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10 February 2012 @ 09:39 pm
Question for the history-lit geeks on my flist  

I need some advice on what to read next.

I just (finally; I was stalling, 'cause I didn't want it to end) finished C.S. Forester's "Horatio Hornblower" series, and I really want to get right back into a similar thing: something long and meaty, with a historical military theme. As of now, I've narrowed it down to two possibilities:

Sharpe Because my favorite thing about the Hornblower novels is the character of Horatio Hornblower himself, and I've heard that the character of Richard Sharpe is very similar.
Aubrey/Maturin Because I really did grow to enjoy all the Naval stuff while reading the Hornblower books, plus I'm a total dork for anything even vaguely medical (like Maturin being a ship's surgeon).

So, great readers of my flist...

Which series should I start next? Sharpe Aubrey/Maturin Damn the torpedoes...er, money: start 'em both! Neither; I have another suggestion (see comments) Any and all opinions--up to and including complaints about my LJ habits, or anything else on your minds--are, as (almost) always, 100% welcome. :-) Abyssinia, Barrie
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The Reluctant Sadist: sharpe uniform by heralluresplix on February 11th, 2012 06:31 am (UTC)
Hiya! lauramcewan said you were looking for historical military fiction.

Both series are good. The Sharpe stories are more ripping yarns, lots of action and adventure, and yes, in almost every one, Sharpe beds a willing woman. They're very straightforward and entertaining. Richard Sharpe is a lot more ruthless and expedient than Horatio, and it's very clear that he's an outsider, having risen from the ranks to officer level, but he's honorable, in his way, shrewd, sometimes reckless, and quite sexy.

The Aubrey/Maturin books are more delicately written, with a lot more 'period' dialogue. They're not quite as actiony, but they're wonderful reads, and often very witty. The relationship between Jack and Stephen is absolutely wonderful, and their characterizations are nuanced.

I would recommend them both, with Sharpe for a more swashbuckling bent, Aubrey/Maturin for a slightly more cerebral read. :)
lauramcewan on February 11th, 2012 06:44 am (UTC)
MASHFanficChick: Grin (Starsky)mashfanficchick on February 15th, 2012 06:32 am (UTC)
Hi, Laura! Just wanted to say a huge "Thanks!" for the loan of your splix! *g*
MASHFanficChick: Always the Indymashfanficchick on February 15th, 2012 06:29 am (UTC)
Well, much as I absolutely ADORE my outsiders, I do really love witty and cerebral, and I'm not a huge fan of ruthless. So perhaps I will try the Aubrey/Maturin books first.

Also, for what it's worth, there is now a poll (the one I THOUGHT I'd posted here) up here

Thanks a million for your input!