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Tintin and the Lake of Sharks (The Adventures of Tintin) [Paperback]

Michel Regnier , Leslie Lonsdale-Cooper , Michael Turner
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1 Dec 2003 The Adventures of Tintin

The world’s most famous travelling reporter searches for the truth behind the theft of some priceless works of art. But what does the King Shark have to do with it all?

Tintin and his friends are holidaying in Syldavia with Professor Calculus, who has invented an amazing new duplicating machine. But a series of strange occurrences makes Tintin suspicious. Who is the mysterious “King Shark”, and what does he want with Calculus’ machine? Is there a connection with the recent theft of famous works of art from the world’s leading museums?

Tintin is determined to find out!

Join the most iconic character in comics as he embarks on an extraordinary adventure spanning historical and political events, and thrilling mysteries. Still selling over 100,000 copies every year in the UK and having been adapted for the silver screen by Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson in 2011.

The Adventures of Tintin continue to charm more than 80 years after they first found their way into publication. Since then an estimated 230 million copies have been sold, proving that comic books have the same power to entertain children and adults in the 21st century as they did in the early 20th.

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  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Egmont; New edition edition (1 Dec 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405206349
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405206341
  • Product Dimensions: 21.2 x 29 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 80,505 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hergé  (Georges Remi) was born in Brussels in 1907. Over the course of 54 years he completed 23 albums of The Adventures of Tintin series, which is now considered to be one of the greatest, if not the greatest, comics series of all time. With translations published in over 80 languages, more than 230 million copies sold worldwide and a Hollywood movie to its name, Tintin dominates the Comics and Graphic Novels chart even today. Sadly, Hergé died in 1983, leaving his 24th album, Tintin and Alph-Art, unfinished, but his hero continues to be one of the most iconic characters in both adult and children’s fiction.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The one that isn't by Hergé 6 July 2010
By Keris Nine TOP 500 REVIEWER
Just in case it's not obvious, this is not one of the official Adventures of Tintin series by Hergé, but rather an album based on the original 1972 animated film Tintin and the Lake of Sharks, scripted by Greg (Michel Régnier). A look inside the album will certainly reveal that this isn't drawn by Hergé or his studio, the book derived rather from animation cels with a great deal more detail in the backgrounds and richness in the colouration. The album also only runs to 44 pages rather than the standard 62 pages of a regular Tintin adventure.

So, it's certainly not Hergé, but is it Tintin? Well, in a way, yes, but only because the story uses familiar characters and puts them through certain situations that are taken straight from other, better Tintin adventures. The story opens up with the theft and switch of an object from a museum that is almost identical to the opening of The Broken Ear, while the conflict between Borduria and Syldavia from King Ottokar's Sceptre forms the background to the story, Professor Calculus having inexplicably decided to relocate to his laboratory to a lake on the border between the two countries. On a visit there, Tintin's plane is sabotaged leading to a crash, similar to one in Flight 714, organised by the same master criminal Rastapopoulos, who is similarly bashed around a bit in his endeavours to obtain Calculus' latest fabulous invention. With some sequences taking place underwater, Calculus' shark submarine from Red Rackham's Treasure is also given another spin. Basically, it's just a hodge-podge of several other Tintin stories rather than anything new, but you could say the same about several of the later Tintin stories.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing wrong with this book!!!!!!! 22 April 2012
By Haniel
Just wanted to write that we received this book today and are thoroughly pleased with it.Good quality pages,bright and clear story telling and speech balloons. Have read some negative reviews of this book and film on amazon but I cannot see what all the fuss is about to be honest. So what if they have taken prints from the film and made a Tintin book of the same story? I was half expecting to see photo style prints in the book after looking at amazon but no...it is lovely drawing style pics.Thats what they do with books and films since year dot isn't it? I am a big Tintin fan and now so are my kids,we love this book and it is a great addition to our collection.I remember watching this film in the 1970's school holidays in those 5 min segments every morning and can remember it being one of my fav stories. I had no idea it wasn't from an original Herge book and thats the point!! If some people didn't know this was not an original story would they be so negative or looking for something positive to say?? Have an open mind and its a good story for kids to read:)))
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not Herge 11 Mar 2005
By artemisrhi VINE VOICE
Not a patch on Herge. Story moved by narrative not action. Very much a book of the film.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Only if you must have every Tintin item available 5 Feb 2009
By Uncle Sal - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Simply put, this is not a Tintin book, merely a promotional item pushing the film. Terrible writing, so-so illustrations, none of the excitement or wit or any of the original Tintin titles. A waste of good money, in my opinion. These people didn't even try to put out a good product. Just an attempt to make some money on Herge's good name.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Below par for a tintin 17 July 2008
By HB - Published on Amazon.com
Compared to other tintins this one disappoints with poorly drawn characters and not a very involving storyline. the artwork is a result of taking an animated tintin movie and using it's frames as the basis for the comic. Not quite as good as what one expects from a Tintin comic
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not from Herge, but Tintin nonetheless 14 Dec 2010
By Surferofromantica - Published on Amazon.com
This book is typically not considered part of the Tintin library, since it is based on an animated series that Herge had little to do with, but it exists, so it must be studied. The name Herge does not appear on the cover, or anywhere else in the work. Published in 1971, the book concerns art thieves. Tintin, Haddock and Snowy find themselves in Syldavia for some golf, where they run into Thompson and Thomson (sure, why not?), who are hunting counterfeiters. Their plane crashes in the mountains (of course) and they are rescued, they stumble into a disguised counterfeiting operation on the border of Syldavia and Borduria. There are frogmen, golfers, spies, underwater caves, submarines, torpedoes, laughing gas, hidden passages, helpful locals, and of course a secret villain who can only be... Rastapopoulos! Of course, being accident prone (or at least recently-so... see "Flight 714"), Rastapopoulos is tortured viciously by SNAFU situations. Of course, our heroes figure it out in the end, and the good guys win... and Haddock dances with Castafiore. Vista!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tintin, but not quite the Herge version... 7 Sep 2011
By D.S.Thurlow - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
"Tintin and the Lake of Sharks" is apparently a promotional item associated with an animated Tintin movie released in the early 1970's. It manages to include most of the recurring characters from the Tintin series, such as Tintin, Tintin's dog Snowy, Captain Haddock, Professor Calculus, the Thompson twins, and Tintin's most notorious enemy. The story concerns the theft of famous pieces of art, a visit to a remote lake in Syldavia, two clever and plucky local children, a network of spies, a submarine, and of course a mystery that must be solved by Tintin and his friends.

The format is very much like other Tintin graphic novels and the artwork is consistent with Herge's original work, although Tintin seems to be much more expressive than usual in this presentation. Perhaps the most noticeable difference is the plot, which isn't awful, but also plainly isn't by Herge. It tries a little too hard to pack lots of action into a rather under-developed narrative in which most of the characters don't seem to have much to do.

"Tintin and the Lake of Sharks" gets a qualified recommendation for Tintin fans who have already read everything else. The contents of this graphic novel will seem at least familiar and perhaps worth the look.
5.0 out of 5 stars Thumbs up!!!! 23 Jun 2013
By ARIEF ANANDA - Published on Amazon.com
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Fun and enjoyable...brings me back to my childhood reading atmosphere....a must have collection. Timeless reading piece for all generations. Like it
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