- Series: Adventures of Tintin (Paperback) (Book 12)
- Paperback: 64 pages
- Publisher: Egmont Books Ltd; UK ed. edition (November 4, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1405206241
- ISBN-13: 978-1405206242
- Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 0.2 x 11.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 44 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,223,462 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Herge (Georges Remi) was born in Brussels in 1907. Over the course of 54 years he completed 23 albums of The Adventures of Tintin series, which is now considered to be one of the greatest, if not the greatest, comics series of all time. With translations published in over 80 languages, more than 230 million copies sold worldwide and a Hollywood movie to its name, Tintin dominates the Comics and Graphic Novels chart even today. Sadly, Herge died in 1983, leaving his 24th album, Tintin and Alph-Art, unfinished, but his hero continues to be one of the most iconic characters in both adult and children's fiction.
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However, if you're new to Tin Tin and Snowy, start collecting from the beginning with Tin Tin in Russia. It's a little different than the rest but will get you off on the right foot.
Attending a variety performance at a theater, Tintin and a newly countrified Captain Haddock watch a clairvoyant Indian women performing under a trance. She suddenly describes a vision of horror that has diverted her from her performance. What is going on with those seven explorers, including Tintin's old friend Professor Cantonneau, who have returned to Europe after exploring Inca tombs? They begin to fall into comas and experience visions of being tortured. Modern Europe, with its police and medical science, is incapable of dealing with the powers of a more primitive time. It takes someone greater, but Tintin is always around.
Professor Calculus is kidnapped after his friend Professor Tarragon, the last unaffected explorer, goes into a coma. This ensures that Captain Haddock and Tintin will be involved to the fullest. Also worked into the plot is General Alcazar, Tintin's old friend from San Theodoros, who he had stumbled on when trying to unravel a different mystery in "The Broken Ear." (But the reader wonders why he greets Tintin as a friend, for their previous encounter had ended in the General's men chasing after Tintin because someone had falsely told Alcazar that Tintin was a spy.) Alcazar goes by the name "Ramon Zarate" as a knife thrower who was a performer at the theater event referred to above. But his inclusion has a much more important element.
"The Seven Crystal Balls" has the single-most embarrassing moment for Captain Haddock resulting from a klutzy act, as well as the usual goofery of Thomson and Thompson. But the main plot far dominates. "Prisoners of the Sun," the sequel set in Peru, is my sentimental favorite in the series, and I recommend it with five stars along with this excellent first entry.
Since this is a two-part adventure concluded in "Prisoners of the Sun", artist and author Herge takes his time setting up the story. We are treated to some humor as Captain Haddock plays the country squire, and more humor as he and Tintin visit the local music hall. The story properly gets underway when Tintin is consulted by the bumbling detectives Thompson and Thomson, who are investigating a series of mysterious attacks on the members of the Peru expedition.
Tintin and the detectives are unable to stop the attacks, which place the men in a coma. Tintin, the Captain, Professor Calculus, and the police all assemble at the home of the last healthy archeologist, there to guard him during a suitably dark and stormy night. They fail; an unknown assailant kidnaps Calculus into the bargain. Tintin and the Captain set out in pursuit, on a trail that leads back to Peru.
"The Seven Crystal Balls" is a classic Tintin adventure; the story and artwork hold up extremely well. It is highly recommended to fans of Tintin of all ages.
Indiana, Grade 2
I think TinTin The Seven Crystal Balls is mystical. There is a small box and they find a piece of crystal. It is from a crystal ball. They had to think for a moment to figure it out. I think all kids should read this book. It is so good.
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