Wednesday, 16 March 2011

Review: The Captain Jack Sparrow Handbook by Jason Heller

The Captain Jack Sparrow Handbook by Jason Heller
Publisher: Quirk Books
Released: April 1st 2011
My Rating: 4 stars out of 5

He’s the most popular pirate in motion picture history—and now The Captain Jack Sparrow Handbook offers his fans an insider’s guide to all the dirty tricks of the buccaneer’s trade! Complete with step-by-step instructions, helpful diagrams, and full-color photography from the Pirates of the Caribbean films, this nautical treasure trove arrrrrrrrrrrticulates such vital and colorful information as:

• How to Sail a Ship
• How to Survive Being Marooned
• How to Break a Curse
• How to Fight Six Angry Men in a Tavern
• How to Recruit a Crew
• How to Cope with Mermaids
• And much, much more!

Arriving just in time for Captain Jack’s long-awaited return in the blockbuster Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, this fiendishly adventurous handbook is essential reading for pirate lovers, Johnny Depp fans, and all-around rogues and rapscallions of all ages.
(from Goodreads)

The Captain Jack Sparrow Handbook is a must read for any fan of the Pirates of the Caribbean series. Out in time for the upcoming fourth movie, “On Stranger Tides”, the Handbook is a witty and informative companion to the films, and is sure to leave you wishing to be a crew member of the famous Black Pearl.

The Handbook consists of six chapters, which are there to help you make the best decisions in order to become a successful pirate. With guides such as “How to Operate Underwater” and “The Fine Art of Being Somewhere Else”, your journey towards piracy (and we don’t mean the digital kind) will likely be a smooth one if you carefully follow all the instructions (and heed all the warnings – you don’t want to end up in trouble with Barbossa or Davy Jones!).

My favourite parts of the Handbook were the hilarious comments about the one and only Jack Sparrow, such as “In a peculiar way, Jack Sparrow might be considered something of a cross between a finicky cat and a finely dressed lady” (a comment my odd sense of humour particularly liked). Any lover of the movies will appreciate these references to the impulsive and sometimes dastardly acts of Captain Jack, pirate extraordinaire, and will find themselves inexplicably wanting to don braids and a tricorne hat (a style every pirate needs to be able to pull off).

The Handbook also contains some very funny illustrations which really made me laugh (cross-dressing pirates – who wouldn’t laugh at that?), and also a lot of diagrams, depicting things like “pirate weaponry” and “pirate hygiene (or lack thereof)”. With these colourful drawings and their amusing captions, you can’t go wrong! (Unless you really don't see the appeal of a sea-faring life, in which case, stay away from all pirates or prepare to walk the plank!)

In conclusion, The Captain Jack Sparrow Handbook is a great “swashbuckler’s guide” and is perfect for anyone who enjoyed the Pirates of the Caribbean movies (or for any pirate wannabes out there who aren’t quite sure where to start). Make sure you read this when you have a lot of spare time, however; as soon as I was finished I had the sudden urge to watch all of the films again! 

Other titles in the series: The Indiana Jones Handbook, The Superman Handbook, The Spider-Man Handbook.

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