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ISBN13: 9780375423215
ISBN10: 0375423214
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Not the most brilliant pirate the world has ever seen, the Pirate Captain, when asked to name the seven seas, responds: "There's the North Sea. And the other one near Mozambique. And what's the one in Hyde Park..." And there are also those Post-it notes strewn about his quarters reminding him to say such piratical things as "Hard about, lads!" and "Splice the main sail!" Despite these shortcomings, he does have the most luxurious beard you ever did see, and even after mistakenly attacking Charles Darwin's Beagle while searching for some major pirate booty, the Pirate Captain offers to help the fledgling scientist save his brother from the wrath of the evil Bishop of Oxford. Before the outlandishly heroic climax (don't ask), you will encounter pirates in drag, discussions about radioactive elephants, and a long journey to avoid the unfathomably horrible sea serpent (well, he's actually a decoration on a nautical map). And if you're lucky, you'll even find out who actually is the tallest pirate in the world.

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Not since Moby-Dick...No, not since Treasure Island...Actually, not since Jonah and the Whale has there been a sea saga to rival The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists, featuring the greatest sea-faring hero of all time, the immortal Pirate Captain, who, although he lives for months at a time at sea, somehow manages to keep his beard silky and in good condition.

Worried that his pirates are growing bored with a life of winking at pretty native ladies and trying to stick enough jellyfish together to make a bouncy castle, the Pirate Captain decides it's high time to spearhead an adventure.

While searching for some major pirate booty, he mistakenly attacks the young Charles Darwin's Beagle and then leads his ragtag crew from the exotic Galapagos Islands to the fog-filled streets of Victorian London. There they encounter grisly murder, vanishing ladies, radioactive elephants, and the Holy Ghost himself. And that's not even the half of it.

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Gideon Defoe, who lives in London, is twenty-eight. He wrote The Pirates! to convince a woman to leave her boyfriend for him. She didn't.

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briney001, August 23, 2007 (view all comments by briney001)
Not totally tragic but not especially enthalling either.

One of the problems with parody is you have already surrendered the moral high ground of originality so poor old Gideon is straight away thrown into the (frankly hackneyed) world of the pirate yarn.

What you're left with is really Pirates of the Caribbean meet Captains Pugwash and Feathersword on board the science ship Beagle having an adventure with broad plotting by HG Wells and Lemony Snickett, scripted by The Goodies trying to channel Monty Python.

So it's all as refreshing of a late Oasis album.

Post-modernism is all very well but I can't help feel this book is the result of a post dinner (or drinks anyway!) session that probably sounded much funnier after a few hearty rum and cokes than it seems reading on the commute to work.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780375423215
Author:
Defoe, Gideon
Publisher:
Random House
Location:
New York
Subject:
Humorous
Subject:
Scientists
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
Pirates
Subject:
Humorous fiction
Subject:
Adventure fiction
Series Volume:
v. 104
Publication Date:
October 2004
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
144
Dimensions:
6.60x4.68x.72 in. .42 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Not since Moby-Dick...No, not since Treasure Island...Actually, not since Jonah and the Whale has there been a sea saga to rival The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists, featuring the greatest sea-faring hero of all time, the immortal Pirate Captain, who, although he lives for months at a time at sea, somehow manages to keep his beard silky and in good condition.

Worried that his pirates are growing bored with a life of winking at pretty native ladies and trying to stick enough jellyfish together to make a bouncy castle, the Pirate Captain decides it's high time to spearhead an adventure.

While searching for some major pirate booty, he mistakenly attacks the young Charles Darwin's Beagle and then leads his ragtag crew from the exotic Galapagos Islands to the fog-filled streets of Victorian London. There they encounter grisly murder, vanishing ladies, radioactive elephants, and the Holy Ghost himself. And that's not even the half of it.

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