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I'm reading Gideon Defoe's The Pirates! In an Adventure with Whaling. I had vaguely heard of Defoe's debut novel The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists, but I had the impression that it was an annoyingly Pratchett-esque affair, filled with sub-sub-Blackadder similes (badly done wacky similes are the mark of true unfunniness). How wrong I was! The Pirates! In an Adventure with Whaling is funny. Very, very funny. The description of the new portraits in the Pirate Captain's cabin made me laugh so much I thought I was going to have an asthma attack (particularly the "black and white painting that showed him with his shirt off, tenderly cradling a baby" and the "one of him emerging from an old boot alongside a giant kitten"). The humour is more P. G. Wodehouse than Terry Pratchett, to my enormous relief, and even the pirates themselves sound more like Bertie Wooster than the expected "arrr!"ing cliches. A very pleasant surprise, which comes highly recommended.

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daegaer
Jul. 19th, 2005 01:51 pm (UTC)
Oh God, I must read it! Can I borrow it when you're done?
stellanova
Jul. 19th, 2005 02:16 pm (UTC)
Yes! I am going to buy the Adventure with Scientists too, because this one is so very, very funny.
daegaer
Jul. 19th, 2005 02:28 pm (UTC)
Huzzah!
starfishchick
Jul. 19th, 2005 01:57 pm (UTC)
Yay!! I'm glad you're enjoying it - maybe he is not a fluke! :)
starfishchick
Jul. 19th, 2005 01:58 pm (UTC)
Durr. I just checked and the hardcover (bah, hardcover) doesn't come out here in Canada until November. BAH.
stellanova
Jul. 19th, 2005 02:05 pm (UTC)
I'm reading a proof - it's not out here until September. But I'm sorry you have to wait! It's absolutely hilarious.
enoneoftheabove
Jul. 19th, 2005 02:48 pm (UTC)
Aargh!
gralyn
Jul. 19th, 2005 04:14 pm (UTC)
You've probably seen this already, but there is a nice article about the author on the guardian website.

http://books.guardian.co.uk/departments/generalfiction/story/0,,1503261,00.html
kylegirl
Jul. 19th, 2005 08:52 pm (UTC)
Oh, well I'm going to have to try the Adventure with Scientists, then. starfishchick has been making me curious, but I so rarely buy books I'm not entirely sure about and the library doesn't have it so I haven't yet, but I think I need to get it; at worst, it will be an oddity to go with my evolution books.
stellanova
Jul. 19th, 2005 10:28 pm (UTC)
It's hilarious, seriously. The second book is probably even funnier, but An Adventure with Scientists is still funnier than most things I've read all year.
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