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Crazy_dude6662

Senior Member
is a good fantasy book, the author is quite young, its gonna be a trilogy
its about a guy named eragon and his dragon its quite good. good descriptions carachters, i read it about 7 or 8 times.
its about 500 pages.
 
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butterflie

I just bought this at the bookstore the other day myself, it looked quite interesting and reading the blurb I couldn't resist buying it, which is something I rarely do. I can't wait to read it!
 

strangedaze

Senior Member
I saw it in the bookstore and flipped through it. Of course, I can't comment on content or say definitively that it's brutal, but the writing was...er...not quite up to par, to say that least.
 

XandrilZaax

Senior Member
I guess his next book is either out or coming out soon. I'm not going to buy it, but I might get it fro mthe library to see if Paolini's writing and plot line is getting any better, but I doubt it...
 

Ben

Senior Member
His parents own a publishing company or something dont they? that sure wouldve made things easier
 

Talia_Brie

Senior Member
I don't think they owned a publishing company, but they certainly had a lot of money and a lot of influence in the industry. Their drive to get the book published smacked of indulgence of a spolit brat, in my opinion.

That being said I have a friend who read it (I haven't) and they enjoyed it. I used to respect their opinion, and now I'm asking myself questions.

The main point of the other discussions has been should you rate writing against the age of the writer? As in, 'that's good writing for a 15 year old'.
 

Ben

Senior Member
I haven't read it, but I assume there would have to be some good things about it. But it might just be good for a 15 year old. not anything special.
I probably should read it sometime to see what everyone is talking about...
 

hwki

Member
Wow, thats an oldie. Well, not really, but its actually been out much longer than most people realize. My sister bought a copy of it, back in the day before it got bought by a traditional publisher, when Chris Paolini came to our school promoting his book. It's signed and everything (oooooh). Anyway, it took me a while to get around to reading it (I was in Iraq with nothing better to do, other than, you know, fight a war), but it was alright. It's not going to win any literary awards but its pretty decent entertainment. It's a bit derivative (why is it in every fantasy story there is, Elves and Dwarves hate each other? Is it just a Tolkien thing, or what?), but the dynamic between Eragon and the dragon was pretty well done. Got to give him props, though. You can bash on 'self-published' authors all you want, at least they're not wasting thousands of dollars on literary agents sending out manuscripts that'll never get read, much less accepted, and when they are accepted, the author gets ripped off and the publisher winds up warping everything to make it more 'consumer friendly'.
Any hoo,
HWKI
 

Talia_Brie

Senior Member
hwki said:
You can bash on 'self-published' authors all you want, at least they're not wasting thousands of dollars on literary agents sending out manuscripts that'll never get read, much less accepted. . .

We don't bash Paolini because he's self published, because he isn't. Eragon has been released by a mainstream publisher on the grounds that his parents campaigned for it. That fact that he never would have been accepted by a mainstream publisher otherwise is what get's people going.

And not every fantasy novel is derivative of Tolkein (though the elves/dwarves thing is, where it apears), but this one is.

The problem people have with this book is that it isn't good by commercial standards. It's poorly written and didn't deserve to be published. We don't like him getting wraps because he's 15. I wouldn't mind if he got wraps in spite of being 15, but that isn't what's happening.

But the final judgement on Paolini should probably wait until his next book is released. He may then stand up as the most improved fantasy writer of all time. We'll have to see.
 

XandrilZaax

Senior Member
Talia_Brie said:
I don't think they owned a publishing company, but they certainly had a lot of money and a lot of influence in the industry. Their drive to get the book published smacked of indulgence of a spolit brat, in my opinion.

"Eragon was first published by in early 2002 by my parents' publishing company, Paolini International LLC." -excerpt from acknowledgments in the back of Eragon.

My point is made.
 

Kane

Senior Member
XandrilZaax said:
It would. I wish my parents owned a publishing company...lol

If you write stories worthy of being published, it won't matter if your parents own a publishing company.
 

JBarnz

Senior Member
I think it sounds like a really neat book with a pretty good plot but i think maybe somebody rushed it through, it should have been reviewed another time and he probably should have been a little more careful in what he wrote and added some stuff into the story, or take some out.
 

JBarnz

Senior Member
I've heard some very good things about it.

Some people say they love it and have read it about 7 times, others say they don't really care for it. I guess what it comes down to is that a 15 year old wrote it for other 15 year olds. if you are older you might have trouble thinking the way he does.

I think it is only 300 pages by the way.
 
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