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    Re: Dava Sobel, O'Brian
    From: Fred Hebard
    Date: 2006 Apr 28, 18:58 -0400

    I was just reporting what I've seen in passing here; a comment about
    a month ago about Forrester having nice navigation and O'Brian not,
    or perhaps more in reference to ship handling.  I didn't notice it
    myself in O'Brians novels, although I read most before I took up
    celestial navigation.
    I very much enjoyed O'Brian's novels and recommend them highly.
    On Apr 28, 2006, at 4:43 PM, Dan Allen wrote:
    > On 28 Apr 2006, at 10:44 AM, Philip Lange wrote:
    >> I missed all the discussion on Patrick O'Brian. I checked the
    >> archives and a search for  "Patrick O'Brian""O'Brian" fails to
    >> show any results. Any one have a synopsis of his gaffs and errors?
    > My archive shows a thread that began Feb 13, 2004.  It had to do
    > with the ship carrying a large telescope to observe Jupiter's
    > moons.  O'Brian did not really get trashed, however.
    > I think Patrick O'Brian is an excellent author, and quite close to
    > historical fact virtually all the time.  He did an enormous amount
    > of research to ensure the same.
    > Fred Hubard: could you expound on why you think O'Brian deserves
    > trashing?
    > Dan

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