East of Constantinople, West of Shanghai


The Pirates are Coming (very slowly)

Today is the International Talk Like a Pirate Day, so, first and foremost, arrrh!

strangertidesbookThis said, I was reflecting yesterday that I still haven’t written a story about pirates. Which is a damn shame.
On the other hand, then I think about William Hope Hodgson’s stories of ghostly pirates, or Tim Power’s wonderful On Stranger Tides1, or George MacDonald Fraser’s masterfully silly but historically sound The Pyrates, or Michael Scott Rohan’s Spiral of Worlds stories, and I realise I’d be facing some pretty harsh competition.
And I did not mention the sacred name of Rafael Sabatini.

By the way, is there any good recent pirate-based fantasy story you would suggest?
I need to update my reading list.

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