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  •  As a Hornblower fan... (9+ / 0-)

    I loved the first three books.  But just as Horatio became less interesting as he climbed the ranks, these books were ar their best in the midshipman's ward room.

    •  yes, but when he had to send people out (3+ / 0-)
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      Angie in WA State, Joffan, ginfizz

      to die...I cried with him.

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      by cfk on Sat May 29, 2010 at 07:17:31 PM PDT

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    •  If you are a Hornblower fan... (5+ / 0-)
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      PeterHug, NearlyNormal, hlsmlane, Joffan, yaque

      how do you feel about Patrick O'Brian?

      The series was pretty consistently brilliant.

      Cheers and off to bed. : )

      "Reason is poor propaganda when opposed by the yammering unceasing lies of shrewd and evil and self serving men" R.A. Heinlein

      by Athenian on Sat May 29, 2010 at 08:39:01 PM PDT

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      •  O'Brian never really clicked with me (1+ / 0-)
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        the way Hornblower did. I read the first three books, hoping they would start the magic, but they didn't. I just couldn't get interested in Aubrey and Maturin. A really great series that is magic is Cornwell's Sharpe books. Read them and the Flashman books for the best British historical war fiction (and Wilcox's Fonthill series is coming along well, too).

        •  Sharpe (0+ / 0-)

          makes great films, but I've tried to read the books and they're so formula --- fighting, girl, fighting, girl disappears somehow (killed, betrays him, whatever), fighting.  don't worry, there'll be a new girl or two in the next one.  The films tend to condense several books into one storyline, which can be VERY confusing, but they mostly work better.  

          It's amazing SB is still doing them, and still looking pretty good, for his real-world age, 8-) !!

          Cornwell's other historicals work somewhat better for me, especially the Uhtred (Alfred & the Vikings) series he's in the middle of right now...  but overall, his style is a little thick and slow for me.  Sometimes I can wade through it OK, other times it just FORCES me to skip ahead/through.

          "real" work : a job where you wash your hands BEFORE you use the bathroom...

          by chimene on Fri Jun 04, 2010 at 10:21:49 PM PDT

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