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HUZZAH AND HURRAH! There will be a new book about the Pirates! in September! And Gideon Defoe's fancy new website has an extract! This bit has rendered me weak with laughter:
The Captain shook his head. ‘Icebergs. You know, if I didn’t already have that fiend Black Bellamy as a nemesis, I think the position could very well be taken by icebergs.’

‘They’re certainly a nuisance,’ said the pirate with a scarf.

‘I don‘t like the way you can‘t see their eyes,’ added the Captain grimly. ‘There‘s something really malevolent about that, don‘t you think?’

‘Um. Icebergs aren’t creatures, Pirate Captain.’

‘Well what in the Pirate King’s name are they then?’

‘It’s when water freezes.’

The Pirate Captain’s eyes widened. ‘This is what I like about life at sea. It’s one long voyage of discovery. Solid water! What will they think of next? Hopefully a pony who solves crimes.

I am counting the days until this book comes out. Counting the days, I tell you! The first two pirate books are probably the funniest things I've ever read in my life, particularly the Adventure with Whaling, which made me laugh so much I almost had an asthma attack and had to lie down to recover.

The entire website is pretty great. I particularly like the Meet the Pirates section ("the pirate in green is an everyman. He is also quite tidy. If they were to make a sitcom of the pirates in the 1970s he would be played by Richard Beckinsale."). Vive les Pirates!

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enoneoftheabove
Mar. 21st, 2006 06:45 pm (UTC)
I had never heard of these books before I read your entry.

Now I must have them!

Damn you! Damn you and your literary commentary!
stellanova
Mar. 21st, 2006 06:49 pm (UTC)
Bwahahahaha! *evil laugh* I am a pirate enabler. Seriously, they are so, so funny. Everyone should read them!
leedy
Mar. 22nd, 2006 11:24 am (UTC)
Ha, that reminds me, don't you have one for meeeeeeee? That you haven't given me?
stellanova
Mar. 22nd, 2006 11:29 am (UTC)
Oh, I do, actually! It's part of your birthday present from last year! It's under my bed, I think.

Apparently I am a rather incompetent pirate enabler.
starfishchick
Mar. 21st, 2006 07:08 pm (UTC)
Huzzah for pirates!!
gideondefoe
Mar. 21st, 2006 07:10 pm (UTC)
Thanks! And I'm honestly going to try to do better with keeping this blog updated than the Pirate Captain one. But having said that, I am very lazy.
stellanova
Mar. 21st, 2006 10:57 pm (UTC)
You're welcome! And thanks for writing about the pirates. I got sent the Adventure with Whaling last summer for work (I'm a critic) and even the press release made me laugh; I've looked in vain ever since for anything nearly as funny or piratical, so I'm very glad to see that the pirates are returning.
stellanova
Mar. 21st, 2006 11:39 pm (UTC)
God, I just realised that now I have described myself as a "critic" rather than a plain old journalist twice in one day - here and in my last entry. How poncey.
kylegirl
Mar. 21st, 2006 09:01 pm (UTC)
Eee! And hurrah! And I hope the blog doesn't have too many entries yet, otherwise I will not get anything done tonight.
gideondefoe
Mar. 21st, 2006 10:46 pm (UTC)
Oh dear. It really really doesn't warrant an 'Eee!'. I can't handle that kind of pressure. It's just the usual 'I found a funny shaped pebble, here is a picture of my pebble, do you think it looks like a crow, I might stick feathers to it' rubbish, like blogs are supposed to be.
kylegirl
Mar. 22nd, 2006 12:16 am (UTC)
Don't worry, the Eee! was in large part in anticipation of the book, and the blog is just gravy. I am in no position to demand interesting content from anyone's blog, given that I have recently been writing about mailing containers for magazines and how I am tired from working out. Since I am lazy and I procrastinate a lot, I am always happy to see pictures of crow-like pebbles.

And aren't you nice, responding to people even if they aren't poncey critics like stellanova.
gideondefoe
Mar. 22nd, 2006 01:00 am (UTC)
I'm not sure the book deserves an entire Eee either, but it will have a fancy red spine, and a picture of a bear on the back, if that counts for anything. And I remember from my brief two month period of going to a gym that working out is usually a great source of anecdotes, especially if you can manage to actually *fall off* a rowing machine, which is harder than it sounds. I might join one again just to fill up my livejournal.
kylegirl
Mar. 22nd, 2006 05:13 am (UTC)
I have never tried to fall off a rowing machine (I think I did try to use a rowing machine once, a long time ago, with limited success), but it does seem like it would be a pretty challenging proposition, what with them being low to the ground and all that. I work out at home so that I can keep my anecdotes to myself, or, in a worst case scenario, between myself and the emergency room doctor. Or, in a more realistic worst case scenario, between myself, the emergency room doctor, and my roommate, since I'd probably need her help to get to the emergency room.

But a fancy red spine! And a picture of a bear! I am definitely looking forward to the book now.
cloud_hands
Mar. 22nd, 2006 01:22 pm (UTC)
Seen on a bumper sticker - Never do anything you wouldn't want to explain to the paramedics.
kylegirl
Mar. 22nd, 2006 03:23 pm (UTC)
Words to live by.
glitterboy1
Mar. 22nd, 2006 08:17 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much for the pointer! I don't remember ever hearing about these books before, but I love the bits I've just read. I'm off to amazon.co.uk, now....
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