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Subject: Iceland #71 - Búðir - 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 Snæfellsnes peninsula of west Iceland where this wedding was held.

No matter how Bob 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 Bob 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 related Pinterest Board Bob put together for this chapter. 

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: Jose Garcia | September 13, 2013 | Source Link: Amazon.ES
Excellent, funny and innovative

A fast-paced, engaging piece of work, perfectly described, with fabulous characters and stunning humour. There is some really great and off-the-wall writing here, and the pitch doesn't do it justice. Part global travelogue, part commentary on marriage and relationships, and much more, this novel is hard to pigeonhole. The music angle adds yet another dimension to the overall experience.

Rating: 5 / 5 *

Original Posting: 1 Word Nerd | November 28, 2013 | Source Link: Apple iBooks (CA)
Smart, funny, and full of surprises. WC is like listening to great jazz music or to Bach, there's something new to discover with every read! And the book even has its own playlists - awesome!

Rating: 5 / 5 *

Original Posting: AMC | October 18, 2013 | Source Link: Goodreads
Subject: Route and IATA Airport Codes
(Posted on Jan 8, 2014 at 11:50PM ) Tags:
For those trying to figure out any, some or many of those pesky-critter 3-letter codes throughout the book under "Route" in each chapter or wedding, this link for the IATA airport code system will demystify and help solve that matter. The International Air Transport Authority (IATA) airport code system designates codes for airports all around the world.


The series of 3-letter codes in each Wedding Chronicles chapter basically shows the start, interim and end points of how Bobby Bo got to those weddings and back again. Some are obvious, and many others not. It can also get tricky generally when some cities have multiple ariports. In that case, the one actually used at the time was picked for Wedding Chronicles.

Looking through the IATA list, some cities have some pretty funny letter combinations, as was underscored in Singapore #77 with FUK 'n FUN (standing for the airports in Fukuoka, Japan and Funafuti, Tuvalu, respectively). These two last references are pretty obscure, but sound great together. Not that Bob's been to either (geographical) place yet.


Hey, this is what happens with your headspace when spending long hours on planes going to weddings around the world as a single guy for adventure and amusement. But some years, these trips flew by in a blur just like outta this scene in Snatch.




Smart and funny must-read

From the geopolitical to gastronomic, from the playful to the poignantly personal, WC is full of fun wordplay, witty dialogue, and lively characters. The book provides a playlist of music for each wedding episode which adds another dimension to the whole reading experience. The book may even become addictive as you try to hunt down all the different references and allusions (whether historical, literary, comic...)! A definite must-read.

Ratting: 5 / 5 *

Original Posting: Ann | October 28, 2013 | Source Link: Amazon.com
Clever and funny commentary

Wedding Chronicles is a clever and funny book. Bobby Bo comments on various topics such as weddings, culture, politics, relationships, cuisine, music, wine, language and religion through his dialogue with the various characters with whom he eats, drinks, and travels the world.

I enjoyed Bobby's unique and catchy literary style. This is a book that should appeal to many different types of readers. Bo presents a cynical but playful perspective of a single bon vivant, who is not in a hurry to settle down. A fun read and I look forward to the next one!

Rating: 5 / 5 *

Original Posting: John Jones | October 27, 2013 | Source Link: Amazon.com
Everyone Loves A Wedding

This is a really funny book; I loved the character Bobby Bo and his escapades through the world of weddings. Most of us have been to more than one wedding and can see where the humour comes from; there is something in here for everyone to tune in to. I enjoyed the thoughts of Bobby Bo and felt that the book just flowed along.

There is a good sense of time and place through various destinations and settings. It is a lovely writing style with good characterisations; there are loads of different personalities offering different perspectives on the subject of weddings. It is clever and witty with well-crafted dialogue. This is the first book in a trilogy and I look forward to the next two.

The Kindle Book Review received a free copy of this book for an independent, fair, and honest review. We are not associated with the author or Amazon.

Rating: 4 / 5 *

Original Posting: Barbara Goldie | October 27, 2013 | Source Link: The Kindle Book Review on Amazon.com