The City of Dreaming Books by Walter Moers

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7 Critic Reviews

Enchanting illustrations by the author compliment a wonderfully whimsical story that will appeal to readers of all ages.
-Publishers Weekly

Synopsis

The author of 13 1⁄2 Lives of Captain Bluebear transports us to a magical world. Optimus Yarnspinner, finds himself marooned in the subterranean world of Bookholm, the City of Dreaming Books, where reading can be dangerous, where ruthless Bookhunters fight to the death.
 

About Walter Moers

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WALTER MOERS was born in 1957 and is a writer, cartoonist, painter, and sculptor. The world of Zamonia that he created is currently being adapted for the screen. He lives in Hamburg, Germany. John Brownjohn is a prize-winning translator and works with Roman Polanski.
 
Published April 25, 2006 by Secker & Warburg. 532 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Critic reviews for The City of Dreaming Books
All: 7 | Positive: 7 | Negative: 0

Kirkus

Above average
Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on May 20 2010

Sure, Larry McMurtry’s got his own book town in Texas, and then there’s Sedbergh and Hay-on-Wye over England way. But none of them can compare to the setting of Moers’s... semifabulous tale of treasures hidden.

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Publishers Weekly

Above average
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly on Jul 23 2008

Enchanting illustrations by the author compliment a wonderfully whimsical story that will appeal to readers of all ages.

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Examiner

Good
Reviewed by Ashlynn Prasad on Jun 20 2011

I highly recommend this novel to anyone in search of new literature that is not only light-hearted but also somewhat thought-provoking, and leaves an impression long after the back cover has sighed itself closed.

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SF Site

Above average
Reviewed by Julie Moncton on Feb 20 2013

Moers has created an imaginative, vibrant fantasy world that both pays homage and makes fun of books and the literary world. The story is filled with subtle references to all things literary...

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Chamber Four

Good
on Aug 21 2012

This is a novel I wish I had read as a twelve-year-old...in the local library. I still enjoyed it at twenty-eight, but the kind of magic this book conjures really requires a younger imagination less bruised by reality to fully appreciate.

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HSJ

Good
on Jan 31 2013

So if hours of thrills, laughs, and revelations are the things you search in for in a book, look no further than The City of Dreaming Books.

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Guys Lit Wire

Good
on Jan 07 2013

The brilliance of The City of Dreaming Books (and Moers's other novels) is that it is clearly a book written by a highly intelligent, learned, and thoughtful author, but it remains eminently accessible and entertaining throughout.

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