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Taking a bit of a break from Christmas-related posts (as there are more coming up this week), to focus on pirates! And although I haven’t been reading much of it lately, I really really REALLY do love me some nautical fiction. There is something so exciting about swash-buckling and treasure-hunting and other general pirate-y goodness. And so, here are some awesome books with pirates in them, both as the protagonists and the antagonists.

  1. The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists by Gideon Defoe. Originally Published 2004. These pirates are VERY funny. Defoe has a number of books surrounding the pirates in this book, but I’ve only read this one, and loved every moment of it.
  2. Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie. Originally Published 1911. Everyone knows of this story, and Captain Hook is definitely one of the best known pirates. And he’s not a very nice pirate – out to get Peter Pan, the embodiment of eternal youth.
  3. Capt. Hook: Tales of a Notorious Youth by J.V. Hart. Originally Published 2005. On the topic of Peter Pan, Hart wrote about Captain Hook before he got to Neverland and before he became a pirate – here’s the story of Hook at Eton College.
  4. Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch. Originally Published 2007. The second book in Lynch’s Gentlemen Bastard Sequence, and unlike the whole first book, this one takes place on the seas in a pirate ship.
  5. The Wave Runners by Kai Meyer. Originally Published 2003. The first book in a children’s trilogy about kids who can walk on the water. Of course there are pirates who want to exploit this special power.
  6. Admiral Hornblower in the West Indies by C.S. Forester. Originally Published 1957. As if I could include a list of something nautical without Horatio Hornblower, one of my favourite series’! The novel partially takes place in Caribbean, and Hornblower is captured by pirates and held captive before escaping in a very Horatio-esque sort of manner.
  7. Silver: My Own Tale As Written by Me with a Goodly Amount of Murder by Edward Chupack. Originally Published 2008. A closer look at Long John Silver, the pirate in Treasure Island.
  8. Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson. Originally Published 1883. Speaking of Long John Silver, of course this book had to be added to the list. Pirates! Treasure! Fun!
  9. Frenchman’s Creek by Daphne du Maurier. Originally Published 1942. Not too much swash-bucking adventure in this one, but if you’re looking for a romance with a pirate, this is most certainly that.
  10. Serenity: Those Left Behind and Serenity: Better Days by Joss Whedon. Those Left Behind Originally Published 2005; Better Days Originally Published 2008. Hey, I never said I was restricting it to pirates on the ocean. Space pirates still count.

Do you have any favourite pirate books?

Posted by Courtney Wilson @ 6:24 am December 14, 2009.
Category: Listed

  • Anastasia

    I must admit I’m a somewhat ashamed fan of the Vampirates book series. Vampires and pirates! And romance! And fighting! It’s surprisingly tempting.

  • The Never Fairy

    Here’s two more for you.
    It’s the story of what would happen if Wendy chose another path…
    Hook & Jill

    There are also pirates (though not the Jolly Roger crew) in a novel based on J.M. Barrie’s own idea for more Pan adventure:
    Peter Pan’s NeverWorld

    Thanks for the list of them!

  • Kailana

    I’m back! I switched from Bloglines to Google Reader, so I should be able to see when you update now. I hope so anyway!