Eragon.

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  1. DolorousBob

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    Re: Eragon

    I like Star Wars and I like Lord of the Rings. Eragon? Not so much.

    Eragon is pure trash. Most overhyped genre book ever. That's saying a lot.
     
  2. Andor

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    Re: Eragon

    I know someone who knows Paolini, I thought the first one was ok and I haven't read the second. I really want to get in contact with this kid though, since it's my destiny to write something that'll rock his world. He obviously has some contacts, which I might be able to use. Who knows.
     
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    Re: Eragon

    I haven't read Eragon yet, but i do own both that and Eldest, so i WILL read them at some point. They sound rather good, and have had rave reviews.
     
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    Re: Eragon

    Eragon and Eldest are good books. I think too many people look for too much in a book.
    My advice is not to go into anybook with extreme expectations. Just read for the entertainment of it, and you will not be disapointed.
    Are Eragon and Eldest superb reads, groundbreaking fantasy? No.
    Are they entertaining and fun to read. Yes.
     
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    But isn't that the point of reading? To read new and exciting things, to be entertained and enjoy what you're reading. I mean the whole point of reading is to love what you're reading (otherwise you wouldn't be reading it). And in my own personal opinion Eragon just didn't do that for me, not creative enough.
     
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    Re: Eragon

    I read, for entertainment.
    Entertainment doesnt have to be the next big hit. It doesnt have to be something you absolutely love, just like. Something thats fun. Thats what it is for me. If you constantly look for the next huge, greatest book, then you will be disapointed alot. there are actually few superb, ground breaking books.
     
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    Re: Eragon

    But wouldn't you "love" whats "fun" to you? I know most people (including myself) probably don't look for the next mega-hit but just books that will interest them, which could be Eragon, but it just seemed so unoriginal while I was reading it.
     
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    Re: Eragon

    Yeah, Im not saying it was original, but not too many fantasy books these days are.
     
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    Re: Eragon

    unorginal? Come on- how could it get more original!
     
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    Re: Eragon

    In many, many, many ways.

    1) Stereotypical plot.
    2) Stereotypical characters.
    3) Stereotypical races.
    4) There are too many parallels to Tolkien, Robert Jordan, and Star Wars.
    Those are just the broad topics. I could get into specifics, I suppose...

    Sorry, I'm not precisely an Eragon hater, but I'm not enamored of Paolini's books either.
     
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    Re: Eragon

    I agree with you 100%. I'm about 3/4 through the book at the moment and iv'e 'enjoyed' it so far saying that it's not the best book of the genre I have ever read but i do find it enjoyable and to me, like you said, is whats important IMO
     
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    Re: Eragon

    yes... i see now what i said was stupid.
     
  13. Arnor

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    Re: Eragon

    Two things:

    1. About Eragon
    More precisely: beginning december 2006, or ending of autumn/fall 2006, or whatever you call it.

    2. A bit off-topic
    This is actually more about my book, but I have to be honest it is terribly hard for me, and I think it is also terribly hard for other fantasy authors, not to choose Stereotypical races. But I won't anyway. Well, there are three Stereotypical races, but only one plays a big role, and another only comes in by the use of a single word. The races that play a big role in my story are:

    Cens or Kens: Half human, half bird-like creatures.

    Humans: You know common humans. Just like you. Hopefully.

    Irks: Creepy, Reptilish swamp inhabitants.

    Hukens: Aka Kenpeople, these are minded like Kens and have their abilities, but look like humans. In the Far Lands of the Lost King they are called 'Elves'.

    Merks or merx: Small, bearded dwarf-like people wich are 5 heads (1 head = 30 cm) tall and are traders who prefer caves or deserts.

    Dwarves: the 'stereotypical' dwarves. The mining, drinking and crafting people with their silly underground halls and (veryveryveryx10000) badly-shaved beards, you know.
     
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    Re: Eragon

    Having read Eragon, I have to say I hated it. It is SO like Star Wars, as one post mentioned. I will read Eldest, but I doubt I'll change my mind. My dad has my copy of the book, so I borrowed it from the library. I found the first book extremely predictable, which ruined the whole series for me. I just pray that they mess up the movie so the series will get the bad name it deserves. Paolini did one thing with Eragon:

    He copied it from other stuff.
     
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    Re: Eragon

    To me having sterotypical races is not what made this book predictible or less enjoyable at the end of the day many good authors have based their work on famous examples of fantasy such as LOTR and 'borrowed' ideas from it.

    In my opinon I believe that this is not what lets Eragon down. A sterotypical race does not straight away mean that the book will be uninteresting/ boring it's the plot and the way that they react with the world around them that is important and gives the book its enjoyability/ interesting qualities which Eragon sadly lacks.
     
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    Re: Eragon

    I think Paolini has got a couple of original ideas, and his writing improves by the end of Eragon. Hopefully it will grow even more in Eldest, which I haven't read yet. I believe you can enjoy books even though they're not groundbreaking or marvellously well-written. If you couldn't I wouldn't have enjoyed Eragon.
     
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    Re: Eragon

    Very, very, true for me. I'll read a book just to have one to read, but knowing that it's just an average book keeps me happy. The last fantasy book I LOVEd were Robin Hobb's series.

    Anyway, I like Eragon. Not all that original, but still a good read. I thought that Eldest was much, much better. You can tell how much his style has matured. If you did not like Eragon all that much, try Eldest anyway. I think you'll enjoy it. :)
     
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    Re: Eragon

    Robin Hobb fan = AWESOME! :D Which series did you read?
     
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    good to see some Robin Hobb fans. My favourite series ever is the Far Seer Trilogy and I still miss Fitz
     
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    Meteorain Magical & Mystical

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    Re: Eragon

    Lol, going to start reading Eragon soon. My friend has told me that the book is really good...except the main character is a total and utter plank, and his way of thinking makes you want to go WTF?

    Yea...Robin Hobb is saucesome. When the first of the Fitz Trilogy ended I was like...omg....you didn't just end it with Fitz not getting back with Molly....and was actually quite moody for a while. Then I saw the sequel Trilogy...and was like W00T!

    And everything worked out >_<. Yea Robin HObb rules!