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Inkheart (Inkheart Trilogy) [Hardcover]

Cornelia Funke
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Book Description

Oct 2003 Inkheart Trilogy
Meggie loves books. So does her father, Mo, a bookbinder, although he has never read aloud to her since her mother mysteriously disappeared. They live quietly until the night a stranger knocks at their door. He has come with a warning that forces Mo to reveal an extraordinary secret - a storytelling secret that will change their lives forever.
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Product details

  • Hardcover: 534 pages
  • Publisher: Chicken House; First Edition edition (Oct 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439531640
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439531641
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 15.9 x 4.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (140 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,564,369 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Cornelia Funke is the hugely successful author of the Inkheart Trilogy, The Thief Lord and a whole host of other popular children's novels and picture books. She was born in 1958 in the German town of Dorsten. After finishing her studies, Cornelia worked for three years as a social worker. For a while she illustrated books, but soon began writing her own stories, inspired by the tales that had appealed to the children she had worked with.
During the late 1980s and the 1990s, she established herself in Germany with two children's series, namely the fantasy-oriented Gespensterjäger (Ghosthunters) and the Wilde Hühner (Wild Chicks) line of books. Her international break-through came with the fantasy novel Dragon Rider (1996), which stayed on the New York Times bestseller list for 78 weeks, and was continued with The Thief Lord (2000, translated into English in 2002), which immediately climbed to the #2 position of the New York Times bestseller list, stayed there for 19 weeks and sold 1.5 million copies.
Her follow-up novel was Inkheart (2003), which won the 2004 BookSense Book of the Year Children's Literature award. Inkheart was the first part of a trilogy which continued with Inkspell (2005), which won Cornelia her second BookSense Book of the Year Children's Literature award (2006). The trilogy concluded with Inkdeath (published in Germany in 2007, England in Spring 2008, USA Autumn 2008).
Inkheart the movie was also released in 2008 and starred Brendan Fraser, Helen Mirren and Paul Bettany.

Her brand new novel Reckless is being released worldwide on September 14th 2010.

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Amazon Review

Some books are destined to be lifelong treasured possessions. Inkheart by Cornelia Funke, the bestselling German author of The Thief Lord, could easily lay claim to being such a book. It is a meaty, magical adventure that oozes a passion for books and the awesome power of words on a page, written by an author who clearly adores stories. Every chapter is introduced by tempting quotations from classic novels that whet your appetite for more and help underline the terrific heritage of children's literature that Inkheart is added to.

Meggie is the daughter of a revered bookbinder called Mo whose peaceful existence is one night shattered by the arrival of Dustfinger--a shadowy man with a mysterious link to Mo's past. Mo and Meggie are soon on the move, running from something that threatens everything they hold dear. But the past inevitably catches up with them and Mo is forced to reveal to his daughter for the first time his terrible secret. He has the ability, or curse, to breathe life into any story he reads and make the characters come alive. Just such a character, the sinister Capricorn, is after Mo to ensure that he stays alive and is never returned to the pages from which he was sprung. And, of course, he'll stop at nothing to guarantee success.

Inkheart is a treat and echoes of its many colourful characters, nail-biting drama and unrelenting invention will stay with the reader for a long time. It's also a novel for people who really love books. (Recommended for ages 10 and over.) --John McLay --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The story within the story 17 Dec 2004
By A Customer
I originally picked up this book with low hopes for it being a brilliant book. I thought that the plot would be extremely obvious but as I read it (it took me about a day or two) it surprised me. A truely fantastic book. The main characters in Inkheart are all book lovers and lets just say that the plot esculates from there. Strangers and gangsters turn up in the story but where do they come from and what is their story? And why will Maggie's father, Mo, never read to her? What happened to Maggie's mother?
A type of magic is involved in this book. A power that perhaps every single book lover would love to have. I know that a big part of me would!! I found the plot very gripping. Book lovers should adore this book because I thought that it was brilliant!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutly brilliant! 24 Aug 2004
I read this book after my mum read it and said it was a must read. The story is amazing though sometimes I found it was a tiny bit predictable at times. I felt all the characters feelings and struggles,especially Moe's effort to read aloud agian.As long as you can get over the size this is a must read and if you have any 11+ children warn them they may be the next to read it!Really adored it and I am praying there's a sequal.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Inkheart Trilogy is a must read! The minute I opened the book, I could not stop turning the pages. The story is gripping, the adventure flies at high pace and the characters are very endearing.
Cornelia Funke shows that she has a great deal of imagination and keep surprising the reader chapter after chapter with unexpected twists and turns.
I would recommend this book to anyone who loves good story telling and who have a great imagination!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Cornelia Flunked 10 July 2009
I was attracted by the cover as I'm sure I'm not in the age group this is aimed at, but I like to lose myself in a fantasy novel now and again.

However, I felt it was a little like wading through treacle. The idea is lovely that you can read things to life, and the build up of the story in the first stages and developing the characters was really well done, but then it just felt like ploughing through the middle section just to get through it - it didn't hold my interest and I wasn't really bothered whether I finished it or not (I did, to see if it got better, but it didn't). It's also fairly dark which may put some younger readers off. I understand this was published in German first, so translation may have altered some of the writing, but it didn't inspire me to read the rest of the trilogy.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars is not enough 25 Mar 2006
Most magical story that pulls you into the plot and catches your imagination like no other. Great translation (not often that the original is as good as the translation), catching ideas and beautiful scenes. Once you finish it, you will straight away want to continue with the second book of this trilogy.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Book I have Ever read. 30 Jan 2006
This book is an amazing read.The story takes you into another world , where you feel totally involved in every aspect.I felt as though i had known the characters all my life, and that as i was reading they were literally standing by my side, so vivid were the descriptions.
I particularly loved the mysteries throughout the story and how these were maintained throughout- sheer genius at the art of gripping the reader.My fav character is Dustfinger.
Once you start this book, make sure you have plenty of free wont be able to stop reading till the end.
I cant recommend it highly enough, brilliant, wonderful, fantastic...a classic of childrens literature.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unstoppable reading 8 Dec 2005
By A Customer
My daughter (aged 12) gave me her Inkheart to read, when I had ran out of library books. I thought it would tide me over until I got to the library. How wrong I was ! I couldn't put it down. It was wonderful - not a dull moment to be had. I am now ordering number 2 "for my daughter" !
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not nearly as good as the screenplay 9 Mar 2009
I saw Cornelia Funke on stage at the Bath literary festival and her enthusiasm was infectious. They projected a video of the movie trailer and I was very impressed (having not yet read the book). In a very unusual move, I watched the movie before I read the book, not wanting to miss it on the cinema. I thought the film was very good, but not great. However, I still purchased and read the book and I have to say that in my opinion the screenplay was much, much better than the book. At approaching six hundred pages it was far too long for the limited complexity of the plot and I felt like the characters spent most of their (and my) time locked up on a hillside at Capricorn's pleasure. You could quite easily hack two hundred pages out of this manuscript to make it as tight as the movie.

The characters were good; I liked the complexity of Dustfinger (although I didn't actually like him personally!) and Mo wasn't the gung-ho hero that you may expect to come in and save the day. However, I thought the plotline concerning that which Mo has lost and is seeking (not to give too much away) was very poorly handled, with a slow dawning realisation to those concerned instead of a "wham-bam this is the truth!" moment. Very disappointing. I also thought that the end scene lacked impact and heart-pounding excitement, although I will concede that some of this is because I'd already seen the film and knew what was to happen.

All in all, it was well written in the most part but overly long and drawn out and I would not be surprised if many children gave up before the end. Again - in my opinion.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What I think!
I have really enjoyed reading Ink Heart because it is all about a girl who likes to read! Like me!

I found the book had many twists and turns in a good way. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Harriot Greenway
4.0 out of 5 stars Inkheart
Really enjoyed the first of the books in this trilogy. My daughter of 9 years read this and loved the different characters and the magical plot. Read more
Published 1 month ago by H A L EHLEN
5.0 out of 5 stars Inkheart Review
This book is the best book I have ever read - can't wait to read the other three! Everyone who loves reading and magic and mystery should definitely read this trilogy.
Published 1 month ago by Averyl Megan Greer
4.0 out of 5 stars My daughter absolutely loves this and would highly recommend it...
My daughter read this at 10 and absolutely loved this book. I confess that I read it first and enjoyed it but found it rather heavy going and long (needed more editing in my... Read more
Published 1 month ago by BM
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but go no further
The first book is innovative and a good read. Just don't bother with the rest of the trilogy. Stick here.
Published 1 month ago by G F SIGFRID
1.0 out of 5 stars The magic fails to ignite
I was really hopeful when I picked up this book. I had heard lots of good things about the story and knew that there was a film adaptation too. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Sarah Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars An epic classic of a story within a story...
This is an amazing book that I would recommend to anyone who enjoyed reading. It had a little bit of everything; magic, adventure, evil villains, books, heroism, suspense,... Read more
Published 3 months ago by CrazyBookworm
5.0 out of 5 stars good book
this is a very good book i love my fantasy books no matter what age group they are and so does all my mates
Published 3 months ago by levi
3.0 out of 5 stars good but not good
It is a really good idea but towards the middle it gets quite boring and the same thing happens over and over again (they go to the village,get caught,escape and then all over... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Arly23
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow
I read inkheart after many years of watching and loving the film starring Brendan Frasier and normally I. Read more
Published 5 months ago by eloise
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