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Notahippie
Feb 4, 2003

Kids, it's not cool to have Shane MacGowan teeth

Raskolnikov2089 posted:

I always pick a random book from the series for when I take a beach trip. The sound of the waves and smell of the salt air really adds to the enjoyment. Plus they're short enough that I can finish them fairly quickly and not spend the entire vacation with my nose in a book.

How the hell did O'Brian get so much done with so few words?

He's a master at "show, don't tell" to the point where key information about characters is often communicated through what they don't say or some casual remark that illustrates their character in just one or two comments. I think it can frustrate some readers but I personally love it. William Gibson does something similar.

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builds character
Jan 16, 2008

Keep at it.


Notahippie posted:

He's a master at "show, don't tell" to the point where key information about characters is often communicated through what they don't say or some casual remark that illustrates their character in just one or two comments. I think it can frustrate some readers but I personally love it. William Gibson does something similar.

I love it too and, going back to hornblower chat too, I haven't found anything that scratches quite the same itch. There are other books that are also good and I enjoy (and I read a couple of the hornblowers and they were fine books) but nothing I love in the same way as these.

ChubbyChecker
Mar 25, 2018



builds character posted:

I love it too and, going back to hornblower chat too, I haven't found anything that scratches quite the same itch. There are other books that are also good and I enjoy (and I read a couple of the hornblowers and they were fine books) but nothing I love in the same way as these.

absolutely same

i read some bolithos too: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Bolitho_novels

i've tried chasing the same high but nothing really compares

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