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Revenge of the Bookworm

Shit, I am so not looking forward to this next week. Ugh. All I want to do is nestle in blankets and read books. Book after book after book. I'm just in the mood to read, but I can't translate that into schoolwork. Christ.

I am, however, getting back in the habit of reading a bit before I go to sleep. My recent undertaking is Eragon, by Christopher Paolini. Have any of you read it? I read chapters 1-4 last night before I was bushwhacked by sleep. Seriously, I woke up with the corner of the book stabbing me in the cheek.

At any rate, I like it so far. There were a few glaring cliches, some less than perfect writing, and some aspects that seemed almost too reminiscent of other books I've read... but I am more than willing to give the benefit of the doubt, considering the author was 15 when he wrote it. That being said, I'm really having problems getting a feel for the time period. I realize it's a fantasy novel so standard historical rules don't necessarily apply, but it's really throwing me in terms of architecture, clothing... etc. All the other scene-setting descriptors have really worked for me. I feel like I could smell the type of forest, but the time period illudes me. The idea of arrows, blacksmiths, and... shingles and brick chimneys just doesn't mesh for me. It's not even the shingles so much, because I can differentiate between crude shingles and the modern manufatured tiles in much the same way I can tell the difference between an egg and a McGriddle. Even if it was a stone chimney instead of brick I'd be better with it, I think... but I just can't get a solid feel for it. Help me?

I'm going to go read some more and then promptly fall asleep. It's another big day tomorrow. *sigh*

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Oct. 15th, 2006 07:36 am (UTC)
I put the book down because of an uncanny similarity to the Pern series. In all fairness I really should give it another shot.
Oct. 16th, 2006 07:05 pm (UTC)
It's really... kind of a compliation of every fantasy novel/style ever written. It's ... interesting.
Oct. 15th, 2006 07:42 am (UTC)
I remember hearing about that book when it first came out because the author was really young. Or something. Haven't read it, though.

All I want to do is nestle in blankets and read books.

Me, too!
Oct. 15th, 2006 11:29 am (UTC)
Well, it's been about a year since I read the book, so I can't really remember what I decided about the time period, or even if I gave it much thought. The cliches, on the other hand, I remember remain throughout the book, as does the "writing style", but I found that I did start to get used to it and just accept it as I got more into the book.

Personally, I found that you had to put more effort in and be more forgiving when reading the second book, Eldest. You really have to want it to be good because although the effort does pay off in places, it's about 25% longer than it needs to be.
Oct. 15th, 2006 02:44 pm (UTC)
I remember I read this about three years ago and I liked it, but I noticed that it seemed similar to a lot of other books I'd read. I'm looking forward to the movie but I don't have high expectations.
Oct. 15th, 2006 07:39 pm (UTC)
It totally is. It's like a compliation of every fantasy book ever written.

What about the time period though?
Oct. 15th, 2006 03:59 pm (UTC)
I haven't actually read Eragon myself, but I work at a children's bookstore, and everyone theree seems to really like it (although they definitely liked the second one a lot less). And, I mean, yeah, you have to sort of admire it just for the fact that the author was fifteen.
Oct. 15th, 2006 05:56 pm (UTC)
I really enjoyed Eragon, but I've never read any other fantasy novel to compare it to.
Oct. 15th, 2006 07:23 pm (UTC)
Really? Part of the reason I enjoy it is because it's pretty much a conglomeration of every fantasy book ever. It's totally cliche, but it's just ... literally, everhything thrown into one.
Oct. 16th, 2006 02:41 pm (UTC)
I've read Eragon and Eldest, and even though the writing is a bit botchy...I liked them both. I described this book to my rm as "Harry Potter meets Lord of the Rings" when I tried to get her to read it.

As far as the time period goes, to me it felt almost medieval-ish, but with touches of modernism thrown in for fun. But it's been a little while since I read it last. I eventually just got it into my head that they lived in another world, so they could still have things like blacksmiths and shingles at the same time. I also kept thinking, "dude this kid was 19 when he wrote this," which is more than I can say for myself. :D

Speaking of this series, do you happen to know when the third one is coming out? I s'pose I could go look it up.
Oct. 16th, 2006 03:12 pm (UTC)
I do not know, actually. =/ I don't think it's for awhile though...
Oct. 17th, 2006 09:27 am (UTC)
I don't know if you saw the Sara Douglass link that eloisem posted in nano_writers, but in it she basically says that the fantasy world has to be relatable to the real world otherwise it just won't gel and sell the story for the readers. And I guess that's the jarring effect that shingles and arrows thrown together in the same time frame have.
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