From: John Woodgate
Subject: Re: Cutting corners?
Date: Tue, 24 Dec 2002 17:03:20 +0000
Organization: JMWA Electronics Consultancy
Reply-To: John Woodgate
NNTP-Posting-Date: Tue, 24 Dec 2002 18:33:11 +0000 (UTC)
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I read in sci.electronics.design that John Larkin wrote (in ) about 'Cutting corners?', on Tue, 24 Dec 2002:
>On Tue, 24 Dec 2002 07:46:32 +0000, John Woodgate
>>I read in sci.electronics.design that John Larkin >THIStechPLEASEnology.com> wrote (in <9h2f0v8chmkr93agiq89100s4v4qmtg6c4@
>>4ax.com>) about 'Cutting corners?', on Mon, 23 Dec 2002:
>>> I am rereading Patrick O'Brian's
>>>wonderful Aubrey/Maturin books about the Royal Navy in the time of
>>>Napoleon, when it was a trend for only 'gentlemen' to be promoted as
>>>naval officers, regardless of their leadership or seamanship skills.
>>I can' understand how O'Brien got his reputation. IMHO, the books are
>>rubbish - illogical and unrealistic as well as badly written. Just
>>compare with Maryatt and Pope; I hesitate to mention Kent/Reeman, who
>>committed the grievous crime of being too prolific for the literary
>Funny, but I think O'Brian's writing is superb, and his observations
>on mortality and human sexuality are stunning. "The King's Own": now
>*there* is rubbish.
Well, I've read two, 'The Yellow Admiral' and one other whose title I
can't remember. I thought it unfair to judge just by one book, but when
the second proved equally unsatisfactory I gave up. I don't know 'The
King's Own' - who wrote it? And have you compared any works of the
authors I cited with O'Brian's?
Regards, John Woodgate, OOO - Own Opinions Only. http://www.jmwa.demon.co.uk
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