Dave Marvin brings the picks for voting below. As summer is upon us, some read more, some less – I’d bet these books all have audio versions available for cheap. Bookclub is Friday: 6:30 @ Aryn’s House, 1406 Centaur Cir, Lafayette, CO 80026. He’s cooking, bring beer and whiskey! RSVP you dogs!
1) Hornblower and the Hotspur – C.S. Forester – 3rd of like 12 books – chosen because it’s really fun and memorable overall, kind of self-contained and interesting. It was a narrow choice for me among all of them that I’ve read. I’m on volume 10 now… For the record, Captain Jean Luc Picard (Star Trek) was loosely based on Hornblower’s character and I find the character compelling in many ways… Also it’s got a lot of elements of history in it which feels very cool and believable – this one somewhat less than others in the series but it’s still present…
Amazon Write-up: April 1803. The Peace of Amiens is breaking down. Napoleon is building ships and amassing an army just across the Channel. Horatio Hornblower-who, at age twenty-seven, has already distinguished himself as one of the most daring and resourceful officers in the Royal Navy-commands the three-masted Hotspur on a dangerous reconnaissance mission that evolves, as war breaks out, into a series of spectacular confrontations. All the while, the introspective young commander struggles to understand his new bride and mother-in-law, his officers and crew, and his own “accursed unhappy temperament”-matters that trouble him more, perhaps, than any of Bonaparte’s cannonballs.
2) The 3 Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas – Never read this and while I really like the water theme, I think this is one I’d read if it was chosen so I felt it a worthy pick – Historical Fiction again so it might satiate some peoples’ need for reality or what have you.
Amazon Write-up: The Three Musketeers tells the story of the early adventures of the young Gascon gentleman, D’Artagnan and his three friends from the regiment of the King’s Musketeers – Athos, Porthos and Aramis. Under the watchful eye of their patron M. de Treville, the four defend the honour of the regiment against the guards of Cardinal Richelieu, and the honour of the queen against the machinations of the Cardinal himself as the power struggles of seventeenth century France are vividly played out in the background. But their most dangerous encounter is with the Cardinal’s spy, Milady, one of literature’s most memorable female villains, and Dumas employs all his fast-paced narrative skills to bring this enthralling novel to a breathtakingly gripping and dramatic conclusion
3) 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea – Jules Verne – I liked this book when I was younger but don’t remember it well. I got rid of Around the World in 80 days because while it’s really a cool book, I think this one is better and the time machine theme would get poo pooed I’m sure… Happy to chat about that sometime though! Nevertheless, one book per author is a good thing I think and this is an obvious classic and I think would be fun in many ways for club.
Amazon Write-up: Professor Aronnax, his faithful servant, Conseil, and the Canadian harpooner, Ned Land, begin an extremely hazardous voyage to rid the seas of a little-known and terrifying sea monster. However, the “monster” turns out to be a giant submarine, commanded by the mysterious Captain Nemo, by whom they are soon held captive. So begins not only one of the great adventure classics by Jules Verne, the ‘Father of Science Fiction’, but also a truly fantastic voyage from the lost city of Atlantis to the South Pole.
4) The Time Machine – H.G. Wells – very interesting book that kind of scared me when I was younger if I remember correctly. I haven’t seen the new movie, so I don’t really know where everyone’s minds are at with this book, but it could be fun too… Thematically fits with the others as well depending on how you think about it…
Amazon Write-up: First published in 1895, the novel follows the adventures of a hypothetical Time Traveller who journeys into the future to find that humanity has evolved into two races: the peaceful Eloi — vegetarians who tire easily — and the carnivorous, predatory Morlocks.
After narrowly escaping from the Morlocks, the Time Traveller undertakes another journey even further into the future where he finds the earth growing bitterly cold as the heat and energy of the sun wane. Horrified, he returns to the present, but soon departs again on his final journey.
While the novel is underpinned with both Darwinian and Marxist theory and offers fascinating food for thought about the world of the future, it also succeeds as an exciting blend of adventure and pseudo-scientific romance. Sure to delight lovers of the fantastic and bizarre, The Time Machine is a book that belongs on the shelf of every science-fiction fan.
Ok – I’d actually be fine with any of these choices and have read all but one and enjoyed them all – dark parts in all of them, but I think overall it’s a group of books geared toward fun here in this dark Donald Trump world… Nevertheless, on a personal note, I haven’t enjoyed a series as much as I’ve enjoyed the Hornblower series since like Game of Thrones or Harry Potter or Narnia etc. I really do think that everyone would enjoy the hell out of Hornblower and just have fun reading it so that’s my long distance lobbying… Again, the only downside there is naval/sailing terminology that can sometimes be a little tricky.