We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Great series, the Royal Navy in full glory. Nice use of 'doldrums' --as they're a problem for the wooden sailing ships crossing the Equator, where the trade winds north and south converge and make all the worst of low-pressure --no wind, sudden squalls, and indeterminable size, movement, duration.
My father and I have read all those books. Took him to see that movie when it came out. It sort of crams together the plot lines of a couple of the books, but the director - can't remember his name - obviously loves them too. In the books there are extensive passages dedicated to nothing more than the details of sailing a ship around for weeks on end, no enemy in sight. I love that stuff. The director went out of his way to depicting daily life aboard a naval vessel of the time, up to and including Nothing Much Going On. Wonderful for those who love the books, but probably didn't help box office receipts.
The guy who plays Maturin was in some ways a poor fit - wrong complexion, really - but I thought he did a great job. You could believe he was the crabby, clumsy nerd obsessive also capable of steel cold ferocity as depicted in the novels.