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The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists Hardcover – 26 Aug 2004


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  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: W&N; First Edition edition (26 Aug. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0297848852
  • ISBN-13: 978-0297848851
  • Product Dimensions: 12.1 x 2 x 17.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 328,070 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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very funny, very silly and highly original. (ESQUIRE (August 2004))

deeply funny...This book has cult smash tattooed all over it. (Ashley Davies THE LIST (19.8.04))

A riotous read. (Sam Wostear SUN (3.9.04))

reads like a cross between My First Pirate Adventure Story and a particularly funny episode of Blackadder. (Sarah Tierney CITY LIFE (Manchester, 2.9.04))

[A] very silly book...The astute reader will have understood by now that pirates are involved. But there are also scientists. And damsels in distress. And an evil genius. (Nick Chang FOCUS (November 2004))

a completely insane story. (FLIPSIDE (October 2005) ****)

This charming, original tale will grip you from the first paragraph, and will have you chickling over the pages. (EVENING EXPRESS (ABERDEEN) 17.9.05)

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THE PIRATES is a little book with huge potential, a 'Blackadder' for the high seas.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By "hollow_deli" on 8 Sept. 2004
Format: Hardcover
The best work of comic fiction since, well. Since Terry Pratchett stabbed comic fiction dead, as it was waiting for the night bus home.
A book written so lovingly, and with such a transparent relish for the subject matter, that you'd have to be dry, joyless and some kind of diseased parasite not to enjoy it.
Yes, it uses piratical cliché - but that's all seven seas away from actually being piratically clichéd; the author's knowledge and blatant fondness for this well-worn genre allow him to tinker with, prod at, tweakily subvert and make funny all the things we'd expect of pirates, and without which we'd be confused, and wonder why we were reading a pirate book in the first place.
The author does all this, and never once veers into being smug, or saying "goodness me, look how clever I was there, that was a play on words, I must be wonderful". It's quite simply the most likeable and funny book I've read in my entire, stupid life.
As this book is so short, however, I must insist that the author writes many, many, more of them.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 Aug. 2004
Format: Hardcover
The Pirates is a very funny book and you would have to be the Bishop of Oxford not to enjoy it! Plenty of Pirate jokes and Arrrrring but there is also some very funny bits involving Hams, Charles Darwin, Victorian Freak Shows and the Natural History Museum.
I am very much looking forward to the next installment, in which I am hoping that the Pirate Captain will reveal his secret for how he keeps his beard so silky!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 May 2004
Format: Hardcover
I didn't really expect much from this book, as I'm getting quite sick of comic fiction. But as soon as I started reading I was drawn in by the unique tone that the author has used. 'The Pirates In An Adventure With Scientists' tells the story of a crew of hapless pirates on an adventure that takes in Charles Darwin, Victorian London and a 'man-panzee' as well as having fun with the usual pirate clichés. More importantly, it's packed with actual jokes.
It took me a while to get used to the characters (none of the pirates have names!) but when you get into it, the book moves on at a fair pace. It's a bit short, but then it's pretty clear that the author didn't intend to write a pretentious slab of 'proper literature' so much as make the reader laugh. I'd definitely recommend 'The Pirates In An Adventure With Scientists' to anyone with a sense of humour and an interest in the development of Darwinism.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mad Gerald on 5 Jan. 2004
Format: Hardcover
Have just read the final chapter (after all the previous chapters I must add) and I have thoroughly enjoyed it (that’s the whole book and not just the final chapter). Lots of feasting (which sort of dies out towards the end of the book), plans, pirating (which includes a fair bit of running through with cutlasses). There’s some plank walking, ham and appearances from well-known celebrities of their time Charles Darwin, The Elephant Man, The Bishop of Oxford and Mr Bobo the Man-Panzee.
There are some truly laugh-out-loud moments including one ladies first meeting of The Elephant Man.
Although the back of the book mentions Blackadder as a reference, think Monty Python does pirating movie mixed with some George Macdonald Frasier (Flashman novels) and the 70s movie version of The Three Musketeers and you’re on the right path. There are some cunning plans though.
Not going to spoil it by telling you what exactly happens – except there is a fair bit of pirate Arrrrrrrring. Did I mention the hams?
Only downside? Too damn short! Interesting sciencey bits though!
I want more adventures with the Pirate Captain and his no.2, the pirate with the scarf.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "crispyp" on 1 Aug. 2005
Format: Hardcover
How funny is this book!!
With jolly escapades and hearty roaring the Pirate Captain leads his crew into another adventure with dubloons a few, hams a plenty, top advice for scientists interested in picking up pretty girls, Victorian hat styles, how to fight Bishops (knowledge of atomic weights an advantage), Darwinish (the practical truth behind the theory) ...and a tricky critique at the end - anyone know the final answer?
Not to mention a valuable lesson in why you should always eat plenty of limes (gin optional) and all your greens.
I tried reading it out loud to my son (who is only 1) but couldn't get through a whole paragraph without giggling. Shout about this book - it's that good!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 Aug. 2005
Format: Hardcover
How funny is this book!!
With jolly escapades and hearty roaring the Pirate Captain leads his crew into another adventure with dubloons a few, hams a plenty, top lessons for scientists interested in picking up pretty girls, Victorian hat styles, how to fight Bishops (knowledge of atomic weights an advantage), Darwinish (the practical truth behind the theory) ...and a tricky critique at the end - anyone know the final answer?
Not to mention a valuable lesson in why you should always have plenty of limes (gin optional) and eat up all your greens.
I tried reading it out loud to my son (who is only 1) but couldn't get through a whole paragraph without giggling. Shout about this book - it's that good!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "michael_devlin" on 14 Sept. 2005
Format: Hardcover
This book was recommended to me by a friend who said her son bought it and he and his girlfriend said it was the first book they had laughed out loud at. I didn't belly laugh but I had a good few chuckles out loud. It is the kind of book you would like someone to make in to a film - with Eddie Izzard playing the pirate captain me thinks! It is also small enough to slip in to your pocket and take on holiday and who knows you may just laugh out loud.
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