Digging For Bones

Review: Inkheart

In Fantasy, Review, Young Adult on January 9, 2011 at 5:56 pm

Inkheart (Inkheart #1) by Cornelia Funke

Published  June 1st 2005 by Scholastic Paperbacks (first published 2003)
Paperback, 548 pages
sbn: 0439709105
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.


This was a enjoyable read, with a very interesting premises. Great characters and evil villains! I was hooked from the beginning and the writing had a way of drawing me in. My only complaint is that it was drawn out unnecessarily.

They were captured, then escaped and recaptured too frequently for my taste.

Eleanor was a hoot but some of the other characters were too dull. I feel this book could have been much better, it could have been paced better and in my opinion 100-200 pages shorter as some parts were just plain irrelevant.

This part: “People who read books never think about the authors, or if they do they figure all authors are old and dead” doesn’t apply to me or anyone I know, so it was a bit strange. But their love of books I could relate to.

I look forward to watching the movie as I hear it is different from the book.

I’m not sure if I’ll read the next one, maybe one day…


“Some books should be tasted, some devoured, but only a few should be chewed and digested thoroughly.”
Cornelia Funke (Inkheart)

Inkspell (Inkheart #2) by Cornelia Funke

  1. I started this one but couldn't finish! Thanks for the review.
    Brandi from Blkosiner’s Book Blog

  2. I also found that comment about everyone thinking authors are either old or dead very odd. Apparently no one in Inkheart reads anything but classics, with the exception of Inkheart of course.

    And, as one reviewer pointed out, they seem to be constantly patting themselves on the back simply for loving books and reading. It gets on your nerves.

  3. Great review. That's exactly how I felt when I read the book. I liked the whole concept of being able to read characters out of books, but the books was unnecessarily long.

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