It's hard to resist the call of the sea.
Even my land-locked genetic coding has a tough time not having my imagination get swept away with the creak of wooden hulls, the sights and smells of exotic island markets, the roar of whitecaps—and creatures more fearsome—especially when spending my lazy vacation days being pounded by saltwater.
It doesn't help that my hammock reading is being taken up by alternating between the exploits of Dave Arneson's infamous alter-ego Captain Harchar (courtesy of Barker's Death of Kings) and those of the more terrestrial, but equally impressive, Zheng He.
So folks I was wondering if I could harness the collective brain trust out there and ask for some good solid source material--partial to books, but whispers in the ether and musty old scrolls will do too.
In particular, I am looking for I am two basic varieties of works: 1. ones that lend themselves to healthy verisimilitude around pre-Renaissance ships, maritime cultures, sea-based trading, etc; and 2. sources that encompass the weird and wonderful: myths, monsters, locales, and the like.
What should I be reading and why?