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Strangers on a Bus [Kindle Edition]

Rob Manary
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Book Description

If you liked When Harry Met Sally, you'll fall in love with Robb and Gertrude from Strangers on a Bus...

Robb is crushed by a failed relationship with the love of his life and finds himself unexpectedly on a long bus trip from his adopted home in the U.S. back to his native Canada.

At the first stop in NYC, a girl gets on and so begins a contemplation of life, love, and strange events that will bring tears of laughter and heartache streaming down your face.

Is this girl Robb's real true love or just a rebound? How far can they get on a bus ride anyway?

This is a true story.

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About the Author

Robert Manary is an international playboy and man of mystery, with the charm and sophistication of James Bond shaken not stirred with a couple ounces of Cyrano de Bergerac, a dash of Rasputin, and garnished with the rapier wit of Thurston Howell the Third. That's how he sees himself, anyway. The truth is Robert Manary is a construct created to protect the dubious reputation of his Clark Kent like mild mannered writer/puppeteer/the man pulling the levers and breathing life into the Great and Powerful Oz (don't look too closely behind the curtain). Robert Manary's alter ego dropped out of Radio Broadcasting College to pursue a lucrative career bartending at a seedy gentlemen's club, played around stocking shelves at a small grocery store until he screwed up badly enough to be given a promotion, and finally left the glamorous life of fighting with Parmalat representatives over the quantity of soy milk required for a small Northern Ontario town to function adequately, for the bright lights of New York. Wow that was one long sentence! Manary is also a master of the run-on sentence, an abuser of commas, and has no idea how to properly use this bit of punctuation: ";" He also thinks he is much "cleverer" than he probably is. Manary is an award winning blogger, an erotic romance novel writer, the author of a pretty decent romantic comedy, and for a brief period in the early nineties served as dictator of a small South American country. Most of that is true. New York, New York, if you can make it there you can make it anywhere. Manary couldn't make it there, and with only a little prompting from law enforcement agents returned to Canada, and chronicled the journey in that pretty decent romantic comedy mentioned in a paragraph above. Manary is also an experimental artist who has no clue how to write an Author's Bio, and definitely no idea how to end one. He has only been in love once, and that didn't work out so well, but he dreams and dreams of that girl he's loved all along. Can a taste of love be so wrong? P.S. He is also a shameless plunderer of pop culture.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 310 KB
  • Print Length: 198 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1500460591
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004UIDETC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #914,776 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilariously romantic 8 Feb. 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I was requested a review of this book, so the editor sent me a free review copy in exchange of my most honest review.

I have really enjoyed quite a lot reading this true story of the author, Robb Logger, when he went on a bus trip from New York to his home town in Canada. It was such a funny read that it hooked me almost immediately. The result is that I have read it in three sittings. A romantic story with a very satirical and ironical tone, this story will make you laugh out loud (I did), go "awww", and even feel a bit sad. It has everything any reader would ask for in a book. The author keeps you hooked to his words by using the language in a very intelligent way, making literary, musical, and film references that are easily recognised by the reader. He has a very cool way of talking to the reader, so you feel like you are close to the events that are developing before your eyes.

When Robb hopped on the bus who would take him back to Canada, he wasn't expecting to meet someone that would change his life somehow. Meeting a girl who he will call Gertrude will turn the bus trip into something much more interesting, and will provide a lot of material to the book he was intending to write during the long journey. The book we can enjoy now. Follow Robb and Gertrude in this hilarious, romantic, ironic, emotional at times journey and you won't be disappointed.

The side characters that will appear along the story are well depicted and show the great skill this author has for creating memorable and realistic characters that will stay in your mind long after finishing the book. I didn't find any bad thing about this book, apart from some harmless typos and some too repetitive expressions.

I definitely recommend this book as the perfect weekend read. One of the best books I have read this year so far.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars When Robb met Gertrude - Yikes just Yikes 26 Jun. 2013
By AEB
Format:Kindle Edition
After an annoying start, when I wondered if I'd have the patience to read this book, I began to hear Robb's voice and even grew to like him! Essentially the strangers are travelling away from broken relationships and, in the space of the journey, find the person they are each supposed to be with. Robb and Gertrude are kindred spirits, each with a similar sense of the ridiculous and you will find yourself laughing along with them on the interminable bus ride. Their relationship moves along very quickly, unbelievably quickly - given the fact of their recent traumatic break-ups - but the closeness of travelling so far in close quarters lends some truth to the developing romance. Put scepticism aside, don't change seats, and read and enjoy!

This was sent to me as a read and review.(less)

Angela E BrooksGirls Night Out ... and other stories
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5.0 out of 5 stars You will fall in `like' with this book 8 May 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I am not normally a fan of first person narratives, pseudo memoirs parading as fiction or `road-trip' literature. Yet this narrator's infectious and heart-warming voice drew me into this compelling narrative as he journeyed to Canada with the delightful Gertrude.

Robb's personality jumps up from the page and makes the most mundane topic of conversation seem vital - he could write a chapter on paint drying and it would still hypnotise the reader. Whether he is talking about his ex's `Chernobyl breakdowns' or not telling the story about his Bulgarian celebrity barber, Robb's charm and wit seduces the reader with ease.

The dialogue between Gertrude and Robb is nothing short of spectacular - their chemistry jumps right off the page. If only Hollywood would employ someone like Robb to write the dialogue in their romantic comedies...

Throughout Strangers On A Bus, Rob constantly undercuts himself by pointing out that certain stories that he tells are not true. This device is employed in the most devastating manner possible at the very end of the book, a real lump in your throat moment.

Read this book and allow Robb to take you on a humorous but bittersweet journey that will stay with you long after you have read Strangers On A Bus.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Full of honesty, hearty, and hearty laughter 28 Jun. 2011
By Tiffany A. Harkleroad - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
When his girlfriend kicks him out, Rob decides to board a bus traveling from New York to Canada, and to document his adventures. Never did he imagine he would meet an interesting woman he dubs Gertrude, forming a bond that surprised even him. But what happens when her stop comes up?

If ever you are having a bad day, and need something to make you smile, this book is just the thing. Not only did this book make me laugh out loud, it warmed my heart. The majority of the book is intended to be humorous, but there are parts that really show a more tender side of our author, Rob. I loved getting that glimpse of a softer, fluffier version of that sharp, biting wit.

I loved watching the relationship between Rob and Gertrude blossom. They had a real connection, and the writing reflects that. It is full of honesty and heart, as well as hearty laughter. A brilliant follow up to his first book, Rob shows how truly talented he is.

Trust me, this book is sure to put a smile on your face.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You will fall in `like' with this book 8 May 2011
By Mr. Aman S. Anand - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I am not normally a fan of first person narratives, pseudo memoirs parading as fiction or `road-trip' literature. Yet this narrator's infectious and heart-warming voice drew me into this compelling narrative as he journeyed to Canada with the delightful Gertrude.

Robb's personality jumps up from the page and makes the most mundane topic of conversation seem vital - he could write a chapter on paint drying and it would still hypnotise the reader. Whether he is talking about his ex's `Chernobyl breakdowns' or not telling the story about his Bulgarian celebrity barber, Robb's charm and wit seduces the reader with ease.

The dialogue between Gertrude and Robb is nothing short of spectacular - their chemistry jumps right off the page. If only Hollywood would employ someone like Robb to write the dialogue in their romantic comedies...

Throughout Strangers On A Bus, Rob constantly undercuts himself by pointing out that certain stories that he tells are not true. This device is employed in the most devastating manner possible at the very end of the book, a real lump in your throat moment.

Read this book and allow Robb to take you on a humorous but bittersweet journey that will stay with you long after you have read Strangers On A Bus.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Funny Read.... 5 April 2011
By Sapphire - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
My initial thought about Strangers on a Bus, when asked if I could review the book was "I hope this is as funny or funnier than his first book." The title of the book had me thinking twice about the humor because, well, I think riding the bus is CREEPY. I must say the author did not disappoint me. Strangers on a Bus to me opened up to belly busting laughter. I started reading the book at work on my lunch and my co-workers were looking at me crazy because I was laughing so hard. I think the story was even funnier to me because a)I have similar thoughts and b)Having lived in the NY/NJ area where Robb began his bus journey, I could visualize what he was writing.

The basis of the story is about Robb journaling his trip back to his hometown of Canada after breaking up with his girlfriend and the people he encountered including a girl we will call Gertrude and his "like" for her. Robb wrote the story the way he was thinking at the time. And, I love the way he thinks and puts his words together. There are so many sections of the book that I could put in for you to get a snippet of his humor but I would be putting in most if not all of the book. I don't believe there was a chapter I didn't find funny. I think if you like a good humorous book, Strangers on a Bus is one to pick up, you will not be disappointed.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Strangers on a bus 1 April 2011
By Taylor O - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
If you read the title you might think thriller. As you read the first opening pages you might think an odd drama. Very cleaverly Robb now lets you know you are along for the ride, because you can't stop turning the pages and he has you sitting across the aisle watching this story unfold.

WE join Robb as he prepares to travel back to Canada. He will be traveling first class by bus. To break up the tedious sojourn, he decides to document his observations for us. Oh goody. And yes, I do mean goody. I was not sure if the opening chapters were interesting enough, but I have taken almost the same trip many years ago. With that said, once the passengers boarded everyone can relate to the need to protect their space.

ROBB will continue to weave a masterful tale of fiction mixed with non-fiction and at times leaving you to figure out which is which.

GERTRUDE will come along and save the day. Her arrival also makes the book the charmer it is. Robb will carry you along so skillfully through the adventures they share that you won't care if Gertrude is her name or not.

I must not forget the many words of wisdom Robb will share with us. Such as why you might need two wallets? What should be in your socks?

MY favorite quote is: A man, who is good with fowl, has a rock, and a dream can make a deceit living... After reading "Strangers on a Bus" you'll understand the truth of that statement.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing chemistry 13 May 2011
By TheLoneReviewer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Other reviews have focused on other aspects of this book so I would like to hone in on its stand out quality - the chemistry between Robb and Gertrude. It feels genuine, passionate and carries the entire narrative. If you are interested in great love stories than this book is an absolute must read. My favourite moment is when Rob kisses Gertrude passionately in front of the receptionist he has just been flirting with, terrific writing.

My only criticism is that the narrator can sometimes be too clever for his own good - but overall this was still a terrific read.
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