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Inkheart (2003)

by Cornelia Funke

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Series: Inkheart Trilogy (1)

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Twelve-year-old Meggie learns that her father, who repairs and binds books for a living, can "read" fictional characters to life when one of those characters abducts them and tries to force him into service.
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Inkheart (Inkheart Trilogy) by Cornelia Funk Audiobook.
 
I listened to this rather than read it.....some of the characters annoyed me immensely and at times I wanted to shout at them.....always a good sign when they get under your skin like that.A story that slips into the supernatural as easy as a change in the weather. There were times when I wondered if this were a teen novel as it definitely lacked depth in places and was very predictable in others when it wasn't necessary.Well written, descriptions that really work and, as said, characterisation that came alive.I guess when you read it then you have all the voices in your head, but when it is read to you, you get the voices that the reader gives. My copy was read by Lynn Redgrave which gave it a certain resonance. Towards the end I was on the edge of my seat as each chapter unfolds to wards the predictable ending.
 
I still loved it though, almost every minute of it. I can still see Dustfinger so clearly it is like I have met him and I think Basta is an uncle of mine.Brilliant ( )
  Ken-Me-Old-Mate | Sep 24, 2020 |
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  lcslibrarian | Aug 13, 2020 |
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  lcslibrarian | Aug 13, 2020 |
This book is quite long and there are a few filler chapters that just serve to bring certain characters back to the villain. Overall, it's well written, but lags in the middle. I won't be continuing the series and most likely will not read anything else from this author since this is the second book that has left me feeling underwhelmed. ( )
  LynnK. | Aug 4, 2020 |
I gave up, which is an unusual thing for me to do and recently has occurred only when ill...having now largely recovered I'm not re-starting, though. Here's why:

It's poorly written from a stylistic perspective. The book is a story about book lovers and magic associated with books. Funke thinks this means book that books should be mentioned every sentence, book, multiple times if book. This is irritating. It also means she deliberately uses imagery associated with books; metaphors involving book-worms abound. In Macbeth, Shakespeare uses numerous images about clothing; this is very clever and versatile because clothing itself is varied and can tell much about the character and station in life of the wearer. Book-worms, however, eat books - every time. Piling up exactly the same metaphor until it reaches the ceiling is not clever, it's boring. Repetitiveness abounds; these are just two notable examples.

It is slow: The hundred or so pages I read could have been acheived in 20-30p by other writers, without loss of character development or atmosphere and obviously with a great gain in pace.

It is patronising: I find it hard to pin down why I feel this way, but still, I find Funke to be patronising of her protagonist and by extension her readers.

The premise, which has potential, is wasted on me because Funke just couldn't keep me reading. ( )
  Arbieroo | Jul 17, 2020 |
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Such breathtaking things are going to happen, you cannot even imagine. SPECTACULAR!, FABULOUS! BREATHTAKING! If you've got to read a book it's got to be this one.
 
Inkheart is a book about books, a celebration of and a warning about books. The "Inkheart" of the title is a book. I don't think I've ever read anything that conveys so well the joys, terrors and pitfalls of reading. ...

When the villains are at last defeated and the denizens of the book tumble through into reality, it is quite disappointing to find them gaudy, small and trivial. Is Funke saying that, while books as books are wonderful, real life has a solid sort of grimness that renders make-believe flimsy? Or is she pleading with us to mix at least a little fantasy with our reality? I don't know. Inkheart leaves you asking such questions. And this is, to my mind, an important thing for a story to do.
 

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Cornelia Funkeprimary authorall editionscalculated
Auger, Marie-ClaudeTraductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Šućur Perišić, LjiljanaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bell, AntheaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Neumann, UteOvers.secondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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If you are a dreamer, come in

If you are a dreamer, a wisher, a liar,

A Hope-er, a Pray-er, a Magic Bean Buyer,

If you're a pretender, come sit by my fire

For we have some flax-golden tales to spin

Come in!

Come in!

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For Anna, who even put The Lord of The Rings aside for a while to read this book. Could anyone ask for more of a daughter?
And for Elinor, who lent me her name, although I didn't use it for an elf queen.
For Anna, who put 'The Lord Of The Rings' aside for this book. Could anyone ask more of a daughter? And for Elinor, who lent me her name, although i didn't use it for an elf queen.
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The book she had been reading was under her pillow, pressing its cover against her ear as if to lure her back into its printed pages.
Rain fell that night, a fine, whispering rain.
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Some books should be tasted some devoured, but only a few should be chewed and digested thoroughly.
Why do grown-ups think it's easier for children to bear secrets than the truth?
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Twelve-year-old Meggie learns that her father, who repairs and binds books for a living, can "read" fictional characters to life when one of those characters abducts them and tries to force him into service.

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A young adult fantasy novel where a young girl and her father are able to bring a story's characters to life with equally good and bad results just by reading.
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