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The 13 1/2 Lives of Captain Blue Bear (original 1999; edition 2005)

by Walter Moers

Series: Zamonia (1)

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Member:jmgold
Title:The 13 1/2 Lives of Captain Blue Bear
Authors:Walter Moers
Info:Overlook Hardcover (2005), Hardcover, 704 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:****
Tags:Zamonien, Humor, Illustrated, Fantasy, German,

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The Thirteen and a Half Lives of Captain Bluebear by Walter Moers (1999)

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Initially when I borrowed out this book when I was younger, I wasn't sure if I would finish it. It was 700 pages, which is much longer than anything I'd ever really read.

But I started it, and I was totally engrossed. It's a big saga but in the end, I wished it was longer. I thought it was funny, it was a really fast-moving plot, and while I enjoyed some parts more than others, the whole book was solid.

I think Moers has written about this universe before, so it would be cool to read his other books and see how different characters interact with the environment.

I loved this book, it's a really cool adventure story and I'd definitely be happy to reread it again - or check out some of Moer's other books. ( )
  lydia1879 | Aug 31, 2016 |
Hm. The first half or so dragged quite a bit and wasn't to my taste. I kept thinking 'this would be so much better if it had heart, if it were actually saying something that meant something.' But then I finally got more into the swing of it, and appreciating it for what it was, and I was more able to see the point of the satirical jokes.

And it got better. And the 13th life, in Atlantis, esp. the Duel, & most especially the introduction to the famous opponent, was fabulous. I am glad I read this. However, not so glad that I'll try to hunt down the sequel(s).

There are so many pictures that you can think of it, btw, as a 400 page book.

I did get a few actual ideas from it, too. For example, I'm going to try 'tossing noodles with cinammon' as suggested, even if the suggestion was facetious (I don't know if it was or not). ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
This book just skyrocketed to one of my all-time favorites. I can't even explain how wonderful I thought it was and how sad I am that I am done reading it. The imagination and detailed writing of Walter Moers is impressive. I can compare it to a combination of The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy and Where the Sidewalk Ends. In fact, the paperback I read quotes the Washington Post as saying that the 13 1/2 Lives of Captain Bluebear is "equal parts J.K. Rowlings, Douglas Adams, and Shel Silverstein." Who could resist an endorsement like that? I am really looking forward to my next Walter Moers book...Rumo and his Miraculous Adventures. ( )
  AR_bookbird | Nov 20, 2015 |
Diese und weitere Rezensionen findet ihr auf meinem Blog Anima Libri - Buchseele

"Die 13½ Leben des Käpt´n Blaubär", das erste von Walter Moers bildgewaltigen Epen rund um den phantastischen Kontinent Zamonien und seine außergewöhnlichen Bewohner, ist schlicht und ergreifend grandios - und in dieser Ausgabe aufgrund der durchgehend farbigen Gestaltung sogar noch ein Stückchen grandioser.

Ein Blaubär hat 27 Leben. Die erste Hälfte davon erzählt ein ganz bestimmter Blaubär in diesem Roman: Der legendäre Käpt'n Blaubär, der wohl jedem ein Begriff sein sollte, der in seiner Kindheit auch nur einmal die Sendung mit der Maus gesehen hat. Natürlich ganz ohne Seemannsgarn und die Wahrheit immer fest im Blick erzählt Käpt'n Blaubär von Zwergpiraten, Professor Nachtigaller, der Moloch, der süßen Wüste und all den vielen weiteren Stationen der ersten Hälfte seiner Leben.

Es ist viel, was dem Leser hier an völlig neuen, völlig abgedrehten Dingen begegnet und das macht es - vor allem beim ersten Lesen - sicherlich nicht immer ganz so einfach der Geschichte zu folgen, man läuft immer Gefahr auf halber Strecke schon wieder den Anfang vergessen zu haben. Trotzdem ist das Buch grandios und es ist eben eins dieser Bücher, die man mehrfach lesen muss, damit einem wirklich alle Feinheiten, alle Zusammenhänge auffallen.

Für mich ist "Die 13½ Leben des Käpt´n Blaubär" ein Stück Kindheitserinnerung und gleichzeitig ein ganz großer Lesespaß für erwachsene Leser - und ein absolutes Muss für alle Fans von Käpt'n Blaubär und von teils absurder, immer irgendwie genialer, wirklich bildgewaltiger und einfach absolut phantastischer Lesekost - garantiert voller echtem Seemannsgarn ;)

Und hier noch ein paar Eindrücke aus dieser wunderschön illustrierten Ausgabe:

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  FiliaLibri | Nov 10, 2015 |
I bought this because I enjoyed Moers' The City of Dreaming Books. But this just wasn't my cup of tea. One review called this, "equal parts J.K. Rowling, Douglas Adams, and Shel Silverstein." Well, this is no Rowling, I can tell you that. But it does feel as if Douglas Adams wrote a book using Shel Silverstein's vocabulary and syntax. And that just isn't me. It's far to nonsensical for my tastes. One compliment I give is that this would be an excellent read-aloud book for kids (although the section where Bluebear becomes the King of Lies might need explaining). With silly words and sillier situations, I can see kids very much enjoying it. And its complex enough that the adult reader might enjoy it also - but not me. ( )
  empress8411 | Aug 10, 2015 |
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Ein epochales Buch. Auf gut 700 Seiten schafft Moers ein Universum.
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Dieser literarische Husarenstreich ist gelungen.
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Gelungenere Unterhaltung wird es in absehbarer Zeit schwerlich geben.
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A bluebear has twenty-seven lives. (Foreword)
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"Welcome to the fantastic and wondrous world of Zamonia, populated by all manner extraordinary characters, and created by author and illustrator Walter Moers. Bluebear's adventures unfold episodically from his first life - which begins as the miniature baby Bluebear floats in a wayward chestnut in the outer vortex of a giant maelstrom - to his 13 1/2 life, a peaceful interlude following his confrontation with the infamous Spiderwitch. In the twelve lives between, Bluebear explores a lost continent. It's a land of imaginative lunacy and supreme adventure, wicked satire and epic fantasy, all mixed together, turned on its head, and lavishly illustrated."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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