Monday, July 05, 2010

The Pirates! In An Adventure With Ahab


The Pirates! In An Adventure with Ahab. Gideon Defoe. 2005. Knopf Doubleday. 160 pages.

That one looks almost exactly like a whale!

This is not the first Pirates! novel, I believe the first book is The Pirates! An Adventure with Scientists. But it is the first that I've read. How to best describe this one? Silly, quirky, strange, funny. The Pirates! exist in a timeless world--you'll find them placed within a historically inaccurate world where all times, all peoples, all cultures, exist side-by-side. For example, in this one, you've got the Pirates putting on a Vegas show in a mad attempt to raise money to pay for their new luxurious pirate ship. But that Vegas show doesn't quite pay off as much as they like, so they end up making a bargain with Captain Ahab, a man on a mission to find the white whale that ruined his life.

Part of the quirkiness of this one--of this series--is that none of the Pirates have names. You have your Pirate Captain (which is as close as you get to a real name of sorts). Then you'll have pirates like "Pirate with a Scarf" and "Albino Pirate" and "Pirate in Green" and the like. You won't find fully fleshed characters by any means. And you won't find much of a true plot either. Instead you've got pirate-themed messages or social commentary. In this case, the "commentary" is about people trying to live beyond their means, and the burden of debt.

I think you need to be in the right mood for this one. I think silly and light. I do think it is enjoyable if the timing is right.

One of my favorite elements of the book--strange as it may seem--comes in the final pages. Where readers are told to watch for these other Pirates! titles. The list goes on for five pages! And titles include:

  • The Pirates! In an Adventure with Mondays
  • The Pirates! In an Adventure with Automatons
  • The Pirates! In an Adventure with Rita, Sue & Bob Too
  • The Pirates! Have Been Running with Scissors Again
  • The Pirates! Are Overdoing It a Bit

© Becky Laney of Becky's Book Reviews

0 comments:

Post a Comment

I'm always happy to hear from you! To help fight spam, comment moderation has been set up for posts older than two days. Feel free to ask me questions or ask for recommendations!

Review Policy

I am interested in reviewing books and audio books. This blog focuses on books written for middle grade on up (essentially 10 to a 110). I review middle grade fiction and young adult fiction (aka tween and teen).

I also review adult books.

I read in a variety of genres including realistic fiction, historical fiction, mystery, romance, science fiction, fantasy, literary fiction, and chick lit. (I've read one western to date.)

I read a few poetry books, a few short story collections, a few graphic novels, a few nonfiction books.

I am especially fond of:

  • Regency romances (including Austen prequels/sequels)
  • Historical fiction set in the Tudor dynasty
  • Historical fiction and nonfiction set during World War II
  • Jewish fiction/nonfiction
  • dystopias
  • apocalyptic fiction
  • science fiction (especially if it involves time travel and alternate realities)
  • fantasy
  • multicultural books and international books

I am not a fan of:

  • sports books
  • horse books
  • dog books if the dog dies (same goes with most pets actually except maybe fish)
  • westerns (if it's a pioneer story with women and children, then maybe)
  • extremely violent books with blood, blood, and more blood

I am more interested in strong characters, well-written, fleshed-out, human characters. Plot is secondary to me in a way. I have to care about the characters in order to care about the plot. That being said, compelling storytelling is something that I love. I love to become absorbed in what I'm reading.

If you're interested in sending me a review copy of your book, I'm happy to hear from you. Email me at laney_po AT yahoo DOT com.

You should know several things before you contact me:

1) I do not guarantee a review of your book. I am just agreeing to consider it for review.
2) I give all books at least fifty pages.
3) I am not promising anyone (author or publisher) a positive review in exchange for a review copy. That's not how I work.
4) In all of my reviews I strive for honesty. My reviews are my opinions--so yes, they are subjective--you should know my blog will feature both negative and positive reviews.
5) I do not guarantee that I will get to your book immediately. I've got so many books I'm trying to read and review, I can't promise to get to any one book in a given time frame.
6) Emailing me every other week to see if I've read your book won't help me get to it any faster. Though if you want to email me to check and see if it arrived safely, then that's fine!

Authors, publishers. I am interested in interviewing authors and participating in blog tours. (All I ask is that I receive a review copy of the author's latest book beforehand so the interview will be productive. If the book is part of a series, I'd like to review the whole series.) Contact me if you're interested.

Unique Visitors and Google PR Rank

Free PageRank Checker

Pageloads Counter

Search Book Blogs Search Engine

My Blog List

Becky's Hosting These Challenges

100 Books Project: Fill in the Gaps

Becky Laney of Becky's Book Reviews

  © Blogger template Newspaper III by Ourblogtemplates.com 2008

Back to TOP