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Bulls, Bands, and London [Paperback]

John Meyer
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ABOUT THE BOOK: Neil Jarvis believes that the wild and sexy Jordan is the best thing in his otherwise predictable life. So when she mysteriously disappears in England after their first big fight, he drops everything in order to search for her and win back her heart. Now while his journey begins in the rock 'n' roll wonderland of London, it unexpectedly leads him to the chaotic debauchery of Pamplona's San Fermin Festival. And that's where salacious secrets are uncovered that inevitably test Neil and Jordan's roller coaster relationship-and threaten to tear them apart. FOR PHOTOS & EXCERPTS AND TO CHECK OUT MEYER'S "BULLETS, BUTTERFLIES, AND ITALY": Please visit www.johnmeyerbooks.com

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5.0 out of 5 stars Britpop, travel and romance Dec 6 2013
By Laura
Format:Paperback
Just finished reading Bulls, Bands and London and enjoyed every page. Couldn't put it down the night I started reading it and was halfway through before I was forced to turn out the light for the night. If you're a fan of travel, Britpop, London or Spain then you'll enjoy this fictional travel memoir. This is the author's second book and he has really hit his stride with his characters and you feel that you are traveling along with the lead character Neil as he journeys through London and Pamplona in search of his love Jordan. Some twists and turns, along with running of the bulls, and you have a very satisfactory conclusion to this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great fictional travelogue! Jan. 16 2014
By TJ
Format:Kindle Edition
Bulls, Bands and London is another fun frolic from the mind of John Meyer. His characters are strong (one is VERY strong!) and I found myself unable to put the book down, it moved along at such a brisk clip. I was pulling for his main character Neil the whole way, and while I was sometimes frustrated with his behaviour, I was pleased that things turned out the way they did.
Being a lover of music in general (and some Britpop specifically), I thoroughly enjoyed the musical discussions, concert bits and the clever chapter titles.

What I find the most fun about John's books is the way that they interweave fiction with fact, along with some often amusing and always enlightening historical facts. During Neil's stay in London, I managed to get some good lessons (never preachy-teachy, always entertaining) on Admiral Nelson, assorted castles and such, without the flow ever being disturbed. I loved that part.

Highly recommend for fiction and travel lovers alike.
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Main Character Neil - You just want to sit on him, slap him HARD and tell him to wake UP!
After flipping each page I just kept saying to myself,"Self? I dont know if I like this Neil person or where this is going."

But that is the point.. you arent suppose to like every character are you?

This book is not for the traditionalists who are looking for a character named John Meyer. It's also not for traditionalists who are looking for typical plots or themes usually found in fiction.

It's superficially dark - Can I say that? Does that make sense? It seems this writer has grabbed a hold of the travelling anti-hero genre and just won't let go - no pathos, no empathy and a new way to read - with no preconceived notions about how this is going to end.
Walking a fine line between train wreck and hero, without giving too much away, our underwhelmed, coasting-through-life hero stumbles onto reality and his masculinity in Pamplona. It might be an obvious literary metaphor if it weren't for the fact that this is partially a memoir and fictional memoirs have to walk a fine line between believability and suspension of disbelief.

So there is tension here but not where'd it's typically placed - no car chases, missing tourists or arrests but internal tension that always seems the most mentally tasking and gratifying for people who love realist portaits of life; travelling from outside to the inside, exploring the hidden depths of a soul is always the best way to travel..
I give it five stars..
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best of its kind. Jan. 12 2014
By Alain Savoie - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
This is John Meyer's 2nd novel into a genre that's not often sought after. It's considered a Travel Memoir, but it feels, most of the time like it's actually a fictional drama, with key in-depth descriptions of places you may never get the chance to visit. The story flows smoothly, constantly keeping you interested of what will happen next. The characters you'll grow to like or hate. You'll feel like smacking Neil and dumping Jordan. But at the same time, wondering all along how it will all settle. Expect some unexpected twists as well. What I like best about John's writing is his rants. You can tell he's been working as a television writer, where it's required to have witty one lines and comedic timing. Like his other novel, he often goes into these rants that is simply amusing to read.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Travel Book With a Difference Dec 1 2013
By Keidi Keating - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a great, funny book that takes readers into the heart of the music scene in London. It's a travel book with a difference - as the author John Meyer cleverly weaves fiction and a travel memoir into one!

This story follows Neil Jarvis on his journey to track down the love of his life, who he believes has gone to London. There are twists and turns and lots of drama... And to know the full story you'll have to read the book...
5.0 out of 5 stars Nostelgic musical journey Dec 1 2013
By Deborah Stellingwerff - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
John Meyer returns with his second novel, this time exploring the sights and cultural eccentricities of Pamplona and London. John continues to pioneer and develop the travel novel concept and, once again, successfully achieves an entertaining journey with Bulls, Bands and London. The exploration of the Britpop musical genre is worth the read alone and any novel peppered with musical references gets two thumbs up from me. I thoroughly enjoyed John's first offering, 'Bullets, Butterflies and Italy', and his latest work is a fantastic follow up.
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