Review: Caribbean Pirates

Rating: ★★★½☆
Caribbean Pirates: A Treasure Chest of Fact, Fiction, and Folklore
by George Beahm

Caribbean Pirates: A Treasure Chest of Fact, Fiction, and Folklore, is exactly as it claims – a vast collection of pirate data culled from many sources. In the past I’ve reviewed books of this same format, and questioned the usefullness of such works, this being the digital age where information is never more than a few mouse-clicks away. Author George Beahm, however, has no small experience in this matter – he’s previously written a large line of pop culture reference books, with topics ranging from Harry Potter to seafood (and pretty much everything in between.) Having read Caribbean Pirates, I can now see the value of such a book, as Beahm does an excellent job of not only collecting, but compiling, processing, and conveying pirate data into a final product that’s both informative and entertaining. Continue reading

Review: Pirate Fever!

Rating: ½☆☆☆☆
Pirate Fever!
by Eleyne Austen Sharp

Pirate Fever! seems intended as a reference for all things pirate, ranging from historical biographies, contemporary interviews of modern-day pirate VIPs (store owners, band members, webmasters, etc.), a pirate-speak dictionary and recipies, weblinks, movie lists, book lists – quite literally a starting point for anyone looking to learn anything about pirates. In any hands such a comprehensive book would be a daunting task – but in this case, sadly, the product is something of a mess. Continue reading