The 13 1/2 Lives of Captain Bluebear (Zamonia Series #1)

The 13 1/2 Lives of Captain Bluebear (Zamonia Series #1)

by Walter Moers


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"A bluebear has twenty-seven lives. I shall recount thirteen and a half of them in this book but keep quiet about the rest," says the narrator of Walter Moers’s epic adventure. "What about the Minipirates? What about the Hobgoblins, the Spiderwitch, the Babbling Billows, the Troglotroll, the Mountain Maggot…Mine is a tale of mortal danger and eternal love, of hair’s breadth, last-minute escapes." Welcome to the fantastic world of Zamonia, populated by all manner of extraordinary characters. 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 by the author.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781585678440
Publisher: The Overlook Press
Publication date: 08/29/2006
Series: Zamonia Series , #1
Edition description: Translatio
Pages: 704
Sales rank: 157,084
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.65(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Walter Moers is the author of The 13 1/2 Lives of Captain Bluebear, Rumo, A Wild Ride Through the Night, The City of Dreaming Books, and The Alchemaster's Apprentice, all published by Overlook.

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The 13 1/2 Lives of Captain Bluebear (Zamonia Series #1) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 60 reviews.
AlissaH More than 1 year ago
This is the most entertaining book I have ever read. It is intelligent, witty, and a grand adventure. Incredibly well written and well worth every penny. Moers' highly imaginitive writing style is a conglomeration of Shel Silverstein, JK Rowling, and Douglas Adams. I have read a lot of books in my day but this is the first one I recommend!
Kitty524 More than 1 year ago
I ADORE this book! It is almost like thirteen separate books in one because each life is totally different. From Minipirates to a carnivorous island/plant, from talking waves to saving people's lives at the very last possible second as a profession, from a school where the students are only accepted if they are unlike every other life form on Earth to a city inside a tornado inhabited by 100+ year old men, from a nomadic desert tribe who pursue a semi-stable Fata Morgana to the artistry of creating dreams from within a giant cyclops's brain, from a megalopolis full of the wildest creatures, buildings, activities, and jobs to an element that is capable of thought, this book is absolutely insane and amazing and random and fantastic and my favorite book in the universe! I definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a very entertaining, very whimsical, very awesome book. Now always remember that KNOWLEDGE IS NIGHT!
tugmonkey More than 1 year ago
A funny fantastic journey through a crazy little imaginary world.
Musicbear More than 1 year ago
Moers creates a whimsical travelogue that is not so much Rowling as it is Silverstein and Adams. It's light reading filled with good humor, fanciful characters and fabulous places to explore. It's not epic fantasy, it's not action driven. It's about a blue bear discovering his world. It's adult in its satire and in some of its inventions, thus a younger reader may not have the vocabulary or insight to fully enjoy it, but adult fans of whimsy and fantasy will have a ball. Highly recommended. It had me at "mini-pirate".
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this book three years ago and have since read it seven times. Each time I read it it just keeps on getting better and better. The characters, the plot, the origionality, everything, is just incredible. Walter Moers is wonderfully talented and my favorite author, I own all of his novels, (this, Rumo, City of Dreaming Books, and A Wild Ride Through the Night) and intend to, in the next few days, purchase the latest zany Zamonian adventure.
MillieHennessy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another great read by Moers. Though this was his first novel set in Zamonia, it's actually the last I've read.Bluebear takes us through half of Captain Bluebear's life, from his strange appearance in the ocean to his adventures across the land as he strives to reach Atlantis. As usual I loved all the fantastic details and illustrations and general wonkyness. As usual, there are small crossover parts from other novels, so lovers of Rumo will see him pop up.
LisaMorr on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
First, let me say what this book was not:1. A novel, which is part of the title.It's really more a collection of 13 1/2 stories about Captain Bluebear, that are not really connected in any way, about his adventures on the planet Zamonia.2. Equal parts J. K. Rowling, Douglas Adams and Shel Silverstein, as blurbed by The Washington Post on the front cover.So far from the truth. I really enjoyed Harry Potter and the Hitchhiker's Guide, but never read Silverstein, so can't comment on him. In any case, it's nothing like Harry Potter or the Hitchhiker's Guide.3. A mesmerizing read.I rarely do this, but I skipped over pages and pages of boring descriptions of the citizens of Atlantis and an ad nauseum play-by-play of the 99 rounds of a lying contest.After that, I don't know what else to say. This seems like a pretty snarky review, but when I look over what I've written I've told a little bit about the plot (what there was of it), I've discounted the blurb and by saying it wasn't a very mesmerizing read, it ends up that I don't have much energy to say much else about it.
aprille on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
My 11-year-old son says "its right up there with my favorite Terry Pratchett's!"
grizzly.anderson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I picked up captain bluebear after seeing it featured at the local bookstore for months on end and being intrigued by the opening. It is definitely a fun and light hearted fantasy that rolls right along. The cover blurb makes comparisons to JK Rowling, Douglas Adams and Shel Silverstein that I still find pretty hard to credit. Maybe Douglas Adams, but only a little, and the rest, only if you're desperate to compare the book to a bunch of easily recognized names. At times Moers gets a little too caught up in his thesaurus & the story & readability suffer, but those are definitely the exception. The story has all the elements to appeal to children, and is written with the skill and subtler humor to appeal to adults. I didn't love it, but I think it will be a lot of fun to read with my nephew in a few years. Especially the chapter about the minipirates.The book itself if broken into 14 (0r 13 1/2 if you prefer) chapters, one for each of the lives of the main character chronicled in the story. The chapters are successively longer as bluebear ages & each chapter takes on a more complex story. In theory there could be another book of bluebears adventures, since bluebears have 27 lives, but Moers seems content to let this particular character rest.
SmithSJ01 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Captain Bluebear has given me hours of pleasure!What¿s it about?Quite simply ¿ everything! This might sound strange but the book crosses so many genres that it is difficult to be more specific. I picked up on fantasy, science-fiction, philosophy, psychology, fairy tale, myth, politics and a bit of autobiography. No doubt I¿ll have missed or forgotten some genres but it¿s enough to let you know that there is something different going on in this book. The book is about half of Bluebear¿s life - Bluebears get 27 lives in total. He travels all over an imaginary world called Zamonia (don¿t worry though, there is a map included!) and the book is a recount of each of the places he visits, where he spends one of his lives at. What did I like?It is very easy reading, which is necessary as obviously a lot of it is made up ¿ this includes some of the words. I enjoyed the illustrations, they added a lot to it and helped the 700 odd pages go by that little bit quicker. I liked how it was all tied up at the end and I¿m guessing that Rumo, mentioned towards the end of the novel, might be the Rumo from one of Moers¿ other books. I also liked the fact that this book can be read on many different levels. You can read it simply as a story and I suppose if you¿re approaching this book as a young reader, this is the level you¿ll see it as. Then there¿s a sub level where you can see different messages coming through for the reader.What didn¿t I like?Sometimes, the extracts from Professor Nightingale¿s Encyclopedia detracted from the plot, but only sometimes. There were one or two of Bluebear¿s adventures that went on a little too long for me but at least they were broken up with some good illustrations.I also didn¿t like the length. Whilst the book is fantastic, it is still a very long book and became very cumbersome to hold. The notes in the margin were the final bit that I didn¿t like. However, they have a place because you can¿t always read from life to life like you would chapter to chapter due to the sheer length of some of them and therefore they did provide suitable stopping points.OverallAn enjoyable week or so spent reading this book. There is plenty to discuss, regardless of the age of the reader. Would I try something else by Moers? Yes I would but I would need a break to read something else in between.
hellobooks45 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the first in a short series by a german author. It is long, but a great, fanciful read.
picardyrose on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Extravagant imagination at work. I can't get over the mini-pirates or the island made entirely of food.
Kiwiria on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Now this is just brilliant! The 13 1/2 Lives of Captain Bluebear is one of the most fascinating books I've read. Walter Moers creates a vivid and imaginative universe and stays absolutely true to it to the very end. I think it might even be a bit better than The City of Dreaming Books although I don't like to admit it.I love his way of using the book media to tell his story, and though I generally don't care much for illustrations one way or another, here they definitely enhance the story. The characters are original and well described, and the 13.5 lives different enough to make for a very interesting story. I simply couldn't put the book down but devoured it in 2 days.
BoundTogetherForGood on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I read about 60 pages of this and just couldn't continue...I felt as if I were wasting my time...the book is SO long.
jmgold on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A very fun book that reminds me a lot of the Baron Munchausen stories. It's full of very pure storytelling and just totally unfettered imagination.However, precisely it is also a bit flawed. Moers tends to get carried away at times and loses track of the story. But when the book is good, it's very easy to get as lost in the story as he did while writing it.
The_Humungus on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I thought it looked pretty childish but I found the book wonderfully entertaining. From Bluebear's beginning of his 1st life all the way through to his 13 and 1/2 life, I could not stop enjoying his adventures through Zamonia.
angelofmusic_81 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is wonderful escapist fare. It is chidllike and whimsical and bears a distinct absurdist Douglas Adams taste, though the style belongs entirely to Moers. Each fanciful journey through one of Captain Bluebear's lives left me with a grin of awe at Moer's imagination. Once cannot fail to note the farcical nature of many aspects--what better way to drive home a point about reality that to thrust it into the absurd, making obvious all those flaws and nuances invisible in everyday light? Moers is definitely an author I'll be reading more of. I just pity I can't read German--though the trranslation is excellent, I would really like to read the "real deal".
djfifitrix on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I love, love, love this book, it is hilarious. I borrowed it from work (I am a uni librarian) on the recommendation of a colleague. When I first looked at the monster of a book that it is, I was a little bit put off, but since it was catalogued in our children's/ teen fiction section, knew I must give it a go.Each life is a spearate chapter, and Moers describes everything in a way that can make you cry with tears of laugher, or find yourself being frightened along with Bluebear. Some of the illustrations are brilliant, and help you to imagine some of the events and things that Bluebear experiences.The chapters are very long, but some pages are taken up with the large bold text filling half the page, and the illustrations as well. There are some hilarious moments in this book, especially whilst Bluebear is studying with the professor (I especially liked his inventions - the bike with square wheels for travelling up and down stairs, and the explanation of why there are black holes in the universe). Well worth the read, please persevere if you are daunted by the size of it.
eleanor_eader on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Bizarre and charming
bookwormie8katie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing. It actually took me into the world where Bluebear was and I felt suspense and horror for the fictional character at times. An awesomely, intelligently written book.
othersam on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Ever wondered what it's like to walk through a giant's brain, or live in a tornado? Now you can find out. Gasp! as the eponymous Bluebear narrowly escapes all manner of horrible deaths, from drowning in ear-wax to being dissolved in Spiderwitch venom. Thrill! as your blue hero goes ninety-nine rounds in an all-star lying contest, in front of a gawping Atlantis stadium-crowd! Okay, this is a deeply silly book, and you have to be in the right mood for it. But I love it dearly. Give it a wallop, I say.
eesti23 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I only bought this book because of the cover and the fact that I had book vouchers to spend. The book was interesting and the pictures made the huge book not quite so huge. I'm glad I read this book but it was not as good or exciting as I had imagined and at many points I was left just feeling down right confused - but hey great cover! :o)
nimoloth on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I finally finished this book! I've been reading it on and off for about a year now. It's not that it's bad, it just didn't grab my attention enough. Once you start reading it, it's very easy to continue, because it's very easy to read, but you don't have to get back to it to find out what happens next when you put it down. This is probably because it has no plot. It is the story of a blue bear in a fictional part of Earth (an island in the Atlantic called Zamonia, where the city Atlantis is), and tells off his adventures in life, each more absurd and ridiculous than the last. The author is constantly trying to outdo himself in far fetched tales, which gets a bit tiring after a while, although not enough that I gave up.The author is a comic book artist, and the book is full of illustrations (which I wasn't overly fond of) and the text is large and well spaced, so it's quick to read, although it looks huge. You'll like this if you like surreal fantasy with no plot.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Absolutely fabulous!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago