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Re: Christmas Loot

Postby Florp Incarnate » Wed Dec 30, 2009 5:40 pm

Any book of his in particular?
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Re: Christmas Loot

Postby clamatius » Thu Dec 31, 2009 11:57 am

"For Whom The Bell Tolls" is really good. I'd say start with that. "Islands In The Stream" is my personal favourite, but I understand that a lot of people don't like it as much as some of his other work.
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Re: Christmas Loot

Postby Niteowl » Thu Feb 11, 2010 11:57 am

Well, being a dad of two younglings, I hardly have the extra cash reserves to buy gifts for self and whatnot. Except for a bit of splurging durin gthe Steam Holiday sale.

Buuut, I really just posted to say I'm getting into Patrick O'Brian in a big way. Historical fiction about British naval warfare. He wrote about 20 books, highly acclaimed, two of his books were squished into one movie, "Master and Commander : The Far Side Of The World".

Super duper incredibly awesome writer. In-depth knowledge of the period and the technology they used back there. You really have to read it like sci-fi, trying to get the gist of things from the context, he spends no time hand-holding. But, holy smokes, so, so, so, so so very good.

Interesting article on him, by the guy who wrote GlenGarry Glen Ross.
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Re: Christmas Loot

Postby clamatius » Thu Feb 11, 2010 2:21 pm

O'Brian is really good - I read all 21+ of the books a few years ago. I think a legit complaint is that too many of the books are samey though. Just sit back and enjoy the atmosphere because he did a fantastic job of understanding the setup of society & life on board the ships.
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Re: Christmas Loot

Postby Niteowl » Fri Feb 12, 2010 10:33 am

clamatius wrote:O'Brian is really good - I read all 21+ of the books a few years ago. I think a legit complaint is that too many of the books are samey though. Just sit back and enjoy the atmosphere because he did a fantastic job of understanding the setup of society & life on board the ships.

I hold you responsible sir, for not telling us RIGHT quick about how awesome this guy is. So. Very. Awesome.
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