|: Walter Moers
|: Secker & Warburg
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Optimus Yarnspinner, A Young Zamonian Writer, Inherits Very Little From His Beloved Godfather Apart From An Unpublished Short Story By An Unknown Author. This Manuscript Proves To Be Such A Superb Piece Of Writing That He Can T Resist The Temptation To Investigate The Mystery Surrounding The Author S Identity. The Trail 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 Containing Millions Of Musty Old Volumes. His Nostrils Are Assailed By Clouds Of Book Dust, By A Hint Of Acidity Reminiscent Of Lemon Trees In Flower, The Stimulating Scent Of Ancient Leather, And The Acrid, Intelligent Tang Of Printer S Ink.Yarnspinner Not Only Falls Under The Spell Of This Book-Obsessed City; He Falls Into The Clutches Of Its Evil Genius, Pfistomel Smyke, Who Treacherously Maroons Him In The Labyrinthine Catacombs That Extend For Many Miles Beneath The Surface. He Finds Himself In A Subterranean World Where Reading Books Can Be Genuinely Dangerous, Where Ruthless Bookhunters Fight To The Death For Literary Gems And The Mysterious Shadow King Rules A Murky Realm Populated By Booklings, One-Eyed Beings Whose Vast Library Includes Live Books Equipped With Teeth And Claws.Walter Moers Transports Us To A Magical World Where Reading Is Still A Genuine Adventure, Where Books Can Not Only Entertain People And Make Them Laugh But Drive Them Insane Or Even Kill Them. Only Those Intrepid Souls Who Are Prepared To Join Optimus Yarnspinner On His Perilous Journey Should Read This Book. We Wish The Rest Of You A Long, Safe, Unutterably Dull And Boring Life!