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The City of Dreaming Books - Walter Moers - Bogormen
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The City of Dreaming Books - Walter Moers
Title: The City of Dreaming Books
Author: Walter Moers
Genre: Fantasy
Rating: 4.5/5
# pages: 456
Date read: October, 2009

In this Zamonian adventure, Optimus Yarnspinner, a young writer, inherits from his beloved godfather an unpublished short story by an unknown author. His search for the author's identity takes him 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.

Walter Moers created a fascinating universe and stayed true to it all the way through. I'm not sure the plot is so spectacular on its own, but the story was made so by all the details and all the descriptions that he included. It took me awhile to get used to his way of writing, so I wasn't hooked from the very first page, but the further into it I got, the more quirky it became, and I just had to know what happened next.

The City of Dreaming Books uses the book media as a way of telling the story, and I'm always totally charmed by books that dare do that - e.g. write things with smaller font when people are whispering etc. So far I've only seen Walter Moers and Jasper Fforde do this efficiently.

Absolutely brilliant book. I laughed out loud more often than at practically any other book - not counting Douglas Adams obviously, but then he's in a category of his own, and honestly Walter Moers' humour often reminded me of DA.

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From: bookwormwhit Date: October 14th, 2009 01:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
The City of Dreaming Books looks interesting, I've always enjoyed books about books. Thanks for your review!
bogormen From: bogormen Date: October 15th, 2009 07:57 am (UTC) (Link)
I've always enjoyed books about books too, and this is one of the best I've read. I hope you'll like it as much as I did.
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