- 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)
The Labyrinth of Dreaming Books (Zamonia 5) Hardcover – 1 Nov 2012
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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)
From the author of The 13 1/2 Lives of Captain Bluebear, an extraordinary new Zamonian adventureSee all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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...
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Reader beware: This is basically half of an unfinished book which the author was somehow forced to publish by his publishing company. Read morePublished 22 months ago by A Nonny
You have to be a real Walter Moers enthusiast to enjoy this book. If you are not, don't buy it, as it is most unlikely you will enjoy it. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Mr. R. Wilson Laidlaw
I loved the other Zamonia books and really enjoyed City of Dreaming Books. This is a very poor sequel, it's just a visitors guide to a new Bookholm with boring list after list of... Read morePublished on 4 May 2015 by W.P.R
I am horrified that Moers managed to sneak this past his publishers. I loved the first book (The City of Dreaming Books) and had very high hopes for this one. Read morePublished on 9 Mar. 2015 by Ali
The word play is there and John Brownjohn once again does stirling work with his translation but alas what little plot there is is stretched very thin so instead we get several... Read morePublished on 5 Mar. 2015 by Pasty prince
Thoroughly enjoyed this-just a shame the sequel/conclusion is not yet available.Walter,get your finger out;-we need to read the rest of Yarnspinner's tale,pompous git that he is,if... Read morePublished on 6 Feb. 2015 by Mr. D. C. LANE
This book is long winded and though it has a few moments of action, it is mostly hundreds of pages of 'the city of dreaming books' being regurgitated in undramatic and boring... Read morePublished on 16 Feb. 2014 by Gidlabu
I bought this for my daughter in law so i'm sure she will like it. The book was in good condition.Published on 11 Jan. 2014 by Stella
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