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The Pirates! In an Adventure with Communists Paperback – 19 Jul 2007

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Phoenix (19 July 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0753822229
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753822227
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 1.5 x 14 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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"Laugh out-loud. . . . Equal parts witty and absurd, "The Pirates! In an Adventure with Communists" will put a smile on the face of even the stiffest reader."
--"Memphis Flyer" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The Pirates return in the third of the much-loved, cult-hit series.

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This did not float my boat. It may be an acquired taste but not one I intend acquiring. By all means read it, the book is said to be like a child's book for adults, but if you are looking for humour, look elsewhere. I smiled once or twice but thought the rest of it was puerile. The story is clever and knits a few themes together. The story could make for a great comic book but doesn't. The pirates have basic names and no personality which I found made it difficult to have any feeling for them. The Captain has more personalities than pages in the book and so is difficult to understand. I did not find anything grown up in it. A shame because I think the idea is great. I can also understand why others like the book.
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These are the books that the Aardman film were based on. Pants wettingly funny. buy the entire series and then find the Pirate Captains blog.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well, pomade my hair & call me a bear! 3 Nov. 2006
By Austenparker - Published on
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First off, I shall not endeavor to give a plot summary because Mr. Defoe's wacky works defy description & his best literary weapon is the surprising concepts he weaves together into a (I'd say a tapestry, but they're too short, so I'll have to say) vest of absurdity.

In some ways, The Pirates! in an adventure with Communists! is actually better than the first novel in this series. The writing has become a bit more polished, the footnotes more witty, and the humor is just as absurdly funny as the first. (I thought the second adventure with Whaling was a bit of a let-down compared to their adventure with Scientists.)

While nothing can top the line about Dino-pirates being their worst fear, this book has great moments involving suspicious Valkyries and pretend sacks of kittens - and even the concept of singing bears is just too hilarious to contemplate. (Personal favorite line in this entry into The Pirates! oeuvre is the one about Nietzche's theory on Spinoza's love life.)

(As a bonus, Defoe caters to the font geeks among us & uses fonts to define personality.)

So, don't wait around, buy this book! It's absurd, it's brashly anachronistic and it's less than the price of a really cheap ham!
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT Series! 20 Jan. 2012
By Maegan Gaudreau - Published on
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I highly recommend The Pirates! series to anyone with a sense of humor. All of the novels are excellent and we can't get enough of them. I only wish there were more!
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4.0 out of 5 stars pirates dah, communists nyet 21 Feb. 2009
By kit ramsey - Published on
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this book is one in a series of highlarious rides on the bounding mane of comedy writing.
all things piratical, all things comical.
a quick read with lots of guffaws.
5.0 out of 5 stars Sexy - Karl Marx vs. Pirate Captain! 8 Feb. 2008
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Maybe the best in the series (and educational; best way to attract a girl, beard pomades, political ideology). Funny and wonderful - can't wait for the next 27 volumes.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Too much on a theme 11 Nov. 2006
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I think it's time for this author to move on to a new idea. I love the "Pirates!", but this book seems like it is reminding us that too much riffing on one theme gets old after a while.

This book lacks the character list of "the pirate with the...(fill in your caraciture)", and it lacks a great deal of the humor I loved so much in Defoe's first two books in this series. The action with Karl Marx is good, but it lacks the slapstick feeling that Defoe was able to enliven the first two books with.

I love the writing of Mr. Defoe, but I think he might have run out of things to say with Pirates. If I am wrong, and I hope I am, then I look forward to the next installment, but this was not up to the level of the last two. Sorry.
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