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Lindsey (lindseymichaelmiller) | 154 comments Mod
Here is where we can discuss Inkheart. Below is a synopsis of the text:

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.

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Lindsey (lindseymichaelmiller) | 154 comments Mod
Here are my thoughts on the book. It seems like many people love it, so you're welcome to disagree. I'm curious to see how others liked it.

Funke has created a thoroughly interesting concept in order to give readers an original fantasy. However, much like many great fantasy concepts, the story doesn’t quite hold up to the excitement being created through the idea. I feel like Funke could have shortened the length considerably and heightened the action and the magical presence a bit to make the book more engaging. As it is, it’s a bit difficult to get through, and is, at times, actually somewhat boring. The ending is great, with the many magical creatures populating the scenery, and the promise of what’s to come with Meggie’s promise to become a writer herself, after discovering that she embodies the same gift as her father, but overall, I believe it could have been so much more.

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Kelly RAley (kraley) Lindsey, I too found Funke's pacing to be painfully slow. It made me think that perhaps she was not a huge reader of fantasy. I liked the concept, but she too much too long to get to the point. You can only sustain climax for a reasonable time without frustrating your reader. I thought Dragon Rider was slow-paced too, however.

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Lindsey (lindseymichaelmiller) | 154 comments Mod
Kelly, have you read any of the other Ink books? I'm curious to see whether or not Funke changed her pacing in the others.

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