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The City of Dreaming Books

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The City of Dreaming Books

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Author: Walter Moers
Publisher: Overlook Press, 2007
Harvill Secker, 2006
Original German publication, 2004
Series: Zamonia

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Book Type: Novel
Genre: Fantasy
Sub-Genre Tags: Juvenile Fantasy
Comic Fantasy
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Optimus Yarnspinner, a young writer, inherits from his beloved godfather an unpublished short story by an unknown author. 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.


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The City of Dreaming Books

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