A review by aimiller
Master and Commander, by Patrick O'Brian

adventurous informative medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes


Is this book for everyone? No it is not. Does it have a very specific tone that might be very off-putting to some readers? Yes it does. Is there way too much boat jargon in it? Depends on your perspective but imho, yes it does. Is it still fun and full of fun and interesting characters? Yes, which was its saving grace for me since that’s what I signed up for. 

Also SO MUCH HAPPENED in this book, it was wild. I saw the movie first, and thought that had too many things going on, and this had all of those things AND MORE. It does mean the pacing is bonkers—sometimes those big events that happen seen to just fly by and then you’ve got like forty pages of them sort of just going along on boats, keeping an eye out for other ships. And that may be intentional, to like reflect what life is like on the boat, but I can definitely see it being a Problem for other readers. 

But I did like it? I had a fun time; like I said, the characters are fun even if I can’t keep track of all of them, and there were especially cute moments with Stephen. And I’m going to read the next one so consider me sucked in!