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- First off, 'spoilers'. I have, say, a certain book quite late in the series in mind here. A simple character list can tell you a bit about the book right there.
- What level of characters are we including? Jack & Stephen, are already in. I'd assume that we'd also have Sophie, Diana, Bonden, Tom Pullings, Killik - but what about one offs (like Mr. Ricketts, James Dillion, or Mr. Marshall)? How about the Brother Sponge, or Davies? The sloth and the wombat?
- I think locations are going to be the easiest to do. It'll be a bit tricky to get some uniformity about certain things (I've put in Port Mahon, Minorca, for example. And there's of course London, London UK and London England).
- Hmm. And what about ships as locations?
I see the danger in character lists - maybe better would be - these are the charcaters with important scenes/developments in this book??
One-off characters would be good I think.
I think the "London, UK" vs. "London, England" thing will probably have to be addressed at some larger level -- I've noticed it while entering author information as well. Unless the LT team makes it possible to combine place names along the lines of author names. Which would be pretty cool.
And I second the nomination of the sloth. ("Jack, you have debauched my sloth!" is one of my favorite O'Brian lines of all time.) I think Stephen addressed the sloth as "Lethargy" in one scene, didn't he?
(not so hot on listing the sloths, but that could just be me)
I would definitely be interested in listing ships (as locations). Surely there's no need to have "(ship)" though?
One quandary would be what to do with ships which have multiple names (having been called one thing by the French and another when captured and commissioned by the Royal Navy...
Going by the Butcher's Bill list, there are 20 (important) ships in the series - and page 9 has an excellent table detailing which are in which book :) I'd vote for the names used by Jack/Stephen: ie, British names - I mean, do we want the whole dutch name of the Nutmeg?
I've put in 2 test ones right now in the location fields - Master and Commander with H.M.S Sophie (ship... although, you know, we could use the () for putting in the type of ship or # of guns for our own edification) and HMS Surprise with just HMS Surprise (no punctuation)
Re: the sloth - yes, he does have a name! I had forgotten that, but looking it up in amazon books, it becomes clear. It's used once, on page 152 in the usual paperback edition.
I hadn't even thought about "H.M.S." vs. "HMS." Yikes!
Multiple names are an issue for characters as well -- not just in O'Brian but elsewhere. What are other people doing?
Last week I added some listings for The Mauritius Command with one as "H.M.S. Boadicea (38-gun Frigate)"
Looking forward to capturing some as I move regally through the series again.
So, three years on, I'm reading through the series for the first time, and adding quotations to each book. Thus far only through the third, and will take a break, but I'm disappointed at how infrequently LTers use the quotation field. On the other hand, those quotations I find usually bring a smile.
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