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Piratica: Being a Daring Tale of a Singular Girl's Adventure Upon the High… (2003)

by Tanith Lee

Series: Piratica (1)

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    The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists by Gideon Defoe (joririchardson)
    joririchardson: Both of these books have the same silly, adventurous feel to them.

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This review and others posted over at my blog.

Tanith has created a semi-Victorian (Regency? I don’t know time periods, sorry!) world in the year of Seventeen-Twelvety (how awesome is that?!) which somewhat resembles the actual year of 1802. This world primarily differs from our own in how the countries are laid out and there’s a handy map in the front that I actually referenced for once. But because this is Tanith and I am a flappy-handed fangirl for everything she’s written (ugh except Greyglass -tosses if off a cliff-) I felt there was something subtle about her world that differed from an actual historic period. I can’t explain this further and likely I am crazy.

Art is fantastic. She’s bold and witty and smart and super talented at being a pirate, despite not having been one for the past six years. She could potentially suffer from special snowflake syndrome, but she doesn’t because she has to work to win over her crew and she doesn’t have the shining, sapphire eyes and porcelain doll-like features of your usual heroine. And oh, the sun doesn’t shine out of her ass. Anyway! She’s a great lead, but her crew is small enough that most of them actually (I think I’m saying this word too much in this review, but I’m too lazy to change it) feel different and developed, where they could easily have fallen to the wayside (portside?)

There’s a lot to the plot that I can’t talk about or I’ll spoil the fun, but from the moment Art rediscovers her crew and takes on her new life as a pirate, I had this underlying sense of something more. I knew something else was up and it was a nice feeling, knowing that the plot had another element that wasn’t being revealed, even though the plot was acting like everything had been revealed.

Look, I have a hard time analyzing Tanith’s work because I am super biased. But I can say, if you’re looking for a witty, semi-middle-grade-semi-teen pirate adventure with swashbuckling, a fantastically charming ragtag group of pirates, talented parrot and dog companions, a strong female lead and totally hawt boi, but no love triangles and no breaths being held unbeknownst to the holder, then Piratica may be just what you’re looking for! I can’t wait to read the other two books! ( )
1 vote MillieHennessy | Mar 27, 2017 |
I was really excited when this book came out. I fully expected to totally love it - Lee is one of my favorite authors, so.. Lee and pirates? How could it go wrong?
I'm not quite sure, but somehow it does.
Set in a 'slightly parallel world' in 1802 (which basically means that place names are spelled wrong: the river Thamis flows through Lundun, for example), 'Piratica' gives us a young woman named Artemisia, who, while studying deportment at her girls' school, falls and hits her head. After this blow, Artemisia experiences a rush of memory that convinces her that before her father locked her away in the school, she was a pirate, sailing the seven seas with her captain mother, Piratica. Inspired, she runs away from school and finds her mother's old compatriots - who turn out to be members of an acting company who had put on a successful play about pirates.
Undaunted, Artemisia, taking the name Art Blastside, convinces the actors to steal a ship, and embark on an adventure in search of treasure - which, unfortunately, is already being sought by some 'real' pirates.

Lee usually excels at creating a dreamlike atmosphere in her work, but in this book, the events are more absurdist than dreamlike. It's obviously not supposed to be realistic - but somehow I wanted the narrative to have more internal logic than it did. Maybe it was just my mood.
I was also just rather annoyed by the issue of "Is Artemisia crazy or not...?" It was sort of like I kept wanting the book to just settle down into being the silly adventure romp for teenagers that it's being marketed as - but these quirks and kinks kept coming up distractingly. Which sound like it might be interesting - but I didn't find it so. ( )
  AltheaAnn | Feb 9, 2016 |
"Piratica. Being: A Daring Tale of a Singular Girl's Adventure Upon the High Seas, presented Most Handsomely by the Notorious Tanith Lee" how can anyone resist a title like that?

This novel takes place in an alternate history, wherein England is a republic. Artemesia is a young lady being taught deportment and such at a prim and proper academy for young maidens, until she falls down the stairs and hits her head on a wooden banister. Suddenly, repressed childhood memories flood in - she remembers a time before the stifling academy and her tyrant of a father, a time of freedom and excitement when she lived with her mother on a pirate ship on the high seas! Art remembers her mother, Molly, the incredible pirate captain called "Piratica." Then, when Art was ten years old, a canon exploded and killed her mother and damaged Art's memory.

Taking the name Art Blastside, she escapes Angels Academy and heads to "Lundon" where she is shocked to find her mother's old crew, now reduced to a cheap advertising gimmick for "Pirate Coffee." Art is disgusted that the brave swashbuckling adventurers she remembers have been reduced to such a sorry state . . . But when the crew takes her in, she is met with an even more shocking discovery - her memories are wrong. Her mother Molly was not the pirate Art remembers . . . But that doesn't stop Art, as she becomes determined to make "Piratica" real and the adventure begins!

Piratica is a rollicking, swashbuckling adventure with a kick-ass young heroine. It's also interesting because the heroine's love interest, Felix, is the pretty, sensitive, artsy one that needs to be rescued. ( )
  catfantastic | Sep 23, 2013 |
"All the world's a stage, and all men and women are merely players"

Detta är ett perfekt citat för att sammanfatta den här boken där verklighet och teater blandas friskt och gränserna däremellan suddas ut.

Mer specifikt handlar den om 16-åriga Artemisia Blastside som bor i en värld som ungefär liknar vårt 1700-1800 hundraltal. När hon en dag slog huvudet i en ledstångsstolpe på det fina flickinternat där hon går MINS hon plötsligen. Hon minns allt; hennes piratmamma, hennes pråliga besättning och framför allt deras äventyr på de sju haven. Beslutsamt tar hon sig ut från det fängelse som flickskolan innebär och börja leta efter de piratäventyr och skatter som hon mest av allt eftertraktar.

En riktig äventyrsbok med en härlig hjältinna, som mest av allt liknar huvudpersonen i en pjäs (men detta lär vara meningen). Äventyr, hemligheter, den hårfina skillnaden mellan teater och verklighet och inte minst vikten av att leva som man tror är bärande i den här berättelsen. En äventyrsbok som inte gör en besviken, men också så mycket mer.
  moa.ryrlind | Feb 11, 2013 |
Art Blastside had been born and bred to a life on the High Seas. Her mother was the famous lady pirate, Molly Faith, known as Piratica, whose code of honour saw that she never took a life. Art could remember Molly carrying her on deck during a storm and telling her "Don't ever be afraid of the sea. She's the best friend our kind have got", just as a great, green salt wave swamped the decks and soaked them. But Molly had died on board her ship, the Unwelcome Stranger, when a canon exploded, and Art had been rescued by her father.

So what was sixteen year old Artemesia now doing balancing books on her head, at the Angels Academy for Young Maidens?

Set in a parallel universe where England is a republic, and France is a monarchy, this story is full of swashbuckling adventure, and not just one, but three pirate queens. Not to mention a highwaywoman. There are chases and fights, mystery and derring-do, and, of course, a pirate treasure hunt.

This story grabbed my attention and held it through a rollicking, roller coaster of a ride, with the plot twists and turns coming thick and fast from the beginning to right at the end. I liked the capable young heroine and her determination to follow in Piratica's footsteps, even when she found herself in the middle of a rather unusual adventure.

The plot was tightly woven (though it does have its share of coincidences to help it along) and the adventure would appeal to both genders across a wide age group. However, younger readers (8-10) might find the more formal Regency style used in speech a little difficult.

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Artemesia—also known as Art—spent her childhood on a pirate ship, and she’s sick of practicing deportment at the Angels Academy for Young Maidens. Escaping, she sets out to find her mother’s crew and breezily commands them out to sea. Fiery Art soon shapes her men into the cleverest pirate band afloat. And then they meet the dread ship Enemy and her beautiful, treacherous captain, Goldie Girl. The Seven Seas aren’t large enough for two pirate queens. Art will have to wage the battle of her life to win her mother’s title—and the race for the greatest treasure in pirate lore!

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A bump on the head restores Art's memories of her mother and the exciting life they led, so the sixteen-year-old leaves Angels Academy for Young Maidens, seeks out the pirates who were her family before her mother's death, and leads them back to adventure on the high seas.… (more)

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