13 1/2 Lives of Captain Bluebear

Walter Moers
"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. 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. The fast-growing cult of Zamonia will given a boost by the simultaneous release of Overlook’s hardcover of Walter Moers’s new book set in Zamonia, Rumo.

Reviews

Third abandoned book of 2011!<br /><br />I didn't quite make it through the first 200 pages before throwing in the towel. Though Bluebear has some unusual experiences (Moer has an excellent imagination, I admit) he seems only to be buffeted along by other actors' whims; the protagonist observer. Our narrator has only to say 'this happened to me, this happened to me, and this happened to me.' Never 'I did this' or 'I responded thus.' And so it became monotonous.<br /><br />I own to checking in on some other reviews to help me to decide whether to continue. None would inform me that some narrative arc would soon develop. A lot of charm in this book that could have used a strong editor to put it on the right path.
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