Friday, October 20, 2006

OK. That's Done.

The other day I finished reading Blue at the Mizzen by Patrick O'Brian. It's the 20th and final novel in the O'Brian's Aubrey/Maturin series.

This is a series of novels about Jack Aubrey, a ship captain in the British navy during the Napoleonic wars, and his "particular friend" Stephen Maturin, ship's doctor and intelligence agent. It's a great series of novels that combines action and adventure with a Jane Austin-like close observation of personality and social interaction in the 19th century.

I started working my way through the series back in May, somewhat by chance. I had read all of those books before, of course. My brother Matt turned me and our other brothers on to the series years ago and we traded the first several books back and forth within the family, eagerly awaiting each new title. Since then I've read a few of them several times more.

After reading Master and Commander this spring, I decided to make my way through the series again. For the first few I was interspersing O'Brian novels with other sorts of books. After a bit, though, I decided to just stick to O'Brian until I finished the series. I found I couldn't wait
to get back to that world.

In the end, it took almost exactly 5 months to read all 20 novels. It was great fun. In another 5 years or so, I think I'll do it again.
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Anonymous said...

Are these an example of the MeFi genre you mentioned on my blog, Mike?

Mike said...

Sorry, Joe. I should have returned and explained the comment I left on your blog in reference to your "Stingray Overlords" line the other day.

"MeFi" is the diminutive form of MetaFilter, a large community blog to which I belong.

MeFites, as members are sometimes called, have for some time used the "I, for one, welcome or new (insert topic of web discussion here) Overlords" line as something of an inside joke.

I don't know whether that is a line that is in common usage elsewhere that made its way into MetaFilter or if it is a MeFi meme that has escaped into the wild.

Your posting made me wonder, though, whether you are a member.

Anonymous said...

I first heard the overlord meme years ago on Slashdot. It's a Simpsons reference.

Mike said...

Ah! I should have done a little searching. Lazy of me. Thanks, unknown intellectual benefactor, for clearing that up.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, I tried to post that a couple times last night, but blogger was giving me the finger :)

It's from the episode where Homer goes into space.

Joe M said...

PS I've moved Merit-Bound Alley over to Wordpress. I've updated the URL in my posting name.

Mike said...

And you wonder why blogger was ticked off?

I saw your URL-change posting on the old site this morning and have updated my blog-roll.

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