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Rumo & His Miraculous Adventures (Zamonien #3)

4.45  ·  Rating Details ·  6,525 Ratings  ·  369 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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Canem It's not necessary but I would recommend it, since characters from previous books will appear in the later ones. :)
It just makes it a better reading…more
It's not necessary but I would recommend it, since characters from previous books will appear in the later ones. :)
It just makes it a better reading experience. Also I think that "The 13 1/2 ..." is the best and funniest book to start with Walter Moers novels. (less)

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Sep 22, 2007 Lisa rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 10, 2016 Michael rated it it was amazing
Oh, my what a fun and crazy read this was. If you have a hankering for fantasy, comedy, and awesomely unsettling illustrations, combined in one amazing adventure then you have come to the right place.

Right from the word go we are introduced to a little Wolperting (a dog-like creature) called Rumo (named after the famous Zamonian card game). His content life being looked after by Hackonian Dwarves is thrown into chaos when he and the friends are taken captive by the evil Demonocles. So then begi
Nov 28, 2015 Amanda NEVER MANDY rated it really liked it
Rumo the wonder pup is named after a card game. If I had to choose a card game name for myself I would go with “Solitaire”. Not as catchy of course, but maybe going by a shortened version of the name instead might improve it a little.

THEM: “How is the girl book cave treating you Solly?”

ME: “Not a cave built for two friend, move along.”

Sounds perfect to me.


Rumo the wonder pup is a Wolperting but it took him a while to learn this fact because like my favorite Bluebear from anothe
Feb 09, 2008 David rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
We should all have some Wolperting in us. Walter Moers is a magical writer.
Nov 07, 2012 Sylvester rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 12, 2009 Starslug rated it it was amazing
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
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.

Dec 08, 2010 Nathan rated it liked it
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
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
Kristina Andreeva
"Представете си един скрин!

Да, грамаден скрин с много чекмеджета,
пълен с всичките тайни на Замония,
наистина с всички, подредени по азбучен ред.
Скрин, левитиращ в абсолютния мрак.

Представяте ли си го?

А сега вижте как едно от чекмеджетата се отваря!
Това с буквата "Р".
"Р" като Румо.

Погледнете в него! Дълбоко навътре!
Преди то отново да се е затворило."

Обичам Замония и още една история, разказана за този страхотен свят, ме радва толкова много! "Румо & Чудесата в тъмното" е третата книга от
Nov 16, 2010 ilovepancakes rated it did not like it
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,

Jun 26, 2009 Emily rated it liked it
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
Jan 04, 2008 Lori rated it liked it
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
Maria Elmvang
Walter Moers is a fairly new discovery, but so far I've loved everything I've read by him. This was no exception, although it started out a lot more slowly than the other books, so took me longer to get thoroughly hooked. However, by the time Rumo made it to Wolperting, there was no looking back.

I love Walter Moers' quirky humour, and the way he lets the book medium help him tell a story and set an atmosphere. Rumo was a lot darker than the two other books, and it seemed like Walter Moers tried
Nov 18, 2012 Alexis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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!
Feb 13, 2016 Knigoqdec rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Да предизвикаш смъртта и живота, когато си все още малък и не знаеш нищичко за света. Това дали е смелост? Или пък глупост? Или пък и двете?
Изглежда, че когато е замесена Сребърната нишка, нещата стоят по-иначе...
3 1/2, leider konnte ich dem Hörbuch nur schlecht folgen, aber weiterhin super fantasievoll :)
Apr 19, 2017 TimTam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hier findet ihr meine vollständige Rezension! :-)

Feb 18, 2013 Kurt rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy
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
Jul 17, 2012 Bine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 12, 2012 Chels rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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
Jul 25, 2011 Catherine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 25, 2013 Bookslut rated it really liked it
Shelves: magic
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
Sep 06, 2009 Joshua rated it it was amazing
This is my favorite Walter Moers book so far.

Rumo is a Wolperting who discovers his abilities to be more than just pet just in time to be captured with his adopted family by the Demonocles and taken to Roaming Rock in anticipation of being dinner for them. Under the coaching of Volzotan Smyke (first seen in "Bluebear") he is brought to his potential to fight the Demonocles and free himself and his fellow captives.

He is then free to follow his Silver Thread which takes him to the city of Wolpert
Aug 29, 2011 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 19, 2015 Sam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 04, 2013 Martin rated it it was amazing
Here's the my blog where I post my reviews too :)

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
Rahul Mishra
May 08, 2013 Rahul Mishra rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 03, 2013 Dave rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-read
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
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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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Zamonien (10 books)
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