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The City of Dreaming Books

The City Of Dreaming Books

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The City Of Dreaming Books

by Yarnspinner, Optimus/ Moers, Walter (ILT)/ Brownjohn, John (TRN)
A rambunctious comic fantasy about a city dangerously obsessed with books

Have you ever been reading a book and before even finishing the last page you've already decided you've discovered a new favorite? In fact, you're a little spiteful that you went this long without knowing this book even existed? Thats how I felt about City of Dreaming Books. At his godfather's deathbed, Optimus Yarnspinner (an aspiring writer/dinosaur) inherits a story so excellent he leaves home on a grand quest to find the mysterious author of this near-perfect text. Arriving in Bookholm, the titular city, he soon runs afoul of the wrong people and finds himself maliciously trapped in the catacombs deep beneath the city, a dangerous netherworld of robbers, monsters and, naturally, books. Literary puns abound but what holds the novel together is the author's sheer sense of inventiveness. The deeper Optimus ventures underground, the wilder and more fantastic the story becomes. The humor resembles that of Terry Pratchett or the Phantom Tollbooth, but Moers is his own writer and, in the end, his story is unique. It is rollicking, sometimes silly, but ultimately sincere ode to books, those who write them, and of course, those who read them

 
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A translation of a follow-up to The 13 1/2 Lives of Captain Bluebeard finds young writer Optimus Yarnspinner inheriting from his beloved godfather an unpublished anonymous short story, a bequest that takes him to the city of Bookholm in search of its writer. Reprint.



  • Condition: Used - Good
    HPB condition ratings
    • New: Item is brand new, unused and unmarked, in flawless condition.
    • Fine/Like New (F): No defects, little usage. May show remainder marks. Older books may show minor flaws.
    • Very Good (VG): Shows some signs of wear and is no longer fresh. Attractive. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
    • Good (G): Average used book with all pages present. Possible loose bindings, highlighting, cocked spine or torn dust jackets. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
    • Fair (FR): Obviously well-worn, but no text pages missing. May be without endpapers or title page. Markings do not interfere with readability. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
    • Poor (P): All text is legible but may be soiled and have binding defects. Reading copies and binding copies fall into this category. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
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  • Format: Paperback
  • Sold by: HPB Florence
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Harry N Abrams Inc
  • ISBN-13: 9781590201114
  • ISBN: 1590201116
  • Publication Year: 2008
  • Edition: Reprint



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HPB condition ratings
  • New: Item is brand new, unused and unmarked, in flawless condition.
  • Fine/Like New (F): No defects, little usage. May show remainder marks. Older books may show minor flaws.
  • Very Good (VG): Shows some signs of wear and is no longer fresh. Attractive. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Good (G): Average used book with all pages present. Possible loose bindings, highlighting, cocked spine or torn dust jackets. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Fair (FR): Obviously well-worn, but no text pages missing. May be without endpapers or title page. Markings do not interfere with readability. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Poor (P): All text is legible but may be soiled and have binding defects. Reading copies and binding copies fall into this category. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
Conditions Guide
HPB condition ratings
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  • Fine/Like New (EX): No defects, little sign of use, well cared for. Plays perfectly. Close to new. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. Could be an unopened promotional or cut item. Sometimes called: mint-minus.
  • Very Good (VG): Will show some signs that it was played and otherwise handled by a previous owner who took good care of it.
  • Good (G): Attractive and well cared for, but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, scuffing or scratching, but will play almost perfectly. For vinyl: barely detectable crackles or pops.
  • Fair (FR): This item is in okay condition. For vinyl: good is not so good and the record may have low level crackles or pops when playing. CD: one or more tracks may skip.
  • Poor (P): Obviously well-worn and handled. Most vinyl collectors will not buy good or below, but some tracks on CD or vinyl will play.
Conditions Guide
HPB condition ratings
  • New: This movie is unopened and brand new.
  • Fine/Like New (EX): Near new. No defects, little sign of use. Plays perfectly. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. No skipping; no fuzzy or snowy frames in VHS.
  • Very Good (VG): Attractive and well cared for but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, but will play almost perfectly. For VHS: barely detectable distortion or very few fuzzy or snowy frames.
  • Good (G): This item is in okay condition and basically works well. There may be some minor distortion on VHS tape; slight scratching or wear on DVD.
  • Fair (FR): Basically plays, but may be obviously well-worn with some scratching or tape distortion.
  • Poor (P): Disc or tape is intact, but may be scratched or stretched. There may be skips or distortion or product defects.
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