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Jack Addington is stuck. A carefree life wandering the globe has morphed into a monotonous existence working for an oppressive Manhattan-based software company peddling products which destroy the lives of decent people. Jack struggles through soul-sucking affairs with despotic executives and eccentric scientists by mentally projecting himself out of the present and into pa ...more
Nook, 276 pages
Published May 2nd 2011 by danielshortell.com
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Daniel Shortell
Aug 31, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Well, I wrote the damn thing so I guess I should review it too. That seems to make perfect sense.

This book is fucking great. Wait, no, that's a lie. This book is a flaming pile of shit. You should buy it just so you can burn it, effectively removing one copy from circulation and preventing any other poor sot from wasting his/her time with it. I only gave myself 4 stars out of pity. I was going to give myself 3 stars, but then the 3 star rating appeared too calculated, too intentionally 'up the m
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Scott Bury
Jan 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This excellent first novel about a young man’s downward spiral again proves that independent writers produce books with quality as high as anything produced by the big commercial publishers. It also tells a story that commercial companies shy away from. Daniel Shortell is not the kind of New York-based author with a huge following, living in stylish digs and making excuses to his publisher. This is someone we can all identify with: a young man struggling to make his way in a highly competitive c ...more
Dana Burgess
Jun 30, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
'Where's Unimportant' is a smart, sarcastic exploration of the life of Jack Addington. The novel takes us through one day of Jack's life through Jack's eyes. As he describes the minutiae of his life now, Jack flashes back to the life of his adventurous and, somewhat misspent, youth in comparison. The reader needs to stay on her toes to keep up with where Jack's mind is taking her. It can get confusing occasionally but I found that I didn't stay lost for long and the comparisons are what the book ...more
James Birch
Jul 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
Read the full review here: http://dttla.posterous.com/book-revie...

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
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Lori Tatar
Sep 15, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Daniel Shortell is a very talented writer, evoking every emotion he wants the reader to feel. "Where's Unimportant" is a poignant tale written for those who are sublimely happy, overzealously overjoyed and need something to mitigate their joy. As beautifully as it is written, "Where's Unimportant" is just depressing. At the same time, I have to give credit for a front-row snapshot of a true-to-life, in-your-face, too much technology, too much science, too much medicine a la medication story that ...more
Johan
Aug 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So I got up really early today to finish a book I was reading, just to be able to start to read Daniel's book thereafter. The book came from Amazon US to France this week.

It is hilarious and sad at the same time too, very original in language and ideas. Cannot wait to read more.
David King
Jul 09, 2011 rated it liked it
Review originally published on my blog : http://killie-booktalk.blogspot.com/

I have to admit that "Where's Unimportant" by Daniel Shortell isn't normally the type of book that I would personally read. In fact the first person I thought about when I received a copy to read was my wife as it looked like something she might enjoy. In fact she started reading it before I managed to sneak it back off her so I could read it and write a review.

The book is an enjoyable, interesting and satirical look at
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Joe
Oct 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
I'm going to write a more complete review on my blog after a second reading, but here's the 'first impressions' review.

Jack Addington has a past that many of us would envy. He has traveled the world and seen a lot. His present, though, is a form of hell that many of us have experienced: a soul-destroying job with supervisors who only care about climbing the ladder, maximizing profits, and covering their own asses. Jack's experience of the world is filtered through the lens of both boredom and ap
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Meg - A Bookish Affair
Oct 07, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jack Addington isn't really happy with the direction that his life is going on. He used to go on all sorts of grand adventures to far off places like Egypt, China, and India. Now he's stuck in a job that he feels is sucking the life out of him and he doesn't really know what to do. He works for a computer company where his fellow employees only seem to exist to annoy Jack. It's a downward spiral in the first degree. It can only end badly (and it does end oh so badly for Jack).

The book flashes ba
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Emma
Jul 17, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Your reaction to this book may be more linked to your state of mind than usual. If, like me, you are picking up this book at 2AM during a streak of insomnia while contemplating whether it would really be so bad to join a commune and roll your own tampons then maybe pick up something a little lighter from your bedside table. Yes, it may make you think about your own life or it may make you stressed as you read someone mentally unraveling and prompt stimulating intellectual thoughts such as, "This ...more
John Zunski
Sep 01, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Barb Hollis
Oct 02, 2011 rated it liked it
A day in the life of a guy searching for his idea of the American Dream. Flashes back and forth from his present, his past, and probable future. A satirical look at his battle with reality and quest for inner peace.
Won this book through a Goodreads give away. Thought provoking and definitly different!
Tyrnesha
Nov 06, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This was a pretty good book. It started out great and peaked my interest from the start because I could relate to Jack's feelings about his job. There are times I got a little confused while reading. The story was sometimes hard to follow, other than that it was a good book. I did not expect it to end the way it did, and I would love to read a sequel.
Coral
Oct 29, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Listen/read my review here - http://alchemyofscrawl.wordpress.com/...
Tamisha
Nov 01, 2011 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Just won a free copy of this book through Goodreads giveaways!
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Daniel Shortell is a recent escapee of NYC currently marooned in a culture-free enclave of central New York. At university, he was fully indoctrinated with corporatism. The resulting pathology completely dismantled his psyche resulting in a 2009 exodus from the corporate world. His real education came from traveling, tinkering and reading the ideas of those ostracized by The System. When not writi ...more
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