The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists & The Pirates! In an Adventure with Ahab
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The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists & The Pirates! In an Adventure with Ahab (The Pirates! #1-2)

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The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists

Not since Moby-Dick...No, not since Treasure Island...Actually, not since Jonah and the Whale has there been a sea saga to rival The 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...more
Kindle Edition, 113 pages
Published (first published June 20th 2006)
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I scan the column of 5-star reviews proclaiming the hilarity of this book and am forced to set myself all kinds of awkward questions. When did I stifle my inner child? Just when did the creeping tentacles of old fogeydom reach out to atrophy my critical faculties? How can I not love the pirates? What's wrong with me anyway? What kind of monster am I? Everyone loves pirates!

In my defense, I didn't hate the pirates. But it turns out apparently that a little whimsy goes a long way. This book has th...more
The movie The Pirates! Band of Misfits, is based loosely on the first book in this series, and in the UK, the film actually shares that title. I love Aardman Animations and this movie was no exception. The books are definitely aimed at an adult audience, so there are many changes in the film, but I think it stays true to the general feel of the books.

These books are just fun pirate farce, not a genre I can say I've read before, but one that I enjoyed. The general gist is that the Pirate Captain...more
Pure cheese, and I like cheese. Laugh out loud funny. Nothing particularly fantastic about the subject or the writing, but it will put a grin on your face. Booktalk from library school below.

The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists by Gideon Defoe.

The Pirate Captain is a lot like today’s youth. Well, maybe not that much. Or at all. You be the judge. Like many, The Pirate Captain has a motto. ‘I like ham.’ he sails a ship around, plundering the Spanish Main. Although he agrees that just about...more
So I picked up this book after seeing it pop up just about everywhere, and I should have re-calibrated my expectations after Megan said it was "okay." That being said, it was a quick read that was fun, but not fun enough to really engage me into finishing.

Here are some of the pros:
1) it's a book about pirates. how freaking awesome is that?
2) it's actually two books in one. holy crap. you turn it over and there's another book.
3) it's about darwin and ahab-- two people you'd like to see interact w...more
Amusing, clever, but pointless. This was a DNF. A group of pirates, under a vain but ineffective leader takes off on a voyage to Las Vegas to earn the money to pay for their ship. A voyage to Las Vegas? Yes, that was only one of the ridiculous aspects of this book. There was no character development, no setting development and no plot. The book consisted of the series of comic disasters that befell the pirates as they searched for ways to pay off their new pirate ship. There were footnotes throu...more
This version is two books in one - "The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists" and "The Pirates! In an Adventure with Ahab." A ship of pirates with names such as "pirate with a scarf" and "albino pirate" led by the Pirate Captain have some adventures, in this case w/ Darwin and Ahab as leading characters. Very silly, very mindless read - this is candy for the mind. Entertainment Weekly provided a blurb for the cover, if that tells you anything. Fun, esp when read w/ the right expectations (so...more
In this double feature, Gideon Defoe (No relation to the author of Robinson Crusoe) pens the rip roaring adventures of a crew of rather stupid and lazy Pirates Who Don't Do Anything. Led by their vain and magnificently bearded Pirate Captain, the crew (including the pirate wearing a scarf, the sassy pirate and the pirate with gout) sails the Spanish Main meeting famous historical-ish figures and flirting with pretty girls. Despite dangers and drama along the way, the pirates manage to get throug...more
Dipper Pines
I borrowed the audio from having heard it was made into a movie. You’d think they’d be doomed from the start with the idiot pirate captain and his loyal crew that are of the same intelligence. For me it was when Black Bellamy conned them into thinking a ship named the Beagle was carrying treasure. It got me wondering how the ending would be, when the pirates found out there was not treasure. To my surprise that was where the real adventure begun, with them sinking the Beagle which...more
This book is so funny. A super easy read and silly as heck. The footnotes are priceless. They are entertaining and informative trivia, like what barnacles are made of, the fact that more people are killed each year by pigs than sharks, and why your fingertips shrivel up in the bath.
Elijah Kinch Spector
I would say "like Monty Python in book form" except that that would shortchange Defoe's own creativity.
Austin Fritzke
I would say this is the most stupid book I have ever read and the greatest waste of my time.
Not nearly as funny as I had hoped it would be....
I picked this book up for $5 at HPB. They were both pretty amusing stories and I did in fact laugh out loud at both of them. However, they're both REALLY short, only ~100 pages each, so not much really happens in them. Additionally, I had a hard time figuring out what the intended audience was. If you've seen the movie Pirates: Band of Misfits, these are the books the movie is (pretty loosely in the end) based on, and that movie I am about 85% sure was directed at kids/a young audience. But the...more
If you're looking for a book like Pirates of the Carribean, don't read this. If you want cowardice, ignorance, and foolishness on a grand scale, and a laugh so hard your family can't sleep, buy this book. I bought it by accident, mostly to see if my students would like it, and laughed for days.
The premise is that there are pirates who can visit Las Vegas, Victorian London, Charles Darwin, and Ahab. It's all so well done that you wouldn't question anyway, but in case you lose your mind and DO qu...more
Aug 02, 2007 Christine rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: pirate lovers
So despite having been a follower of the author's blog for some time, I finally got around to reading the copy I bought of his most famous book (my opinion, not his or the publisher's). The first book pokes fun at scientists but Gideon really gets into his true form with the second book with Ahab and the white whale. The fact that it is inspiring me to read the actual THE whale book of all Whale Books is not saying much (since I'm sure it's far more dour to read Melville than Defoe, hah), but I...more
Syahid Nss
The pirate and his excuses, haha..

When he said to the crew asking for opinions on his novel, he actually threaten them before voice any:

"When i say "honest opinion" I'd like you to bear two things in mind. One-I don't take criticism particularly well at all,even the constructive kind. And two-I'm the Captain of this boat and I have an extremely sharp cutlass."

baik takyah cakap kan...haha
I do not remember reading a book in the past few years that has made me giggle as much as Gideon Defoe's Pirates! books.

Defoe chronicles the life of the Pirate Captain, a deliciously entertaining character who has a strong affinity for Ham. Along with an assortment of aptly named cohorts, including the Pirate in Green, and the Pirate with a Scarf, the Pirate Captain travels the high seas (and Nantucket, and Las Vegas among others) for adventure.

He comes across great foes including Black Bellamy...more
This is a silly book transformed into hilarity by the brilliant reading of John Lee. If I tried to read this oddity that looks like a kids book but most certainly isn't (nevertheless leaving the adult to be reading about silly pirates), I would likely have given up. But Lee's narration is such a triumph. None of the pirates have names (the pirate captain, the pirate with a scarf, the pirate in red etc) and the pirate captain is vain and silly valuing his beard and ham (!) above all else and does...more
Elizabeth Periale

"Readers who like their humor along the lines of Monty Python will love these two short novels, which feature the intrepid Pirate Captain and his crew running up against historical figures in anachronistic adventures. In the first novel, after a false lead on some booty from rival pirate Black Bellamy, the luxuriantly bearded Pirate Captain attacks Charles Darwin on the Beagle and the pirates find themselves on a quest for loot and fame in Victorian London...more
Lloyd Dewolf
I read this book based on my friend Mo's thorough enjoyment of With Scientists. I read this omnibus edition because it is what is available on the kindle.

I note with interest that this edition has a slightly lower average stars than the individual books. I wonder if that relate to the size of the feast or a changing audience? Or if it is Math playing tricks on us.

The Pirates! is too grog soaked literature for me. The humor is too... absurd for my constructive mind.

With Ahab either tries to hard,...more
How people get away with publishing some of the rubbish in this world is beyond me. I certainly can't answer that question in regards to this book, though in its favor it was amusing. Utterly silly, it has no reason to be except to entertain. Surprisingly, that's quite all right with me.

My favorite bit: the pirate who, immediately upon coming to the rescue of his comrade and the requisite distressed damsel (literally and physically distressed: the evil-but-not-master mind was sucking out her yo...more
Nice, quick lighthearted read if you're looking for something like that to read between the heavy tomes you prefer :)
I look forward to this book being made into a feature film with Chevy Chase.
I first enjoyed The Pirates! On the the big screen and decided that I would give the books a shot. While the differences between the book and movie are vast and many, the nature was translated quite well. It is a funny story about The Pirate Captain, his pirate crew, and their adventures with Charles Darwin and Captain Ahab. Not exactly a children's books as the cover would suggest, but not extremely adult either. Although it lacks character development, overall it was a very good, quick, and hu...more
The Pirates! How very absurd and how very fun. Follow the Pirate Captain and his crew of no-name pirates as they adventure across the seven seas (now including Sea Number Four)! Start with the introduction of Charles Darwin in the Scientists and end with Cutlass Liz and the big white whale in Ahab. Glory in the Pirate Captain's beard! Revel with Jennifer, the lone lady addition! Enjoy the tasty tastiness of glorious HAM! And above all - don't forget to eat your fruit, lest you die from scurvy. S...more
I first read this very silly story seven years ago. Tempus fugit! Basically a ham-loving Pirate Captain gets the mistaken impression that Charles Darwin's ship the Beagle is filled with gleaming booty. Later, at a pirate convention, the Pirate Captain runs into an old friend...

"Scurvy Jake!" said the Pirate Captain, evidently glad to see his former comrade. "I haven't seen you since that incident on Madagascar!"

"Aaarrr! I was sure they were girls!" said Scurvy Jake with an apologetic shrug.
Sabrina Spiher
Aug 06, 2007 Sabrina Spiher rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone.
"I recently devoured in two days Gideon Defoe's first two Pirates! novels. They were sold together, like back in the day when you were a kid, and one story was printed one way, and then you filled the book over, and there was a second story, and they met in the middle of the book, one of them appearing to be upside down. Awesome! ..."

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The Pirates! In and Adventure with Scientists & The Pirates! In an Adventure with Ahab is a collection of two of Gideon Defoe's very funny stories starring the Pirate Captain and his band of merry pirates. This series was the basis for the Aardman film, Pirates! Band of Misfits. I actually like Defoe's book series better than the film. If you like British humor or satire, history and literature you'll like this series.

OMG, THIS BOOK IS FRIGGING HILARIOUS!!!! As is the book that's on the other side of it if u turn it around and flip it upside down. (Pirates! In an Adventure with Ahab). The Ahab Story is not as funny but still worth reading. A very lighthearted, easy read that'll leave you laughing your head off at the ridiculousness of it. A very good book to read when you're bored or procrastinating work.
Seriously one of the silliest books I've ever read. A bunch of pirates led by The Pirate Captain have crazy adventures. They meet Charles Darwin and fight The Holy Ghost(sort of). It's so pointlessly fun it's just great. I really love this book/books since it's two books. I am looking for The Pirates! In an Adventure With The Communists, but haven't found it yet.
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