"The PIRATES! In an adventure with SCIENTISTS" proclaimed the cover, and Eric Idle had endorsed it with the assessment, "Hilarious! Destined to become a classic of pirate comic fiction." What else could I do but buy it? It was an easy read, and perfectly silly. The pirates - excuse me, the PIRATES encounter The Beagle, with Charles Darwin and several monkeys on board ...
'I have a theory,' said Darwin, looking serious. 'I'm afraid it's proved to be rather controversial. We came here looking for proof.'
'What is this theory? In terms a pirate might understand.'
'It is not something to be taken lightly. It will make you look at the world with fresh eyes. Things may never seem the same again,' said Darwin, in a spooky voice.
'Go on,' said the Pirate Captain, his curiosity bitten.
Darwin gave a dramatic pause.
'In short, I believe that a monkey, properly trained, given the correct dietary regime, and dressed in fancy clothes, can be made indistinguishable from a human gentleman. I believe he would cease to be a monkey, and become more a ... a Man-panzee, if you will.'
A Man-panzee! That alone was worth the price of admission, and I shall endeavor to make this word well-known in my circle of influence.
I'm writing this entry on the evening of New Year's Day, but I'll postdate it to yesterday/last year because I finished this light little tome about fifteen minutes before midnight, making my reading count for 2006 a total of 45 - just seven short of my goal of 52.
Yes, I'll do it again in 2007.