July 23rd, 2013

Me 2012

Blue at the Mizzen, by Patrick O'Brian

I took a while reading this one, because it's the last complete Aubrey-Maturin novel. After twenty books, it's strange to think of it being over, and endings are always melancholy. This one is, in some ways, particularly so, because O'Brian did not intend the book to be his last. It just worked out that way.

So, like so many other Aubrey/Maturin novels, it ends abruptly, with the main characters rushing off to some new mission. I'll read the published chapters of the unfinished 21st novel, but this is all the closure I expect at this point. Not one of my favorites from the series, although the new midshipman, Horatio Hanson, is endearing. I'll give it a 7.