Eragon by Christopher Paolini(261 ratings)
|Submitted by Joe |
This is a brilliant first book in a very promising series. While I will concede that some of the other reviewers do have a point re: actual quality of the writing, the sheer scope of imagination more than makes up for this (very minor) deficiency. Utilising the best ideas that have been explored elswhere, Eragon creates a fantastic world, mythology and folklore that is a treasure to behold.
|Submitted by Anonymous |
Eragon is...okay. It's by no means a great book but isn't so mind-joltingly terrible that you'll be wanting to gouge your eyeballs out with a spork. If you've got absolutely nothing better to do it's a pretty decent read. I did find myself getting bored with it rather a lot, but it doesn't jump out to me and scream 'terrible book.'
|Submitted by Derekeen4 |
A plotline that's almost identical to Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. Material that's been ripped off from Tolkien and McCaffrey. And basically the most immature writing I've ever seen in the twenty years that I've been literate. What we have here is someone's attempt to make a superhero Mary Sue like character based on himself. Kid finds a egg and gets his own pet dragon, goes off adventuring, rescues and falls for an elf maiden, joins the resistance against an evil empire, and saves the day. Can anyone name a fantasy setting where none of these things ever happened? So not only is it a total hackjob, but it's also a very boring version of what we've seen before all slapped together and published by the parents of someone who likes to boast that he's "the next J.R.R. Tolkien." Um, sorry kid, but you're not even on the same level as Tolkien's toenail fungus, even today.
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