Saturday, September 19, 2009

Yaaarrrrrr…Reading for Talk Like a Pirate Day

September 19th is Talk Like a Pirate Day – and while my reaction in the past has generally been something like ‘how stupid’ or ‘that’s just silly’, I must say that I have changed on that account (even though I don’t really participate). You see, I think that silly, even post-modern ‘holidays’ like this can only make the world a better place.

Anyway, every holiday deserves a few good books, so I’ll throw out a few recommendations on that account*.

Fast Ships and Black Sails edited by Ann and Jeff VanderMeer (US, UK, Canada, Indibound). This is an anthology of original pirate fiction from authors like Naomi Novik, Michael Moorcock, Kage Baker, Elizabeth Bear, Garth Nix, Sarah Monette and more.

With the announcement of a 4th Pirates of the Caribbean movie that appears to be (loosely) adapted from On Stranger Tides by Tim Powers (US, UK, Canada, Indiebound), I simply must recommend the book – which I’m very much willing to bet will be better than the movie, in-spite of Johnny Depp’s efforts.

Pirates in space? Why not? The Starship series by Mike Resnick may be just what you are looking for. Book one is Starship: Mutiny (US, UK, Canada, Indiebound) and the pirate theme really kicks with book two, Starship: Pirate (US, UK, Canada, Indiebound).

Pirate Freedom by Gene Wolfe (US, UK, Canada, Indiebound). A take on pirates by a master, Gene Wolfe.

These recommendations pretty much come from the flotsam of my brain, so feel free to share other recs in the comments.

*the honest truth is that I haven’t read any of these books (yet). But, I’m still confident enough to give them a nod.


Emperor said...

Hmmm...why would you give them a nod, if you haven't read them? I suspect ulterior motive. But hey, at least you were honest with us.

Neth said...

As much as anything, it was a need to have some sort of current content - I'd been very busy and needed something.

Also, the publisher (Night Shade Books) that provided Fast Ships and Black Sails did request a mention - usually I don't do this sort of thing, but in the case I did, mostly because it's a relatively small publisher that does good things and I'd like to see them succeed.

As for the recs - well, I've heard good things about all of the books mentioned and I do own copies of most as well and they are all books that I want to read. So, I wasn't too worried about giving them a nod.


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