The City of Dreaming Books

The City of Dreaming Books

A Novel From Zamonia

Book - 2007
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A translation of a follow-up to The 13 1/2 Lives of Captain Bluebeard finds young writer Optimus Yarnspinner inheriting from his beloved godfather an unpublished anonymous short story, a bequest that takes him to the city of Bookholm in search of its writer.

Blackwell North Amer
Optimus Yarnspinner inherits from his beloved godfather a mysterious and particularly superb manuscript. He is also assigned a single mission: to find its author, who has disappeared into Bookholm - the so-called City of Dreaming Books.
Dutiful young Yarnspinner sets out for the book-obsessed metropolis and quickly falls under its spell - an avid reader and budding author can find any number of charming attractions in its streets, from the latest thrillers to priceless signed first editions, from walking newspapers to salivating literary agents, from boutique bookshops to for-hire literary critics will rip an aspiring writer's competition to shreds for pocket change. But as Yarnspinner pursues the trail of the missing anonymous author the darker side of Bookholm begins to unveil itself - the cold-blooded Bookhunters who fight to the death for rare books to sell to the highest bidders; the Fearsome Booklings, a race of cyclopean creatures who dwell in the labyrinthine catacombs that snake through the bowels of the city; the sharp-toothed animotomes and poisonous toxicotomes, books that can kill upon contact; and, of course, the Shadow King, whose howls rise from deep beneath the city at night.
Although Yarnspinner is warned and threatened, he cannot abandon his godfather's quest. It is not long before his search for one writer sucks him into a treacherous world where reading books is genuinely dangerous.

& Taylor

Optimus Yarnspinner travels to Bookholm on a quest to find the anonymous author of a manuscript that he inherited from his godfather, and during his journey he encounters many strange inhabitants of the so-called City of Dreaming Books.

Publisher: Woodstock, N.Y. : Overlook Pr 2007
ISBN: 9781585678990
Branch Call Number: SF MOERS
Characteristics: 455 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Brownjohn, John


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Jun 07, 2014

If you enjoy books at all, you will enjoy this one- lots of subtle jokes about books, authors, and language. Similar to "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy"

Jul 18, 2011

For anyone who truly loves books, this story is a love-letter to the written word told in a delightful absurdist fashion. All of Walter Moers' Zamonia books are wonderful, but this one speaks to those who love the adventure of reading and the thrill of writing.

Above all, to any aspiring writer, i can not recommend this book highly enough. If this book does not inspire your creativity and show you the familiar road of writing, impeded by writer's block, rushed on by brilliant ideas and being led astray by a character who only hinders your plot, then you don't have the Orm.

Feb 22, 2011

A long book but worth the read. The book was certainly full of imagination with all of its different creatures, places and ideas. Some parts were more interesting then others, but overall a fairly good book.


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Mar 17, 2011

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Feb 22, 2011

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Mar 17, 2011

A Bed of Nettles, the memoirs of Glumphrey Murk, the melancholy superpessimest

Feb 22, 2011

"Curiosity is the most powerful incentive in the world. Why? Because it i`s capable of overcoming the two most powerful disincentives in the world: common sense and fear." -Optimus Yarnspinner


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