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Inkheart (Inkworld #1)

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Alternate cover edition: 9780439709101

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.

Characters from books literally leap off the page in this engrossing fantasy. Meggie has had her father to herself since her mothe
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Paperback, 548 pages
Published June 1st 2005 by Scholastic Paperbacks (first published September 23rd 2003)
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Jessica
I was very much looking forward to reading this, as it had very good word-of-mouth as a high-quality children's/YA fantasy that adults will also enjoy. And the premise, that characters can exist in the "real world" outside of books, or that real people can enter the world inside a book, is endlessly appealing. However, my local library is on the verge of opening a new wing with my overdue book fines on this, because I keep hanging onto it in the hope that eventually I will be able to finish read ...more
Dana
Oy... I really wanted to like this book. I had such high hopes for it. It was one of those books that whenever my students saw me reading it they said, "Oh, I really liked that book! It was so good." So, I thought it would be great. It just wasn't. The story was nice. In short (very short): Meggie's father repairs books. Her mother disappeared nine years ago. After a mysterious visitor shows up at their house, Meggie finds out that her father has a secret. He can read characters out of books. Ni ...more
Patricia
Aug 03, 2007 Patricia rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lovers of all things books
This book is everything I ever wanted. It's a book about a book and lovers of books. It's very self-affirming for me. Now I don't feel like a COMPLETE goober for 1) smelling books 2) learning Elvish or 3) bringing at least 5 books with me everywhere I go.

Note: just because I don't FEEL like a complete goober, does not mean I am not one.

"Inkheart" is the first in a trilogy. "Inkspell" is already out, and "Inkdeath" will be out in 2008.

You may not love "Inkheart" in and of itself; however, if you
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Ann
Mar 11, 2008 Ann rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of great stories and detailed plots and characters
Recommended to Ann by: Katie! Thanks again!:D
What a great story!
This is quite the page-turner! I was driven to read more by both the action/adventure and the plot/conclusion. Both are excellently written! Funke’s style of writing (and indeed the translation made by Anthea Bell) makes for a smooth and beautiful read.
Wonderfully drawn and very detailed characters fill this book from cover to cover, each character being unique and complete. The story is told from multiple viewpoints, which adds another interesting dimension to the story and p
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Kirsty
Oof... it took me 12 days to finish this book. Not like me at all.

I liked the storyline. I love the fact that it is a book about books, and that is what initially made me want to read it. I read the blurb on the book and it sounded like a really fun read.

I was wrong.

The book was VERY long-winded. Whilst the plotline was good, and the characters were nicely built, the actual story dragged on most of the time. The best part of the book is the last few chapters, by which point I didn't care - I jus
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Maia
Feb 08, 2008 Maia rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: People against the world domination of FedEx
Shelves: fantasy
Okay, I'm at hundred pages, and I'm like: someone just kill that loser Capricorn, and then FedEx the rest of the gang home! PLEASE! I'll pay Preferred!
It goes like this: go here, go there, go back here, go back there, return to here, and so on...
Also, this story was kind of scary, which doesn't rate high in my book (pun intended).
The idea was excellent, but poorly executed.
Kathryn
A wonderful, imaginative story. The characters are so vivid, the tale so engaging, the prose so poetic... A glorious tale for anyone who ever dreamed of being transported into the stories she reads, or of having friends from the tales brought into our world!

On her website, author Cornelia Funke says,
"I didn't suspect that this story would grow untill it could fill more than one book. I have dreamed for a long time of writing a story in which characters from a book come into our world. Which book
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Liz
1. Don't watch the movie. Please, don't watch it, the movie is nothing compared with the books!


2. This series is a must-read for all book-lovers, if you ask me...

A father who can awake characters from books just by reading and a daughter with equal abilities.
A series about books and reading. A series that offeres exciting adventures, lots of reading, love and friendship, danger, amazing characters and sympathetic villians...

What more does a true book-lover need?!
Right...Nothing!



This is one of
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bookczuk
My reading soul was battered and bruised, and a friend offered this book to me to help soothe the hurt. A lovely fantasy tale, with just enough villains and heroic folks to keep it balanced. You root for a happy ending and keep reading. Each chapter starts with a quote from a beloved children's classic, so you get to visit old friends on the journey through the story.

A few passages helped assure me how much the author really does love books and all they represent. Meggie, tired and distressed at
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Queezle
I have no idea why people like this book. Where is the character developement, the intrigue, the plot? It's like a lump. After I read it, I thought back and couldn't even remember the storyline - it was too jumpy and mumbled. Not a good work of fiction.
Tatiana
As much as I hate to say it, but this book is really boring. I love children's books and read Harry Potter and His Dark Materials several times. Inkheart disappointed me. I never stop reading a book until I read at least 100 pages, to give an author a chance to develop a story. Unfortunately, I had to stop reading this book after page 150. It is extremely slowpaced and uneventful. It is surprising to know that kids actually have enough patience to finish and thoroughly enjoy this book. Maybe it' ...more
Stefan Yates
Inkheart is the best young adult targeted fantasy novel that I have read since the Harry Potter series. Cornelia Funke has crafted a wonderful, if a bit dark, storyline filled with colorful and memorable characters, both hero and villain. I liked the blend of modern day with fantasy in this story and having the magical element of being able to read characters out of their individual stories was brilliant.

The storyline itself moves along nicely as Meggie and her father, Mo, go on an adventure bot
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Patrick
Enjoyed it well enough. Interesting concept. Good execution. Struck me as a little grim for YA though.

By which I mean it's not something I'd read to my boy. (He's fiveish.) I might consider something like this for him when he hits 10 or so.
Em
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Mike (the Paladin)
Excellent book (haven't seen the movie). A youth book, I looked forward to getting the sequels and grabbed them as soon as they were available.

Dropping back to add this.

I'm surprised how different tastes can be. I really liked this book (and its sequels)and was very surprised to see the negative reviews. I didn't find the book ever dragged and while I did find the characters annoying at times, it was within the context of the story and not as "annoyingly written characters".

For a youth book I'd
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Michelle
Hoo boy did I love this novel. Firstly, it's a book about books and the people who love them. You really can't go wrong starting from there.

For a young adult novel, it has several interesting quirks. Maybe it's because I'm used to reading about American and British heroes and heroines in my YA novels, and this book is translated from the German, but it was a nice change to have a different setting ... from what I could tell, this book takes place mostly in Italy.

And it avoids many of the conven
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Ann
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Ankita ***************************************
This book was the best book ever! It reminds me of when I thought I could go into a book by jumping into it (I got that idea from Blues Clues, hey, you can't blame me for being immature!)I literally jumped into one of those encyclopedias (I was looking at the pictures)and ended up getting my mom really mad at me...
Inkheart, however, casts an enchantment upon you that really does pull you into the book to follow Meggie and her friends on a quest to attempt to defeat Capricorn.
Though Inkheart tak
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Lee
Inkheart is a great story. Reading it aloud to my ten year old meant I got to enjoy the book at a much different pace than my normal reading. We generally read a chapter a night so it has taken us a while to finish this. From my perspective, the story was very well told and and has great pacing. It allowed for development of the characters and the drama and suspension built nicely over the story. I was wondering if this was going to be a bit much for a 9 - 10year old. I think the age bracket is ...more
Cassandra Lê
Inkheart. Its title is Inkheart because it's about a man whose wicked heart is black as ink, filled with darkness and evil...

Inkheart is a wonderful book. I was really enjoy it, and I was easily get hooked. The plot was good, full with action and adventure, and heart beating, and beautiful, sometime a little horror, sad, but beautiful writing.


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Imagine your favorite character in a favorite book step out in real life, it will be super cool...! But not for Meggie and her family, and
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Richard
A young adult novel, published in Germany and translated to English. River Kikkert recommended this book. A man discovers he has the ability to make people become real when he reads about them aloud from a book. Some villains from another time are brought into this world and they cause great problems .Takes place in modern day Italy in the country side. All the characters are described and given personalities in the book. It would be along the lines of the Lord of the Rings series in terms of te ...more
Sesana
Sadly, I found this book underwhelming. Maybe if I hadn't been hearing about it for years before picking it up, or maybe if I'd read it at the target age, it would have gone over better. But I found the main character, Meggie, dull and lacking in initiative. In fact, most of the characters on the "good" side felt passive and slow on the uptake. To make matters worse, the supposedly horrible villain, Capricorn, was boring. In real life, he would actually be quite an imposing figure, but in a book ...more
Erika
Mi ricordo ancora di cosa mi ha portato a leggere questo libro: due mie amiche di università me l'hanno consigliato fino allo sfinimento sapendo che avevo visto solo il film. "Merita tantissimo", mi dicevano. "DEVI LEGGERLO!", mi ripetevano costantemente. E, alla fine, ho ceduto e devo ammettere che è stata una delle scelte più ben fatte in vita mia.

Mi affido alla mia amata recensione per lista, perché le cose da dire sono talmente tante che ho paura di scordarmene qualcuna in un lungo discorso
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miaaa
Jul 07, 2009 miaaa rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to miaaa by: Roos
Shelves: fairy-haven
I've always imagined what it would be like if the characters from the books I've read, especially those who I like so much, are really alive, flesh and blood and I can enter their world. Like Alice in the Wonderland. Or Harry Potter, oh I'd do anything to enter Hogwarts. I was destined to be a Ravenclaw student!

But Funke offers more than that, what if there's very special people who able to call out characters from books. Who can bring them across the unknown border to our world. If you expecte
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Weni
Kalo kamu bisa memunculkan benda2 atau tokoh2 dari buku yang kamu baca, buku apa yg akan kamu pilih dan apa atau siapa yang akan kamu munculkan?

Mortimer (Mo), ayah Meggie, punya kemampuan ajaib, ia bisa mengeluarkan tokoh2 dari buku yang dibacanya (dibaca dg suara, bukan dlm hati). Kejadiannya sering tanpa sengaja dan awalnya Mo hanya mengeluarkan benda2 mati dari bukunya. Sampai akhirnya 9 thn lalu Mo membacakan Tintenherz untuk sang istri dan tanpa sengaja mengeluarkan Capricorn - sang tokoh j
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Jessica
A great book, from a writer's and a reader's perspective, about what could happen if the characters you created came to life. And what would happen, if you could "read" characters out of a book. Are the villains who thrill you really that great, when faced in reality? Excellently written, with rich characters and description.

On a side note, I'm perpetually amused/confused by German writers' obsession with Italy. The two Funke books I've read have both been set in Italy, as well as Kai Meyer's W
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Tracey
This was one where I saw the movie first, not even realizing there was a book. And not only a book but a series (I take it the film didn't make enough money for the sequels to be made?) I remember enjoying the film, though I remembered little enough of it going into the book. (I didn't even remember Andy Serkis as Capricorn – how could that happen?) It's a fascinating idea, the ability to read a character out of a book – which becomes terrifying with the addendum that for every character who com ...more
Robin Wiley
I don't believe in book burning, but I think I could make an exception here, because this book is 534 pages of kindling.

When I read a juvenile fantasy novel, I want 5 things: 1) smart, likable kids, 2) action, 3) magic, 4) creatures, and 5) a good solid world that sticks to it's own rules. This book falls short on all five.

This girl is timid and unfun. There is NO action, no magic, and no creatures. We read about THEM reading about action, magic and creatures.

I read all the way to the unfulfill
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Jeanne
Meggie's father, Mo, has a very special talent: when he reads books aloud, the books come alive. And characters leave the books and enter Mo's world. And vice versa.

There is one very special book, and that is Inkheart. When Mo last read this book aloud, characters left the book, AND Meggie's mother entered the tome. Several characters left the book, including the evil Capricorn and the amusing Dustfinger. And all of these characters know that Mo has a special reading ability. So special that th
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Richard Reviles Censorship Always in All Ways
Rating: 2.5* of five

A doorstop of a tome, it's way too long for the story. Meggie isn't interesting enough to make me want to follow her through the convolutions of discovery with Mo and Elinor. I can't believe this took over 500pp to tell!

And yet, and yet...it's aimed at a very different demographic than I am...young girls, it would seem, want long long long books about nothing much, like those hideous Stephenie Meyer warts on the Devil's buttcheeks. So for its target audience, it's a huge impr
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Cornelia Caroline Funke is a multiple award-winning German author of children's and YA fiction. She is best known for her Inkheart trilogy. The Inkheart books have gained a variety of attention, and critics have praised Funke as the "German J. K. Rowling". Her books are very popular in her native country, and many have now been translated into English. Her work fits mainly into the fantasy and adv ...more
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“If you take a book with you on a journey," Mo had said when he put the first one in her box, "an odd thing happens: The book begins collecting your memories. And forever after you have only to open that book to be back where you first read it. It will all come into your mind with the very first words: the sights you saw in that place, what it smelled like, the ice cream you ate while you were reading it... yes, books are like flypaper—memories cling to the printed page better than anything else.” 1917 likes
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