The Seven Crystal Balls

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The classic graphic novel. Seven explorers return from an expedition in the Andes, where they unearthed the tomb of an Incan priest. One by one, they fall into a coma. Can Tintin figure out what is causing the mysterious illness?

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Overview

The classic graphic novel. Seven explorers return from an expedition in the Andes, where they unearthed the tomb of an Incan priest. One by one, they fall into a coma. Can Tintin figure out what is causing the mysterious illness?

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316358408
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 9/30/1975
  • Series: Adventures of Tintin: Original Classic Series
  • Pages: 62
  • Sales rank: 229,043
  • Age range: 8 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.75 (w) x 11.75 (h) x 0.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Hergé, one of the most famous Belgians in the world, was a comics writer and artist. The internationally successful Adventures of Tintin are his most well-known and beloved works. They have been translated into 38 different languages and have inspired such legends as Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein. He wrote and illustrated for The Adventures of Tintin until his death in 1983.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2003

    Tintin at its Prime

    A music hall, a kidnapping and a mummy's curse... This has to be the best and most tightly plotted of the 'first parters' in the series. Unlike others which are more or less preludes, this is smoothly executed and doesn't waste a moment. I love the sequence at Tarragon's villa, where the thunderball whizzes out of the chimney and nearly takes the whole room with it-and the scenes at Saint-Nazaire, amended to Westermouth by English publishers, are delightful too. ("Blistering barnacles, put me down! Put me down at once!" the Captain storms at one of my favourite series moments when he inadvertently sits down on a package that's lifted up on a crane). It fairly shivers with menace, whether it's the mummy climbing through the window (I remember watching this on TV as a little girl, and it frightened the life out of me), the explorers writhing in the hospital or the poor Prof being spirited away simply for being in the wrong place at the wrong time... and slipping the bracelet on, of course. It's this story that seals the Prof's fate as a member of The Crew; previously in 'Red Rackham's Treasure', he was something of an irritation, and it wasn't certain he would return... But the Captain actually cries when he thinks he might not come back-evidence that there is a sterling heart under all that gruffness, and it makes us as readers appreciate Cuthbert as well. I still can't say the Professor is my favourite character but it's difficult to imagine the stories without his goldfish bowl head (with all those brains), crush on La Castafiore and the continual misunderstandings of what anyone says ("Going round the estate? I'll go and join him"). Ah! We can safely say that this, and its companion volume, is Tintin at its prime!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2001

    Superb and Mysterious

    This book is the fanciful tale of seven adventurous men who, after spending a two years' expedition of research and study in South America, bring home to Europe an Inca mummy that they discovered - an Inca who, in his time, was a king - Rascar Capac, 'he-who-unleashes-the-fire-of-heaven'. One by one, each of the seven explorers is struck by a mysterious illness which doctors suspect is related to the strange crystal fragments found on the floor by each man - smashed crystal balls, thrown through the window. The illness is most peculiar: the men all seem to be in a deep sleep, except that at regular intervals they break into wild fits before returning to their coma. Tintin and Captain Haddock are determined to crack this new mystery, but when their friend Professor Calculus is kidnapped, Haddock and Tintin set out determined to find him and bring him back - even if they have to cross the world to do it. This book is one of the finest Tintin stories - well worked out and very suspenseful. The atmosphere is rather fearful at times, and the humour to lighten the mood is scarce. However, it is a fine story, and I recommend it to all mystery-lovers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2001

    j'adore tintin

    the seven crystal balls is one of my favorite tintin adventures. it ranks up there with tintin in tibet. it's a must read or all ages!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2012

    you must check it out

    Tintin adventures are fun and funny. His friends and his dog will put a smile on your face!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2012

    Daughter loves it!

    My 9 year old daughter received this book, as well as The Secret of the Unicorn and Red Rackham's Treasure. She loves them all and now wants all the TinTin books.

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