Category Archives: historical fiction

Bernard Cornwell, “Sharpe’s Tiger”

Sean Bean is the link here, folks. He played Eddard Stark in S1 of Game of Thrones. He also played Richard Sharpe in the British TV series Sharpe. Patrick O’Brian is the other link. Sometimes people who see the O’Brians lined … Continue reading

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Helen MacInnes, “Assignment in Brittany”

Oh, so retro! These Helen MacInnes thrillers were everywhere when I was a teenager — she might even be comparable to the Lee Child of the era, which says a lot about cultural changes in the last 50 years. I … Continue reading

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Andrew Miller, “Pure”

If I describe Andrew Miller’s Pure as a novel about excavating a cemetery in 18th century Paris, you’re not going to want to read it. And maybe if you’re really, really squeamish the subject matter is going to be problematic. On … Continue reading

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Patrick O’Brian, “Blue at the Mizzen”

No, I didn’t skip. Being a methodical person I did read The Yellow Admiral and The Hundred Days before embarking on Blue at the Mizzen, but as many an O’Brian fanatic has found, our beloved author does run out of … Continue reading

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Patrick O’Brian, “The Commodore”

We’re getting to the end here. The Commodore is number 17 in the Aubrey/Maturin series. Jack, as you will have understood from the title, has been promoted yet again, this time acting as commodore of a fleet that’s sent to … Continue reading

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Patrick O’Brian, “The Wine-Dark Sea”

The Wine-Dark Sea takes up very much where The Truelove left off, in location and mood. Both books are relatively short and I wonder if Patrick O’Brian originally intended them as one volume. However, 500 pages of the frustration and … Continue reading

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Patrick O’Brian, “The Truelove”

Yes — this is where the Aubrey/Maturin series starts to bog down. In which, perhaps, it reflects life as we know it: Jack and Stephen are now in full middle age and The Truelove is full of testiness, misunderstanding, and emotional … Continue reading

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