CHESTER HAS MOVED!: Various Quick Thoughts

Sunday, December 05, 2004

Various Quick Thoughts

We've noticed that most of you who order books through the Amazon link usually get military-related ones (surprise!). If you are looking for great Christmas gifts, The Adventures of Chester highly recommends the Aubrey-Maturin novels, beginning with "Master and Commander." They are very well-written and well-researched tales of swashbuckling derring-do. And the British Navy is cool. I've added links in the sidebar to the first book, or to a box set of all of them if you are ambitious. [And don't worry: we can see what books are ordered, but not by whom; your privacy is safe.] -------- The wild card post I promised will be about Japan. -------- Freedom is about to break out all over the Middle East, according to Bill Kristol at the Weekly Standard. Great article. Be a part of it and support freedom in the Middle East by donating to the Friends of Iraq Blogger Challenge. You can do so here. The Adventures of Chester has discovered that those who donate to the Friends of Iraq Blogger Challenge will receive invitations to Friends of Iraq events in NY, DC, SF, and LA, all scheduled to take place in the next two weeks. You'll get to meet both civil affairs Marines AND the Iraqi authors of the popular blog Iraq the Model. Spirit of America tells Chester, "We apologize to everyone in Flyover country that there are no events except on the Coasts. Just not enough time. We promise to take care of everyone else in 2005." And, "We're trying to keep it sort of low key, for security reasons. Local media, yes but very little Major media. No photographs or video of the Iraqis. Their lives can be at risk." Consider this great opportunity if you choose to donate! You'll get an invitation by email. Good night!


Blogger SMSgt Mac said...

Great recommendations! The Patrick O'Brien books are fantastic historical novels. You would also probably enjoy James Henderson's "The Frigates: An account of the lessor warships of the wars from 1793 to 1815" if you can find it. In this small book you will discover that many (if not most) of the swashbuckling tales about the Hornblowers and Aubreys were just repackaged and embellished events that REALLY did happen. (I guess that's what makes them Historical Novels?) I think the novelists at times have toned down the real events because truth is indeed, stranger than fiction.
Minor nit--"And the British Navy is cool" should read "..Royal Navy..".
Check Six!

December 5, 2004 at 11:51 AM  
Blogger NahnCee said...

Kewl. Since I donated to Iraq the Model when it first started up, and since then to Spirit of America, AND I'm in LA, maybe I'll get an e-mail invite. If I do, I'm going to ask my Loony-Liberal Lefty friend who thinks Bush is badBadBAD if she wants to come with me, and meet some Real Iraqi's. I will, of course, warn her in advance that if she insults them by calling them puppets or brainwashed or lackeys, I *will* take her outside and murderize her. Which I believe is my right as a card-carrying neo-con.

December 5, 2004 at 3:39 PM  
Blogger JohnW said...

Aubrey & Maturin are great. I actually had to research sailing ships to figure out what O'Brian was talking about half the time (Club haul the ship, wtf?!). Btw O'Brian had almost no practical knowledge of sailing, which makes the books even more of an achievement IMHO.

Another great set is Bernard Cornwell's "Sharpe" series, about a rifleman in Wellington's army. A little more action oriented.

December 6, 2004 at 7:09 AM  

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