**spoiler alert** Though I didn't find "TKAM" to be the eye-opening, philosophical read that it is said to be, I can't say that I didn't enjoy followi...more**spoiler alert** Though I didn't find "TKAM" to be the eye-opening, philosophical read that it is said to be, I can't say that I didn't enjoy following Scout and Jem through their adventures.
To be fair, perhaps at the time that it was published, this book was shocking and impressive. Now, to me, it just seems to fall a bit flat.
Yeah, I get the historical significance of a trial that is a white man's word against a black man's, about raping a white woman. I understand that what Atticus did was brave. I understand the metaphor of killing a mockingbird (and okay, I'll admit that I found it touching). Still, that doesn't mean that I'm really torn up about it.
And then the ending was supposed to make me think...but I didn't. I went, "Oh, Boo! I kind of predicted that..." and then he left. And we're left with dead Bob Ewell and Jem's broken arm. Not exactly mind-blowing.(less)
This book was originally four stars. When I first joined GoodReads, I tried to think of books that I liked, and added "Dragon Rider." I loved this boo...moreThis book was originally four stars. When I first joined GoodReads, I tried to think of books that I liked, and added "Dragon Rider." I loved this book as a child. I loved the drawings above each new chapter, my beautiful hardcover edition with the fold-out map, and reading about the fabulous creatures of Funke's world.
But a wise man once told me that the best children's books will still be enjoyable when you are older. And this one just wasn't.
Not to say that it wasn't good. The storyline was creative and moved along well. The characters were interesting. The villian was humorous.
But something is missing.
This book goes by the same formula that every other science fiction book for kids goes by. It has the same motifs: The lonely child who becomes a hero, the reckless young dragon, the comic relief in the form of another grumpy sidekick (in this book, a "brownie" named Sorrel). It all fits, and it's expected.
So if you're young and looking for an entertaining read, I'd say, go for it. But if you want something fresh and exciting, it'd be best if you looked elsewhere.(less)
This review is being written after my second time of reading "Eragon", and I definitely give it five stars. I know there is the argument that you can...moreThis review is being written after my second time of reading "Eragon", and I definitely give it five stars. I know there is the argument that you can tell that a teenager wrote it, but I very seldom notice it. (However, I am a teenager, so I'm probably biased here...) There is also the argument that "Eragon" is not as good as fantasies written by adults, because there aren't many unique elements, but I disagree with that also.
"Eragon" is the epic tale of a boy in a rural village who unwittingly finds a dragon egg. The book recounts his adventures from when he finds the egg, to him training with the village storyteller, to him battling the forces of evil, so to speak. The series currently consists of three novels (all lengthy, might I add), and there is one more that the author is currently writing.
I like Eragon because he is a character that I find real. He isn't too full of himself, isn't too perfect, isn't unbelievably clumsy or accident-prone, and really has emotions and thoughts that seem accurate of a teenage boy experiencing these unusual events. I am also impressed with the character of Brom, who helps Eragon to track down his enemies, the Ra'zac, who is multi-layered and is a mysterious figure until he dies. Only after he dies does the reader begin to learn scraps of information about him.
The first book is wonderful, and the second is even better. I recommend this book to anyone who is able to ignore minor mistakes by a young author, and anyone who enjoys a good adventure.(less)
Now that I have finished "Eldest", I find that I am more excited than ever to delve into "Brisingr". Despite the novel's flaws - which I will list in...moreNow that I have finished "Eldest", I find that I am more excited than ever to delve into "Brisingr". Despite the novel's flaws - which I will list in time - I can honestly say that "Eldest" is worth reading. As I mentioned in my review of "Eragon", Eragon is a character that readers can relate to. He's refreshingly realistic, much unlike the sickeningly dependent Bella of "Twilight" or the simpering lovers of "Romeo and Juliet". Eragon has issues. He's a real teenage boy, albeit one thrown into a bizarre situation.
However, to my disappointment, the book has its errors. These I will list here:
1. Eragon's sudden transformation in the midst of the book. This infuriated me. Before, Eragon's mistakes and weaknesses added to the book. After this transformation, they just...dwindled, and appeared on occasion. I felt like there Paolini was taking the easy way out. Don't want to develop your characters and help them to learn? Just make magical dragons transform him and eradicate all of his imperfections! This was undoubtably the biggest disappointment of the entire book.
2. The book moves along slowly. I won't lie, there are parts of the book where you just want to put it down for good. BUT, if you stick through the dull sections (A tip: They're mostly when Eragon is in training with Oromis in Du Weldenvarden and when Eragon is waiting for battle. Anyway, sometimes the book dwindles. It isn't as action-packed as "Eragon".
3. The length. 600-something pages. Need I say more?
4. The over-worshiping of Eragon. He's a Rider, and he's a great guy. But after awhile, I grew impatient with the elves, dwarves, humans, and most irritatingly, the AUTHOR, doting over him nonstop. Literally, every time Eragon would do something mildly admirable, like giving a waterskin to a wounded man after battle, the author would rave about his "great kindness". Gag.
However, I guarantee that after reading the twist at the end, you will be DYING for more!(less)
I love, love, love Roald Dahl's children's books, but if you're expecting to read about an endearing giant or a group of strange witches, you are very...moreI love, love, love Roald Dahl's children's books, but if you're expecting to read about an endearing giant or a group of strange witches, you are very much mistaken. Skin is a group of short stories. All of these stories are ironic and some are mysterious and ambiguous. All are good.(less)