Is it better than Eragon Lots of people have asked me if I liked Eldest better or thought it was a better book Yes and no The writing wascoherent and sounded less inexperienced, and some of the perspective changes made it easier to read But if a writer doesn t get better on his second book or as he gets older, he s kind of a jerk, eh But Chris was quite a bitaware this time that he had an audience, that his book s arrival was being anticipated with bitten nails, whining, and drool He therefore did evenof that language dress up and song and dance,of that irritating demonstration of his belief that the words themselves should be the art rather than the art being the story they describe.Paolini appears to be convinced that talking in pseudo archaic language is grand and epic rather than HOKEY AS HELL In talking about the novel s inconsistency with place names Chris claims that all of Alaga sia s different areas are sorta mix n match because all the places were settled by different races Ummin real life, usually if that is the case then each race or culture has a name for each area, and depending on which language the map is in, you will see different names While this is of great historical interest, he writes, practically it often leads to confusion as to the correct pronunciation Unfortunately, there are no set rules for the neophyte The enthusiast is encouraged to study the source languages in order to master their true intricacies The source languages The ones that are in your head No one is convinced by this ramble that there is actually an alternate world where these languages are spoken Odd how instead of doing his homework, Paolini makes up an excuse for why homework is not necessary in this instance.And then he says this Onevolume to go and we shall reach the end of this tale Onemanuscript of heartache, ecstasy, and perseverance Onecodex of dreams I m going to die Codex of dreams Stay with me, if it please you, and let us see where this winding path will carry us, both in this world and in Alaga sia I ll tell you where it s going to lead us Read The Hero s Journey, go watch Star Wars, study some Lord of the Rings and some obscure mythology, steal some words from ancient languages and pretend they re magic words, and read Story by Robert McKee and The Writer s Handbook, and then write a book ganking one or two aspects from all the other high fantasy you ve read and liked That s the formula It should work for you too.Instead of saying Murtagh and the Twins are dead, the narration sneakily refers to them as gone That way, after the characters have lamented their kidnapping and apparent death, Paolini can rejoice in the fact that he tricked us into thinking they were dead, but then point and laugh when they reappear on the battlefield and say HA, see I never SAID they were dead We know you didn t As soon as they found no bodies, we knew they were coming back This was not a surprise.Saphira s magic powers It s been said throughout the books so far that magic comes from dragons and whatnot, but that Saphira and other dragons don t really use it the same as elves and humans do It s pointed out several times that the rules for dragons performing magic are not set I suppose that s so that whatever Saphira wants to do, she can do, period Also, Saphira was the one who broke the Star Rose and pissed everyone off But if she heals it, she ll be honored for uncounted generations Does this bother anyone else I would think that the dwarves would pretty much reluctantly agree to tolerate her presence if she undid the damage she did and maybe kissed up to them for a few thousand years I somehow doubt that she d suddenly be a hero just because she s willing to clean up her own mess.I think my BIGGEST problem is with the incoherent magic system A lot of people have either said this book is NOT predictable which tells me they probably have never read another high fantasy book or they make up a bunch of excuses why it s okay to be predictable because this is a basic story type Sure, by all means, excuse it for all its faults because it is a hero type story Which of course means that he should do the same things in the same order as every hero of myth and fantasy from Odysseus to Luke Skywalker.A book should not be so based on a story type that it feels like it is following a template every revelation in this book isof a confirmation of a suspicion than an actual surprise BAD WRITING NARRATION For gray eyed Destiny now weaves apace, the first resounding note of war echoes across the land Or you could try to be a littlevague, please And I think this needs to sound a littlelike bad teenage poetry No, really Is there anything to be understood from calling Destiny gray eyed Do these words actually mean anything If not, then why were they chosen First line The songs of the dead are the lamentations of the living Eragon s walking along through a battlefield thinking this Unless I really don t understand something, this sentence is an attempt to write romantically but actually does not say anything Eragon s tear was described as A small, glistening dome I think I have discovered something Christopher Paolini has never actually seen a tear before And the trend continues in this book for there to be a single tear Doesn t anyone actually cry, with buckets of tears and snot pouring out of their noses I wanna see boogers and red eyes and wet cheeks and actual SORROW Not a single tear That s nothing but a mockery of sadness Completely ridiculous simile Slippers flashing beneath her dress, like mice darting from a hole First of all, why would you compare someone s feet to MICE The dawnless morning Should I even say Yes, I should HOW IS IT MORNING IF THERE WAS NO DAWN Why does he think this sounds cool He is so obsessed with making things sound cool that he doesn t even think to himself, Wait, this makes no sense How is it a dawnless morning He closed his eyes and sank into the warm dusk that separates consciousness and sleep, where reality bends and sways to the winds of thought, and where creativity blossoms in its freedom from boundaries and all things are possible I don t know Don t you just want to, I don t knowDIE right now Can you visualize this scene Katrina screamed again and jumped on the men, biting and clawing furiously Her sharp nails furrowed their faces, drawing streams of blood that blinded the cursing soldiers I cannot see this At all One woman who might be somewhat tough but is not superhuman is somehow biting and clawingseveral men at onceto the point that they are all blinded by the blood that runs from the scratches she has caused Oh, and they respond by standing there cursing, not, say, immobilizing her I don t mean to be sexist, but surely it would take nothan two men to subdue a woman who is fighting with her frickin fingernails CP, the idea is to try to actually visualize this happening, and then THROW OUT SCENES THAT ARE STUPID Bright as a flaming sun Call me weird, but are there any suns that aren t, oh, in flames Could we have some similes here that don t forget that they are for description above and beyond sounding cool Hair as black as a forgotten pool Being forgotten does not make water black I bet there s tons of pools around that have been forgotten and nevertheless are not black What exactly does this simile mean Silent as the night Ever been in the night, Chris It s pretty quiet in your room with your earplugs in, I guess This is silly I won t even go on with this one As the book winds up to make its climax, there are all kinds of REALLY dramatic sentences that are so silly they just make me cringe Shall we dance, friend of my heart That is the sound of our destiny There is a time and a place for drama But asking shall we dance upon going into battle is one of the goofiest things I ve heard in my life This makes me wonder whether CP watches the movies that would be shown on MST3K and thinks the dialogue is smooth.The parts that he s making colorful with zesty little words like proclaimed and apologized and expectorated are not the parts of the story that NEED to be colorful They are middle school English attempts to make writing varied What needs to be colorful is the storytelling, the descriptions, the dialogue Not the permutations of said It s misplaced That s why editors and publishers look at that as the hallmark of the amateur writer Because it indicates a basic misunderstanding of the whole point of language His problem is that he concentrates so much on making his prose elegant that he doesn t understand that prose s job is to be elegant enough to be invisible.A quote from Paolini In my writing, I strive for a lyrical beauty somewhere between Tolkien at his best and Seamus Heaney s translation of Beowulf WellI suppose we can give him an A for effort We definitely see the trying And last but not least The overused, horrific you should be hit on the head by a troupe of 100 literature professors if you do this literary device HAVING THE VILLAIN EXPLAIN EVERYTHING IN THE END And the fact that it was written in such a way that the author obviously thought having these characters charge in as the main villains of the story when everyone thought they were dead just adds insult to injury This sort of writing just insults my intelligence If you didn t see this coming or thought it was a revelation, please go find that aforementioned troupe of literature professors and let them hit you for a while I ll join in. Do Elves have pubic hair Are Orc marriages performed with ceremonies What is the life cycle of the giant birds the Nazgul ride If questions like these have haunted you ever since you delved into the world of fantasy, look no further for your answers Eldest continues the saga started in Eragon by sending our plucky hero into the land of the Elves in order to complete his training as a Rider There, we learn absolutely everything you n ever wanted to know about the Elves think of it as though the Lord of the Rings treated the different races not as allegories, but as Star Trek races, with their own anthropologies Alas, all the training is worthless in changing Eragon They then must ask the hot, female, identical twin Elves to stand naked back to back and jiggle so as to make the dragon tattoo running over their bodies release the spirit of the dragon This, it seems, triggers the desired transformation Freudian minds, insert your own joke here.Meanwhile, back on the farm, Eragon s cousin Roran comes into his own by mowing down opposition to lead his people to freedom he even counts them as he goes along, i.e And now I ve killed five men His story aligns with Eragon s just in time for him to destroy in one page of action a threat bloated out to be important in the previous 500 I can t wait for book three do you think we ll find out the literacy rates for Dwarf children Mel I hate Eragon, but I was intrigued to see if Paolini has improved, so I borrowed this book and attempted to read it.I hate Eragon I hate Eldest even .If Eragon is bad, it at least had a semblance of a traditional plot the introduction, the buildup, the climax, and the teaser for the next chapter of the journey Eldest started off with a flat summary, then it went straight into a continuation from the previous story, and around 600 pages of exposition full of step by step miniscule details that have no bearing towards the plot at all, before finally going to a faux climax again The faux climax battle of dragons comes out of the blue, as there was a sadly sparse attempt of interweaving it with the bulk of the book I rather thought the 600 page could be edited out to just 10 pages, and it might ve made the book a bit better and muchbearable for the readers So how did I bear reading the book I didn t I skimmed through the book, saving myself from the complete painful experience, yet still scarred enough to warn other people against reading it The 600 page in short emo angsting, super protagonist transformation, excessive hero worship, and fumbly teenage crushing God only knows what Paolini s last chapter will be like All I know is that if this is what people call good writing, I, like many others, fear for humanity.NOTE If you re an Eragon fangirl huffing and puffing about my review being mean, save your energy I ll just ignore and delete your comment Why Because I can This is my review of the said book and it won t change just because you re twisting your knickers over it If you don t like it, move along, find a review you like, hug each other and sing kumbaya together over a Saphira spit roast. The world is stretched thin, Eragon Soon it will snap and madness will burst forth What you feel is what we dragons feel and what the elves feel the inexorable march of grim fate as the end of our age approaches Weep for those who will die in the chaos that shall consume Alaga sia And hope that we may win a brighter future by the strength of your sword and shield and my fangs and talons Well that was some ride Amazing First off thanks to my BR partners, Her Purpleness and Her Pinkyness, who not only kept me company but also greeted and treated me with such amazing warmth I felt so welcomed Thank you, ladies I don t think I can review this book effectively Mostly bcz I read it on the go and in small bits and pieces The impact was somewhat lost on me thanks to RL shit I ll still try When I last read this series in 2013, I wasn t reading Not really I was burying myself in anything that could save me from what afflicted me at that point of time This series saved me by not just keeping me sane when I probably would have lost myself, it also became close to my heart for some reason, a reason that I lost with time and as I healed When I set out to re read this series, I wantedthan anything to find that reason, that connection, which made this series special for me, not to mention that it made me a reader Things that change and are lost, that is what s worth preserving I found that reason in this book It is a deep bond that I share with Eragon Something that has been captured well by Paolini That Eragon went through it and still stood strong, it gave me hope and will to keep fighting and pushing when I needed it the most It may sound childish, drawing strength or inspiration from this series or this character but that s the truth I will forever cherish this series for some very deeply personal reasons Eragon will always be a brother, Saphira the greatest friend, Arya my love, Murtagh will be the embodiment of all my betrayals and Galbatorix will be the ultimate foe Given that I am super biased towards this series, I ll keep this review short and as impartial as possible Here goes After the battle of Farthen Dur is done and dusted, scarred as he is, Eragon wakes up to all the devastation around, and yet, he along with Varden must suffer another blow The setback that charges up the political maneuvering, one where we see Eragon and Saphira grow a touch through their decision making The battle that has ended brought but a small taste of what is to come and the inevitable war that looms And if he hopes to survive the war, he must be instructed in the ways of the Dragon Riders Eragon and Saphira must travel to the land of the Elves, Ellesmera, for there is much they need to know and understand but not enough time While Eragon deals with his troubles, Roran has his own share and along with all of Carvahall, they must deal with their problems to make a stand or be obliterated at the hands of the Ra zac or worse, sold into slavery And that cannot stand So they must abandon all they own and know, their homes and lands, and make hard decisions, to fight and even kill Roran had never expected or wanted to kill, and yet he had takenlives than anyone else in Carvahall It felt as if his brow was marked with blood Tbh, there isn t much keeps you on the edge of your seat stuff happening in this book except for the battle sequence towards the end This book is mostly character central There are so many characters that come up so strongly in the book.Nasuada, who takes over the Varden and she is a great character that you wanna root for She is strong and has potential And yet, not unkind.Roran, who goes through hell to come out a changed and hard man, one who would do anything to achieve his goals Arya, who is still much of a mystery, her character is very nicely done, I love her strength and resolve.But the highlight has to be Eragon and Saphira They both grow and learn so muchand they come even closer, if that s possible I love their interactions, their elating and their despairing moments They have such range from squabbles like siblings to jealously like lovers and advice and concern like parents I really, really love how Saphira refers to Eragon as little one in places and thus adding extra charm Their bond and interactions are not to be missed Shall we dance, friend of my heart We shall, little one The final battle sequence is somewhat short, I felt And could have beenintense than it was but that s a minor complaint The writing overall is pretty great and so is the storyline The twist at the end of the book is a nice one too I knew it since I am re reading but otherwise it s pretty awesomely done and it is also nice to see Eragon being put down Eragon closed his eyes, tears leaking from under the lids They had won, but he had lost It s a great book in its own right Even if it draws on Tolkien, which I still don t see or feel btw, it lacks nowhere It holds its own just fine Making comparisons as desperate as Eragon Aragorn or Arya Arwen is kinda off putting to me In my opinion, Paolini did a great job of writing and creating The Inheritance Cycle and comparing him to Tolkien is an insult to both authors.I can say that I loved the book thoroughly The pacing of the book is fab and it keeps you hooked Not much happens in the book except for a lot of buildup and some major character building and yet, so much happens This book serves as a proper launch pad for the next book, which I trust to be a cracker bczbattles and skirmishes are on the way for the swords are drawn and the armies march Allies have been called upon and some unexpected support has been found Now everyone must declare themselves and must fight to be rid of tyranny Is it time to fight, Eragon asked Saphira, an odd note of formality in her voice He knew what she meant Was it time to challenge the Empire head on, time to kill and rampage to the limit of their considerable abilities, time to unleash every ounce of their rage until Galbatorix lay dead before them Was it time to commit themselves to a campaign that could take decades to resolve It is time said Eragon I will be back soon, Eragon Saphira Until then, fair winds Slow for the first half but really picked up and actually got very very good All the twists and turns introduced have boggled my mind time to move onto book three Darkness Falls Despair Abounds Evil Reigns Eragon And His Dragon, Saphira, Have Just Saved The Rebel State From Destruction By The Mighty Forces Of King Galbatorix, Cruel Ruler Of The Empire Now Eragon Must Travel To Ellesmera, Land Of The Elves, For Further Training In The Skills Of The Dragon Rider Ages Darkness Falls Despair Abounds Evil Reigns Eragon And His Dragon, Saphira, Have Just Saved The Rebel State From Destruction By The Mighty Forces Of King Galbatorix, Cruel Ruler Of The Empire Now Eragon Must Travel To Ellesmera, Land Of The Elves, For Further Training In The Skills Of The Dragon Rider Magic And Swordsmanship Soon He Is On The Journey Of A Lifetime, His Eyes Open To Awe Inspring New Places And People, His Days Filled With Fresh Adventure But Chaos And Betrayal Plague Him At Every Turn, And Nothing Is What It Seems Before Long, Eragon Doesn T Know Whom He Can TrustMeanwhile, His Cousin Roran Must Fight A New Battle One That Might Put Eragon In Even Graver DangerWill The King S Dark Hand Strangle All Resistance Eragon May Not Escape With Even His Life And the adventure continueeees Now let me tell you gosh, I feel like a mother or father here about to teach their children if you are an YA lover or a high fantasy lover you will like this one a lot I know there s been a lot of talk regarding what should or shouldn t be included in the YA genre, but I think this fits there Granted, in my opinion, this genre is made of two classes the old YA and the new YA And even if some may get upset, the old YA is much much much better than this new stuff, that seems to believe the only way to make a story good is through lovey dovey stuffEldest doesn t have a lot of romance and it does not need it And that is because the writing is excellent The story is excellent And Paolini brings his characters to full development That is a lot to be accomplished in one book and it is also the reason why Eldest is my favorite entry in the series.I so wish a movie studios would decide to adapt this series, but with care this time It would end a fantasy classic if done right, because it is much to be liked here As a particular note, I really love the magic system here The politics are also very interesting, without it turning into another Game of Thrones And the culture and language of the different races is nicely explored It isn t Tolkien level of commitment, but then again, no author came even close to that I really hope people decide to giveattention to this series They wouldn t be disappointed. Eldest The Inheritance Cycle 2 , Christopher Paolini Eldest is the second novel in the Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini and the sequel to Eragon Eldest was first published in hardcover on August 23, 2005, and was released in paperback in September 2006 Eldest begins following several important events in Eragon The story is the continued adventures of Eragon and his dragon Saphira, centering on their journey to the realm of the Elves in order to further Eragon s training as a Dragon Rider Other plots in the story focus on Roran, Eragon s cousin, who leads the inhabitants of Carvahall to Surda to join the Varden, and Nasuada as she takes on her father s role as leader of the Varden Eldest ends at the Battle of the Burning Plains, where Eragon faces a new Dragon Rider, Murtagh, and a new dragon, Thorn 2008 1386 9789642981007 1386 9789645668407 2005 Ok thank you for continuing on from my Eragon review Now remember step one from the last review yea ok we ll call it Step 5 Go to the store and buy EldestOk now follow these steps Step 6 I hope you ve learned from your previous mistakes and set nonperishable snack foods withing reach as to keep reading while eating Now get an empty 2 littter bottle don t worry..you ll figure it out Finally get a drink that is pretty good a room temperature or if you just really like cold drinks be sure to get a cooler and a bag of ice Make sure you ve got a bottle of No Doze handy Step 7 Now call all of your friends and family and tell them that you will not be answering your phone for at least the next 20 hours or so Step 8 Turn phone off and or yank from wall and place a note on your door saying that your are ill and very contagious not to disturb unless world is coming to and end and even then you might want to consider waiting another day Step 9 Turn on the light above your head even if it is daylight outside trust me that could become a pesky motion when you have to get up to do it later You ll probably be right at the part where Eragon discoversoh sorry bout gave it away there Step 10 find the most comfortable place where all of the essentials can be within arms reach and bring a blanket incase you get cold, matter of fact turn the air on and get the blanket cause you don t want to be to hotthis book is intense Step 11 Begin reading book..wait for it.now Step 12 OH MY GOD I KNOW Now you have to wait for the 3rd book just like the rest of us lol Review to be continued aout 24 hours after the release of 3rd book.
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