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Apathy and Other Small Victories [Download] ✤ Apathy and Other Small Victories By Paul Neilan – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk The only thing Shane cares about is leaving Usually on a Greyhound bus and right before his life falls apart again Just like he planned But this time its complicated there's a sadistic corporate climb The only Other Small PDF Ë thing Shane cares about is leaving Usually on a Greyhound bus and right before his life falls apart again Just like he planned But this time its complicated there's a sadistic corporate climber who thinks shes his girlfriend a rent subsidized affair with his landlord's wife and the bizarrely appealing deaf assistant to Shane's cosmically unstable dentist When one of the women is murdered and Shane is the only suspect who doesn't care enough to act like he didn't do it the uestion becomes just how he'll clear the Apathy and ePUB ´ good name he never had and doesn't particularly want his own.


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10 thoughts on “Apathy and Other Small Victories

  1. Susan Susan says:

    This is the kind of book for people who like their humor like they like their coffee black with just a twinge of a bitter aftertaste In fact the story that's being told here has a lot in common with caffeine you suspect that it's not really good for you but it provides you with a satisfying fix In this case the fix is a good dose of schadenfreude or maybe just the vicarious satisfaction of observing other people behaving badly Basically Apathy is a jaunt through total nihilism The plot follows a loser who by doing absolutely nothing productive to advance his own situation in life somehow ends up extricated in a very bizarre chain of events involving several affairs and a murder investigation There isn't a single really sympathetic character in the whole lot and yet as a train wreck it's uite the page turner To say the conclusion was a bit too tidy is an understatement considering the extent of what goes down but overall it was entertaining in a warped sort of way I have a feeling Family Guy fans would probably enjoy this book because my reaction to so many of the situations and conversations in the book is pretty much like the typical reaction to that show about a 5050 mix of indignation and amusement Don't say that I didn't warn you


  2. Kristen Kristen says:

    This book so far is so damn funny I was actually roaring with laughter To be sure it's not the most politically correct humor but it really is terribly funny I'm not even sure I'm through the first chapter and I kept having to put the book down and laugh and wipe my eyes It's the kind of read that you wish someone was there with you so you could read it out loud to them and make them laugh too It's the kind of funny that when you're TRYING to read it out loud you almost can't because you're choking with laughter Seriously seriously hilarious Dark But funny funny stuff Many thumbs up


  3. David Katzman David Katzman says:

    Well I must admit I have felt rather apathetic about writing this review I know I know obvious joke But the odd thing is it’s true And it’s not that I didn’t enjoy Apathy I certainly did Despite the fact that it’s one of the worst book titles I’ve ever read Is the seuel going to be called Meh? Followed up by Not So Much and Whatevs?The story itself is a twisted version of Office Space The main character Shane is a slacker who lands a temp job he doesn’t want at the insurance company where his abusive girlfriend works Of course he never actually tells her that she’s abusive That would take too much effort Instead he allows her to beat the crap out of him during sex He has an odd friendship with his deaf dental hygienist and sleeps with his landlord’s wife once a week By reuest Of the landlord It’s complicated And then shit happens As you might guess the main character lives a life of apathy Or accurately jaded detachment With the exception of his seemingly sincere friendship with his deaf hygienist—despite the fact that he makes fun of her behind her back—whom he seems to really like At points Shane teeters on opening up to someone about himself To admit he has feelings Under the surface he seems to care But he never takes it further than a brief internal debate He can’t seem to figure out how to express himself directly He doesn’t have the guts to show his feelings Instead he deflects emotions with mocking humor directed at everything and everyone around him Most of whom are set up by Neilan as deserving to be skewered It’s rather like how in movies even if the hero or anti hero has to kill many people to achieve his goal they are usually set up as “bad people” in some fashion so you don’t hate the hero So every institution and individual Shane rips into pretty much deserves it and that leaves Shane mostly sympathetic Except for his general inertia of courseBeyond the title Apathy left me feeling undecided Ironic no? Some elements I uite enjoyed The main character was often hilarious but with a cynical ironic tone that kept him at a distance He was generally well intentioned but also an obnoxious asshole I must call out specifically that I hated his casual use of the word “retarded” I do feel its okay to hate a character’s attributes even if it’s hard to tell if the author is neutral or critical Since people are often unlikable I prefer an author be honest than sugar coat humanity The book had great energy throughout but the ending fizzled The plot was rather intriguing but also far fetched and I felt the whole “there’s been a murder” bit too easy Not a spoiler it’s on the back cover So you can see all my reactions are Yes but Yes but Not a good techniue for improv It’s that pull and push that left me non plussed I am glad that I read Apathy I’m going to call it a 35 with solid entertainment value and smatterings of cultural critiue that resonated positively


  4. Mona Mona says:

    Someone left this book on the plane and I thought it was going to be sociological study So glad I was wrong Funny as hell and oh so politically incorrect I had tears in my eyes from cracking up so hard I made my dad read it and he thinks I'm weird now but liked it too


  5. Charles Charles says:

    I started reading this book when a 16 year old student gave it to me I didn’t get past page 2 until summer though I liked it a lot Once summer hit I read 50 pages in one sitting and laughed convulsively the whole way through After another 50 I decided to set it aside for my trip to the beach next week because I wanted something really good to read It’s the hysterical 1st person narrative of a really messed up apathetic twenty something whose bizarre sense of humor and way of looking at things closely resembles mine than anyone real or fictional I’ve ever known It’s very offensive to just about everyone and I do not recommend it unless you really want to howl spasmodically at the insane human experience Lots of obscure pop culture references from the 80’s onward and the strong message that it’s okay to laugh at how worthless and counterproductive some of us were or are at a certain age But be warned even the author hopes his parents never read it as he dedicates it to them I’d be embarrassed if you told anyone I recommended it Don’t read it even if it’s the best thing I’ve read in a very long time


  6. Livius Nedin Livius Nedin says:

    Another reread here Apathy is uite possibly the funniest book I've ever read I highly recommend it to anyone with a sense of humor The unlikely hero of the novel becomes unwittingly involved in a murder investigation as it's prime suspectStolen salt shakers deaf folk karaoke and hours in a bathroom stallif only life were this much funWARNING People do tend to look at you funny when you bust out laughing reading this book


  7. Brandon Brandon says:

    Apathy and Other Small Victories follows Shane an aimless twenty eight year old wanderer  When he’s not in bed with his landlord’s wife he spends his time sleeping in the handicap stall of the insurance company he’s temping for  Well that and stealing salt shakers from dinersShane gets caught up in a murder investigation following the death of a friend a deaf dental assistant named Marlene  Shane seems to know than he’s letting on to the police can he escape arrest or does he even care?Before I get to the review allow me to be a tad self indulgent like those folks that post their life story before they give you a recipe onlineBack in 2008 I wasn’t what you would call a “Constant Reader”  Up to that point in my life my reading experience consisted of assigned reading in high school the odd wrestling biographymemoir and a handful of Chuck Palahniuk books  A friend of mine directed me to The Cult a fansite for Chuck that opened the door to books by authors with a similar style as well as books that Chuck personally recommended  If I recall correctly this was how I came to read House of Leaves The Raw Shark Texts and this book Apathy and Other Small VictoriesThose three books helped to light a fire in me so to speak  They showed me that reading wasn’t just “work” although some books can still feel that way and that it could be an enjoyable way to pass the time  So if anything I consider Paul Neilan’s lone novel a building block that would form the foundation of all that was to followThat being said I didn’t enjoy Apathy and Small Victories as much as I did the first go aroundDon’t get me wrong this was a fun read for the most part  The crime aspect is pretty solid and there are still plenty of laugh out loud jokes and scenes  I will say that Neilan’s take down of office life is chillingly accurate  I’ve definitely worked in one or two offices similar to what Shane describes  However I felt like he wouldn’t leave it alone after a while  Yes I get how soul crushing it can be to work in an office like that but I’m not interested in reading about how much it sucks over and over and over again as it becomes less of a story and of a platform to regurgitate some sort of deep seated hatred of office lifeWhen I finished this last night I was trying to figure out what about it spoke to me when I first read it eleven years ago  I mean no one in this book is likeable  The plot while memorable really isn’t anything special  Then I thought maybe it was of a shock to my system  Prior to this book I hadn’t read a true comedic novel before and I suppose the novelty of this must have blown my mind  It was like a nihilistic Office Space  For years I’ve held this up in my head as one of the better books I had ever read and since that initial read I’ve been clamoring for a follow up  Now that I’ve revisited it I don’t think I will be any longer


  8. Wendle Wendle says:

    This book in one word? Hilarious I was hooked from the first paragraph when Shane the first person narrator talks about stealing salt shakers and waking up in bed covered in salt Every page made me smile snort chortle giggle cackle and on than a few occasions lose control of my breathingFor someone so indifferent Shane paints a vivid and all too accurate picture of the world and people around him He doesn’t judge positively or negatively much he simply observesI genuinely loved every character Or at least i loved them through Shane’s detached point of view I particularly liked his relationship or lack thereof with his landlords’s wife whose name we never learn because Shane really doesn’t care he does love her though—because she doesn’t careThe people and the situations are 100% ridiculous but the thought processes and delivery from Shane are perfection If i ever need a uick gigglesnort in the future this will be the book to pick up and randomly read a few paragraphs ofMy longer review with spoilers can be read at


  9. Chloe Williams Chloe Williams says:

    When I first saw Apathy and Other Small Victories I was drawn in by the cover sparked by further interest I decided to go ahead and read the first couple of pages Immediately I was confused The book starts off rather abruptly and most of the book continues along the same path Which would usually make me set the book back down and carry on with my life but I couldn't help but wonder what it was the author was trying to tell me What was going on? Why was some man Shane being awoken to cops standing over him and why was he covered in salt? Usually I tend to favor books that are fiction however this book is a narration of Shane's who is uite sarcastic further complicating life It's a relatively short book and only gives you a short portion of Shane's life however by the end of the book you are left feeling you truly know Shane This book contains a ton of plot twists but if you stick with it you will be pleased The author did a great job of keeping me laughing yet he wrote a story that I was sad to see end


  10. TJ Mayes TJ Mayes says:

    I'm finding it increasingly difficult to find novels targeted at cynical twentysomething males so I had high hopes for Neilan's first book The plot is difficult to explain but Neilan's site sums it up better than I could It's about one man's desperate fight to assign absolutely no meaning to modern life It's also about sleeping in the bathroom at work getting framed for a deaf lady's murder and how it feels to get beat up by a girlThe narrative was a little forced but there were four or five passages discussing cubicles and forced corporate teambuilding activities that made me cry because I was laughing so hard This is embarrassing enough when you're by yourself; but in an almost empty depressing diner off a country road it's downright humiliating But it was the kind of humiliation that is good for the soulIf you're interested in his commentary on office culture but don't want to read the entire book message me and I can send you my Kindle Highlights


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10 thoughts on “Apathy and Other Small Victories

  1. Susan Susan says:

    This is the kind of book for people who like their humor like they like their coffee black with just a twinge of a bitter aftertaste In fact the story that's being told here has a lot in common with caffeine you suspect that it's not really good for you but it provides you with a satisfying fix In this case the fix is a good dose of schadenfreude or maybe just the vicarious satisfaction of observing other people behaving badly Basically Apathy is a jaunt through total nihilism The plot follows a loser who by doing absolutely nothing productive to advance his own situation in life somehow ends up extricated in a very bizarre chain of events involving several affairs and a murder investigation There isn't a single really sympathetic character in the whole lot and yet as a train wreck it's uite the page turner To say the conclusion was a bit too tidy is an understatement considering the extent of what goes down but overall it was entertaining in a warped sort of way I have a feeling Family Guy fans would probably enjoy this book because my reaction to so many of the situations and conversations in the book is pretty much like the typical reaction to that show about a 5050 mix of indignation and amusement Don't say that I didn't warn you

  2. Kristen Kristen says:

    This book so far is so damn funny I was actually roaring with laughter To be sure it's not the most politically correct humor but it really is terribly funny I'm not even sure I'm through the first chapter and I kept having to put the book down and laugh and wipe my eyes It's the kind of read that you wish someone was there with you so you could read it out loud to them and make them laugh too It's the kind of funny that when you're TRYING to read it out loud you almost can't because you're choking with laughter Seriously seriously hilarious Dark But funny funny stuff Many thumbs up

  3. David Katzman David Katzman says:

    Well I must admit I have felt rather apathetic about writing this review I know I know obvious joke But the odd thing is it’s true And it’s not that I didn’t enjoy Apathy I certainly did Despite the fact that it’s one of the worst book titles I’ve ever read Is the seuel going to be called Meh? Followed up by Not So Much and Whatevs?The story itself is a twisted version of Office Space The main character Shane is a slacker who lands a temp job he doesn’t want at the insurance company where his abusive girlfriend works Of course he never actually tells her that she’s abusive That would take too much effort Instead he allows her to beat the crap out of him during sex He has an odd friendship with his deaf dental hygienist and sleeps with his landlord’s wife once a week By reuest Of the landlord It’s complicated And then shit happens As you might guess the main character lives a life of apathy Or accurately jaded detachment With the exception of his seemingly sincere friendship with his deaf hygienist—despite the fact that he makes fun of her behind her back—whom he seems to really like At points Shane teeters on opening up to someone about himself To admit he has feelings Under the surface he seems to care But he never takes it further than a brief internal debate He can’t seem to figure out how to express himself directly He doesn’t have the guts to show his feelings Instead he deflects emotions with mocking humor directed at everything and everyone around him Most of whom are set up by Neilan as deserving to be skewered It’s rather like how in movies even if the hero or anti hero has to kill many people to achieve his goal they are usually set up as “bad people” in some fashion so you don’t hate the hero So every institution and individual Shane rips into pretty much deserves it and that leaves Shane mostly sympathetic Except for his general inertia of courseBeyond the title Apathy left me feeling undecided Ironic no? Some elements I uite enjoyed The main character was often hilarious but with a cynical ironic tone that kept him at a distance He was generally well intentioned but also an obnoxious asshole I must call out specifically that I hated his casual use of the word “retarded” I do feel its okay to hate a character’s attributes even if it’s hard to tell if the author is neutral or critical Since people are often unlikable I prefer an author be honest than sugar coat humanity The book had great energy throughout but the ending fizzled The plot was rather intriguing but also far fetched and I felt the whole “there’s been a murder” bit too easy Not a spoiler it’s on the back cover So you can see all my reactions are Yes but Yes but Not a good techniue for improv It’s that pull and push that left me non plussed I am glad that I read Apathy I’m going to call it a 35 with solid entertainment value and smatterings of cultural critiue that resonated positively

  4. Mona Mona says:

    Someone left this book on the plane and I thought it was going to be sociological study So glad I was wrong Funny as hell and oh so politically incorrect I had tears in my eyes from cracking up so hard I made my dad read it and he thinks I'm weird now but liked it too

  5. Charles Charles says:

    I started reading this book when a 16 year old student gave it to me I didn’t get past page 2 until summer though I liked it a lot Once summer hit I read 50 pages in one sitting and laughed convulsively the whole way through After another 50 I decided to set it aside for my trip to the beach next week because I wanted something really good to read It’s the hysterical 1st person narrative of a really messed up apathetic twenty something whose bizarre sense of humor and way of looking at things closely resembles mine than anyone real or fictional I’ve ever known It’s very offensive to just about everyone and I do not recommend it unless you really want to howl spasmodically at the insane human experience Lots of obscure pop culture references from the 80’s onward and the strong message that it’s okay to laugh at how worthless and counterproductive some of us were or are at a certain age But be warned even the author hopes his parents never read it as he dedicates it to them I’d be embarrassed if you told anyone I recommended it Don’t read it even if it’s the best thing I’ve read in a very long time

  6. Livius Nedin Livius Nedin says:

    Another reread here Apathy is uite possibly the funniest book I've ever read I highly recommend it to anyone with a sense of humor The unlikely hero of the novel becomes unwittingly involved in a murder investigation as it's prime suspectStolen salt shakers deaf folk karaoke and hours in a bathroom stallif only life were this much funWARNING People do tend to look at you funny when you bust out laughing reading this book

  7. Brandon Brandon says:

    Apathy and Other Small Victories follows Shane an aimless twenty eight year old wanderer  When he’s not in bed with his landlord’s wife he spends his time sleeping in the handicap stall of the insurance company he’s temping for  Well that and stealing salt shakers from dinersShane gets caught up in a murder investigation following the death of a friend a deaf dental assistant named Marlene  Shane seems to know than he’s letting on to the police can he escape arrest or does he even care?Before I get to the review allow me to be a tad self indulgent like those folks that post their life story before they give you a recipe onlineBack in 2008 I wasn’t what you would call a “Constant Reader”  Up to that point in my life my reading experience consisted of assigned reading in high school the odd wrestling biographymemoir and a handful of Chuck Palahniuk books  A friend of mine directed me to The Cult a fansite for Chuck that opened the door to books by authors with a similar style as well as books that Chuck personally recommended  If I recall correctly this was how I came to read House of Leaves The Raw Shark Texts and this book Apathy and Other Small VictoriesThose three books helped to light a fire in me so to speak  They showed me that reading wasn’t just “work” although some books can still feel that way and that it could be an enjoyable way to pass the time  So if anything I consider Paul Neilan’s lone novel a building block that would form the foundation of all that was to followThat being said I didn’t enjoy Apathy and Small Victories as much as I did the first go aroundDon’t get me wrong this was a fun read for the most part  The crime aspect is pretty solid and there are still plenty of laugh out loud jokes and scenes  I will say that Neilan’s take down of office life is chillingly accurate  I’ve definitely worked in one or two offices similar to what Shane describes  However I felt like he wouldn’t leave it alone after a while  Yes I get how soul crushing it can be to work in an office like that but I’m not interested in reading about how much it sucks over and over and over again as it becomes less of a story and of a platform to regurgitate some sort of deep seated hatred of office lifeWhen I finished this last night I was trying to figure out what about it spoke to me when I first read it eleven years ago  I mean no one in this book is likeable  The plot while memorable really isn’t anything special  Then I thought maybe it was of a shock to my system  Prior to this book I hadn’t read a true comedic novel before and I suppose the novelty of this must have blown my mind  It was like a nihilistic Office Space  For years I’ve held this up in my head as one of the better books I had ever read and since that initial read I’ve been clamoring for a follow up  Now that I’ve revisited it I don’t think I will be any longer

  8. Wendle Wendle says:

    This book in one word? Hilarious I was hooked from the first paragraph when Shane the first person narrator talks about stealing salt shakers and waking up in bed covered in salt Every page made me smile snort chortle giggle cackle and on than a few occasions lose control of my breathingFor someone so indifferent Shane paints a vivid and all too accurate picture of the world and people around him He doesn’t judge positively or negatively much he simply observesI genuinely loved every character Or at least i loved them through Shane’s detached point of view I particularly liked his relationship or lack thereof with his landlords’s wife whose name we never learn because Shane really doesn’t care he does love her though—because she doesn’t careThe people and the situations are 100% ridiculous but the thought processes and delivery from Shane are perfection If i ever need a uick gigglesnort in the future this will be the book to pick up and randomly read a few paragraphs ofMy longer review with spoilers can be read at

  9. Chloe Williams Chloe Williams says:

    When I first saw Apathy and Other Small Victories I was drawn in by the cover sparked by further interest I decided to go ahead and read the first couple of pages Immediately I was confused The book starts off rather abruptly and most of the book continues along the same path Which would usually make me set the book back down and carry on with my life but I couldn't help but wonder what it was the author was trying to tell me What was going on? Why was some man Shane being awoken to cops standing over him and why was he covered in salt? Usually I tend to favor books that are fiction however this book is a narration of Shane's who is uite sarcastic further complicating life It's a relatively short book and only gives you a short portion of Shane's life however by the end of the book you are left feeling you truly know Shane This book contains a ton of plot twists but if you stick with it you will be pleased The author did a great job of keeping me laughing yet he wrote a story that I was sad to see end

  10. TJ Mayes TJ Mayes says:

    I'm finding it increasingly difficult to find novels targeted at cynical twentysomething males so I had high hopes for Neilan's first book The plot is difficult to explain but Neilan's site sums it up better than I could It's about one man's desperate fight to assign absolutely no meaning to modern life It's also about sleeping in the bathroom at work getting framed for a deaf lady's murder and how it feels to get beat up by a girlThe narrative was a little forced but there were four or five passages discussing cubicles and forced corporate teambuilding activities that made me cry because I was laughing so hard This is embarrassing enough when you're by yourself; but in an almost empty depressing diner off a country road it's downright humiliating But it was the kind of humiliation that is good for the soulIf you're interested in his commentary on office culture but don't want to read the entire book message me and I can send you my Kindle Highlights

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