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cgod  ·  258 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Gosh darned bookthread time.

Mutiny is a good book.

Pitcairn Island, the third book in the Bounty Trilogy had a way bigger effect on me. I think I found the trilogy a much heavier read than most people. I found them all gripping but Pitcarin's was way heavy.

The book in between the two is misery. If you like tales about being stuck on a long boat for days and days you'll enjoy it. I've read a bunch of lost at sea books and it holds it's own but probably not every ones cup of tea.

I like Nordoff and Hall as authors. They write well together they write well apart. No More Gas is was decent, if you see it in the dollar bin pick it up. Hall's book Dr. Dogbody's Leg is a favorite book of mine. It isn't high literature but it's a warm and funny book wherein a Old Navel Surgeon tells twelve totally different outrageous versions of how he lost his leg. Each tale touches piece of British age of sale history, each tale has evidence to support it's veracity but the doctor only has one leg so they can't all be true.

Dogbody's leg is part of the Heart of Oak series that has reissued a bunch of great Age of Sale books. They are almost all good reads if you are interested in the genera. They aren't all fiction.

A few of the better ones were.

Lord Cochrane, Seaman, Radical, Liberator: A Life of Thomas, Lord Cochrane, 10th Earl of Dundonald was good. Lord Cochrane was the anti Nelson and a bad ass. The wretched Patrick O'Brian stole a third of his plots from Nelsons life, another third from Cochrane's and the remaining lame third came from his own imagination.

Dudley Popes The Black Ship is another good an account of another terrible mutiny. Pope is an excellent writer of history and fiction. It ends with a bit of revenge, I dug it.

Tales of the sea are their own genera. None of the writers are divine but a few are good at spinning a tale.