When Meggie’s father, Mo, reads aloud, the words comes to life.
Anything and anyone can be pulled from a book into the real world. People, fairies, brownies… villains…
Mo read Capricorn out of Inkheart nine years ago. Now he has something Capricorn wants.
If Mo gives Capricorn the book, Meggie could lose the chance to ever see her mother again.
Author: Cornelia Funke
I love the characters. I mean, you have to like anyone who likes books as much as Mo, Meggie, and Elinor. They’re such great characters. Perfectly imperfect. Because no one wants to read a book about someone who doesn’t get scared, or doesn’t do anything annoying, or never betrays someone sometimes. Realistic characters make books wonderfully readable.
And this book is very readable.
It’s extremely well written, except it is a disheartening size. Not a quick read. I personally think that it could have been cut down a little, skinnied up a bit. With more editing, a few paragraphs could have been skipped. A laugh isn’t worth your professionalism, not even a laugh to set the scene. While these little things fit, they’re just not necessary, and as Mark Twain always says, “Kill the adjectives.” I translate that to, “Cut out anything unnecessary”.
The climax felt over too soon. It was beautifully built up, then melted quickly, without the appropriate villain (I can’t describe him, or I’ll give it away) faded, simply, easily, all’s good. Or that could just be me reading too fast to properly savour the moment.
It also has an interesting idea that almost no one explores: Bringing fantasy to Earth, not sending Earth to fantasy. That’s really cool, when you think about it. The culture shock. The homesickness. The stuff that most people forget to put in thanks to the heat of adventure. It’s not necessarily a bad thing, but I like a bit of life-like feeling. And everyone in this book has life-like feelings. It’s as realistic as fantasy can be.
I love this book. I think it’s a favourite. I can’t wait till the library gets the next two in for me. It’s such a great story, a must-read for any book lover.
Warning: I’m afraid it is purely fantasy. You can’t read people out of books. If you could, Mum would have read them out long ago.