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Daniel Shortell is a thirty-something currently holed-up in a fourth-floor walk-up in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. At university, he earned degrees in ridiculous, boring shit like finance and information systems. His real education came from wandering around the world. When not writing, he enjoys putting the ping-pong beat-down on his Asian friends at the rec center.
Yeah, you know who you are.
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on Nov. 01, 2011 :
If you're looking for warm fuzzies, don't stop here. If you're looking for a thought provoking read that peels back multiple layers of skin and exposes a raw nerve or two, Where's Unimportant is for you.
This psychological story isn't the fastest paced, nor is it a 'perfect' book, but it does create numerous images which linger well after the story is finished.
Daniel Shortell has succeeded in creating a memorable work.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
James Wallace Birch
on Sep. 06, 2011 :
Where's Unimportant is a dark and disturbing ride that plunges the reader into the depths of a psyche addled by the drugery of everyday American life.
I enjoyed Where's Unimportant. It is a thought provoking book, and being in the same age range and having a similar upbringing to Jack, the main character, I felt like I was reading about a friend. Where's Unimportant is painfully honest and it forces the reader to reflect on their own life and to wonder about what's important. If you're looking for a book that really makes you think or one that pulls back the veneer of the world today, Where's Unimportant is the perfect read. If, however, you're looking for action-packed then Where's Unimportant might not be for you. The pacing is a little slow toward the middle. This didn't bother me, as I saw this book operating on a different level, but it may some.
This thought-provoking book empowers the reader to step back and reflect on their own decisions, the direction of their life, and what it all means, while watching Jack fall apart. It is a rather disturbing read but one well worth it!
Warning: I wouldn't read it right before bed. I read one convo Jack has with a woman on a train during his travels right before sleep and it gave me a nightmare!
(reviewed long after purchase)