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The Pirates!: An Adventure with Scientists & An Adventure with Ahab by [Defoe, Gideon]
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"Be it an odd and funny book about a roguish pirate captain, Charles Darwin, and a radioactive elephant ye seek, then seek ye no more!" --Entertainment Weekly

"Prose Prozac for the nautically inclined . . . gently satiric and genuinely funny . . . a seaworthy little page-turner . . . Rated: Aaarrr!" --The Village Voice

"Hilarious. Destined to become a classic of pirate comic fiction." --Eric Idle

"A treasure chest of lighthearted laughs." --Knoxville News-Sentinel

"Equal parts witty and absurd. . . . Will put a smile on the face of even the stiffest reader." --Memphis Flyer

"[Defoe] can make even pirates seem as cuddly as a teddy bear. . . . [A] funny and downright easy-to-love book." --Sacramento Book Review

About the Author

Gideon Defoe, who lives in London, is the author of The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists, and the forthcoming The Pirates! In an Adventure with Communists (Pantheon Books, 2006). Like all the English, he lives with his butler in a castle, and spends most of his time having jousts.

Product Details

  • File Size: 5521 KB
  • Print Length: 113 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage (February 6, 2010)
  • Publication Date: February 10, 2010
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0037BS2P4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #711,137 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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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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I love Arrdman animation so when I learned that The Pirates movie was taken from a book I wanted to read the book. It was not a mistake. The book is just as much fun as watching the movie. There are several of these stories written by Defoe and this book has two, both well worth a read.
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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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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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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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I have yet to see the movie and I still want to, but I have a feeling the movie version will go a long way towards correcting the books flaws. I understand there's a long tradition of this kind of satirical writing and that some people will really enjoy it, but it's so simplistic and the characters are so stereotypical and flat that it's hard to enjoy the humor in the book. The book doesn't do too bad of a job of recreating the feel that Adams' Hitchhikers books or even to an extent Pratchett's Discworld novels, but this author doesn't quite have the skill in this book at least of making the characters interesting enough for you to want to read. Getting through the short novels felt like a chore, even when the story premises themselves weren't that bad.

I understand that the author has since produced subsequent novels based on these characters and I have some hope that they've improved. However, I am not willing to buy another to find out. Especially since the Kindle prices are more than the paperback versions. The Kindle versions are also flawed (though I suspect this is a Kindle problem, not the book itself) in that clicking on one of the copious footnote links changes the locations of the links on the page if you go back and forth between the text and the footnote. Real books don't do that and it's really disorientating. As an aside the footnotes weren't very interesting for the most part, so feel free to skip them if you wish to maintain a more fluid reading experience.
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