Official Review: murdering the macho managers by ben reuben

Please use this sub-forum to discuss any fiction books or series that do not fit into one of the other categories. If the fiction book fits into one the other categories, please use that category instead.
Forum rules
Authors and publishers are not able to post replies in the review topics.
Post Reply
User avatar
InStoree
Previous Member of the Month
Posts: 1552
Joined: 04 Jan 2019, 14:59
2019 Reading Goal: 20
2019 Reading Goal Completion: 205
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 157
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-instoree.html
Latest Review: murdering the macho managers by ben reuben

Official Review: murdering the macho managers by ben reuben

Post by InStoree »

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "murdering the macho managers" by ben reuben.]
Book Cover
3 out of 4 stars
Share This Review


In a corrupt society where the macho managers lead through aggression and disinterest on the welfare of their employees, there is a remedy for the malevolent regimes - murder. What happens when the work environment becomes intolerable, and the balance between justice and mercy is unstable? The author of this book introduces us to a satirical fiction about "how some people treated others at work," before The Human Rights Act from 1998 infiltrated in the companies system. During this transition period, testing of the new measures didn't appear to be part of the plan. Ben Reuben shed light on the gesellschaft organizations which strengthen the structural dysfunctionalities of the workplace.

Murdering the Macho Managers (the absurd tale of an erstwhile journeyman personnel officer) breaks the ice with advertising Stephen Foster's company, the Fosters Imposters Incorporated. His enterprise operates under the mantra of an anti-macho manager, and his aim is to solve the institutional discrepancies of modern society. According to him, the ultimate solution to dealing with these manipulative employers is murder. His business has been merged with a box manufacturing organization and helped the stressed workers to overcome the overwhelming situations. This absurd novel is an illustration of how people in power are constantly going against the code of conduct, and how the self-centered managers influence employee behavior and company success. Will Foster be able to fulfill his mission?

I was drawn into the story by the ironic and ridiculous approach to some miscellaneous topics, such as sexual and racial discrimination. The author's style of letting the cat out of the bag made me giggle on several occasions. He created a relaxed atmosphere in my reading space, although the subjects discussed are far from pleasant. It was easy to relate to the absurd situations that the characters were facing, as the similarities between a contract of employment and one of slavery are still found in modern-day workplaces. The nihilistic nature of the boss, Hadrian, is highlighted by his "ignorance, fear, hatred, lust and greed." But Stephen Foster taught me the basic principles of the macho managers, and I was able to understand the reasons behind Hadrian's actions better. This clause I loved the most:
Macho managers know who the worst treated employees are in the workplace. He would not help them because he knows his place and according to the macho manager, they clearly already know theirs.
Ben Reuben's work gives sense to the nonsense. I fathomed the natural quality of Hadrian's attitude towards his employees, as smaller beings, as if to him they mean "nothing." After all, what is the point of respecting your staff and doing what is right for their well-being when you already pay their monthly bills?

The sharp contrasts between reasonable and outrageous could easily capture you and carry you through some satirical scenes. But I would have liked to see a consistency in the absurdity. Somehow, it left me with the impression that there was still enough room to fill the novel with taunting pieces until it reached its peak. Although it didn't satisfy my thirst for parody, it didn't seem appropriate to drop one star. Perhaps half of it, but this wasn't an option. Overall, I felt that the book clearly conveyed the message, and the bizarre etiquette was ingeniously blended with the topics. With over 30 years of service in human resources, managerial, public and private sectors, the author's personal experiences were reflected in Foster's personality.

I wish I could give it a maximum rating, but I found enough editorial errors to drop it to 3 out of 4 stars. Most of them consisted of missing hyphens and unnecessary or absent commas. It wasn't distracting, but they were persistent. I think this work would appeal most to fans of satirical pieces of literature. I doubt that those who enjoy a traditional plot development would find it satisfying. I encountered a few profane words and an erotic scene with light content. There are some religious references within the absurd material, so if you know yourself sensitive to ironic humor, I'd suggest avoiding this book. Personally, this comic reading has brightened my mood, and I would recommend it to those who wish to pause the ethical behavior, at least for a moment.

******
murdering the macho managers
View: on Bookshelves
Keep It Stupid Simple!

User avatar
Wyland
Posts: 1159
Joined: 27 May 2019, 03:22
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 444
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-wyland.html
Latest Review: The Cult Next Door by Elizabeth R. Burchard, Judith L. Carlone

Post by Wyland »

Looks like a light read on some serious staff on organizational dynamics. Thanks for the wonderful review.

User avatar
InStoree
Previous Member of the Month
Posts: 1552
Joined: 04 Jan 2019, 14:59
2019 Reading Goal: 20
2019 Reading Goal Completion: 205
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 157
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-instoree.html
Latest Review: murdering the macho managers by ben reuben

Post by InStoree »

Wyland wrote:
16 Aug 2019, 06:12
Looks like a light read on some serious staff on organizational dynamics. Thanks for the wonderful review.
Thanks for your comment, Wyland! I hope you'll give it a try.
Keep It Stupid Simple!

User avatar
ButterscotchCherrie
Review Team Guidelines Team Leader
Posts: 5002
Joined: 29 Apr 2017, 02:00
2019 Reading Goal: 104
2019 Reading Goal Completion: 76
2018 Reading Goal: 104
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 65
2017 Reading Goal: 50
2017 Reading Goal Completion: 50
Currently Reading: Adult Children
Bookshelf Size: 321
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-butterscotchcherrie.html
Latest Review: Life, Loss and Love by Susan Nicholson
Reading Device: B00JG8GOWU

Post by ButterscotchCherrie »

That title grabbed my attention! As a freelancer, I guess I can afford to have a laugh at the horrors of workplaces - I guess this satire has some truth behind it. Thank you for your interesting review.

User avatar
OuKoyoo
Posts: 178
Joined: 20 Jul 2019, 17:01
2019 Reading Goal: 40
2019 Reading Goal Completion: 7
Currently Reading: The Barnyard Buddies Meet a Newcomer
Bookshelf Size: 24
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-oukoyoo.html
Latest Review: Do I Need a Will or a Trust by Taylor Willingham

Post by OuKoyoo »

The title of the book is an attention-grabber. Looking forward to reading the book. Thank you for the insightful review.

User avatar
kandscreeley
Special Discussion Leader
Posts: 10209
Joined: 31 Dec 2016, 20:31
2019 Reading Goal: 95
2019 Reading Goal Completion: 86
Currently Reading: Sunshine at the Academy
Bookshelf Size: 347
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-kandscreeley.html
Latest Review: Lucy by Thea Ramsay

Post by kandscreeley »

It's too bad about the errors, but it sounds quite thought-provoking. I'm not sure I am ready for a satirical work at the moment, but I appreciate the information.
Good books, like good friends, are few and chosen; the more select, the more enjoyable.
-Louisa May Alcott
Latest Review: Lucy by Thea Ramsay

User avatar
Cecilia_L
Previous Member of the Month
Posts: 4430
Joined: 08 Jun 2018, 22:16
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 368
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-cecilia-l.html
Latest Review: It Is What It Is by Stephanie White

Post by Cecilia_L »

I agree that the title is an attention grabber. It's a shame about the errors, but I appreciate your candid review.

User avatar
Lunastella
Posts: 1984
Joined: 27 Apr 2018, 16:22
2019 Reading Goal: 100
2019 Reading Goal Completion: 20
2018 Reading Goal: 100
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 12
Currently Reading: Cuckoo Unleashed
Bookshelf Size: 1837
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-lunastella.html
Latest Review: Winners and Losers in words and cartoons by Arthur Hartz

Post by Lunastella »

I enjoy satire when it's well-developed and I've certainly had my fair share of awful managers and not so pleasant work experiences, so I can relate.
Satire can be a powerful tool to point out what's wrong with society. It's a shame the book had editing issues.
Thank you for such an interesting review!

User avatar
Chrystal Oaks
Posts: 755
Joined: 09 Jan 2019, 15:27
2019 Reading Goal: 24
2019 Reading Goal Completion: 116
Favorite Book: The Sister Circle
Currently Reading: Fulfillment
Bookshelf Size: 474
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-chrystal-oaks.html
Latest Review: E M P Honeymoon by Dorothy May Mercer

Post by Chrystal Oaks »

This book sounds similar to a television show called, "The Office." I didn't watch it because it was a bit too bizarre for me. I have a feeling this book will be the same way. :eusa-think: I'm glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for your great review! :-)
We do not simply live in this universe. The universe lives within us.

- Neil deGrasse Tyson

User avatar
InStoree
Previous Member of the Month
Posts: 1552
Joined: 04 Jan 2019, 14:59
2019 Reading Goal: 20
2019 Reading Goal Completion: 205
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 157
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-instoree.html
Latest Review: murdering the macho managers by ben reuben

Post by InStoree »

ButterscotchCherrie wrote:
16 Aug 2019, 06:45
That title grabbed my attention! As a freelancer, I guess I can afford to have a laugh at the horrors of workplaces - I guess this satire has some truth behind it. Thank you for your interesting review.
Thank you for stopping by, ButterscotchCherrie, and sharing your thoughts! I'm glad you don't deal with macho managers or any kind of managers. They could really give some headaches.
OuKoyoo wrote:
16 Aug 2019, 12:27
The title of the book is an attention-grabber. Looking forward to reading the book. Thank you for the insightful review.
I hope you'll enjoy it! Thank you for your enthusiastic comment, OuKoyoo!
kandscreeley wrote:
16 Aug 2019, 17:12
It's too bad about the errors, but it sounds quite thought-provoking. I'm not sure I am ready for a satirical work at the moment, but I appreciate the information.
The errors won't interfere with the essence of the book. Whenever you feel ready for an ironical read, this book will reach the expectations. Thanks for honesty, kandscreeley !
Cecilia_L wrote:
17 Aug 2019, 14:12
I agree that the title is an attention grabber. It's a shame about the errors, but I appreciate your candid review.
Yes, the title also gave me the first impulse to pick this book. The content didn't disappoint, despite the errors. Thank you for taking the time to read my review, Cecilia!
Lunastella wrote:
19 Aug 2019, 19:18
I enjoy satire when it's well-developed and I've certainly had my fair share of awful managers and not so pleasant work experiences, so I can relate.
Satire can be a powerful tool to point out what's wrong with society. It's a shame the book had editing issues.
Thank you for such an interesting review!
I hear you! I related with some parts of the book, but the satirical touch suspended the bitterness and made me laugh. The author did an amazing job of revealing the truism hidden behind the modern mask of the workplaces. I feel lucky that I'm not surrounded anymore by these people who know everything and best. Plus, if they do show up on my path in the future, Reuben's method is always a possibility to make them vanish 😁
I appreciate your sincere comment, Lunastella! Thank you!
Chrystal Oaks wrote:
19 Aug 2019, 22:46
This book sounds similar to a television show called, "The Office." I didn't watch it because it was a bit too bizarre for me. I have a feeling this book will be the same way. :eusa-think: I'm glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for your great review! :-)
I'm sorry! I'm not familiar with this show, but I will have a look, now that you mention it. Most probably, I would enjoy it! Thanks for sharing, Chrystal!
Keep It Stupid Simple!

Lizziemarcel
Posts: 176
Joined: 29 Jun 2020, 09:38
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 22
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-lizziemarcel.html
Latest Review: Dynomike: Pay It Forward by Frankie B. Rabbit

Post by Lizziemarcel »

Thanks for this beautiful review. I would love to read this book cause I've being a victim of being maltreated at work having a boss who is a tyrant that keeps deaf ear to the employees, which is quite disheartening.

User avatar
Priyanka2304
Posts: 759
Joined: 18 Mar 2019, 05:38
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 31
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-priyanka2304.html
Latest Review: Winners and Losers in words and cartoons by Arthur Hartz

Post by Priyanka2304 »

This book caught my attention from its intriguing title. I just hope the inconsistencies in the book be soughted out. Thanks for the review.

User avatar
khaulah
Posts: 298
Joined: 13 Dec 2019, 08:57
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 46
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-khaulah.html
Latest Review: We are Voulhire: A New Arrival under Great Skies by Matthew Tysz

Post by khaulah »

This is such a unique book, and the review has convinced me it would be a good read despite the editorial errors. Good work!

User avatar
Nerea
Bookshelves Moderator
Posts: 1940
Joined: 11 May 2018, 05:13
2019 Reading Goal: 15
2019 Reading Goal Completion: 166
2018 Reading Goal: 10
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 80
Favorite Author: William H. Coles
Currently Reading: We are Voulhire: A New Arrival under Great Skies
Bookshelf Size: 419
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-nerea.html
Latest Review: Diamond and Pearls by Julien Ayotte
fav_author_id: 89641

Post by Nerea »

It is distressing when the work environment becomes intolerable. It's commendable that the author addresses the issue in his writing and enlightens the reader on how things improved for workers. The book seems to be worth the time. I will check it. Thank you for your thoughtful and insightful review. Good job.
"Regular reading improves your grammar."

Post Reply

Return to “Other Fiction Forum”