Tuesday, October 7, 2008


It's been a while because I've been reading the new book in the Eragon TRILOGY: Brisingr. Once again, I am extremely annoyed! Can I not find a decent book to read?

What annoyed me the most was the fact that I got to the end of the book and what was supposed to be a trilogy has apparently turned into a cycle (set of 4). The author says in his acknowledgements that the third book was becoming so long (it's still 700 pages) that they broke it into two. Here's the thing. I read the 2nd and 3rd back to back but it's been a while since I read the first. He is a big fan of putting in all of these details and events that are really irrelevant to the story. I literally feel as if I'm following Eragon's every move -- even down to which berries he chooses to carefully eat at each meal. There is so much that I would've cut and then it WOULD have been a trilogy and one where it doesn't just get good in the last 100 pages!

Not to mention the fact that this guy is a prime example for writing with a thesaurus next to him. Now I'm all about a well-developed vocabulary and I have been called to the carpet before for using words people didn't know but there comes a point where it's just too much and he crosses that line I think.

I'm sorry that the last two books I've blogged about have been rants rather than praise. Maybe the next one will be fantabulous . . . anyone have any suggestions?


Alicia said...

Wish You Well by David Baldacci

A said...

Pope Joan if you want a really long read, Garden Spells is light and fun, The Pilots Wife, The Weight of Water and Resistance by Anita Shreve. I could go on and on. I didn't read anything after Eragon, felt the same way as you. Twilight was a good story but not very well written and I am over it. Harry Potter-still rules.

Anonymous said...

Let me say that I second everything you have said here about Brisingr! It feels like work to read. When someone takes a page to describe a sunrise? Come on! I felt like it kinda left us hanging a little. Like he had no idea how to end it.