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Bachelor Number One (Kindle Single) [Kindle Edition]

Mishka Shubaly
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Book Description

Only five days after a nasty breakup, bestselling Kindle Singles author Mishka Shubaly is invited to audition for a reality show—a dating reality show. Against all logic, he applies and, against all logic, he advances. Fearless and funny, Shubaly is forced to interrogate not just the reality of the show but also his decisions, his addictions, his neuroses, his desires-- indeed, his entire reality.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 208 KB
  • Print Length: 51 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008OVMFU0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #162,277 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another good one 1 Feb. 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I didn't know how this one ended (I live abroad, don't watch television, and my contact with the author tends to be of the 140 character tweet variety), and I'm glad I didn't because I love the way Shubaly sets up a story and controls the flow of information. His prose is noticeably stronger and smoother - it's been getting that way with each piece he writes.

Not to spoil the story, but suffice it to say, it's clear why CBS did not want to let him write about his experience. He sees straight through the strange and sick phenomenon that is reality television, and he does so as a self described 35 year old adolescent. I confess, I've often wondered if people just forget schoolyard cruelty, or just fall for it when it's dolled up as entertainment for grown ups.

As with all of Shubaly's Kindle Singles, I highly recommend this one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it 19 Mar. 2014
By Gavlar
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Mishka Shubaly has a way with words that I'm pretty jealous of, past that I'm not, but definitely the way of words part. If you don't own everything he has put out you need to rectify that situation straight away.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Truly silly 29 Sept. 2013
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I couldn't believe in this narcissistic man; he deserved a good slap on the bottom in my opinion, and maybe a wake-up call to the real world!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars 12 Sept. 2014
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Sorry to say this but I thought this book was RUBBISH.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Blog-entry Worthy, not book worthy. 29 July 2012
By platinum_babie - Published on
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Amazon Kindle on Twitter was advertising this book and the description fooled me a little. I had thought that this book was his experience of actually being on the reality show, but it turned out that he was only half-documenting the process of auditioning.

Dont get me wrong, there is insight in this book about how reality shows work, but the author is not giving you any insights himself. These insights must be derived yourself, after sifting through his lengthy analogies and descriptions of his feelings and background to get a glimpse into the auditioning process. There is no analysis or insightful observations on reality shows beyond the suicide rates; instead it tries to bring in literariness through making lengthy analogies of his experience and how he feels, but they are neither funny nor do they bring anything new to understanding the experience of whatever he's writing about. It feels like he grew up around a bunch of people who can't write and he's showing off his ability to use words (look at me! I can make long sentences full of descriptive imagery!!). The worst part is that these analogies are littered throughout the book. His writing lacks both conciseness and sharpness, although there are rare moments where he does demonstrate he has the talent and potential and that if he worked a little harder, and don't rely on his natural gift, he could be a much better writer. Unfortunately, this book reads like a Sophia kinsella novella, filled with boring stream of consciousness and is better reserved for a blog.

The book is not bad, but do come in with the expectation that you're reading the stream of consciousness of a self-proclaimed 35 year old angry teenager who managed to make his way through a reality show audition.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jumping through hoops to be Bachelor #1 27 July 2012
By J. Chambers - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
I was not familiar with Mishka Shubaly's writing, so the Kindle Single was a good way to get acquainted. He's led quite an interesting life (an understatement!), and somewhere along the way, he learned to write. Describing himself as "a sober drunk" and a "35-year-old angry teenager," he's now a professional writer, and it's easy to see why he's so popular.

"Bachelor Number One" began a few days after his girlfriend Asha broke off their relationship with not a letter but a novella describing exactly why she was leaving him. It's a classic dump letter, which the author said made him feel like "this malevolent surgeon is doing an autopsy on me and I'm not dead yet." On the rebound, he applied to be a contestant on a new reality TV dating show. Remarkably, despite his checkered past, he was able to jump through all the hoops and pass the tests and evaluations and interviews that the show's producers threw at him. But the real fascination of the story was Mishka's anecdotes of his life. Before giving up alcohol, he had some crazy adventures, and he described them very colorfully. Actually, even sober, he led an interesting life. And it wasn't just him. His circle of friends was just as far out.

So how did the reality TV show go? You'll be surprised at the outcome, but in the end, Mishka showed why he's so dedicated to writing. I enjoyed "Bachelor Number One" very much for the humor and the behind-the-scenes glimpse into the world of reality TV.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Up too late with Mishka 4 Aug. 2012
By Tina Marie - Published on
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I've done it again. I was so excited to see another Shubaly single that I dove at the chance to buy it. I then dove right in and didn't stop until One in the morning. Mishka's writing yanks me off of my feet, tosses me around emotionally, then somehow ends up settling me down peacefully into my pillow in the wee hours of the morning. I can only hope that he keeps writing, and writing, and writing.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reality Rocks ... 2 Aug. 2012
By kathleen k Greenwood - Published on
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This story was much less angry than his others. I think Mishka may be mellowing a bit as he counts his white pubic hairs ! A famiy that sticks by you can do that to a person. Nice to see his heart and love for his family...sweet story...majorly sweet!
A common thread of all his stories so far is his concern for others. In this case his family.

This guy is a major catch...who will end up the lucky girl? Now that will be a great read!
9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shubaly rocks 14 Aug. 2012
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So many times I find myself wishing I have the gift to chronicle and communicate the various events fate and I have contrived to throw in my path. I envision this gift as the capacity to recount an event which has altered life in some way, but in the telling the event creates a foundation or a sense of relationship where the author is no longer unreachable. The reader can connect with the humor, insight, pain, growth, etc. through the experience. Since my abilities do not extend to such a gift, I value it in others. Mishka Shubaly has the gift in spades.

Bachelor Number One was my first Kindle Single and my introduction to Shubaly. I immediately read his other Singles and they were my perfect introduction to a genre that I am now embarrassed to admit that I had been avoiding.

Shubaly manages to provide a human charater by exposing his flaws, thoughts and actions candidly. You will laugh out loud, you will cringe and you will gain insight into the process that is the reality tv monster.

The topic is timely and Shubaly's views are refreshing. I found the book fascinating in a way I was not expecting.
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