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review 2014-04-24 19:12
The Pirates! In an Adventure with Ahab
The Pirates! In an Adventure with Ahab - Gideon Defoe,Richard Murkin

bookshelves: adventure, doo-lally, flufferoonies, winter-20112012, seven-seas, series, published-2006, pirates-smugglers-wreckers, ouch, period-piece, paper-read, amusing, young-adult

Read from January 02 to 03, 2012

** spoiler alert ** dedication: To Sophie, who still has a quarter of a million pounds of which I have not seen a penny, even though this is the second entire book that I have dedicated to her

Opening: 'That one looks almost exactly like a whale!'

Again - lovely-jubbly maps and interesting factual footnotes such as #7 - The cement exuded by barnacles is an extremely tough protein polymer. It is twice as strong as the epoxy glue used on the space shuttle. Also, the barnacle penis is ten times as long as the rest of its body.

On page six the cap'n is making a list of when it is acceptable for a pirate to cry:

1 - when holding a seagull covered in oil
2 - when singing a shanty that reminds him of orphans
3 - when confronted by the unremitting loneliness of the human condition
4 - chops

If you like Pterry-like humour, and like the idea of a send-up of ol' Ahab this will suit you just fine. The lads here are arguing over who will read this next.

4* - The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists (2004)
4* - Pirates! In an Adventure with Whaling (2005)

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review 2014-04-24 19:09
The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists
Pirates! in an Adventure with Scientists - Gideon Defoe

bookshelves: pirates-smugglers-wreckers, philosophy, zoology, seven-seas, winter-20112012

Read from January 02 to 03, 2012

Dedication - To Sophie, who has a quarter of a million pounds

Opening - 'The best bit about being a pirate,' said the pirate with gout, 'is the looting.'

There be footnotes and a map - what more do you need to add to a humourous script about Darwin and pirates and Mr Bobo

Funniest moment - page 82. Luckily they were not having their climactic fight in the Prague Natural History Museum which is full of trilobites and not much else


4* for me - others (not needing a humorous palate cleanser) will have to be guided by a 3*

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2013-12-12 03:33
The Pirates! In an Adventure With Napoleon (The Pirates!, #4)
The Pirates! In an Adventure with Napoleon - Gideon Defoe

So, these books are pretty much the silliest things ever.


They’re satire, sure, but the satire is so silly, it’s lost most of its bite. And not that I’m complaining, mind you, because I laugh my ass off when I’m reading them. Every one of these books has the same basic structure: the Pirate Captain gets an idea or has a problem, the crew resists due to common sense, they run into one or two famous historical figures, have verrrry deeply silly adventures, and then everything is reset at the end. The pirates don’t have real names (except for Jennifer, the lady pirate who used to be a Victorian gentlewoman), but are instead called things like ‘the pirate with a scarf’, ‘the albino pirate,’ and ‘the pirate who liked kittens and sunsets.’ There are anachronisms EVERYWHERE. All the pirates are completely neutered. The worst thing any of them do in this outing is trick Napoleon into pretending he’s having a dream where he meets famous historical generals (and Napoleon remains entirely convinced it is in fact a dream).


Actually, it’s hard to convey just exactly how silly this book is, so I’m just going to give you some examples:

“The best thing about the seaside,” said the albino pirate, “is putting seaweed on your head and pretending you’re a lady.”
“That’s rubbish,” said the pirate with gout. “The best thing about the seaside is building sexy but intelligent looking mermaids out of sand.”
The rest of the pirates, spread out on the deck of the pirate boat for their afternoon nap, soon joined in.
“It’s the rock pools!”
“It’s the saucy postcards!”
“It’s the creeping sense of despair!”


“All the best people aren’t appreciated in their lifetimes,” Scurvy Jake continued. “Look at Baby Jesus — nobody took him seriously. They thought he was a tramp!”


“Listen, do you know what I’d be doing if I was still a Victorian lady instead of a pirate?” Jennifer persisted.
The pirates didn’t have a clue, but the pirate with long legs tried a guess. “Having a shower?”


“Well, I think it’s very exciting to have Mister Napoleon as a neighbour,” said the albino pirate. “I mean to say, he almost conquered the whole of Europe.”
“And I ate the whole of that mixed grill that time. Not ‘almost ate,’ you’ll notice. I finished the job,” said the Captain with a scowl, moodily buttering his Weetabix.


“It’s not the same on dry land,” muttered the pirate with a nut allergy. “Without the romance of the sea, pirating just seems like quite antisocial behaviour.”

And then of course, there’s the Pirate Captain and his impeccable logic:

“Baby kissing is a tried and tested way of getting votes, Captain.”
The Captain didn’t look convinced. “Thing is, number two, what’s the voting age nowadays?”
“It’s eighteen, sir.”
“Exactly!” The Pirate Captain waggled an informative finger. “So there’s not much point lavishing all this attention on babies when they can’t even vote for me, is there? I should be concentrating on the eighteen-year-olds. And you know which other bit of the electorate is overlooked? Women. So really it makes a lot more sense for me to spend the morning kissing eighteen-year-old women.”

Napoleon is pretty great, too. At one point he writes this fake suicide letter in an effort to discredit the Pirate Captain, after a giant squid washes up on the beach:

To Whom It May Concern,

I cannot go on any longer. I know people think us giant squid are just unfathomable monsters of the deep, but we have feelings, too. And it is time the world learned the terrible truth. For several years now the Pirate Captain and I have been carrying on an illicit affair. Many times I have asked the Pirate Captain to do right by me, but he refuses, always telling me that he cannot be seen having a relationship with a giant squid because of the harm it would do to his public image. Also, sometimes he hits me. Anyhow, just yesterday I discovered I was pregnant with the Pirate Captain’s secret love child! I told the Pirate Captain about this and he flew into a rage and said he would never help support his half-squid/half-pirate progeny and then he hit me some more. So now I am going to commit suicide by beaching myself.

Goodbye, cruel world
The Giant Squid

Really, that’s all I have to say about this book.

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text 2013-11-11 23:00
30 Day Book Playlist Challenge, Day 10: Bubblegum Pop
The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists & The Pirates! In an Adventure with Ahab - Gideon Defoe,Richard Murkin
The Pirates! In an Adventure with Communists - Gideon Defoe
The Pirates! In an Adventure with Napoleon - Gideon Defoe

Day 10: Name a guilty pleasure or mindless read that you loved. (Bubblegum Pop)


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I'm skipping Day 9 for now, because it would have taken me too much time (and is the reason I got behind in the first place). I will get to it eventually, but there was no way it was happening on Saturday, that's for sure.


I'm not a huge fan of mindless reads (and my pleasure reads have nothing at all to do with guilt) so there wasn't as much choice in this one as I thought there would be.


I'm going with The Pirates! books by Gideon Defoe, because although these books are extremely funny and even witty in parts, lord are they silly. How silly? SO SILLY.


If you're ever looking for a quick pick-me-up, look no further. If they don't make you laugh, I don't even know what to do with you.

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review 2013-03-31 00:00
The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists - Gideon Defoe Short and silly. An enjoyable read.
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