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Review: The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists

April 7, 2009

1837: the Victorian Era approaches and the golden age of piracy draws to a close. Worried that his pirates are getting bored with a life of winking at pretty native ladies, sitting about on tropical beaches, and trying to stick enough jellyfish together to make a bouncy castle, the Pirate Captain decides it’s time they had an adventure. A chance encounter with the young Charles Darwin – embarked upon the voyage of discovery that will one day make him famous – leads the Captain and his rag-tag crew from the exotic Galapagos Islands to the fog filled streets of Victorian London, where they encounter grisly murder, vanishing ladies, a diabolical Bishop, the Elephant Man, and have an exciting trip to the zoo.

This was a book that was very short but high on laughs. It was at times witty, and other times extremely silly. It’s a hoot. To be perfectly honest, I don’t think you can really review a book like this. It’s either you didn’t find it funny or you did. Although how can you not find Charles Darwin revealing his grand secret – a manpanzee. Or even, shock horror, Dino Pirates!

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  1. gildedfolly permalink
    April 8, 2009 7:23 pm

    Love these books – they hit my funny bone square on. Surreal, silly with nuggets of fact you don’t realise you’re digesting until they come up on the pub quiz machine – brilliant!

    Scientists and Whaling were brilliant, Communists was slightly off-colour (still god though!), Napoleon was a return to form.

    I leave you with dino-pirates – my worst nightmare!

    • uenohama permalink*
      April 8, 2009 8:12 pm

      I’m rejoicing at the moment, it’s my first comment!

      I agree, although I’ve only read Scientists and Napoleon (review coming soon). They’re quick, fun, easy reads.

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