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Brisingr by Christopher Paolini
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Jun 23, 2008

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Tiffany Just 3 stars?! Why?!

Jeffrey I didn't like Paloni's style... that's all really. To me, I thought it was missing a lot of elements that make a story a story.

Particularly, it bothers me that the plot ran in a line that I didn't find very meaningful. There's a surplus of stuff that wasn't related to the story, and dragged the whole book on. I think I would compare Brisingr sort of to a journal (maybe history book?) of some sort that told Eragon's daily works and jobs and etc in order like a schedule.

It bothers me a lot when books include a lot of surplus stuff that doesn't need to be there essentially for the story (even if its interesting to know where so and so came from blah). The book becomes so realistic (not in the technical sense, but chronologically), that it's exactly like real life--real life is in fact quite boring because who cares that you decided to ate a hot dog in between saving the world and rescuing a princess or something.

Otherwise, I thought the character developement was rather unconnectable (readers don't relate with many of the characters easily, nor are they inspired by them or wishing they were that character); I really didn't like how the expressed Saphira's thoughts, and I didn't like Eragon himself at all. Roran and Katrina were the real highlight the novel though...

That's actually a problem, because most of the way, I wanted to skip the parts about Eragon (Eragon is the main character too!!!) and read about Roran. That's the opposite of Eldest... and there's usually something wrong when you're more interested in reading about the second lead than the protagonist...

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