Thursday Tea: November 5 (Master and Commander)

Thursday Tea Thursday Tea is a weekly meme hosted by yours truly. To play along, all you need is some tea, a book, and the answers to these questions: what tea are you drinking (and do you like it)? What book are you reading (and do you like it)? Tell us a little about your tea and your book, and whether or not the two go together.

The book: I just started Master and Commander by Patrick O’Brian, and I’m not entirely sure I like it. My most favorite Napoleonic era naval series is, of course, Horatio Hornblower, and anything else I read must be compared to that. Master and Commander isn’t bad (I’m about 90 pages in), but I don’t like Jack Aubrey or Stephen Maturin as much as I like Horatio H. and William Bush. Maybe Aubrey and Maturin are too realistic– I think I prefer naval captains (and lieutenants, midshipmen, etc) to be idealistic and unbloated from too much drinking and too much meat.

But I’ll keep reading it until I get bored. Maybe a battle is coming up soon?

Satellite coffee Thursday Nov 5The tea: Acutally, I didn’t have tea this morning, but a cup of coffee at Satellite Coffee. Satellite is a local coffee place, and though it’s a little expensive it makes me feel better to be drinking coffee there than at Starbucks, however much I love Starbucks’ egg nog lattes. It’s good to support local places! Plus Satellite’s stuff is all freshly ground/brewed/made, even the pastries, and it’s delicious. I had a blueberry scone (seen in photo to the left) and I’m STUFFED. I’m definitely going back whenever I can afford it.

Do they go together? The blueberry of my scone matches the blueberry color of their navy coats?

But, seriously, they drink quite a few cups of coffee in Master and Commander, though I don’t know if it’s organic or free-trade or what. Mine and their’s goes well enough together, whatever kind of coffee they’re drinking.

What are you drinking/reading this Thursday?

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  1. Boyfriend and I watched this movie earlier this year and he really liked it. I didn’t like it at all. I felt like the whole movie was just men going around sailing and congratulating each other on being men, but not really having anything exciting happen. It was more the kind of movie that appeals to little kids who want to go sailing rather than a movie with a compelling plot and characters. I’m not sure if the book is like that necessarily, but I suspect I’d have the same feelings about it 🙂

    1. A few people I’ve talked to say their husband/boyfriend/etc really love the movie/books, but that they themselves didn’t. It’s weird. I’ll have to watch the movie now and see if I like it.

      M&C has gotten a little better now (144 pages in), but it keeps skipping forward in time and that makes me think I’ve missed something, lol! I’ll probably finish reading it but I don’t know if I’ll continue the series.

    1. It WAS delicious! And really filling. I had about two bites left and couldn’t finish it (sad!). The coffee was really good, too; I actually think I like it better than Starbucks.

  2. Just wanted to drop by and say hello. Its been a while since I had the time to read your blog. I do not really drink tea (but a lot of coffee), but I had some green tea more than a week ago 🙂

  3. Horatio Hornblower is one of my favourites too. I haven’t yet started O’Brian’s books, but I’ve heard that M&C is the slowest moving of them all, so maybe that’s why it hasn’t grabbed your attention yet?

    1. I just finished reading a battle scene that was most exciting, if a little bogged down by too many details. There are a LOT of details in M&C– do I really need to know what each of the different sails are called on a ship? Or how much each part of that ship measures? I’d say “no, I don’t.” It’s kind of like it’s trying to appeal to navy nerds and not anyone else.

      If the other ones are better I’m willing to give them a try, but at the moment I’m feeling both annoyed and amused with M&C and it’ll probably take me quite a while to pick up another O’Brian book if this situation doesn’t improve by the end of this book.

  4. I must tell you I picked up Patrick O’Brian at my brother’s insistence and I pushed myself to get through one book. It was just not my cup of tea. May be guys enjoy reading these but I was totally turned off by this book 🙂 Hope u have better luck with the series

    1. I’m nearing the end of the book now and I’m actually enjoying it more, but I’m still not entirely convinced about the awesomeness of the rest of the series. Thanks for the cheering on!

  5. Since I come from Sri Lanka we drink tea all the time since we seem to be producing half of it anyway! Reading Belong to Me right now which was sent to me in a book contest. Very good reading. Came to your blog thru
    J. Kaye’s book blog where your site was recommended. Will drop by again.

  6. I love this series — yes different from Horatio, which I haven’t read but saw the TV movies, but very good nonetheless. I’m about halfway through the series and really need to get back to them. I played along last week but I guess I forgot to come back and link up!

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