Labyrinth of Dreaming Books

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It has been more than two hundred years since Bookholm was destroyed by a devastating fire, as told in Moers's The City of Dreaming Books. Hildegunst von Mythenmetz, hailed as Zamonia’s greatest writer, is on vacation in Lindworm Castle when a disturbing message reaches him, and he must return to Bookholm to investigate a mystery. The magnificently rebuilt city has once again become a metropolis of storytelling and the book trade. Mythenmetz encounters old friends and new denizens of the city—and the shadowy ...

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Overview

It has been more than two hundred years since Bookholm was destroyed by a devastating fire, as told in Moers's The City of Dreaming Books. Hildegunst von Mythenmetz, hailed as Zamonia’s greatest writer, is on vacation in Lindworm Castle when a disturbing message reaches him, and he must return to Bookholm to investigate a mystery. The magnificently rebuilt city has once again become a metropolis of storytelling and the book trade. Mythenmetz encounters old friends and new denizens of the city—and the shadowy “Invisible Theater.” Astonishingly inventive, amusing, and engrossing, this is a captivating story from the wild imagination of Walter Moers.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Optimus Yarnspinner's legendary success as a Zamonian author has caused him to become cut off from the Orm (the force of literary inspiration), a predicament he's quite unaware of until a mysterious letter—written in his own pedantic style and signed in his name—sends him on a quest to Bookholm. The great city of books was burned two centuries before by the Shadow King, and has been rebuilt as a modern book metropolis. Optimus visited Bookholm's dark corners once before in The City of Dreaming Books but is still unprepared to discover the twisted Invisible Theater and the still-ruined Darkman Sector, a "blank space on the map" of the city. Moers's Munchhausen-esque yarn is en-hanced by his equally wild illustrations. Though much of the book overwhelms its readers with world-building, fans will enjoy journeying through Optimus's battle with darkness. (Nov. 2012)
The New York Times
Cheerfully insane… Lively and inventive.
Rolling Stone
A yarn of drollery, deeper meaning, and sheer lunacy.
Kirkus Reviews
Biblionauts of the world, unite--German fabulist Moers (City of Dreaming Books, 2007, etc.) is back with another goofy epic from the land of living books. Apart from the occasional Minotaur, who doesn't like a labyrinth--especially one that leads through stacks on stacks of endless rare books? That's the setup of Moers' latest exercise in bibliofantasia, where the narrator turns out to have a certain distaste for the endless maze: "Even looking down the Bookholm Shafts makes me feel sick. I shall never again set foot in the Labyrinth--never!" Said narrator, whom Moers' constant readers will recognize, enjoys a position as "Zamonia's greatest writer," honored by statues everywhere and streets named after him in every city--and he's got an ego bigger than Mailer's as a result. Comeuppance comes in the form of a mystery involving a forged document and, yes, books on books on books. Moers clearly loves them, and while one imagines that his private library rivals Umberto Eco's, his vision of the perfect library is enough to upstage Borges', a fabulous underworld of petrified books, stalagmitic books, books overflowing from shelves, even a book that "was the size of a coffin," an eerie place of teetering bookcases, hastily built staircases, and of course, "beetles the size of cats and venomous albino rats" for good measure. The storyline is an afterthought in Moers' visionary adventure; Tolkien it's not. What matters are his engaging descriptions, zany scenarios and the weird critters that inhabit Zamonia, some of whom bear an uncanny resemblance to Barney the dinosaur. A beguiling, bookish entertainment that ends on a cliffhanger promising--well, the prospect of many sequels to come.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781468301267
  • Publisher: Overlook Hardcover
  • Publication date: 11/8/2012
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 1,055,715
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Walter Moers was born in 1957 and is a writer, cartoonist, painter, and sculptor. He is the author ofThe 13 ó Lives of Captain Bluebear, Rumo, A Wild Ride Through the Night, The City of Dreaming Books, and The Alchemaster's Apprentice, all published byOverlook.

John Brownjohn is the award-winning translator of Walter Moers, Michael Ende. (The Neverending Story), and many other German writers

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  • Posted August 22, 2013

    Only Buy If You Love Walter Moers

    This is yet another 400 page walnut-cracker set in the bizarre and hilarious world of Walter Moers' Zamonia. The sequel to "The City of Dreaming Books," it picks up several hundred years after the events of CoDB where we find Optimus Yarnspinner on yet another trip to the City. Within its pages are Moers' digressions, lists, and delightful illustrations that are his trademark.

    What is missing is a plot, because, at the end of this giant tome, the author reveals that due to certain practical constraints, he was forced to turn what he planned to be one book into two. In effect, this book is a 400 page prologue to the actual book you thought you were reading. (Fans of Moers might not be entirely surprised he could write such a thing, digressions upon digressions!)

    This might not have been too disappointing, but getting through the last hundred pages to find out that they were merely about Zamonian Puppetry, the history and practice of, and weren't really leading up to something besides the next book was pretty disappointing.

    All of that said, Labyrinth of Dreaming Books does appear to be necessary reading for the next book, and does leave one very, very excited for its future release.

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  • Posted January 29, 2013

    I am a huge fan of Walter Moers work, so it's no surprise that I

    I am a huge fan of Walter Moers work, so it's no surprise that I was completely engaged and entertained by The Labyrinth of Dreaming Books. Although it has been a few years since I read The City of Dreaming Books, I found that I didn't need to recall too much of that story to appreciate this one. However, I did feel a desire to reread TCODB because I'd forgotten MANY details that would enhance the setup of this story. Optimus Yarnspinner has returned to Bookholm to experience what has become a new city since it's destruction by the Shadow King and the great fire. There Optimus meets interesting characters and worlds within Bookholm that set him on a path to research a new topic for his next book. Yes, like any Walter Moers book, the story goes off on tangents that leave you wondering when you'll eventually return to the plotline - but the details surrounding these tangents are every bit as interesting as the story we are leaving behind, albeit a little tedious. The last chapters in this book make up for all that wandering and the ending (?!) had me frantically searching online for the release date of the next book. In summary: Read if you are already a fan of Walter Moers and his writing style. If you're not there yet, try The Alchemaster's Apprentice first.

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  • Posted December 17, 2012

    Another great book to add to Moers's other great Books!!!!!

    Moers yet again captured my attention with this terrific read. He is a great author and I love how he described the puppet theater. I can't wait for the sequel.

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