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13 1/2 Lives of Captain Blue Bear

13 1/2 Lives of Captain Blue Bear

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The 13 1/2 Lives of Captain Bluebear is playful enough for young adult readers, yet as intricate and engaging as any work of literary fiction; it has the plot of a novel and the spontaneity and humor of a vintage comic book.

"A bluebear has twenty-seven lives. I shall recount thirteen and a half of them in this book but keep quiet about the rest," says

Overview

The 13 1/2 Lives of Captain Bluebear is playful enough for young adult readers, yet as intricate and engaging as any work of literary fiction; it has the plot of a novel and the spontaneity and humor of a vintage comic book.

"A bluebear has twenty-seven lives. I shall recount thirteen and a half of them in this book but keep quiet about the rest," says the narrator of Walter Moers’s epic adventure. "What about the Minipirates? What about the Hobgoblins, the Spiderwitch, the Babbling Billows, the Troglotroll, the Mountain Maggot…Mine is a tale of mortal danger and eternal love, of hair’s breadth, last-minute escapes." Welcome to the fantastic world of Zamonia, populated by all manner of extraordinary characters. It’s a land of imaginative lunacy and supreme adventure, wicked satire and epic fantasy, all mixed together, turned on its head, and lavishly illustrated by the author.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Nine-lived cats have nothing on the "bluebear," who, according to German author and illustrator Moers, has a whopping 27 lives. In this inventive, zany, fun-for-all ages odyssey (a bestseller in Europe), an intrepid "seagoing bear" offers his "demibiography." A foundling floating in a nutshell on the Zamonian Sea, the azure-furred Bluebear is rescued by Minipirates, impish nautical geniuses, who raise him and then, after he gets too big, abandon him to live out 13 lifetimes of adventure populated by a dizzying array of eccentric characters. Among them, two argumentative waves known as the "Babbling Billows" teach Bluebear speech, sage dinosaur Mac (real name: Deus X. Machina) extends friendship and Professor Abdullah Nightingale at the Nocturnal Academy offers a particularly intense and wacky education. Even readers with short attention spans will find themselves captivated by the nonstop parade of madcap characters as treacherous predicaments resolve themselves with charming ease. Magnificent sugarstorms, tornadoes inhabited by old men and "dimensional hiatuses" propel the independent, indefatigable Bluebear to Atlantis, where he must demonstrate the relevance of his experiences in a psychological duel of sorts. Comparisons to Harry Potter aside, Moers's kaleidoscopic expedition is fanciful and endlessly entertaining. 136 b&w illus. Agent, Jane Kirby at Random House UK. (Oct.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
German comic book artist, novelist, and screenwriter Moers is most famous in his native country for his satirical comic strip, "The Little Asshole," but he makes his U.S. debut with this novel, a cult favorite in Europe and Britain. Set in the fantastical world of Zamonia, the book is divided into 13 and a half chapters, each culminating in Captain Bluebear's improbable escape from something (or someone) horrible, including a carnivorous island, an eternal tornado, and a seductive ship. Moers's world is both refreshingly original and peppered with enough parody to make it seem eerily familiar. The author's favorite subjects for parody are sf and fantasy genre stereotypes; his most ingenious invention is the character Deus X. Machina, who cannot bear the idea of having to retire from rescuing people because of his failing eyesight. Moers's own illustrations helpfully and humorously illuminate the text, and Brownjohn's translation from the German is excellent. For fans of Douglas Adams's The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy franchise, this is an essential read. Highly recommended for public libraries.-Jana Beck, Library Journal Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
Adult/High School-This novel opens with the title character's first memory: as a cub floating in the ocean with a nutshell for a life raft, he heads straight for a giant whirlpool threatening to suck him down. After he's rescued by a boatload of Lilliputian pirates, Bluebear enters into a life (or 13 lifetimes) filled with humor and adventure. Each "life" has a different challenge to overcome, pitting him against the likes of headless giants and storytelling contests. The book is one part Norton Juster's The Phantom Tollbooth and two parts Douglas Adams's The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Each adventure mixes fantasy, science fiction, and fables in a satirical cocktail that readers can't help but gulp down. The quirky writing is definitely strong enough to carry itself, but Moers includes several black-and-white illustrations that enhance the whimsy. With so many little side trips in Bluebear's narrative, the story might frustrate those who prefer straight-line plots. But this is the kind of tale that readers have to just sit back and enjoy, wherever it takes them. The ending does tie the loose threads together. A wild, fun-filled ride.-Matthew L. Moffett, Northern Virginia Community College, Annandale Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781468307191
Publisher:
The Overlook Press
Publication date:
08/29/2006
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
704
Sales rank:
447,929
File size:
10 MB
Age Range:
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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The 13 1/2 Lives of Captain Bluebear (Zamonia Series #1) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 41 reviews.
AlissaH More than 1 year ago
This is the most entertaining book I have ever read. It is intelligent, witty, and a grand adventure. Incredibly well written and well worth every penny. Moers' highly imaginitive writing style is a conglomeration of Shel Silverstein, JK Rowling, and Douglas Adams. I have read a lot of books in my day but this is the first one I recommend!
Kitty524 More than 1 year ago
I ADORE this book! It is almost like thirteen separate books in one because each life is totally different. From Minipirates to a carnivorous island/plant, from talking waves to saving people's lives at the very last possible second as a profession, from a school where the students are only accepted if they are unlike every other life form on Earth to a city inside a tornado inhabited by 100+ year old men, from a nomadic desert tribe who pursue a semi-stable Fata Morgana to the artistry of creating dreams from within a giant cyclops's brain, from a megalopolis full of the wildest creatures, buildings, activities, and jobs to an element that is capable of thought, this book is absolutely insane and amazing and random and fantastic and my favorite book in the universe! I definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a very entertaining, very whimsical, very awesome book. Now always remember that KNOWLEDGE IS NIGHT!
tugmonkey More than 1 year ago
A funny fantastic journey through a crazy little imaginary world.
Musicbear More than 1 year ago
Moers creates a whimsical travelogue that is not so much Rowling as it is Silverstein and Adams. It's light reading filled with good humor, fanciful characters and fabulous places to explore. It's not epic fantasy, it's not action driven. It's about a blue bear discovering his world. It's adult in its satire and in some of its inventions, thus a younger reader may not have the vocabulary or insight to fully enjoy it, but adult fans of whimsy and fantasy will have a ball. Highly recommended. It had me at "mini-pirate".
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this book three years ago and have since read it seven times. Each time I read it it just keeps on getting better and better. The characters, the plot, the origionality, everything, is just incredible. Walter Moers is wonderfully talented and my favorite author, I own all of his novels, (this, Rumo, City of Dreaming Books, and A Wild Ride Through the Night) and intend to, in the next few days, purchase the latest zany Zamonian adventure.
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One you'll read again and again!
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B-2 More than 1 year ago
Adorable, whimsical and funny book. I can only describe it as half adventure-magic tale, half parody, something like Alice-in-Wonderland and Sindbad mixed with Douglas Adams and Terry Pratchett. The hero, a blue (!) bear tells the reader the tales of his fantastic adventures on the mythical continent of Zaminia. As an example, what would you say about giant carnivorous plant masquerading as an island full of gourmet foods to fatten up its unsuspecting castaway? Or about the life in the eye of the most terrible storm where is , of course, there is the most serene calm which makes even the time itself to stand still? It is written in the delightful whimsical language ( kudos to the translator!) and illustrated in the funniest way . B&N really should show the examples of text and pictures to possible buyers. Word of caution : the book is full of words like " gastropode" , "stratospheric", or "horticulture", so the vocabulary may be too much for the younger readers. I ended up writing the explanations for difficult words on the side of each page for my 10 yrs old daughter - and even rather enjoyed doing it. I grade the books as Buy and Keep (BK), Read Library book and Return ( RLR) and Once I Put it Down I Couldn't Pick it Up ( OIPD-ICPU). This one is a BK .
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