Monday, May 30, 2011

The Captain Jack Sparrow Handbook by Jason Heller

The Captain Jack Sparrow Handbook
A Swashbucker's Guide from the Pirates of the Caribbean
by Jason Heller

Published: 2011
Publisher: Quirk Books
Genre: Fantasy, Pirates
Hardback: 176 pages
Rating: 4

Description from the amazon:
For every would-be pirate who's wished to cast off the shackles of landlubber society, here is the official guide to taking up seagoing roguishness the right way—er, that is, the right wrong way—well, let’s just say Jack’s way.

The Captain Jack Sparrow Handbook gives you an insider’s perspective on all the dirty tricks of the buccaneer’s trade, helpfully arrrrrrrrrticulating such vital nautical information as:

• How to Bury Treasure
• How to Break a Curse
• How to Fight a Tavern Full of Angry Men
• How to Stay Alive When Your Ship Sinks
• How to Cope with Mermaids

. . . and dozens more crucial skills you’ll want to master before hitting the high seas.

Excerpt of Table of Contents: ones I found amusing

How to Use Words to Misdirect and Confound

Pirate Hygiene (or the Lack Thereof)

How to Fight a Tavern Full of Angry Men

Top Ten Pirate Superstitions

Amusing quote:
Pirates, by nature, aren't terribly literate. As a consequence, no book can hope to fully prepare the pampered, modern-day layabout for the lusty life of a pirate.
- page 10, introduction

My two-bits:
In-a-word(s): treasure
This pirate handbook is an entertaining one sprinkled with illustrations and photos from the Pirates of Caribbean film.

Fans of the movie will get a kick out of this Sparrow treat.

Pirates of the Caribbean #4
On Stranger Tides

I enjoyed this latest pirates movie starring the favorite Captain Jack Sparrow. Lots of action, lots of pirate-ing and lots of fun Sparrow-isms. What was especially intriguing for me this time around was the side story of the mermaids.


* review copy courtesy of publisher

~-~~-~ ...and a bottle o'rum schedule ~-~~-~


  1. I loved the movie too, but kinda cool how the mermaids can be evil too.. hehe... great review, I'd probably love this one.

  2. I haven't seen the movie yet, but I'm looking forward to the mermaids!

  3. This is sooo on my wishlist! & I can't wait to get better so I can go see the movie!!!!

  4. I haven't seen the latest in the series yet, but I plan to soon.
    The Captain Jack Sparrow Handbook sounds like fun!

  5. Is this out already? Maybe I can get this as a birthday present.


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