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Inkheart by Cornelia Funke

Inkheart (original 2003; edition 2003)

by Cornelia Funke

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Authors:Cornelia Funke
Info:The Chicken House (2003), Hardcover, 544 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:fantasy, young adult, series, german, books

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Inkheart by Cornelia Funke (2003)

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Mortimer "Mo" has a wife and a young daughter, and also the ability to read a book out loud and have things from the book materialize in the room with him. This was always a happy fascination with him, until one day he is reading to his wife, and two villains and another fellow materialize, and his wife vanishes into the book. And the villain is truly a heinous one. And all of this happens nine years before the book even begins!

As it opens, Mo is living with his daughter, now 12. He works at the job of re-binding old books. Now, after so many years, the characters he read out of a book into our world show up again, and he, his daughter Meggie, and her great-aunt Elinore (an most passionate book collector) become embroiled in the web of the evil Capricorn.

Inkheart revolves more around the intricacies of the plot than it does with deep characterizations, so saying much more would spoil the fun. And it is a fun book. I didn't think the ending was quite as good as the rest of the book, but it's well worth the read. ( )
  fingerpost | Oct 22, 2016 |
Wow, what a page turner! I do remember liking it quite a lot when I first read it, but dearie, I loved it! The book whispered to me just like Elinor's library and I found myself reading chapter after chapter. I really adored the characters, especially Elinor. My heart near sank into my stomach when her precious books were destroyed. I cried in triumph when Capricorn was vanquished. Funke has a power of words that keeps you clinging to each page, desperate to get to the next. This book makes you thirst to read more--not just of Inkheart itself, or the trilogy, but just to read more. It made me want to explore all the nooks and crannies of every library and bookshop of the world--to just don my uncle buck hat and rainboots and trudge my way through rain and explore the wonders of the world, looking for new stories and new places to write stories about, though I've become more of a reader than a writer as of late.
This book is great on a rainy day--it scoops you up into the world, promising adventure and the allure of the power of literature. It's not just good with a cup of hot cocoa, it IS one. It keeps you warm and gives comfort whenever you reach over for it. There's a a passage at the end that really gave me a nice warm satisfied feeling. "And where better could she learn that trade that in a house full of magical creatures, where fairies built their nests in the garden and books whispered on the shelves by night? As Mo had said: writing stories is a kind of magic, too."

on a girly note, I've started an internal love affair with Dustfinger.
*u* ( )
  ShyPageSniffer | Oct 20, 2016 |
Reread Nov. 2015.

All lovers of books will understand the feeling of being pulled inside a fictional world while reading an especially compelling story...but what if it worked the other way? What if the fictional characters could be pulled out into the real world? Wouldn't that be cool?

Before you answer, consider some of those characters. The anti-heroes. The villains. The monsters. Also consider that some kind of cosmic balance must be maintained. If someone fictional pops out of a story, someone real must pop out of reality. Still, it might be pretty cool, if you could decide who comes and who goes...but of course you can't. That's how Meggie in this story loses her mom.

The characters are, admittedly, fairly one-dimensional. The setting is a simplified, child-eye's view of contemporary Europe. And although it derives from an interesting metaphysical premise, it's not an overly complex story. It is, however, a long one for a book ostensibly intended for pre-teens (over 500 pages in the trade paperback edition I have). I think it's compelling enough to keep a young reader's attention, but it's not a book I'd recommend reading to them as a bedtime story. ( )
  DLMorrese | Oct 14, 2016 |
This book was really good except that some parts of it were too drawn out and left me a bit bored. This, it took me weeks to get through the book instead of just days. The story was really interesting and left a lot of room to really think about life, etc. so I continued to read Inkspell and Inkdeath and found those book quiet a bit better and easier to read. ( )
  Bubamdk | Sep 9, 2016 |
Lynn Redgrave, the narrator of the unabridged audio version of this book, does a superb job, and listening to her is a pleasure. However, the book didn't appeal to me as much as it did others.

The story got off to a slow start. Storybook characters come to life when read by bookbinder and book lover Mo, father to young Meggie. For me, the story dragged on too long for the story it was telling. I didn't like that many animals were hurt and killed, although the telling was, thank goodness, not graphic.

I did grow to like some of the characters, and the story was somewhat engaging, but not enough that I feel compelled to read the later books in this series. 3.5 out of 5 stars. ( )
  TooBusyReading | Jul 10, 2016 |
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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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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Cornelia Funkeprimary authorall editionscalculated
Bell, AntheaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Butterworth, IanCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lawson, CarolCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Magnaghi, RobertaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Redgrave, LynnNarratorsecondary 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.
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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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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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0439709105, Paperback)

Meggie’s father, Mo, has an wonderful and sometimes terrible ability. When he reads aloud from books, he brings the characters to life--literally. Mo discovered his power when Maggie was just a baby. He read so lyrically from the the book Inkheart, that several of the book’s wicked characters ended up blinking and cursing on his cottage floor. Then Mo discovered something even worse--when he read Capricorn and his henchmen out of Inkheart, he accidentally read Meggie’s mother in.

Meggie, now a young lady, knows nothing of her father's bizarre and powerful talent, only that Mo still refuses to read to her. Capricorn, a being so evil he would "feed a bird to a cat on purpose, just to watch it being torn apart," has searched for Meggie's father for years, wanting to twist Mo's powerful talent to his own dark means. Finally, Capricorn realizes that the best way to lure Mo to his remote mountain hideaway is to use his beloved, oblivious daughter Meggie as bait!

Cornelia Funke’s imaginative ode to books and book lovers is sure to be enjoyed by fans of her breakout debut, The Thief Lord, and young readers who enjoyed the similarly themed The Great Good Thing by Roderick Townley. (Ages 10 to 15) --Jennifer Hubert

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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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