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Same great Tintin volumes, same 3-in-1 format, with a classy new look! Join traveling reporter Tintin and his faithful dog Snowy, along with well-known friends such as Captain Haddock, as they embark on extraordinary adventures spanning historical and political events, fantasy and science-fiction adventures and thrilling mysteries. These full-color graphic novels broke new Same great Tintin volumes, same 3-in-1 format, with a classy new look! Join traveling reporter Tintin and his faithful dog Snowy, along with well-known friends such as Captain Haddock, as they embark on extraordinary adventures spanning historical and political events, fantasy and science-fiction adventures and thrilling mysteries. These full-color graphic novels broke new ground when they were first released and became the inspiration for countless modern-day comic artists. This repackaged hardcover volume contains 3 classic Tintin stories, including: The Castafiore Emerald, Flight 714 to Sydney, and Tintin and the Picaros.


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Same great Tintin volumes, same 3-in-1 format, with a classy new look! Join traveling reporter Tintin and his faithful dog Snowy, along with well-known friends such as Captain Haddock, as they embark on extraordinary adventures spanning historical and political events, fantasy and science-fiction adventures and thrilling mysteries. These full-color graphic novels broke new Same great Tintin volumes, same 3-in-1 format, with a classy new look! Join traveling reporter Tintin and his faithful dog Snowy, along with well-known friends such as Captain Haddock, as they embark on extraordinary adventures spanning historical and political events, fantasy and science-fiction adventures and thrilling mysteries. These full-color graphic novels broke new ground when they were first released and became the inspiration for countless modern-day comic artists. This repackaged hardcover volume contains 3 classic Tintin stories, including: The Castafiore Emerald, Flight 714 to Sydney, and Tintin and the Picaros.

30 review for The Adventures of Tintin, Volume 8: The Castafiore Emerald / Flight 714 to Sydney / Tintin and the Picaros / Tintin and Alph-Art

  1. 4 out of 5

    Katie Emmanuelle

    My favorite story was: Tintin and the Picaros and Flight 714 to Sydney.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Daniel

    The last of Tintin! Spoilers lurk here. My first impression was that all 3.x of these books were quite different from a typical Tintin adventure. Then I realised there isn't any such thing as a typical Tintin adventure. (view spoiler)[ The Castafiore Emerald Tintin, usually so story-driven, here participates in an anti-story, a non-story. Things seem to happen, but don't. Villains appear to lurk in every corner, but don't. Stuff just happens, and the characters imagine them to be something to do with The last of Tintin! Spoilers lurk here. My first impression was that all 3.x of these books were quite different from a typical Tintin adventure. Then I realised there isn't any such thing as a typical Tintin adventure. (view spoiler)[ The Castafiore Emerald Tintin, usually so story-driven, here participates in an anti-story, a non-story. Things seem to happen, but don't. Villains appear to lurk in every corner, but don't. Stuff just happens, and the characters imagine them to be something to do with a story, only to discover again and again that nothing's going on. So what we have is a comedy of manners, with slapstick humour, and a story that is virtually a parody of the 'usual' Tintin style of story. Fascinating, and fun when it's sufficiently funny, but not really fully enjoyable, because we really do like a good story. Meanwhile, the gypsies. They're a red herring, in that we might expect them to be the villains. So Herge shows he can portray a non-caucasian ethnicity with respect. Also, the Nazis hated gypsies, so if Herge can write and draw them like this, he can't be a Nazi. A while ago I reviewed an earlier Tintin omnibus, and gave Herge a piece of my mind for failing to rebel against his Nazi oppressors and be pointlessly killed before fulfilling his life's work of making beautiful stories. I've mellowed since then. I feel I was a bit harsh. Flight 714 to Sydney It's hard to talk about this at the moment. Soon after I started reading it, aspects of it began to play out in real life, with the loss of flight MH370. The real-life events overshadowed the slight story in here. But... aliens!? Aliens associated with ancient artefacts... it's sort of Erich von Daniken meets Raiders of the Lost Ark, on the Lost island. By a curious coincidence, the day after I started reading Tintin in Tibet earlier this year, an air crash exactly like the one that book begins with was reported, in the same place and with the exact same number of casualties. That made my ears prick up, but the world soon forgot that little crash and so did I. But when MH370 vanished I started to wonder if I should stop reading Tintin... Tintin and the Picaros The transformation of the characters since the earlier books is very apparent. Tintin has the persona of a tired old man who resists the call to adventure; Captain Haddock has lost his love of whisky and much of his rage - mainly he's angry that he doesn't love whisky any more; Snowy behaves more and more like a real dog. Without those vividly contrasting personality types, Tintin doesn't quite work. I didn't really enjoy this very much. It approaches unpleasant real life matters too closely, with its South American dictators and would-be dictators vying for power, one of whom happens to be Tintin's old friend General Alcazar. I would like to think Tintin could save his friends without being so closely aligned with a violent would-be dictator. This is Tintin taking on some of Herge's shame, compromising himself. In real life this may be necessary, but from the boy hero of beautiful stories we may expect more. The final few panels show that Herge knew exactly what he was doing in this story: Tintin insisted that the revolution he enabled must be bloodless. The final panels show a fearful woman and child in a slum, watching two armed uniformed thugs watching Tintin's plane pass over. The implication: as soon as Tintin's out of sight, the horrible reality of a dictatorship will reassert itself. Tintin and Alph-Art This is a rough draft of the next Tintin story, which Herge was still conceiving when he died. Rough and very rough storyboards are enhanced by an English translation of the dialogue and description of the action, which is often not clear from the rough drawings. I mainly just read the script, and allowed my eye to quickly scan the pictures. From these storyboards you get a sense of what really makes a story... often they leave out everything except the faces: because a story is mainly people talking and reacting to each other, and everything else is filler. Occasional technical details, especially automobiles, are drawn in much greater detail than anything else, including people. Perhaps Herge just liked drawing them. The faces of the characters are always recognisable, but clearly scribbled in seconds rather than painstakingly drafted. From time to time these few vague lines will come to life, as expressive and economical as in Charles Schulz's Peanuts. This story is a great loss. Even in draft form, you get the sense that the characters are revitalised, filled with an energy they've lacked for decades. Herge is writing about a subject dear to his heart, art, and this seems to have brought his work to life again. There are signs Tintin has gone through puberty since the last story, because surely he and Martine would have got together? The secret she almost tells him at one point must be that she loves him? (Or at least that she's a fan, which is near enough.) Tintin's investigations seem often to require him to go and see Martine again, and in panels featuring her, her red lips are the only colour among the pencil lines. The thriller elements seem stronger than they've been for a long time. They're as simplistic as thriller elements get, but coupled and contrasted with all that discussion of art, the simplistic shooting and car chasing seem just right. (hide spoiler)]

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jeff

    Although I've occasionally heard comments to the effect that Tintin's last couple of published adventures are some of the weakest entries in the series, I'd have to say that I disagree with those sentiments. Praise for The Castafiore Emerald seems to be pretty universal, and I won't argue the point, especially since Herge manages to pull it off in what is at first blush one of the unlikeliest of scenarios: the adventure comes to visit Tintin and Captain Haddock at home in Marlinspike, rather tha Although I've occasionally heard comments to the effect that Tintin's last couple of published adventures are some of the weakest entries in the series, I'd have to say that I disagree with those sentiments. Praise for The Castafiore Emerald seems to be pretty universal, and I won't argue the point, especially since Herge manages to pull it off in what is at first blush one of the unlikeliest of scenarios: the adventure comes to visit Tintin and Captain Haddock at home in Marlinspike, rather than the more usual setup that requires the duo to travel to some exotic locale in search of a good story.[return][return]So what then of the remaining two adventures in this volume, which do not seem to generally receive praise at any level approaching that accorded to The Castafiore Emerald? As a child, I loved Flight 714 best out of all the Tintin adventures, and my admiration for it remains. The crazy plot features aliens, revolutionaries, a cranky billionaire, and a return appearance from Rastapopoulos, one of the most entertaining of Tintin's adversaries. The artwork represents Herge at his peak, and there is lots of gratuitous gunplay, so what's not to love?[return][return]And lastly, we have Tintin and the Picaros, the capstone to Tintin's long career. If this adventure represents a return to the characters and environs of The Broken Ear, it pulls the trick off with wonderful style, and manages to redeem some of the cross-cultural crudity and misunderstanding that marred the earlier story. The grim political situation at the heart of Tintin and the Picaros is redeemed by the comedy surrounding Professor Calculus's anti-alcohol pill, to say nothing of Bianca Castafiore (and her ever-present maid and accompanist) in jail![return][return]Overall, I think the three adventures compiled in this volume are among the very best of the Tintin series, and a fine end to his brilliant and always-entertaining career in the comics.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Dan

    The Tintin stories for anyone who has read them and understands their history can't be viewed as anything other than groundbreaking. The beginnings of these stories have been around as long as the Lord of the Rings, the illustration and environments in the Tintin books are accurate and extremely detailed. Anyone who has spent even a little time exploring Herge (Georges Remi) can see the painstaking research and adversity he worked through to compose the world around Tintin. His ideas were ahead The Tintin stories for anyone who has read them and understands their history can't be viewed as anything other than groundbreaking. The beginnings of these stories have been around as long as the Lord of the Rings, the illustration and environments in the Tintin books are accurate and extremely detailed. Anyone who has spent even a little time exploring Herge (Georges Remi) can see the painstaking research and adversity he worked through to compose the world around Tintin. His ideas were ahead of his time (Exploring the moon, Industrialization, South American political conflict, modern slave trade, extraterrestrial life) and he made certain every detail for every object would be realistic (after the third book at least). Herge's work can certainly be cited as an influence for any modern day graphic novel or comic book. Merged review: The Tintin stories for anyone who has read them and understands their history can't be viewed as anything other than groundbreaking. The beginnings of these stories have been around as long as the Lord of the Rings, the illustration and environments in the Tintin books are accurate and extremely detailed. Anyone who has spent even a little time exploring Herge (Georges Remi) can see the painstaking research and adversity he worked through to compose the world around Tintin. His ideas were ahead of his time (Exploring the moon, Industrialization, South American political conflict, modern slave trade, extraterrestrial life) and he made certain every detail for every object would be realistic (after the third book at least). Herge's work can certainly be cited as an influence for any modern day graphic novel or comic book.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Penelope

    I've never read any of the Tintin comics, and this so happened to be the one I picked up at the library. After I began reading, it became obvious that many previous adventures laid the groundwork for the ones in this collection (i.e. characters re-introduced from previous stories, character developments that were mentioned in previous stories, etc). Nonetheless, I got to know the characters quickly and everything was explained (or implied) well enough that I wasn't confused. Herge is a great sto I've never read any of the Tintin comics, and this so happened to be the one I picked up at the library. After I began reading, it became obvious that many previous adventures laid the groundwork for the ones in this collection (i.e. characters re-introduced from previous stories, character developments that were mentioned in previous stories, etc). Nonetheless, I got to know the characters quickly and everything was explained (or implied) well enough that I wasn't confused. Herge is a great story-teller and I immediately felt myself drawn into Tintin's adventures. I think my favorite part of all the stories was the mixture of adventure and humor. A "serious" plot is seamlessly intermingled with bouts of complete absurdity, and the dialogue is perfect. I liked all three stories in this collection, but The Castafiore Emerald was my favorite...it was just so silly at times, but an interesting mystery. Will definitely be reading more Tintin. Not sure why it took me so long in the first place!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Ollie

    Tintin brings me back memories of being in eighth grade, the Algebra or Arithmetic teacher screaming at me after they discovered a copy of his adventures hidden inside my exercise book. Life was much simpler back then, where every bullet missed its target, every expedition had a happy end and every villain was vanquished (but sometimes able to escape and appear in a later story.) The stories hold less magic today to my adult self, though the nostalgia is plentiful to keep me turning the pages. D Tintin brings me back memories of being in eighth grade, the Algebra or Arithmetic teacher screaming at me after they discovered a copy of his adventures hidden inside my exercise book. Life was much simpler back then, where every bullet missed its target, every expedition had a happy end and every villain was vanquished (but sometimes able to escape and appear in a later story.) The stories hold less magic today to my adult self, though the nostalgia is plentiful to keep me turning the pages. Depiction of some of the non-European characters is problematic but I didn't spot any of the offensive material which apparently exists in other stories. Interestingly, there are hardly any female characters in these stories - the plots centre exclusively on male friendships, companionship, adventure and battle. Tintin belongs to a long gone era - I'd be curious to know whether young boys today relate to him at all.

  7. 5 out of 5

    LG

    I’d probably substitute Tintin and the Picaros with King Ottokar’s Sceptre or The Black Island, but the two other titles in this volume definitely make my desert-island list. Reading aloud with friends and family from a Tintin book is one of the pleasures of the innocent life. I always voiced Captain Haddock, Bianca Castafiore, and one of the detective twins – Thomson, to be precise. Or was it Thompson … ? I’d probably substitute Tintin and the Picaros with King Ottokar’s Sceptre or The Black Island, but the two other titles in this volume definitely make my desert-island list. Reading aloud with friends and family from a Tintin book is one of the pleasures of the innocent life. I always voiced Captain Haddock, Bianca Castafiore, and one of the detective twins – Thomson, to be precise. Or was it Thompson … ?

  8. 5 out of 5

    Iain Turnbull

    The final volume of this great collection of Tintin books. Herge was certainly pushing his boundaries here - The Castafiore Emerald is a great example of a story where not much happens, but it's still entertaining; and 714 and the Picaros had the characters deviating from their usual behaviour, which made for another couple of great books. Alph-Art is the really odd one here, though - it is just the rough sketches and notes for the first half or so of Herge's final unfinished book, but it was cle The final volume of this great collection of Tintin books. Herge was certainly pushing his boundaries here - The Castafiore Emerald is a great example of a story where not much happens, but it's still entertaining; and 714 and the Picaros had the characters deviating from their usual behaviour, which made for another couple of great books. Alph-Art is the really odd one here, though - it is just the rough sketches and notes for the first half or so of Herge's final unfinished book, but it was clear that he was really changing things around. Although a bit frustrating due to the lack of a conclusion, it's a fascinating insight into the way the author started to build his stories.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Mitchell Gage

    The Castafiore Emerald is my favourite - v. funny. Castafiore crashes Marlinspike uninvited, claiming to be hiding from the press. As soon as one reporter calls on the phone though, she shows her true colours and invites them for an interview. The reporter sees her fighting with Capt. Haddock. The reporter misunderstands it as a lover's tiff, then tries to confirm with the Professor, who confirms they are in love (due to his extreme deafness and another misunderstanding). Read to Sam 2012. The Castafiore Emerald is my favourite - v. funny. Castafiore crashes Marlinspike uninvited, claiming to be hiding from the press. As soon as one reporter calls on the phone though, she shows her true colours and invites them for an interview. The reporter sees her fighting with Capt. Haddock. The reporter misunderstands it as a lover's tiff, then tries to confirm with the Professor, who confirms they are in love (due to his extreme deafness and another misunderstanding). Read to Sam 2012.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Aaron Kaase

    Volume 7 of 7 volume series, each of these contain three Tintin books. I like these books because they're compact and don't take a lot of shelf space. The printing quality is very good: rich color ink on nice, smooth paper. The only complaint I have is with the physical dimensions of the books, which are 45% smaller than the traditional albums. That said, they are no substitute for the original albums if you are a serious Tintin fan or collector, as I am. Volume 7 of 7 volume series, each of these contain three Tintin books. I like these books because they're compact and don't take a lot of shelf space. The printing quality is very good: rich color ink on nice, smooth paper. The only complaint I have is with the physical dimensions of the books, which are 45% smaller than the traditional albums. That said, they are no substitute for the original albums if you are a serious Tintin fan or collector, as I am.

  11. 4 out of 5

    D.R.

    Except for the US, the world has loved Tintin for decades. These are the 2nd, 3rd, & 4th Tintins I've read. I thought I'd better catch up, since the young journalist resembles--in certain respects--my own young hero journalist, Johnny Graphic (Johnny Graphic and the Etheric Bomb). Tintin is a bit of a cipher--apart from being smart and stalwart and heroic. But it sure has worked out well for him. Except for the US, the world has loved Tintin for decades. These are the 2nd, 3rd, & 4th Tintins I've read. I thought I'd better catch up, since the young journalist resembles--in certain respects--my own young hero journalist, Johnny Graphic (Johnny Graphic and the Etheric Bomb). Tintin is a bit of a cipher--apart from being smart and stalwart and heroic. But it sure has worked out well for him.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Sam

    A solid ending to the series! My first of this bunch was easily "The Castafiore Emerald" if only for Haddock being so funny and genuine. I love the wheelchair scene, I love the "marriage" bit. I laughed so hard because I really just love Haddock's character. He's my favourite! I'm really happy to finally have finished reading the series and it's something I didn't appreciate back in school and learning it in French class. Wonderful ending, worth reading, recommended. A solid ending to the series! My first of this bunch was easily "The Castafiore Emerald" if only for Haddock being so funny and genuine. I love the wheelchair scene, I love the "marriage" bit. I laughed so hard because I really just love Haddock's character. He's my favourite! I'm really happy to finally have finished reading the series and it's something I didn't appreciate back in school and learning it in French class. Wonderful ending, worth reading, recommended.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    The Adventures of Tintin, Vol. 7, Books 19-21 The Castafiore Emerald: Bianca Castafiore's famous emerald is stolen during her stay at Marlinspike Hall. Flight 714: Their flight to a convention in Sydney gets hyjacked. Tintin and the Picaros: Tintin, Capt. Haddock and Prof. Haddock rush to San Theodoros to rescue friends who have been imprisoned by the reigning tyrant. The Adventures of Tintin, Vol. 7, Books 19-21 The Castafiore Emerald: Bianca Castafiore's famous emerald is stolen during her stay at Marlinspike Hall. Flight 714: Their flight to a convention in Sydney gets hyjacked. Tintin and the Picaros: Tintin, Capt. Haddock and Prof. Haddock rush to San Theodoros to rescue friends who have been imprisoned by the reigning tyrant.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Shaun

    Every time I pick up a Tintin book, I expect it to be a lot less fun that it turns out to be. There's enough adventure to keep your younger side's attention and enough nuance to keep your adult brain involved. The perfect mix in my opinion. Every time I pick up a Tintin book, I expect it to be a lot less fun that it turns out to be. There's enough adventure to keep your younger side's attention and enough nuance to keep your adult brain involved. The perfect mix in my opinion.

  15. 5 out of 5

    ~Bellegirl91~

    oh my gosh!!! I LOOOOOOOOVED the last 2 stories!!! the first one, "The Castafiore Emerald" was funny, but not as good as "Flight 714 to Sydney" and "Tintin and the Picaros"! I'm hoping Spielberg makes another Tintin adventure!!! I looooooooooove these books!!! oh my gosh!!! I LOOOOOOOOVED the last 2 stories!!! the first one, "The Castafiore Emerald" was funny, but not as good as "Flight 714 to Sydney" and "Tintin and the Picaros"! I'm hoping Spielberg makes another Tintin adventure!!! I looooooooooove these books!!!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Sean

    Three more great stories about Tintin and his adventures with friends Captain Haddock and Cuthbert Calculus.

  17. 5 out of 5

    ⚡️Samantha⚡️

    After about a year and a half, I have finally finished my second re-read of all 8 volumes of The Adventures of Tintin!! This wasn't my favorite volume, but it was still such a treat to spend some time with my favorite characters. After about a year and a half, I have finally finished my second re-read of all 8 volumes of The Adventures of Tintin!! This wasn't my favorite volume, but it was still such a treat to spend some time with my favorite characters.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Cliff

    Ok, I had to give this last volume of Tintin a lower rating because it lacked the same sense of adventure as the earlier stories. In the end, the best tales were those which spanned multiple volumes. Add to that the fact that inevitably, the same cast of villains and characters always manage to show up. I was left feeling a little disappointed with how the last of the Tintin adventures turned out. I will not be reading Tintin and the Alph-art, as it was never completed and reads more like an hom Ok, I had to give this last volume of Tintin a lower rating because it lacked the same sense of adventure as the earlier stories. In the end, the best tales were those which spanned multiple volumes. Add to that the fact that inevitably, the same cast of villains and characters always manage to show up. I was left feeling a little disappointed with how the last of the Tintin adventures turned out. I will not be reading Tintin and the Alph-art, as it was never completed and reads more like an homage to modern art than an actual adventure. I do still plan on reading Tintin in the Congo when I get a hold of a copy, even with the forewarning that it may be racist and promotes animal cruelty. Overall, the Tintin adventures are a nice diversion, but they are not really life-altering and are ultimately somewhat forgettable.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jenny GB

    These adventures are not my favorite in the series. My favorite of the set has to be Flight 714, which I don't think I ever read until this volume. I enjoyed the antics of the two truthful millionaires as they argued over who was the most evil. Also, what fun to bring in a UFO! The Castafiore Emerald annoys me probably because I don't like the Castafiore character and obviously the tale strongly features her. Tintin and the Picaros was okay for me since I am not usually excited to read about pol These adventures are not my favorite in the series. My favorite of the set has to be Flight 714, which I don't think I ever read until this volume. I enjoyed the antics of the two truthful millionaires as they argued over who was the most evil. Also, what fun to bring in a UFO! The Castafiore Emerald annoys me probably because I don't like the Castafiore character and obviously the tale strongly features her. Tintin and the Picaros was okay for me since I am not usually excited to read about politics which was the theme of this adventure. It seemed like an anti-climatic end to the series. I wish there was a definitive end to the series that came after that adventure. It feels like the series lacks closure and that bothers me because I like to read the endings of things.

  20. 4 out of 5

    CassAmino

    what fun! Herge is timeless. The Castafiore Emerald is crackerjack fun. This volume though, does not have the usual adventure and intrigue that other volumes carry.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    "Captain! The lava! THE LAVA!!" "Captain! The lava! THE LAVA!!"

  22. 5 out of 5

    Matt

    Solid stories, but certainly not the strongest.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Monica

    So Good!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Flight 714: best one Yet!!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Radiah

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  25. 5 out of 5

    Immy

    This was an enjoyable book that I recomend to anyone but I warn you that it is like a comic and ook put togeether.

  26. 4 out of 5

    ty ab

  27. 4 out of 5

    Arthur Fan

  28. 5 out of 5

    Emily Herberich

  29. 4 out of 5

    SQ Mah

  30. 5 out of 5

    Joyita

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