Reading Update: July 28, 2019

Summer Booked: Cornelia Funke’s Fearless

It’s still high summer.

Summer always means reading. Usually it means heading to my favorite local library branch, staying for several hours, and leaving with as many books as I can carry. I give myself one rule at the library: if I can’t carry all my books, then I’ve gotten too many.

It’s amazing how many books you can hold in your arms if you hold them in place with your chin.

Anyway, here’s the reading update for today.

Currently reading: Fearless by Cornelia Funke.

Well, technically reading The Sword of Shannara, Fearless, Irish Fairy and Folk Tales, and Tabitha Sparks and the Door to Everywhere. But I digress.

I realize I’m a bit behind everyone else on reading this one, as Cornelia Funke is now working on a Inkworld/Mirrorworld tie-in and I’m still on the sequel. To be perfectly honest, that’s partially why I’m reading this one now. I wasn’t fond of Reckless at first read, but I adored Inkheart, so I when I heard about the merging of the series, I decided to catch up on what I’d missed. Even if it meant spending some time with Jacob Reckless, who I initially dubbed “The James Bond of the Fairytale World.” Not because he solves mysteries. Entirely because of his personality.

Reading Fearless slowly, partially because I want to make it last. Whatever I say about the rest of the book, I am head over heels in love with the Mirrorworld. A fantasy world with steampunky technology, treasure hunting, and a high cost for every magical object used? Yes, give me that a dozen times over! I haven’t seen it done so well…anywhere, for that matter.

And Cornelia’s writing style in the Reckless series is intoxicating. Any issues of translation from the German to English are escaping me. I love the close third person and openness of describing the characters’ thoughts and feelings.

I won’t say too much as I intend to review the book in full when I’ve finished it. But I’m thoroughly enjoying burrowing inside its pages and drifting into the horrible, beautifully dangerous Mirrorworld.

Writing Status: Slightly blocked.

No short story in the works at the moment, but inspiration is starting to return for longer projects. Still some time spent just staring at the screen without typing, but I am not currently raiding the kitchen for chocolate or muttering random stanzas of violent poetry.

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