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The Adventures of Tintin, Vol. 4: Red Rackham's Treasure / The Seven Crystal Balls / The Prisoners of the Sun (Tintin #12, 13, 14)

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Three classic graphic novels in one deluxe hardcover edition: Red Rackham's Treasure, The Seven Crystal Balls, and Prisoners of the Sun.
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published April 1st 1995 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (first published April 8th 1991)
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Kim

The Adventures of Tintin, Vol. 4, books 10-12

Red Rackham's Treasure: Book 10. Sequel and conclusion to The Secret of the Unicorn. Professor Calculus is introduced. Tintin and friends search for the treasure hidden by Capt. Haddock's ancestor. Despite some red herrings, such as the escape of Max Bird and the possibilty of cannibals, the tale is fairly tame compared to Tintin's usual adventures.

The Seven Crystal Balls: Book 11. Scientists recently returned from a Peruvian expedition fall under an
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Cliff
At this point, Herge's storytelling has matured to the level that there's a definite flow to each story. I do find myself a little annoyed that these collections chose to collect three stories, the first of which is the direct sequel to a prior story. The other two are joined as well, but at least appear in the same volume. There is a passing reference made to Tintin having met the opera singer multiple times in the past and yet the continuity is such that I do not believe that one of those case ...more
Peter
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Jeff
This volume contains several critical milestones in the Tintin chronology, including the introduction of Professor Cuthbert Calculus, who became a core character after his initial appearance in Red Rackham's Treasure. In addition, Captain Haddock takes possession of Marlinspike Hall in the same book, and this location would go on to serve as Tintin's base of operations in his later adventures.[return][return]Beyond these points, the three stories contained in this volume incorporate a real boldn ...more
Dan
The Tintin stories for anyone who has read them and understands their history can't be viewed as anything other than groundbreaking. The beginnings of these stories have been around as long as the Lord of the Rings, the illustration and environments in the Tintin books are accurate and extremely detailed. Anyone who has spent even a little time exploring Herge (Georges Remi) can see the painstaking research and adversity he worked through to compose the world around Tintin. His ideas were ahead ...more
Starkville Public Library Young Adult Section
Tintin originated in 1929 by Belgian artist Georges Rémi, who wrote under the pen name Hergé. The series frequently misrepresents people using offensive stereotypes and labels, such as calling Native Americans "red Indians." While the use of these racial slurs is inexcusable in any time period, keep in mind that these terms and ideas are those of a culture in a specific time and do not necessarily reflect any personal bigotry on the part of the author. Hopefully, an understanding of the historic ...more
Jonathan
I have always loved Hergé's Tintin adventure books. Rereading them as an adult, some of the racist attitudes inherent in the society of colonial Belgium are more apparent and that did detract from my enjoyment. It is, nonetheless, a series of remarkable adventure stories that must have seemed even more amazing when they were written, so long ago. I recommend reading this book for what it is: a fabulous adventure story, a beautifully illustrated graphic novel, and a window into the time it was wr ...more
Kalpana Jacob
Jul 11, 2007 Kalpana Jacob rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone
Tintin was the greatest guy ever. When I was yonger, I thought Tintin was a yonug journalist (kinda like a young nancy drew) due to the drawings. As I re read them over and over I realized he was probably in his twenties. haha. Tintin comics never get old, no matter how many time you read them. When you're with Tintin, you are caught up in the moment, you feel his adreniline and you always feel a sense of accompishment when HE solves a mystery/puzzle. Tintin is a legitament reason to be late to ...more
Niki
Without a doubt Herge is up there with the best storytellers of all time. His masterful artwork, memorable characters and exciting stories create a world that is at once imaginative and historically rich, classic and timeless for children and adult readers today. Red Rackham's Treasure is definitely one of the best Tintin tales - a must read. Herge was one of those rare perfectionists who managed to achieve what he set out to do. These books are works of art.
Aaron Kaase
Volume 1 of 7 volume series, each of these contain three Tintin books. I like these books because they're compact and don't take a lot of shelf space. The printing quality is very good: rich color ink on nice, smooth paper. The only complaint I have is with the physical dimensions of the books, which are 45% smaller than the traditional albums. That said, they are no substitute for the original albums if you are a serious Tintin fan or collector, as I am.
Jenny GB
This volume is another of my favorites in the series. I love the two part story of the Incas since I'm drawn to ancient cultures. The conclusion of the Unicorn story was very nice as well. One of my favorite characters, Professor Calculus, also features heavily in these books which makes them even more enjoyable for me. I have great memories of reading these books as a kid and it's wonderful to revisit them to enjoy them all over again.
Nichole
Ok....I LOOOOOOOOOOOVED Tintin!!! omgosh!!! even though I saw the movie first, I fell in love with the characters!! but after reading 3 different adventures...I fell even MORE in love and...omgosh! I really don't read graphic novels but these are very well written and actually humorous. Not laugh out loud but chuckle funny! Now I REALLY REALLY REALLY hope Speilberg does another Tintin Adventure!!!! I'm now a Tintin fan!!!!
Steven Pattison
I might have really enjoyed reading these Tintin adventures stories twenty years ago but at present time I found the material somewhat expectedly to be a bit out of my age group — I could however still very much appreciate the artwork and illustrations.
Marcus
I read Red Rackham's Treasure. This got two stars because it was okay.

I've had enought Tintin for now and don't want to read any more for a while.
Sam
I have a crush on Captain Haddock. He's a drunk, and he flails, and I still can't figure out why I find him so adorable.
Sudhir JogLekar
The first time I ever read a Tintin was when I bought it for my children and I fell in love with him as much as they did...
Irwan
Reminiscing childhood reading after a nice visit to Tintin stores in Brussel :-)
Sophie
I have read through all of the Tintin books many times. They are wonderful!
Seth
Great adventures, but I can never forget that Herge was a vehement racist.
indri
Oct 31, 2009 indri marked it as to-read
Mencari Volume 5,6 dan 7 nyaaa!!!
Tintin terbitan Methuen ini...
Monica
So Much Fun to Read! I was in suspense every moment!!!!
Ines
Hilarious! Cool! Totally Awesome!!:)
Anniesotm
Tintin = a masterpiece for all ages.
Heather
My favorite volume so far!
Jonny
really good!
Josiphine
Oct 29, 2013 Josiphine rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone, but especially those with a inner ten-year-old boy
Recommended to Josiphine by: TD
Red Rackham's Treasure: Exciting, and a nice change from the others because(view spoiler) I loved the addition of Dr. Calculus and his submarine. (I wish I had a submarine like that!) And Tintin wears a diving suit, :D.

The Seven Crystal Balls: Exciting! I don't like the plot of this one as much as the last (not a big fan of curses) but it's still enjoyable. Since when did the Captain turn into a fop?! General Alcatraz's Spanish is a laugh, but I'
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Laura
I haven't read this. My rating is solely based on the sound of my son saying "Thanks, Mom, for getting me this" multiple times and not complaining when he has to read it. I like the comic-book format without the superheroes in clingy costumes.
Ivy
What's not to love about Tin Tin? Well, there's the imperialist undertones and vague racism, but OTHER than that Tin Tin is a plucky little guy who travels the world with his white dog (who often manages to get drunk) and his blustery sailor friend (who also often manages to get drunk), solving mysteries, searching for lost treasure, thwarting kidnappers, and the like. One thing that really grew on me is the composition of the comics--the colors come in rich, dusky tones and the drawings are sur ...more
Jonathan
Red Rackham's Treasure was by far the funniest book of the series so far. I was laughing throughout, especially at the running theme of Thompson and Thomson pumping. "Pump for your lives! Faster!" Captain Haddock yelled at them when they decided to take a break. The art was superb as usual. And this issue also introduced readers to Professor Calculus.

As a kid I never got to read these in order because I just grabbed whichever issue was in the public library at the moment. It's really nice having
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Elizabeth
Red Rackham's Treasure is awesome, but I hate Prisoners of the Sun, so this volume averages out to 3 stars.
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Georges Prosper Remi (22 May 1907 – 3 March 1983), better known by the pen name Hergé, was a Belgian comics writer and artist.
His best known and most substantial work is The Adventures of Tintin comic book series, which he wrote and illustrated from 1929 until his death in 1983, leaving the twenty-fourth Tintin adventure Tintin and Alph-Art unfinished. His work remains a strong influence on comics
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Tintin in Tibet (Tintin, #20) Tintin in the Land of the Soviets (Tintin, #1) Red Rackham's Treasure (Tintin, #12) The Secret of the Unicorn (Tintin, #11) Cigars of the Pharaoh (Tintin, #4)

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