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The City of Dreaming Books by Walter Moers
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Oct 20, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: fantasy, adventure

** spoiler alert ** I had a lot of fun reading this book, imagining all the terrors of the catacombs (with help from the illustrations) and trying to pick out the many, often irreverent references to classic literature and authors. The feel of the story often resembled that of the movie "Labyrinth" with all the creatures, friendly and otherwise, bizarre and absurd appearances. This story was, of course, more 'grown up' in many ways with the quests for self-discovery, redemption, revenge... The main villain serves to set the story in motion in a few key ways and doesn't resurface until the very end so being disgusting unrelatable isn't much of a problem.

The author's ability to create all of these oddities so cleverly is reason enough to read this story.

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Reading Progress

October 20, 2008 – Shelved
April 6, 2010 – Started Reading
April 6, 2010 –
page 187
40.3% "Reminiscent of 'Labyrinth' even before Optimus is trapped in the catacombs. So easy to forget that he's a dinosaur too (in a good way)!"
April 6, 2010 – Shelved as: fantasy
April 8, 2010 –
page 240
51.72% "It's blatantly obvious who 'Aleisha Wimpersleake' is...have I missed other key references?"
April 12, 2010 –
page 399
85.99% "Sh*t just got weird. As if it wasn't already strange enough. Loving the irreverant hidden references to famous authors."
April 13, 2010 –
page 464
April 13, 2010 – Finished Reading
October 25, 2011 – Shelved as: adventure

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