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Book Review – Eldest, By Christopher Paolini

Eldest is the second book in the Inheritance saga and is written by Christopher Paolini. I would like to say that I think I liked the first book better than the second installment. Because I think nothing really happens in this second installment. I mean like literally nothing happens! The author has Eregon spend a lot of time with the Varden, then he gets shipped off to the Elves where he spends half the book training as a Rider. Yeah we sometimes cut to Roran and I actually felt relieved when it was his time in the spotlight. I was bored to tears and figured out the plot twist in the end of this book around the tenth chapter. It is painfully obvious of the allusions to other films and literary works. I felt like Christopher Paolini used them as cookie cutters, but jazzed the cookies up and made them his own. The allegory in this novel is painfully simple that a monkey could point it out. If I had started reading this series when I was younger I would still find some of these faults, like the allusions, but I would probably be giddy with delight at the connections and write them off as nothing more than a parody. I would probably have liked this book better. I probably would have had the whole series read and done by now.

Now those are my grievances, and now here are the positive criticisms:

The author’s writing is slightly better and more fluid than the first novel of the series, even if at some points the dialogue seems forced, or as if the author tried too hard. Christopher Paolini does have an extraordinary imaginative talent, but his starting point started from a “Heroes Journey” (which George Lucas and many others have used as a reference). But, instead of using it as a road map like other storytellers I think he used it while it was already wrapped around other’s stories and put them together. I did enjoy the ancient language that he came up with using different old mythologies (especially Norse Mythology). I was happily gleeful at the Norse references and allusions. Well, because I love Norse Mythology. I love mythology in general, but you know…

If I had read Lord of the Rings I probably would of stopped after reading the first book, Eregon, but I only watched the long agonizing films. Do not get me wrong, I enjoyed the Lord of the Rings films, but man were they really long and hard to keep up with. I endured though and loved the action sequences and….Okay I am getting off topic.

I am writing this review because I only have had four hours of sleep the previous night.

Oh! I did like the subtle jokes that was peppered through out the book. With the other criticisms I do have to say that I have always enjoyed reading the last eight chapters though. Because it seems like Christopher Paolini gets a second wind or something because he knows he’s at the ending for the novel and moves the plot faster. This keeps my interest and I also enjoy the climax and the falling action of the novel. The author also does this tease thing where the plot/story will pick up in the middle or a little after the middle, but then die down again until towards the end. This feels like I have been on this long journey and I am almost out of energy, but then there is a pit stop and then a power up/recharge. Then things slow down again. I love and hate that.

I give Eldest three out of five stars.

I would write even more about it, but I am really tired and I need to at least try and get some sleep. I hope this review is useful to anyone who reads it. I also may revise this once I can actually catch some Z’s….

Books and more books…

I decided after finding a quote that I found hilarious that belonged to the book “American Gods”, by Neil Gaiman to actually buy the book that it came from. I have heard over the course of many years that Neil Gaiman is a great author and many people enjoy his written works. I just never thought his writing was for me, but yet I respected him as an author in the book geek community. I did a thing and I ordered American Gods and while I was looking up books written by him I also found a diamond among the other jewels and saw Norse Mythology written by Gaiman as well. I love Norse mythology so I also picked up this book as well. Then I decided to finish my “A Court of Thorns and Roses” by Sarah J. Maas and bought books two and three. The one that was recently released is still in hardcover and I have a thing about my books matching. It still drives me nuts that my Twilight books 1 through 3 are paperback and the last one is in hard cover. Also, don’t get me started that my Harry Potter books one through four are paperback and the rest are in hardcover. That one drives me more crazy.

Anyway, I don’t know if I even will get that fourth court of roses book, but I don’t intend on starting to read that series until I completely finish the Throne of Glass series. The last installment, which has a title now, “The Kingdom of Ash”, will be published at the end of October. I have started collecting the paperback versions of ToG series even though I started reading them on my Kindle. I have it pre-ordered on my Kindle so that I can start reading it the minute it’s released and I absolutely cannot wait. I think I will wait a long while and get it in paperback so it can match it’s sisters…because I am weird. The only hardcover of ToG is the Tower of Dawn and I don’t mind that one being in hardcover because it really isn’t part of the series, but then again it is because it’s only telling a story that has events that are happening at the SAME TIME as Empire of Storms. I like to think of it as a side thing just like the prequel book with the side stories of when Celeana is 16 and still an assassin. And yet…that one I have on my shelf with the other as a paperback…

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It all works out…

With more time on my hands this summer now that I am off from college and on vacation I am determined to get more books read. I should make a summer reading goal. I want to read and finish anywhere from six to ten novels. Is that too much? No, but it can be done. It’s just a matter of organizing my time and testing this new medications limits and what it can really do for my brain. I also am going to get into new better habits and re-arrange my life for the better so I can get stuff done. I also hope to start book reviews as well, but I probably will only have time in the summers to do these. I am very hopeful though. This is going to work and I can’t wait for my book delivery!

New Book! ^^

The Tower of Dawn, by Sarah J. Maas just came out last night! As I looked through it I thought it was going to be a novella, but it’s around 600 pages and around 61 chapters long! This is a novel and probably really should be considered the fifth book in the series. However, it is about Chaol and the events take place during the timeline in the last book side by side, but now Chaol is the protagonist and I am a bit excited about this. I’m not a Chaol fan, I like the character so it shouldn’t be difficult to read through this book and it should be able to hold me over until the final volume is released in May.

Squee! New book!

 

 

That is all…

Emotions…and books!

I wanted to do a blog post about emotions and how I am feeling at this point. So far everything is starting to feel better. Exercise and a healthy diet work together to better your physical and mental health, but it is not instantaneous. When people are on any medication or on anti-depressants (and I have been on anti-depressants before when I was younger because my father had passed away.) doctors say you should at least wait six weeks before seeing any changes. I believe that is the same with any new health routine. I am feeling a little bit happier, but I am not perfect and I still have my good and bad days. I do notice that there are changes however small they are and that they are still changes. Slow and steady wins the race yeah?

I think I have mentioned before that I have book ADHD or it is mentioned on my “Bookshelf Life” tab on this website. I am enjoying reading “Heir of Fire” by Sarah J. Maas and “Wild”, by Cheryl Strayed. I am struggling with “Torment” by Lauren Kate even though it is the second book in the series. I like Lauren Kate’s writing do not get me wrong, but she tends to stretch out her stories. Acts one and two when I read them feel like an eternity, but at the same time you really get to know the characters like you really know them. If you read at the pace I do and take longer to read then you will really get invested in the characters. The third act is usually where the climax is and then it is exciting and I get through reading it faster. Another downfall is her chapters are so long (I do not know if it is different in other versions other than the hardcover.) and combine that with the story being drawn out that I wind up stopping in odd places in the chapter. I’m not a fast reader, well I can be, but I would not understand what I have read. Sometimes if I read fast I understand what I have read, but I would not remember it, I have missed a detail, I miss interpret a detail, or I just plain mesh things together. Anyway, I still recommend reading the Fallen series anyway because it may or may not be for you. There are two reasons I’m still reading it is because I collected the series (If I bought one book whether I like it or not I still have a compulsion to collect the rest) and once I start something I have to finish it at some point.

I really highly recommend any YA fantasy novel fan to read the Glass Throne series by Sarah J. Maas. Also, I highly recommend Wild by Cheryl Strayed even though sometimes her writing is literally redundant on occasion, but it is not too bad that it ruins the reading experience. Reading keeps me sane and couple that together with exercise and trying to eat healthy I think is working at keeping me more calm from being anxious.