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O’BRIAN, Patrick   

 A-        Master and Commander (Aubrey/Maturin series, Book 1)   1970     Historical Fiction/Action

Impressive sense of another (intriguing) time, people and place

 

 A-        Post Captain (Aubrey/Maturin series, Book 2)   1972     Historical Fiction/Action

Engaging and fascinating characters, settings and action

 

 B+       HMS Surprise   (Aubrey/Maturin series, Book 3)      1973     Historical Fiction/Action

Impressive weaving of professional and private lives in breathing detailed historical context

 

 B+       Desolation Island (Aubrey/Maturin series, Book 5) 1973     Historical Fiction/Action

Impressive weaving of professional and private lives in breathing detailed historical context

 

  A        The Fortune Of War (Aubrey/Maturin series, Book 6)   1979     Historical Fiction/Action

Thoroughly enjoyable

 

 B+       The Ionian Mission (Aubrey/Maturin series, Book 8)     1981     Historical Fiction/Action

Keeps up the high standard

 

 A-        Treason's Harbour (Aubrey/Maturin series, Book 9)      1983     Historical Fiction/Action

Exotic locations and people, interesting twists of plot, fascinating historical perspectives, and all within an utterly satisfying frame

 

 B+       The Far Side of the Word (Aubrey/Maturin series, Book 10)     1984     Historical Fiction/Action

More extremes of luck in this episode, but much was out of your control in the open sea

 

 B+       The Reverse of the Medal (Aubrey/Maturin series, Book 11)    1986     Historical Fiction/Action

Just keeps on delivering the goods, extraordinary.

 

 B         The Wine-Dark Sea (Aubrey/Maturin, Book 16)      1993     Historical Fiction

Still good, but perhaps more one for the fans

 

O’FARRELL, John 

 B+       Walking Into the Wind       2000     Short Story

(in ‘Speaking With the Angel’; Ed. Nick Hornby)

Enjoyable, if pointed, picture of the highs and lows of a mime’s life

                                                                                   

ORWELL, George

 B+       The Road to Wigan Pier    1937     Non-Fiction: Autobiography/Sociology

Orwell’s personal testimony about miners, India, and marketing socialism

 

 B+       Animal Farm    1945     Fantasy: Political Allegory

Bleak fable of Stalin, Lenin and Trotsky

 

OSHER, Mark (FREE, David)

 B         A Dancing Bear     2005     (Online) Novel

Clever but ultimately empty/ugly satire