Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Reckless by Cornelia Funke

I am a big fan of Funke's Inkheart series (see review of Inkdeath) and even watched the Inkheart movie when the reviews weren't very good. In this novel, she invents another quasi-fairy tale world, and it really works. It took awhile for me to get into the book, but once the characters are safely in the alternate world, I was sucked into their experiences. There isn't much emotion described--things happen to the characters and we know how they feel by their action or words. I love the abruptness of her writing, although I bet some readers dislike it. This may just be the translation, but I have no idea of knowing, right?

Each chapter starts with beautiful pencil illustrations by the author--how did she get so talented? Some of the pictures are stark and depressing, but they really add atmosphere to the novel. Jacob Reckless is young and wondering where his mysterious father has disappeared to. He finds that a mirror in his father's study takes him to another land. Jacob spends more and more time in the alternate world (becoming quite the treasure hunter), but when his brother travels through and becomes "infected," Jacob must try to rescue him. With the help of his brother's girlfriend, a shape-shifting vixen, and a dwarf, the group does just that.

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