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George MacDonald Fraser ✓ 4 Free read The Pyrates A Swashbuckling Comic Novel by the Creator of Flashman characters ð 104 S breadth escapes; and plot twists than you can shake a rapier at A deliriously entertaining combination of high seas action adventure and comic hi ji. Funny action packed and unlike the Flashman novels appropriate for young readers as well as old Pyrates is a sort of paean to the pirate stories and movies that captivated GMF as a young man It s wonderful and it makes me mourn Fraser all the He will be missed

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The Pyrates A Swashbuckling Comic Novel by the Creator of Flashman

George MacDonald Fraser ✓ 4 Free read The Pyrates A Swashbuckling Comic Novel by the Creator of Flashman characters ð 104 THE PYRATES is George MacDonald Fraser's tongue in cheek homage to the swashbucklers of yore In these rollicking pages you'll find tall ships and dese. I thought I d paste in my Dangerous Dan review for this one We ll see if it gets the appreciation the one for The Gun Fight gotDangerous Dan here back to push you toward stories while he drinks a PBR and pretends to care about things other than women and alcoholOne of Dangerous Dan s favorite movies as a young lad living in the back room of a whore house was The Princess Bride When I finally learned how to read it was before I shaved the first time but not much I read the book and wanted Unfortunately old Bill Goldman never wrote a seuel Well today I ll review the next best thingGeorge MacDonald Fraser is best known as the writer of the Flashman Chronicles a series of books about a rogue named Flashman who blunders his way into taking credit for all kinds of heroic deeds throughout history In The Pyrates Fraser takes uses the ability to make complete bastards likeable that he honed in the Flashman series to new heightsThe Pyrates features everything you like about pirate stories It has a noble hero a rogue you re not uite sure about a buxom damsel in distress vile villains and a femme fatale that s even hotter than the heroine Dangerous Dan s pants were definitely snug during some parts of the bookThe plot of The Pyrates is as follows Captain Ben Avery is escorting the British crown on a sea voyage along with Admiral Rook and his daughter Vanity Vanity s the hot girl of the story The ship is attacked Vanity is kidnapped and Avery is stranded on a sandbar Enter Colonel Blood the rogue of the piece and Dangerous Dan s kind of guy He s a liar womanizer and cheat and also uite handy with the sword Avery s kind of na ve and stupid and a perfect ally for Colonel Blood On the side of the villains are Don Lardo a huge fat guy that s trying to steal the british crown and his henchwoman the lovely Sheba She s like Catwoman to Avery s caped crusader and has provided Dangerous Dan with some interesting fantasies during dry spellsAnyway Colonel Blood is continually caught between wanting to do the right thing wanting to get some from Vanity while she thinks Avery is dead and wanting the crown jewels for himself Like I said Dangerous Dan s kind of guy except that he didn t take advantage of Vanity while she was asleepAside from the dialogue and the sight gags one of the funniest thing about The Pyrates are all the sly references to modern culture again just like the Princess BrideThe writing is snappy and the dialogue is clever much like that of the Princess Bride If you liked the Princess Bride you ll like this If you didn t Dangerous Dan is coming to your house in the dead of night with a roll of duct tape a jar of Vaseline and three large cucumbers

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George MacDonald Fraser ✓ 4 Free read The Pyrates A Swashbuckling Comic Novel by the Creator of Flashman characters ð 104 Rt islands; impossibly gallant adventurers and glamorous heroines; devilishly sinister cads and ghastly dungeons; improbably acrobatic duels and hair'. Nearly 400 pages of anarchic pirate silliness but it stayed alive for me on the strength of Fraser s command of the story the tuppenny bloods and boys annuals the historical novels of Rafael Sabatini the movies of Fairbanks Rathbone and Errol Flynn and other epics from the thirties and forties all of this is baked into Fraser s DNA as a writer and here it all is synthesized into one giant funny and brilliant yarn I think of it essentially as a tribute to the stories movies characters and actors that he must have loved as a boy and it is through that lense that I can appreciate it because while I can t say that I cared much for pirates as a kid I mean not with the passion clearly evidenced here by Fraser but I do know what it s like to reach a certain age when older and feel a yearning for the movies and stories that first struck me when much younger that first sparked my imagination and sense of wonder I could palpably feel that abiding sense of affection as Fraser notes in an appendix of influential source material at the back of the book coursing through the novel And you may lay to that

  • Paperback
  • 416
  • The Pyrates A Swashbuckling Comic Novel by the Creator of Flashman
  • George MacDonald Fraser
  • English
  • 12 October 2017
  • 9781585748006