I confess, I bought this book because of the blurb on the cover.
And it was strange. Also disturbing. Mostly because the pirates are teenagers (okay, three teens, one adult, and one adult with Alzheimer’s), and they really do act like pirates. In other words, they don’t just jump around the deck shouting “Ahoy!” There is murder and mayhem. Not much, but enough that I wasn’t pleased by the ending. There is also a radio producer with shady morals. This is the Needle family, and our two main characters…father Phil the radio dude and his daughter Gwen, a picked-upon teen and budding pirate. I kinda liked them at the beginning of the book. I didn’t like them at all by the end.
Daniel Handler is the Lemony Snicket guy. I’ve never read any of the Lemony books, though, so I can’t say if this is normal for him, or strange, or stranger than his normal strange. Whatever it was…I’m over it and him.