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Rumo & His Miraculous Adventures (Zamonien #3)

4.43 of 5 stars 4.43  ·  rating details  ·  5,335 ratings  ·  311 reviews
From the author of the cult classic "The 13 1/2 Lives of Captain Bluebear" comes another fantastical journey into Zamonia. This captivating story from the unique imagination of Moers is astonishingly inventive, amusing, and engrossing.

Rumo is a little Wolperting - a domesticated creature somewhere between a deer and a dog - who will one day become the greatest hero in the
Hardcover, 688 pages
Published September 7th 2006 by The Overlook Press (first published January 1st 2003)
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Dec 21, 2007 Lisa rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone with a sense of fun
Moers may have become my favorite author. I picked this book up on a whim, off the sale table at Powell's, and it was stunning. I think it's a children's book, but it's the rare children's book that doesn't adjust the language to read at "a sixth-grade reading level" or sanitize any of the violence. This book turned out to be the beautiful love child of J.K. Rowling and Norton Juster, raised by L. Frank Baum and the entire staff DC Comics. Beautifully illustrated, marvelously gory and violent wh ...more
We should all have some Wolperting in us. Walter Moers is a magical writer.
I completely disagree with the Washington Post - Rumo is no mash-up of Rowling/Douglas Adams/Shel Silverstein, nor is it *silly*. Moers is like no one else I've ever read, I think I can safely say that he stands alone in his style of writing. This particular novel has more plotline than previous ones I've read, and yes, it was too long - but it was too much of a *good* thing, which is better than too much of a bad thing. Everyone has got to try reading a Moers book at least once - he is so fabul ...more
Oh war das toll. Ich habs natürlich geschafft die Bücher komplett achronologisch zu lesen, aber das tut dem Ganzen keinen Abbruch. Bemerkenswert finde ich nicht nur die Fülle an Sub-plots und Geschichten in Geschichten die alle letztlich von Bedeutung sind, sondern auch die Tatsache, dass die unaussprechlichen Grausamkeiten das wohlige Gefühl, dass sich bei mir einstellte, nicht kleinkriegen konnten. Ich war entrüstet, empört, angeekelt und dann kurz darauf entzückt, glücklich und verzaubert.

The one of the great achievements of Rumo is that, despite being a book of epic proportions, never becomes a chore to read. There are many more to choose from: for example, the delightful illustrations by the author spaced throughout, the biazare flights of imagination, the varied and unique characters, and a plot that is strange but never hard to follow.

Strange is a good way to describe Rumo, but it is a strangeness grounded in both science and in literary savviness. Cliches are subverted with
Saskia Marijke Niehorster-Cook
I was at once taken in by this great saga of a wolperting dog who is smarter and braver than most inhabitants from his Island Zamonia.

If a bit more graphically violent than it's first companion book " The first 13 &1/2 lives of Captain Bluebear", the miraculous adventures of this hero begin with his kidnapping as a baby. His unfortunate luck brings him to be a captive on a floating rock inhabited by savage cyclops whose main desire is to eat live beings in gruesome manners. Fortunately, thi
Nov 19, 2010 ilovepancakes rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: no one.

Wacky. Weird. Whimsical. A wonderful cure for chronic insomnia.

I understand that the native language of this book is not English, so I ought to cut some slack, but I am traumatized from the agonizing amount of effort I put in to finish this book. I almost quit after 300 pages, but, by God, I swore I would not let some measly book defeat me! I never give up on a book, unless it is "The Tommyknockers" or "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance".

I almost kept a running tally of redundant words,

Jan 07, 2008 Lori rated it 3 of 5 stars
Sometimes a book just calls out to me from a bookstore shelf, and this one did. German author Moers creates an other-world fairy tale with a hero known as Rumo, a "Wolperting": a dog/wolf creature with an abundance of teeth, antlers, oppossable thumbs, and the abilities to fight like a Spartan, speak and build civilizations. I was hooked from the first page, which I felt compelled to read outloud. The writing is playful and sharp. For all its wierdness, the story becomes compelling very quickly. ...more
I picked this book up on a whim from the local used book store. A walking talking wolf thing wielding a dandelion knife possessed by a demon just sounded fun. The blurb stating the book was equal parts J.K. Rowling, Douglas Adams, and Shell Silverstein seemed a little hard to live up to, but it was interesting praise none the less. When I looked on goodreads and saw an average rating of over 4 stars, I was sold.

I'm a bit sad to say that the book didn't live up to the four star rating, the high
This audiobook was so much fun! and i love Walter Moer's zany Zamonia :) I had a great time following Rumo journey from a Hackonian dwarf farm to Roaming Rock and Wolperting, to Hel and back again. I learned the blood song and can now hold my own in a karaoke contest with the dead Yetis. I'm sure I'll be taking a peek into the drawer labeled "R" on Professor Nightingale's chest-of-drawers oracle again soon, but this time in hardcopy...I heard there are illustrations!
Moers' Quest-Narrative ist eines der besten Werke der deutschen Phantastik. Inspiriert von den Klassikern der Weltliteratur, der Divina Commedia, Don Quixote, Gargantua et Pantagruel, Gothic Literature, H.P. Lovecraft und vielen weiteren, spinnt er eine Geschichte die mitreißt und begeistert. Dazu sein unverkennbarer Illustrationsstil, der nicht passender für die Geschichten Zamoniens sein könnte.
Warum dennoch nur vier Sterne? Vor einigen Jahren habe ich Rumo noch fünf gegeben. Letzten Endes si
Hach, da habe ich mal wieder mein Lieblingshörbuch und Buch gehört. Ich kann wirklich nicht zählen, wie oft ich das Hörbuch schon gehört habe. Aber es dürfte so zwischen 10 und 20 Mal sein. Und trotzdem finde ich die Geschichte immer wieder soooo spannend. Ich kann gar nicht sagen, wie toll ich dieses Buch finde. Es ist einfach mein Lieblingsbuch, punkt. Die Charaktere sind so liebenswert und die Geschichte so abwechslungsreich und spannend. Ich kenne keinen Autoren, der derartig viel Ideenreich ...more
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I like plot driven books. I am always a little afraid of books that involve too much background information and characters that are (or at least seem to be) redundant. Sure Rumo could have a lot shorter. But would it have been the same fun and thrilling ride? Probably not.

The book lives from it's background. Without it the book plot would be something like: "Rumo grows up searches for love and fights for it." I was a
Rumo, Rumo, Rumo! After reading my first Moers book, the one based on the paintings I was absolutely hooked. DO NOT be put off by how thick the book is, the amazing pictures take up quite a bit of space amongst the text. This is not your typical everything is peachy faerie tale, there are MANY dark and fowl creatures and situations along the way. Your imagination is certainly stretched beyond itself, with not all moments being caught in pictures. The book is structured to come across new charact ...more
This book reads like a children's book for adults. Although the tale starts off innocently enough, and maintains a child-like quality, it quickly delves into a lot of violence and some pretty scary ideas/monsters. (Nurn Forest, The Metal Maiden, The Vrahoks!) So don't look at the illustrations and think this is good for younger children, unless you think that they can handle ample violence and literary gore!

The book is broken down into two parts:The Overworld and the Underworld. I personally enj
They always say never to judge a book by its cover, but I always do. In my opinion it should be "Don't Judge a book ONLY by its cover." but the cover should be judged.

The reason I say this is because I went to the library one day pressed for time. I am odd with how i look around at books. I really just go to a genre section I like, then find a good title, then if i like the cover+title I scope out a few pages to see how it is written, then I go from there.

This book had me at the cover. I love w
The follow-up to Moers' 13 1/2 LIVES OF CAPTAIN BLUEBEAR, this novel gives us the story of two late characters in that book, the Wolperting hero Rumo of Zamonia and his less savory associate, Volzotan Smyke, a gambling-addicted sharkgrub.

And if those introductory words don't put you off, then this might be the book for you.

Unlike the absurdist memoir character of BLUEBEAR, Rumo's story has a more directed arc - one defined by a Silver Thread that only he can see that beckons him to places beyon
Oh! So magnificent! Longish, it's true--some of the back stories peppered throughout maybe could have been whittled back or out to decrease the bulk of it, but what a fabulous journey. I thought this was like Lord of the Rings, but much more enjoyable and creative. Any lover of fantasy should read this book, especially because it is that rare gem of well-written fantasy, not just a genre stock fiction. How had I never heard of Mr. Moers before? I thought this was a pleasure, and I plan to read a ...more
If you mixed together The Princess Bride, The Phantom Tollbooth, and 300, then you might have something approaching Rumo & His Miraculous Adventures. Rumo is a well-written fantasy with strange creatures, graphic fighting, and a very high body count. I loved how it told stories within stories. This was especially prominent near the beginning of the book, and I thought it was brilliant; however, as the book went on there were fewer stories within stories and the frame story became the main ac ...more
Rahul Mishra
Walter Moers is a story teller.
Not a novelist, not a brilliant literary genius... he is a story teller. His genius is in spinning a yarn and ensuring you are hooked. He may have ADHD, the way keeps changing track and tells stories about each character, each city, each historical event... and through all of it he keeps you hooked.

Rumo, a wolperting- which is a half dog, half deer- and his journey through Zamonia to find Rala, his silver thread... his encounters with the copper killers, his journ
Translated from the German. A fractured fairy tale comic adventure that's whimsical, weird, violent, philosophical and great fun for me.

Bronson Pinchot is a terrific narrator with a fantastic range of vocal characterizations.

The story could have been a serialized cartoon that would have fit nicely as a addition to the Bullwinkle Show. Rumo, the protagonist of the story, is a Wolperting, a sentient horned canid creature, whose adventures begin when the farm he lives on is attacked by giant demo
Mit gewaltiger Stimmakrobatik gibt Dirk Bach jeder Figur dieses Meisterwerks eine eigene persönliche Stimme. Das Buch zu Lesen war schon ein Abenteuer für sich aber es sich vorlesen zu lassen und noch dazu von Dirk Bach ist noch mal eine ganz andere Liga.

Der kleine Wolpertinger Rumo wird von Teufelsfelszyklopen entführt und gefangen genommen. Während seiner Gefangenschaft nimmt ihn Volzotan Smeik unter die Fittiche und so wird in Rumo der Kampfgeist geweckt. Zusammen mit Smeik flieht er und beg
You know, I wasn't sure if I was going to like this book as much as 13 1/2 Lives of Captain Bluebear (the only other Moers book I've read so far) but I totally did. For somewhat different reasons.

Someone in publishing keeps rehashing the idea that Moers work is a combination of Douglas Adams, Shel Silverstein and JK Rowling and describes every book that way (at least in my copy). While this was somewhat true for Rumo, there was definitely less focus on wit and hilarity and more on an epic odysse
Tyler Anderson
Rumo might taste like a kids book when you first pick it up, but it really isn't. It's a funny, witty, violent, mean, scary and sometimes horny book with goofball illustrations and a wildly satisfying and approachable story of adolescent ardor and heroism as performed by a walking talking ninja-like dog.

This is a really freaking great book, perfect to relieve your brain if you read too many books written by PhDs.

And worth mentioning: it's by a German author. Kudos to the translator.
This book is so so amazing. I have read all Zamonia novels and even though it is hard, I have to admit that if I was to choose a favorite one, it would probably be this very book.
I can not believe how one person is able to create such great worlds in his mind, I love every single character in this book.

I love Rumo, Rolf, Rala, I love Smaik, Gaunab, I love Uschan de Lucca, and most of all, I love Walter Moers - thank you, you are one hell of a hero <3
Stefan Grieve
A brillant fantasy novel that's frequently hillarious, sometimes suprisingly genuinly scary and ultimatly very entertaining.
The second tale set in land of zamonia it follows the adventures of wolperting named Rumo. Its similer to captain Blue bear with it's humour high volcabury and inventivness, but differs by it's addition of suprisingly graphic amount of violence, which may put people off who enjoyed the childlike innocence of the first. This whoever, adds to the blood pumping action and more
Jason Howard
Audience and Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Do I recommend: Yes, especially if you like young adult fiction like Harry Potter or Chronicles of Narnia. Books that can be read by adults but are for kids.

One word review is: awesome!

My one sentence review is: A fun, whimsical fantasy adventure with great characters and an imaginative world full of surprises.

Synopsis: Rumo is about a wolperting (a wolflike creature that is sentient, can stand on two legs, and has razor sharp reflexes and innate kick-ass
Chris Callaway
Very fun...gets stronger as it goes...very imaginative with a surprisingly British sensibility (surprising given that the writer is German). It's like a combination of a Grimm fairy tale, the Hobbit, a Miyazaki film, and Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy. I'd rather give it 3.5 stars, but it's worth reading for those who like fantasy books.
Bennett T.
The book Rumo and his Miraculous Adventures, by German author Walter Moers, is an elaborate and exciting adventure story. It begins on a small farm in the peaceful land of Hackonia. The titular Rumo is a very young horned dog, who is the star of the Hackonian household and is thus lavished with attention. One day, however, Rumo smells a mysterious and alluring scent referred to as “The Silver Thread”. Before he can follow the Thread, however, he and the inhabitants of the farm are kidnapped by ...more
Dec 11, 2013 Cassie rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fantasy readers
Recommended to Cassie by: book series
Even better than the first of Moers' "Zamonia" series. Tales of love and laughter and partnership and romance all from the point of view of a mouse (a rat? some sort of rodent at least, if my memory serves me well). It's such a shame I don't speak German, or else I'd be laping up the rest of his books in a heartbeat.
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Walter Moers was born in 1957 and is a writer, cartoonist, painter and sculptor. He has refused to be photographed ever since his comic strips The Little Asshole and Adolf were published, the latter leading him to be declared persona non grata by the political right in Germany. Walter Moers lives in Hamburg.
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