My summer vacation will take me on a nautical journey to visit Maine and Nova Scotia, Canada. It will be filled with lobster, scallops, the amazing tides of The Bay of Fundy, migrating whales, lighthouses, pirates (well, at least the places they used to frequent), Titanic burial grounds, and sea birds just to name a few of the nautically themed attractions.
To get in the spirit, I want to talk about nautical books for todays Monday Discussion.
I happen to be a sucker for Moby Dick. Not only do I love the book, but books about that book intrigue me. For example, In the Heart of the Sea by Nathaniel Philbrick and Ahab's Wife by Sena Jeter Naslund.
The nautical adventures of Patrick O'Brian which began with Master and Commander have held up against the test of time and are a popular summer read for a wide range of patrons.
For fantasy fans, I highly suggest the Naomi Novik nautical novels which reimagine the Napoleonic Wars on the sea as fought by Admirals who can control dragons. The captivating and popular Temeraire series begins with His Majesty's Dragons.
For the adventure reader, the benchmark nautical author is Clive Cussler. If you have never read Raise the Titanic, I highly suggest giving it a try. They used some of the techniques Cussler mentions in the book to actually raise the real Titanic.
And finally, for the horror fan, there is no better book of a sea voyage gone horribly wrong than Dan Simmons The Terror.
This is just a start. Now it is your turn. For today's Monday Discussion, share some nautical books that have captivated you.
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