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Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Book review: Eragon, by Christopher Paolini

Eragon by Christopher Paolini
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

3.5 stars

I've had this on my shelf for a while. I have to say, it's not bad for a 15-year-old, although I'm sure the original version was probably edited pretty heavily when Knopf picked it up. I doubt I could have written something as sophisticated when I was 15.

I'm surprised by the hate for this book. I've seen a lot of it being dismissed as derivative, especially with regard to LOTR and even Star Wars. The thing is, pretty much every epic fantasy written in the last 50 years has been influenced by LOTR in some way. The pacing is a bit slow initially, but I did keep reading, and I tend to prefer slower pacing over hot and heavy action on every page. I would have liked some more character depth.

Overall, worth reading for me. I may actually check out the other books.

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