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I am a big fan of Walter Moers, his books are highly imaginative and not only does he write them, but as a cartoonist he also does his own illustrations as well. The city of Dreaming Books is the third installment of the Zamonia series, with a sequal due to be translated into english and released over here later this year - I cannot wait! If you love books then you will definitely enjoy this book, or even if you like silly/strange/wierd fantasy stories and funny illustrations.
The story is basically about a young dinosaur (or Lindworm) called Optimus Yarnspinner. He inherits his godfathers possessions after his death, including what is considered the 'perfect' story by an unknown author. Optimus Yarnspinner, a young novelist himself, sets off on a quest to find the author of this most perfect piece of literature. His search leads his to Bookholm (the City of Dreaming Books), and into the catacombs below the city. The catacombs are filled with many strange creatues and rare antique books, and the story revolves his search for the anonymous auther and his fight to make it back out of the catacombs and up to the surface of Bookholm. I'll leave it there and not give too much detail as I dont want to give anything away for anyone who hasnt read it yet.
The story is a truly wonderful idea, and as I love books I fell in love with the idea of Bookholm and its treasury and love of literature and books. At times the story is so random and strange that it makes you smile and laugh out loud. Walter Moers illustrations are enchanting and he creates some wonderful and suprising creatures. If you love books about books then you will love this story, if you like illustration then you will enjoy these books, and if you like books that make you laugh (for example Terry Pratchett books) then you will definitely find this story amusing.
Walter Moers has several other books out, such as Rumo, The Alchemasters Apprentice and Captain BlueBear, but this one is definitely my favourite - probably because it is about books! You can get it from amazon in paperback for around £9 brand new, or around £4 second hand (but then you have to pay £2.75 p&p anyway) and if you like it, as i said earlier, the sequel is coming out later this year once it has been translated! I cant wait!