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Harbors and High Seas: An Atlas and Geographical Guide to the Aubrey-Maturin Novels of Patrick O'Brian

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Travel with Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin in this companion to the sea-faring tales of Patrick O'Brian. This second edition features two new chapters, while the detailed maps of the first edition have been updated to include the latest episodes in the Aubrey-Maturin novels.
Paperback, 246 pages
Published May 1st 1999 by Little Brown and Company (first published 1996)
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Jason Koivu
Dean King so wants to have a bromance with his favorite author Patrick O'Brian. Hey, who am I to talk, I popped an O'Brian boner too when I walked into a bookstore and found upon a shelf Harbor and High Seas: An Atlas and Geographical Guide to the Complete Aubrey-Maturin Novels of Patrick O'Brian.

O'Brian's 20 book series (21 if you count the unfinished one) can be read and enjoyed without such Cliffs Notes-style assistance. However, O'Brian wrote with exquisite attention to detail for time and p
Picked this one up at the used-book store I frequent on the same fishing expedition that netted The Lucky Strike. I always feel bad if I can't find something there to buy, and not just because they're a used-book store in a world where that species is increasingly rare but also because they were my source for many of the Sylvia Townsend Warner and T.F. Powys volumes I own.

I figure it's the least I can do to help keep them in business.
indispensable when reading the series!
This book amply fulfills its stated purpose and makes a great series even more enjoyable. For me, seeing a graphic representation of the journeys by Captain Aubrey enhanced my understanding of what this captain and crew faced. The text is most helpful in giving additional information about countries, ports, etc.
This book comprises a chapter for each of the 20 completed Aubrey-Maturin novels, with a technical introduction (by John B Hattendorf) and some general maps of Europe, England and Ireland. The 20 chapters each contain a summary of the corresponding book, a short commentary on some of the key places, and one or more maps showing the routes taken by the protagonists.

I read it alongside the last 7 of the books and found the maps very useful - I wish I had had them to hand when I was reading the ea
I use this book as a reference and as such not to be read cover-to-cover like a fiction book, which is why I marked it as read. Very good.
I think I read this book wrong.

Rather than reading it as a companion to Patrick O'Brian's books, I read it on its own, and really had to plod through it. It's a fount of good information, but not all at one go.

The authors do a great deal to explain places, but I was surprised at the sparse treatment of nautical terms and such. O'Brian does some of that in his books, but I would have liked to have seen the authors of this book do a thorough job of it.
Roger W.
May 02, 2008 Roger W. added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Readers of Patrick O'Brian
This is the geographical arm of the reference volumes for the Aubrey-Maturin series of Patrick O'Brian. Here you can look up any real or invented place described in the books and find out just where Mahon was situated and what its harbor defenses looked like in that day.
Edward Truitt
A valuable companion to the Aubrey Maturin series, and now, as I near the end of reading the series through for the second time (but in chronological order this time) I am enjoying perusing it for its own sake, a very readable and enjoyable piece of work in its own right.
Catherine  Mustread
Feb 19, 2009 Catherine Mustread rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who reads the Aubrey-Maturin novels.
Great companion book to the Aubrey-Maturin series. This 3rd edition covers books 1-20. (#21 is the last and uncompleted book in the series. Maps and diagrams make the novels better understood geographically.
This is the most useful of the reference books for the series. It is a must companion for getting full enjoyment reading this series. The gloss for the series "A Sea of Words" is also a must reference.
I have been using this reference as I read the books. It's nice to see the geography referred to, although sometimes the maps don't include all the detail I'd like.
This was great in parts, but more battle maps (and just more maps in general) would improve it. It's helpful for context, but not as much as I'd initially hoped.
If you read Patrick O'Brian at all, this is a must-have. Dean King gives you maps and other geographical info that literally makes the books come alive.
Pretty much useless synopsis of all the stories. Has a few maps illustrating where battles were. I was hoping for LOTS of charts. The title is very misleading.
Geography lessons are extremely helpful. However, the short write-ups on places of interest could be a lot more engaging.
Luke Henning
A cool compendium to go along with any story about Lucky Jack!
A very helpful companion to the Aubrey-Maturin novels.
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