The Pirates! In an Adventure with Ahab [NOOK Book]

Overview

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 moody Ahab, who has promised a reward.Chaos ensues, featuring the lascivious Cutlass Liz, the world’s most dangerous mosquito, an excerpt from ...
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Overview

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 moody Ahab, who has promised a reward.Chaos ensues, featuring the lascivious Cutlass Liz, the world’s most dangerous mosquito, an excerpt from the Pirate Captain’s novel in progress (a bodice ripper, of course), whale ventriloquism, practical lessons in whale painting, a shanty-singing contest in a Las Vegas casino, and a dra-matic climax in which the Pirate Captain’s prize ham saves the day!Move over, Herman Melville.
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Having recovered from schlepping around the Galapagos in The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists (2004), Defoe's scurvy dogs go in search of a famous whale in this slim, surreal sequel. When the mast of his ship flattens, Pirate Captain, "the pirate who liked to show off how much he knew about wine," recognizes that it's time for a trade-in. Unfortunately, he makes a deal on an expensive boat with a murderer who picks off deadbeats and grinds their bones to dust for use in hourglasses. After a fruitless search for treasure to pay the debt, Pirate Captain makes the mistake of accepting an offer of help from his doppelganger, Black Bellamy. ("There were several reasons why the Pirate Captain and Black Bellamy didn't get along, but the main one was that Black Bellamy was the Pirate Captain's evil nemesis, which obviously put quite a strain on the relationship.") So the pirates-after a side trip to Vegas, where their pirate-related revue fails to draw crowds-take up a weary Ahab's offer for a contract on Moby-Dick. Much silliness ensues. Defoe keeps things moving along and has a winning proclivity toward footnotes-where he does some of his best writing-and nonsensical asides. (Pirate Captain has his feet helpfully tattooed "left" and "right," "a gift from his mother on his fourth birthday.") The clever tone is somewhere between Monty Python and comic artist-writer Kyle Baker, and there are a few lascivious jokes and one instance of hot whale-on-boat action. Readers in search of intelligent, whimsical nonsense could do far worse than setting sail with Pirate Captain. Aaarrr.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307489586
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 2/10/2010
  • Series: Vintage
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 894,392
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Gideon Defoe, who lives in London, is the author of The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists. The pirate books are just the first stage of his plan to topple the global economy and create a glorious workers’ utopia.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2012

    THIS. IS. AWESOME.

    The Pirates! (any of them) books are absolutely AMAZING. Defoe's clever use of wordplay and adorable (*sarcastically*as if there were any other way to describe a pirate) characters weave an exquisitely marvellous tale.
    ...And it's great for random quoting, making it easier to avoid unwanted conversations! ...Or confusing strangers--that's fun, too!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2009

    your belly will ache from laughter!!!! arghhhhh!

    I read these in Vegas during the day while my boyfriend was a slave to the slots and I would get drunk off free mai tai's and blue hawaii's because what else would you drink when reading about silly pirates?! It was so funny! And their compact size conveniently fit into my purse! I'm not sure if the cocktails dramtically enhanced my giggles while reading these books but I just discovered that there are 2 new owns and I will def. be buying during my next trip to the book store - they put you in a great mood!!!!! arghhhhhh!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2008

    hilarious hijinks on the high seas

    What do you get when you mix a philosophizing Pirate Captain, a brooding Captain Ahab, a land-locked whale, and a well-preserved ham? I got a sore belly from laughing so hard. Defoe's Pirates series is the Monty Python of the written word - absurd, clever, and above all, delightful. If you're in need of a good laugh, look no further.

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