Sunday, 26 August 2007

Book Review: Rumo & His Miraculous Adventures (Walter Moers)

Long time no book rview. So today got book review. So fun whee!

Ok, back to not knowing what to blog about.

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Title: Rumo & His Miraculous Adventures
Author:Walter Moers

Synopsis (from Amazon.com):
Rumo is a little Wolperting who will one day become the greatest hero in the history of Zamonia. Armed with Dandelion, his talking sword, he fights his way across Overworld and Netherworld, two very different realms chock-full of adventures, dangers, and unforgettable characters: Rala, the beautiful girl Wolperting who cultivates a hazardous relationship with death; General Ticktock, the evil commander of the Copper Killers; Ushan DeLucca, the finest and most weather-sensitive swordsman in Zamonia; Volzotan Smyke, the corpulent Shark Grub; Rolv of the Forest, a Wolperting who can pass through the White Fire; Yggdra Syl, the guardian of the Nurn Forest and its talkative animals; Professor Abdullah Nightingale, inventor of the Chest-of-Drawers Oracle; and, the worst of luck, the deadly Metal Maiden.

What I Liked:
  • Back to Zamonia! Whee!
  • Together with Captain Blubear, this is one of the most fun books I've read in recent times.
  • It's as imaginative as ever
  • Wolpertings rock!
  • Awesomely weird and cool characters
  • It's been translated so well that it's hard to believe that this was all actually in German in the first place
  • The most God-awesomely exciting battle in a book evah!

What I Didn't Like:
  • Not much I didn't like actually. Ok, maybe its not as crazy and nutty as Captain Bluebear, but that's it.
  • A little annoyed that somehow it doesn't tie in to Rumo's appearence in Captain Bluebear... but that's just me.
  • Damn big book, so it was a little hard to bring around, which meant I couldn't finish it as fast as I wanted to. :-(

Summary:
I read and reviewed The 13 1/2 Lives of Captain Bluebear by Walter Moers sometime ago, and loved it so much that I bought Rumo AND The City of Dreaming Books one after another.

However, I haven't had time to finish Rumo as fast as I'd have liked to, but last night I finally managed to finish it. And now I can't wait to start on City of Dreaming Books.

I loved Captain Bluebear, and I love Rumo as well. I love the craziness of it all, the way Moers just throws in anything and everything and still somehow make everything tie together in the end.

The story here is slightly less zany as Captain Bluebears and a little more straightforward as well; but that doesn't detract from the fact that its still one heck of a fun and crazy read. After all, when you've got characters like the Non-Existent Teenies, the Dead Yetis, and a schizophrenic sword called Dandelion, what more can you ask for?

It's easily one of the most imaginative and creative series of books I've read in ages. Get it, read it, and have fun!

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