Saturday, May 21, 2011

Random Magic Tour: Pirates!

Random Magic Tour: Pirates! Bonus: Free audio book: Treasure Island
As part of Random Magic Tour: Pirates!, it’d be fun to swap some great pirate yarns -- or just listen to a few great tales about the sweet trade, the black flag, pirate queens or the Brethren of the Coast.

On this blog, you can listen to the audio book Treasure Island, by Robert Louis Stevenson. A description of this classic adventure novel can be found here:
Treasure Island is an adventure novel by Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson, narrating a tale of 'pirates and buried gold.' First published as a book in May 1883 under the title  Treasure Island; or, the mutiny of the Hispaniola and the pseudonym Captain George North.

Traditionally considered a coming-of-age story, it’s an adventure tale known for its atmosphere, character and action, and also a wry commentary on the ambiguity of morality -- as seen in Long John Silver.

According to Stevenson's  letters, the character of Long John Silver was inspired by his real-life friend William Henley, a writer and editor. Stevenson's stepson, Lloyd Osbourne, described Henley as ‘...a great, glowing, massive-shouldered fellow with a big red beard and a crutch; jovial, astoundingly clever, and with a laugh that rolled like music; he had an unimaginable fire and vitality; he swept one off one's feet.’ The influence of Treasure Island on the popular perception of pirates is vast, including treasure maps with an 'X,' schooners, the Black Spot, tropical islands, and seamen with parrots on their  shoulders. (Wikipedia)
If you enjoy stories of adventure on the high seas, you can download a free MP3 version of this classic book:

Listen to or download audio book (MP3 format) Treasure Island, by Robert Louis Stevenson (Courtesy of LibriVox, SFFaudio)  (Click the book title to listen/download).

The pirate tour is related to the book Random Magic, which has some great pirate scenes.
Shown above: Book trailer, Random Magic

Random Magic About Random Magic: When absent-minded Professor Random misplaces the main character from Alice in Wonderland, young Henry Witherspoon must book-jump to fetch Alice before chaos theory kicks in and the world  vanishes.
Along the way he meets Winnie Flapjack, a wit-cracking doodle witch with nothing to her name but a magic feather and a plan. Such as it is. Henry and Winnie brave the Dark Queen, whatwolves, pirates, Strüths,and fluttersmoths, Priscilla and Charybdis, obnoxiously cheerful vampires, Baron Samedi, a nine-dimensional cat, and one perpetually inebriated Muse to rescue Alice and save the world by tea time.

If you’d like to find some more fun pirate features, feel free to visit Random Magic Tour: Pirates!
for reviews, video features, photo galleries and more free audio books about pirates and other seafaring rebels and rapscallions.

Also -- browse costumes for stylish corsairs, sing along to rowdy sea shanties, or read some interesting tidbits about the Golden Age of Piracy.

You might also have fun reading about seafaring grub, pirate slang, or famous pirate queens (Pirate Queens series), or just checking out some great pirate quotes from Random Magic.

All told, it’s a treasure trove of all things piratical, including a reading circle featuring reads about pirates. If it sounds like fun, feel free to jump aboard as we weigh anchor and hoist the mizzen. Yo-ho-ho! 

Hop on over to Literary Brigands to see more Pirate Novels!

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