The 13½ Lives of Captain Bluebear (Zamonien #1)
"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...more
Really, the book is no more than a catalog of happenstance. I did THIS, and then THIS happened, and after that I went to THIS weird place where I did THIS weird thing. Multiply that by some 700 pages and you have a snorefest. Was it wildly inventive? Yes it was. Were there interesting characters? Certainly. What about...more
I love his way of using the book media to tell his story, and though I generally don't care much for illustrations one way or another, here they definitely enhance the story. The c...more
I had been to Zamonia first in City of Dreaming Books and then again in Rumo. I enjoyed its quirky characters and the playful adventures they endured. And no one has more adventures than Bluebear--13, in fact, with many, many sub-adventures. Every single one places Bluebear in the m...more
After reading 1/3 of the book, I just gave up.
Even now I don't remember what it was about, and I don't think I'll ever start to read this book again.
The only really tedious parts of the book were the lists. A lot of new scenarios were hyperbolized by these long lists of phrases or words that collecti...more
Bluebear is the everyman's protagonist. Sure, he becomes gifted with extraordinary talents as a result of his journeys, but he's no Hercules. I love this book because Bluebear is like a literary John Goodman, waking up and wandering through life all cuddly and wise. We never really know Bluebear's quest until he's accomplished it, which is also wonderful.
The supporting characters in th...more
The first way that Moers writes an encyclopedia is in his descriptions. I was reminded of S...more
There is only one Blue bear on all of the legendary continent of Zamonia. This book charts his adventures as he discovers who and what he is. His first life is with the minipir...more
Walter Moers, (born in Germany) is one of the best-known and commercially most successful German comic creators and authors. Moers has been publishing since 1984. He first became known with cartoon-like comics that were marked by an ironic view of the world and a conscious violation of political correctness. Many of his works first appeared in the satirical magazine Titanic. In addition to these comics clearly inte...more
This seven-hundred plus page tome is thirteen and a half interconnected stories of the adventures of Bluebear. He is born in a walnut shell on the ocean and is rescued by Minipirates, three-foot tall buccaneers who are afraid of the dark. Alas, Bluebear gets too big for the ship and is put out to sea. There, he is taught to speak by a pair of waves, gets fattened up by a gourmet island that wants to eat him, gets swept up in an infi...more
Credit where credit is due, Walter Moers seems to have both an unlimited imagination (i lost track of how many characters he invented, how many locations, how many bits of fictitious philosophy, etc) and an unlimited energy for recording it (this book topped out at 702 pages). However...more
Die 13 1/2 Leben des Käpt'n Blaubär ist der erste Roman Moers aus der Zamonienreihe.
Es wird das Leben des Protagonisten Käpt'n Blaubär geschildert, der jedoch nichts mit dem allseits bekannten Blaubär aus der Sendung mit der Maus gemeinsam hat.
Moers erzählt alle 13 1/2 Leben des Blaubärs und dem Kontinent, auf dem sich dieser befindet, Zamonien.
Er schildert in lexikonartigen Einschüben die Gegenden, Städte und Lebewesen, die sich dort befinden.
Ich hatte große Erwartungen an das...more
The end of the chapters, or lives, are so abrupt and most of th...more
Did you know that bluebears have 27 lives? Do you happen to know what a bluebear is? Why not learn about one of the most famous bluebears in Walter Moers' The 13 1/2 Lives of Captain Bluebear. In it, Captain Bluebear recounts tales from his hectic life in a continent known as Zamonia. From his sea voyages with the Minipirates to his travels to the 2364th Dimension, the good Captain has seen it all.
Walter Moers was an unknown author to...more
And so begins the amazing the story of Captain Bluebear and his many adventures during his 13/2 lives.
‘The 13/2 lives of Captain Bluebear’ has been compared to various books but I feel that the book can hold its ground in one of most original tales I have read, the twists, the characters, everything in the book was just a delight to read, from the mini pirates at the beginning to the ultimate ending (which I will not give it away).
I enjoyed this book. I do see, however, how it will not be to everyone's tastes.
There is much in Bluebear that is amusing and wonderful. The story is very epi...more
It's a very cute, imaginative read. It reminded me a LOT of "The Phantom Tollbooth," which is one of my most favorite books. It's also very "Alice in Wonderland"-esque, which is another of my favorite books. So, I'm sort of surprised I didn't like it. I think...more
Settecento pagine piene di fantasia quasi senza freni.
Invenzioni di creature, personaggi, ambienti, invenzioni e idee come se piovesse: piacevoli, simpatiche, divertenti, mirabolanti, astruse, agili, libere, dirompenti, destabilizzanti.
Settecento pagine che volano via come il vento, da leggersi in pochi giorni.
Peccato che manchi una cosa: la trama.
Settecento pagine ridotte quasi unicamente a una sequela delle suddette invenzioni, incollate l'una di seguito all'altra; invenzioni...more
This has taken me an absolute age to wade through. I enjoyed the beginning and then the adventures / lives started to get a bit repetitive. Somehow undiluted imaginat...more
If you want to know who lives inside the eye of a tornado, or what its like to live in a mirage city, or meet...more
“Life is too precious to be left to chance”
(Preview from Goodreads)"Captain Bluebear tells the story of his first 13-1/2 lives spent on the mysterious continent of Zamonia, where intelligence is an infectious disease, water flows uphill, and dangers lie in wait for him around every corner.
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...more