I was reading reviews on Amazon and someone said that "it wasn't bad but after reading the Patrick O'Brian Aubrey/Maturin stories it was disappointing.".
Now O'Brian's series is another I haven't read, with the exception that some 9 years ago I tried to reader Master & Commander and gave up very quickly.
O'Brian gets rave reviews and should I go back and try it again? and are the Hornblower books worth reading? One review of Master & Commander said
After all the hype over O'Brian you finally read this novel, persevere with it till the end and think 'well, it was all right, but it wasn't that good. What's all the hype about'? Then you read the next novel and think exactly the same. Then you read the third novel and halfway through O'Brian finally kicks into gear (a phrase I very much doubt he would approve of!) and suddenly you realise what all the fuss was about.
is this right? is it a series worth getting into?