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The Port-Wine Sea, A Parody Paperback – August 1, 1999
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About the Author
Susan Wenger is uniquely gifted to lovingly lampoon these sea-faring tales for the American audience. She is the Coordinator of Mensa's Patrick O'Brian Special Interest Group. She also teaches workshops at the Creative Problem-Solving Institute at State University of New York-Buffalo and at the Double Festival of Problem-Solving Methods and Enhanced Learning Techniques in Maryland.
Married to Win Wenger, himself an author ("The Einstein Factor" and "How to Increase Your Intelligence"), Ms. Wenger is the mother of two daughters.
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It is hilarious, no two ways about it.
But, as others have noted, you need to be a fan of Patrick O'Brian's books to get the full impact, otherwise most of the broadsides will sail in one eye and out the other. For those who know what Susan is talking about, this book is a hoot.
It is a gem, and it was one of the hilarious highpoints of my life to read it for the first time. I don't think my sides have stopped aching since.
Susan is a deep thinker, and I am afraid that she lapses into philosophy towards the end. Good stuff, to be sure, but I was hoping for more sustained laughter and I was disappointed at actually having to engage my brain to get through it all.
But, that minor niggle aside, this is a great book for fans of Patrick O'Brian, and there is a joke on every page. A joke in every sentence on some pages, and these are where you need to tighten your seatbelt to survive the trip!
Relying only on the most obvious gags, this novel makes "Three's Company" style humor out of an already humorous series. The only things missing here are canned laugh tracks and a sailor who yells, "DY NO MITE!"
I recommend reading the originals again for some real good laughs, and investing the money in something a bit more intelligent and a lot less self promoting.
This is true of any number of parodies, so I suppose it is unfair to complain. This book is certainly more clever and intelligent than "National Lampoon's Doon" (parody of Frank Herbert's "Dune").
Certainly not a must for fans of Patrick O'Brian, but probably enjoyable for those who love parodies.
Don't waste your time, this would do better as fan fiction on a web page. Me...I'm going to reread Bored of the Rings to remind myseld of what a parody is supposed to be. (To be fair parody is tough...the harvard lampoon failed pretty badly on their 2nd try, Doon.)