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Broos's books


4 of 5 stars

So moving and insightful that I had to remind myself it wasn't autobiographical. The clinical bits get so personal, though, that reading the book aloud can get kind of disconcerting.

A Sailor of Austria: In Which, Without Really Intending to, Otto Prohaska Becomes Official War Hero No. 27 of the Habsburg Empire

4 of 5 stars

A beautifully written, quietly humorous tale of an Austro-Hungarian U-boat commander during World War I. I was sorry to finish it. But then I remembered I've got three more of them to read.

Red Seas Under Red Skies

4 of 5 stars

Starts out with a bang--which leads to another bang, which leads to another ... Lightweight, but funny and inventive.


Selected Works

The Matty Graves novels
Midshipman Matty Graves must choose between family and duty.

“Refreshingly cynical.”
—Jonathan Lunn

Acting-Lieutenant Matty Graves gets caught up in the Haitian Revolution in 1800. Mayhem ensues!

"[N]ever dull . . ."
—Madison Smartt Bell

Matty seizes the opportunity to make a name and fortune for himself—even if it means destroying those closest to him.

"[U]nusual, if somewhat jaundiced . . ."
Library Journal

Errors after the fact
Seamen's terms in landsmen's language
Haitian Timeline
Nautical info bits
How far it is from here to there, by sea, in English statute miles.
Public domain stuff—I didn't write this.
Yep, still maps

Beyond the Graves

Dots on the map

January 10, 2011

Tags: maps, readers, west coast, ireland, pakistan, mexico, south america, argentina, new zealand, australia, siberia, saudi arabia, afghanistan

I love that map thinger dinger down there on the lower left of this site's home page. It shows where visitors are when they click on this site. I'm not keeping tabs on individuals, mind, and wouldn't even if I knew how. I just like collecting dots from around the world.

I'm pretty sure I know who some of them are. That dot down in Argentina? Mikey, who's been down in South America for years now. Mexico City? Rebecca. Ireland? My mate Rick, visiting his ma in Belfast. And the clusters of dots on the West Coast could be any number of friends, relatives and acquaintances, as that's the part of the planet where I hang my hat. And I always get a kick out of the dots in New Zealand and Australia that return every time the cleaner bots sweep them off the map.

No idea who the others represent. Mostly people who visited on purpose, I hope. But Saudi Arabia? Iran? Siberia? Pakistan way up by Afghanistan might actually be someone I know, but haven't seen since we were kids. Every now and then a dot pops in Africa or Japan, but not today.

So anyway, I'd love to know where folks are dropping in from. Let me know, will you?