Mr. Midshipman Hornblower
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Last night I finished reading the first of C.S. Forester's Horatio Hornblower novels, Mr. Midshipman Hornblower (Hornblower Saga)

I've always had a bit of a thing for nautical fiction (Powell's has a Nautical Fiction section!). I really enjoyed this book, which is comprised of several short stories detailing Mr. Hornblower's early naval service in the late 18th century. The Hornblower series is a classic, and though I've only read the first of eleven books, I really liked it. Hornblower far outshines Stevenson's Jim Hawkins (from Treasure Island), his adventures are more exciting and overcomes adversity despite the mistakes he makes.

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