Saturday, July 08, 2006

Pirates Rrrrrr Cool!

This summer, with the release of the newest Pirates of the Caribbean movie, pirates are more in vogue that ever. Indeed, the movie grossed $132 million in its first weekend, breaking a record set by Spiderman 2 for opening weekend earnings (http://movies.go.com/boxoffice). Fans of the movie have been attending the showings dressed as their favorite character. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest does not disappoint true Pirates of the Caribbean fans. While the movie is much darker than the first, it is full of humorous moments and many inside jokes from The Curse of the Black Pearl (hint- re- watch the first before you go see the second). The movie is full of suspense right up to the last minute, and leaves you wondering- "what's gonna happen next?" However, unless you've got director Gore Verbinski or Johnny Depp on your speed dial, we'll have to wait until summer 2007 to find out.

In the mean time, can't get enough of pirates? Check out these books at the library:

*Raiders & Rebels: The Golden Age of Piracy by Sherry Frank
(Adult Non-Fiction 364.164 Sherry)
*Dangerous Waters by John S. Burnett
(Adult Non-Fiction 940.45 Bur)
*Under the Black Flag by David Cordingly
(Adult Non-Fiction 910.45 Cor)
*Pirates: Terror on the High Seas edited by David Cordingly
(Adult Non-Fiction 910.45 Pir Oversize)
*The End of Barbary Terror: America's 1815 War Against the Pirates of North Africa
by Frederick Leiner (Adult New Non-Fiction 973.47 Lei)

And for the kid at heart- check out these novels:

*Peter and the Starcatchers (a prequel to Peter Pan)
by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson(Juvenile Fiction Barry)
*Captain Hook: The Adventures of a Notorious Youth by J.V. Hart (the man who wrote the
screenplay to the movie Hook). (Young Adult Fiction Hart)
* Castaways of the Flying Dutchman and The Angels Command: A Tale From the Castways
of the Flying Dutchman both by Brian Jacques (Young Adult Fiction Jacques)
*Pirates! by Celia Rees. (Young Adult Fiction Rees)
*Treasure Island by Robert Lewis Stevenson.
(Juvenile Fiction Stevenson)

Lastly, there's Grania: She-king of the Irish Seas by Morgan Llywelyn (Adult New Fiction Llywelyn) which is the basis for the new musical The Pirate Queen by Claude-Michel Schonberg and Alain Boubil (creators of Les Miserables and Miss Saigon). The Pirate Queen makes its world premier this fall at Chicago's Cadillac Palace Theatre.

With all these great options its easy to see why pirates really Rrrr cool!



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