Sunday, May 29, 2011

Sea Wolves Reading Circle- All things Pirate!

Between the opening of Pirates of the Caribbean and this reading circle it seems words like Scallywag and Mates have been creeping into my vocabulary a lot lately.  Even House had an episode with a Pirating back story, so maybe there's just something in the Spring air this year.  But one way or another if you're feeling the need for eye patches, swords, parrots and boots it might be time to have a look at these Pirate infested reads.
First off an exciting BEA read I picked up from author A.C. Crispin- The Price of Freedom (Pirates of the Caribbean).  Released May 17th, The Price of Freedom is about Jack in his early days.  The pre-pirate ones.  See? You're shocked already!  That's right, A.C. Crispin has not only made Jack have straight laced beginnings but she's also made him an employee of the East India Trading Company.  Expect this prequel to be tightly tied into the movie franchise's story as it's published by Disney and Beckett pops up.  The hubby started it on the plane home last night and was already snickering, I have a good feeling about this story!

The Mourning Emporium, book 2 of Michelle Lovric's enchanting series starting with The Undrowned Child, has a fabulous twist where a floating orphanage of venetian boys (the Scilla Sofonisba, which was a real floating orphanage) are forced to be Pirates by the evil and beautiful Ms Uish.  Not to mention a host of Mermaids (featured in both the books) who have learned their rather exotic blend of English lingo from pirates and sailors.  Such as:
"My gib was atwitch, I might of knowed it.  Human childer smell most peculiar, I do declare freely"
If you're not totally swept away by both the pirates and the story I'll eat my eye patch.

The Larklight series, comprising of Larklight, Starcross and Mothstorm is a full on Pirate story, of the Steampunk variety. Following Art and his prim sister Myrtle on their adventures through space, often involving the rogue pirate crew of Jack Havock's.  Victorian prissiness mixed with uproarious adventure, this series is akin to the Pirates of the Caribbean while still being it's own thing.  Not to mention it's sprinkled with great illustrations!

Finally, not to be missed, Random Magic itself!  Full of silliness, fun and adventure, Random Magic will sweep you away.  Just make sure you have tea and crumpets awaiting your return. 

Bonus: Find some cute pirate prizes: Browse prizes (DVDs, books,games) (Closes May 30)

The main Rum + Plunder treasure hunt is open internationally!
Here’s another fun way to win something piratey and cool:
Browse prizes or join the hunt…
Have fun and good luck!

Don't forget to keep the reading circle going by stopping by The Fluidity of Time next!

Message in a Bottle: visit Liana's Paper Doll Blog to see the Pirate Queen Sasha and read more about her at Moonlight Gleam's Bookshelf.


  1. I knew Jack's backstory from reading it somewhere online, but there's a book now?! I'm heading to Border's soon!

  2. Ooh, I will have to see if my library has Larklight and The Undrowned Child. Thank you for sharing!

  3. Never heard of the Undrowned Child, so curious now. Sorry I didn't visit on time yesterday -- storms where I live made being online difficult. :)

  4. love this mix of pirate tales. aye!

  5. More great books! The Mourning Emporium sounds good. Great cover!

  6. Interesting picks! I've added The Larklight series to my TBR. Thanks!

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