Book Reviews of Inkheart (Inkheart, Bk 1)

Inkheart  (Inkheart, Bk 1)
Inkheart - Inkheart, Bk 1
Author: Cornelia Funke, Anthea Bell
ISBN-13: 9780439531641
ISBN-10: 0439531640
Publication Date: 10/1/2003
Pages: 544
Reading Level: Ages 9-12
Rating:
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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3.9 stars, based on 233 ratings
Publisher: Scholastic
Book Type: Hardcover
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reviewed Inkheart (Inkheart, Bk 1) on + 113 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 4
Inkheart tells the story of Meggie and her father Mo. One dark and stormy night their lives are turned upside down with the arrival of a stranger. He calls Mo âSilvertongue' and is there to warn them that someone named Capricorn was on his way. So begins the story of how Meggie's dad could read characters out of books, and how one day he accidentally read Meggie's mother into a book. Now one of the characters he read out of a book, a sadistic killer, wants to keep Mo a prisoner to do his bidding and make him the most powerful man on earth.

A book lover's delight, Inkheart has opening epigraphs to each chapter that call to mind many beloved children's books. There are a number of familiar characters read out of books too. This is a children's book, however like Harry Potter many adults will enjoy it also. The adventures of Mo, Meggie, Aunt Elinor, and two characters from books, Dustfinger and Farid, who want to go âhome', will linger long after the last page is turned.
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Helpful Score: 4
I found this on a friend's bookshelf a few years ago, when I was 16. The description on the back was less than promising - of course, I always think the book descriptions sound stupid, even if I love the book - but she told me it was good, so I borrowed it. She was right - it was amazing.

Even though it's marketed towards younger kids, I thought it was a great story for anyone to read - much like the Harry Potter series. I find that fantasy books written for younger kids sometimes have the best stories...

I tend to love characters that I pity, and this book gave me one of my favorite characters of all time: Dustfinger. He has all the characteristic I love in a character: mysterious, sad, and introverted. His story was very tragic, and I adored him... even though he tended to betray the other characters every once in a while.

The story itself was interesting and exciting. It is told through the points of view of several different characters, which I always like. (Naturally, I looked forward to the chapters centering on Dustfinger more than any others.)
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Helpful Score: 4
If you ever have the wonderful chance to read this out loud with your whole family I guarantee you're ALL going to "fall into" the story! This is part one of a perfectly plotted trilogy written, supposedly, for kids. It really does appeal to all ages though!
Growing up with a Father who would not read out loud to her and a Mother who she thinks is dead made Meggy mature beyond her years. The adventures she falls into with her Father lead to places only found in our imaginations. A really fine place!
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Helpful Score: 3
My daughter actually suggested this and I'm glad she did. Definitely a good read and not childish in writing even though its recommended for kids. Definite 5 star!
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Helpful Score: 3
I really felt that this book started out slow and took more than 100 pages to finally start getting good. I remember having tried once to read it before and gave up after a couple of chapters because I figured I just wasn't "in the mood" for this type of story and had set it aside for later. This time I kept going because the movie finally came out and I still hadn't gotten around to reading the book, even though I've had it for several years now.

I did feel, that after getting good, the book slowed down and I tended to find myself more interested in picking at my cuticles than in reading it. But it roller-coastered again and I'd find myself glued to the pages.

The big plus of this book, is that it has something every reader can be enchanted by, and that's the possibility of characters coming right out of their books. The plot and idea of the story is wonderful, but sometimes the author's storytelling skills are a little bland.
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Helpful Score: 2
I had read somewhere that people who enjoyed Harry Potter wouuld like Cornelia Funde's books. This and her Thief Lord are that same type of book - but the writing is so much better. Great!
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Helpful Score: 2
Well written, fun read not just for kids. Great story.
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Helpful Score: 2
Very unusual story. It is supposed to be a children's book, but so are the Harry Potter books, and I like those, too! Fun, interesting, and very different. It's one of those that could be read to an older child over a number of weeks, a little at a time. Some parts are kind of scary for a young child.
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Helpful Score: 1
Ill admit it: I read this book because I saw the movie (and I saw the movie because I have had a long-standing infatuation with Paul Bettany, but I digress) and liked it. I wanted to see what else the book could offer. So, I read it. And I was not disappointed. Of course, usually books are better than the movies they spawned, but this book, although classified as a childrens book, is so much more mature than just a childrens book usually is. It deals with themes of abandonment, and loyalty, and family, and responsibility for your actions and all sorts of things. Every character is richly drawn and really involves you in their story. A warning: this is book one of a four part series. Although I might want, one day, to pick up the other books, Im actually pretty satisfied with it as it stood at the end of the first one.
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Helpful Score: 1
This is the first book in the Inkheart Trilogy by Funke. I have enjoyed previous books by Funke including The Thief Lord, The Dragon Rider, and Reckless. So, I was excited to read this book. I listened to this on audio and the audio book is exceedingly well done and was a joy to listen to.

Maggie lives with her father who is a bookbinder and she absolutely adores books. Then one night a mysterious visitor arrives named Dustfinger. Dustfinger tells Maggie's father that Capricorn is looking for the Book. Maggie doesn't know what book but when her and her father suddenly have to leave on a mysterious trip, Maggie thinks it must be related to Dustfinger's visit. Suddenly Maggie is being drawn in to things more dangerous, more magical, and more heart-breaking than anything she has previously dealt with. Maggie will have to be resourceful and brave if she is to combat evil and save the world from an even greater evil.

This is a very well written book. I enjoyed the writing style and loved the way Funke's descriptions really make the world come alive for the reader. The bad guys are definitely evil and idea of a book literally coming alive as it is read from is interesting, if not completely original.

The characters are okay. They are all very human and easy to relate to. I was a bit disappointed that they weren't more proactive. For much of the book Maggie, her father, and Eleanor let Capricorn and his men push them around, constantly dictating what they would do. Maggie in particular acts young for her 12-13 years of age. Maggie spends a lot of time whining and bemoaning the fact that she can't help; she is really dependent on her father and has trouble taking action herself. I just felt that she was acting more like an 8 or 9 year old than a pre-teen and that bothered me. None of the characters are particularly likable; for the most part they are selfish. Even Maggie's father is willing to set aside Maggie's well-being if it means he gets what he's been longing for, and that is just not very admirable.

This book is probably aimed at a bit older crowd, more young adult, than middle grade. I was hoping for a middle grade fantasy I could read with my son. At points though this book talks about torture, cutting people up with knives, burning people with fire; sexual abuse of the females in Capricorn's village is implied if never discussed in detail. Definitely not something I would read to a younger child. For the most part the book is very dark in tone and very scary at points. It is not a magic scary, but a people killing each other in the real world kind of scary.

My other complaint is the plot. I expected it to be more magical, there is some magic here but not much. Most of the book is escape and capture scenarios repeated over and over. First they are captured, they escape, they are captured, they escape...it was all very predictable.

The book ends well with the major plot points wrapped up. I enjoyed how things were resolved in the end and, while the end is fairly predictable, it was well done. They are a few questions that remain unanswered, which I assume will be the story told in the second book Inkspell.

Overall this was a well written book with wonderful descriptions; the writing style is wonderful and really top notch. The characters weren't my favorite, I especially thought Maggie was a bit immature for her age. It is too dark of a book to read with younger children. The plot was fairly predictable but the idea of things coming alive from a book is a fun one. I am on the fence right now as to whether or not I will read the next book Inkspell. I own both Inkspell and Inkdeath, but I was really hoping for more magic and more of a middle grade level read, so I am not sure whether I will continue reading this or not.
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Helpful Score: 1
This is one of those fantasy novels that is intended for
kids but can be enjoyed by anyone, much like the Harry Potter series.
Meggie is a young girl who lives with her father Mo, a loving and
caring bookbinder who gives Meggie all kinds of wonderful books - but
who has never read aloud to her.
When a mysterious visitor called Dustfinger arrives one night, Meggie
finds out why. When Meggie was only three years old, Mo was reading
aloud - and his wife disappeared, and some strangers appeared -
strangers who were characters from the book he was reading,
"Inkheart.". Not all nice characters either, but particularly nasty
villains!
The ringleader of the villains, Capricorn, wants to force Mo to read
for him, believing that Mo is in control of his magic power and that
it can be used to advantage. Dustfinger warns that Capricorn is now
hot on Mo's trail.
Capricorn has also been systematically destroying all the copies of
"Inkheart" that exist, so he will never have to return to his own
world. If he succeeds, any small chance of rescuing Meggie's mother
from the world inside the book will be gone...
Much action and adventure ensues - definitely a fun story.
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Helpful Score: 1
Cornelia Funke twists and turns the story so much that you never know where you're going to end. The story starts on a dark and stormy night and is perfect to read for a dark and stormy day, when you can sing your teeth into it. It starts a great trilogy.
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Helpful Score: 1
I lost interest and did not finish it. Disappointing after I read Thief Lord and loved it.
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Helpful Score: 1
This was actually a pretty good book for being for kids. If you liked Harry Potter you'll like Inkheart.
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Helpful Score: 1
While it was a very interesting story, it moved very slowly. I am a quick reader, but it seemed to take forever to get through this book.
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Helpful Score: 1
Fabulous Book! If you liked Harry Potter you'll love this book. Also if you are a book lover, again it is a great book.

This book is written for those Bookoholics like us!
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Helpful Score: 1
This is an incredible book about a girl named Meggie, whos father can read things from books! It is about her trying to rescue her father after he was kidnapped from a dreadful character, who wants world domination, out of a surprisingly deadly book! It is amazing! When I was reading it, it looked like I was seeing a very good movie in my head! Check out this book! You will not regret reading it!
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Helpful Score: 1
I really felt that this book started out slow and took more than 100 pages to finally start getting good. I remember having tried once to read it before and gave up after a couple of chapters because I figured I just wasn't "in the mood" for this type of story and had set it aside for later. This time I kept going because the movie finally came out and I still hadn't gotten around to reading the book, even though I've had it for several years now.

I did feel, that after getting good, the book slowed down and I tended to find myself more interested in picking at my cuticles than in reading it. But it roller-coastered again and I'd find myself glued to the pages.

The big plus of this book, is that it has something every reader can be enchanted by, and that's the possibility of characters coming right out of their books. The plot and idea of the story is wonderful, but sometimes the author's storytelling skills are a little bland.
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Helpful Score: 1
One night Meggies father, Mo, reads aloud from a book called Inkheart, and an evil ruller named Capricorn escapes the boundries of fiction and lands in their living room. Suddenly, Meggie is smack in the middle of the kind of adventure she has read about in books.
Somehow Meggie and Mo must learn to harness the magic that conjured this nightmare. Somehow, they must change the course of the story that has changed their lives forever.
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Helpful Score: 1
I found this on a friend's bookshelf a few years ago, when I was 16. The description on the back was less than promising - of course, I always think the book descriptions sound stupid, even if I love the book - but she told me it was good, so I borrowed it. She was right - it was amazing.

Even though it's marketed towards younger kids, I thought it was a great story for anyone to read - much like the Harry Potter series. I find that fantasy books written for younger kids sometimes have the best stories...

I tend to love characters that I pity, and this book gave me one of my favorite characters of all time: Dustfinger. He has all the characteristic I love in a character: mysterious, sad, and introverted. His story was very tragic, and I adored him... even though he tended to betray the other characters every once in a while.

The story itself was interesting and exciting. It is told through the points of view of several different characters, which I always like. (Naturally, I looked forward to the chapters centering on Dustfinger more than any others.)
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Helpful Score: 1
First of all, I found this book in the children's section of my library, but it is quite appealing to all ages - even adults :-)
It caught me right up from the first chapter - mostly because the main character is a bookbinder and his house is filled with books of all kinds (my dream come true!). Dustfinger's character is multifaceted and mysterious; he makes bad decisions, but is overall a goodhearted person.
However, the bad guys are not so scary or original, especially the henchmen. And even though I enjoyed this book, I am not in too big of a rush to go out and get the sequels.
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Helpful Score: 1
i loved this story; it was written for children but as an adult i was captivated by the story and the characters. you must also read inkspell
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I really felt that this book started out slow and took more than 100 pages to finally start getting good. I remember having tried once to read it before and gave up after a couple of chapters because I figured I just wasn't "in the mood" for this type of story and had set it aside for later. This time I kept going because the movie finally came out and I still hadn't gotten around to reading the book, even though I've had it for several years now.

I did feel, that after getting good, the book slowed down and I tended to find myself more interested in picking at my cuticles than in reading it. But it roller-coastered again and I'd find myself glued to the pages.

The big plus of this book, is that it has something every reader can be enchanted by, and that's the possibility of characters coming right out of their books. The plot and idea of the story is wonderful, but sometimes the author's storytelling skills are a little bland.
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Helpful Score: 1
I really felt that this book started out slow and took more than 100 pages to finally start getting good. I remember having tried once to read it before and gave up after a couple of chapters because I figured I just wasn't "in the mood" for this type of story and had set it aside for later. This time I kept going because the movie finally came out and I still hadn't gotten around to reading the book, even though I've had it for several years now.

I did feel, that after getting good, the book slowed down and I tended to find myself more interested in picking at my cuticles than in reading it. But it roller-coastered again and I'd find myself glued to the pages.

The big plus of this book, is that it has something every reader can be enchanted by, and that's the possibility of characters coming right out of their books. The plot and idea of the story is wonderful, but sometimes the author's storytelling skills are a little bland.
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Helpful Score: 1
I really felt that this book started out slow and took more than 100 pages to finally start getting good. I remember having tried once to read it before and gave up after a couple of chapters because I figured I just wasn't "in the mood" for this type of story and had set it aside for later. This time I kept going because the movie finally came out and I still hadn't gotten around to reading the book, even though I've had it for several years now.

I did feel, that after getting good, the book slowed down and I tended to find myself more interested in picking at my cuticles than in reading it. But it roller-coastered again and I'd find myself glued to the pages.

The big plus of this book, is that it has something every reader can be enchanted by, and that's the possibility of characters coming right out of their books. The plot and idea of the story is wonderful, but sometimes the author's storytelling skills are a little bland.
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All in all I'd have to say this book was ok. It took a really long time to get to where there was any action (135 pages!) I felt that the author spent too much time on inconsequential things and left the real story hanging too long. The book is 563 pages long but the story could have been told in half that.

I actually forced myself to finish this book and don't have the slightest interest in either of the sequels. Though I really shouldn't call them sequels because the storyline was completed at the end of Inkheart. I think it would be more appropriate to say the further adventures of Mo and Meggie.
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This book is NOT like Harry Potter. it is a good book but don't go thinking it's going to be like harry potter. it's more like lord of the rings and harry potter mixed.
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A bit slow-paced at the beginning, but when it picks up, it REALLY picks up. Original idea too, Cornelia Funke is one of my favorite children's authors.
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I really enjoyed this book! It was a great fantasy! At first I was worried that I wouldn't like it since it's a children's book, but I was wrong. This book is def. for any age group, much like Harry Potter is. I def. recommend this book to anyone! Also I look forward to reading the sequels and seeing the new movie.
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I found the concept of this book more interesting than the book itself. Meggie is the daughter of a single father who repairs books. She doesn't know what happened to her mother until a mysterious visitor shows up and causing her father to flea with her in the night. As more information is uncovered, Meggie finds out that her father has the ability to read people and things out of (or into) books. While I found this idea fascinating, there were a lot of parts that seemed to really drag out. There were times when I was completely absorbed in the book and other times when my mind kept wondering. I think it's worth giving the next book a try, but not sure if I'll finish the series.
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The idea that reading aloud can actually bring book characters out into our world is delightful. I read this book to my 9 year old and we both enjoyed it - fun characters, moments of excitement, but sometimes a lot of back and forth between settings. We also saw the movie before finishing it, and it may be the only time in my life that I preferred a movie ending to a book ending.
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Awesome book! Much better than the movie. The story keeps you spellbound from beginning to end. I can't wait to get my hands on the next one!
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One would have to really appreciate fantasy to enjoy this story. While I love fantasy such as Harry Potter...Inkheart was a bit much for me.

I loved how the main characters are book lovers and they work hard to protect books...that part of the story is very interesting and I could relate to it.

The fantasy part of the story was a bit too much fantasy for me. I wish I could explain why I like Harry Potter and I don't like this as much, but I really can't.

One of the difficulties I had with this book is that it is very long and has some endless, unnecessary details that make the book drag somewhat. There are chapters that are very "calm," almost too calm, that make it hard to stay with the book. Then there are some very exciting chapters. I think if there were fewer chapters that dragged on about endless details, this book might have been more enjoyable for me. That might be the main difference between this and Harry Potter...Harry Potter always kept me interested while Inkheart lost me a few times througout the story. I almost quit reading it several times out of boredom.

I do recommend it for fantasy buffs though...if you like fantasy, you'll love this! :-)
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It was a okay book; I liked the second and third books better. The swear words in this book (and there are a lot of them) are quite a problem-swear words do not make any book better. Also, the book was rather slow in some parts, but over all a pretty good book.
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I have owned Inkheart for awhile and have put off reading it for other books that I have. Boy, was that a mistake! I finally decided to read it and I loved it!
The story is about a girl named Meggie who loves books. Her father, Mo, loves books as well. Their house is filled with them. Even though they both read to themselves, Meggie noticed her father has never read out loud to her. One night a dark stranger appears at their house. From there the book just keeps on going. There is so much more to the book. I don't want to create any spoilers for those who have not read it though. The main part of this story is that Meggie finds out her Dad can read people and objects right out of any book. The catch is that something from this world must replace what he reads out of the other world. Meggie father realized that this might just be as much of a curse as it is a gift.
The book was fast paced and an enjoyable read. My favorite part about it is the way Meggie, her father and her great aunt all have such a love and respect of books. That reminds me so much of me that I fell in love with the book from the beginning. I highly recommed this book!
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This book is amazing when I read this book I could not put it down!!!!!
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the book was awesome! it makes you appriciate books more.
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The storyline, characters, plot, and pace is just right for this book. I enjoyed it for light fantasy reading. The book isn't deeply philosophical with a social commentary guiding it, it's just simple fun reading.
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I loved this book. the literary qualify is superb. i was amazed to realize that it a translation.
I fell in love with the characters and could not wait to read the next book.
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Spellbinding

This well-paced, 534 page book slips by surprisingly fast. It is certainly not a book for young children - it is much too dark, too scary for that. Older children & adults will be able to appreciate the necessity of the darkness, rejoice at the light, & understand why it has a largely, but not entirely, happy ending. A unique contribution to literature that honestly makes the reader wonder, "do I REALLY want books to come to life like I think I do?" From the first to the last this novel wraps itself around the reader and refuses to let go.

A word for parents: in addition to some frightening creatures (& humans!) In this book, there are a couple times a character curses. This is a book I recommend reading before simply handing it to your child. Make sure your child can handle the story BEFORE handing it to them. Save them & yourself (possible) sleepless nights.
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Great book, very imaginative. I think it's intended for older kids, but as an adult, I loved it. Read the other two in this trilogy but this was the best of the 3.
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This is a fabulous book about mythical creatures coming out of a story book. It is a bit of a long read but definetely worth it. I suggest this book for ages 9+
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I really felt that this book started out slow and took more than 100 pages to finally start getting good. I remember having tried once to read it before and gave up after a couple of chapters because I figured I just wasn't "in the mood" for this type of story and had set it aside for later. This time I kept going because the movie finally came out and I still hadn't gotten around to reading the book, even though I've had it for several years now.

I did feel, that after getting good, the book slowed down and I tended to find myself more interested in picking at my cuticles than in reading it. But it roller-coastered again and I'd find myself glued to the pages.

The big plus of this book, is that it has something every reader can be enchanted by, and that's the possibility of characters coming right out of their books. The plot and idea of the story is wonderful, but sometimes the author's storytelling skills are a little bland.
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If you're a Harry Potter fan then Cornelia Funke will be a true fun read. I give this a 4.5 star rating.
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I really felt that this book started out slow and took more than 100 pages to finally start getting good. I remember having tried once to read it before and gave up after a couple of chapters because I figured I just wasn't "in the mood" for this type of story and had set it aside for later. This time I kept going because the movie finally came out and I still hadn't gotten around to reading the book, even though I've had it for several years now.

I did feel, that after getting good, the book slowed down and I tended to find myself more interested in picking at my cuticles than in reading it. But it roller-coastered again and I'd find myself glued to the pages.

The big plus of this book, is that it has something every reader can be enchanted by, and that's the possibility of characters coming right out of their books. The plot and idea of the story is wonderful, but sometimes the author's storytelling skills are a little bland.
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I loved this book. It had me so interested it was difficult to put it down. I think it took me all of 3 days to read it. It's very well written but I don't know that I would choose to read it to my 8 year old as there are some darker themes in here such as "the shadow" and even the darkness and innate evil that is found in the characters created by Fenoglio. This is a story about how Fenoglio's story comes to life and interacts with Silvertongue(Mo), his daughter Meggie, and others. Themes: Friendship vs. Betrayal, Good vs. Evil, Real vs. Fantasy, the darkness that draws in human interest, self-interest, self-preservation, love displayed in sacrifice and others.
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I have enjoyed this book very much. I can not wait to read it to my grandson.
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Great Story!!
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The author Story starts out really strong, then starts to fizzle near the middle, but it's clear the author has a deep, abiding love for books--if her characters are any reflection.

From the first chapter, a paragraph: "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. 'I'm sure it must be very comfortable sleeping with a hard, rectangular thing like that under your head,' her father had teased her the first time he found a book under her pillow. 'Go on, admit it, the book whispers its story to you at night.'"
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I really enjoyed this book, and yet have no desire to read the others... I sortof feel like it is good to leave the story where it ended. The author has an amazing way with words, making glorious pictures with them. Recommend it.
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Nine-year-old Meggie is being raised by her father Mo, a book binder. One day a mysterious stranger comes to visit, and the next day they leave hastily for the home of Elinor, Meggie's great-aunt, a reclusive book collector. Mo asks her to keep a book safe for him, for the evil Capricorn will stop at nothing to acquire it. But Capricorn's men manage to capture Mo, and Meggie is determined to rescue him. What she does not know is that Capricorn and his men are characters from a book, brought to life by a magic Mo does not know how to control, when he reads aloud. And the book Capricorn wants is Inkheart, the story that he came from.

I couldn't rightly say I was disappointed in this book, as based on reviews I was not expecting much from it. I'm sorry to say I agree with those who were disappointed - the premise was wonderful, but the delivery fell so very short. I found the story flat, the characters two-dimensional creatures I could not care about. There was way too much description and corny dialogue, with a scattered plot that seemed to have no focus - more like scenes spliced together with implausible transitions. The bad characters were described as being terribly vicious and evil, yet when push came to shove our heroes are always inexplicably spared, obviously to avoid any unpleasantness for the young reader that is the target audience. There is much better YA fantasy out there, and I have absolutely no interest in reading the rest of the series. A pity, because under a more skilled pen this could have been a great story.
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This book is so good. I reccomend this book for everyone. (Thats right its not just for kids!)It never gets boring so I give this book a thumbs up.
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WONDERFUL!!!!!!!I advise it to anyone and everyone!!!!!!
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This is the beginning book to a great triology. Lots of fun, I couldn't put it down.
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Excellent fantasy/adventure especially for booklovers.
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Well, I didn't think anyone could be in the literary neighborhood as Jasper Fforde, but this has some similarities. Originally written in German, and probably appropriate for all ages. A little slow getting around to the plot (maybe read page 136 and on first), I couldn't help thinking they were in an alternate universe world where people still read books and only used cell phones when they had to.
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Very unusual fantasy. Took some time for me to warm to it, but when I did, i really enoyed it.
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My son & I are reading this aloud and are a bit disappointed in it. The premise of the book is interesting but it seems to be moving very slowly. We wanted to read it before watching the movie but finally gave in an watched the movie before finishing the reading. The movie was also disappointing to us. (Still love Brendan Frasier, though!)
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I really liked this book. It was well written, and it would interest anybody who likes fantasy books. Can't wait to read the second in the series.
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I enjoyed this book and I am an adult!
There were some pretty scary parts though.
I won't read it again but I enjoyed it and I read the entire thing!
It was quite interesting.
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I'd give it 10 stars if I could!
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Not my "cup of tea". Tried to read it for our Church Monthly Book Club.
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I loved the book. I saw the movie first, but the book was a lot better.
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This was an okay book. It dragged in places and it lost my interest because of the length of the book.
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It was fun to listen the aunt go on and on about her favorite books and talk about what they meant to her. All the "good-guy" characters are excellent. I can't be expected to like the bad guys, can I? I don't and that makes them perfect for their parts. Our family listened to this together on cd. It is a fun book for all. There are some parts that lull but doesn't do too much to detract from the whole of the book. We can't wait to listen the part two!
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Dry start. But gets better. Good story line.
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This book was a really interesting book. It had everything I could imagine or wanted when I was a child. This has become a keeper and I can't wait to get my hands on it's sequel. I'd suggest it to people who like fantasy.
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This story is about Meggie and her father who live in an old farm house. Meggie's father mends books, chasing away the mold and book worms and giving them new dresses. Meggie didn't remember her mother who had gone away nine years before. One day Meggie looked out her window and saw a strange man standing out in the pouring rain. He was just standing there staring at their house. She went to tell her father and he brought the stranger in. Only, her father seemed to know him. He called him Dustfinger and Dustfinger called her father Silvertongue. Meggie was sent to her room to go to bed but she sneaked back and listened outside the door to them talk in hushed voices about a horrible man called Capricorn. The way they talked scared Meggie and she begged her father to send him away. She didn't like him.

The next morning Meggie's father woke her up early and was packing for a trip. They set off on a trip that Meggie would never forget, to a place where things come out of books and are not always good. Meggie learned that it is a lot more fun to read about the adventures in books than to be in them herself.
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I really felt that this book started out slow and took more than 100 pages to finally start getting good. I remember having tried once to read it before and gave up after a couple of chapters because I figured I just wasn't "in the mood" for this type of story and had set it aside for later. This time I kept going because the movie finally came out and I still hadn't gotten around to reading the book, even though I've had it for several years now.

I did feel, that after getting good, the book slowed down and I tended to find myself more interested in picking at my cuticles than in reading it. But it roller-coastered again and I'd find myself glued to the pages.

The big plus of this book, is that it has something every reader can be enchanted by, and that's the possibility of characters coming right out of their books. The plot and idea of the story is wonderful, but sometimes the author's storytelling skills are a little bland.
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Very good.
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My son loved this book...and I did too. It's great for kids and adults.
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Little details about this book, such as the bookbinder father working at his job, or the extreme security system on the bibliophile aunt's library, make this a charming, if a little tame, read.