Of all the things in this world that are bad for you, a sex addiction must be way down the list.
Dash, the character in the book, has no problem with his addiction either, at least not in the beginning. When it begins to ruin his love life, he has to learn the colossal difference between love and sex.
Well written with an eloquent writing style, The Hobbyist is an emotionally powerful story. A rites of passage story with a difference, I laughed aloud many times at the situations he finds himself in. Dash is so very human and real, and you really feel for him as he tries to desperately mend the bridges he has burned.
Just when all seems lost and he has almost climbed back onto the wheel of self- destruction, something wonderful happens, but will he be rescued from the slough of despair?
You have to read this book and find out, you will not be disappointed…
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Format: Kindle Edition
I found this book hard to put down. My favorite part in this book is page 153...."Nothing stinks more than the sour taste of regret - and you'll never know what it means to be a man till you find something worth fighting for. Do that, and you will always respect yourself." Applause to the man who said this.
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I won this book on first reads shelf.
the hobbyist is a very good insight to a mans sexuality and sex addiction. Thiss books has informed me alot on how a man thinks. I really enjoyed this book. It has some funny part and some serious parts. It is not something I would normally read but it was good and worth it.
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This author definitely has a unique voice and an honesty that is bold and daring with regard to the subject matter. It's sexy, entertaining and evocative of a time in New York City when debauchery was the norm... and everybody was okay with that. The protagonist's self-realization and redemption is a satisfying resolution to his journey. I look forward to reading more in the future from Mr. Shelly.
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