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Publisher's Summary

Following The 13½ Lives of Captain Bluebear and Rumo & His Miraculous Adventures comes a third hilarious and beloved Zamonia book, the most popular yet. It is a fantastic tale for every book lover.
Optimus Yarnspinner inherits from his godfather an unpublished manuscript by an unknown writer and sets off to track down the mysterious author, who disappeared into Bookholm—the so-called City of Dreaming Books. Yarnspinner falls under the spell of this book-obsessed metropolis, where an avid reader and budding author can find any number of charming attractions: priceless signed first editions, salivating literary agents, and for-hire critics. But as Yarnspinner pursues the trail of the missing author, the darker side of Bookholm begins to unveil itself—cold-blooded book hunters, cyclopean Fearsome Booklings, sharp-toothed Animatomes, and of course, the Shadow King, whose howls rise from deep beneath the city at night. Will Yarnspinner survive his quest into this world where reading is a genuine adventure?
©2004 Piper Verlag GmbH, München; Translation 2006 by John Brownjohn (P)2011 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

“A delightfully imaginative mélange of Shel Silverstein zaniness and oddball anthropomorphism à la Terry Pratchett’s Discworld…. A wonderfully whimsical story that will appeal to readers of all ages.” ( Publishers Weekly)
“A salmagundi of whimsy, imagination and book lore—remarkable fun.” ( Cleveland Plain Dealer)
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5 out of 5 stars
By melody333 on 07-20-11

Entertaining and Fun

What a fun book to listen too. The narrator's performance was outstanding and added to the novel. What a clever and detailed story. Optimus Yarnspinner's character was so well defined that to close one's eyes was to see him in was every aspect of the book. The vocabulary and pacing of words (lots of descriptive detail) - couldn't help wondering what it would be like to have read it in German. Can't compare to the original but the translation is a wonderful, refreshing story. Highly recommend if you like long, detailed, enriched stories.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By diane on 10-05-12

Not for everybody, but definitely for me!

What did you love best about The City of Dreaming Books?

I love these books, there is something about Zamonian literature that captures my imagination and sends my on a fascinating adventure of such wonderful quality. It's impossible for me to describe.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I loved all the characters but of course Optimus Yarnspinner and The Shadow King were me favorites.

Any additional comments?

If you like the books of Jasper FFoote you will like these.

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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