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H.M.S. Surprise by Patrick O'Brian
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Nov 26, 2008

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Read in December, 2008

Picked this up at Vinnies (like most of my books) thought I should give it a try as I used to enjyou Jame's Clavell's stuff...this one isn't grabbing me right off, but we shall see...


I actually wound up kinda liking this one. No real strong feelings, but the character of the doc really kept the story engaging, and the naval battles were fun, even if I still haven't availed myself to really learn anything about the rigging of a ship.

I think at first I was put off by O'Brian's habit of throwing the reader into a new setting without any preparation, but I got used to it (or perhaps just became familiar with the cast of characters) and it stopped bothering me...I might even thrift another in the series if the opportunity presents.

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message 1: by Yooperprof (new)

Yooperprof I've never read any O'Brian. I grew up in Kansas, so all those nautical books make me a little queasy, but I should give him a try sometime.

Frank I'm still reading, which surprises me, but I'm far from recommending.

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