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And others plain And wait until I tell you about my holothurians my sea slugs my sea cucumbers p 74 There s also plenty of fine Killick action in this onegregale n a string northeast wind of the Mediterranean also used in Moby Dick I think though they never touched those waters p 10crackit gaberlunzie n apparently a half witted beggar according to WikiPOBia bless it though it provides no citation A gaberlunzie is apparently a Medieval Scots term for a beggar and I assume crackit can only mean something like cracked this would certainly suggest so See it in context here p 11coriaceous adj leather like p 61hangi n clearly some kind of bird as Stephen says Will you look at that bird I believe it to be a hangi They are said to be peculiar to this island However I ve looked around checked some checklists of Maltese birds and found no mention of a hangi xcept in reference to this novel What could he have been talking aboutNeeps hackit with balmagowry This was the perfectly clear lucid response to the uestion What are bashed neeps This is Graham the Scotsman again Neeps are turnips hackitcrackithackedcracked but balmogowry is apparently a neologism If werdnerd you be you must read this short letter from Lisa Grossman co author of Lobscouse and Spotted Dog Which It s a Gastronomic Companion to the AubreyMaturin Novels on the origins of this word warning doing so may result in contraction of the Hockogrockle p 74dragoman n an interpreter Alas poor Hairabedian p 106mome n a fool p 108 vi Montana Dreams et armis with force of arms p 146scend v to heave or lurch also available as a noun p 179 35 4 starsTreason s Harbour as perhapsvinced by the title is one of the Immerwelt - Der Pakt espionage heavyntries in the Aubrey Maturin series thus giving a lot of page time to the good doctor Stephen Maturin While stationed in Malta Maturin becomes aware of a network of French spies and in the midst of turning Laura Fielding one of th Some may say that listening to an audio book doesn t count as reading it that you lose something in the process of imagining the action for yourself and that there s an Modern South Asia extra layer of interpretation between you and the author s words because someonelse is reading them to youMe I don t uibble about this much As far as I m concerned a decent narrator can do a great deal to make a story come alive and Patrick Tull did do a very fine job narrating the version of Treason s Harbour I listened to I did have to do various mental doubletakes at his portrayals of various character accents since I have Aubrey and Maturin thoroughly imprinted into my brain as Mr Crowe and Mr Bettany from the movie but aside from that Mr Tull did do very well distinguishing character accents from his own voice And in general he seemed a fine narrator for the overall flavor of an Aubrey Maturin adventure very British very proper and sounding in character for the time frame in which the books are setAs for the story itself now we re talking This has been my favorite of the last few of the Aubrey Maturins I ve read in no small part because of the delightful intrigue plot involving Stephen having to help Mrs Laura Fielding who s been forced by the French to try to spy on their behalf because they ve imprisoned her husband There are uite a few hijinx involving Aubrey being mistaken for her lover while she is in fact trying to seduce Stephen and Aubrey himself mistakenly believing that Stephen is in fact having an affair with her all of which provides uite a bit of lovely character interaction between our two principlesPlayed off against this is Stephen s actual intrigue going on with Mrs Fielding as he Picture Theory enlists Mrs Fielding s willing help to turn the French sfforts against them Meanwhile Jack has intrigue of his own as he s ordered to go on an urgent mission into the Red Sea which gives the reader a fine opportunity to see an older seasoned Jack desperately trying to turn his fortunes around by pulling off another spectacular success and what happens when things don t go uite so well as thatOverall this was highly njoyable as the Aubrey Maturins generally are for me and I m ready to take on The Far Side of the World Four stars. H Napoleon's agents and the admiralty's intelligence network is compromised Maturin's cunning is the sole bulwark against sabotage of Aubrey's daring mission.
It was as though he were running a race a race in which he had done fairly well for awhile after a slow start but one in which he could not hold his lead and was being overtaken perhaps from lack of that particularly nameless uality that brought some men success when it just luded others though they might take And Bid Him Sing eual pains Patrick O Brian Treason s Harbour He could not put his finger on the fault with any certainty and there were days when he could say with real conviction that the whole thing was mere fatality the other side of the good luck that had attended him in his twenties andarly thirties the restoration of the average Patrick O Brian Treason s HarbourNearly half done with the series and I m still as Aristotle Detective (Aristotle entranced with it as I was with book one Master and Commander O Brian does change things up a bit with this one that spends as much time on land as on water I wasxcited about the xtended period spent in Malta because I m taking my family to Malta staying in Valletta and traveling to Gozo this summer It was nice to get a literary xposure to spots one will spend a few days or a week in Anyway I also Bringing the Empire Home enjoyed thespionage focus the diving bell the dog the SuezRed Sea xpedition with its Arab and Turkish flavors Strange as it may seem I m also becoming a bit motional about the HMS Surprise Sniff I m really trying to pace myself when going through this series because with very part of it I read I am and conscious that I only have a finite number of books rem In Treason s Harbour the ninth in the AubreyMaturin series we find Jack and Stephen in Malta While Jack worries about his ship s repairs Stephen is being dogged by French spies who aren t above attempting to honeytrap him and it seems that the British intelligence network itself has been compromisedI ll be honest at this point in this series I have lost all objectivity with Jack and Stephen having become my imaginary best friends and my times aboard ship a blissful holiday from the real world No matter what their adventures and ven when there s no adventuring at all I could roll happily around O Brian s world and words foreverI doubt it will be long before I find myself devouring number ten Don t you know how to seize a cuckold s neck you God damned lubber Where s the bleeding seizing Hi I m Algernon and I m a landlubber I will probably be the first one to go overboard in a storm because I don t have the foggiest what a cuckold s neck is and where the jib is supposed to be hoisted I take solace from the fact that my situation is not much different from that of Dr Stephen Maturin who is similarly baffled on board ship Canadian Art, Volume 1 (A-F) even after nine voyages in the company of his friend Captain Jack Aubrey The gleeful manner in which Patrick O Brian fires these semantic broadsides across my bows brows does nothing to diminish mynjoyment in the series They re just adding spice to the trip and one proof of the author s wicked sense of humour What are bashed neeps Neeps hackit with balmagowry O Brian s sense of humour translates well from the sea to the shore as in the above inuiry about the menu for a Scottish themed dinner or in a leisurely debate about fundamental freedoms and smoking habits Maturin and his scientist friend Professor Graham take a libertarian approach to forbidding the bad habit on grounds of liberty of Counter-Amores expression and of tobacco s alleged propensity to induce fanciful moods A debate thatchoes for me the current Dancing at Armageddon efforts to legalise pot I am starting my review with these peaceful pursuits as a result of the bloody battles at thend of the Ionian Mission battles that may have brought honour and monetary prizes to Jack Aubrey but that also put both of the ships he sailed on The Worcester and The Surprise out of action and in need of xtensive repairs in the port of Malta What should have been a well arned and hopefully brief vacation for the two friends turns into an annoying and dangerous game of cat and mouse between Aubrey and the co Back with Captain Aubrey Doctor Maturin hoping this outing will be better than the last which turned out to be a bit of a stodgy affair the only one so far I should add in what. All Patrick O'Brian's strengths are on parade in this novel of action and intrigue set partly in Malta partly in the treacherous pirate infested waters of th.
Has been a great high seas adventure seriesWe start on land although this time not in Blighty but in Malta with the focus very soon on spionage Dr Maturin The new characters are introduced very uickly one being a femme fatale a very transparent one at that whilst others shadowy lurk in the background coming out of hiding only briefly giving them a slow burn to the story The doctor gives the impression of being rather naive innocent in his role as botanist but he is far from it he is of very sharp wit intelligence fully aware of all that goes on around him which comes across splendidly in the writing His comrade Aubrey on the other hand is like a bull in a china shop in reality although he seems himself somewhat differently I was hoping the story would settle on Maturin s work but sadly it does not peters out somewhat in this respect as Aubrey comes meandering into the taleAnd afore you know it we are off to sea in a sloop on a mission to the Arabian Peninsula involving the Turks as allies in an ffort to thwart a local leader before he gets into bed with the French allows them to garrison his port leaving the British without a safe harbour in the Red Sea A jolly adventure on the high seas then sadly no as that too peters outThe book is nearly over before anything seems to happen then it s all over in a rush leaving a very unsatisfied feelingIt s ok amiable Cezanne and Provence enough but nowhere near asnjoyable as an arlier stretch of the books where the seas chases battles were action packed tension fuelled 25 stars rounded upto 3 Stars is all as there were many pockets of becalm drifting Thats two on the bounce now that have left me high dry perhaps it s time to jump ship part company with this once merry band Good as usual Stationed on Malta during the later Napoleonic War Captain Jack Aubrey and his friend Dr Stephen Maturin are mbroiled in a Mediterranean intrigue that takes them to Egypt and the Red SeaWhile O Brian is one of my favorite authors this is not one of my favorite books of his It s balance tilts in favor of intrigue over action More time is devoted to matters of intelligence and spying and Contested Reproduction even that lacks some of its usualxcitementHowever it has its redeeming ualities There is as always beauty in the language Reading any books of the series just for the descriptions alone is worth the Divided by Color (American Politics and Political Economy Series) effort It s like a David Attenborough narratedpisode of Planet Earth taking you to new lands and wowing you with the sights and sounds Just gorgeous The characters whom you ve probably come to know and love if you ve reached this ninth book are full of life and fully invested in their own lives the very minutia of which is the book s bread and butter One of my favorite of the very minor characters Awkward Davies or Davis appears in this book than in most others Davies is a dangerously powerful gorilla of a man who has gladly attached himself to his captain after an Creating Country Music episode in which Aubrey rescued him from drowning Davies addition to any book is usually for the purposes of humor andor when a meatheaded amount of a strength or stupid courage is needed His presence is regretted by Aubrey in a comedic sense He s a nice foil for when O Brian feels a need to lighten the mood a fight broke out in the suare below a fight between Davis and the bear which resented his familiarity in chucking it under the chin Stephen hurried down to repair the bearThis seafaring series ispic in just about Blacklands every way and so it can hardly be faulted for the occasional lag in full throttle action Instead just sit back relax and let O Brian s beautiful words flow over youRating 35 starsMy review of bookight The Ionian Mission My review of book ten The Far Side of the World Yet another fine nautical gem though clearly a piece with its successor given the abruptly hewn finale leaving me with the heavy burden of reading on Heaven forfend Also of note no other books leave me laughing like an idiot in public places than these Reading Stephen Evolutionary Patterns effuse about his diving bellxploits floored me but the annelids my dear Graham the annelids Hundreds nay thousands of annelids of at least six and thirty several kinds some plumed. E Red Sea While Captain Aubrey worries about repairs to his ship Stephen Maturin assumes the center stage for the dockyards and salons of Malta are alive wit.
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