I opted for a Mariner’s theme this round.
While always interested in your books, movies and songs…..this is an Open Thread.
Birds of Prey, by Wilbur Smith. The first of a trilogy from within the Courtney series (Monsoon and Blue Horizon completing the trilogy), Birds of Prey follows the high seas adventures of Sir Francis Courtney during the late 18th century naval war between the English and the Dutch. The Courtney series currently consists of 13 novels spanning over 200 years…Birds of Prey, Monsoon, and Blue Horizon are my personal favorites. These books came to mind last week when John mentioned his affection for Historical Fiction. Wilbur Smith is an adept (and prolific) storyteller. I have found his works to be entertaining page turners, and I recommend the above mentioned novels (and the first 2 books of his Egyptian series) to any fan of the genre.
Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World is a movie based on events from several novels from Patrick O’Brian’s brilliant Aubrey-Maturin series. The film takes place in the midst of the Napoleonic Wars as the British HMS Surprise attempts to capture the French ship Acheron. I felt the movie fairly true to the novels and was well pleased with the end result. Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World is a visual feast and should be entertaining even to those without previous knowledge of the characters. The film stars Russell Crowe as Captain Jack Aubrey and Paul Bettany as Dr. Maturin.
The Mariner’s Revenge Song by The Decemberists is an obvious fit for the theme. The song is a long narrative of seafaring vengeance accompanied by an eclectic array of instruments that add a quirky and infectious charm. Enjoy!