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Are You Lonesome Tonight? (Kindle Single) [Kindle Edition]

Mishka Shubaly
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Two-time bestselling Kindle Singles author Mishka Shubaly is back with a dark, intimate, fascinating story of love, hope and human connection... gone horribly, horribly awry.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 109 KB
  • Print Length: 30 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0078TEBOM
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #41,452 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very well written 3 Sept. 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
The central character both intimidates with his offbeat cool and inspires sympathy for his weakness, he doesn't come across as someone I could befriend but his honesty and eloquence drew me and for all that I could imagine myself in his shoes. It's so easy or us all to be mauled by our emotions building imaginary relationships with imaginary friends on the internet, in his case, of course, his imaginary friend is a symptom, and a tactic, of something far darker and more painful.
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2.0 out of 5 stars It was ok. 27 Dec. 2014
By Miss T.
Format:Kindle Edition
It was a nice story of unrequited love and a girl that stalked man, I read it in an hour before bed. Add
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2.0 out of 5 stars OK 3 Sept. 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
A well written story very relevant to present day society/dating.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Reliably good 18 Mar. 2014
By Gavlar
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
As good as the long run, very different but equally as heartfelt and laid bare. A great read as again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Are you lonesome tonight? 16 Feb. 2012
By Michael Butler - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is the 3rd book by Mishka Shubaly I have read in the last 24 hours. This was a great story about love, trust, and relationships - but not that mushy crap. Very enjoyable, and didn't see the ending coming! Some of the best nonfiction I've read. I would reccomend reading them in order of occurence and not publication date. Read "Shiprwrecked," "Are you lonesome tonight?" And then "The Long Run."
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cuckoo for love, a cautionary tale that's seriously entertaining 14 Feb. 2012
By Rett01 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
When Mishka Shubaly labels himself an "amateur anesthesiologist" he's really describing the twenty years he spent as a drunk and drug enthusiast. Two decades is a long time to remain wasted and Shubaly is only in his mid- thirties.

"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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 3rd time is a charm. 14 Feb. 2012
By Mineral917 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Also the 3rd story I've read from this author. I guess that means I've read all of Shubaly's stories...and they keep getting better and better. This particular story is oh-so-dark and messed up. Wonderful commentary on the human condition and what it means to live with someone who truly has demons to deal with.

Can't wait for the next one!
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Shubaly Dooby Doo 28 Mar. 2012
By sweetdanger - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Damn and wow. 19 Feb. 2012
By Maxwell Harrison - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Twisted and beautiful and sexy story. Expect to react viscerally: to be aroused, to laugh, to want to hurl yourself at something in anger. One might even consider crying. Mishka's handle on the English language is much like the story itself--absurd and depressingly impressive. A Kindle without this story--and all of Shubaly's work for that matter--is not complete.
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