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Very funny and smart

Very funny to read, amazing speed of story telling and an interesting combination of funny anecdotes, some serious messages, good descriptions of the moments in time the book describes (and makes you think). I felt like being on a passage in time of my own life, but not just... Definitely recommendable to read!

Rating 5 / 5 *

Original Posting: Caspar | October 28, 2013 | Source Link: Amazon.com
Subject: Amazon Consumer Review
(Posted on Jan 11, 2014 at 09:31PM ) Tags:
Funny, side splitting a laugh a minute

Really enjoyed reading this. You will too. 

Bob takes you on a rollicking ride on different weddings he's been to.

Rating: 4 / 5 *

Original Posting: Stepurplehayes | October 16, 2013 | Source Link: Amazon.co.UK
A fun-packed race around the world of weddings

With this book, Bob has defined a new way of writing: witty, funny, (geo)politically involved and without needing the boring details of a plot. You can read it in a few goes or, like I did, in little chunks. The conversations are funny, the style is, at times, mind boggling. The background thoughts about marriage and the world all together are entertaining and definitively give you food for thought.

The continuous alliterations are razorsharp and after reading the book, I guess everybody wants to have a "beer, booze and some banter with Bobby Bo and Dr LoveSexy!"

Looking forward to the second part of the trilogy.


Rating: 5 / 5 *

Original Posting: Joris Siroo | November 24, 2013 | Source Link: Amazon.com
Totally original book - cool idea, cool tour of the world

Gives an interesting and lively tour of the world through weddings, along with some amazing music tips ... this guy has a wedding problem!

Rating: 4 / 5 *

Original Posting: Jeff F | December 9, 2013 | Source Link: Amazon.com
Exposé into a band of professional wedding attendess that makes a fascinating read

This is a fascinating look at a person's life who loves attending weddings, really fancy weddings. It is very well written. I found myself so absorbed by this book, I finished it in less than 24 hours. The book describes how a group of individuals who met in Spain at business school got together at weddings around the world.

Some strong characters emerge putting you on the edge of your seat as the book, like a good crime or suspense novel, transitions from one interesting cultural situation to another. At the same time you gain stunning insight into different places, different ways of thinking and some world events that were happening at the time. It is also quite funny in parts. I keep wondering what would cause someone to spend so much effort and expense to attend so many weddings. I guess the weddings were really fun!

Rating: 5 / 5 *

Original Posting: Andrew Ross | November 8, 2013 | Source Link: Amazon.com
Subject: Tenerife #18 - Death List and Oprah Winfrey
(Posted on Jan 10, 2014 at 04:17PM ) Tags:
Per the poolside discussion in Tenerife with Billy Brant and Grant Lipman (aka Student Grant), DeathList (with no space between being the proper way to write it per the site) really does exist, and it's been going for decades now. Their tagline is certainly pretty catchy.


Bobby Bo wouldn't make up stuff like that, but he might make up other stuff. Another example of fact being more interesting and stranger than fiction.

N.B. It is in no way connected to the movie, Death List (2006), which looks pretty bad, judging from the trailer.

Even the mention of Oprah Winfrey being on DeathList 1990 in position #30 at the tender age of 36 years old is factual. What were those guys on about way back then with that? That's another matter altogether.

Fast forward to present day, and it looks like the lads hit a record year with DeathList 2013, bagging a record bumper crop of 13 / 50 stiffs. Seems they are getting better with their picks over the years. What will DeathList 2014 bring? Take a look as there are, as always, some interesting candidates, but no one really unexpectedly young, save one.

Last, but important, Bobby Bo was at a wedding in the summer of 2012 in the UK countryside way out past Stonehenge. Billy Brant finally tied the knot, but  the bride's identity is a surprise for now. Sure enough, Student Grant, still not married like this cat  tapping the keyboard, was there too, We both had another good laugh about DeathList one more time 18 years later.

This rather odd, annual Brit hobby, or pursuit, will reappear in future dialogue in one of the next two books in the Wedding Chronciles trilogy. It's just too good to pass up.


Subject: Iceland #71 - Budir - Church and Hotel
(Posted on Jan 10, 2014 at 03:29PM ) Tags:
There are several spectacular photos capturing the breathtaking area in and around the church at different times of the year in that remote area on the Snaefellsnes peninsula of west Iceland where Wedding #71 was held.

No matter how I tried to describe the church itself in words in the book, the outside and inside of which are shown nicely in these two photos.

 

The surrounding area is definitely best shown via imagery, so I didn't even bother to try that with words. More shots of the church, hotel, surrounding region (and indeed all across the country) can be found on this Pinterest Board.

The cozy and welcoming Hótel Búðir was where the follow-on reception was held ithat ran well into the early hours of the next day, and it was really just steps away from the church. After all the wedding merriment of that evening, the journey to bed was luckily even shorter than the stroll to church that afternoon.
 

Generally, this Nordic island nation of Iceland makes for a fantastic place to get away from it all, chill out, and take in the great outdoors on many fronts with various activities and adventures of your choice. You can get your urban comfort and entertaiment  fix as needed in Reykjavik for a few days.
 


 
Subject: Music Playlists for Wedding Chronicles
(Posted on Jan 9, 2014 at 11:12PM ) Tags:
The music playlists for every chapter (or wedding) in Wedding Chronicles can be listened to on:

Spotify       YouTube 

Just click on your platform icon of choice. Each location has playlists broken down by chapter, and one long one for the full novel. There is also a separate playlist for all the couples' first dances taken from the weddings in the book, in the order of chapter sequence.

The music angle is designed to add a whole new layer to the reading experience, by setting the ambience and background for the tale. In many cases songs are tied to the cultures and parts of the world where the story is set, the couple's heritage(s), or the general time period in history.

At other times, some of the somg lyrics drop some additional clues to the storyline or hints about certain characters, or even what might be going on inside Bobby Bo's head at the time. Sometimes these hints and clues are subtle, and at other times, very much not so. 

Great music is an essential ingredient to any successful and fun wedding, and so it is also an integral part of the book as a soundtrack. Each chapter or wedding playlist is roughly timed to be as long as it takes to read a given chapter in one sitting. But if you read very quickly, or very slowly, it may not synch up. But hey, that's the way the cookie crumbles. 

If reading and listening to music drives you nuts, you can always listen separately. And finally, if you don't like music at all, that is fine too.

The book experience stands alone with just the words, but the playlists are designed to take it another notch higher, from uhh, sorta kinda like Nigel Tufnel's guitar amplifier in This Is Spinal Tap (1984) and this scene below.
CIA meets Peter Pan

Bob is an engineer cum storywriter. The result is Wedding Chronicles, a really different, inspiring and fun read. Basically this book is about a sequence of very diverse weddings all over the world. You get to know the highlights of each ceremony (which is not necessarily the wedding dress) and become witness to conversations related to the region or to important events at the time of each wedding.

Lots of witty wording (not by "coink-e-dink"), naming and conversations like the one where a friend (himself married three times already) talks about the greatness of marriage and asks Bob when he finally thinks to get settled … this book makes you laugh! 

Bob’s initial and final musings about weddings give the reader the chance to reflect on his own experiences, while Peter Pan ignores that his time for decision making won’t last forever. But hey, if you work for the CIA – as most of his friends apparently believe – your priorities must be set somewhere. Or maybe the sheer number of weddings equals a decent vaccination against marriage.

This is also a book about a friend of his friends, where Bob is the big gatherer of his friends’ weddings, while forgetting about hunting down his own.

It is hard to believe – as the author claims - that there were no notes taken for all the detailed descriptions.  In any case Bob mastered a serious issue of data gathering.

The format makes it possible to put the book aside … you don’t lose track if you leave time between reading the chapters. And if you want to completely immerse, with each chapter Bob has created a fine set of music playlists, which will put you in the right mood while reading. Extraordinary.

Rating: 5 / 5 *

Original Posting: WE | December 22, 2013 | Source Link: Amazon.DE
Brilliant

What an interesting, unique and hilarious read. One of its hidden strengths is true artistry with description and dialogue. The characters are memorable, and it rolls along like a freight train with never a dull moment. The base premise of weddings through the eyes of a man make it a must read.

Rating: 5 / 5 *

Original Posting: José Garcia | September 13, 2013 | Source Link: Amazon.ES