How to Lose Money and Irritate People

Rated 4.99/5 based on 149 reviews
Do you hate your job? Ever find your mind wandering to things you know it shouldn't while at work and you're forced to deal with one annoying customer after the other? If so and you're looking for a laugh then this is the book for you! More

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About Mikey Lee Ray

Hi there, Mikey Lee Ray here. I've been passionate about my writing since I started working on my first novel 'Pandora's Market' (published under the name Matthew Schafer in 2006). Since then I've published two full length e-books on Smashwords the first being 'Confessions of a Gaming Attendant' a diary / fiction piece where the protagonist works in the gambling industry and 'How to Lose Money and Irritate People.' While the second e-book had a similar story line it was more comedy based and descends often into fantasy and farce whereas 'COAGA' is more serious.

I began writing LSD at the end of 2012 and am now in the process of editing and re-working the first issues so that we can re-release them and then continuing on with new ones once this is done. I hope that you will take a look at some of these stories as I pride myself on my unique writing style, perspective and life experience. I look forward to hearing your feedback if you have read something I've written. - Sincerely, Mikey

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Reviews

Review by: David Atkins on June 12, 2018 :
Damn hilarious that's all I have to say.
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)

Review by: Michael Fisher on May 29, 2018 :
Really funny I thought, easy to relate to with everything that 'Mike' goes through in his everyday job.
(reviewed 12 days after purchase)

Review by: RichieLincoln99 on May 16, 2018 :
A hell of a yarn no doubt about it. Shines a light on what I think is a pretty horrible industry namely people watching other people sticking their money in machines and losing it night after night. Speaking of losing it I'm fairly certain if I had to do Mike's job that's exactly what I would be doing... losing my marbles completely lol.
(reviewed 9 days after purchase)

Review by: Oliver Sands on May 07, 2018 :
This one's an absolute riot from start to finish, loved the last few chapters especially and the characters are well written and quite memorable too.
(reviewed 15 days after purchase)

Review by: Ravi Kumar on April 23, 2018 :
Read this one in a couple of days it was that funny I just couldn't stop reading it.
(reviewed 8 days after purchase)

Review by: Dennis Speed on April 11, 2018 :
This is a must read.
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)

Review by: Chloe Luccio on April 10, 2018 :
I think there's a bit of Newman inside most people's bosses in hospitality and at times there's definitely a bit of Mike in us, the people who work for them. Love the characters, really enjoyed the story.
(reviewed 41 days after purchase)

Review by: Jessica McCarthy on April 09, 2018 :
Great laughs in every chapter, the finale is the best :)
(reviewed 44 days after purchase)

Review by: Mel Murray on April 09, 2018 :
Have to agree with Callan, this industry simply should not be allowed to exist, at the very least on the scale that it does. Mikey's story is full of wit, black humor and original personalities throughout it. An awesome read.
(reviewed 45 days after purchase)

Review by: Callan Maguire on April 09, 2018 :
It's nice to know some people have the balls to write about the way the pokie industry is. I don't hear many politicians talking about it that's for sure. Nick Xenophon was going to do something then he got elected and forgot all his promises no wonder he lost his seat. Labor was going to do something about it in Tasmania then the Hotels Association spent millions on Liberal campaigns and they won the election. I think it's the dirtiest, most disgusting industry in the country. Mikey paints a vivid picture of this sad, depressing landscape and the pitiful characters that inhabit it. Some of whom I'm sure many of us can relate to on some level. Looking forward to see where it goes from here.
(reviewed 33 days after purchase)

Review by: Arti Poppenberg on April 09, 2018 :
Had me in hysterics, loved this story.
(reviewed 45 days after purchase)

Review by: Leon Bastian on April 05, 2018 :
I'm only reviewing this here because of peer pressure lol jk however I was sent a copy of this by my friend Felicity who gave it two thumbs up and after reading I have to concur. Funny as hell, awesome story, great twist at the end and characters you'll either love or hate... sometimes both.
(reviewed 26 days after purchase)

Review by: Felicity Compton on April 05, 2018 :
Really funny :)
(reviewed 33 days after purchase)

Review by: Jack Rample on April 04, 2018 :
Funny and subversive, can see inspirations from Fight Club, American Psycho and others of that ilk in this hilarious and unforgettable story. If you like your narrators a bit on the crazy side then Mike is for you.
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)

Review by: Bree McAllister on March 13, 2018 :
Joining in on the #1000reviewsformikey bandwagon after I read this book, it's a shame that so many good indie books don't get the same sort of attention that rubbish like 50 Shades gets in the media. This one is hilarious.
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)

Review by: Harry Maan on Feb. 28, 2018 :
Yes very funny for sure. I saw on Twitter a hashtag #1000reviewsformikey and that's how I found out about this book. I think it is stupid that a book that is as funny, entertaining and well written as this and has as many five star reviews as Mikey's book has gotten could receive such a low rank on Smashwords. I've seen some of the stuff that's at the top of 'the charts' on Smashwords and it is crap.
(reviewed 11 days after purchase)

Review by: Christian Milan on Feb. 24, 2018 :
Read this on the recommendation of a few friends and am glad that I did. Mikey knocks this one out of the park comedy wise and even though his hapless protagonist is somewhat of a prick at work to say the least you still feel for the guy. Who wouldn't being stuck in a place like that? A top read.
(reviewed 17 days after purchase)

Review by: Mitch Dallas on Feb. 17, 2018 :
I have to agree with Kelly, I've seen the inside of these 'pokie' places and some of my friends are hooked. They lose so much money but keep going anyway. I think the politicians should be ashamed of this industry and that so much money is being made off the misery of the working class and poor, what Aussies refer to as 'the battlers' that they claim to represent in Parliament. Rant aside though this is the sort of book we need to start a discussion which is long overdue. What impact does this industry have on society and if it does no good why do we allow it to grow so much?
(reviewed 11 days after purchase)

Review by: Kelly Colborn on Feb. 14, 2018 :
I hate those places, I think they destroy people and I feel like the government should shut the Pokie industry down because it doesn't contribute anything good to society. Crazy, off the wall humor and antics that are well written, good for a laugh though the subject material is tough to stomach.
(reviewed 38 days after purchase)

Review by: KaylaHemmings on Feb. 12, 2018 :
My sis worked in the pokie industry for a while, she hated it as well. It just does horrible things to people. Kudos Mikey for making it such an entertaining, crazy read. Loved it.
(reviewed 37 days after purchase)

Review by: Arturo Salinas on Feb. 12, 2018 :
Damn funny shit this.
(reviewed 5 days after purchase)

Review by: Claire Spicer on Feb. 03, 2018 :
I know I shouldn't be laughing be laughing at these people but I was and frequently while reading this book... a classic.
(reviewed 27 days after purchase)

Review by: Holly Moreton on Jan. 28, 2018 :
HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)

Review by: Brad Westfield on Jan. 28, 2018 :
A friend sent me the book a while ago and I figured it was about time I got around to reviewing it... I don't think the humor is everyone's cup of tea as 'Mike' is very critical of those around him. But he is also pretty self-deprecating in his criticisms and we do sort of feel for the guy as we've all had jobs we've hated at some point. Found 'How to Lose Money and Irritate People' to be hilarious at times and the last chapter the most of all.
(reviewed 4 months after purchase)

Review by: Sebastian Greene on Jan. 28, 2018 :
So damn funny.
(reviewed 84 days after purchase)

Review by: George Mercurio on Jan. 26, 2018 :
Great job Mikey, found this really funny and enjoyable read. I think a lot of people will get the humor as we all know someone who plays these stupid machines sadly and what it does to people.
(reviewed 82 days after purchase)

Review by: Jessica Granger on Jan. 25, 2018 :
I know Mikey a little bit and know how passionate he is and how much he puts into his writing so it comes as no surprise that this book hits with as much impact as it does. The author has that rare combination of book smarts and street smarts, his characters have 'been around the block' you could say and they know what they're talking about. It helps that it's damn hilarious.
(reviewed 18 days after purchase)

Review by: Chris Sier on Jan. 25, 2018 :
Placing the entire book in such a confined space really does amp up the tension between the characters which I liked. Even their bus trip is a joke as the mug punters just go to another pokie club. I guess this shows just how addicted people are to their routines in life. Wake up, get dressed, drive to a club, lose money, go home. Rinse and repeat. It's hard to sympathize with people in this lifestyle. This is an ace read and I look forward to sampling more of Mr. Ray's acidic and blunt wit.
(reviewed 81 days after purchase)

Review by: Stephen Golem on Jan. 22, 2018 :
Mikey really knows where this scene is coming from and having read his bio and a few articles about him I can see what a huge wealth of experience he is drawing from. How anyone could've spent 10 years in that industry and not gone completely nuts is beyond me. I guess you have to have a sense of humor and that definitely shows here.
(reviewed 90 days after purchase)

Review by: Alex Fleming on Jan. 21, 2018 :
Can see shades of Blackadder in this with the way that the staff on the lower rungs of the ladder actually know what is going on while the higher-ups i.e. guys like Newman are utterly clueless. I've seen this kind of stuff way too many times at work (hospitality). Funny shit indeed.
(reviewed 78 days after purchase)

Review by: Bobbie Miels on Jan. 21, 2018 :
Damn funny, Luke was the best character I thought. Devious and witty, Mike is good too.
(reviewed 14 days after purchase)

Review by: Gerard Cooper, Jr on Jan. 16, 2018 :
I read this in 2017, so long ago haha and I was pretty sure I'd reviewed it but then after seeing this title in my library and scrolling through all the names (no small feat I can tell you) realized I hadn't. This is darkly funny, biting social commentary at its best. Mikey weighs a whole section of society, the pokie machine players, puts them under a microscope of scrutiny and and they are found wanting to say the least. A great yarn.
(reviewed 84 days after purchase)

Review by: Stephen Waterford on Jan. 14, 2018 :
I think this book is a bit of an enigma because it deals with some very serious issues. Obviously anytime you have a book where most of the characters are addicts you are going to be in some negative territory but Mikey doesn't blunt the truth or sugar coat it and so it hits you full force. That said the humor is there in spades as well and I think it really shines through in his writing.
(reviewed 70 days after purchase)

Review by: Angela Kaysen on Jan. 14, 2018 :
I read this quite awhile ago and have come to know the author on a more personal level. As requested, I have purchased the book.

This tale is certainly worth a read. It is a often a hilarious yet rather saddening and sick observation of the gaming industry and the people in it. Mikey's perspectives are scathing, particularly of the Baby Boomer generation and it hurts to read yet at the same time one must consider how Mikey views his patrons - with absolute contempt! Thus, I didn't really warm to the protagonist per se due to his lack of empathy, lack of interest in his work and his cynicism.
My favourite characters/Patrons are: Edith, Big M, Julius, Angry Joe and the Veteran.
Staff: Luke, Kate, Jasmine (at times) and Newman. I agree a whole new spin-off could take place just from these characters alone. I liked Luke because he upstaged Mike on so many levels with his deviousness and the last few Chapters are a hilarious read. I had tears streaming down my eyes.

This is a great piece of work by the Author and I strongly encourage anyone to read this tale as a stark reminder that gambling is simply not cool. Stay away from those machines!

Thankyou,
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: James Wright on Jan. 13, 2018 :
This one is a classic, too funny by half.
(reviewed 69 days after purchase)

Review by: Sam Rodrom on Jan. 09, 2018 :
Had this old geezer in stitches let me tell you. Mikey's brazen and blunt wit hits like a sledgehammer and really drives the story, it is relentless. Was disappointed to read the end but happy to leave some of the cast behind.
(reviewed 65 days after purchase)

Review by: Thomas Madison on Jan. 08, 2018 :
I downloaded this ages back now and as I looked in my library remembered I hadn't reviewed it. Scrolling through previous reviews it's hard to find something that hasn't been said but all the same I really liked the setting. The atmosphere, the place it has really been nailed by the author and the characters. A must read.
(reviewed 8 months after purchase)

Review by: Jeff Greene on Jan. 08, 2018 :
Was crying from laughter in the last chapter, this one is a hoot.
(reviewed 8 months after purchase)

Review by: Melody Hamilton on Jan. 07, 2018 :
I thought this was damn funny, make yourself a New Years Resolution that's easy to keep and read a book, specifically read this one.
(reviewed 30 days after purchase)

Review by: Nicholas Lansky on Jan. 07, 2018 :
Have never read anything quite like this, so if you're looking for a story that's different and told from a different perspective then look no further.
(reviewed 65 days after purchase)

Review by: Carla McMahon on Dec. 21, 2017 :
Simply hilarious, you have to read this.
(reviewed 49 days after purchase)

Review by: Jordan Penzo on Dec. 19, 2017 :
Had me in stitches.
(reviewed 44 days after purchase)

Review by: John Carpenter on Dec. 18, 2017 :
Awesome book, started reading the issues of LSD as well, very thought provoking stuff.
(reviewed 45 days after purchase)

Review by: Sara Hatfield on Dec. 18, 2017 :
I thought it was really funny, recommending it to everyone I know.
(reviewed 46 days after purchase)

Review by: Jeremy Rollins on Dec. 18, 2017 :
Just had fun reading this, got lost in the book so I think that's a sign of good writing.
(reviewed 7 months after purchase)

Review by: Sarah Parker on Dec. 18, 2017 :
Is it true the 100th reviewer got a free tee shirt? Damn it. Oh well, this book is a great mix of the real world and one talented author's imagination and the places it takes him. It's set in a very small space and yet its scope is so much bigger. Hard to explain, easy to enjoy.
(reviewed 43 days after purchase)

Review by: Michael Jameson III on Dec. 17, 2017 :
Was sent an excerpt by a friend, brilliant stuff. Have never read anything like it.
(reviewed 59 days after purchase)

Review by: Adam Buckley on Dec. 17, 2017 :
Really good, gritty but damn funny.
(reviewed 43 days after purchase)

Review by: Kristen Caulfield on Dec. 17, 2017 :
I'd like to see more of Kate in the sequel because I think she has her own story to tell but I get that this was Mike's story and I really enjoyed it.
(reviewed 45 days after purchase)

Review by: Raymond Winchester on Dec. 17, 2017 :
I smell a bestseller.
(reviewed 59 days after purchase)

Review by: Virginia Islington on Dec. 17, 2017 :
I just really liked it, hard to put into words though.
(reviewed 45 days after purchase)

Review by: Ellen Paget on Dec. 17, 2017 :
Deserves every bit of praise it's gotten, unlike some books cough cough 50 Shades anyone? Not just funny, downright hilarious.
(reviewed 42 days after purchase)

Review by: Sandra Brennon on Dec. 17, 2017 :
It's funny how all the characters just bounce off each other into these crazy situations, an awesome read.
(reviewed 42 days after purchase)

Review by: James Fields on Dec. 17, 2017 :
Had a blast with this, I really like the story and how immersive it all is.
(reviewed 66 days after purchase)

Review by: Charles Braddock on Dec. 15, 2017 :
Just a damn funny book no two ways about it.
(reviewed 40 days after purchase)

Review by: Elena Danes on Dec. 15, 2017 :
Found this one in my library and realized I'd never reviewed it after reading it. The humor and jokes reminded me a lot of Clerks, Randall the video store guy in particular. Pretty dark at times but bloody hilarious as well.
(reviewed 41 days after purchase)

Review by: Biltu Kumar on Dec. 15, 2017 :
Found this very funny, I like the author's sense of humor.
(reviewed 15 days after purchase)

Review by: Brianna Harding on Dec. 15, 2017 :
I think this book really resonated with me, but then I think a lot of people will be able to identify with the narrator, after all there's a bit of us in him and a bit of his cynicism in all of us. Also, a lot of us work in jobs we hate too. This was cool I thought.
(reviewed 40 days after purchase)

Review by: Mitchell Laverton on Dec. 13, 2017 :
I've worked in the industry too for a few years and I know just what Mike is going through. Very happy to be doing something else now. A scathing comedy but one the industry deserves.
(reviewed 18 days after purchase)

Review by: Michel Dafredji on Dec. 13, 2017 :
Would it be considered bad taste if I just wrote LOL?
(reviewed 19 days after purchase)

Review by: Raven Lawson on Dec. 13, 2017 :
I was sure I'd already reviewed this one, no? Oh well. Reminds me very much of the dark humor of Fight Club and some of Chuck Palahniuk's other works but has a style all its own too I think. Awesome.
(reviewed 39 days after purchase)

Review by: Paul Rush on Dec. 13, 2017 :
This ranks a nine and a half on my funny-o-meter, loved the part where they are on the bus.
(reviewed 36 days after purchase)

Review by: Shivaay Singh on Dec. 13, 2017 :
I always find if funny to look at how corrupt Western civilization has become... to think that they can build such places that rob people blind and yet they stupidly come back night after night. I can only imagine such a place.
(reviewed 34 days after purchase)

Review by: Wendy Hsieh on Dec. 13, 2017 :
It's a one of a kind book I think, I wonder how much of it is based on the author's actual experiences? Great read.
(reviewed 39 days after purchase)

Review by: Angelina Chase on Dec. 13, 2017 :
I have to agree with Dwayne, I couldn't imagine doing that for eight hours a day, day after day. I think I would slap someone lol. Mike's a funny narrator and the story keeps you interested and invested in it.
(reviewed 41 days after purchase)

Review by: Dwayne Rieslen on Dec. 13, 2017 :
I liked the characters even though they're mostly loathsome the staff are funny in the way they treat the customers. What a soul crushing industry it must be.
(reviewed 7 months after purchase)

Review by: Angel Flores on Dec. 13, 2017 :
This is really funny stuff, easy to lose yourself in as you are reading it.
(reviewed 10 days after purchase)

Review by: Richard Gunnell on Dec. 10, 2017 :
Not sure if I'm really in the age group that this particular book is targeted towards but all the same I thought it was pretty funny. A lot of my friends have been sucked in to playing these accursed machines and the way they act is not far off from what the author describes.
(reviewed 7 days after purchase)

Review by: Ricardo Torres on Dec. 10, 2017 :
I feel like the ending was a bit ambiguous but overall really enjoyed the story.
(reviewed 28 days after purchase)

Review by: Helena Rand on Dec. 10, 2017 :
If you like downtrodden narrators that you can relate to, characters that are extreme, comedy that's merciless and imagination this is the book for you.
(reviewed 59 days after purchase)

Review by: Nathan Dreyfuss on Dec. 09, 2017 :
One of the most original concepts I've enjoyed in a long while, keep it up Mikey.
(reviewed 36 days after purchase)

Review by: Stuart Mulligan, Jr on Dec. 09, 2017 :
There's definitely a lot of good laughs and jokes in here, a must read.
(reviewed 33 days after purchase)

Review by: Cassandra Moore on Dec. 07, 2017 :
Downloaded this ages ago but never got around to writing a review as exams and school got in the way... so here goes. Loved Mike as a narrator even though his behavior at times is pretty terrible you can see at work he's very much a product of his environment. In some ways he's as much a victim of the industry as the idiots playing the machines are. His 'breaks from reality' his 'imaginary scenes' or whatever you choose to call them for me are what make the book so funny.
(reviewed 36 days after purchase)

Review by: Madison Chambers II on Dec. 07, 2017 :
Humor, satire and sarcasm / cynicism in just the right dose, I loved it when Mikey made fun of Disney and Snow White and the Seven Dwarves (you'll have to read it for yourselves).
(reviewed 56 days after purchase)

Review by: Douglas Feldman on Dec. 07, 2017 :
Saw this advertised on Amazon as well, then I remembered I'd bought a copy ages ago here. Gives the pokie industry its just desserts and not a moment too soon. Funny, subversive and flies under the radar but powerful all the same. Tickles the funny bone.
(reviewed 7 months after purchase)

Review by: Diana Hampstead on Dec. 05, 2017 :
If you've ever worked in customer service / hospitality then you get where the jokes are coming from. Couldn't stop laughing at the ridiculous customers but feels just like real life, at least some of the people I've had to put up with at my jobs.
(reviewed 50 days after purchase)

Review by: John Middleton on Dec. 05, 2017 :
Just a great read and thought provoking commentary on a slice of society disguised as comedy,
(reviewed 29 days after purchase)

Review by: Jennifer Dixon on Dec. 03, 2017 :
Considering all the advertising for gambling on TV and everywhere else (even on facebook) I find something like this to be refreshingly honest and a real eye opener.
(reviewed 28 days after purchase)

Review by: Roland Anderson on Dec. 03, 2017 :
A cracking good read, if you like original ideas then this is for you.
(reviewed 29 days after purchase)

Review by: Jessie Belmont on Dec. 01, 2017 :
Obviously this has been written from the perspective of someone who has experience in the gambling / pokie industry. You know, as opposed to the glamorized and sugar coated version we see in the commercials which is always portrayed as being young, sexy and fun. This book was a riot and I loved it.
(reviewed 25 days after purchase)

Review by: Sebastian Cole on Nov. 30, 2017 :
A story unlike any other you'll read that's for sure. Hard to say if I was rooting for the protagonist but I did sympathize with him.
(reviewed 42 days after purchase)

Review by: Lauren Hollander on Nov. 27, 2017 :
Can't remember the last time I laughed this hard while reading something, this book is a classic. Mikey has a great way of creating memorable characters.
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)

Review by: Rochelle Pine on Nov. 24, 2017 :
Definitely my kind of comedy, if you like your humor dark, witty and edgy and you laugh at stuff like family guy, deadpool, rick and morty and others of that ilk you'll have a blast with this.
(reviewed 40 days after purchase)

Review by: Dawn McKay on Nov. 13, 2017 :
I do a lot of driving so I had this ebook on my iPhone and played it through the speakers on my car through an app. It really is that funny, I think it helps that i heard this swearing, black humor and all in a proper English accent which makes Julius all the funnier.
(reviewed 8 days after purchase)

Review by: Ian Wallace on Nov. 06, 2017 :
Darn funny, anarchic, chaotic, madness in a bottle.
(reviewed 13 days after purchase)

Review by: Simon Forrester on Nov. 05, 2017 :
Someone told me the 100th reviewer gets a free ebook, was I close? No. Oh well. This book's awesome. A comedy gold mine from an author who clearly knows the business like few others do.
(reviewed 17 days after purchase)

Review by: Faith Porter on Nov. 05, 2017 :
Julius is by far the funniest character, you can't help but sympathize with him. All the characters are like that though. They make the story so good.
(reviewed 5 months after purchase)

Review by: Eliza Fanning on Nov. 05, 2017 :
A friend on facebook suggested this one to me, I think it's a must read for anyone who has ever had a job they hated... and let's face it at one time or another that's almost all of us lol. Feel sorry for Mike.
(reviewed 17 days after purchase)

Review by: Patrick Stampler on Nov. 04, 2017 :
Saw this online and read the sample, was hooked from there. If you like your comedy on the dark side with brutal honesty then this is the book for you. Damn funny.
(reviewed 20 days after purchase)

Review by: James Ferguson on Oct. 20, 2017 :
Has all the makings of an underground indie hit.
(reviewed 5 months after purchase)

Review by: abigail madison on Oct. 19, 2017 :
Hysterical, this book it's one of those so crazy it must be true at times kind of things I think.
(reviewed 5 months after purchase)

Review by: Brooke Fairfield on Oct. 18, 2017 :
I'm not going to go all gen Y and say this book made me LOL, I'm just going to say there's lots of laughs in it and as a woman working in hospitality I know what it's like to be Kate and to be in a boys club. I felt she was a good character and i'd like to see her developed more in a follow up... pretty please?
(reviewed 4 months after purchase)

Review by: Oliver Cordwell on Oct. 17, 2017 :
Downloaded a sample from a facebook page and read the rest from there. This is a story you just sink into always waiting for the next twist and never quite sure what the main players are about to do. Loved it.
(reviewed 5 months after purchase)

Review by: Michael Hunter II on Oct. 17, 2017 :
Mikey's wit is both caustic, acidic, blunt, brutal and yet downright hilarious... will get inside your mind like some of the other books I enjoy.
(reviewed 4 months after purchase)

Review by: Robert Giampalo on Aug. 03, 2017 :
A few phrases come to mind as I try and sum up the experience of this book but I'm going to go with 'theater of the absurd.' Extreme, with both light and dark humor it's a story that picks you up and carries you along, dragging you through a madcap world of crazy characters in wild and often hilarious situations. What's next?
(reviewed 38 days after purchase)

Review by: Jim Brown on July 19, 2017 :
Hysterical - loved it - my kind of humour!
(reviewed 18 days after purchase)

Review by: TiraGP on July 07, 2017 :
I give this author a lot of credit for being prolific, with so many books published it's obvious that he is serious about writing. This story shows he has a comic edge. As the title says, this story is all about losing money and irritating people. The description and the many reviews had me expecting a over-the-top characters pulling off some outrageous stunts. My experience reading this is that there is a lot of time spent setting up the scene which is a low down and dirty gambling hall. The many 'mug punters' (the irritating people) who populate the joint are elderly, poor, down and out types. The story tracks very closely through many conversations and interactions between the main character and the irritating people who hang out in the gambling hall. Along with these interactions the main character tells in detail what a bunch of desperate losers the other characters are and how much the main character loathes them. At first it's really funny because the narrator is quite witty, but the step-by-step descriptions of every action and the loathing for everyone just kept going and going. Quite a ways into the story, I was really wanting the plot to take off. I wanted to the main character to start planning a major heist or develop a romantic interest or something, anything. After a while I started skimming ahead looking for the plot to ramp up. Pretty far into the story the plot did start to kick in and it was funny and engaging. This author has some great chops and dedication and he must keep going, keep writing! The gritty humor and the dramatic plot is there for sure, it's just under descriptions and scenery.
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)

Review by: Hannah Watson on July 06, 2017 :
Laughed my ass off at this.
(reviewed 9 days after purchase)

Review by: Melissa Jensen on July 03, 2017 :
I loved it from beginning to end, was going to drop a star because of the ABBA comment, but chapter 15 had me in hysterics.
I knew someone who worked in this industry and could relate to a lot of what is said.
I was disappointed though at how it ended, I feel it could have ended at the party, hopefully with Mike and Kate becoming closer.
All in all, a totally awesome read and I do recommend everyone to read it.
I am going to re think my gambling now for sure.
Thanks Mike, Please keep up the totally awesome work.
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)

Review by: Alicia Graves on June 24, 2017 :
Humor that really hits home. Snarky, sarcastic and dripping with cynicism but witty and sincere at the same time.
(reviewed 19 days after purchase)

Review by: Amanda Imogen on June 21, 2017 :
I think everyone has had the kind of feelings Mike has in the story. Frustration, anger, going crazy and feeling like the world around you is completely out of control. And it's that shared experience that makes it resonate so much stronger... the humor also helps a lot.
(reviewed 32 days after purchase)

Review by: Damian Pendleton on June 20, 2017 :
Does for the slots industry what Fight Club did for gym memberships and 'self-improvement' this one is a riot.
(reviewed 16 days after purchase)

Review by: Michael Ferraro on June 18, 2017 :
A story and a narrator that sadly we working stiffs know only too well, deftly told by a skilled writer with a knack for off the wall humor and jokes.
(reviewed 16 days after purchase)

Review by: Alex Davison on June 09, 2017 :
My favorite character is Jasmine, sure she is a bit of a stereotype but she's funny in a clueless sort of way. Mike also scores highly.
(reviewed 11 days after purchase)

Review by: Tristan Reid on June 08, 2017 :
When it feels like the whole world is a joke (President Trump anyone) I guess you can laugh or you can cry. This has some great laughs in it.
(reviewed 24 days after purchase)

Review by: Shelley Webster on June 07, 2017 :
Believe the hype... this one is awesome.
(reviewed 18 days after purchase)

Review by: Sara Queen on June 06, 2017 :
The setup for the first chapter calls to mind the way Frank Underwood talks directly to the viewer in the show House of Cards. He has that same hard-edged, cynical and world weary sense of humor as well and I really enjoyed it. I like Kate as a character though I think she could be fleshed out a bit more (maybe in a sequel hehe). All in all a solid comedy.
(reviewed 8 days after purchase)

Review by: James Riddel on June 06, 2017 :
It's a short story so I'll give it a short review. Brilliant.
(reviewed 8 days after purchase)

Review by: Brett Rowlands on June 05, 2017 :
I like how the story slowly draws you in and at times verges on 4th wall breaking, talking directly to the reader. I think the ending leaves a lot of scope for some kind of follow up. Curious to see what it could be. After all everything's a trilogy these days, just ask the guys who made The Hangover.
(reviewed 27 days after purchase)

Review by: Beatrice York on June 04, 2017 :
Absolutely loved it. Put this one on your bucket list guys.
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)

Review by: Ivy Archer on June 03, 2017 :
Deserves to be #1. If laughter is the best medicine then this is a lifetime supply of Vicodin :)
(reviewed 15 days after purchase)

Review by: Rebecca Stafford on June 02, 2017 :
This is a real eye opener, a sneak peek into a sordid, harsh and unforgiving world. If you like your stories on the wild side you're sure to love this then. I see good things happening for it.
(reviewed 13 days after purchase)

Review by: Gretchen Ross on June 01, 2017 :
Takes a dull subject and gives it life, love and humor. I enjoyed it a lot.
(reviewed 14 days after purchase)

Review by: Jennifer Hampton on May 31, 2017 :
Hunter S. Thompson, author of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas famously said, 'I've yet to find a drug that can get me as high as sitting at a desk writing.' This author's book is an altogether different 'trip' I have to say but definitely one worth making.
(reviewed 13 days after purchase)

Review by: Sarah Worthington on May 31, 2017 :
If you like your comedy a little different and you're searching for something original then you'll love this!
(reviewed 14 days after purchase)

Review by: Claudia Parker on May 31, 2017 :
Reminds me of that tagline from Clerks 'Just because they serve you doesn't mean they like you' lol.
(reviewed 10 days after purchase)

Review by: Brendan Levova on May 31, 2017 :
Deserves the praise it's been getting, a wickedly funny tale as seen through the eyes of a well meaning if somewhat cynical working man.
(reviewed 13 days after purchase)

Review by: Kelly Rutherford on May 29, 2017 :
A friend emailed a coupon to me for this book and I've been reading it the past week as I've been out with pneumonia. Though it sometimes hurts to laugh they say laughter is the best medicine so I am hereby recommending this book to doctors everywhere. Mikey's humor isn't for the faint of heart or easily offended or the P.C. crowd but the story keeps you hooked and I think it's well worth a read for the price.
(reviewed 12 days after purchase)

Review by: Tess Hopkinson on May 27, 2017 :
I read an interview with Mikey Lee Ray where he was asked 'so why did you write this book?' and he said quite simply, 'revenge.' Well Mikey, given how funny the story is I hope you get it.
(reviewed 10 days after purchase)

Review by: Taylor Jensen on May 27, 2017 :
Chaos made into comedy, a story that flows well and unforgettable characters. I'd like to see this sell big just for the irony of the title.
(reviewed 10 days after purchase)

Review by: Fiona Watson on May 26, 2017 :
This could very well turn into one of those easily quotable films and I think it would be funny to watch. Hoping it succeeds.
(reviewed 9 days after purchase)

Review by: Erin Chamberlain on May 26, 2017 :
A gem from this Indie author, sucks you in and keeps you turning the pages (or in my case pushing buttons) to get to the end.
(reviewed 9 days after purchase)

Review by: Sarah Woods on May 24, 2017 :
So I was told the first 100 reviewers get a free tee shirt... WHERE'S MY DAMN TEE SHIRT MIKEY? lol.
(reviewed 8 days after purchase)

Review by: Phillip Christie on May 23, 2017 :
Generally more of a non-fiction type of reader. Having said that I had immense fun with this little number. Sometimes silly and sometimes snarky or downright sarcastic it is all the same chuckle inducing from beginning to end.
(reviewed 8 days after purchase)

Review by: Chuck Myers on May 23, 2017 :
This humor reminds me of Deadpool, off the wall, crude and crass but makes you laugh.
(reviewed 28 days after purchase)

Review by: Jack Stampler on May 23, 2017 :
I found this book to be very grounded, sure the characters in the story are extreme but their quirks remind you of people around you. Mike is the perfect tour guide on this farcical roller coaster ride.
(reviewed 10 days after purchase)

Review by: Chase Flemington on May 22, 2017 :
Damn funny.
(reviewed 7 days after purchase)

Review by: Tamara Wilkins on May 22, 2017 :
Makes for an interesting narrative, the characters jump right off the pages and are full of life, an irony given the setting.
(reviewed 10 days after purchase)

Review by: Clarice Yearwood on May 22, 2017 :
Received this for free in my email and gotta say this is entertaining. Is Mike always likable? Nope. Is he always nice? Absolutely not. Is he a product of his environment? Partly. Can you understand where he's coming from? Absolutely. He's an every man and HE is what sells the story.
(reviewed 6 days after purchase)

Review by: Paige Brooks on May 21, 2017 :
I feel like it's all been said here lol so let me be brief. GREAT COMEDY. MUST READ. FIVE STARS.
(reviewed 5 days after purchase)

Review by: David Webber II on May 21, 2017 :
Finally got around to reading Ray's latest offering since COAGA and I was most impressed. Characters are memorable, the story is easy to get invested in and the ending is great.
(reviewed 9 days after purchase)

Review by: Rose Masters on May 11, 2017 :
Is it cheating if I borrowed this one from a friend and read it for free? Whatever, I loved it. Funny as shit, absurd, down right rude but killer humor all the same.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Alice Parker on May 10, 2017 :
Hard to empathize with some of these characters as they've clearly brought about their own troubles... and yet I did which I think says a lot about the quality of the writing. Good job Mikey !
(reviewed 4 days after purchase)

Review by: Vanessa Rausa on May 10, 2017 :
A friend gifted this to me over the weekend and I've read it over the past week or so. Couldn't stop laughing at the situations Mike finds himself in. I feel like it's mostly been said so I'll just say give this one a try. You won't be disappointed.
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)

Review by: Robert Bishop III on May 08, 2017 :
I'm generally more of an audio book person, all the same I had a lot of fun with this one. Do I smell a bestseller? Perhaps.
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)

Review by: Marcus Pelham on May 08, 2017 :
This was a quick read (for me at least) it was engaging and witty, with some sharp and biting humor. Looking forward to more from this author.
(reviewed 10 days after purchase)

Review by: Dawn Princeton on May 06, 2017 :
I've worked in a pokie place too, so I know how Mike feels about some of the customers. Finally, a book written about our profession from the point of view of someone who WORKS in it lol.
(reviewed 4 days after purchase)

Review by: Ayumi Kawashima on May 03, 2017 :
Had some free time on holidays and lost myself in this funny little book. Great comedy, highly recommend this to others looking for the same. :) - A.K.
(reviewed 4 days after purchase)

Review by: Martin Wakefield on May 02, 2017 :
Has an element of what I think you'd call 'the theater of the absurd' but you can't help getting sucked in to the story nonetheless.
(reviewed 6 days after purchase)

Review by: Jason Sandberg on April 28, 2017 :
This book kept me company on my train rides to and from work, a delightful distraction from the mind numbing routine of the job and a comfort to know I'm not the only one going crazy in the office. Let's face it unless you're making 'Christian Grey' dollars at work everyone hates their job at some point.
(reviewed 6 days after purchase)

Review by: Lee Bell on April 26, 2017 :
Saw a post for this on my Twitter feed and a link to a coupon so downloaded it, had a lot of fun with it. Immersive and easy to read, will keep an eye out for this author in the future.
(reviewed 5 days after purchase)

Review by: Chloe Harper on April 25, 2017 :
An underdog's story, but I guess the question is, given the events of the last chapter (No I'm not going to spoil it lol) does this dog have his day? Wondering where this story can go to next...
(reviewed 4 days after purchase)

Review by: Jess Barclay on April 22, 2017 :
Can see a story like this becoming one of those underground indie cult classic books. Loved Julius most of all, poor guy.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Timothy Bloom on April 20, 2017 :
"What do you mean I can't get to work on time, got nothing better to do." For some reason I had that song in my head as I was reading this. Ultimately it's a roller coaster ride that, like the imagination of Patrick Bateman, sometimes takes the reader to dark and unexpected places but mostly I found it laugh out loud funny. Stars well earned :) Def recommend.
(reviewed 4 days after purchase)

Review by: Brianna Summers on April 18, 2017 :
I was sent a few free chapters and really started getting into it. It's a book full of people you either love, like or love to hate. I think everyone has had a boss they can't stand at one point so I could totally relate.
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)

Review by: Betty Winslow on April 16, 2017 :
In times like these you really need a few laughs now and again and this book delivers them in spades. Funny characters, hilarious situation comedy and a great climax / ending.
(reviewed 5 days after purchase)

Review by: Emma Gillam on April 12, 2017 :
One of my close friends recommended this and though I've never really read e-books before I decided to give this a try. I really enjoyed it and I think you will too.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Brian Way on Jan. 12, 2017 :
I bought this book after randomly finding it. I was very pleasantly surprised! What a great read. The characters are hilarious, they all have such huge personalities! It's very well written making it easy to get lost in the events in the book. I found myself laughing out loud at Mikes antics and the way he deals with the extremely difficult people working at the gaming venue. If you are the type of person who likes to laugh I couldn't recommend this book more, and at 2$! Bargain :)
(reviewed 7 days after purchase)

Review by: Richard Batchelor on May 11, 2014 :
Ray storms back with his third novel whose title sets the tone for over 300 highly entertaining pages of sledgehammer wit and words most certainly not minced. Narrator Mike is a guy who is surely far too intelligent to be working in the 'hospitality' business - not, in this case are his customers the rich and famous but a ghastly and dissolute assortment of sad and tiresome slot junkies. The whole book is a rather circular, dizzying, nauseating motion round and round and round in circles - namely around the gaming floors from machine to machine to coffee maker to till to machine to coffee maker to till etc etc. It's a sign of the quality of the writing that I became unpleasantly claustrophobic about three-quarters of the way through and just wanted these sad gits like Big M, Angry Joe and Voula to leave me alone too! Not even an excursion by bus to a different gaming hall the other side of Melbourne gives the reader any sense of air as the bus is filled with these very same creatures. These characters are gambling junkies but of the most tragically pitiful kind - they lose most nights on slot machines which involve no skill whatsoever yet come back for the next day and moan about it before losing again. The narrator has no time for these sad and beautifully drawn characters but the descriptions leave the reader with an overwhelming sense of pity and futility. In contrast to Ray's last novel, the epic 'Confessions of a Gaming Attendant', 'How to Lose Money and Irritate people is about half the length and set almost entirely on the gaming floor. This gives it a marvellous intensity and focus - the narrator's personal life doesn't much come into play and there is no meandering from the constant click, whirr and flash of those gaudy machines. Mike's is the constant biting wit and citric cynicism of a man stuck with a small cross-section of human nature due to his job. I don't much care for cops even though I appreciate the brave job they do, mainly because many (not all I hasten to add) of them have a sneering, suspicious, sarcastic attitude towards their fellow man that mixing with criminals all the time must engender. Basically Mike is stuck with largely people who are obsessed with money but are not very good at keeping it (the pokies) and people who are obsessed with money and VERY good at keeping it (the clubs) while hardly rolling in the stuff himself.... and how much more interesting and enriching it is than reading about the rich and famous.
My favourite character is probably Julius, a deluded Walter Mitty-esque fantasist with pretentions of aristocracy. He doesn't play the machines at all yet comes to the club to chat about his impending marriage to a dead princess and drink gallons of tea. It does beg the question, why does he hang out there? Despite sounding or at least wanting to sound like a Tory and a Royal at the same time (never two things to get off on a good footing with me anyway) he is rather endearing (at least from a DISTANCE) and provides at least some smidgen of humanity among the clientele, Perhaps my favourite aspect of this hilarious and at times depressing romp is the daydreaming of the narrator. As the drudgery shimmers and fades into the background, zombies, terrorist attacks and extravagant insults fill the club until some shitty task throws Mike out of his reverie.

Anyway, buy this! You shan't be disappointed. It's hilarious, it's pitiless, it's relentless, it kind of hits many of the same funny bones Hunter S Thompson hit in its orgy of misanthropy. Fortunately Mike does have some light relief in the shape of two colleagues he gets on with, one of whom sets up the final scene of descent into farce. The main villain of the piece, a lazy and obnoxious stand-in boss, will get what's coming...
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

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