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The Labyrinth of Dreaming Books (Zamonia 5) Hardcover – 1 Nov 2012

3.0 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews

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  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Harvill Secker (1 Nov. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846556880
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846556883
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 3.8 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 816,329 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"It’s a fun read, packed with Moers’s typical wordplay, not to mention his lovingly detailed illustrations…catnip for anyone with a passion for languages" (James Lovegrove Financial Times)

"Moers fans will find everything they love: strange lifeforms, ample digressions, learned allusions, a plethora of anagrams, and the disturbing illustrations that are just as fine as they are humorous" (hr-info "Büchercheck" (27.10.2011))

"Yarnspinner is a popstar, the Michael Jackson of the printed word: in short, a hero" (NDR [North German Broadcasting] Kultur)

"Moers' creative mind is like J. K. Rowling's on Ecstasy" (Detroit Evening News)

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From the author of The 13 1/2 Lives of Captain Bluebear, an extraordinary new Zamonian adventure

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This book can be read alone but is better read after The City of Dreaming Books. Moers books are fantasy at its best. This one is about a Tyrannosaurus who is an author, but who has lost his "orm" or vision in later life (being well over a hundred now) so he returns to the city where he once nearly died. I wont say much more, but its a wild ride with illustrations that work well on the kindle, without which the book would be much poorer.
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Firstly, the author Walter Moers is brilliant; The City of Dreaming Books was tremendously enjoyable and creative. This book was staged to be it's sequel, and was perhaps the most dissappointing read of my life, partly because I held his previous work in such high regards and spent much of my time in nail-biting anticipation of its release.

The author makes a formal apology for this novel at the back of the book detailing that he was forced into publishing this book by his publishing house because they threatened him with fierce legal actions if he did not meet their contract. The result of this, is novel contructed of long-winded and unorganized ramblings which could have been condensed and edited into a few really excellent chapters had Walter Moers been allowed an extention on his contract. As other reviewers have noted, the irony of Moers' situation is not lost to us, as he is treated much like exploited authorial characters in "The City of Dreaming Books", and bullied by the publishing industry.

Since I am trying to be polite, I will not write the absolutely scathing and explicit feelings I have towards his publishing house. I feel literally robbed of the money I spent on the hardcover release of this book, and feel like my hopes have been taken hostage. Without paying this ransom, there would be no release of a proper sequel in his coming book 3 of this series, "The Secret Life of Booklings". All I can say is that the next book will need to be phenominal to make up for how the publishing house has wronged the consumer in releasing this piece of trash.

Lastly, the only reason I have not given this book 1 star, is that there are smatterings of good ideas that possess the merit deserving of a star in and of themselves. This is otherwise a miserable read.
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I love Walter Moers, he is one of my favorite writers.
And this book was as great as it always is, except...it was only half a book, or 1/4th of a book.
The book suddenly ends just when the story takes off, leaving you with only a short remark from the writer,
excusing himself, and saying that this was only the introduction to the real story. Seriously?
An entire book to only make an introduction? Doesn't seem right...
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I very much looked forward to reading this latest novel. I absolutely loved the first adventure of the lindworm in " the city of dreaming books". However this sequel was a bitter disappointment. It is essentially a regurgitation of the first novel, nothing really happens and over 100 pages are spent literally regurgitation his adventures in the last book in the form of a play the lindworm goes to see. I am afraid I stopped reading about two thirds through. I just could not take it anymore. Such a bitter disappointment. I am thinking the pressure of having to pump out the next book got to Walter Moers. Very sad. Don't get this book, I suggest just reading the first one again instead.
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This is another fantastic book by Walter Moers. If you have enjoyed anything by this author before, then you will enjoy this too. However, in addition to the previous review I wished to add emphasis to the point that to get the most out of this book it is better to read a hard copy as opposed to a digital version. I'm a great fan of ebooks, but there are some books which really do suit being read from a traditional book format. This is without a doubt one of those books. I purchased the ebook version first but returned it in favour of a paper copy after merely reading a few pages.

The ebook contains slight differences to the paper version which does slightly diminish the overall charisma of the book. The penned illustrations aren't done justice via a digital screen; they look so much better on paper. Also, due to the digital format they're frequently smaller than the paper versions and placed differently; some parts of the text (such as chapter headings and handwriting ) are just written in the same font as the rest of the book in the digital version, which is also a shame. Part of the charm of reading a book by Moers is turning the page and being Wowed by one of his full page illustrations; seeing a picture that leaks over onto two pages with just a paragraph or so to the side; the quirky placement of text, or use of different fonts. All of these things add to his books tremendously and is one of the reasons I love his books so much - you never know what expect! Sadly, although the illustrations are included in the ebook, due to the above reasons it just doesn't have the same feel as the paper copy which is why I really recommend buying this version instead.
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I am a huge fan of Walter Moers and was very excited to get his new book. However, this book is disappointing in so many ways compared to the others. Moers seems to have put very little into his storyline. In fact a large portion of the book(several chapters) is devoted to describing a puppet show Yarnspinner goes to see of his first book, essentially just rehashing the original story in an unnecessarily lengthy and overly descriptive fashion. This became tedious reding after a while and I struggled not to skip through it. Another waste of pages is devoted to Yarnspinners 'notes' on puppetism. Given the constant and thorough description of this art throughout the entire book it really is pointless and Moers even has a footnote saying that these notes aren't important to his plot and can be skipped! A bit ridiculous considering they take up 29 pages of the book. At times I was left wondering if Moers had a page quota or word limit to reach and was just filling space. After being most of the way through the book I felt I hadn't got anywhere into any kind of plot. There are many hints and promises of something interesting happening but it never gets close. Plus there is the random death of Kibitzer that is pretty much rushed through considering early on in the book much is made of Yarnspinner's and Kibitzer's correspondence and friendship/falling out. I really felt this book went quite a bit off the boil and feel quite deflated after reading it, especially when considering the outstanding plots in Moers' previous books. All in all a bit of a waste of time and money.
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