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Rumo (Zamonia 2) [Paperback]

Walter Moers
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3 Nov 2005 Zamonia 2
Astonishingly inventive, amusing and engrossing, Rumo is a captivating story from the unique imagination of Walter Moers. Rumo is a little Wolperting who will one day become the greatest hero in the history of Zamonia. Armed with Dandelion, his talking sword, he fights his way across Overworld and Netherworld, two very different worlds chock-full of adventures, dangers, and unforgettable characters: including Rala, the beautiful girl Wolperting who cultivates a hazardous relationship with death; General Ticktock, the evil commander of the Copper Killers; Ushan DeLucca, the finest and most weather-sensitive swordsman in Zamonia; Professor Abdullah Nightingale, inventor of the Chest-of-Drawers Oracle; and, worse luck, the deadly Metal Maiden.

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  • Paperback: 688 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage; New Ed edition (3 Nov 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099472228
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099472223
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 23.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 225,385 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Moers' creative mind is like J. K. Rowling's on Ecstasy" (Detroit Evening News)

"Moers' writing is alluring, to say the least. He writes with as much detail as he draws, and his vivid imagination is matched by his ability to pace a story and create interesting characters" (The State (South Carolina))

"Moers' drawings...are fantastic, in both definitions of the word, but what's truly appealing is the world that he creates in this marvelous tale of adventure and self-discovery... It's less a text and more an imagination on paper" (Philadelphia Inquirer)

"Parodic and sincere, slapstick and heart-tugging by turns, Moers's novel has fresh things to say on the nature of heroism and nobility" (Washington Post)

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'Resembles a collaboration between Terry Pratchett and Clive Barker with something of the yarn spinning facility of each' Guardian

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best bedtime story ever told 26 Feb 2007
If you have read Bluebear, then this is a darker, more complex and even more satisfying tale, brimming over with the same dazzling inventiveness but with a more compelling, less episodic storyline.

If you haven't read Bluebear, you should, but you could read this without it; think Terry Pratchett without the nerdy irony; Tolkein written by Roald Dahl. I read these to my kids for half an hour each night, and we've been spellbound for months.

Younger kids might find it quite strong - some of it is a little gruesome. But there again as Roald Dahl knew, kids love that stuff.

And a word of praise for the translator too; I'm a languages student myself, but unusually I wasn't aware at any point that this was a translation.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
If you haven't read Captain Bluebear yet, why ever not?! It's hard to know whether to describe Rumo as a sequel to Bluebear, or merely another chapter in the history of Zamonia. Like Bluebear and also Wild Ride Through The Night, Rumo is full to bursting with bizarre places and wonderful characters, just as a taster here are a few I've come across; a threesome of prophesising ugglies, a psychic ventriloquist oak tree, a schizophrenic sword/cheese knife, and a lake of oil inhabited by half-dead yetis...
Just like Bluebear, Rumo is full of wonderful drawings by the author, illustrating the odd fauna of Zamonia, and giving the book a real sense of character.
Captain Bluebear was divided into 14 chapters (Or 13 1/2 to be precise) each representing a life experience. Whereas In Rumo, this sequence is used again but the book can be divided into two main sections; upperworld and netherworld, each boasting an equal number of insane happenings.
Enjoy it while it lasts you lucky people!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Who needs Harry Potter? 6 Dec 2007
By M
I discovered Capt Bluebear back in 2000 but it has taken me until now to read Rumo. I was not dissapointed...once again Moers has created a world of undescribable wonders....full of fantastic creations. I would tell everybody to read this book but never quite know how to describe it...is it fantasy?, is it SF?, is it sureal humour? possibly a bit of each?
If you have yet to read Moers, start with Capt Bluebear but buy this at the same time...then you wont have to wait for the postman.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Charming story excellently told 6 Sep 2011
A beautifully told story expertly told and illustrated. You will find yourself attaching to the characters and imagining you were there yourself. One of my favourite books
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4.0 out of 5 stars Rumo Review 5 Jun 2011
Bought for Daughter who loves the author, has read a few of his books and was really pleased to receive the book, thoroughly enjoyed it, will buy this author again. Hope to read it myself next time in UK then will be able to do a proper review.
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5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic 14 April 2009
This book is as good as all the rest of Walter Moers books.
His wit and humour throughout these books is second to none. even though I'm an adult these books appeal to all ages and the child within us all.
Great illustrations accompant most pages of thesse books adding to the humour.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The silver thread 20 April 2007
Comic artist/author Walter Moers created the lost continent of Zamonia -- and all its bizarre inhabitants -- in "The 13 1/2 Lives of Captain Bluebear."

But he expands it further in the tightly-written adventure tale "Rumo: And His Miraculous Adventures," the story of a little Wolperting and how he became the greatest warrior in Zamonia. Unlike its predecessor, this story has a solid central storyline about -- what else? -- seeking true love and one's own destiny.

On the day he learned to walk and speak, Wolperting pup Rumo (along with his owners) is kidnapped by evil omnivorous Demonocles. In the Roaming Rock prison, he's taught how to speak and fight by the shark-grub Smyke, who engineers an escape -- using Rumo's newfound fighting abilities to destroy the Demonocles and set everyone free. After some odd adventures, Smyke sends Rumo on his way, to follow the Silver Thread that leads him to his destiny.

Rumo finds his way to a city of Wolpertings, where he learns to fight, work, and falls in love with the beautiful Rala. But after leaving to get a gift for Rala, Rumo discovers that a mysterious black dome has swallowed all the Wolpertings in the city, dragging them down into the Netherworld -- where they are to be used as gladiators for monsters and the horrific Copper Killers. And Rala is in even more danger than the others, unless Rumo, Smyke and a Nocturnomath scientist can save her.

Moers' talent is in writing stories that are meant for adults, but which have the charm, imagination and complete lack of realism that we think of kids' books having. Minocentaurs, Yetis, unicornlets and savage metallic killers are only a few of the weird species that Moers populates Zamonia with -- and those are the ones with only one brain.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loose yourself again and again 18 Jan 2007
By Oddboy
I read this after reading Captain Bluebear. I'd really enjoyed Bluebear and was hoping that Moers could do the same again. Well he exceeded himself. The first time I read this book, it was my bedtime reading. (I'm in my 30's, by the way!)Istarted going to bed earlier and earlier and reading later and later.

Rumo is a Wolperting, the product of a romantic trist between an enchanted wolf and an enchanted doe. That's only the start of it! Weirdness ensues with Nocturnomaths, Sharkgrubs, Bluddums, the list of weirdness could go on for ever. Despite this the book always inclues the readers, whisking all along for the ride.

Above all, this is a love story full of daring do and the importance of being true of heart.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great read
I read Captain Bluebear whilst on holiday last year so decided to take Rumo with me this year and was not disappointed. A great book to get lost in while relaxing. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Stevedill
5.0 out of 5 stars Rumo
This book is the best book I have read this year hands down. It is witty and funny and I love the fact that the characters are well developed. Could not put this book down
Published 11 months ago by Miss Tiajna I. Amayo
4.0 out of 5 stars Starts off great, then becomes a bit boring
The story of a Wolperting, a cross between a dog and a deer, this is a very delightful book about a magical world, with great drawings as well. Read more
Published on 6 Jun 2012 by Shishya
2.0 out of 5 stars disappointing and nasty
Compared to The City Of Dreaming Books and BlueBear this is a real grind to read. Filled with a lot of gratuitous violence and torture, I really wish I hadn't read it; The wit and... Read more
Published on 21 May 2012 by G. Williams
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book
Bought this for my daughter, who read his Blue Bear book and absolutely loved that one. This one not as good tho. Excellent service on the book tho
Published on 11 May 2010 by A. Godbehere
5.0 out of 5 stars Read to your kids with this series.
A good series of books and full of original characters and creatures, a very involving story that kids will love if they can read the all the words. Read more
Published on 30 Jan 2009 by TomB
4.0 out of 5 stars Silver threads
Comic artist/author Walter Moers created the lost continent of Zamonia -- and all its bizarre inhabitants -- in "The 13 1/2 Lives of Captain Bluebear. Read more
Published on 5 April 2007 by E. A Solinas
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