The Pirates! In an Adventure with Napoleon: Reissued Paperback – 5 Jan 2012
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'Hilarious. Destined to become a classic of pirate comic fiction' (Eric Idle)
'Little slabs of super-concentrated funny' (Andy Riley)
'Gideon Defoe definitively puts the "Ho ho!" - and, indeed, the "Yo!" - into pirating' (Caitlin Moran)
'Its supreme silliness is its charm' (Daily Telegraph)
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Warning, this book has a number of "spit out your tea" funny moments - be careful reading it in public!
Miss them at your peril. Oh and Im quite fond of the pirate with the red scarf now. He's my favourite.
Defoe's delightful wandering style, with the customary tangents and witty asides, remains into this fourth title, however the main adventurous piratical plot is a little weak and reminiscent of the stories written in english class at school where you start off on a story, but decide you'd rather play football outside, which leaves the story to go from seemingly mid-flow to finished in the space of a few pages.
The pirate captain suffers from the absence of a true antagonist or hearty quest . . .
The latest offering in the series is amusing enough, but I can't help feeling Defoe is beginning to run out of ideas. Not much really happens and it isn't all that clever compared to the other "adventures". The ending particularly was an abysmally lazy piece of writing, which was a shame because only a few pages earlier I'd been reduced to tears of laughter at the exchange of letters in the island's newspaper!
Maybe the publishers were hassling Defoe to produce the book as soon as possible and this is the rushed result?
There's nothing wrong with being a one-trick pony, just as long as your one trick remains entertaining.
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