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Eragon by Christopher Paolini
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Jan 05, 15

it was ok
bookshelves: 2009, ya, never-again
Read in July, 2007 , read count: 4 1/2

After being a fan for a while, I am now here to tell you that this book is six hundred pages of epic fail. But I enjoy this for what it is: a badly-written book that relies on the reader's knowledge of stereotypes and the typical journey to get by. I read this when I don't care about characterisation or depth or logic or original ideas, when I want to squee over Murtagh, when I want to sink into a book that doesn't require me to pay much attention--that even lets me absently skim the words on the page for as much as a chapter without really losing anything by it.

Yes, it's the systematic execution of all that is right in fantasy literature and literature in general. I don't care.

Eragon lets me delight in meaninglessness all the more because it is unintended, unlike authors such as Daniel Handler (Lemony Snicket), who promise you a rip-roaring story all the way through and then don't deliver. Eragon doesn't let you get your hopes up.

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Reading Progress

09/28/2009 page 231 "Paolini may have committed hideous crimes against literature, but I just want a sprawling book that doesn't have any deeper thought in it."

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message 1: by [deleted user] (new)

Nice review. Do you feel as though your later experiences with books helped you see it differently, or just see it more clearly?

message 2: by Liz (new) - rated it 3 stars

Liz Definitely differently. I was a Paolini worshipper.

And it wasn't my later experiences with books. It was these wonderful folks at a site called ImpishIdea. They're a lot more vocal about stuff than I am, and more extreme in their opinions about Inheritance and Twilight than I am. They also do articles on writing and stuff, so I fell in with them and I'm glad I did.

message 3: by [deleted user] (new)

Ah, so you're getting into literary analysis now? Cool. (I could wrong, that's just what the site looks like to me.) It's fun to look at things from different angles.

message 4: by Liz (new) - rated it 3 stars

Liz Well, I want to be a writer, so... gotta keep tabs on these things. It is literary analysis, but also some humour etc. And the forums are wonderful. You can actually find stuff in them.

message 5: by Liz (new) - rated it 3 stars

Liz I sound so preachy. :)

message 6: by [deleted user] (new)

Lol, it's cool. I'm in lit analysis too, only it's my honors English class. Did you know it was possible to analyze humor?

message 7: by Liz (new) - rated it 3 stars

Liz Anything is possible in lit.

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