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The Shooting Star (The Adventures of Tintin) Paperback – May 30, 1978

Book 10 of 25 in the Tintin Series

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Hergé, one of the most famous Belgians in the world, was a comics writer and artist. The internationally successful Adventures of Tintin are his most well-known and beloved works. They have been translated into 38 different languages and have inspired such legends as Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein. He wrote and illustrated for The Adventures of Tintin until his death in 1983.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Grade Level: 3 and up
  • Series: The Adventures of Tintin: Original Classic
  • Paperback: 62 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (May 30, 1978)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316358517
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316358514
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 0.2 x 11.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,336 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hergé, one of the most famous Belgians in the world, was a comics writer and artist. The internationally successful Adventures of Tintin are his most well-known and beloved works. They have been translated into 38 different languages and have inspired such legends as Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein. He wrote and illustrated for "The Adventures of Tintin" until his death in 1983.

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Definitely worth reading for fans of Tintin.
General Breadbasket
They were adventure stories with exciting action, mysterious puzzles, hilarious characters, and real world concepts I could understand.
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The curious reporter visits the city's observatory only to learn that the planet will meet its doom the very next morning.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By darragh o'donoghue on May 27, 2002
Format: Paperback
After a string of stories loosely based on mystery/crime plots, 'The Shooting Star' initiates the formula that would become fairly standard in the Tintin books to come: the science-fiction adventure, a kind of modernist Jules Verne. A huge meteorite flying past earth splinters a large fragment which lands near the North Pole. Containing a new metal called phostlite, named after the astronomer who detected it, Tintin and Snowy join an expedition of world-class scientists to lay claim to the rock, in a ship captained by one Haddock, now unlikely President of the Society for Sober Sailors (despite smuggling crates of whiskey for the journey). Their quest, however, is pre-empted by another expedition, financed by crooked Sao Rico banker, cigar-chomping (anti-Semitic caricature?), Bohlwinkel.
The first dozen pages of 'Star' are unequalled in literature for sustaining a nightmare mood of unaccountable suspense and anxiety (appropriate given the Occupation context [1941] in which the story was written). The meteor is introduced as both a speedily growing incandescence in the night sky, and by a melting heat afflicting the usually drizzly Brussels, the tar on the roads melting, armies of rats fleeing the gutter, car-tyres popping and mad prophets pronouncing millenarian judgements. The spangled blackness of the sky is offset by the dreamlike twilight blue that illuminates the streets. When Tintin rushes to the observatory, he finds the spanking, steely modern technology run by an eccentric gaggle of Dickensian relics, all black frock-coated dodderers, running around in the vicious circles of their own self-absorption, headed by the appropriately-named, anvil-headed Phostle.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By "admiral_gg" on September 2, 2000
Format: Paperback
I agree with the other reviewers before me that this episode of Tintin, is, well a little bizarre. For example, in the first few pages we learn that the world is coming to an end due to a predicted meteor that will crash into earth. One of the series strangest and most satirical character, Philippulus the Prophet makes an all too brief appearance with his words of doom for all the sinners of this world. Well, by morning of the next day, the world has not ended. Life goes on. The real adventure begins when Tintin, Capt. Haddock and a group of international scientists go on a quest to beat out their competition and to be the first ones to find a piece of the fragmented meteor that fell into the arctic oceans. It's basically an old fashioned space race but in cartoon. Personally, I liked this episode. I think it's charmingly weird--like reading a dream because it's full of imaginative stuff: armageddon, Tintin parachuting onto a boiling hot rock, spiders that grow into the size of cars, exploding pokadoted mushrooms from outer space.... Like I said, The Shooting Star could very be the name of a painting by Salvador Dali. Still, in general, this episode is quite worthy because you do have some pretty funny and exciting moments--which is, of course, the essence of Tintin.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By General Breadbasket on November 9, 2006
Format: Paperback
"The Shooting Star" is one of my favorite Tintin adventures. It's got action, humour, and a colorful final sequence.

Walking home one night, Tintin sees a large star in the sky, a star that hadn't been there before. The astronomers have spotted it too, and predict it will colide with and end the Earth! The meteor causes an earthquake on impact, but fortunately that's all. According to some of their readings, the astronomers believe the meteorite is made of a mysterious new metal, and decide to make a trip by boat (led by Captain Haddock) to the Arctic Ocean to investigate. An oil company from Sao Rico has also decided to visit the meteor, to take the new metal for themselves. It becomes a race filled with sabotage and seasickness. Will Tintin and the astronomers be able to beat them to it?

It's a very easy going, straightforward story, and I think that's why I like it so much. It's got a few elements of sci-fi to it (like the effects of the meteor on the Earth) and a dream sequence, which were a nice touch too. It's good to see Captain Haddock, it always is, but from the way the story starts, it is a bit unexpected. A nice surpise though.

Definitely worth reading for fans of Tintin.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gary Selikow on February 13, 2005
Format: Paperback
Set in the 1930's, another great Tintin adventure begins in Brussels
Tintin notices that there is an extra star in the Great Bear constellation, that keeps growing bigger. He heads to the Space Observatory where he makes acquaintance with Professor Phostle and also encounters a madman who calls himself Philippulus the prophet. Phostle's prediction of the destruction of the world being imminent turns out to be off the mark, but Tintin joins important expedition to Greenland, to find the new mineral on the asteroid that has crashed into the ocean there, headed by Phostle and under the auspices of the European Foundation for Scientific Research.
A rival expedition financed by Sao Rico businessman Bohlwinkel does all it can to sabotage Tintin and friends, as the good ship Aurora heads out north.
A surreal dreamlike Tintin album with, as usual, lots of exciting colourful detail. Exciting and a lot of fun.
The episode of the anti-semitic stereotype of the international banker Bohlwinkel, Herge insisted was a genuine error with no malicious intent.
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