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Castle in the Stars: The Space Race of 1869

(Le Château des Etoiles ALBUMS #1)

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  712 ratings  ·  158 reviews
“This one is Jules Verne meets Miyazaki. It’s the space race in 1869 in a kind of alternate past. … When you see the book itself, it’s this big, oversized object with this incredible watercolor comics style, and it’s this really big, epic, sweeping story of a boy following in his mother’s discovery and then opening up the solar system, but in the age of the 1800s. It’s got ...more
Hardcover, 64 pages
Published September 12th 2017 by First Second (first published September 24th 2014)
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Scarlett Readz and Runz....Through Novel Time & Distance
3.5 🌟🌟🌟

This graphic novel will appeal to all the ages. The title The Castle In The Stars, actually refers to the German "Neuschwanstein" castle in Bavaria.  And this is where the true space race of 1869 takes place. 

The secret lies in the Aether, a substance that is well known, but hard to come by. Seraphin's mother, a fearless entrepreneur, prepares for a hot air balloon ascend of the highest measure in history, in 1868. Unfortunately, things don't go so well, and her logbook was found a year l
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Calista
I really enjoyed this story. There is a substance called Aether which can power ships like a modern ship. They are taking balloons into space basically. It's set in 1869. So, not based on any science. This is for the middle grade set. It takes place at the Bavarian castle in Germany. I enjoy how they bring elements together from the time to make this new story.

Great art. It has a very romantic style to it. A boy named Seraphin is at the heart of the story. His mother disappeared searching for Ae
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First Second Books
Sep 12, 2017 marked it as first-second-publications
What if man journeyed into space in 1869, not 1969? In beautiful , steampunk graphic novelCastle in the Stars: The Space Race of 1869, we follow Séraphin and his father who build a fantastical ethership to explore the skies. We summon you to pick up this book and take to the skies along them for a fantastical ride!
Miriam
Jan 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Nice art, good adventure, interesting setting. The characters are a bit generic so far, but that may change as we spend more time with them. This is definitely a "beginning" book with the main adventure barely underway at the end.

Sesana
Aug 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, steampunk
Jules Verne meets Miyazaki, indeed. It's an incredibly apt description, one that I had in mind as I was reading it, before seeing the exact same thing on the blurb here at Goodreads. This is the first of three books, and it's a bit heavy on the exposition, a bit slow. But I found mix of aethernautics and espionage quite interesting enough to keep me reading, and the art is just gorgeous. King Ludwig (you know, the Mad, with the castles?) plays an important role, one that looks to be bigger in co ...more
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A steampunk, graphic novel? YES!! Well described as a cross between Japanese manga and Jules Verne, this book has been translated from French to English. At the heart of the story is the mysterious element of aether, which is thought to be usable to power ships for interplanetary travel. Young Seraphin and his engineer father are reeling from the loss of their intrepid mother/wife, whose aether experiment went too high in the atmosphere. They are invited to Germany to retrieve her journal, and t ...more
Elinor Master of Gifs
C'était génial ! Déjà les dessins sont très très beaux, j'aime beaucoup les personnages ! Et puis il y a de l'action, on est pris dans l'aventure, c'est vraiment une très bonne BD ! Vraiment j'ai passé un super moment, on ne s'ennuie pas une seconde, et il n'y a pas de sensation de trop peu comme ça peut parfois le faire... Vivement que je puisse emprunter la suite, mais j'envisage déjà d'acheter ces deux tomes parce que c'était top !
Twig
Feb 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow, this was fantastic.
I saw this beautiful Graphic Novel last year for the first time and fell immediately in love with the stunning artwork.. Now a few month later I finally own this beauty and am still in love. The story is unique and fun , it`s a bit funny that its set in german areas.. I like the characters and the idea of emperor Ludwid II having a Steampunk like flying machine to find the aether..

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Noémie
Dec 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Génial!!!!
Mycoton32
Nov 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
http://www.leslecturesdemylene.com/20...

20/20 - Coup de coeur pour cette superbe BD qui nous transporte dans un monde fantastique
Roger Royer
While I wish that I had discovered this series sooner than I have I am so glad that I have read this book now.

The amazing art is bright and colorful while complimenting an old story with a new twist that has an amazing look as well as some beautiful characters.

I never thought I would find the "Knights of Aether " so completely satisfying in this first book. An amazing read.

Ilu. eh
Tatyana Naumova
Сомневалась в комиксе, но он ОГОНЬ
Alendi
Aug 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
La trama y los personajes son muy convencionales, ¡pero qué fantasía y qué dibujo!
Mathilde
Oct 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bd
Un très bel album tout en aquarelle !
Une intrigue digne de Jules Vernes, un destin tragique, du suspense, une belle amitié, un roi (maudit?) une belle princesse et surtout une quête ... de l'impossible ?? C'est ce que l'on va chercher à apprendre.
Le scénario est à la hauteur des dessins. Un petit plaisir qui plaira aux jeunes comme aux grands.
Josiphine/Tessa
A graphic novel I actually enjoyed. This is pretty fun. Recommended for steampunk fans.
Jose Brox
Apr 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Adolescentes y amantes del steampunk, el cómic francés o las historias de aventuras
3.5 estrellas.

Un cómic recomendable sobre todo para chic@s de 10-15 años que no hayan tenido demasiado contacto previo con el steampunk.

Guion: Lleno de tópicos del steampunk y la ciencia ficción de aventuras, muy al estilo de Julio Verne; pero funciona: aunque no sea innovador, resulta agradable e interesante. Cierto intento de reducir el sexismo sin traicionar la época. Las escenas de acción tienen dinamismo. SPOILER: Las escenas con el rey Ludwig y la trama del espía son más flojas.
Diálogos: L
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Karissa
Apr 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
I saw this graphic novel at our library and it immediately grabbed my attention. This was a very well done graphic novel and is appropriate for middle grade and older readers.

The artwork is done in a watercolor style and is absolutely amazing; incredibly detailed and easy to follow.

This is a steampunk story full of adventure and intrigue. The story is exciting, magical, and has great characters throughout.

Overall I enjoyed this book a lot and plan on continuing with the series. My 11 year old s
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Cecily Cogsworth
Jul 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: steampunk
El otoño pasado decidí que era hora de empezar a leer cómics con un temática retrofuturista y entonces fui al FNAC de la plaza Callao en Madrid para pedir consejos sobre una primera compra. Le Château des étoiles 1869: La Conquête de l'espace- Vol. 1 era el único volumen en la tienda que entraba en los parámetros del steampunk y lo compré sin pensar dos veces.

Enseguida me cautivó la estética de las maravillosas ilustraciones de Alex Alice y Anthony Simon; casi cada página invita la admiración po
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Chelsey
Apr 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Beautiful art and an intriguing plot make this a win for steampunk fans. I wish it wasn't formatted so large, because that makes it a harder sell for my teens.
Nicolas
Mon dieu que c'est bien !
Est-ce que vous pouvez m'expliquer pourquoi le steampunk n'a aps commencé par ce genre d'histoire ?
C'est beau, ça fait rêver, les personnages sont évidement des enfants, le dessin a l'aquarelle donne une incroyable légereté à l'ensemble, on y croise Louis II de Bavière et Sissi, c'est d'une beauté à couper le souffle, on y quête l'éther, et c'est tout simplement beau.
Est-ce que j'ai dit que c'était splendidement dessiné et mis en couleur ?
Et que c'était exactement ce que
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Tasha
Sep 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Translated from the original French, this graphic novel explores an alternative history where the mysterious element of aether is being quested for in the heights of the atmosphere by going up in balloons. Seraphin’s mother was lost after such a quest. Now Seraphin and his father are invited to build a gigantic balloon vessel to continue her search. Told in beautiful watercolor images with fine details and nods to Japanese manga, this large graphic novel invites readers into a new world. With a ...more
Flo
Dec 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, 2015, sf
One of the most beautiful comics I have ever laid my hands on. Starts with the wonderful cover and continues with every page. And the story doesnt fall short behind the artwork either. Just an extraordinary beauty of a printed book (eat dust ebook you cant replicate the haptic of the cover artwork!).

PS. Just prey that someday there will be an english edition of the same quality for more peoples delight.
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Erin
Dec 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Slim, fast, pretty, confusing at times. Like my 10th grade crush.
Anna Smithberger
Sep 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a delightful book! Alternate history/steampunk in the vein of Jules Verne, loaded with information while also being purely fanciful. And a great joke about the ubiquity of pretzels in Germany.
Kelsey
Jan 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
The best part of this graphic novel is the GORGEOUS art, but the steampunk intrigue is fun too!
Jasmine
MUM HAD BETTER BE FINE IN THE NEXT BOOK LET ME TELL YOU, I AM NOT HERE FOR DEAD EXPLORER MUMS.
Wendy MacKnight
Dec 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017-reads
The first in a series, this book imagines the pace race taking place in the mid nineteenth century. Gorgeous artwork and a solid storyline though I wish it hadn’t ended on such a cliffhanger.
Matthew Hunter
Castle in the Stars: The Space Race of 1869 is one beautiful book with an awesome cliffhanger ending. Our 8-year-old daughter pointed out that some of Alice’s characters don’t quite look the same from frame to frame, making the story more difficult to follow at times. A legitimate criticism! Still, a solid effort by Alice.
Chantal (La bibliothèque jaune)
Un univers steampunk à la Jules Verne, des visuels très léchés inspirés de Miyazaki et une histoire qui n'est sans rappeler les plus belles aventures de Tintin. Cet album fût pour moi une belle découverte où la science est réellement au centre du récit. Dans cette bande-dessinée, on suit un jeune garçon qui se nomme Séraphin, dont la mère a une fascination pour les étoiles. Cette dernière travaille sur des tests avec l'éther et se penche sur la question des voyages spatiaux. Mais manque de chanc ...more
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Diplômé d'une école de commerce, Alex Alice est un dessinateur et scénariste français de bande-dessinés, connu principalement pour sa série "Le Troisième Testament".
Cette série de quatre albums est un thriller ésotérique largement inspiré des œuvres d'Umberto Eco.
Passionné par les opéras de Wagner, Alex Alice travaille actuellement sur une trilogie basée sur le mythique "Der Ring des Nibelungen"
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Le Château des Etoiles ALBUMS (4 books)
  • Le Château des étoiles 1869 : La Conquête de l'espace - Vol.2 (Le Château des Etoiles, #2)
  • Le Château des étoiles 1869 : Les chevaliers de Mars- Vol.3 (Le Château des Etoiles #3)
  • Le Château des étoiles 1869 : Un Français sur Mars - Vol.4 (Le Château des Etoiles #4)