11 March 2011 ~ 0 Comments

My Life: Gambling, Strippers, Bankruptcy, and Suicide by Oliver Galang

I was contacted by the author who asked for an honest review. From his email and details he gave, I was really looking forward to reading this book. I always promise to be honest with what I thought of a book and this is a tough because I can honestly say this is one of the worst I’ve gotten in a while. It was poorly written, poorly edited and completely unorganized.

The book is written like one big stream of conscious, but there’s little to no editing, either for grammar or for content. He repeats himself, he jumps around, he loses his point in the writing. He comes off as a bit of an egomanic and just a plain maniac at times. I was so unimpressed with this book that I stopped about half way through.

I found parts of it offensive, which in and of itself isn’t necessarily bad. I’ve read offensive books before, but it wasn’t even a “make you think” offensive. It was just… completely insane, manic and downright ignorant in places. He talks about fighting and being punched, he talks about being a superhero, he talks about all these things, but there’s no glue holding it all together and it just completely fell apart.

There were several times I wanted to just stop reading, but I was trying to power through. The author refers to someone as Oreo (being white on the inside and black on the outside) and I had to give up. That was the straw that broke this camel’s back. I just couldn’t do it anymore.

It’s sad, actually. I think the author has a story here. Maybe more about his childhood, more of a bite sized piece. With a really good editor and maybe co-author, he could have possibly written something worthy of publishing. Instead, this is a waste, I’m sorry to say. At one point he ponders if he’ll go to self-publishing or get a publisher. He obviously thinks he has something great to say and perhaps if I had been able to finish there would have been some redemption, but the road to get there was simply too cluttered.

I cannot remember the last time I gave out only 1 star. I really wanted this to at least be a 2 star, but in the end, I could not find a single person that I would recommend this book to, I’m sorry to say.

This is a fantastic book about the author’s real-life experiences. He explains his hilarious hopes and dreams of becoming Batman. He describes his misfortune in the stock market with option trading. He talks about his bad luck at the casinos that cost him so much he had to file bankruptcy. He talks about his strip club adventures and how they conflicted with his ex-girlfriends. This is a fantastic, funny, yet intelligent book. 

Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

Book count for 2011: 15

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