13 1/2 Lives of Captain Bluebear by Walter Moers

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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.
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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 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.
 

About Walter Moers

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WALTER MOERS was born in 1957 and is a writer, cartoonist, painter, and sculptor. The world of Zamonia that he created is currently being adapted for the screen. He lives in Hamburg, Germany. John Brownjohn is a prize-winning translator and works with Roman Polanski.
 
Published August 29, 2006 by The Overlook Press. 699 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Humor & Entertainment, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Science & Math. Fiction
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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly on Aug 01 2008

Comparisons to Harry Potter aside, Moers's kaleidoscopic expedition is fanciful and endlessly entertaining.

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Above average
Reviewed by Gordon Hauptfleisch on Nov 29 2008

Picaresque and illustrated all-ages adventure makes up a diversionary "demibiography" of a smarter than the average azure-furred bear . . . an imaginatively mythic and measureless-to-man land of providence and cliffhanging peril.

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Excellent
Reviewed by Bestsellers World on Jan 01 2008

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.

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City Paper

Above average
Reviewed by Violet LeVoit on Oct 19 2008

Charming in a Euro-rustic way . . . Reading Bluebear’s exploits recalls some of the childhood pleasure of hunkering down with an engrossing fantasy.

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