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Old 03-10-2010, 12:43 AM   #121
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Ok, I had my first audible gasp today!


I have no idea where people are in their reading......



Lets just say I was SHOCKED at who the Captain was....

Anyone else??

ME! I know we're jumping a tiny bit ahead...but I was completely surprised. Did not see that one coming. Also, regarding "affairs of the heart" - let's keep in mind - no tv + no computers = keeping yourself entertained, whatever it takes! As far as the concoctions used for toilette are concerned, people back in those days must have been immune to stink
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Old 03-10-2010, 08:59 AM   #122
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I can totally deal with the anti-hero thing. Hunter is not a good guy, nor does he care to be. I think history and literature "romanticizes" pirates into making them "scoundrels with a heart of gold" and Hunter really isn't that. Or isn't yet. Maybe MC will prove me wrong.

But Hunter's command to The Moor at the end of Part I....that's a reminder that these are not the "the good guys" But in truth, history rarely has "good guys" and "bad guys"; they're usually just "guys". Call me a cynic.

AND, not to give away anything, but some of Hunter's actions (or lack thereof) in Part II also remind us that he's not in this for the warm fuzzies.

The more I read, the more I'm gunning for James Purefoy as Hunter!! Who, by the way, according to IMDB has played Blackbeard in a UK made-for-TV movie!!
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Old 03-10-2010, 09:25 AM   #123
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What do you guys think of Clive Owen as Hunter?
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Old 03-10-2010, 11:30 AM   #124
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I have to admit, I'm struggling with this book.

I have loved most of MC's novels but this one is just not grabbing me at all. If not for this thread, I probably would have given up -- or just skimmed over it to get to the general idea.

I've finished Part 1 and Part 2 and somehow it just seems completely flat. I'm not invested in any of the characters, the gory stuff just seems in there for shock value and there doesn't seem to be enough of a build up to really excite me about what's going on. Part 2 is pretty exciting and yet, I just don't care.

On a side note, I just watched The Guns of Navaronne a week or two ago and I'm pretty sure that MC borrowed heavily from that movie/book to come up with the Matanceros fortress. Maybe that's why this isn't grabbing me -- in many ways I feel like I already know what's going to happen. I don't want to say too much because the comparisons to the movie come almost entirely from Part 2.
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Old 03-10-2010, 02:35 PM   #125
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Just started today and I'm already 115 pages into it. I think its really good and its a quick read.
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Old 03-10-2010, 06:34 PM   #126
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Hi All!

I've been watching all of your posts over the past few days and it seems like we are moving full steam ahead. If it's alright with everyone, I'd like to update our current reading schedule and set the next few deadlines. It seems as if most, if not all, are finished with Part I. Some are even finished with Part II, myself included. Kevin, being the "Wannabe Genius" that he is, read all of the parts! That's great! If you aren't done just yet, don't stress. Catch up at your own pace and you know where the gabbing will be.

UPDATED Reading & Discussion Schedule as of March 10

Part II - March 13
Part III - March 17
Part IV - March 22

Again, if you are one of the "book clubbers" who started a few days ago because you were waiting to get the novel, please don't stress. If you can get your reading done on time great; if not, that's fine as well. I don't want to push anyone or make this less enjoyable. This is all in good fun.

In order to keep our discussions moving smoothly, please feel free to comment on where you are in your reading. This could be a page into a certain part, halfway through, or at the end. If at all possible, try to post a "Spoiler Warning" if you are commenting on a part of the text that has not been read yet according to our schedule. This will help keep the discussions lively for those that are ahead while protecting upcoming events in the novel from being revealed to those who are "on schedule."

If anyone has questions or other suggestions, please feel free to message me either here on the DIS or on FB. I'm really enjoying what we are doing and think this is such an awesome group. We're obviously learning as we go along for the first round, and I'm taking notice of how things are going so we can improve with the next selection.

Happy Reading, DIS Bookies!!! Hmm, that has a nice ring to it, don't you think?

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Old 03-10-2010, 08:31 PM   #127
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ME! I know we're jumping a tiny bit ahead...but I was completely surprised. Did not see that one coming. Also, regarding "affairs of the heart" - let's keep in mind - no tv + no computers = keeping yourself entertained, whatever it takes! As far as the concoctions used for toilette are concerned, people back in those days must have been immune to stink
That is too funny. Needs three of these.

I'm about two thirds through and enjoying it. I'm not a big discussion type but hope to get on board with that soon enough.
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Old 03-10-2010, 08:58 PM   #128
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I agree on the stink factor.....just the descriptions are a little stomach turning. I like the foreshadowing as it always keeps me guessing and I keep waiting to hear how it will tie in.


I am fascinated by the female/male pirate roll. How she (he?) grew up as a he and how it will benefit the crew later.


I will admit that I have also read the entire book as it was so far from what I typically read, I could not stop!


Does anyone else want to reach through the book and slap Hacklett?
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Old 03-10-2010, 09:32 PM   #129
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Hi everyone

I finished the book last night. No spoilers here, but I have it was only an okay book, and my favorite part was the Epilogue!
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Old 03-11-2010, 09:11 AM   #130
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I agree on the stink factor.....just the descriptions are a little stomach turning. I like the foreshadowing as it always keeps me guessing and I keep waiting to hear how it will tie in.


I am fascinated by the female/male pirate roll. How she (he?) grew up as a he and how it will benefit the crew later.


I will admit that I have also read the entire book as it was so far from what I typically read, I could not stop!


Does anyone else want to reach through the book and slap Hacklett?
Which one Kristin? Mr. or Mrs? I'm only through 2/3 of the book so not sure what you are actually referring to. Obviously something is going to happen.

I also have a spoiler suggestion. Maybe we hide the text by using a white font if we have a spoiler. Just about everyone knows how to do it.
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Old 03-11-2010, 10:10 AM   #131
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I am listening, so I do not have the same sense of how far along I am the way I do when I am flipping pages.

The reader just started part 4!

I am still enjoying the book. The adventure yarn is a new genre for me. I am so glad I am listening to a great narrator instead of reading. I highly recommend audio books.
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Old 03-11-2010, 12:04 PM   #132
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Which one Kristin? Mr. or Mrs? I'm only through 2/3 of the book so not sure what you are actually referring to. Obviously something is going to happen.

I also have a spoiler suggestion. Maybe we hide the text by using a white font if we have a spoiler. Just about everyone knows how to do it.
That is a good idea George!

I meant Robert Hacklett. Getting off the boat and immediately questioning all, I wanted to smack him! LOL Take a moment yeesh! as for his wife.....that part almost smacked of a soap opera!
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Which one Kristin? Mr. or Mrs? I'm only through 2/3 of the book so not sure what you are actually referring to. Obviously something is going to happen.

I also have a spoiler suggestion. Maybe we hide the text by using a white font if we have a spoiler. Just about everyone knows how to do it.
That's a great idea, Jorge! We can either put a spoiler warning notice on the thread like a few of us have done over the past couple of days, or just write our comments in white. Either way works!

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I am listening, so I do not have the same sense of how far along I am the way I do when I am flipping pages.

The reader just started part 4!

I am still enjoying the book. The adventure yarn is a new genre for me. I am so glad I am listening to a great narrator instead of reading. I highly recommend audio books.
I'm not a fan of audio books replacing the real thing. In my classroom, I do use the audio version while the children are following along with the actual book. This isn't done frequently though - maybe 1-3 times per book. I can see how it might liven up certain parts of Pirate Latitudes though because of all the different characters, backgrounds, etc.
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Hi all...
I didn't have high expectations about this book but find that I'm already half way through after a couple of days of reading. It took me longer to pick it up and start reading than it has to actually get that far. I'm enjoying it. I'm a Crichton rookie (unless you count movies) so I think I might have to read some of his other novels now.
I like the realism...so much so that our family is going to a Real Pirates exhibit in Norfolk tomorrow. I've always had a fascination about pirates...probably because I grew up on the coast and Blackbeard was actually hung in Virginia...lots of pirate lore around here.
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I'm not a fan of audio books replacing the real thing.
I think they complement the real thing -- if you have any kind of commute they take you elsewhere and most have excellent readers. My rule is that the audio book has to be something I want to read but would never have the time. Ive gone thru many books that I would never have been able to look at.
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