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Posted: Jan 04 2010 at 10:58pm | IP Logged Quote Maddie

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I've been working my way (slowly) through Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey-Maturin series, the one which inspired Master and Commander (which was really a hybrid of several of the books). I discovered them about 2 yrs ago when I was looking for a series that my dh might like. He's never picked them up but i got hooked and am now on #13. There are 22 books (last one unfinished b/c the author died) and cover the British navy during the Napoleonic wars but it's historical fiction and follows the captain Jack Aubrey and his close friend Stephen Maturin, a medical doctor and naturalist.

I love the books but read them interspersed with several other books, not just focusing on getting through them as fast as possible.

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Karen, Would you recommend this series for a teenage boy? I was very impressed with the movie as it had a lot of action and a good plot without sensuality. Are the books the same?



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Posted: Jan 04 2010 at 11:06pm | IP Logged Quote Alison

Georgette Heyer also wrote mystery novels, haven't read them for ages but seem to remember they were ok for a light read
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Posted: Jan 05 2010 at 9:35am | IP Logged Quote jdostalik

Martha,

I love ALL of Elizabeth Goudge's novels...but her series on the Eliots of Damerosehay are my absolute favorites. I rarely read a book more than once but I am about to begin these again.
I HIGHLY recommend them--they are just beautifully written with characters that you fall in love with...

Elizabeth Goudge's novels

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Posted: Jan 05 2010 at 1:26pm | IP Logged Quote CrunchyMom

jdostalik wrote:
Martha,

I love ALL of Elizabeth Goudge's novels...but her series on the Eliots of Damerosehay are my absolute favorites.


Those really are the best, aren't they?

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jdostalik wrote:
Martha,

I love ALL of Elizabeth Goudge's novels...but her series on the Eliots of Damerosehay are my absolute favorites.


Those really are the best, aren't they?


Okay, this is on top of my library list! Would it be good for dd13 who has read all of Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, Louis L'Amour, etc.?

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Posted: Jan 05 2010 at 3:20pm | IP Logged Quote CrunchyMom

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jdostalik wrote:
Martha,

I love ALL of Elizabeth Goudge's novels...but her series on the Eliots of Damerosehay are my absolute favorites.


Those really are the best, aren't they?


Okay, this is on top of my library list! Would it be good for dd13 who has read all of Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, Louis L'Amour, etc.?


I don't think so. There is nothing shameful in it, but adultery is a topic as well as marital issues that I wouldn't deem appropriate for a 13 year old to explore that deeply.

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Posted: Jan 05 2010 at 4:12pm | IP Logged Quote Karen T

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Karen T wrote:
I've been working my way (slowly) through Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey-Maturin series, the one which inspired Master and Commander (


Karen T


Karen, Would you recommend this series for a teenage boy? I was very impressed with the movie as it had a lot of action and a good plot without sensuality. Are the books the same?



Hmm, I would not have a problem with my 16 yo ds reading them but would probably be a bit cautious with a 13 yo. There is not anything very graphic but there are hints here and there, and being a naval vessel, there is definitely some extramarital activity going on in ports and even some discussion of h#m#s%xuality.

Frankly, although I love the books and had liked the movie well enough when I saw it originally, after reading some of the books I went back and rewatched it, and had a hard time following it b/c it mixed several books in together!

Another naval action series that would probably be fine for a younger teen would be the Horatio Hornblower books. I have not read these yet myself, though I've picked up several at used book sales for later, but I watched the entire series on DVD from our libary twice and they are wonderful, and I don't recall anything inappropriate on them (and usually movies take licenses that even the books don't )

There is also a series by Showell Styles - Midshipman Quinn, the Flying Ensign, etc. that are similar and I think are geared toward a younger audience. Again, I haven't read those but my son did at about age 13.

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Posted: Jan 05 2010 at 5:40pm | IP Logged Quote Maddie

Thank you, Karen! I didn't mean to redirect the thread but I was excited about a possible new series for my teens. They absolutely loved Master and Commander and I guess I just assumed it was a only a movie.

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Posted: Jan 06 2010 at 10:40am | IP Logged Quote jdostalik

Molly,

I haven't let my 14 year old (who reads voraciously like yours) read them yet, because I wanted her to read them when she is older and can appreciate them a bit more. The themes are deep and profound and I would like her to be able to get the most out of them...Just my .02!

I think it would be fun to read them together in a few years...I might just wait to do that!



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I second The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns. They aren't "heavy" as in dense... but they are very emotionally evocative FYI.

For a complete change of pace, I recommend

A Canticle for Leibowitz.

... and you think you won't like sci-fi....   

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My favorite leisure books are by D.E.Stevenson and Miss Read. All completely clean, (nothing edgy or transgressive ) the characters are likeable, and they are just good, easy reading. I have been collecting them for years, and I reread them constantly!
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Me too with Miss Read, love love those books, I want to go live in one of those villages,should such a place exist!!
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Posted: Jan 06 2010 at 7:58pm | IP Logged Quote Marcia

OH I just love Rumer Godden and Elizabeth Goudge!

Godden's movie called the River really opens your eyes to what she went through in India. wow.

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Posted: Jan 06 2010 at 8:33pm | IP Logged Quote jdostalik

Marcia,
I just finished reading The River a few weeks ago. How does the movie compare to the book? I remember studying Jean Renoir in film school and I have always heard that Godden loved his telling of her novel...May have to put it in my blockbuster queue....

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Posted: Jan 06 2010 at 8:34pm | IP Logged Quote jdostalik

Teamommy,
I have never heard of D.E. Stevenson or Miss Read...They both sound wonderful. Which books would you recommend to begin with by them to give me a taste for their writing?

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A Canticle for Leibowitz...great read!

(Closet sci-fi buff here - most of the newer stuff I don't like, but Arthur C. Clarke or Harry Harrison...I am totally a fan.)

My fave reads recently:

Shanghai Girls by Lisa See
Peony in Love, same author - didn't like as well until I read the afterword, what a surprise! Re-read the book immediately.
Ellen Crosby's Loudon County winery mystery series (4 so far) - very authentic! (Catholic values are NOT included...warning...)
True Notebooks (real-life story of a writer who taught creative writing classes in L.A. juvenile detention facilities...beautiful and heartbreaking)
My Cousin the Saint - wow, so Italian, Italian-American, Catholic and real. I loved this book. I would not exactly call this a typical religious book, although sainthood is involved...it's really an Italian-American story. And true!
My Life With the Saints - so not like the previous title, and so wonderful. Great read. Definitely religious. Had to list it anyway - one of last year's best reads.

I love Georgette Heyer's books - fluffy and light, chaste and fun. She set the tone for the whole Regency genre and no one - well, except maybe Marion Chesney - comes close.



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Posted: Jan 06 2010 at 10:05pm | IP Logged Quote Natalia

Nancy,

What is the Regency genre? I never heard of this genre.

Jennifer,

The only books I have read by D.E. Stevenson are =goodreads&search[field">=on">these I loved them.

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Jennifer, with Miss Read, there are two series. One is the Thrush Green series (the first one is named Thrush Green, and would be a good place to start), and the second is the Fairacre series. The first Fairacre books are Village School and Village Affairs. The D E Stevenson books are not a series, with the exception of the Mrs. Tim books and the Amberwell and Summerhills books (Amberwell being the first of the two). Oh, and Miss Buncle's Book, Miss Buncle Married, and The Two Mrs. Abbotts are also a series, listed in their proper order. And, so are the Mureth books - Shoulder the Sky, Winter and Rough Weather, and Victoria Cottage. I read The Blue Sapphire first, and to this day it remains my favorite!
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I did enjoy the mystery series about Beatrix Potter that was recommended on the boards. Nice, light reading (much lighter than Godden if light is what you're after).


Tell me more! I haven't seen these, and they sound fun...
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Sarah M wrote:
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I did enjoy the mystery series about Beatrix Potter that was recommended on the boards. Nice, light reading (much lighter than Godden if light is what you're after).


Tell me more! I haven't seen these, and they sound fun...


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