Rumo and His Miraculous Adventures (Zamonia Series #2)

Rumo and His Miraculous Adventures (Zamonia Series #2)

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by Walter Moers

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Astonishingly inventive, amusing and engrossing, Rumo is a captivating story from the wildly fanciful imagination of Walter Moers.
Rumo is a little Wolperting who will one day become the greatest hero in the history of Zamonia. Armed with Dandelion, his talking sword, he fights his way across Overworld and Netherworld, two very different realms chock-full of


Astonishingly inventive, amusing and engrossing, Rumo is a captivating story from the wildly fanciful imagination of Walter Moers.
Rumo is a little Wolperting who will one day become the greatest hero in the history of Zamonia. Armed with Dandelion, his talking sword, he fights his way across Overworld and Netherworld, two very different realms chock-full of adventures, dangers, and unforgettable characters: Rala, the beautiful girl Wolperting who cultivates a hazardous relationship with death; General Ticktock, the evil commander of the Copper Killers; Ushan DeLucca, the finest and most weather-sensitive swordsman in Zamonia; Volzotan Smyke, the corpulent Shark Grub; Rolv of the Forest, a Wolperting who can pass through the White Fire; Yggdra Syl, the guardian of the Nurn Forest and its talkative animals; Professor Abdullah Nightingale, inventor of the Chest-of-Drawers Oracle; and, the worst of luck, the deadly Metal Maiden.

Editorial Reviews

Paul Di Filippo
Parodic and sincere, slapstick and heart-tugging by turns, Moers's novel has fresh things to say on the nature of heroism and nobility. As if Tom Robbins had been inspired to rewrite Tolkien, Moers manages to imbue classic sword-and-sorcery motifs with his off-kilter worldview.
—The Washington Post
Publishers Weekly
Set in the land of Zamonia, this exuberant, highly original fantasy from German writer and cartoonist Moers (The 13U Lives of Captain Bluebear) features an unlikely hero, Rumo, a little horned puppy (or Wolperting) who lives on a farm with a family of seven dwarfs. Rumo's rise to greatness begins when he's kidnapped by a Demonocle, "a vicious type of one-eyed giant," who takes him to Roaming Rock, a floating island. There Rumo befriends Volzotan Smyke, a Shark Grub, who can live on land or in water but "thought it wiser to convey the impression he was a sea creature pure and simple." Innumerable picaresque adventures follow, one of the funniest involving gambling and the hazards of winning. Illustrated with the author's appealing line drawings and full of sly humor, this rambunctious novel will appeal to fans tired of the usual epic fantasy, though they should be prepared for some violence in the tradition of the Brothers Grimm. (Sept.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
VOYA - Florence H. Munat
Apparently there is no exhausting the imagination of Moers when it comes to the continent of Zamonia, first encountered in The 13 1/2 Lives of Captain Bluebear (Overlook, 2005/VOYA December 2005). This lengthy tome is a boisterous, zany epic about Rumo, a Wolperting (a horned, dog-like creature), whom readers meet as a puppy doted upon by Hackonian dwarf farmers. He sees/smells a silver thread, which he senses will lead him to absolute happiness. But first he must defeat villains who challenge his skills in one hopeless situation after another, as he travels through Overworld and the dark subterranean Netherworld, and finally emerges as Zamonia's greatest hero. Puppy Rumo is seized by one-eyed Demonocles and brought to Roaming Rock, where they fatten their prey before eating it live. There Rumo meets Volzotan Smyke, a huge shark grub, who teaches him Zamonian mythology, gives him his name (in a game, playing the Rumo card risks everything but has a huge payoff), and helps him to escape. When the two separate, Rumo discovers the city of Wolperting, where he meets others of his kind, learns to fight, and falls in love with Rala. When the other Wolpertings are taken off to Netherworld as prisoners, Rumo and his talking sword Dandelion follow them into this dangerous region to save them from Dr. Ticktock and the Copper Killers. The prose and silliness flow perfectly; the pen-and-ink drawings are charming (especially the Wolpertings); and the typographical oddities (e.g., some characters' speeches are in different fonts) are fun and not over-used. It is a wonderful, rollicking tale for advanced readers because of high readability and sophisticated vocabulary.
Library Journal
Just as charming and relentlessly whimsical as Moers's previous novel of Zamonia, The 13 Lives of Captain Bluebear, his new book follows the miraculous adventures of Rumo, a Wolperting (a sort of half-dog, half-deer), as he discovers himself and finds true love. Readers may wonder what else there could possibly be to say about Zamonia, since it was so exhaustively cataloged in the first book, but they will discover many more strange lands and creatures, each with its own lengthy story to tell. Though the novel is nearly as digressive as Captain Bluebear, it's actually more engaging, with a main plot arc that hooks readers in spite of the many (pleasant) distractions along the way. Moers's amusing illustrations-111 black-and-white images in total-and an excellent translation by Brownjohn add up to a rousing fairy tale for adults that will please fans of Captain Bluebear as well as newcomers to Zamonia. Recommended for larger fantasy collections or where Moers is popular.-Jenne Bergstrom, San Diego Cty. Lib. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
An overstuffed confection that threatens to collapse under its own heft. Cross Lord of the Rings with Yellow Submarine, throw in dashes of Monty Python, Douglas Adams, Shrek and The Princess Bride, season with more serious fare such as The Tin Drum and The Odyssey. That's the sort of alchemy in which this sprawling novel by German writer/artist Moers (The 13 1/2 Lives of Captain Bluebear, not reviewed) trades, and part of the pleasure of reading it is to see what echoes will next bounce off its crags. Adults may be a touch embarrassed to be seen with a book about a little "Wolperting" who "would one day become Zamonia's most illustrious hero," a critter who grows up in the farmyard of (seven, naturally) Hackonian dwarves but somehow, magically, sheds his animal qualities and learns to wield a sword most impressively. Rumo's skills come in handy as he goes off into the wide world of men and Demonocles ("If asked what fate he hoped to avoid at all costs, the average Zamonian tended to reply: Being captured by the Demonocles"), when the book becomes a touch more mature. Along the way, he falls in with a pretty girl Wolperting and encounters enemies, such as the unspeakably evil General Ticktock (think Ian McKellen in a very bad mood), to say nothing of a madcap king who, in one of Moers's wonderful line drawings, resembles Klaus Kinski's Nosferatu. The General has big plans, and he employs very bad assistants such as "Tykhon Zyphos's Subcutaneous Suicide Squad," micro-ninjas who conjure up images of Fantastic Voyage, sans Raquel Welch. These are nothing, though, compared to the Smarmies, critical creatures who go about wounding writers' literary self-esteem . . . Read it as allegory. Read itas a fairy tale. Whatever, it's amusing-but still too long by half.

Product Details

The Overlook Press
Publication date:
Zamonia Series, #2
Sales rank:
Product dimensions:
6.48(w) x 9.23(h) x 1.70(d)
Age Range:
14 - 18 Years

Meet the Author

Walter Moers is the author of The 13 1/2 Lives of Captain Bluebear, Rumo, A Wild Ride Through the Night, The City of Dreaming Books, and The Alchemaster's Apprentice, all published by Overlook.

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Rumo and His Miraculous Adventures (Zamonia Series #2) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Walter Moers creates an inspiring, multi-faceted dichotomy of Overworld and Netherworld in this highly-engrossing book. Rumo, the novel's legendary hero, is a fearless - yet still very personable - protagonist faced with dangerous new forms of trouble on every other page. The book is fascinating, enthralling, emotional and mesmorizing, all at once. I highly recommend this and The 13 1/2 Lives of Captain Bluebear to anyone who loves adventure and amazing new worlds...
Guest More than 1 year ago
Of course, no one can really create a new world in physical form, but Walter Moers just about does. You are transported into a world with beings and objects much like our own, but many that are completely off the charts. Everyone, no cliche intended, but everyone ages 1-100 will LOVE this book!
Sean_M More than 1 year ago
I have a library of over 200 books, and I can honestly say that this is the best book that I have ever read! If you're a fan of Douglas Adams, or Jim Butcher, this book will be awesome for you. If you like books at all, you will love this book! It has action, romance, drama, comedy and adventure. It is for ages 14, and up. I just can't stress enough that this is the best book that I have ever read!!!
Eagle_and_Child More than 1 year ago
I have read all of Walter Moers works, and they are all incredible. Walter Moers' books have shown me that he simply loves to write, more so than any other author I have had the privilege to read. He uses a staggering vocabulary, but never leaves you dumbfounded. I loved The 13 1/3 lives of Captain Bluebear; such a great story with drama, humor, adventure, suspense. Rumo has all of these with a better plot, and a greater driving point. Read these books, they will instantly take you out of our world, and into the wonders of Zamonia.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had such a good time with this book. It's more lighthearted than LOTR but contains more substance than Harry Potter. Where LOTR is learned and erudite, Rumo is clever and witty. A lot of satire and outright humor, and each character and place has its own back story. This adds to the length of the book, but I still didn't want it to end! It does have some graphic violence and some characters are killed off in unappetizing ways, so be prepared, but it's nothing that detracts from the overall story. I liked it enough to run out and buy the author's other book, the 13 and 1/2 Lives of Captain Bluebear.
Calfa326 More than 1 year ago
An amazing read.  Couldn't put the book down. 
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Look at the title
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has received rave reviews from my kids, nieces, nephews and the children of friends. I am amazed by the enthusiasm for reading it has created in a large age range (8-13 years old). Despite the fact that this book is quite long, my son (10 years old) chose to read it twice to make sure he did not miss any details. This was surprising given the fact that he would usually choose to read cartoons or not read at all. I would highly recommend both this book and the Captain Blue Bear book that was the first in the series.
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Come on B&N!!!
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I enjoyed this book but do not think it will appeal to the average reader. It took me through an arduous journey in wild imaginary lands filled with complicated, dangerous and comical characters. I will most likely read other books by this author.
magkdrmr More than 1 year ago
If you want to escape to a world of wonder and excitement then Rumo will take you there. Full of action and adventure-you will root for the little Whelp from the very first page.
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