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OutsmartYourShelf
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Mehso-so

In British maritime history of the late 18th century, few events captured the public's imagination more than the Mutiny on the Bounty. There have been at least two films made & these positioned Fletcher Christian as standing up against a cruel Captain (actually Lieutenant on this voyage). This book, based on records & testimonies from the court martials etc, argues that far from being cruel, (Continued)

OutsmartYourShelf William Bligh tried to avoid discipline by the usual method of flogging as much as possible which throws doubt on Christian's motives for the mutiny. Plus almost half the crew wanted to leave with the Lieutenant, something unlikely if he was as capricious as reported afterwards, mostly by people who had a grudge against Bligh it must be said.

Despite the best efforts of the author, the narrative unfortunately became a little dry in places.
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OutsmartYourShelf My takeaway from this book is that although Bligh had his faults, I tend to think that perhaps his reputation has been unfairly traduced over the years. Overall - good account of the story but can become overly bogged down in the details & academically dry in places. 2.5⭐

Full Review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/752122519

Read: 5th Jan - 21st Jan 2023

#JoyousJanuaryReadathon @andrew65
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Andrew65 An interesting period of history with conflicting views. It would be interesting to know the real story, I do worry about how much might possibly have been covered up or papered over by the trial. 1w
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OutsmartYourShelf @Andrew65 So do I, especially as it was conveniently held whilst Bligh was out of the country & unable to testify in person. I‘m not saying he is blameless but it seems strange to not have one of the main people involved actually at the trial. 1w
Andrew65 @OutsmartYourShelf They definitely wanted this to progress quickly and punish people so that mutinies didn‘t spread to other ships. The ‘system‘ couldn‘t allow a message to spread and people to go unpunished in the extreme, but it would be good to know the actual truth. Like most things it most probably has some truth on both sides. 1w
Andrew65 Certainly a book I‘d be interested to read and your review does a good job of whetting the appetite. 1w
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Texreader
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Ruthiella
Post Captain | Patrick O'Brian
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This second book in the Aubrey-Maturin series was a favorite in June 2022. They are great action/adventure that I didn‘t initially think I‘d enjoy, but it turns out I do! 😅

I need to add the third book to my #SeriesLove2023 list!

#12Booksof2022

Andrew65 I love all the different sea adventure books. 1mo
Ruthiella @Andrew65 I‘m glad I tried it because I didn‘t realize l love sea adventure too until then. 😂 1mo
Andrew65 @Ruthiella I would also recommend the Kydd Series by Julian Goodwin 1mo
Ruthiella @Andrew65 Thanks! Well noted. 👍 1mo
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Watts_next
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So unexpectedly funny and also learned about new places in an interesting way. Have recommended to so many friends and family!

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Ocean Sea | Alessandro Baricco
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Usually I hate paid-for blurbs on the backs of books, but this one absolutely says it all: “Baricco spins out long sentences, elaborate ropes of words practically absurd in their gorgeousness.” Salon

I would take this farther to say that Baricco‘s rhythm makes his books impossible to put down. One chapter will be sparse and crisp as Hemingway, and the next chapter will be lush and sensual, but he‘s always spot on.🤌🏼

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Jhill24
Town Is by the Sea | Joanne Schwartz, Joanne Schwartz Joanne, Sydney Smith Sydney

“I am a miners son”

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Jhill24
Town Is by the Sea | Joanne Schwartz, Joanne Schwartz Joanne, Sydney Smith Sydney

A simple historical fiction novel. Tells the story set in the 1950s about a young boys perspective of his father and the coal field

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Jhill24
Town Is by the Sea | Joanne Schwartz, Joanne Schwartz Joanne, Sydney Smith Sydney
Pickpick

Such a good read. Beautiful illustrations and an easy read, for a read aloud!

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The Changeling Sea | Patricia A. McKillip
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Pickpick

Starts like your regular #fairytale: a nice girl meets a prince. He‘s from the land beneath the sea, and he wants to go back. She wants to help him.

Insta-love—or is it?

Fairytale vibes, subverted tropes (for example, one of the best resolutions to a #lovetriangle ever put to page 😂), simple yet pretty writing, good characterization, and it feels much longer—fuller—than it is.

5/5

#smallbooks #onedayread #fantasy #standalone