Well, sixth grade me was the WORST.
I don't think I've ever been more wrong about a book ever.
I'm starting to get really enthralled in the setting. I was definitely right about the fact that it's really, really slow-paced and that you have to be pretty damn patient before you get to the real meat of the story, but as I'm seeing things unwind, Capricorn is getting a lot scarier, Meggie is getting a lot more loveable, and this story is getting a lot more exciting.
Paying more attention to the mechanics of this book's universe has definitely paid off. I'm trying as hard as I can to take in all of this information--and it's a lot. There's how the whole magic reading thing works, there's this entire FUCKING chapter that we spent listening to Mo--and I'm not entirely convinced anyone can actually sound like that when they're telling a story. Funke writes really realistic dialogue when it comes to little sentences and threats and such, but when it comes to speeches and stories, it sounds a little too scripted to be coming out of an actual character's mouth.
But, whatever, having the exposition this late did turn out to be a bold choice (that totally would have been spoiled by the book blurb but whatever), but one that worked. I particularly remember those details, but this time around, they're a lot more interesting.
So far, I am loving this story, but I'm also craving where they get to the real action. This is all feeling like such a buildup. (Where's the reward?) Maybe this book isn't all that exciting, they spend the whole time sitting in Capricorn's sex dungeon, and I was right.
This is such a good start. God, I hope I wasn't right.