Eldest

May. 12th, 2006 11:37 am
st_jane_ambulance: (five)
I stayed up most of the night finishing Eldest. By the time I got to bed, my mother was already up. The book was just so damn exciting I couldn't put it down until after five in the morning. And I was right about everything. I really, really wish I wasn't. Of all the times to be right about plot twists, it had to be this one. Damn. However, since the story seems to be following a loosely Star Wars pattern (hero journey mostly, but some more specific things as well), I have something of a hope that the character can be saved... or maybe he'll just die saving Eragon. Not what I'd hope for, but it would be some angsty tragedy. There are now male characters who have been described with as much gusto as the females in the previous book, including the main character, who underwent a sort of involuntary magical transformation. I believe the word the author used was "beautiful." The writing style still needs a little polish at times, but he's gotten much better since the opening of Eragon. And even though he was still fawning after that elf, she made it quite clear -- several times -- that she wasn't interested. And the other girl hugged him after the battle. Also, I don't think I've ever read a book where a shipload of angry peasants arrived just in time to swing the outcome of the battle in favor of the good guys. Wizards, yes. The main character's entire hometown... not until last night.

I am now eagerly awaiting the last books of two different series, and Eragon and Eldest have earned a place on the dresser with my absolute favorite books, which are all achievements in storytelling far beyond the normal. And perhaps best of all, reading them has renewed my desire to work on my own stories that have been neglected. I couldn't ask for better gifts from a book than an enjoyable read and inspiration. I know it takes a lot from a book to please me. Christopher Paolini, you have done well. Now finish that last book.

Favorite lines:

'Eragon surreptitiously watched the elf, curious to see what he looked like without his clolhes.'

"Barges! We don't want no stinking barges!"

(Nine weeks until new Stargate)
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It occurred to me today that when the Eragon movie comes out, I'll be in Eugene. I can't get over stuff like that. After living in the same place for over twenty-three years, the realization that I won't be living here anymore in a few months is quite a bit to take in. Sure, I'll come back on weekends and holidays, and I'll probably come back home after I get my Master's degree until I find a job, but I'm going to miss this place. I really love my room. I love my house, even though it's changed a lot since I was a child, mostly due to the renovation a few years ago. I love where it is -- not the Sheridan part, but the location of the house itself. I'll miss living here the way I am now. I'm sure I'll get used to it, I usually do; but it will be different. I'll probably be there also when the last Harry Potter book is released (at least I hope it doesn't take any longer than that!), as well as when that next movie comes out. I'll have to investigate the theaters in Eugene. I've also discovered a place that teaches capoeira, which I would LOVE to learn. I also expect to become something of a political activist. I'm predominantly Irish/Italian, so my blood is all fire. And there is much to burn.

I've read two hundred and fifty pages of Eldest so far today. These books have grown on me and I am in love with them now. Too bad the third one's not written yet. Blimey.

st_jane_ambulance: (four)
Eegads! I think I called a plot point in the Inheritance trilogy!

I don't usually see things coming, especially when it's in a book. I did, however, figure out who the Half-Blood Prince was pretty early on. That was the one exception, and now that number seems to be up to two. I got confirmation (I think) totally by accident when browsing the Eragon section of FF.N (I don't know why I was there; 99% of the authors don't deserve to hold a pen) and I saw a story mentioning the secret I had figured out! Well. I guess the second book does reveal all. But I kind of wish I'd learned it from the horse's mouth and not some wannabe writer. If you haven't read the book yet but would like to, I would suggest not reading any further if you don't want any surprises ruined.

SPOILERS! )

I need to finish this book. Only four hundred and sixty pages to go.
st_jane_ambulance: (one)
I really, really want to write something right now. But what, but what? I have a story that I'm quite a ways into, but it's fanfic and I want to write something of my own (besides, I'm a little stuck). All this reading of an author who started writing his first book at FIFTEEN has made me want to sit down, shut up, and accomplish something. Trouble is, for me that's a hell of a lot harder than it sounds. I'm not going to be a very good author if I can't ever get anything written. I think my problem is that I'm afraid of my writing. I don't know if I can get more specific than that. Whatever it is, I need to get over it. Lately I've sort of wanted to write something of the sort that's really introspective and weird that I usually can't stand to read. Something like the narrative opening of an old film noir. Or some weird story like Jim Jarmusch's Dead Man (even though it's a movie). But since I never read that kind of stuff, I don't know how to write it. Damn.

I have all these ideas floating at the edge of my mind, but I can't seem to quite grasp them. They slip through my fingers like so much sand and blow away on the turbulent wind of my thoughts, and frustration covers me like a shroud.

There, now we're getting somewhere. I think ranting is good for my creative side.

Eldest update!
Two words: drunk dragon. Drunk, singing, and falling over on tables. Freaking hilarious.
I'm beginning to really like this series.
st_jane_ambulance: (two)
It's official. I have been accepted at the University of Oregon! WOOT! We're trying to see if I can get to early registration and get all the classes I want. I'm not that worried; I don't have to take that many for my major (Medieval Studies) and I'll no doubt throw in occasional electives like choir or drama or martial arts. And languages! How I've missed learning languages!

I went to Salem today, dropped off a bunch of books (we now have over $80 in credit at Reader's Guide), got Eldest, the sequel to Eragon, and picked up my parents' DVD player. Now that they have a working player they're going to be stealing all my movies. They watch some of them more than I do. I'm not very far into Eldest, but Murtagh has aleady been kidnapped. Bummer. He's such a damsel. He'll have to be rescued, I suppose. If I'm lucky he'll get whumped first. I'd be reading it now but I'm watching Neverending Story II in my Duck jammies. Jonathan Brandis was such a doll.

"Ach! When are you going to learn the difference between a rock and a nose?!"

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