Thursday, April 12, 2007

Review for Eldest by Christopher Paolini

So I've finally finished reading Eldest by Christopher Paolini. It took me a little longer than I hoped, but my crafting/sewing life interfered with my reading time. But, Hey, that happens to all of us, right?

I was a bit leery of putting this one on my list. I really didn't enjoy Eragon. Sacrilege I know, but I felt that the storyline was weak and the characters plodded through it. Eldest, however, was much more enjoyable. The plot moved more quickly with a little more flaver and texture to the writing. I'm interested in seeing how the story progress in the next book.

One of these day's I'm going to learn how to write a proper review. Does anyone have guidelines on how/what to do?

11 comments:

Arianna said...

Personally I just write the thoughts that came to my mind while reading the book, my... intellectual reaction to it, so to speak.

Some people also sort of summarize the plot, which is useful for people unfamiliar with the book in question.

I've always been suspicious of Christopher Paolini - the things I've heard about Eragon make it sound a bit clich├ęd - but I'll give him a chance one of these days.

Kailana said...

I read Eragon and it was okay when I read it, but the more time that passes the more I know that I was just being nice. I agree with what you said about it... I own Eldest. I received it from someone else, so I didn't pay for it, because I am just reading it more to see what happens next than any great interest in the trilogy. I am trying to track down someone who has Eragon to lend me so I can reread a bit. The movie has made it so I cannot remember what happened in the book. Have you seen the movie? I found it really rushed.

Carl V. said...

Depends on what your definition of proper is. I just say, write what you feel and let it be.

I'm really surprised you read the second one if you didn't like the first. I'm not usually that inclined to continue on with a series if the first one didn't grab me.

Eragon, the film, was horrible.

Carrie said...

I think I picked it up to see if Paolini had gotten better as a writer. That being said, I got it at the library rather than spending money on it.

Quixotic said...

I'm with Carl on the "write what you feel...". I don't think there is a "right way", just a right way for you as an individual.

I still have Eragon on my shelf waiting to be read. Somehow I never seem to get to it. I did try and start it once, but got sidetracked.

Denise said...

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Denise said...

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Debi said...

I think the way you wrote your review was absolutely perfect!

Bellezza said...

You "really didn't enjoy Eragon" and I hated it! I thought it was a complete waste of my time, and almost a tragic mimicry of Tolkein. I can't imagine how it's received the reviews it has.

By the way, I've just started The Story of Lost Things by Hey and the main character is named Rosemary. For remembrance. What a lovely name.

Robin said...

I'm relieved to hear that I'm not the only one that didn't like Eragon... I'm glad Eldest is more enjoyable, but it's not high up on my TBR list at this point.

There's really no such thing as a "proper review." We all just enjoy hearing about the book being read.

Marina said...

I get better suggestions from people who don't do "proper" reviews, so don't change your style.

Eragon is in my listening queue, I'm hoping it won't be too much of a waste of ear-time