Today’s post is not about my writing or artwork, but the material I have fed into my brain over the years, which influences my imagination and creativity. So, today, I give you a book review of a very quirky yet deep book call “The City of Dreaming Books” by Walter Moers. I found this book on Amazon by accident and the title alone drew me in.
The story is about a Dinosaur searching for the author of a manuscript that he feels is the best example of writing he has ever read. Yes, I said dinosaur. The book is populated by all kinds of creatures including sentient, intellectual dinosaurs that read and critic books. Humans also make an appearance; however, that does not come until later in the story. At this point you may be thinking that this is a children’s book or at best young adult but I would like to mention that it is 456 pages long. While the setting and characters may lead you to believe that you are about to read such a book, the story itself is very adult and the ending is deeply profound and emotional. The main characters search will take him to the title city where his innocence will be removed through manipulation and betrayal, as well as, the learning of a profound evil.
Walter Moer’s writing is elegant, rich, and visual. There may even be some metaphor involved about the publishing industry as the main character uncovers the truth about the writer he is seeking. In addition, the book is illustrates throughout. So, do not let the blurb or the cover trick you into missing out on a unique and engaging read.