Seven hundred and three pages…Whew. (Thank goodness there were some pictures sprinkled throughout.) This one sorta ranks right up there in epic length like Les Miserables and Lord of the Rings.
What drew me in first was that adorable blue bear on the cover and the review stating, “Sheer craziness…Very amusing.” Then there were the words on the back. “The most entertaining book in years.” This last quote was attributed to Frankfurter Allemeine Zeitung. I don’t know who or what Frankfurter Allemeine Zeitung is. A Google search netted a Wikipedia result about Frankfurter Allgemeine (notice the added “g”) Zeitung and a whole bunch of other websites in German. No matter. I had to read this book if only to see if it was, indeed, the most entertaining book in years. Finish #14 is The 13 1/2 Lives of Captain Bluebear by Walter Moers.
Crazy? Indeed. Amusing? Yes. The most entertaining book in years? Eh. It was entertaining. But the most entertaining? I’m not certain I’d go quite that far. I thoroughly enjoyed numerous parts of this book: Bluebear’s time spent in the Eternal Tornado, Bluebear’s interactions with the Troglotroll, and Bluebear’s fourth life on Gourmet Island. Bluebear’s time in Atlantis, though, was a bit too long for me. That part could have, in fact, almost been a book all its own as it lasted a whopping 178 pages.
So, would I recommend it? Yes. The creativity and imagination that went into the writing of this book make the time spent plowing through 703 pages worthwhile. Would I perhaps like to see a Captain Bluebear edition of Munchkin? (Any Munchkin fans out there???) Yes to that too…are you listening Munchkin creators. Get right on that, would you? Cards with Troglotroll, Spiderwitch, and Zamonium monsters…Dimensional Hiatus curse card…The possibilities are endless.