Eragon

Eragon

Eragon and the fledgling dragon must navigate the dangerous terrain and dark enemies of an empire ruled by a king whose evil knows no bounds. Can Eragon take up the mantle of the legendary Dragon Riders?When Eragon finds a polished blue stone in the forest, he thinks it is the lucky discovery of a poor farm boy; perhaps it will buy his family meat for the winter. But when...

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Title:Eragon
Author:Christopher Paolini
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Eragon Reviews

  • Miranda Reads

    This was

    middle school book series. I read it over and over and over (and, as you may have guessed, over and over...).

    And elves and magic and swordplay and not a love triangle in sight.

    Even rereading it as an adult, I just...

    all those happy memories So keep in mind, my review

    is more than a bit biased.

    Eragon, a farm boy, stumbles upon a

    while hunting in the Spi

    This was

    middle school book series. I read it over and over and over (and, as you may have guessed, over and over...).

    And elves and magic and swordplay and not a love triangle in sight.

    Even rereading it as an adult, I just...

    all those happy memories So keep in mind, my review

    is more than a bit biased.

    Eragon, a farm boy, stumbles upon a

    while hunting in the Spine (an area that few would go to even in the best of times). He loses sight of his prey but brings home the stone anyway figuring that

    However, once folks find out it's

    - they refuse to touch it. Begrudgingly, Eragon takes it home only to discover, a few short days later, that the stone is not a stone...

    And while Saphira (his young dragon) is cute for the first few weeks...Soon, Eragon realizes that keeping a dragon, even a young one,

    When a

    Eragon's family, he sets off with Brom, a local storyteller, and Saphira on a

    .

    Along the way, he meets both

    He travels far farther that he ever dreamed possible and experiences losses that will irrevocably change him.

    there are a few things I picked up this time around - like how Eragon is always

    to vanquish his enemies, how he is always in the

    , how he's able to pick up swordplay and magic at an unbelievable speed...

    And yet...

    There is one thing that 11-year-old me and 25-year-old-me would absolutely agree.

    One thing that remains steadfast and true.

    I will defend this book to my dying day. This book is simply the best. The best of the best.

    While the

    may be the best of the best...this audiobook (narrated by Gerard Doyle) was not. In particular, Saphira's voice was absolutely, hands-down,

    I could understand going for a deeper voice for a dragon, but she's a young, female dragon, not a crotchety 1000-year-old creature with a chip on his shoulder. It was painful to listen to. Over 10 hours of a deep, guttural flem-in-the-back-of-your-throat sort of voice - think yoda on steroids.

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  • J.G. Keely

    Standard fantasy fare, except that while most fantasy authors lift their plots only vaguely from a previous author, Eragon is simply the plot of Star Wars with a Lord of the Rings paintjob:

    Princess flees, trying to keep precious item out of the evil emperor's hands. Boy finds item. Bad guys burn down his farm and kill his uncle. Old mysterious man helps him, and turns out to be part of a secret order of knights to which boy's (now evil) father belonged. Gives boy father's sword and takes him (ev

    Standard fantasy fare, except that while most fantasy authors lift their plots only vaguely from a previous author, Eragon is simply the plot of Star Wars with a Lord of the Rings paintjob:

    Princess flees, trying to keep precious item out of the evil emperor's hands. Boy finds item. Bad guys burn down his farm and kill his uncle. Old mysterious man helps him, and turns out to be part of a secret order of knights to which boy's (now evil) father belonged. Gives boy father's sword and takes him (eventually) to princess, then dies tragically. Boy learns how to fly X-Wings (er, dragons) and goes to take on his father and the evil emperor, &c., &c.

    Paolini also resembles other fantasy authors by denying that he is a fantasy author, instead imagining that he is a great literary talent. In his own words:

    Unfortunately, his control of language is more akin to a piece of Harry Potter fanfic. There are some days that I wish my parents ran their own publishing company, too. However, if such a boon would require me to write as obliviously as Paolini, I would have to decline.

    Yeah, I know he was eighteen, but so was Byron when he wrote "Hours Of Idleness" and Pope when he wrote his "Essay on Criticism". If Paolini doesn't hesitate to compare himself to (what he sees as) literary greats, I certainly have no problem with letting my criticism fall with equal weight on his little bit of fluff.

    I think the reason I keep returning to Pulp writers like Robert E. Howard is that those authors just wanted to write exciting stories instead of the next 'literary event'. Authors who lack pretension often write very good stories, because they aren't forcing themselves to write overblown, overly-complex stories. Many modern fantasy authors do the opposite: they write redundant escapist yarns and then get upset that no one considers them to be literary greats, yet.

    There is nothing new or interesting here for anyone who has read fantasy before--it's just a rehash of old cliches. The writing, pacing, and characterization are substandard. I wasn't surprised to find that a teen boy wrote this book--it's exactly what I would expect a teenage fantasy fan to write.

  • J.Elle

    I cannot adequately express my complete and utter loathing for this book. I was working at a library during the time that this book was being published and had access to a galley of the novel. I did finish it, but only so I could know (entirely how much) Christopher Paolini (the supposed 16-year-old author-genius) had plagiarized J.R.R. Tolkien's "Lord of The Rings" trilogy. If you are not familiar with the Inheritance books, allow me to inform you:

    Lord of the Rings: Trilogy

    Eragon: Trilogy

    Lord o

    I cannot adequately express my complete and utter loathing for this book. I was working at a library during the time that this book was being published and had access to a galley of the novel. I did finish it, but only so I could know (entirely how much) Christopher Paolini (the supposed 16-year-old author-genius) had plagiarized J.R.R. Tolkien's "Lord of The Rings" trilogy. If you are not familiar with the Inheritance books, allow me to inform you:

    Lord of the Rings: Trilogy

    Eragon: Trilogy

    Lord of the Rings: a main character Aragorn

    Eragon: main charactor Eragon

    Lord of the Rings: Aragorn's love interest is Arwen (the daughter of an elf king)

    Eragon: Eragon's love interest is Arya (the daughter of an elf king)

    Lord of the Rings: bad flying things are Ringwraiths

    Eragon: bad flying things are Ra'zac

    Lord of the Rings: there is a big fight in the troll dungeons

    Eragon: there is a big fight in the troll dungeons

    I could continue...suffice it to say, after reading "Eragon" I classified it as "Lord of the Rings" with a dragon. This is definitely not worth anyone's time, unless you want to amuse yourself by noting how many similarities there are between the trilogies.

    Addendum: WOW! Thanks for all the comments. This is, by far, my most popular review. I'm glad to know others share my feelings for this pitiful excuse of an imaginative novel.

    Addendum 2: If you, like so many others in the comments, find fault with my apparent ignorance and wish to correct me regarding the fact that this series is not a trilogy, please see comment #53.

    Addendum 3: I can't even. I just can't. Do you know how many people have commented on the fact that this isn't a trilogy since I added Addendum 2 SPECIFICALLY addressing that? I don't even know how many because I've lost count. What does this teach us? It teaches us that people don't read. Let that sink in.

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