April 30, 2008

After 21?

Filed under: literature — origamifreak @ 8:45 pm
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Since last August I have been listening to Patrick O’Brian’s Aubrey/Maturin books in the car, on planes, in buses, and probably on trains somewhere, too. The only place I haven’t listened to them is on boats, oddly enough.

Sadly, today I heard the last, unfinished sentence of the last, unfinished book. It will be a hard series to replace. My little Civic will be strangely lonely and empty, without the benefit of an entire ship’s company in there with me. I’ve gotten very used to sharing the quarterdeck with the officers, and how on earth will we manage any broadsides, let alone three in five minutes?

Fortunately, I may have found a timely solution, via bookofjoe. Using the Literature-Map, I have a suggestion to look into historical writer Dorothy Dunnett.

Using gnooks at the same site and entering MFK Fisher, Patrick O’Brian, and Mary Renault, I’ve gotten the following additional suggestions:

* I assume they mean Robert D Kaplan?

I’ll let you know.



  1. That lit-map also had James Clavell (The Great Escape), Richard Leigh (the book that Dan Brown used to write his hit),Karin Lowachee. Her book Warchild looks good. Very good.

    Also more names–because P O’B’s name is in more than one place on that screen. It is in each upper corner surrounded by more names.

    But John Masefield is not in the database yet.

    Comment by Deborah — May 2, 2008 @ 10:11 am | Reply

  2. Yes, I noticed that there are several alternative spellings in there for some authors.

    For example:

    Patrick O’Brian
    Patrick Obrian
    Patrick Obrien
    Patrick O Brien
    Patrick O’Bryan

    I decided to only pay attention to the standard spelling, as it seemed that it should best represent the majority of opinion. Also, I wonder how useful the opinions of readers could be, who don’t even know how his name is spelt? They can’t be very familiar with his books, can they?

    Comment by origamifreak — May 2, 2008 @ 10:27 pm | Reply

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