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The Labyrinth of Dreaming Books

by Walter Moers

A satirical romp through literature and culture boasts a hero like Mr Toad on acid, a Lindworm actually, who receives a mysterious invitation to revisit Bookholm, the scene of former adventures. A slow start and a controversial end, but in between what grandiloquent, entertaining, scary diversions await, enlightening too if you're new to Zamonia. If you can solve all the anagrammatic names you deserve a prize. I certainly wouldn't win!

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When I examined the goods on display to distract myself, I involuntarily shrank back as if I'd seen an aggressive scorpion or a huge fat spider about to pounce. The truth was far more alarming, however, for in the middle of the display sat an Animatome, a live book! A creature of the catacombs! What was more, it was one of the most dangerous kind. It had just captured a rat and was pleasurably engaged in biting off its head.
Translated by John Brownjohn

Parallels

The City of Dreaming Books by Walter Moers
The Well of Lost Plots by Jasper Fforde
Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift
 

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