Now 2024 Previous Articles Road Essays Road Reviews Author Black Authors Title Source Age Genre Series Format Inclusivity LGBTA+ Artwork WIP

Recent posts

Month in review

200% of Nothing by A.K. Dewdney
Cap'n Warren's Wards by Joseph C. Lincoln
The Cats of Moon Cottage by Marilyn Edwards
The Devil on Horseback by Victoria Holt
Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life by Amy Krause Rosenthal
Far from the Tree by Virginia DeBerry and Donna Grant
I Love You, Stinky Face by Lisa McCourt
I, Fatty by Jerry Stahl
Inca Gold by Clive Cussler
Lamb by Christopher Moore
The Maltese Falcon by Dashiel Hammett Native Tongue by Suzette Haden Elgin
Sabine's Notebook by Nick Bantock
The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13 3/4 by Sue Townsend Signspotting by Lonely Planet Books
Simplify your Life by Elaine St James
Tales from Margaritaville by Jimmy Buffett
Terminal Velocity by Bob Shaw
Typee by Herman Melville
Whizz Kids: Painting & Drawing by Moira Chesmur

F is for Farmers' Market
Family Update
Living on Two Hours of Sleep
Settling in as a Family of Four
Three Steps Forward, Two Steps Back
An Update on My Recovery
Weekly Update

Previous month

Rating System

5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

Reading Challenges

Beat the Backlist 2024

Ozathon: 12/2023-01/2025

Canadian Book Challenge: 2023-2024

Chicken Prints
Paintings and Postcards

Privacy policy

This blog does not collect personal data. It doesn't set cookies. Email addresses are used to respond to comments or "contact us" messages and then deleted.

Cap'n Warren's Wards: 09/03/06

Cap'n Warren's Wards

Back in 2003 I picked up four vegetable boxes of old books from a man who was moving and didn't want to schlep them to his new home. Many of the books were in poor condition but there were enough good finds to make the trip worth it. Among the books were a bunch by an author whom I had already enjoyed, Joseph C. Lincoln.

Lincoln was a sailor before he took to novel writing. All of his books involve a nautical theme and most books take place on or near one of a small number of fictional towns on Cape Cod.

Cap'n Warren's Wards starts on the Cape but moves quickly to Manhattan. It also introduces the character of seaman turned reporter who is now freelancing and trying to break into publishing with a first novel, based of course on his time at sea. I had to wonder if Jim Pearson was based on Lincoln's own experiences as a young writer.

The book also covers themes that his other books avoid. The other books I've read so far focus on character development, usually a coming of age of a young character or the redemption of an older character. In this book there is also social commentary on the disparity between classes and the extent some people will go to in order to fulfill their greed. All of this gives the book a slightly darker feel than his more straight-forward books like Partners in the Tide.

Here is my BookCrossing Review

Cap'n Warren's Wards is the first book by Joseph C. Lincoln that moves off the fictional towns of Cape Cod (in this case South Denboro) and into the big city hustle of Manhattan. Elijah Warren finds himself the guardian of his brother's children who are rapidly reaching adulthood but haven't had to face the harsh realities of self responsibility due to their father's wealth. Unfortunately now there are a few snags with A. Rodgers Warren's estate and Cap'n Warren decides its best to toughen his wards up and maybe teach them some humility in the process.

Comments (0) Steps: 7000

Lab puppy
Email (won't be posted):
Blog URL:

Twitter Tumblr Mastadon Flickr Facebook Facebook Contact me

1997-2024 Sarah Sammis