Friday, May 8, 2009

What I Read… in May

Stop right there.

Don’t run away. They’re just the awesomest books ever.

In fact, I didn’t write for a whole month because I was so engrossed with these 3 books. (sorta)

If you read one, might as well read all of them. It’s like Secret Recipe’s Chocolate Indulgence. One bite and you’re done for.

I choose these babies as MY book(s) of the month.

Eragon Jacket Cover eldest brisingr

Details:

Author – Christopher Paolini

Genre – Fantasy/Adventure

Main characters – Eragon & Saphira the dragon

 

Why should you give this series a chance?

I think I might have scared some people by showing all 3 books at once. But you know what they say, you’re only afraid of things you don’t know. Once you know, it isn’t so scary anymore.

Christopher Paolini, the author was only 15 when he wrote the first book Eragon. If that isn’t amazing enough, this book shot straight up to become number #1 New York Times Bestseller. Then they made the book into a movie. Last time I checked, Eragon was on the top 100 highest number of books ever sold. It ranked higher than the Da Vinci Code. Can you imagine?

paolini Christopher Paolini doing God knows what in the jungle.

The actual reason why I picked up this book is because the hype surrounding it is so great that I had to succumb and say, gimme that; what’s so good about it? That also explains why I’m the tallest person standing at the teenage fantasy section in MPH bookstore.  

And I’m telling you, all those trouble of going to MPH after work and having to wait out the jam was well worth it.

I think this is where I start giving out synopsis, but I’m ganna skip that and go straight to the best points and bad points of the book. However, you can click on the following links that take you to the summaries:

Eragon Summary

Eldest Summary

Brisingr Summary

 

The Pretties:

Characters are well-developed, likeable and believable. You feel for them as they go through challenges and grow. Other points is that it has uber fantastic storyline, uses modern, and understandable English—unlike LOTR.

I also love the fact that they enclosed a map of Alagaesia(vast territory Eragon travelled on), so I get to check a place on the map whenever they mention it; which gives a clearer picture of the journey. [OMG I’m soo bordering on geekiness right now!]

Somehow the first book makes you thirst for more, so make sure that you start with Eragon, move on to Eldest and Brisingr in that order.

Another plus being not complete yet! Another book is coming after Brisingr with an unknown title at an unknown date, but it’s existence is confirmed and Paolini’s working on it as we speak.

 

The Uglies:

Personally, I don’t find anything wrong with this series. I was really into the story and I was rooting for Eragon the whole time.

However, for the sake of being objective; I’ll say that this won’t be your cup of tea if you’re not really into fantasy realms/magical worlds/illogical stories. I’ve had this complain before. I don’t know what to say to that, except that stories could go as far as your imagination goes; so it’s completely your choice.

 

Who’s It For? People who not only could tolerate, but also love Harry Potter, Lord of The Rings and the likes. Young or old, it doesn’t matter, really.

 

My Rating: 8.5 out of 10 – Totally high up there.

p/s: That was fun =D

2 comments:

jack johnson said...

"It ranked higher than the Da Vinci Code. Can you imagine?"

actually not that hard to imagine. seeing as how the book is ridiculing some major modern christianity beliefs, many christians don't read it and some shopowners don't even sell / buy the book. example in msia, novelhut.

o yea, if the eragon book was nice, then the movie didnt do the book much justice. lol. sorry.

and yes, i totally agree with the fact that some ppl just dont like fantasy books. they can actually go for the concept of a humongous gigantic robot cramming into a teeny weeny car, but yak and yak about how unrealistic it is for some person to be magical or for dragons and fairies to be real. pfft!

Adil said...

if the eragon book was nice, then the movie didnt do the book much justice.

- No wonder the movie wasn't a box office.. I haven't seen it yet!

i totally agree with the fact that some ppl just dont like fantasy books. they can actually go for the concept of a humongous gigantic robot cramming into a teeny weeny car, but yak and yak about how unrealistic it is for some person to be magical or for dragons and fairies to be real.

-exactly. Like GRow Up =P

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