Saturday, October 30, 2004

The Pirates! in an Adventure with Scientists by Gideon Defoe

This book is boisterous, preposterous, & presumptuous. It's filled with big words and anachronisms and caricatures. It is funny, witty, quirky, and frequently ridiculous. I think some of you reading this review may like it very much. A ship full of pirates getting bored of their relaxed lives seeks new adventure. Lead by their fearless Pirate Captain and a bad tip on finding gold, they end up mistakenly sinking the Beagle which carries Charles Darwin. After rescuing Darwin and the rest of the crew, the real adventure begins. Along the way are outrageous happenings, unlikely sequences, and even plenty of footnotes containing historical tidbits. I think of this book as a cross between The Onion (in which it’s being advertised), The Magic Treehouse, Dave Barry, and The Three Stooges. If that sounds like the ride for you, come along.


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