Originally Posted by Raisor
Re-reading Patrick O'Brien's Aubrey/Maturin series.
Haven't re-read them yet. Instead I've decided to read as much other nautical fiction that I can find. Here is what I've come across this year, but other than a few I think it's just hard to compare anything to O'brian.
Reading Stockwin's Kydd series
right now. Does as good a job with the nautical terminology as O'Brian, but his stories are less imaginative. He copies the Aubrey/Maturin relationship with a similar one of his own.
Read two Marryat books
Actual contemporary stuff- Marryat was a naval officer.
Read 5-6 of Dewey Lambdin's Alan Lewrie series
. These are fun- Lewry is similar to Aubrey, with all his shortcomings on display.
Read most of Hornblower
, after Marryat, probably the original nautical fiction. Great stuff, although I get a little tired of Hornblower's brooding.
Alexander Kent's Bolitho Series is marginal. The nautical side is all right, but the character is just too invincible, too unerring.
Ramage is similarly uninspiring.