- Paperback: 212 pages
- Publisher: Vintage; 1st edition (June 20, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1400077508
- ISBN-13: 978-1400077502
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 22 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,970,855 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Pirates! An Adventure with Scientists & An Adventure with Ahab Paperback – June 20, 2006
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"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
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"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
--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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.
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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.