Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Book review: Cinnamon and Gunpowder by Eli Brown
Owen Wedgwood, a chef, is kidnapped by Mad Hannah Mabbot, captain of the pirate ship, The Flying Rose. Each week he is forced to cook her a marvelous meal out of the meager foodstuff on board, in order to survive another week, Meanwhile pirating continues and Owen tries to escape and there are murders, robberies, the hunt for the elusive Brass Fox, and the avoidance of the vengeful Laroche in his ship, La Colette, with its many inventions and innovations. Naturally most of the pirates are misfits and eccentrics, pretty delightful in their variety and in their character development. Owen is nicely not a hero, but someone who bumbles his escape attempts, and has no pretensions about saving anyone or anything except his own neck.
Some in book club were less enamored of the book as it was on the lighter side of literary, but the discussions of food and the descriptions of flavors and of the ship were masterful. There was still a lot to discuss, and we don't have to read an uber-intellectual book every month, in my opinion. It was thoroughly enjoyable (although it did start off a little slow) and a nice change of pace.
I checked this book out of the library.