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5.0 out of 5 stars a top Tintin, 20 May 2009
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Henk Beentje "Henk Beentje" (Kew, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Prisoners of the Sun (The Adventures of Tintin) (Paperback)
The second part of a 2-part series, this comes after 'the seven crystal balls' and was first published in 1949. I think this is on a par with the excellent 'Tintin in Tibet' in being a good all-round adventure story, pretty scary in places (at least for a 7-to-10-year old), respectful of other cultures and anti-racist. The drawing and coloration is top-notch, the setting (Peru) is great, the quest is noble - it is all here, it is all good. My only quibble is that the trick by which our heroes escape from a horrible fate (I can't give away the plot, of course - don't want to spoil it for anyone!) is rather unbelievable - the Inca were pretty sophisticated where that particular subject was concerned.

Altogether an excellent story. If you are new to the Tintin series, I would start with Tintin in Tibet, the Cigars of the Pharaoh, or Land of Black Gold; but as a follow-up, this 2-parter is excellent fodder for kids and the young-at-heart alike.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delicious!, 11 Dec 2012
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Sebastian Palmer "sebuteo" (Cambridge, England) - See all my reviews
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Travelling to Peru to rescue Calculus, Tintin, Haddock and Snowy encounter danger in several guises, chiefly taking the form of secretive native Southern-Amerindians, or the flora, fauna and landscape of this - for Northern Europeans - far-flung and excitingly exotic region.

I think this is, in places, the most visually beautiful Tintin adventure so far. It's not just the wonderful clarity and economy of the line work, but also the famously fussed over colour palette. The epic journey through mountains and forests to the Temple Of The Sun is just deliciously fabulous, the gradual colour evolution as the protagonists move through the varied environments really whisking one off to an imagined South-America.

Criticisms of this as escapist may have more than a grain of truth in them. But to me they miss the point: some people do angst-ridden self analysis and social commentary (Robert Crumb, let's say), others tell ripping good fantastical yarns, and perhaps sometimes some do both. And then some are just plain dotty, like George Herriman. As long as it's well done, I've got time for them all. An analogy might be food: do you always and only want to eat salad, or do you sometimes like to indulge in a scrumptious dessert?

Personally I find this utterly appetising: please Mr Hergé, may I have some more?
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4.0 out of 5 stars superb book, 28 Jan 2014
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I am 8 and I love Tintin. This book is one of the best Tintin books. It is set in Peru and has Inca warriors.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great, 14 Jan 2013
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Great book, prefer the older style to the newer one. Really encourages my son to read more. Great for young boys.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent second part of a 2 part story, 4 Oct 2011
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S. Metcalfe "Steve M" (London United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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The second part to the Seven Crystal Balls, which itself is pretty good, ranks with the Calculus Affair as one of my children's favourite Tintins.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Still good but not the best Tin Tin, 22 Mar 2011
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The O (London, UK) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Prisoners of the Sun (The Adventures of Tintin) (Paperback)
Still a nice comic but the story drifts on a bit and the end seems overdramatised. Possibly not the best but again fun to read. It s the last published in the 70s, so it s not as "fresh". The prequel is quite good...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 5 Oct 2014
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My son loves these books . Arrived early very happy
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