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Inkspell by Cornelia Funke

Inkspell (original 2005; edition 2005)

by Cornelia Funke

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Authors:Cornelia Funke
Info:The Chicken House (2005), Edition: 1st American Edition, Hardcover, 635 pages
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Inkspell by Cornelia Funke (2005)



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What a gem of a book, just like its predecessor. This is one of those cases where I didn't know or necessarily expect a sequel after the first book, but was pleasantly surprised and convinced that yes, the story wasn't finished yet, despite there being a healthy amount of resolution in the first book.

Just as in the first book, I found strong writing, compelling ideas, an interesting and generally tight plot, complex characters, fascinating themes to explore (about reading and writing and the interactions between reader, writer, and character on a surface level, but also so much more to dig through, either spelled out or which can easily be reflected on metaphorically). I don't know if this is just because I read Inkheart longer ago, but I thought this book was darker and more graphic than the first one, with more frequent use of coarse language and mentions some situations that are too dark for young readers. Overall, though, a treat from beginning to end. I also really admire the translator's work and want to try reading this in the original German.

On a sidenote: I was so, so happy to see the romance between Meggie and Farid, which I had kind of started hoping for by the end of the first book. This felt kind of uncharacteristic for me, because normally I would find that kind of questionable or odd with characters Meggie's age, especially, and yet Funke shows so much depth, growth, and maturity in both her and Farid that I see it as believable. The romance is subtler, sweeter, and truer than many more ostentatious romances written about older characters, and it was written well enough to be one of my favorite parts of the book. Characters who actually have something to admire in each other, and who continue to grow with each other instead of stifling each other. I also thought that Funke does an amazing job of 1) giving her younger characters frontline action, even while not knocking off or killing all the adults, or rendering them all stupid, and 2) showing a believable and sweet romance in the midst of two minors who have parent figures involved throughout. Just not something I see in fiction very often, especially outside of classics, and so I really enjoyed how well done it was here! ( )
  elephantine | Nov 27, 2015 |
I really enjoyed reading this, but the ending upset me so much that I actually chucked the book across my room in contempt. I felt that I had been betrayed! I felt that I had been sucked into a trilogy without my consent! I was upset at the prospect that I'd have to read Inkdeath (before it ever came out) even though I hated how the plot had turned out in this one. ( )
  engpunk77 | Aug 14, 2015 |
It takes forever to get through if you stop reading it for a while and then try and go back to it. ( )
  nlm2nd | Mar 4, 2015 |
I really enjoyed reading the first book of this series. So after I finished Tintenhertz I went to the bookstore to get this second book. It's a book about a world in a book, and as a child I thought that was wonderful. This is a book for children, or maybe they classify it as YA nowadays (I wouldn't do that), so you have to keep in mind that the writing style is a little childish sometimes. I don't think that is a problem, cause you know you can find such things while reading a book for children. Anyway, I was a bit younger when I read the book and at that time I really liked it. After that I also read the last part, which in my opinion was not as good as the other two, but maybe that was because I was 2 years older by then. ( )
  Floratina | Jan 4, 2015 |
I did dither over whether or not to read Inkspell as I found Inkheart a little slow in places but decided to go for it as I can't leave a trilogy hanging......

I'm glad I did, because it's worth the read. As interesting a concept as Inkheart was (reading characters 'out' of books), Inkspell held my attention and imagination better, perhaps because it's more interesting to see what goes on when you read yourself 'into' an imaginary world?

I don't know if it's intentional, but this book seemed to follow the same formula as the first, as far as 'pace' goes. The first third of the book had me turning pages to see what surprises the new world held....the middle third seemed to drop a gear and meander along until it reached the third and final section where the action picked up again. The story is still worth the time spent to read it, but that slow middle bit just knocks a star off for me.

I find myself not liking some characters that I liked in the first book(Fenoglio) and situations (for some reason Farid and Meggie really jar with me as a couple. I don't know why, but they just do), but to even things out though, I found I really missed Elinor (whom I didn't have a lot of time for in the last one) and I'm hoping she gets to join them in part 3..... Swings and roundabouts.

I'm looking forward to the final part, and recommend reading them in order to anyone starting out as they do follow on from one another. ( )
  SilverThistle | Dec 31, 2014 |
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Cornelia Funkeprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bell, AntheaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fraser, BrendanNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Maske, UlrichMusiksecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Strecker, RainerSprechersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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If I knew

where poems came from,

I'd go there.

—Michael Langley, Staying Alive
To Brendan Fraser, whose voice is the heart of this book. Thanks for inspiration and enchantment. Mo wouldn't have stepped into my writing room without you, and this story would never have been told.

To Rainer Strecker, who is both Silvertongue and Dustfinger. Every word in this book is just waiting for him to read it.

And of course, as almost always, last but for sure not least, for Anna, wonderful Anna, who had this story told to her on many walks, encouraged and advised me, and let me know what was good and what could still be improved. (I very much hope that the story of Meggie and Farid has its fair share of the book now?)
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Twilight was gathering and Orpheus still wasn’t here.
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The original title in German is Tintenblut.
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A year has passed, but not a day goes by without Meggie thinking of Inkheart, the book whose characters came to life. For the fire-eater Dustfinger, the need to return to the tale has become desperate. When he finds a crooked storyteller to read him back, he abandons his apprentice Farid and plunges into the pages. Before long, Farid and Meggie are caught inside the book, too. But the story is much changed - and threatening to end tragically.
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Just a few chapters into Inkspell, Mo (a.k.a. "Silvertongue") sagely says to his daughter, "Stories never really end, Meggie, even if the books like to pretend they do. Stories always go on. They don't end on the last page, any more than they begin on the first page." A fitting meta-observation for this, the unplanned second installment in Cornelia Funke's beloved now-trilogy.

Of course, it's that sort of earnest, almost gushing veneration of books and book-loving that made the absorbing suspense-fantasy Inkheart so wonderful in the first place, with that lit-affection getting woven integrally into the plot (Inkheart being both Funke's first book in the series, and the fictitious book within that book, authored by the frustrated Fenoglio, now trapped within the book, er, within the book. Fenoglio, perhaps not surprisingly, self-referentially wishes in Inkspell that he had written a sequel to Inkheart.) Inkspell should serve as a special treat for fans of the first book, as characters from Inkheart who have found themselves in the "real world" (if there is such a thing) find themselves read back into their own mythic, word-spun world--along with some of our favorite "real-world" characters. As with the previous book, Funke's greatest accomplishment here is telling such a rich and involving (and fun!) story, while still managing sweet, subtle commentary on the nature of words and meaning. Expect a tantalizing finale, too--as Funke says, "No reader will forgive me the ending, though, without a part three." (Ages 8 and up) --Paul Hughes

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When Dustfinger finds a crooked storyteller who can read him back to Inkscape, he leaves his apprentice Farid behind. Farid seeks out Meggie and the two follow him back into the enchanted book.

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