Mr. Midshipman Hornblower (32)

Here we go – finally decided to plow through the first  book in the Horatio Hornblower series (in chronology; I learned after reading that the first published was actually chronologically later). So, I’m not sure if it’s canonical, but it was an enjoyable read, nontheless. From the story, I see the similarities that others have referred to in several science fiction series I have read – Hornblower is an immature and inexperienced person who holds himself to an exacting standard of moral rectitude in difficult circumstances. He is unduly hard on himself, but his diligence to always do the right thing brings him admiration and even success, though not always in a linear way! So, he is very like the Nicholas Seafort character in the series from earlier in the summer (and like Honor Harrington in the David Weber series); in a few ways like Captain Geary in the Lost Fleet series (less of the youth motif, but the other parts are relevant). In many ways, a reminder that there are only so many good stories. I’ll probably plow through a few more this summer – I’ll learn something about old-time sailing, as well.

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