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The 13.5 Lives Of Captain Bluebear (Zamonia) by [Moers, Walter]
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"A yarn of drollery, deeper meaning and sheer lunacy" (Rolling Stone)

"Sheer craziness" (Daily Telegraph)

"The most entertaining book in years" (Frankfurter Allemeine Zt)

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

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'Marvellously fantastical' - Sunday Express

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 16604 KB
  • Print Length: 704 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Digital; New Ed edition (31 Mar. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BY7NJP6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 63 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #237,146 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Paperback
The 13.5 lives of Captain Bluebear is a refreshing read and certainly the funniest book that I have read in a long time. The plot gets wilder and wilder as you progress through this large tome. From start to finish it had me hooked and really is one of those books that has you yearning for more.
Captain Bluebear's adventures obviously require a certain amount of suspension of disbelief, but don't all the best stories? An absolute delight.
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Captain Bluebear has long been a children's favourite in Germany, both on weekly television shows and in this book. Walter Moers has created a bear unlike any other, who has sailed the seven seas (or has he?) and seen and experienced many strange things. So, for example, this book begins with Captain Bluebear's first of 13 1/2 life segments, telling us all about his life among the Dwarf Pirates, and his hilarious tales work their way through all segments, including encounters with a contagious disease called "intelligence", angular sandstorms and vampires with a bad attitude culminating with his well-earned retirement. I can not recommend this book highly enough. It has worked a treat with all of my nephews and is ideal (both in content and in size - about 700 pages) for bed-time story reading. An absolute treat and sure to become a classic in this country as well!
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I picked this book up in a book store in london, raed the first three lines of the fwd and bought it. it is an amazing book with so many fantastic up-sides to it, firstly its bright yellow (comic value) secondly its 700 pages long (dont let this put you off its just more book for your money) thirdly it is the most enjoyable thing i have read in the last 3 years and as a uni student i waste a lot of time reading non course relevent text. buy this book now - i promise you wont regret it. infact buy two copies and give one to someone as a gift. if they dont have it they will like it if they do they will like you for knowing about it. this book has pelased everyone i have ever shown/leant/given it to. it has so many things to smile about you will think about it for years. have fun!!!
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By EA Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 12 Jun. 2007
Format: Paperback
If Norman Juster had written "The Hobbit," it might have turned out something like "The 13 1/2 Lives of Captain Bluebear."

It's also the best description of Walter Moers' debut novel, which is probably the best children's book ever written for adults. Set on the mythical continent of Zamonia, Moers sketches out hundreds of strange creatures and surreal adventures, all written in wryly colourful prose.

Bluebear was found floating in a walnut shell, raised by peg-legged hook-handed Minipirates, taught by the talking waves, and kept as entertainment by gruesome hobgoblins. But when he ends up on a giant carnivorous island disguised as a gourmet's paradise, Bluebear is rescued by Deus X. Machina, a Reptilian Rescuer who later brings him to the Nocturnal Academy, run by the seven-brained Professor Abdullah Nightingale.

But when he reaches the end of his education, Nightingale sends Bluebear onto a strange series of adventures -- he falls into a Dimensional Hiatus, is almost eaten by the Spiderwitch, travels through a Bollogg brain, gets swept up in an aging tornado, chases mirages with the Muggs, and finally becomes a Congladiator (lying/storytelling competitor) in Atlantis. But after a match gone bad, Bluebear must flee Atlantis -- and is abducted by the Moloch, a monstrous ship run by the most insidious substance in Zamonia...

Walter Moers should get some kind of award for cramming as many fantastical, bizarre creatures into one book -- carpet dimensions, tiny cyclops, hairy imps, metallic rock-eaters, killer sugar-skeletons, antlered dogs, and headless giants all turn up, and that's only the start. It's a good thing Bluebear gets an encyclopedia in his brain (from Nightingale), or else we would never keep them all straight.
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Format: Paperback
This book has given me as much pleasure as anything I've read this year. As the nights draw in and it's cold and wet outside, curl up with a couple of adventures- there are plenty to choose from. These are the totally excellent adventures of a calm, essentially pragmatic (and occasionally vain) bear, and a fantastic antidote to the winter blues.
In the words of Frida, not attractive and a terrible poet, but a speaker of truth:
'Yellow? Thank you very much
Green I wouldn't even touch
As for red it leaves me cold
I'LL LOVE BLUEBEAR TILL I'M OLD!'
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I grew up watching recorded German TV programs for children, with Captain Bluebear and his Munchhausen-like stories being a constant. Although this was not the first book I read from Walter Moers (I really love Rumo, BY FAR!), this was his first book of the Zamonia series, and I am glad that he began using his most famous character.
I read the original in German and I was rather skeptical about how good the translation would be. So, before I gave away this book as a present, I read my favourite chapter, and I am glad to say that the English version keeps most of the charm of the original.
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A blue bear is found floating on the seas, and rescued by mini pirates. These mini pirates are born with wooden legs and hooks for arms, & spend most of their lives trying to rob ships, but fail, as they are tiny.

So starts this funny book. The bear grows up, and goes on many adventures in the land of Zamonia, making friends with inter-dimensional creatures, thoughts (yes ,really) in the head of a giant, a professor with 7 brains who believes intelligence is a disease that can be transmitted via germs.

One of the great parts of the book are Moer's drawings. Every time you meet a new creature, or place, there is usually a drawing. And the text, well, Moer uses it in a new way as well. So when the bear is being chased by a giant spider gaining on him, he can hear the crashing sound of its feet as it gets closer. Moer uses progressively larger text for the word crash, till that one word takes up almost the whole page. No points for guessing where the spider is at that moment.

While it may seem like a kids book, I think most people who have enjoyed it are adults. Great start to a series, I highly recommend this.
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