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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on August 28, 2006
Format: Paperback
I keep deciding that the entire premise is just too silly, too overboard, and seriously, can't I find anything else better to do with my time than read this sort of thing?

Then I read yet another line that makes me practically swallow my tongue from laughing, and if a book can do that, what else do you need to know about it?

Mostly I'm just angry, very very angry, jealous, and full of rage and spite and envy and all of those other un-pirate-like feelings, because I didn't come up with this idea first and publish a book, so I can finally go back to my dad and say, "THIS is what I plan on doing with two degrees in English, and by the way, stop sending me those stupid internet chain letters." Even though, coming more than twenty years after the fact (of the degrees, that is, not the chain letters), I would think that he could probably have figured out under his own steam what I did, and did not, plan to do with two degrees in English.

Curse you, Gideon Defoe, with your nonsensical novels and your decades-old internet chain letters! I am perfectly capable of driving your pontoon boat without crashing it into a sandbar! And I am furthermore able to converse in the King's English while doing so! Good day to you!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Format: Paperback
If these guys ever post a Pirate Wanted Notice I'm putting in an application! Enter the day to day business of the Pirate Captain and his top notch ... er ... top ... his crew.

What at first seems like silliness in the end turns out to be ... well ... better silliness. But along the way each pirate will become your friend (a true feat considering few of them have names other than "The Pirate in Green" or "The Pirate with the Strawberry Birthmark"). You will know them well enough to not only laugh at the lines on the page, but (as at face value they're the most polite pirates on the seven seas) it's much more fun to read into what they're NOT saying -- especially as they try to deal with their beloved ... but lost in his own world (or perhaps his own beard) Pirate Captain.

Readers will reference Monty Python and that's pretty much right on. But I couldn't help but think of the comic strip, Overboard, as well. We're just spending a day at the office with these pirates where business as usual often means sunning oneself on the deck in between adventures.

Be ye warned - at the beginning you'll think "what am I doing wasting my time with such simplistic ..." - but hold on, because ye be wrong. These books are intelligent, comic, adult fun hidden in the simple words of simple men. I especially enjoyed the second book, Adventure with Ahab, probably b/c by that point I knew the lads well.

I rarely keep books after I've read them once - especially with fiction - but this one stays on the shelf to be picked up on those dark days when the nasty winds are blowing to and fro and the powers of darkness are again at me door - for the Pirate Captain has got me back!

Of course, I'll probably have to buy him a ham - he loves ham, you know.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Format: Paperback
If you are going to take one book to the beach this summer - this should be the one. Excessively silly - similar to Douglas Adams - akin to Monty Python - Arrrrr, I've got nothing else wonderful to say about it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on July 19, 2006
Format: Paperback
The Pirates! in An Adventure with Scientists is one of the funniest books I have read in a long time. The mark of a truly funny movie is that you find yourself repeating the lines to your friends (i.e. "looks good on you though," "you motorboatin' son of a...," etc.), and this book falls in the same class. Read it, and encourage your friends to read it. "Dino-pirates, my worst nightmare!" -- that one will never get old.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on December 11, 2006
Format: Paperback
There really is nothing else to say, but LOVE IT! Sailing through Texas to get to Nevada? Hunting down the bishop while wearing womens dresses over scientist costumes over pirate garb? This book is too silly for words and is like Monty Python does pirates. LOVE IT!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
I love these Pirate books by Gideon Defoe. His take on the characters of the past is a comic relief based on a fresh perspective of who they were. Plus who doesn't love ham. I urge everyone to read a handful of these short witty books. My only WARNING is that this version of the book is only "The Pirates: On an Adventure with Scientists" It does not include "An Adventure with Ahab." I don't think that should stop you if you want to read a good book. The title is just a little misleading.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 19, 2008
Format: Paperback
If you are looking for a bit of light-hearted comedic entertainment then you have found it in this book. It's a very easy read and you will want to have another of these delightful books on hand to read when you are finished. The use of actaul people from history in situations that are terribly uncommon to the way they are portrayed in history is memorable. Remember to read the footnotes before moving on. The footnotes were one of the best parts!
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on June 19, 2014
Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
I gotta say, I enjoyed the movie much more than the book. There's some good elements in there, but they don't quite seem to click for me. One thing that I did find a lot of fun are the names of the pirates, but overall I thought it should be funnier than it is.
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on July 15, 2012
Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
Like so many others have said, this is a great read. I got the Kindle Fire edition and both books were included, so maybe Kindle fixed the problem. Ahab isn't quite as funny but Darwin is a riot. But that's just me. I like how the author has people in the 1800's mixed in with people in the 1700's and animals from another eon completely. And they all - even the animals sometimes - speak in 21st century English with 21st century knowledge. Brilliant. It has just enough silliness to make you smile all day, and not so much that it gets to be Three-Stooges-stupid. That is very hard to accomplish but this author does it superbly. Finally I found it - original writing by someone who knows how to use the English language to its full potential - what a treat!
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Format: Paperback
I wish they would make this book into a movie. Gideon Defoe is the funniest man now living in Great Britain. I think that's why they call Britain "Great" because Gideon Defoe lives in Britain. Just think if he lived in Gadzooks, in the South Pacific.
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