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26th Mar 2002, 01:05
I have been a fan of C.S.Forester's books since I was a teenager. I switched on last night's episode of 'Hornblower' and within a few minutes I felt let down. . .. .This travesty is even further from the original novels than James Bond movies.. .. .Grrr!

Tartan Gannet
26th Mar 2002, 02:09
As I post I am watching it on TV. Jury is still out Im afraid. This is what happens when a famous character is taken by other scriptwriters who then have to produce adventures for the central character "in the mmaner of...." If this series turns people onto the works of C S Forester then that is a gain in my eyes.

Moritz Suter
26th Mar 2002, 02:13
But doesn't the Indefatigable look fabulous under full sail!

gravity victim
26th Mar 2002, 02:49
Anybody who enjoys the Hornblower books, and has yet to discover Patrick O'Brien's wonderful Jack Aubrey novels, has a great treat in store.Not to be missed.

Tartan Gannet
26th Mar 2002, 02:57
GV I must read those, how do they compare to Alexander Kent's Bolitho novels?

26th Mar 2002, 03:20
As a man who never read the books, I thoroughly enjoyed Hornblower on telly. I'd say the book'd be even better, will get round to reading it at some point (If my budget can ever stretch to books, what with lessons, both flying and academic, in the way!)

26th Mar 2002, 04:30
TG: Bolitho is a great character but I feel that Alexander Kent has written a few books too many - also writing as Douglas Reeman.. .. .Showell Styles is an author not to be missed as is also Richard Woodman.. .. .Personally, I thought the first series of Hornblower - shown here in Oz last year - was quite good and a reasonable adaptation of Forester's novels.. .. .RULE BRITANNIA! <img border="0" title="" alt="[Big Grin]" src="biggrin.gif" /> <img border="0" title="" alt="[Big Grin]" src="biggrin.gif" />. . . . <small>[ 26 March 2002, 00:33: Message edited by: Zarg ]</small>

26th Mar 2002, 05:23
I have to confess to having never read Hornblower. Until now, I'd not seen the adaptations either.. .. .Having seen last night/tonight, I have to say I'm disappointed. I'm assured it's nothing like the novels, but the crass sentimentality mars the true drama. The characterisation is two-dimensional, and the production values poor. I counted at least fifteen continuity errors, not least Captain Sawyer and the Midshipman mysteriously changing places between being shot and falling to the floor. The party of the 3 lieutenants were very well-turned out after the battle, blowing up half the tunnel, yet not a trace of dust on their uniforms!. .. .Add to that studio sets (meant to be on board HMS Renown) in which everyone has no difficulty whatsoever standing upright, plus Robert Lindsay being half the age of the other two court martial judges, to whom he's supposed to be senior, one of whom has a Belfast accent so broad that he would never have been even permitted to serve, and the disappointment was complete.. .. .Not a bad "Boy's Own" yarn, though.

Moritz Suter
26th Mar 2002, 05:29

Surly Bondslipper
26th Mar 2002, 21:45
Tartan Gannet,. .. .The first book in Patrick O'Brien's wonderful running novel (19 books in all, I think) is 'Master and Commander'. You will meet Aubrey, a brilliant fighting Captain who is always in trouble ashore - usually either women or disastrous financial forays which absorb any prize money he makes.(He is partly based on the famous real-life Cochrane.) . .. .He sails with Maturin,a naval surgeon who doubles as an intelligence agent. The period detail - not just techically of the ships and actions, but everything from 18th/19th Century medicine, food, politics, etc - has led some authors to call O'Brien (who died a year ago) the greatest historical novelist of all.. .. .Enjoy!

27th Mar 2002, 13:17
Anyone read the "Honor Harrington" series? It's basically Hornblower in space.

27th Mar 2002, 17:54
I prefer Sharpe (Book and TV Movie). .. .The Waterloo episode was excellent and probably the best.. .. .As for Hornblower, its good for entertainment on a night, as long as you dont expect too much from it. And i have to agree with Moritz Suter, the Indefatigable looks like the most beautiful ship i have ever seen. (even though it is a Computer Image). . .. .HJ

27th Mar 2002, 19:53
Hugh, I have to agree with you about Sharpe. Very well produced series, 3-dimensional characters, good scripts, faithful to detail.

28th Mar 2002, 03:45
Was put onto P O'B's very fine novels by a friend and loved em all. I finished the first one convinced the man had either discovered a time machine, been subjected to regressive hypnotherapy, or was a re-incarnation with a fantastic memory.Devoured the rest in short order.