The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists Hardcover – 26 Aug 2004
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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)
THE PIRATES is a little book with huge potential, a 'Blackadder' for the high seas.See all Product description
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War and peace it ain't and maybe it is aimed at kids (although I remain to be convinced of this) but it is a great little novel which will make you smile, snigger and generally want to keep reading to the end. There is nothing amazingly clever about it, nor will it win literary prizes for it's plot, but it is one of life's little pleasures. Thoroughly enjoyable, immensely re-readable and definitely one which improves on reading out loud.
If you have watched the movie - be warned - the story line is not the same.
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.
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!
The book's comparisons to Blackadder are very generous, while the book is obviously written in a comical tone, it doesn't square up to the wit of Ben Elton and Richard Curtis' scripts.
It doesn't care about characters so much, none of the pirates have names and are called simply "the Pirate Captain" and "the Pirate with a scarf", and so on. It doesn't care about plot or story, it just kind of meanders from one thing to the next, seemingly at random. History is skewered as 17th century pirates mingle in Victorian London and speak in a 21st century vernacular.
Basically the novel is absolute rubbish and was apparently written to impress a girl the author liked to convince her to leave her boyfriend (she didn't).
But while the novel is utter crap, it should be required reading for anyone aspiring to become a novelist themselves because as you read it you're thinking "THIS counts? THIS can get published? That's amazing, now that load of cobblers I put together in a few weeks stands as much a chance as any!". If the bar is this low, anyone can make it over, and anyone reading this would gain the confidence to complete their projects knowing that whatever they're writing, it stands as much a chance of getting picked up by Hollywood and made into a movie.
One star for the book, another for the positive impact its existence is likely to have on writers with self-doubt.
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.
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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