Captain Bluebear tells the story of his first 13-1/2 lives spent on the mysterious continent of Zamonia, where intelligence is an infectious disease, water flows uphill, and dangers lie in wait for him around every corner.
I enjoyed reading The 13½ Lives of Captain Bluebear in the beginning. However, after making progress with the book, I started to lose interest.
The characters are extremely unique to say the least. The world concepts are amazing, but the storytelling is far from good. The book needs a serious cleanup, say four hundred pages erased. I felt like more than half of it was pure filling. A bunch of chapters were useless, they had nothing to do with the story and the book could easily live without them.
The story lacks consistency; it feels like a to-do list rather than a story. I woke up today at 8 am, ate some yogurt for breakfast, took the bus to work, shot my boss is the face with my shotgun, and then took a dump on his desk.
The things I love the most about The 13½ Lives of Captain Bluebear are the illustrations. Walter Moers is a very skilled artist, and he managed to create a very interesting universe. I think Walter Moers needs some work on his storytelling, since this is his weakest point from what I’ve observed.
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