10 Books Like ‘The Secret of Monkey Island’ | TheReviewGeek Recommends

The Secret of Monkey Island is an iconic point-and-click video game, published by Lucasfilm Games, that has captivated gamers for decades with its humorous dialogue, thrilling quests, and pirate-themed adventure.

Players take on the role of aspiring pirate Guybrush Threepwood as he starts his adventures on Melee Island to achieve his dreams and take on the accursed pirate Le’Chuck. The Secret of Monkey Island is known for its outlandish characters, witty dialogue and clever puzzles.

If you’re a fan of the game and craving more tales that embody the same spirit, this blog post is your treasure map. Journey with us as we explore ten fantastic novels that evoke the humour, swashbuckling action and quirky characters of The Secret of Monkey Island video game series:


Pirates! by Celia Rees

If you are looking for a book that gives you the pirate lore? Pirates! by Celia Rees immerses readers in a gripping story set in the golden age of piracy. Join Nancy and Minerva, two young women seeking freedom, as they embark on a thrilling adventure filled with daring escapes, treasure hunts, and unexpected alliances. This book captures the essence of pirate lore, making it a perfect companion for fans of The Secret of Monkey Island.


The Princess Bride by William Goldman

The Princess Bride by William Goldman is a clever blend of swashbuckling adventure and romantic comedy. The story revolves around a farm girl named Buttercup and her true love Westley, a former farmhand who has become a notorious pirate.

With swashbuckling sword fights, cunning escapes, and comic characters. Say it with me, “My name is Inigo Montoya, you killed my father, prepare to die!” There are so many good lines witty dialogue, and unforgettable scenes. This book shares the same lighthearted and playful tone found in The Secret of Monkey Island. Go, read it now, and then watch the movie.


The Flying Dutch by Tom Holt

One of the best things about Secret of Monkey Island is the humour as well as its ridiculous nature. For this, we have to look at The Flying Dutch by Tom Holt. The novel follows Cornelius Vanderdecker, an ordinary Dutch sea captain who becomes immortal and travels the world as a creature of myth and legend. If you are looking for a novel that puts you in the green shoes of Le’Chuck The Flying Dutch has what you need.  


The Queen’s Thief by Megan Whalen Turner

This captivating fantasy series follows the cunning thief Eugenides, known as the Queen’s Thief. Set in a fantasy world that has shades of ancient Greece, it follows the adventures of Gen, a thief who is pulled from a filthy prison cell and finds himself on an adventure with a group of four men who decide to pull a heist. With political intrigue, clever schemes, and unexpected twists, the books in this series offer a thrilling blend of fantasy and adventure reminiscent of the Monkey Island games.


The Gentleman Bastard series by Scott Lynch

Scott Lynch’s The Gentleman Bastard series, starting with The Lies of Locke Lamora, follows Locke Lamora and his band of clever con artists through a world of high-stakes schemes and daring exploits. With its intricate plots, colourful characters, and wry humour, this series matches the cheeky charm and roguish humour of The Secret of Monkey Island.


On Stranger Tides by Tim Powers

Tim Powers’ On Stranger Tides combines historical piracy and supernatural elements in a gripping tale of adventure and treasure hunting. With its vividly rendered characters, swashbuckling action, and mystical undertones, this book encompasses the same sense of danger and excitement found in The Secret of Monkey Island. Of course it has, since this book is what inspired the amazing series in the first place.


Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe

Following a young Englishman from the town of York in the 17th century. Despite being encouraged by his father to study law, Crusoe expresses his desire to go to sea instead. He embarks on various adventures, including being involved in a shipwreck and spending years as a castaway on a deserted island off the coast of America.

While Guybrush and Robinson have differences, readers will get the same feeling of wonder for adventuring that they both have. 


The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists by Gideon Defoe

The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists by Gideon Defoe is a zany and hilarious tale that embraces the absurdity of pirate life. Join the Pirate Captain and his motley crew as they encounter Charles Darwin, ghost ships, and wild escapades. With its offbeat humour and outlandish scenarios, this book captures the playful spirit of The Secret of Monkey Island. Especially if you are looking for something that has that same wacky grand scale.


The Edge Chronicles series by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell

The Edge Chronicles series by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell offers an epic blend of adventure, fantasy, and stunning illustrations. The series is set in a vibrant and imaginative world known as the Edgeworld, composed of a chain of floating rocks with their unique ecosystem and inhabitants.  

With its imaginative world-building, outstanding characters, and thrilling quests, this series shares the same sense of wonder, exploration, and characters that make The Secret of Monkey Island so captivating.


Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

If anyone had to read this book for school probably knew that this book would be on the list. Considered a classic of pirate literature, this treasure-hunting adventure novel follows Jim Hawkins as he sets sail in search of buried treasure. With terrific characters, hidden maps, and a captivating story, Treasure Island is a must-read for any fan of Monkey Island.


So, embark on a literary voyage with these ten fantastic books that capture the spirit of The Secret of Monkey Island video games.

Have you played the Monkey Island Series? Have you checked out any of these books? Do you have your own recommendations? Comment below and let us know.


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