Thursday, September 27, 2012

Reviews From an HBN (Inkspell - Cornelia Funke)

Here we are again! I guess it must be fate...all right, I'm kidding. I'll stop now.

The captivating sequel to INKHEART, the critically acclaimed, international bestseller by Cornelia Funke, an author who is emerging as a truly modern classic writer for children.

Although a year has passed, not a day goes by without Meggie thinking of INKHEART, the book whose characters became real. But for Dustfinger, the fire-eater brought into being from words, the need to return to the tale has become desperate. When he finds a crooked storyteller with the ability to read him back, Dustfinger leaves behind his young apprentice Farid and plunges into the medieval world of his past. Distraught, Farid goes in search of Meggie, and before long, both are caught inside the book, too. But the story is threatening to evolve in ways neither of them could ever have imagined.


Now onto the review. As always, as posted on GoodReads:

 Ah crud, now I gotta post a review...

Well, my opinions on this book have certainly changed since I first read it. But I'll be darned if I can come up with a coherent review at the moment, so I'll go with a few of my main points.

-I refuse to say which setting I like better: the original, where books come to life, or the sequel, where everything is inside the book. Literally, inside the book. I like them both!

-Dustfinger is given more screen time, if you will, which is the best move Ms. Funke ever made. He's easily the most fascinating character and needed to play a bigger part in all the action. And that HEINOUS cliff hanger still has the power to make me feel all choked up.

-The Meggie/Farid subplot isn't nearly as interesting as it used to be. In fact, it just irks me a bit these days.

-Basta, while the better villain of Inkheart, doesn't get a lot of time in Inkspell. Now that I come to think of it, his character kind of suffers here...he talks to much and yet doesn't really seem to do anything. That was a let-down, I won't lie to you.

-Roxane....I dunno...she's got something to her that's a little unappealing, but I can't put my finger on it. Oh well, I still like her.

-I thought this was supposed to be a children's book?! Why all the swearing?

-I like the expansion of Resa's character, but Mo...I swing in both directions in regards to Mo. He's got some good points, but he's still too perfect in my opinion.

-Not enough Elinor! Not enough Elinor!

-I loved the Black Prince...we need more of the Black Prince!

-And of course, Rosenquartz!

-Even apart from the swearing, there's a lot of stuff in here that makes it an...interesting idea to bill it as a children's book. Complex plot with a LOT of characters to keep track of, violence, suggestive content...I'm not trying to make a stink out of it, but it seems a little odd. It's not juvenile, but it's not young adult either.

Well, that's that, and now I can get around to FINALLY reading Inkdeath. Yippee!

Voila! That's all she wrote!

Your humble book nerd,

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