The 13 1/2 Lives of Captain Bluebear (Zamonia Series #1)

The 13 1/2 Lives of Captain Bluebear (Zamonia Series #1)

by Walter Moers
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The 13 1/2 Lives of Captain Bluebear (Zamonia Series #1) by Walter Moers

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781585678440
Publisher: The Overlook Press
Publication date: 08/29/2006
Series: Zamonia Series , #1
Edition description: Translatio
Pages: 704
Sales rank: 191,031
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.50(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About 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. 42 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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Absolutely fabulous!
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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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