- Patrick O’Brian’s Aubrey/Maturin Series … Bit Meh! or not.
Am I the only person in the world finding these books a bit Meh!
Picked up the whole series at a charity event (jumble sale) hoping it might bee Sharpe at sea.
Read Master& Commander, Post Captain and started HMS Surprise… but getting fed up.
Is it really worth pressing on ?
Sale it to me..and make me continue. I’m all adrift at sea 😉Posted 8 months agoimnotverygoodSubscriber
I love the books, the way he creates a sense of history & the way the characters interact is just fantastic. They are also brilliantly funny at times. I don’t think I have read any historical novels which seem to depict the past quite so vividly. For me there is a sweet spot in the series between books 3 & 8-ish. Master & Commander isn’t really like the rest of the series, Post Captain is him beginning to find his feet. The later books are a bit formulaic with the pair of them apparently permanently voyaging the globe, playing their instruments and eating toasted cheese.
But at the end of the day we all have different tastes, so maybe they aren’t for you.Posted 8 months agooutofbreathMember
I loved the books, found them superb.
However, about 20 years ago, I read his words in one of his prefaces where he made the point that there are limitless true amazing stories in the world.
I figured he was right and immediately gave up fiction.
So thanks to O’Brien I gave up fiction.Posted 8 months agoNorthwindSubscriber
Post Captain is a bit of a drag in terms of events but I love the storytelling of it, and the massive jumps in style and feel depending on whose story’s being told and what’s happening in it, like there’s a dozen different narrators. Jack’s slow realisation that Stephen is actually a stone dead bad-ass is beautifully done.Posted 8 months ago
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