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The Seafaring Challenge I

The Seafaring Challenge I There are pros and cons to reading challenges. On one hand, I get to work my way through my already huge TBR pile while discovering books that other people read for the challenge to replace those books that I read from my TBR pile in the first place. On the other hand, it is sometimes quite difficult to stick with one theme for such a long period of time. That said, I’m quite happy the next challenge I’m going to be participating in doesn’t start until the RIP II challenge finishes. And I’m already looking forward to it! The Seafaring Challenge I focuses on all things nautical. Christina, the organizer, says that these books can include anything relating to:

naval officers, pirates, buried treasure, U-Boats, submarines, sailors, dragons, fairies! There can even be “fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, true love, miracles…”!

I haven’t decided yet whether I will be participating at the Second Rank: Captain level or the Fourth Rank: Admiral level. It all depends on whether I get my hands on two more books before the end of the challenge. ;)

At any rate, I plan on reading the following two books:
• Scott Lynch’s Red Seas Under Red Skies. This is the second book in the Gentlemen Bastard Sequence. I’ve heard mixed reviews about it, so I’m not entirely sure what to expect from it. But there are pirates, apparantely.
• Kai Meyer’s The Wave Runners. Picked this up while in Stratford this summer. A couple of kids aboard a pirate ship? Sounds like fun to me.

And, if I decide to go for the Admiral level, I’ll include:
• Patrick O’Brian’s Post Captain. I haven’t read the first one in this series, but Rachel says I ought to start with the second or third book as the first is a little dry, and I trust her judgement when it comes to Aubrey and Maturin.
• Jules Verne’s Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea. I’ve never read this book, but have always meant to, so this might be the perfect time to actually get around to it.

Of course, I could change everything but that’s how it’s looking now.

(Also, I think I may kick the challenge off with a Horatio movie marathon on the first weekend of November… Just throwing that out there so everyone knows.)

Posted by Courtney Wilson @ 7:18 pm September 24, 2007.
Category: Challenges

  • Kailana

    The first Patrick O’Brien book is EXTREMELY dry! I second Rachel :) I haven’t managed to read him again after that book. I have no idea how I ever managed to finish it.

  • Christina

    I enjoyed the first book in the Aubrey/Maturin series, but agree that is was a little on the parched side. :) Great list of books and welcome to the challenge!

  • Court

    Kaliana – haha. I’ve heard from a few people that they couldn’t make it through the first one; here’s to hoping the second one isn’t as dry as everyone says the first is. :)

    Christina – Thanks! I really look forward to the challenge!

  • Danielle

    I love the Horatio Hornblower A&E series. I’ve been wanting to read all the books, but I’ve only managed the first couple.

  • Court

    Danielle – I hope you get to read more soon. They get better as they go along. :)

  • Lisa

    I’m thinking I might need to join this one because I have a whole stack of books in my TBR boxes that would qualify. Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea is one of them too. Along with the Hornblower books I have. ;)

  • Court

    Lisa – And we all know that I think everyone should read more Horatio. ;)