I just finished The 13 1/2 Lives of Captain Bluebear by Walter Moers. The story was entertaining, the characters and creatures that populate Zamonia are interesting and quirky. But, the book felt like every one of its 703 pages.
It's possible that the book is long-winded because the narrator of the fictional autobiography is long-winded. I will have to read another book in the series to see if that is the case. It may also be long because it is the first book in a world-building series.
Bluebear was a very likable character and had many unbelievable adventures in the course of his 13 1/2 lives. I enjoyed the drawings of the characters and scenes from the story and the encyclopedia entries that sprinkle the narrative.
I am going to give The 13 1/2 Lives of Captain Bluebear, 3 Stars. Although it did take longer than a week to finish!