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Speaking of Pirates

Posted by on June 5, 2013

Fictional of course.

Monday, I blogged about what Pirates of the Caribbean taught me about life, reading, and happy endings. If you haven’t seen it, check it out and let me know what you think. Since I had fictional pirates on my mind, I started thinking about all the swashbuckling adventures I’ve read or watched.

Of course, there’s the classics. Treasure Island, Robinson Crusoe. The movies of my childhood. Blackbeard’s Ghost (1968), Cutthroat Island (1995), Long John Silver (1954), Swashbuckler (1976). Can you see why I’m a little off? And we have to mention Princess Bride, but its status of a pirate movie could be debatable. Oh, and of course, Pirates of the Caribbean.

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One pirating adventure that has remained with me: Blaggard’s Moon by George Bryan Polivka. A pirate on a post in the middle of the pond, waiting to be devoured by the mermonkeys. Doesn’t that just intrigue you? So why is this pirate sitting out there? The story is told through flashbacks, and really gets going when you start seeing how the different threads of memory are woven together to bring us a story of adventure, of sacrifice, of honor. Sigh.

What pirating adventures have you read or watched lately? What’s your favorite?


4 Responses to Speaking of Pirates

  1. Diana Beebe

    When I was younger, I loved the movie “Pirates of Penzance” based on the musical. (Yes, there’s always been something a little off…. 😀 )

    This book sounds interesting…You got me at mermonkeys.

    • jlmbewe

      Ha! From one mermaid to another. 😉

      Thanks for stopping by! I have not heard of that movie, will have to check it out. Pirate and a musical? Have to see it to believe it. 🙂

  2. Hannah

    If you love pirate adventures, I think you would be thrilled with ‘Isle of Swords’ and its sequel, ‘Isle of Fire’ by Wayne Thomas Batson. They’re great, swashbuckling adventures with Christian influence and lessons. I really enjoyed them!

    • jlmbewe

      Hi Hannah!

      The Isle of Swords have been on my to-read list for a while. I will have to read it soon. Thanks!

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