Why Is Rowling Howling and Growling?
* “Patrick O’Brian: A Life Revealed,” the strange odyssey of Richard Patrick Russ (his real name), who abandoned his first wife and children and went on to become a best-selling, beloved cult author whose works will be gobbled up by armchair adventurers for generations to come.
Other delicious add-ons to the Aubrey-Maturin series:
* “Lobscouse & Spotted Dog: Which It’s a Gastronomic Companion to the Aubrey/Maturin Novels of Patrick O’Brian” by Anne Chotzinoff Grossman and Lisa Grossman Thomas. Here are fascinating 18th century recipes from the captain’s table, the wardroom, the gunroom and the seamen’s mess. Included: Suckling Pig, Jam Roly-Poly, Goose and Truffle Pie, Floating Archipelago in the Shape of the Galapagos and Plum-Duff. In addition, here are recipes from dinners ashore at Port Mahon, Malta, Bombay and Boston.
* “Musical Evenings with the Captain.” Prior to CDs, iPods, DVDs, radio and Wi-Fi, men at sea had to create their own entertainment. Jack Aubrey was an accomplished fiddler, while Maturin played the violoncello. To pass away the long evenings at sea, they would play duets. Here are two splendid CDs of Handel, Bach, Haydn, Boccherini and Mozart that the two seagoing companions enjoyed playing, as well as performances of chamber music concerts in London and Port Mahon.
These incredible add-ons to Patrick O’Brian’s work turned many hours of gripping reading into a sublime time travel experience in swashbuckling Britain in the 19th century.
The Queer Behaviour of J. K. Rowling
I tried reading the first Harry Potter book, got to about page 10 and decided J. k. Rowling is a wonderful writer, but a tad airy-fairy for my taste.
Nevertheless, Rowling is arguably the most important and widely acclaimed author alive today. Apart from selling more than 55 million books, the Harry Potter series has entranced kids and gotten them to read, which is huge!