Site ColumnsBy Michelle
July 25, 2004 - 4:20 PM
Last time I wrote a column, I asked for recommendations for nautical fiction to read after I finish Patrick O'Brian's 20-volume Aubrey-Maturin series and C.S. Forester's Hornblower novels. People came through very nicely with titles, for which I am most appreciative, so I thought I'd share them.
James recommends the Alan Lewrie novels by Dewey Lambdin. "There are about ten right now, and Lambdin publishes one a year," he writes. "'If Hornblower is the thinking man's sailor, and Aubrey the gentleman's, then Alan Lewrie is the sailor for the common man.' The novels are action packed, often bawdy, and never disappoint."
John suggests Rafael Sabatini's Captain Blood and The Sea Hawk, saying, "You won’t be sorry." These novels, published in the 1910-20s, have been popular for nearly a century and were the basis of Errol Flynn movies labeled "swashbuckling at its best."
Erin has several suggestions; in addition to seconding the vote for the Lewrie set, she favors Alexander Kent's Bolitho novels, Dudley Pope's Ramage series and her personal favorites, Julian Stockwin's Kydd books.
And Esteven puts in a vote for non-fiction, Thomas, Lord Cochrane's The Autobiography of a Seaman. In addition, an anonymous local tells me that I should read the tragic story of the original Pride of Baltimore, Pride of the Sea by Tom Waldron. Thanks everyone!
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These were some of the major news items from July 2002:
- Billingsley Talks 'Odd Couple' Episode
John Billingsley chatted about Phlox's experiences taking care of Captain Archer's ailing pooch Porthos.
- 'Search For Spock' DVD Details Announced
Audio commentary from director Leonard Nimoy (Spock) and interviews with many cast and crewmembers were highlights of this release.
- Enterprise Trading Cards - Beaming In Soon
Rittenhouse Archives announced that they would produce the a series of trading cards based on the first season of the show, available in packs of 9 cards selling for $2.00 each.
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- Enterprise will not rerun this week so that UPN can launch the two-hour premiere of Amish in the City.