Friday, July 17, 2009

More reading

Last weekend my family went to my in-laws. Because there is no comfortable working space there, I did not bother to bring my laptop along so I have quite a lot of time on my hands. Alhamdullillah I brought along and finished a book. It's title was "The Darkeing Sea" by Alexander Kent. It's written there on the cover, "The Master Storyteller of the Sea". Now I'm not much of a sea adventure fan, but decided I'd give it a try when I saw it at Carrefour last week. Especially one written by the "master storyteller". Well... I didn't enjoy it as much as "The Isle of Joy" but it was pretty enjoyable. And Alexander Kent being the "master storyteller of the sea", the details given were quite.... well.. detailed. Specific name of types of ships and all their parts and how the crew worked them. It is quite impressive I guess if I was a fan of ships and sea adventure.

The story revolves much around a certain Vice-Admiral Sir Richard Bolitho. Set in the year 1809, Britain was at war with France. In the midst of things even America got involved and the British trade route was at stake. It was up to Sir Richard Bolitho to make sure of it's safety. It was quite interesting to read how battle on the high seas was done. The decision and maneuvering involved. Quite interesting.

A few nights ago I went to Carrefour again to do a bit of shopping and realized the second hand books pile was left only 1 (before this there was 2) and now the price is only RM 3 (before this was RM 5). So bought another 2 books. Would write about it later once I finally get round to finishing it.

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