Book number… hell’s bells I have forgotten…hang on: The Pirates! In an Adventure with Communists (Gideon Defoe)

Book number 11?

How far behind am I now?

Only 3. I can make that up! Dissertation nearly finished and all.

This is brilliant. Almost as brilliant as the film. Go see the film. It’s brillianter.

I particularly love how the contents page bears no resemblance to the titles of the chapters which in turn bear no resemblance to the story what so ever.

There is mention of squid.

There is also mention of squid in the film. And Brian Blessed.

9/10 – usual story. No, wait: 10/10!! Extra point for being made in an Aardman film.

Gordon’s Alive!

Book 5: The Pirates! In an Adventure with Whaling (Gideon Defoe)

Look, just because they’re not proper grown up books doesn’t mean I’m not meeting my quota. Also, I am reading a proper grown up book too which I will finish because it’s the fifth in the series of four medieval murder mysteries and I love them. My problem is that it’s over 700 (proper grown up size) pages long, so it will take me a little while to finish.

I laughed out loud several times during this book, had to look up “Sapphic”, am now very curious about whether the origin of “cold enough to freeze the balls off a brass monkey” is really true and I might look up keel-hauling. I might not. It sounds nasty.

Edit: 9/10 – as below.

As if I need an excuse for a picture of Cap'n Jack...

Book 4: The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists (Gideon Defoe)

And surprisingly I am not behind in my endeavour (yet). Mainly this is because I am reading very short books and not a full length novel in sight (not technically true, I have loads on my table here).

This is an excellent book for non-taxing escapism if you are wanting an evening off, say, studying for an MSc. Both funny, engaging, with the odd fascinating fact snuck in (even some chemistry related) and not just for the kiddie winkies. I can’t wait for the film!

There are several in the series, guess what I will be reading over the next couple of months whilst I finish off my dissertation.

No, not War and Peace…

Edit: I was so excitied I forget about marks out of ten! 9/10 – purely because I have to call it a kids book.