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Bookclub: The Discussion of Bang: Memoirs of a Relationship Assassin (spoilers)

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Offline Susanne Reading The Rose Petal Beach by Dorothy Koomson
14 Apr 2012, 06:37 AM | Post: #1

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14 Apr 2012, 03:14 PM | Post: #3

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RE: Bookclub: The Discussion of Bang: Memoirs of a Relationship Assassin (spoilers)

This post was last modified: 14 Apr 2012 03:21 PM by Chitma.
OK... I read this book ages ago and sorry but my tbr is soooo long that i havent got round to re-reading it...
but I do remember the one thing that really stood out for me with this book and that was the accuracy and attention to detail of the characterisation... so much so that in my review I did wonder how much people watching David did...

The other main thing I want to say about this and indeed, all the other books/stories David has written is that they are all, for me, very easy reads. That is not to say that they have no substance, far from it, I mean that i get so totally lost in the wonderful stories and characters, that time simply runs away from me. Due to various concentration issues I have, this rarely happens as my mind wanders about all over the place...

And the best bit for me was the wonderful trip down 80s music memory lane... made me right smile with personal memory links...

Sorry I haven't said much about the story, but as I said I read it in January... but the above things are what have stayed with me... If I get chance I will give it a re-read, but I can't promise to...
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14 Apr 2012, 03:22 PM | Post: #4

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RE: Bookclub: The Discussion of Bang: Memoirs of a Relationship Assassin (spoilers)

I'm half way back through re-reading it (as my memory is dreadful, I can't remember the details of a book after I've read it, often while I'm reading it Big Grin )
I completely agree with your "ease of reading" comments. The other book I'm reading is not holding me so much with the actual writing, the story is interesting enough and I want to read it to the end, but sometimes you just aren't gripped. But with David's books, you are in there and hours have past and you are dying for a cuppa and a pee.
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14 Apr 2012, 03:54 PM | Post: #5

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I enjoyed reading this book too, and can agree with Joo's comment that you get caught up in the story. I usually read my kindle for a while when I first wake up; one morning I was reading this book and before I knew it hubby was saying goodbye and rushing out of the door - I'd read for over an hour without realising it!

I find people interesting and so enjoy books with complex characters. It was fascinating to find out why Scott was the way that he was and how his past had moulded him. I loved the character of Becky and was sad that they couldn't stay together, but I did enjoy the way that his professional relationship with Emma matured so that they became a team, that he found an ally there.

I thought that the story was very well written.

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14 Apr 2012, 04:27 PM | Post: #6

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RE: Bookclub: The Discussion of Bang: Memoirs of a Relationship Assassin (spoilers)

I loved it, it was fun, it was light, it was emotional and it was totally credible although our friend Scott here seemed to have a problem keeping away from trouble !

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14 Apr 2012, 05:19 PM | Post: #7

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RE: Bookclub: The Discussion of Bang: Memoirs of a Relationship Assassin (spoilers)

It was light, mostly, but there were some "darker" bits. Like when he's Andy and when Becky had got the photos.
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Offline LorraineArndell Reading The Mutilation Machination By Shaun Jeffrey
14 Apr 2012, 05:30 PM | Post: #8

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RE: Bookclub: The Discussion of Bang: Memoirs of a Relationship Assassin (spoilers)

I cried Joo. I don't want to think about that.
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15 Apr 2012, 08:53 AM | Post: #9

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I have just finished reading this and thoroughly enjoyed it. The characters were very diverse, I love John who I classed as the loveable rogue, but when Andy came into the story, he was a totally different kettle of fish. I love the way we learnt about Scotts past and the reasons for some of his behaviour.
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RE: Bookclub: The Discussion of Bang: Memoirs of a Relationship Assassin (spoilers)

The great thing about book clubs is that they oblige me to read books that I would never have chosen for myself. This is one of those books. The basic theme (an individual earning a living by breaking up relationships) felt uncomfortably unpalatable and for that reason it's not a book I would have opted to read.
That feeling of reluctance persisted for a couple of chapters, but then the tale really took off and rattled along at a great pace, carrying me with it.
I found strong characterisation, convincing dialogue, surprising twists and turns, and a use of language that is simply stunning. There are a couple of things in the plot that didn't quite work for me, and I was slightly disappointed at the end to find that 'Scott' had settled back into his 'unpalatable' career, but that only put a minor dent into the enjoyment.
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