and its the funniest, silliest thing I've read for years! Imagine Captain Hook and his gang of cutthroats but who are about 12 in mind, if not in body-who don't do "ravishing" because they concentrate on the pillaging side of the deal, and who hero worship their captain, who invents Pop-up Pirates as a game to punish them when they decide that they don't want to be oppressed masses any more. (And they have a good point, they say that they don't want to be called "scurvy landlubbers" as an insult, because "landlubber don't get scurvy") It's delightfully silly, and if you enjoyed Sir Apropos of Nothing and you like Pratchett - although wouldn't mind if he was laugh at loud SILLY - like Monty Python and pirates you will LOVE this. Oh there are hilarious slashy moments too, such as when The Pirate Captain (who's name is a dark secret and will not be revealed until the last book) gives a cigar to his guest, and his guest says:
"Rolled on the thighs of cuban lovlies?"
and The Pirate Captain says, "No, but you can roll them on the thighs of the pirate with a scarf, if you like. He keeps them very smooth, and he won't mind at all."
It's actually the 3rd book in a series, more to come, so I'll be getting them all. Brilliant, and thank you, Charlie!
This is his website! hee hee!!