Wednesday, November 4, 2009

A Whole World Inside Its Pages

One cruel night, Meggie's father reads aloud from a book called INKHEART -- and an evil ruler escapes the boundaries of fiction and lands in their living room. Suddenly, Meggie is smack in the middle of the kind of adventure she has only read about in books. Meggie must learn to harness the magic that has conjured this nightmare. For only she can change the course of the story that has changed her life forever. This is INKHEART -- a timeless tale about books, about imagination, about life. Dare to read it aloud.

Title: Inkheart
Author: Cornelia Funke
Series: Ink, Book 1
Start & Finished: 4/9/09- 4/15/09
Published: 2003
Publisher: The Chicken House
Pages: 534 (paperback)
Genre: YA- Fantasy

Storytelling is a form of art that “has existed as long as humanity has had language” but now storytellers are mainly known as authors and they spin their yarns in written letters on paper in ink. Cornelia Funke is one such author who writes wonderful books but she’s most famous for her stories in the Ink trilogy. The first one is called Inkheart and it’s a story about another story whose characters have come to life through a skilled storyteller’s voice.

As a child, I loved to be read to and like Meggie, the books were always whispering to me, "promising [me] a thousand unknown stories, a thousand doors into worlds [I] had never seen before.” I also enjoyed reading aloud once I learned how to anyone or any thing that would sit still long enough. Thankfully I never had Mo’s gift with words! As I’ve gotten a little older, the stories stay mainly in my mind when reading but sometimes a book like Inkheart comes along that just begs to be read aloud. Cornelia Funke has created a beautiful story with phrases and paragraphs that I simply had to read and re-read. This book is one that should be 'tasted', 'devoured', and 'chewed throughly' too.

Inkheart is a magical adventure made of more than just words and letters, the author has breathed life into the characters. Everyone from Meggie and Mo to Dustfinger, Elinor, Capricorn, and all the minor characters too. Like in any good children's adventure story, the good characters are almost all true heroes while the villians all have hearts like "black stone with about as much human sympathy as a lump of coal." The only anamoloy really is Dustfinger as he is neither a typical hero nor a hard-hearted villian either… little wonder that he is my favorite character.

The author said, “Which book addict doesn’t know the feeling that the characters in a book can seem more real than the people around us? And there is of course a simple reason for that. For which real person would permit us to look into their hearts as deeply as a storyteller permits us to look into his characters’? Into the deepest regions of their souls we may spy, see all their fears, all their love and all their dreams.” Which pretty much sums up the reason I adore this story. Ms. Funke’s tale has received much attention including several awards as well as recently being adapted into the 2009 film of the same name starring Brendon Fraiser (whom the author has said she based Mo on. He even is the narrator on the audio books for the remaining books).

“Is there anything in the world better than words on the page? Magic signs, the voices of the dead, building blocks to make wonderful worlds better than this one, comforters, companions in lonlieness. Keepers of secrets, speakers of the truth… all those glorious words.” ~ Fenoglio

Ink Series:
1. Inkheart (2003)
2. Inkspell (2005)
3. Inkdeath (2008)

First Paragraph: Rain fell that night, a fine whispering rain. Many years later, Meggie had only to close her eyes and she could still hear it, like tiny fingers tapping on the windowpane. A dog barked somewhere in the darkness, and however often she tossed and turned Meggie couldn't get to sleep.


Bookwrap Central (video)
Magazin- deutschland with Rainer Stumpf

Picture Explanations
Capricorn's village: Actual film location
Gwin: Dustfinger's marten
Fire: Dustfinger's best friend


  1. Loved the book. Disliked the movie very much. And this cover! The covers are beautiful!!!

    I have been waiting for Inkdeath to come out in pb for my bookshelf!!

  2. My sister loves this series, too! I need to borrow her books.

  3. Glad you liked Inkheart-I read it during a very sad point in my life(the death of my father)and it really helped me get thru that rough time.

    I thought the movie wasn't too bad,but have my doubts about a sequel being made(much like The Golden Compass,alas).

  4. Oh, I've been wanting to see this movie. I would also like to read the book. It's got a cool premise. I'm glad it's good. I may have to check it out.

  5. I didn't love this book as much as other people, but I still wouldn't mind reading the rest of the trilogy one of these days..

  6. I really want to read this one (and watch the movie) but I just haven't yet. Thanks for reminding me about it :)

  7. Jen, fantastic book and review! You do these so well! I love it!

    Hope all is happy and well in Jen Land :)

    PS: I'm trying to type with my sweet little doggie in my lap...LOL
    She is soooooooo spoiled! LOL

  8. I listened to it on audio and really enjoyed it, I think read by one of the Redgraves. I have the movie here now, and see it's getting mixed reviews, still interested to watch it though.

  9. Gosh.. I have to try these books. Very very nice Review.

  10. I really liked this one. I need to read the rest in the series. Great review!

  11. Cat: I didn't dislike the movie but I didn't really care for a lot of it either... I just love the covers for these books too.

    Bermudaonion: I haven't read the other two yet but I adore this one

    Lady T: Glad to hear you had something to cheer you up. I had some major issues with the movie but there were some good points nonetheless.

    Paxton: Meh, the movie was just okay. They took a different direction from the book on some major plot points so I wasn't to keen on that but it still had it's moments. I think you'd love the book though.

    Kailana: I really do need to get around to reading the whole trilogy. This was the second time I read Inkheart so I would have it all fresh in my mind when I read Inkspell and Inkdeath... then I never read either lol.

    Samantha: You're welcome. Read the book first most definitely.

    The Chic Geek: Aren't you the sweetest?! I'm kind of proud of this particular review as it's not one I threw together but took time on. My cat has claimed my lap as her spot as well. It's not easy trying to juggle a laptop and a lapful of cat...

    Shaunesay: I thought about listening to it when I re-read it but I eventually decided to just read it. I won't get your hopes up about the movie because the setting and some of the characters are all I really liked about it.

    Toni & Naida: Thanks! I really need to read the others...

  12. Personally, I think books 2 and 3 are even better than the first one, which I thought got kind of draggy in the middle. Plus, book 2 focuses a lot more on Dustfinger than on Meggie, so that's all to the good. :)

    The movie was okay - very well cast, mostly well acted, but I think too much time spent on making it look pretty and not enough time spent on the script.

  13. Fyrefly: I really do need to go ahead and read the next two books...

  14. One of my absolute favorite books. Still remember it fondly after many years! Great review!



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