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Topic: Help ID this Author/Book? Ridiculous that I can't remember!

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Subject: Help ID this Author/Book? Ridiculous that I can't remember!
Date Posted: 4/9/2009 11:39 AM ET
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I read this book just last year and did truly enjoy it, so I feel like a heel for not remembering the author OR the title! It’s a modern fabulous-fantastical rework of the Flying Dutchman myth: the ship and its crew are fated to sail forever with only one trip to port per (century/decade?). In this instance the ship is cursed with the foulest stench imaginable and cannot go home until the captain finds a woman who can love him in spite of the stink.

Back in the 17th or 18th century, the captain bought an insurance policy or invested a penny in a new bank, which now will be destroyed if he cashes in/cashes out his holding. A young accountant for the bank has discovered this strange policy/account and tries to track down the holding, coincident with the ship’s one trip to port. Hijinks ensue! The author’s style is very Pratchett, and I just still can’t believe I can’t remember. There are other books in the same vein – reworking fables/myths – by the same author; I seem to remember one involving the Faustian bargain. Thanks in Advance!  

Date Posted: 4/9/2009 12:01 PM ET
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I do not know this book but it sound like a character for some short stories by Rachel Caine so you may want to check on books by her.

 

Mike

Date Posted: 4/9/2009 12:27 PM ET
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Michael, I'm positive that's not Rachel Caine, but thank you. It's set in England/Europe and I seem to remember the author is a man...The author's style is along the lines of Neil Gaiman/ Jasper Fforde/ Terry Pratchett - a little more 'literary' than mass-market.

Date Posted: 4/9/2009 2:59 PM ET
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Tom Holt's Flying Dutch

Date Posted: 4/9/2009 3:14 PM ET
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Awesome and thank you, Emma! I really should have remembered - especially since I read Little People just 2 months ago.

Date Posted: 4/23/2009 4:10 AM ET
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There are also books by Brian Jaqcues of Redwall fame on the Flying Dutchman, Castaways of the Flying Dutchman is the first one.  I haven't read them yet but I do enjoy the Redwall series.  Probably more of a YA take on the legend but I bet it would be worth a try

Date Posted: 4/23/2009 2:13 PM ET
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thanks, Karen - I just read my first Redwall last month and I quite enjoyed the adventure, and the lack of gore! I'll be on the lookout for more Jacques, and it's pretty plentiful here on PBS!