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The Seven Crystal Balls

(Tintin #13)

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  10,448 ratings  ·  197 reviews
Paperback, 63 pages
Published June 1979 (first published April 1948)
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Les Sept boules de cristal = The Seven Crystal Balls (Tintin, #13), Hergé
The Seven Crystal Balls (French: Les Sept Boules de Cristal) is the thirteenth volume of The Adventures of Tintin, the comics series by Belgian cartoonist Hergé. The story was serialised daily in Le Soir, Belgium's leading francophone newspaper, from December 1943 amidst the German occupation of Belgium during World War II. The story was cancelled abruptly following the Allied liberation in September 1944, when Hergé was ac
Czarny Pies
Oct 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Les vieux jeux
Recommended to Czarny by: Le proprietaire du depanneur du quartier
Shelves: french-lit
Hergé est sans doute l'ambassadeur culturelle du genie francais qui a eu le plus de success au cours du dernier siècle.

Heureuse le siècle actuelle commence tres bien avec un tres beaux releve dans le domaine de la bande-dessinée française. Entre autres, il faut signaler Julie Maroh (Le bleu est une couleur chaude) et Marjane Satrapis (Persepolis)
Jul 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: tintin
تن تن ماجراجو بازمیگردد! اینبار با داستانی به همان جذابیت "راز کشتی اسب شاخ دار" و "گنج راکهام سرخپوش" و به همین سبک و سیاق در دو قسمت جدا. یکی "هفت گوی بلوری" که در ماجراهای آن پروفسور کلکولس نازنین ربوده میشود و ادامه ش در "زندانی های معبد خورشید"
Kellyn Roth
I love how Captain Haddock is trying to be a gentleman in this book with his monocle.
Niloo N
خــــــب! این یکی واقعا خوب بود ^___^
Philippe Malzieu
Jul 29, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The philosoph Michel Serres is a great tintinophil. He noted that the Hergé's drawing was extremely precise (the famous "ligne claire"), except the head of Tintin. For him, it was a reason of success. With an outlined face, everyone is able to identify with him. Thus Tintin is you, Tintin is me.

Nevertheless, I am not a fan. History and drawing are perfect. But I do not identify myself in Tintin. I don't recognize me in this stylised head.

My hero of cartoon is a true romantic hero: Corto Maltes
Harish Challapalli
This is more interesting episode than many other of the series!! The plot begins very interestingly and gets tightened as it progresses!!

No need to mention that tin tin is always a page turner and this is no exception!! U will get ur eyes glued to the book til u complete!!

I always wish I have a dog like snowy!! And this episode strengthens it!!

A wonderful detective in tin tin can be seen in this episode!!
Jan 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-books
Ah, the story line is one of the best so far, well balanced, neat & nearly perfect O:)
Hergé got better in creating a sense of surprise & suspense in between two different frames :D Cannot help looking forward to the next story!
Karel-Willem Delrue
Kuifjes nachtmerrie waarin Raskar Kapak door het raam naar binnen sluipt, brengt oerangsten uit mijn kindertijd naar boven. Heerlijk mysterieus. Eigenlijk is 'De zeven kristallen bollen' een lange inleiding op het beste album van Kuifje.
Aug 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Lilly  Minasyan
Apr 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved the thrill and mystery of this one. ^_^
Jul 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
قصص جميلة ومثيرة مثلما اِشتُهِر عنها..
التقييم على التشويق والمغامرة في القصة،
تنتمي مغامراتها للعالم الواقعي أحيانًا وأحيانًا أخرى يكون ممزوج بعالم الفانتازيا اللذيذ
ولا شك بأن هناك اسقاطات منها على الواقع
استكمال ملخص حياة هيرجيه من الموقع الرسمي الإنجليزي لسلسلة تان تان:
Casterman Publishing House, based in Tournai, Belgium, becomes the publisher of the Adventures of Tintin. A meeting with a young Chinese student, Chang Chong-Chen, marks a decisive turning point. He
Ahmed Salem
Mar 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
أستاذ برجل اتخطف
Dec 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: french
et finalement, je l'ai lu en français et je l'ai appréciée énormément.
Fatma Mustafa
لا بأس بقليل من النوستالجيا للقراءات الأولى جدا ❤❤
Jun 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was the first Tintin book I ever read, and I was instantly hooked. They have a very Indiana Jones feel to them (though I guess I should say the Indiana Jones movies have a very Tintin feel to them because Tintin was first). There’s action, adventure, mystery, and of course, plenty of humor. I love all the characters, and Snowy is just the cutest.

This is one of my favorites in the series. The storyline is great, and it has many funny moments. Thompson and Thomson are the perfect straight me
بهناز پیری
I read this book in Agra, India. My parents were buying gods-know-what and I was reading this Tintin book. I know this detail means nothing but for some unknown reasons I want to remember it.
OK! I've always been kind of hursh towards Tintin books, I know. But this one was great and I loved it! Can't wait for the next book!
+ I hope Tournesel is fine! Little poor cute thing!!
Tetty Marlinda
#46 for 2018
Genre: Children Comic
Apr 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mes-livres, bd-comics
La momie inca fait toujours autant flipper ! ^^
Un bon tome, l'histoire est vraiment intrigante et c'est sympa de voir des personnages croisés dans des tomes précédents.
Oct 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Les 7 boules de cristal is about an expedition party that arrives from Peru after finding a Incan mommy. The members of the expedition get sick and the fall into a coma kind of sleep. Tintin gets involved in this adventure. As always I have to point the drawings out... Really beautiful. The story is kind of different from later Tintin comic books because magic and curses were involved in its pages. Plot was really interesting and the twist a the end of the books was refreshing, this twist would ...more
Jeff Miller
Apr 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Another super exciting Tintin adventure! Plenty of intrigue here and the mystery does not stop as I now must track down a copy of the Prisoners of the Sun!

I won't spoil the plots - just grab a copy and enjoy....
Sep 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Intriguing, fast-paced story about an Inca mummy. We meet again with old friends like general Alcazar and Bianca Castafiori, and Quick and Flupke make a guest appearance. Captain Haddock is as funny as ever.

Written during WWII, when Le Soir was managed by the Germans. Hergé has always countered accusations of collaboration.

Rascar Capac is apparently inspired by a pre-colombian mummy which can be visited in the Musées royaux d'Art et d'Histoire in Brussels. (
Sep 21, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comic
My review, as published in Tintin Books:

"The Seven Crystal Balls" is a wonderfully atmospheric album, in which fears of the supernatural meld perfectly with the scientific discoveries of the time. Anyone who grew up with the animated TV series will probably recall this one in great detail, as there is so much good material here: particularly notable is the agonising wait in Tarragon's manor, and the marvelous frame of the seven victims waking up on cue in their hospital beds, and screaming.

This is a solid enough Tintin adventure about archaeologists involved in an Incan expedition getting knocked into comas, one by one, by some mysterious substance from crystal balls broken in their rooms by forces unknown. It's an Inca curse, apparently, though since this volume is only part one of the story, how/why it works remains opaque. There DOES seem to be something supernatural going on (that cover image is a literal scene from the book), but there's also a mysterious Incan descendant run ...more
Jul 06, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphicnovels
I don't know about you but the mummy is this first volume remains one of the creepiest monsters put on paper in my memory. This volume of Tintin is part one of two, and follows the story of the Captain fresh from buying Marlinspike Hall. I especially enjoy the beginning with the Captain's obvious efforts to look "posh" as benefitting his new position as owner of Marlinspike.
If, in your adulthood, you ever wonder about the asexual tone of Tintin, you can't help but look at the relationship betwe
Jan 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Herge’s adventures of Tintin were a boyhood staple in my reading habits. I returned to “The Seven Crystal Balls” with some trepidation, wondering if they would live up to the good memories.

This graphic novel starts when an archaeological expedition return from South America, carrying an Inca mummy. One by one the group succumbs to a curse that creates a strange illness over the group. Tintin is drawn in when his friend, Professor Calculus, is kidnapped after discovering something of what is goi
Rachael Eyre
Apr 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Classic middle period Tintin. What's not to like?

Although an expositonal volume for its sequel, Prisoners of the Sun, I actually prefer this story. There are some unforgettable moments- the Captain landing in an orchestra pit with a panto cow's head, the explorers falling under the curse, the blood freezing mummy Rascar Capac (remembered even by non fans!). I liked the hale and hearty Tarragon, and think it's a shame we don't see him after this adventure. Snowy is also in fine fettle in this sto
Ashley Capes
Mar 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: tintin
Herge really seemed to unleash a really brilliant run of stories around WWII and post-war, The Seven Crystal Balls being no exception.

The beginning of a search to uncover the truth behind a mysterious curse placed on Incan artefacts, Tintin and Haddock must also rescue Professor Calculus, who vanishes from an friend's estate during the night.

There's lots of great jokes with Calculus' hearing and near the opening, Haddock demanding Nester supply him with more monocles, but probably my favourite
It's been a while since my last Tintin adventure, but it seems The Seven Crystal Balls was definitely a good choice especially in terms of reminding me why I like Tintin so much. This book actually ends just as you hit the climax of the adventure, and it continues on with the next book in the series, Prisoners of the Sun. I recommend having a few Tintin adventures on your desk at work; as I've found out recently, reading one of these adventures is a great way to de-stress in a short amount of ti ...more
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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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