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Posted March 19, 2007
Close Shurtugal, but no Ra'zac
I found Eldest to be moderately entertaining, but still rough and somewhat.... adolescent in form. Paolini has certainly grown as an aspiring author, and - hoping he will actually produce a more unique title - hopefully has learned to develop his own universe, one singular from Tolkein's. That hasn't quite happened yet in Eldest, the author's sophomore title. I will refrain from spoiling this story's mechanics, and will simply elaborate on the style and efficiency of the story. Paolini still uses a slightly elevated style in word-choice - and an equally large thesaurus - but it shames me that he still lacks the experience to develop his characters more fluidly. While Eragon is obviously experiencing the growing pains of Riderhood, I find that his character pales in comparison when we examine Nasuada or Roran. As the assumed protagonist of this story, I find this a serious problem a supporting character is never supposed to be more interesting than the protagonist! Paolini's descriptive detail is quite exotic but equally familial when we compare it to Tolkein's, and when he is already being accused - sometimes unjustly - of deliberate plagiarism, I find these similarities to be contagious. This is the main polemical force in Paolini's Eldest, which delivers a story with an unimaginative pace, ridiculous and uningenuous pseudo-philosophical nattering, and blatantly unironic endings. The author throws in unconventional strategem in a battlefield and then plops atleast two unfairly realized 'Deux-ex-machina' to tie together a story that nearly unravels at its stem - if not for his notable emphasis in the characters of Roran and Nasuada. Those two deux's don't account for the ones that appear earlier either. However, this work, alike Eragon, and alike any future works is simply a work in progress. But I fear Paolini's standings are quite like Eragon's in this novel: will he have a career after the final book? Or will he spend his life selling his stories to money-grubbing 'independent' cinematographers who capture its beauty but ultimately fail to deliver its philosophy uniquely? Eldest is interesting to read if not to muse over this author's self-proclaimed greatness, and greatness indeed, if he can truly please his most seasoned and mature fans of fantasy. If not, then this book is the second of a visceral delusion sure to bring its mindless viewers crashing into the earth like the Star Sapphire of the Beor mountains.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 7, 2007
Not all that
Well as far as the story in general goes it is a good story. But it really drags in alot of areas especially when Christopher starts telling us the elven greetings full of jibberish it goes on and on. I really liked the characters and thought he did a fabulous job in describing them to us so we could imagine them in our minds eye. But all in all the story goes no where that we couldn't deduce for ourselves. I was hoping to get more of a glimpse into the life of Galbatorix. I myself see no threat to J.K. Rowlings in the forseeable future with this trillogy if he continues on his present course of writing.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 15, 2006
I really hate to give this book three, um, dots when everybody else gave it five. But I don't really care for the story much, it drags on too long, and the characters are too shallow. One of the biggest disappointments is Arya. She has the potential to be as great an elf as Legolas or Arwen, but she's so arrogant I couldn't help but hate her. I didn't even buy this book, I only read the sneak peek for Book 3 and looked at the picture of Glaedr at the bookstore. That picture was probably the best part of the book. The cover is most certainly magnificent, all gold and read, but what's inside isn't as good as I would like.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 24, 2009
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