4 journalers for this copy...
This book is the next book-of-the-month for our yahoo book group.
The back cover Blurb:
"When Eragon finds a polished blue stone in the forest, he thinks it is the lucky discovery of a poor farm boy; perhaps it will buy his family meat for the winter. But when the stone brings a dragon hatchling, Eragon soon realizes he has stumbled upon a legacy nearly as old as the Empire itself.
Overnight his simple life is shattered, and he is thrust into a perilous new world of destiny, magic, and power. Can Eragon take up the mantle of the legendary Dragon Riders? The fate of the Empire may rest in his hands ..."
It took me a while to get into this book but eventually I was hooked and began to enjoy it.
I found that it was rather derivitive but, heck, Christopher Paolini was only sixteen when he started writing it.
It has taken a long time but I finished !! :)
Now to read the sequel which runs to almost 700 pages; and there will be a third book in the series - the last.
Having started a bookring for Eldest I realise that there needs to be one for Eragon so that people can read it first (and the one which I thought was running has closed already) Participants
- received 9-12-05 - posted 16-1-06
- received 19-1-06 - Posted 15-3-06
Quilted-Elf - received ... back to pinkozcat
YAY, this arrived today! Thanks so much, pinkozcat, for starting bookrings for both Eragon and Eldest, I have been wanting to read both of them for a while! I do have quite a few bookrings with me, but I promise I won't hold this for too long, with the Christmas/New Year break, I expect to significantly cut down the TBR pile! Thanks again and I will share my thoughts when I have finished.
Ho hum. I'm not quite sure what to think about this book. It is a mighty impressive effort from the author, considering he was only 15/16 when he wrote the book. There was also an incredible amount of detail, so he must have done his research well. However, I thought it was very draggy and I don't think all of that narrative was required. I think it was goodthinkingmax who said in a journal entry for Eldest that Paolini needs a ruthless editor; I agree, and I think that could have also applied here. It felt a bit like my experience with King Kong, where you know Peter Jackson was being indulgent, either letting his scenes run too long, or including ones that do not necessarily add to the story, although it was still a good movie overall. But I digress, oops. I am intrigued enough to continue with the series and I am looking forward to see what happens in Eldest.
Thanks to pinkozcat for sharing this book, I still have Crystaljade's address so it will be heading out to her first thing Monday morning.
Journal Entry 6
Post office: Mailed to another bookcrosser in Australia, Bookring -- Controlled Releases on Friday, January 13, 2006
Released 13 yrs ago (1/15/2006 UTC) at Post office: Mailed to another bookcrosser in Australia, Bookring -- Controlled Releases
WILD RELEASE NOTES:
Wrapped up and ready to go! This will be heading to Crystaljade
via a prepaid Express Post satchel, tracking number: MV2654693.
I picked it up from the PO today, along with another little book! I've got one other bookring to finish, then I've promised myself I'll read one of the books from my TBR pie, but it won't be long before I'm ready to read this one.
I enjoyed this book, although I did get annoyed with how many times Eragon ended up unconsious (sp?). It's a wonder the boy didn't end up with brain damage from all those bumps on the head! Usually I would have felt that showed a distinct lack of imagination on the part of the writer, but given his age when he wrote this one it's forgivable. I've got a 15 year old son who likes to write stories, but I can't imagine him sitting down to write a whole novel!
I do agree that a ruthless editor would have helped the story along. Maybe s/he could have suggested other ways to transition from one scene to another, rather than giving poor Eragon another belt over the head! Over all though, it was a pretty good story. Paolini has potential to become an excellent writer.
YAY after a couple of months offline I can finally journal and pass on!!!
Eragon... Hmm what to say, this is a fabulous read, gripping and fun!
I agree with most of what everyone has to say about it, there is a need for heavier editing but given the fact it is his first book and his general age, it's quite well done.
It appears to have been well researched, so much so that I would love to find out what basis he used for many of the 'stories' and languages, names etc. they were all unique enough that you felt that they were original but at the same time familiar enough to not create to much friction whilst reading.
Time now I think to send it on it's way again.
Please would you wild release the book ...
... and please would you make a journal entry when you do so because I don't get notification of a release.
A while back I offered to send you a bookbag to facilitate the return of Eragon and Eldest if you would give me your postal address.
I received no response from the PM so I am trying to contact you via email through this journal entry.
The offer is still open - I'll send you an addressed postbag so that you can return my books to me.
Please inform me of your postal address and I'll get the bag into the mail for you.