Arturo Perez-Reverte’s Captain Alatriste – Review of Arturo Perez-Reverte’s Captain Alatriste

Here is a review of Captain Alatriste, the book which forms the basis of Viggo Mortensen’s upcoming film (picture on a previous posting).

The brothers Judd did not like the book that much, though they gave it a B+. I have had the book on my shelves for almost a year so-far unread. It is the kind of book that I would have read when young as I always enjoyed books like this (Dumas and his ilk — I read Anthony Hope’s Prisoner of Zenda and sequel Rupert of Hentzau several times each). But I haven’t read any adventure, swashbuckling novels for years and years. Wonder if I will dip my toe in this water again. Brothers Judd aren’t very encouraging.

Frank Wilson said…

Ah, Maxine, you are a true romantic. Some of the happiest moments of my youth were spent in the company of Athos, Porthos, Aramis, and D’Artagnan. I reviewed Captain Alatriste and liked it. It is a thoughtful swashbuckler, with something of the melancholy that characterizes Twenty Years After.

1:53 AM

Back to square one

eyThanks are due to Dave Lull for his nice email about my correction to apostrophes.

And thanks also to James Long for putting me onto the right track for getting rid of those bullet points in the sidebar that were crashing into the text of the postings. James is a kind and patient colleague who told me: "I think what you’ve done is accidentally remove the reference to the sidebar styles, li, and so the sidebar has reverted to default html styles for list items in an unordered list, ul ."

Of course this doesn’t mean that I knew what to do with the code, so I set up a new blog, opened its template, and compared the html line by line until I found differences. Eventually, I found the bit I had inadvertently deleted, and all is back as it was! (Actually, not quite, there are still some bullet points in the sidebar but that’s OK as they are not clashing into anything. And I can probably do the same thing to get rid of them in due course.)

Thank you, James. James has also told me about a crime-fiction series author Tony Hillerman. He says: "It’s a nice long series, so if you start near the beginning (‘Skinwalkers’, ‘Thief of Time’) you’re in for a treat as the characters develop really well across the series." OK James, thank you, I will go off to Amazon now and have a look.

Although I am happy, I am back to where I was before I started this attempt at tagging this blog. So I haven’t got anywhere except to back where I started (pretty much). But that’s fine, I’ll attack the tagging in a more careful way again soon. (I’ll use the Dave Lull approach of thinking carefully before doing anything.)

Frank Wilson said…

But that’s what makes blogging such fun, discovering how to fix problems like that — and you went about in an admirably systematic way.
Go easy on yourself about the misspelling. I too am an editor — and a pretty school speller. But it is hard to edit oneself. One tends to see what one intended to write. Which is why, when I write, I have myself edited by someone else.

1:58 AM

Jenny D said…

Yeah, I think the fun of blogging involves not being quite so careful as we would be with other kinds of writing–sometimes I don’t even read back through, and there are often minor errors of punctuation or typos or whatever. No big deal.

NB in my opinion Tony Hillerman is a terribly overrated author! His books have always felt really thin to me, just underwritten; it’s possible that some of the early ones in the series were considerably better, but they leave me with a bad taste, also because I’m not positive I like their handling of the reservation/Indian stuff. I will be curious to hear what you think, in any case. I do know lots of people who like them, just not me…

6:57 PM