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1varielle
abr. 12, 2013, 2:22pm

I only have four more books to go before I finish with O'Brian's series and am wondering when I've finished how will I get by without Jack and Stephen. Do any of you have recommendations for other similar series? I had heard mention of a Kidd series, but don't recall the author's name. Thanks for your help.

2Enodia
abr. 12, 2013, 5:26pm

well there's Hornblower of course, the only series which is on the level of the O'Brien books. Forester also wrote a single story called 'The Captain From Connecticut', which is excellent.
Alexander Kent's series is okay, although just a bit juvenile imo. i think i would have enjoyed them more when i was younger. Dudley Pope and Dewey Lambdin both have heroes whose adventures span many books.
C.N. Parkenson, Richard Woodman and Edwin P. Hoyt all have a series of nautical adventures during the age of shot & sail. there are others as well which i haven't read yet.
and then there is Rafael Sabatini, arguably the father of the genre, who wrote the Captain Blood books made famous in the movies by Erroll Flynn.
even the actor Gene Hackman has added to the mix, co-authoring 'The Wake of the Pole Star'.

happy sailing!

3varielle
abr. 12, 2013, 12:53am

The series I was thinking of was the Thomas Kydd series by julian Stockwin. Any opinion on this one?

4zenomax
abr. 12, 2013, 1:46am

The bird of dawning by the poet John Masefield. I read it before any of the POB series so hard to compare them.

There are also POBs other books, an earlier seafaring novel I believe, plus his non fiction.

I don't read the Aubrey Maturin series because I like seafaring novels per se, but rather because I love the worlds POB constructs. When I finish the Aubrey Maturin series I therefore go back to re read them rather than look for other seafaring novels....

5elenchus
Editat: abr. 14, 2013, 6:36pm

>4 zenomax:

I've not yet read through the canon, so I'm getting ahead of myself a bit, but I suspect I will want to supplement the Aubrey-Maturin tales with readings elsewhere. I suspect I'll do that by finding separate titles to address those aspects of the series I love so much: seafaring novels to see what O'Brian might be leaving out or emphasizing compared to others; perhaps non-fiction or essays on natural sciences; titles on Napolean's legacy or perhaps political developments to mesh with Maturin's espionage and the state of Europe at the time; any manner of poetry or novel of manners to get a peek into Aubrey's Ashgrove Cottage.

As zenomax puts it, I love the world O'Brian constructs. Definitely I'll read through the canon more than twice, but I do like the other titles suggested on LT for the wider appreciation I gain of that world. But rather than look for a comparable series, I think I'd rather revisit Aubrey & Maturin. I'm so appreciative of O'Brian's achievement that I have so wide a reading agenda connected with these novels, it's much broader and deeper than any other single set of books I can think of, almost a literary subject unto itself.

6varielle
Editat: jul. 28, 2019, 11:38pm

Of possible interest to this group is Fanning’s Narrative by Nathaniel Fanning who served under John Paul Jones. The language and sea faring lingo is very O’Brianesque. His opinion of the politics of the American, British, Dutch and French navies gives some interesting insight into an aspect of the American Revolution. Fanning spent some time as a POW and his treatment revealed both the best and worst of British. After being robbed and put on public display some of his fellow prisoners were killed by being fed ground glass while he got rescued by a sympathetic parson.

- Edited because spellcheck betrayed me.

7elenchus
jul. 28, 2019, 2:12pm

>6 varielle:
On my recon list it goes.

8varielle
jul. 28, 2019, 11:37pm

Darn spell check. He was rescued by a parson not a pardon.

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