I recently finished reading Cornelia Funke's Inkheart, one of the titles on my Fill in the Gaps list. It took me a little longer to get into the book than I expected, but once I did, I couldn't put it down. It was a fun read overall, though the beginning didn't suck me in quite like I expected it to do.
The writing is good, the story is a fun one, and it is well set into a specific tradition (fantasy world for bibliophiles). The main character, Meggie, becomes a little more lovable over the course of the read, though she didn't grab me right away. Having finished the book, Fenoglio, Farid, and Dustfinger actually remain my favorite characters, and perhaps Elinor.
I have not seen the movie, and been told by several people that I would not like it as much as you normally would expect me to like a fantasy/bibliophile movie. I guess that is part of why I didn't run out to see it, and part of why it took me so long to get around to reading the book. I am glad I read it, even though I'm not exactly running out to buy the next book in the series. Not that it was bad, just that it I'm satisfied with this one.
I did think there were some fairly interesting parts, and that it probes into some fun concepts for exploration.
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