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The Pirates! In an Adventure with Ahab (The Pirates! #2)

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They’re back!!! The Pirate Captain and his irascible crew of scoundrels return in their soggiest saga yet.Fresh from their mishaps with Charles Darwin and the evil Bishop of Oxford, the Pirates set sail in a bouncy new vessel——purchased on credit. In order to repay his debts, the Pirate Captain is determined to capture the enigmatic White Whale, hunted by the notoriously m ...more
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published October 4th 2005 by Pantheon (first published January 1st 2005)
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Jan 19, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: funny
Have at you, you scabrous coves! Here be humourous treasure as The Pirates! have an adventure with whaling that features that miserable old pirate Ahab.

Things you might learn about during this adventure:


Whale Conservation


Multiple uses for physeter macrocephalus

The migratory course of the accursed Great White Whale

How The Pirates! once had an adventure with a mosquito

All the things I said about the first book remain true for this one, Python, ham, Discworld, cutlasses, Snicket, 42, i
Feb 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Want a book that doesn't take itself too seriously and that's gonna make you feel to the floor laughing? Look no more.
The Pirate Captain and his crew are not fearsome pirates that wreck havoc on the seven seas, so don't expect your usual pirate story. This a well-done parody.
The Pirate Captain wants to trade his old ship for a new one whose mast doesn't fall every second so he goes to Cutlass Liz and end up buying one he can't afford. So begins the quest to find six thousands doubloons to pay
Aug 23, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids
Read this with my kids. They're 5 and 9 and while the humor and vocabulary was a bit advanced for them, it was still a blast and I got to explain things like cutlasses, harpoons, and Nantucket, while doing (really badly!) every British accent I could think of from Alan Rickman to Joan Collins.
Come on, folks! Pirates! With a sorta Monty Python/ Douglas Adams sense of humor (the White Whale stalks Captain Ahab through...wait for it...Las Vegas!!) What could possibly be more fun.

Feb 08, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 3-5

This book doesn't require too much thought or participation, so I won't put much thought into my review of it. It's also been just under a month since I actually went and read it, so my thoughts are a lil' cloudy, but it just wasn't as good as The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists. Sure, it was fun, breezy; an easy read, but while the plot matches Scientists in inventiveness, it just doesn't have the same spark to it. Alas, Ahab was fun, Pirate Captain's writing skills were surprisingl
May 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
First published on Booking in Heels.

At the end of The Pirates! in an Adventure with Moby Dick, there are ten pages of other (pretend) titles by the same author, and I love this book so much that I would happily read every single one of them. I'm sure The Pirates! in an Adventure with Heavy Petting and The Pirates! in an Adventure with a Steep Hill would sell especially well.

Enough about the other books, let's look at this one :) In the interests of full disclosure, I haven't read Moby Dick (the
Nov 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: pirates
Hilarious! As I have read "Moby Dick" in its entirety, I loved the not-so-subtle jabs at that novel. My favorite quote: "The other pirates were doing their best to make conversation with the whaler crew, but they were a strange bunch, and most of their stories placed a lot more emphasis on icebergs and interminable months spent at sea rather than feasts and fighting. Also, just as one of the whalers would actually seem to be getting to the point of an anecdote, they were liable to wander off sud ...more
Jul 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, hilarious
Defoe's 'The Pirates!' series tell you more or less all you need to know about my sense of humour. I love them, especially the one with Communists. This absurd adventure is as hilarious as ever. To determine whether you'd enjoy it, consider this quote:

'Ahab paused, and turned to the pirates. "You might say that they are having a whale of a time."

The pirates looked at Ahab. There was an embarrassed silence.

"That was a joke," said Ahab. "Whale of a time. You see?"

The pirates went on looking at Aha
An endearing little story about a pirate and his devoted prized ham....I think.
Sep 07, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I laughed a bit in places but found it slightly tedious overall. Had it been longer I might have given up.
May 23, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Python, pirate enthusiasts
Recommended to rabbitprincess by: the film of the first book in the series
Shelves: bibliotheque, 2012
* * * * 1/2

The pirate crew have just bought a fancy new ship to replace their current ailing vessel (it's really not normal for the mast to fall down three times a week), but they don't have ready cash to pay for it. What to do to avoid incurring the wrath of Cutlass Liz, pirate-ship dealer and the bloodthirstiest lass on the high seas? Apparently there's a fella named Ahab who's offering a sizeable reward for the capture of a certain white whale…

This is the second in "The Pirates" series by Gid
Mar 22, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review Taken From The Pewter Wolf

The Pirate Captain can't seem to keep out of trouble, can he? After he splashes out on the fancy new ship, the Lovely Emma, he finds himself spending six thousand doubloons he doesn't have. In debt to the beautiful but deadly Cutlass Liz, who will happily cut them easily in two, he and his crew must get the cash. And fast!

Along the way in their desperate race to find the cash before time runs out (Cutlass Liz gave them an hourglass, filled with the sands that ar
Feb 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
When the pirates run out of cannonballs, they have to improvise:

"We could fire the limes, sir," suggested the pirate with a scarf. "They're sort of the right shape."

"Aaaarrr. Fair enough," said the Pirate Captain. "But dip it in tar so they think it's a cannonball. Otherwise we risk looking stupid."

"Can we wear those dinosaur masks...?" asked the pirate who was always getting nosebleeds.

Of course they can, says the Pirate Captain. The crew of nameless pirates is off on another adventure, this on
Kelsey Dangelo
Jul 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Pirates need a new ship, so they borrow heavily to buy a luxurious ship. Threatened with Cutlass Liz’s payment plan, they seek out six thousand doubloons, which happens to be Ahab’s reward for the great white whale that bit off his leg. Hijinks ensue in this hilarious, cleverly written, silly adventure that is highly reminiscent of Monty Python meets Monkey Island: surrealist, childlike imagination and logic, in this charming and hilarious take on Moby Dick. Grade: A
Lorenzio Phillibuster Fireworks
These books are so fantastically clever and funny it makes me sad more people don't read them.
Sep 12, 2008 rated it really liked it
Very silly and very funny.
Feb 17, 2008 rated it really liked it
Ridiculously hilarious.
Aug 28, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adultish
Ham is very important to a pirate diet, and Ahab's okay even though he started out in that horrid Moby Dick book. (The Pirates help him track the whale. To Las Vegas and beyond...)
Elizabeth (Miss Eliza)
After the main-mast falls over for the third time in a week the pirate with a scarf reluctantly and cautiously approaches the Pirate Captain about perhaps getting a new boat. After admitting to his number two that perhaps covering the holes in his quarters with dashing pictures of himself isn't the best way to keep a boat afloat, seeing as a stiff breeze could conceivably kill off half the pirate crew and the Pirate Captain himself has never bothered to learn to swim he agrees that they go to Na ...more
May 13, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This outing with The Pirates puts them with (according to the respective different titles this book has had) a) Whaling, b) Ahab, and finally c) Moby Dick. Naturally, all three make appearances to varying degrees, which means Pirate Captain's crew is, following an encounter with the surly one-legged obsessive Ahab, in pursuit of the Great White Whale...chiefly to pay off Cutlass Liz for the ostentatious new ship they've bought from her.
I don't know why, but this volume feels a little light on co
Jenny Maloney
So I read this thinking it was a new one -- but the version I read was The Pirates in an Adventure with Ahab. Regardless of the title, it's funny and you should read it.
Tom Loock
Jun 18, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comedy, young-adult, ebook
The Pirates! In an Adventure with Moby Dick: Reissued is a very short book; it takes less than an hour to read. It's obviously aimed at prepubescent boys who are heavily into silly humour and some jokes and the sexual innuendo will be above their head. I'm a grumpy old geezer who get's it, hopefully, but does my age preclude me from getting the silly jokes? I should hope not. I will happily watch and re-watch an Aardman production, and I read a fair number of YA books every year. Furthermore I w ...more
Nov 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: people who like clever funny books, lovers of ham, beard appreciation societies
these pirates! books are strangely brilliant. the main character is the nefarious pirate captain, known throughout the seven seas for his luxurious beard & ravenous appetite for ham. his pirate crew is known only by distinguishing features: the albino pirate, the pirate who always wears red, the pirate with the bedroom eyes, etc. in this book, they team up with captain ahab, who is of course searching for the great white whale. or rather, they team up in opposition to ahab. as it were, the p ...more
The pirates are back, but it seems that their piratical escapades may be in jeopardy. Their boat is rapidly falling apart, so they pay a visit the boatyard owned by the fearsome Cutlass Liz, the most ferocious lady pirate ever to sail the seven seas (who once ate twenty babies just to prove how ferocious she is). She also is one of the most feared loan sharks, and when the Pirate Captain makes a typically extravagant gesture and buys her most luxurious ship on credit, he only has a limited amoun ...more
Aug 11, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Amanda
Shelves: humor
I love this series. Its dumb, but I just laugh out loud every time I pick the books up. Gideon Defoe brings back The Pirates! on another exciting adventure out at sea. The pirate's ship is in need of some repairs and so they set out to meet up with Cutlass Liz, the scariest she-pirate on the open sea. She ate twenty babies one time! Cutlass gives the pirates a fine boat on credit in which they must pay it back before the pirate bone dust in her timer runs out. Off the pirates go, led by the Pira ...more
May 23, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: school-09-10
"The Pirates! In an Adventure with Ahab" is like the other pirate book by this author. It is a hilarious parody of a pirate adventure. It only makes sense that they would get involved in a whaling expedition. That's exactly what they do. They set sail after a white whale for an old man named Ahab.

A text to text connection I can make is from this book to the book "The Old Man and the Sea". This connects because in the Old Man in the Sea he was devoting himself to hunting down this fish he want
Conan Tigard
Nov 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I love English humor, and this book is just packed to the gills with it. I cannot count the number of times I laughed out loud while I was reading, but it was a lot. I absolutely loved The Pirates! in an Adventure with Ahab and all of the wacky characters in this book.

I enjoyed the fact that the pirates didn't go around killing people left and right but would rather spend their time having fun. These guys, and one gal, would never be considered the scoundrels of the sea. They act more like they
Petr Čapek
May 21, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Když mi dorazila první kniha s Piráty! zpočátku jsem nevěděl co si myslet a pár věcí mi možná i trošku vadilo. Ovšem po přečtení druhé knížky, která je stejně jako Dobrodružství s vědátory předlohou úspěšného animáku, mi přestali vadit i věci, které sem první knize vytýkal. Nevím jestli je to tím, že jsem si zvykl a už jsem je neregistroval, nebo jsem prostě přijal za své, že se v této sérii nedá brát nic vážně.

Co říci závěrem? Pokud hledáte něco, u čeho se chcete zaručeně zasmát a nemuset při t
I thought this was a child/young adult story and i t probably could be although i think that most of the hidden humour and references would wash right over their heads. On the back there was a review which said "Enid Blyton might have written Pirates! after a night in an opium den" which is a good description of the book.

The story was fun to read and humourous. The pirates dont have names though just descriptions. I would like to read the other books in this series as it was a good introduction
Aug 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book gave my little brother so much joy! He's currently enamoured with various Moby Dick film adaptations, this proved to be an adequate birthday present for him. An easy read for less avid readers and consistently humorous through parody of the tale and a comedy of its own. The book demanded to be read out loud (and mimed and acted at points) there was an impressive level of physical comedy and visual gags that was not lost in the pages. My father, brother and I have now also read ...with ...more
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Gideon Defoe never meant to become an author. When Defoe bumped into a woman he had pursued during his time studying archaeology and anthropology at Oxford, they began chatting about what they were up to. Realising that his job temping for Westminster council was not going to win him any romantic points, he told her that he was writing a novel. She asked to see it, at which point he found that he ...more
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“I’m making a list of when it’s acceptable for a pirate to cry. […] So far I’ve got: one - when holding a seagull covered in oil. Two - when singing a shanty that reminds him of orphans. Three - when confronted with the unremitting loneliness of the human condition. Four - chops. I’ve just written the word ‘chops’. Not really sure where I was going with that one. Any ideas?” 1 likes
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