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Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
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Dec 12, 2010

it was ok
bookshelves: ya-children-s-fiction, metafiction, audio-book
Read from December 12 to 13, 2010

My god, I thought this would never end. It's a lovely idea for a story but it's far, far too long, drawn out by unnecessary detail and a meandering plot. To make things worse, I couldn't take the villains seriously - names like Capricorn, Cockerel and Flat-Nose just aren't menacing, and the fact that they're supposed to be knife-wielding, gun-toting arsonists doesn't feel real. The movie (enjoyable if not great) improves on the book by making the story more lighthearted, adventurous and a hell of a lot shorter. The book's attempt at dire drama struck me as pretentious. If I hadn't been listening to the audio book so that someone else could do the reading for me, I would not have made it to the end.

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