Finally. FINALLLY!!!! November 8, 2012 the English translation of The Labyrinth of Dreaming Books will be released in the U.S.! (For some reason the Brits are getting it seven days before us. I’m not bitter.) I don’t know why this book appeals so much to my inner geek… but it does. Here’s the description from The Overlook Press website –
It has been more than two hundred years since Bookholm was destroyed by a devastating fire, as told in Moers’s The City of Dreaming Books. Hildegunst von Mythenmetz, hailed as Zamonia’s greatest writer, is on vacation in Lindworm Castle when a disturbing message reaches him, and he must return to Bookholm to investigate a mystery. The magnificently rebuilt city has once again become a metropolis of storytelling and the book trade. Mythenmetz encounters old friends and new denizens of the city—and the shadowy “InvisibleTheater.” Astonishingly inventive, amusing, and engrossing, this is acaptivating story from the wild imagination of Walter Moers.
Now, for those readers who may have noticed my going on and on about this book in this post, or this one, or perhaps this one here…and wondered what the hell I was getting so excited about… I should explain that The Labyrinth of Dreaming Books is the sequel to The City of Dreaming Books. Which is one of my all time favorite fantasy novels. It is also a part of an ongoing series of books by the author Walter Moers – all set in the land of Zamonia.
Zamonia is a place unlike any I’ve encountered in literature – populated by unusual creatures having strange adventures in a twisted world. I’d describe Moers’ style as Lewis Carroll-meets-Terry Brooks-meets-Kenneth Graham on acid who is attempting to plagiarise Douglas Adams. Of course I recommend reading all four of the novels so you’re up to speed when November arrives. And just in case my enthusiasm isn’t enough to get you to the bookshop, over the Summer I will be posting a review for each novel.
- The 13-1/2 Lives of Captain Blue Bear
- Rumo & His Miraculous Adventures
- The City of Dreaming Books
- The Alchemaster’s Apprentice – actually I already have a review up for this one.