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*