Synopses & Reviews
The publication in 2005 of Walter Moers's The 13 1/2 Lives of Captain Bluebear
was an event the hilarious epic fantasy garnered grand reviews and surprising sales, which continue to grow. In this new Zamonian adventure, Optimus Yarnspinner, a young writer, inherits from his beloved godfather an unpublished short story by an unknown author.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. 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!
"'German author and cartoonist Moers returns to the mythical lost continent of Zamonia in his uproarious third fantasy adventure to be translated into English (after 2006's Rumo), a delightfully imaginative melange of Shel Silverstein zaniness and oddball anthropomorphism la Terry Pratchett's 'Discworld.' Optimus Yarnspinner, a young saurian novelist, embarks on a quest to track down the anonymous author of the 'most magnificent piece of writing in the whole of Zamonian literature.' Traveling to Bookholm, the legendary City of Dreaming Books, the nave Yarnspinner falls victim to Pfistomel Smyke, a maggot-like literary scholar who poisons Yarnspinner and abandons him in the treacherous catacombs miles below the city's surface. Stranded in an underworld steeped in terror-inducing myth and home to more than a few bizarre inhabitants, Yarnspinner undertakes a long and perilous journey back to the world above. Enchanting illustrations by the author compliment a wonderfully whimsical story that will appeal to readers of all ages." (Sept.) Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"German novelist Moers puts Tolkien through some sort of Willy Wonka sweetening process and comes up with characters such as Optimus Yarnspinner, who, names being fate and all, just has to be a storyteller." Kirkus Reviews
The author of 13 1/2 Lives of Captain Bluebear transports readers 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, and ruthless Bookhunters fight to the death.
About the Author
Walter Moers was born in 1957 and is an author, cartoonist, painter and scriptwriter.