The City of Dreaming Books

The City of Dreaming Books

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The search for the author's identity takes Yarnspinner to Bookholm--the so-called City of Dreaming Books. On entering its streets, our hero feels as if he has opened the door of a gigantic second-hand bookshop. His nostrils are assailed by clouds of book dust, the stimulating scent of ancient leather, and the tang of printer's ink. Soon, though, Yarnspinner falls into the clutches of the city's evil genius, Pfistomel Smyke, who treacherously maroons him in the labyrinthine catacombs underneath the city, where reading books can be genuinely dangerous. In The City of Dreaming Books, Walter Moers transports us to a magical world where reading is a remarkable adventure. Only those intrepid souls who are prepared to join Yarnspinner on his perilous journey should read this book. We wish the rest of you a long, safe, unutterably dull and boring life!
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Product details

  • Paperback | 455 pages
  • 152.4 x 226.06 x 33.02mm | 589.67g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 1590201116
  • 9781590201114
  • 76,510

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12,227 ratings
4.34 out of 5 stars
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4 28% (3,415)
3 12% (1,419)
2 3% (378)
1 1% (170)

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Creating a setting as fantastical as Zamonia is a hard enough achievement on its own. Making it so coherent and believable that several standalone novels are set in this world, with outstanding success, would be almost impossible for many. Walter Moers' distinct quirky style is not omitted in 'The City of Dreaming Books' as it tells of the young Lindworm (dinosaur) Optimus Yarnspinner and his quest to find the author of a mysterious manuscript. Set in city devoted to literature, TCDB paints a picture of any bookworm's dream. Quaint little caf�© corner shops advertising obscure items such as bee-bread, but described as tantalizing, TCDB embodies the ideologies of reading and writing. Despite containing cartoons and creative manipulations of the pages (which enhances the overall reading, as the book itself conveys creative innovations rather than just the content) TCDB is by no means childish. Not only does it employ sophisticated language, but has an intriguing storyline that may be hard for the younger ages to follow. While I recommend reading 'The 13 and �½ Lives of Captain Bluebear' to gain an understanding of the world that is Zamonia, Moers leads his readers through the story providing the fillings for the gaps in the knowledge. I highly recommend this book for anyone who enjoys an adventure full of surprises, constantly leaving you questioning 'just what will Moers think of next?' It is a dynamic story that may at times be a little over-zealous when it comes to descriptions, however it amends this by describing the scene in such a delightful way that even the most tedious of paragraphs leave you wanting to read more. Definitely my favourite book, and author, and if you give it the time of day it will undoubtedly open your eyes to the bounties of the more
by Danielle
If you love books, this is your book. but only if you have guts, only if you really love them and know that book can be dangerous. Indeed here you find out that books can kill and that reading is really risky business. but it's worth it! I can't stop wondering how crazy and imaginative Moers is; and his drawings are perfect for his books. Wander with Hildegunst von Mythenmetz beneath Bookholm; risk your life more than once, meet the most improbable ...people...? and never ever ever stop loving books, altough they are the first cause of all your troubles; because books can get you killed - or kill you directly if the are of that mind - but they can change you and your life, make you better. and when you finish this book, you only want to start it again. Just do it, it will surprise you in many different ways, each time you read it (I am at my fourth....)show more
by Elisa
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