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Tintinrulz
Member
#31 · Posted: 17 Feb 2005 01:11
I don't see why everyone thinks Red Rackham's Treasure is a masterpiece. I found it to be the least thrilling Tintin adventure.
MoonRocket
Member
#32 · Posted: 17 Feb 2005 02:26
I agree -- I like all the plot twists in the story, and the humor is great, too -- but I think it kind of lets the reader down in the fact that they don't find *buried* treasure. Then again, there seem to be a lot of people who like the idea that it was in Marlinspike the whole time.
Tintinrulz
Member
#33 · Posted: 17 Feb 2005 03:03
Actually my favourite part is that they find the treasure at Marlinspike. Its an original twist to an otherwise cliche pirate treasure plot.
fritzette
Member
#34 · Posted: 18 Feb 2005 15:04
Land of the Soviets (have to read)

Tintin in the Congo (have to read)

Tintin in America 7

Cigars of the Pharaoh 8

Blue Lotus 10

Broken Ear 9

Black Island 8

King Ottokar's Sceptre 6

Crab with the Golden Claws 8

Shooting Star 10

Secret of The Unicorn 9

Red Rackham's Treasure 9

Seven Crystal Balls 7

Prisoners of the Sun 10

Land of Black Gold 8

Destination Moon 8

Explorers on the Moon 8

Calculus Affair 7

Red Sea Sharks 9

Tintin in Tibet 7

The Castafiore Emerald 6

Flight 714 9

Tintin and the Picaros 10

Tintin and Alph-Art (have to read)

Tintin and the Lake of Sharks 5
gnolles
Member
#35 · Posted: 21 Feb 2005 10:40 · Edited by: Moderator
Here comes gnolles:
I find a real crescendo in Herge's work (except for the Lotus!)
Tibet is THE masterpiece of all comic strips ever written.
The Castafiore Emerald is the perfect work to conclude all these adventures, and Herge jokes perfectly about himself: great art!
Flight 714 and the Picaros could have been written by ANY middle range comic strip author, though they are exceptional in some details.
Soviets: 5
Congo: 3
America: 3
Cigars: 6
Blue Lotus: 10
Broken Ear: 6
Black Island: 6
Sceptre: 7
Shooting Star: 7
Unicorn: 7
Rackham: 8
7 Cristal Balls: 7
Prisoners of the Sun: 7
Land of Black Gold: 5
Destination Moon: 8
Explorers on the Moon: 8
Calcullus: 9
Red Sea Sharks: 9
Tibet: 10+
The Castafiore's Emerald: 10+
Flight 714: 4
Picaros: 4
Lake of Sharks: 0
Alph'art: ...could have become a 10!
the Crab: 4!

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[Edited by Moderator (marsbar). Combined two posts.]
snafu
Member
#36 · Posted: 26 Feb 2005 17:56
All the Tintin books (besides "Tintin in the Congo" and "Lake of the Sharks", which I haven't read) are very good.
The differences in quality are generally quite minor. Hard to rank them all!
Here's a try:

Top Tier:
"The Blue Lotus"
"Red Rackham's Treasure"
"The Red Sea Sharks"
"The Calculus Affair"
"King Ottokar's Sceptre"
"Tintin in Tibet"
"The Land of Black Gold"

Second Tier:
"Tintin and the Picaros"
"The Broken Ear"
"Cigars of the Pharaoh"
"The Seven Crystal Balls"
"Prisoners of the Sun"
"Destination Moon"
"Explorers on the Moon"

Third Tier:
"Tintin in America"
"Tintin in the Land of the Soviets"
"The Shooting Star"
"The Black Island"
"The Crab with the Golden Claws"
"The Secret of The Unicorn"

Fourth Tier:
"The Castafiore Emerald"
"Flight 714"

I'm not 100% sure of my choices. I might be regularly editing these...
lloyd
Member
#37 · Posted: 9 Apr 2005 16:27
If I had to choose one story above all others it would be The Seven Crystal Balls/ Prisoners of the Sun combination.
By this point in the series Hergé had all his main characters defined, and their interactions had become familiar.
They now had a definite 'home' in Marlinspike - a base from which adventures could ensue.
The Seven Crystal Balls is pure adventure - suspense, danger, mysticism, the supernatural.
These are familiar themes in Tintin books - the mystery and power of another culture being underestimated by Westerners.
Prisoners of the Sun is an equally impressive adventure: an epic journey into an unpredictable world. Stumbling into the Temple of the Sun is pure genius. My only reservation is that I know the Incas would have been familiar with total eclipses.
I'm surprised to see The Castafiore Emerald so low in people's opinions.
I think Hergé was just playing around with the formula, seeing how far he could confuse the conventions of the world he had created.
Tintin in Tibet is also a masterpiece: it reflects a difficult time in the author's life. The empty landscapes and the search for missing friendship raise the book above the more swashbuckling appeal of other adventures.
My only reservation is the yeti - I would have preferred not to have seen it. The sequence in the cave seems too comic within the context of the rest of the book.
I also think that The Black Island is one of the more sophisticated earlier books - again a pure adventure story mixed with tension and fear of the unknown.
Lloyd.
szplug
Member
#38 · Posted: 10 Apr 2005 10:12
My Rating :-

Land of the Soviets - Yet to read
Tintin in the Congo - Yet to read
Tintin in America - 5
Cigars of the Pharaoh - 6
Blue Lotus - 7
Broken Ear - 4
Black Island - 8
King Ottokar's Sceptre - 7
Crab with the Golden Claws - 7
Shooting Star - 6
Secret of The Unicorn - 6
Red Rackham's Treasure - 8
Seven Crystal Balls - 7
Prisoners of the Sun - 9
Land of Black Gold - 9
Destination Moon - 6
Explorers on the Moon - 8
Calculus Affair - 9
Red Sea Sharks - 8
Tintin in Tibet - 10
The Castafiore Emerald - 3
Flight 714 - 6
Tintin and the Picaros - 7
Tintin and Alph-Art - yet to read
Tintin and the Lake of Sharks - 4

Castafiore Emerald I don't like at all, in spite of good artwork.
Firstly it had a very sedate setting i.e. Marlinspike Hall , but this also I would not mind so much if the end would have been a little more exciting.
Secondly, the culprit being a bird was a big letdown, it could have been the maid or the pianist or a reporter.
It had all the trappings of a good Agatha Christie potboiler, yet it flattered to deceive.

Generally I do not like any first book of a two set story - it leaves a feeling of incompleteness.
Hence the case with Unicorn and Destination Moon, and to some extent The Seven Crystal Balls, which I like more than the other two because of the eerieness at the start of the story, which makes my hair stand up!

Tibet is the Zenith of Hergé's creativity, the artwork is sheer poetry.
Adoraxis
Member
#39 · Posted: 11 Apr 2005 03:09
Land of the Soviets - Never read
Tintin in the Congo - Never read
Tintin in America 7
Cigars of the Pharaoh 9
Blue Lotus 7
Broken Ear 3
Black Island 10
King Ottokar's Sceptre 10
Crab with the Golden Claws 8
Shooting Star 9
Secret of The Unicorn 10
Red Rackham's Treasure 10
Seven Crystal Balls 9
Prisoners of the Sun 10
Land of Black Gold 8
Destination Moon 10
Explorers on the Moon 10
Calculus Affair 10
Red Sea Sharks 10
Tintin in Tibet 9
The Castafiore Emerald 4
Flight 714 10
Tintin and the Picaros 10
Tintin and Alph-Art - Never read
Tintin and the Lake of Sharks - Never read
Prawn
Member
#40 · Posted: 11 Apr 2005 21:17
Land of the Soviets - Not read enough to come to a judgement
Tintin in the Congo 6 - Only read partly in French that I don't under-stand so I can't rate
Tintin in America 7
Cigars of the Pharaoh 7
Blue Lotus 5
Broken Ear 4
Black Island 3
King Ottokar's Sceptre 6
Crab with the Golden Claws 8
Shooting Star 6
Secret of The Unicorn 4
Red Rackham's Treasure 4
Seven Crystal Balls 10
Prisoners of the Sun 8
Land of Black Gold 9
Destination Moon 6
Explorers on the Moon 10
Calculus Affair 10
Red Sea Sharks 7
Tintin in Tibet 5
The Castafiore Emerald 4
Flight 714 7
Tintin and the Picaros 5
Tintin and Alph-Art - Again only read in French so I can't comment
Tintin and the Lake of Sharks 1

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