Monthly Archives: September 2012

Patrick O’Brian, “The Far Side of the World”

Writing about the 20-book Aubrey/Maturin series, I’ve tried not to fall into the “This-is-the-one-where…” mode. But The Far Side of the World contains one of my all-time favorite plot points and I can’t help referring to it. SPOILER ALERT This … Continue reading

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Patrick O’Brian, “Treason’s Harbour”

Well. Sorrow is starting to creep into the Aubrey/Maturin series. Treason’s Harbour is volume 9, nearly halfway through the span — though Patrick O’Brian, of course didn’t know that. And while I deeply enjoy the earlier, jolly installments of Jack’s and … Continue reading

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Another Plug from Julian Fellowes

I’m interrupting my Patrick O’Brian reverie to share news from London. (Actually posted to the To Marry an English Lord FB page by the daughter of my co-author Gail MacColl. Thank you, Isabel!) Evidently Julian Fellowes is now contemplating a prequel … Continue reading

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Patrick O’Brian, “The Ionian Mission”

The Ionian Mission is volume 8 of the Aubrey/Maturin novels, and it’s clear that by the time he wrote it, Patrick O’Brian knew he was writing on a very large scale. I bet he was grateful, over and over, that … Continue reading

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Lee Child, “A Wanted Man”

I cheated on Patrick O’Brian, with Lee Child. But anybody can tell this is a momentary diversion — for the long haul, who would select Jack Reacher over Stephen Maturin? (For one thing, the movie stars who play them? Tom … Continue reading

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Patrick O’Brian, “The Surgeon’s Mate”

Wait. Maybe The Surgeon’s Mate is even more my favorite Aubrey/Maturin than The Fortune of War. The jolly atmosphere and humor persist, but this book includes the long section where Stephen and Jack are imprisoned in the Temple, the notorious … Continue reading

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Patrick O’Brian, “The Fortune of War”

In a series as long as the Aubrey/Maturin books (twenty, all told), there are going to be standouts and there are also going to be low spots. The Fortune of War, Volume 6, is one of my favorites. First, humor … Continue reading

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