Defoe's book was "written for a girl" who was not successfully wooed by the pirate adventure. That bit of information, wh The best part about this lovely little book about Pirates, and scientists, and nonsense, is that it does what so little humor books, or tv shows, or anything in pop culture dares to do; it is completely designed to make fun of itself. That bit of information, whether or not it is true, pretty much sums up the entire attitude of the Pirates! Gideon Defoe thinks it is completely okay to make fun of yourself, and I think he realizes how ridiculous it is to be writing a humor book about pirates and scientists.
This makes the book fun, and refreshing in a pop-culture where everybody makes fun of everything else BUT themselves. Apr 02, nicole rated it it was amazing. This is a fun, silly read.
I stumbled across this book by chance and was attracted to it by the title being in grad school in science and all. After reading the back cover of the book I bought it. It's complete nonsense and super fun don't worry, there is a story It is exactly my type of humor. It's pretty short so it's a nice weekend read or even just a one-day read.
Jul 16, Eli rated it it was ok Shelves: fiction , humor. Well the story is cute and sometimes clever. But I kept stumbling over a lot of moments where a woman being murdered is a punchline, or women are treated only as dateable targets. Those jokes never seem to be clever or layered enough to be a critique of anything, and really just feel like a big thread of plain old misogyny throughout.
Mar 03, Kate rated it really liked it. This is a book about Defoe is both creative and funny. Blame it on Disney but I pictured Johnny Depp as the captain. Simply a fun read. View all 3 comments. In an Adventure with Scientists is such a delightfully fun adventure. The whimsy and wacky fun really recharged my reading batteries. The Pirates have gone far too long without an adventure and are resorting to i The Pirates!
The Pirates have gone far too long without an adventure and are resorting to in fighting about the best bit about being a pirate — grog, cutlasses, ships biscuits or shanties — and the Pirate Captain must give them a new adventure. The Pirate Captain, while the possessor of a most luxuriant beard, is not the sharpest cutlass on the seven seas and many mishaps and misadventures occur. As people inconveniently drop dead of scurvy, get kidnapped by evil Bishops of Oxford and develop brilliant disguises of pirates dressed as scientists dressed as ladies, every page offers plenty of adventures and giggles.
With scrapes like these, and a scientifitic battle to the death using the Periodic Table for weaponry, this is one action packed roller coaster ride. It has a horrible gaping maw and one of those scaly tails that looks like it could snap a boat clean in two. So I thought it best to sail around that. Nov 17, Charles rated it did not like it Shelves: humor. I know it's supposed to be humor, and I'm a very hard sell for humor. It takes a lot to get me to laughing and this one didn't do it for me. Take my comments with a grain of salt, though.
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A lot of folks seemed to find it funny, but then I didn't care for Douglas Adams either. View all 4 comments. Jul 30, Bonnie Morse rated it did not like it Shelves: eighteen-n-under , fiction , omg-boring , borrowed-from-ccrls , disappointed-expectations , olympic-shark-jumping-team , not-oddmonster-safe , holy-misogyny-batman , deep-ocean-vast-sea , paper. Can someone tell me who this book is for? From the title, quotes, and size, I went in expecting a fun elementary-to-middle grade pirate adventure story. Hopefully something I could pass on to all the pirate-crazy kids and teens I know.
But it kept getting weirdly uncomfortable whenever a woman appeared, or was even mentioned, and kind of ended up being a mess that's not totally appropriate for anyone. That I know, at least. All of the above features, plus some accurate footnotes on history, sci Can someone tell me who this book is for? All of the above features, plus some accurate footnotes on history, science, and general piracy, had me thinking fun kids' book right up until Charles Darwin and the captain of the Beagle set out to duel over Darwin's wife view spoiler [when she's conveniently killed by a pirate cannonball, much to the men's relief, so they toss her overboard and join the pirates for an adventure hide spoiler ].
I'm not saying every book always has to contain a perfect gender balance and represent everyone fairly and equally, but there was way too much casual misogyny going on here for a kid's book. Women pirates get a mention for existing and being fairly bad ass, in a footnote. It used to be common and highly popular for women to exist in books purely as punchlines and punching bags, but this book is too new and too advanced in literally every other way for it to not be weirdly obvious.
It's also more overtly sexual than I expected, since I didn't read the back cover. More's the pity, too, since if I had, I wouldn't have read it in the first place. The, for want of a better word, teaser is written in the form of a letter from The Pirate Captain and begins: Dear Reader, I am choosing to picture you as an attractive young woman, about nineteen, perhaps reading this years from now, while in bed wearing just a daring negligee, tanned thighs stretched out on those silk sheets of yours.
So, yeah, maybe not a little kid's book? But at the same time, the writing style, jokes, plot, footnote facts, etc. My best guess at the target audience would be boys aged 9 to 14 who read below grade level and already hate women. I hope that's not what the author was aiming for, but dog knows it's a big market. Nov 09, D. I'm not ashamed to say I only read this book because I so enjoyed the movie. They are, however, two largely different stories. The movie follows Pirate Captain and his crew of nameless pirate mates on an adventure wherein Darwin is largely a bad guy and the principal villain is Queen Victoria, with a story revolving around a dodo named Polly; the book has Pirate Captain and an only occasionally similar crew of nameless pirate mates on an adventure helping Darwin find his missing brother, and the I'm not ashamed to say I only read this book because I so enjoyed the movie.
The movie follows Pirate Captain and his crew of nameless pirate mates on an adventure wherein Darwin is largely a bad guy and the principal villain is Queen Victoria, with a story revolving around a dodo named Polly; the book has Pirate Captain and an only occasionally similar crew of nameless pirate mates on an adventure helping Darwin find his missing brother, and the principal villain is a slighter heavyweight in Victorian society who's working with P. Barnum who never appears. The humour is still there, but with even more racy and suggestive tone, which makes me wonder just who this book is for.
The concept would appeal to fairly young readers, but there are plenty of things here I wouldn't expect or want younger than teenagers to get And the whole thing seems beneath the concern of most adults. So, I don't know who has been reading these books, but I'm glad Defoe's writing them. The writing is fluid and fantastically readable; this is a book a seasoned reader might polish off in a night.
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If this book put me in mind of anything, it's probably the Hitchhiker's Guide This is an outlandish book, and a fun read, but strictly for an amusing, no-mind-necessary larf. Nov 15, KB rated it it was amazing Shelves: fiction , humor , fantasy , age-of-sail , pirates. The reader will likely encounter difficulty in choosing a favorite character from among a cast that includes such luminaries as the Pirate Captain, the pirate with a scarf, the pirate with gout, the diffident pirate, the pirate dressed in green, the surly pirate who was dressed in red, the pirate w The Pirates!
The reader will likely encounter difficulty in choosing a favorite character from among a cast that includes such luminaries as the Pirate Captain, the pirate with a scarf, the pirate with gout, the diffident pirate, the pirate dressed in green, the surly pirate who was dressed in red, the pirate with a nut allergy, the pirate with an accordion, the albino pirate, the pirate with a hook where his hand should have been, Scurvy Jake, and Mister Bobo the Man-panzee.
Any lubber with a taste for clever humor will appreciate this unrelentingly silly and absurd narrative. Intermittent editorial footnotes illuminate the factual context of various aspects of the tale while also further delighting the reader.
Aaaarrrr, this be a good book! Jan 02, Bettie rated it really liked it Shelves: philosophy , seven-seas , winter , pirates-smugglers-wreckers , zoology. May 18, Ben Arzate rated it really liked it. A quick, funny, and entertaining read. Dec 28, Megan rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Everyone. Shelves: baby-and-childrens. This book is just a lot of fun. It's so silly. I suppose it is supposed to take place in Victorian England but really to me it's anachronism.
I sampled this on my kindle first before purchasing it. And this line, causing me to laugh out loud and read it to my husband, made me buy it: "They also respected him because it was said he was wedded to the sea. A lot of pirates claimed that they were wedded to the sea, but usually, this was an excuse because they couldn't get a girlfriend or they were g This book is just a lot of fun.
A lot of pirates claimed that they were wedded to the sea, but usually, this was an excuse because they couldn't get a girlfriend or they were gay pirates, but in the Pirate Captain's case none of his crew doubted he was actually wedded to the sea for a minute.
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The author has footnotes in each chapter. These footnotes are informative and humorous. You can tell by reading this book that the author did a fair amount of research into pirate life and historical figures. It's refreshing to see. None of the pirates actually have real names.
It's something rather unique about this series. Their names are a description about themselves. For example: the pirate dressed in green, the pirate with the nut allergy, the pirate who was prone to exaggeration, or the pirate with an accordion. But this way it's very cool because with only that to go by you really can imagine what all the pirates look like.
The only pirates who are kind of properly described are the Pirate Captain and the Pirate with the Scarf and with the scarf wearing pirate the author mentions that he wears an eye-patch. That's more detail than anyone else gets besides the Pirate Captain. I thought the story was simple and straightforward, easy for anyone to follow.
I suppose the humor and the pirate's stupidity could make it a little confusing for some though. This book could be read for all ages, I think. I can totally imagine myself reading this to my little ones when I have kids. If you read it to smaller children you might want to edit it a bit for some of the adult content. Community Showcase More. Follow TV Tropes. You need to login to do this. Get Known if you don't have an account.
Pirate Captain: We didn't evolve from slugs just to sit around drinking our own sweat, now did we? I'd give my arm for gold! Charles Darwin: Dear diary, am about to meet a watery grave. These descriptions are used consistently throughout the series for each character, and the pirates occasionally refer to each other using them, but always use "The Pirate Captain" as if it were their captain's name. We are also introduced to Black Bellamy, the Pirate Captain's cunning and black-hearted nemesis , Jennifer, a sensible Victorian Lady who becomes an invaluable member of the crew, Charles Darwin as their helper and the mean Queen Victoria who is the villainess.
The book introduces many themes and devices that are revisited throughout the series, including the Pirate Captain's bizarre behaviour and ridiculous schemes; the pirates' love of ham, and in particular the Pirate Captain's prize honey-glazed ham; the relationship between the Pirate Captain and his crew; and the use of footnotes to introduce historical and scientific facts relevant to the narrative. Aardman Animations in cooperation with Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Animation has adapted the book into a 3-D stop-motion animated film released on March 28, , and directed by Peter Lord , the director of Chicken Run ,  with the script written by the book's author Gideon Defoe.
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