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The Pirates!

In An Adventure With Scientists

Defoe, Gideon

(Book - 2004)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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Not sinceMoby-Dick...No, not sinceTreasure Island...Actually, not since Jonah and the Whale has there been a sea saga to rivalThe 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.
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, c2004
ISBN: 0375423214
Branch Call Number: FICTION Def
Characteristics: 133 p. : ill., map ; 18 cm

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Jul 09, 2013
  • Yellow_Cat_297 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

"The Pirates! in an Adventure with Scientists" is funny, adventurous, and slightly insane! I think I can honestly say that it's the only book I've ever read where most of the characters didn't have actual names. If you want a light read about pirates, ham, Charles Darwin, Man-panzees, and radioactive elephants, pick this up.

Favorite Character: the pirate with a scarf.

Mar 04, 2013
  • biblioholic rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

An invaluable resource if you are preparing for a career in piracy or science. Or piratical science. Or scientific piracy.

Aug 12, 2012
  • tubababe rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A fun, brisk read, and the basis for this summer's stop-motion Aardman movie "The Pirates! Band of Misfits." However, beyond the involvement of Charles Darwin, a chimpanzee that talks with cards, and pirates masquerading as scientists, the plot is quite different. There are frequent footnotes giving interesting historical facts that aren't directly related to the plot, but are usually pretty funny. I could never figure out who the target audience was for this book. Some of the language was a little salty or suggestive for juvenile fiction. Maybe young adult. Regardless, it was a lot of fun to read, and very funny.

Dec 13, 2010
  • Librarian_X rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This book is laugh out loud funny! If you can appreciate the absurd, then this (and the others in the series) is the book for you.

A great quick read to lighten your mood.

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Jul 09, 2013
  • Yellow_Cat_297 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

‘Are you sure?’ frowned the Captain, wondering if his research had let him down. ‘Doesn’t he fight Goliath at some point? I’m sure he does. He throws a leper at his face.’

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