I recently finished reading The city of dreaming books by Walter Moers. I understand that this is the third book (or fourth?) in the Zamonia series; however, this is my first in the series.
It is an interesting book, especially if you like reading books about books, as this reviewer at The Entropy Pump notes:
I love books, and a book like this pushes all the right buttons for me. Even if it hadn’t any plot, I probably would have still liked it. Just the descriptions of Buchhaim with its small and old streets full of second hand bookshops, with all its denizen whose only love is the written word, made me feel like discovering reading and books for the first time again. TCoDB is a written love letter for books, wrapped into an exhilarating adventure that never loses sight of entertaining the reader, yet always managing to be a little more than just an adventure.
One of the charms of the book is that it can be read at several levels as this review at Hasta la vista, Vista notes:
You can take The City of Dreaming Books in many ways; a fantasy for the not so young, a witty parody on the literary world and the sorts of people who inhabit it, a playful treatise on literary tricks and devices, an exercise in getting your readers to identify with an innocent but plucky dinosaur with authorial pretensions or just a deeply charming and enjoyable book to fall in love with. Moers is cartoonist as well as writer, and his distinctive illustrations help bring the quirky denizens of Bookholm to life.
Here is another recommendation from Eye on everything (though, unlike the reviewer, I did like the ending, and would not have minded if it was a bit shorter, to tell the truth; however, I do agree that I would have liked Yarnspinner a bit more pro-active, and a bit less annoying — but, probably, you can not expect any better than that from a dynosaur):
Like I’ve mentioned before over and over again, if you love books, and if you love reading, then I’m sure you’re gonna love this book. It’s a book that almost every avid reader will be able to relate to.
It’s funny, wildly imaginative, the characters are endearing (just love those Booklings), and almost anything and everything you can associate with books or reading is referenced or parodied here.
I noticed TCoDB at Barnes and Noble, and the book cover and title looked interesting (though, I could not understand how it ended up on the bargain priced book aisle). So, next time when I went to the library, and saw the book in the recent books section, I picked it up; and, I was not disappointed. So, you might want to give it a try too, if you like such fantasies. Have fun!