A book about pirates, arrr! This was the first book I read after finishing the Baroque Cycle because I figured it would keep me in the right century (17th) and cover the right subject matter (The Confusion is largely about pirates). I was right; it made a very nice "transitional" book. And even though the book made it clear that pirates were brutish, nasty, cruel, horrible people and nothing like their romanticized image - I'm still quite enamored of the romanticized image. A good nautical yarn, arrr!