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The non-chronological structuring, which made this read more like a novel, also worked for me. It kept the story fresh and kept it from rambling off course. Even so, something was missing. It might have helped had there been more scene development, especially with the auctioneering. Too much of the exposition was given in dialogue rather than shown in action. In fact, I can recall no place showing any actual auctioneering. There was plenty of preparing and taking down but, other than the practice scene at the school, no gavelling.

Very self indulgent book where the author writes in the first person and finds significant faults in everyone he writes about. Brian is back with more tales of personal catastrophe on the high seas as he re-joins the life of a crewman on a cruise ship, this time as an art auctioneer. As with the previous book, Cruise Ship Confidential, the stories are by turns, funny, disturbing, and more than a little lusty.

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Bruns' writing is sharp and crisp and the descriptions of places and the life of the ship itself are vibrant and detailed. The layout of the ships and the thrill of having a passenger cabin are conveyed with a sens Brian is back with more tales of personal catastrophe on the high seas as he re-joins the life of a crewman on a cruise ship, this time as an art auctioneer.

The layout of the ships and the thrill of having a passenger cabin are conveyed with a sense of joy and wonder that is quite fun to read. Likewise, the descriptions of the auctions and of the art itself are interesting enough to warrant the occasional detour to Google or Wikipedia to see what, exactly, Bruns is telling us about. The cast of characters is less realized, though, and most come off as pastiches or cliched. The villains have very little in the way of humanizing characteristics; the women are wanton and frustrated that they cannot have the affections of our protagonist.

Passengers and crew members alike are sketched in with less of the jargon and musings about international differences in language and culture to help define them. As a result, it becomes all too easy to sort each new introduction into stock roles. In the end though, this is Brian's story. And in it, Brian carries on, doing his best to take stock of his own faults and foibles. He also keeps working topward his goal of achieving a coveted, ranked position on the cruise ships so that he can bring his girlfriend, Bianca, on board with him. In this, Bruns does a better job, both of showing his own weaknesses, as well as showing us what makes Bianca special to him, than he had in the previous book.

This is a flawed, but fun book. We follow his journey through his training, promotion to art associate and culminating with the achievement of his objective: to get his own ship assignment. This journey, at times appearing to be brutally painful and inhumane, is all in pursuit of his Bianca. There was very little interaction with Bianca in this book so I am still at a loss to understand why he is so drawn to this woman but I find that all is revealed while reading his third book, The Unsinkable Mister Brown.

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However, one of the highlights for me was the Gregg family, especially the family excursion. Just like in Cruise Confidential, most of the book was very interesting and absolutely a page-turner particularly since I am in the cruise industry. The last part of the book, which contains an excursion in Costa Rica, was too long and boring. One of the author's colleagues, in the book, asked something like, "why do you always have problems with the ships officers? It seems like the author does always have problems with his superiors in both books. In his first book, I felt it was because o Just like in Cruise Confidential, most of the book was very interesting and absolutely a page-turner particularly since I am in the cruise industry.

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In his first book, I felt it was because of his nationality. But in this book, not only did I think he created his own problems, but I started to dislike him as well. Coupled with his "holier than thou" mentality compared with his bosses from the Art Auction company , and his stories of how every hot woman on the ship pursued him-I think I will pass on the third book. Cruise Confidential 2: Ship for Brains continues in the same vein as the first, this time describing the art auctioneer's side of cruising. Unfortunately, the book suffers from the same weaknesses as its predecessor.

The author has long lost credibility with outlandish dialogue that consistently portrays him as having a rarely-empty supply of witty comebacks in the face of foreigners who are depicted as astoundingly ignorant of America's culture and people.


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It's not simply a case of a few tweaks Cruise Confidential 2: Ship for Brains continues in the same vein as the first, this time describing the art auctioneer's side of cruising. It's not simply a case of a few tweaks here and there to make the story more gripping, but bulldozes straight into the realm of unbelievable.

The story is still interesting enough to keep the reader's attention, albeit casually. There are quite a few interesting characters in this one and the last one grabbed enough of my attention to want to find out what happens. Would still recommend for those interested in cruising. One Crazy Year Working on Cruise Ships" was a very interesting read about living on a cruise ship for months at a time and as being the only American crew member. This sequel rehashed some of the first stories to set the tone for the new job. He still constantly was wanting to be with his girlfriend and it gets a little tiring to read over and over about how he never cheated on her.

The parts about the actual art auctioneer training and job are interesting and even some of the stories when at port, such as the day he spent with a family in the jungle, but for the most part it is just one story after another of drinking, bad flirting, being called gay because he will not bang co-workers and wondering when he will see his girlfriend. Full of typos Ugh. Didn't love it.

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Didn't hate it. Absolutely hated the formatting that was wrong and all of the typos. That got old quickly.

About the book It was ok. I read his first book, which I enjoyed. This was a bit more boring. I also wish he got into more details of the financial stuff. I recently went on my first cruise, Carnival, and was curious about life on the ship. The first book did a good job explaining that in an entertaining way.

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I also wish he hooked up with all of the chi Full of typos Ugh. I also wish he hooked up with all of the chicks he had the opportunity to. Holding out for Bianca was lame and I got sick hearing about it.

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