Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Inkheart by Cornelia Funke

Meggie has never heard her father Mo read aloud....for good reason. Mo has a gift. He brings characters to life, right off the page. However, this gift has a price. Whenever a character is read out from a book, a person is sucked into the book in trade. This is exactly what happened to Meggie's mother when Mo read aloud from a book called Inkheart. Unfortunately, when Meggie's mother goes into the book, three characters are brought to life. Two of which are extremely evil and plot to use Mo's gift for their evil intentions. Mo swears to never read aloud again, and is able to evade said evil Inkheart characters by moving Meggie and himself frequently around Europe. However, one fateful night, the third Inkheart character, Dustfinger, finally catches up with Mo and Meggie. From there, the story leads to tales of adventure, love, and bravery.

Overall, I enjoyed this story, which was translated originally from German. I mean what's not to love? It has mythical creatures, vivid characters, and the endless good versus evil feud. The only complaint I have is that it seemed a bit long winded in some areas, which I felt detracted from the main story line. The most impressive component is that Funke uses quotes from classic books at the beginning of every chapter, foreshadowing what's to come. Overall, an enjoyable read if your looking for a good escape from reality.

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