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- Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (September 20, 2008)
- Publication Date: September 20, 2008
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Tad Williams is the New York Times bestselling author of several epic fantasy series. He lives in California.
Read on for Williams and Christopher Paolini's discussion about why they write fantasy, their upcoming projects, and more.
Tad: Hi, Christopher. Nice to talk to you, albeit virtually. It was great hanging out with you and your family this summer. Pretty much all of us fell in love with your part of the world, too.
Be warned: this isn't my best time of the day, so if I start calling you "Herman" and asking what it was about whaling that interested you, please forgive.
The first thing I'd like to ask you as a starter question is: why fantasy? I mean, there's the obvious answer (which is also true for me) that it was something I loved to read growing up, but I guess I'm curious what is it that still resonates for you. Why do these kind of stories, these kinds of characters, these kinds of worlds, still speak to you?
In a similar vein, do you have another kind of fiction, another genre, that you'd really like to try? If so, why? Any genres you think you'll never write but wish you could?
Christopher: Hi Tad. Great talking to you as well. We all had a wonderful time when you guys visited. Definitely one Of the highlights of the year.
I'm still waking up as well -- takes a few cups of tea and a few strips of bacon before the little gray cells start firing properly -- so if I sound a bit muddled, that's why. Still, we can make a stab at coherency, eh?
Hmm. Why do I write fantasy? As you said, it's because I enjoy reading it, but I enjoy reading it because . . . well, for a number of reasons, I suppose. First of all, fantasy allows for all sorts of dangerous situations, and those can provide a lot of excitement in a story. And excitement is always fun. Also, epic fantasy usually deals with themes and situations that everyone can relate to, such as the challenge of growing up, or how one is supposed to deal with moral quandaries. Fantasy is the oldest form of literature; the very first stories that humans told while crouched around campfires were stories about gods and monsters and tragic mistakes and heroic feats. Even now, those topics still resonate with us on a primal level, which is one reason I think fantasy will remain popular with readers as long as humans are still human. And I love the sense of awe and wonder one can often find in fantastical literature. . . . Fantasy can allow you to see and hear and experience things that have never existed and never *could* exist. To me, that is the closest we come to real magic in this world.
That said, there are a number of other genres I'd like to try my hand at: mystery, thriller, horror, science-fiction, romance, etc. I love stories of all kinds -- although mythic ones certainly hold the greatest appeal to me -- and I'm very much looking forward to experimenting once I finish the Inheritance cycle. Any genres I think I'll never write but wish I could? . . . Probably long-form epic poetry or a witty comedy of manners. Poetry is fun, but my grasp on it is rather shaky, and a comedy of manners (while I enjoy them) is so different from my usual life, I'm not sure I could pull it off properly.
And now a question for you: You have just finished your third (large) series. What is it about big epic stories that so fascinates you? Why not write small, intimate books about a fishmonger whose greatest love is his toothpick sculpture of the Brooklyn Bridge?
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Eragon and Saphira are training so they will be better equipped to fight when the time comes.
I love Eragon and Saphira but I found myself skimming some of the parts with Roran and Katrina.
There is so much going on in these books. I don't want to give anything away.
Some of my favorite quotes.
" I know what we do is right, but right doesn't mean easy."
"The monsters of the mind are far worse than those that actually exists. Fear, doubt, and hate have hamstrung more people than beast ever have."
"Love can be a terrible curse, Eragon. It can make you overlook even the largest flaws in a person's behavior."
Christopher Paolini definitely matured as a writer as the series progressed.
This Audible series earns five stars and my highest regard.
I liked that this book delved deeper into Eragon's character as he questions his theological beliefs, he explores his thoughts on judging others, he learns more about his family line, and he engages in a short quest to obtain a sword worthy of a Dragon Rider!
Overall, the Eragon books take a lot from other works (e.g., Lord of the Rings, The Earthsea Cycle, etc.), but I find them enjoyable. They present good, clean epic fantasy for young adult readers.
This one is a lot more violent than the last two. It makes this book a lot more brutal than Eldest and Eragon. I felt the stakes were higher.
I can tell that he has grown as a writer. This isn't the same kid that wrote Eragon. I know this series fails to please everybody. It does please me. Can't wait to start book four and see what fate has in store for my friends.
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The first novel was my absolute favourite because it is relatable. The majority of the story line and chapters revolve around humans, whereas in the remaining three novels the reader is more formally introduced to Elves, The Razac, Dwarves etc. With the sudden emphasis around these mythical creatures, I felt distant and bored at times because Paolini is very attentive to detail, which often made the storyline long-witted and dull.
I managed to complete the first and second book with ease because I was infatuated with the plot. It is very different and unique and that was enough to keep me hooked. However the third book was a real struggle to read at times, due to the unnecessarily long names of dwarves and the unrelatable mythical characters, their over- exaggerated customs, culture and formalities were too much to absorb. Also, I DO NOT CARE!
The storyline is surprisingly political as well, which was not made clear to me in the blurb. As someone who is not a fan of politics I did find myself disinterested. It frustrated me how much importance was given to being polite and maintaining allies. Roran sacrificed his physical and mental wellbeing carelessly, Eragon became everyone's puppet, and Nasauda was coerced into a stressful position from such a young age. They are in a war- torn country, yet they are wasting their time and energy being fake kind and accommodating to each other, celebrating festivals and enjoying traditions when their land is being destroyed. They spend too much time trying to please the stupid, incoherent leaders (excluding Nasuada's father, Nasuada and Orik) and maintain good relations with them, which forces many of the characters to be thoughtless about taking care of themselves.
While the plot is fascinating and intriguing, the books are written in such mundane detail that the reader is often forced to overlook this. I strongly believe three books would have been suffice had Paolini significantly reduced the amount of detail he wrote in- I felt like I was reading a poem! However, I did find it easier to manoeuvre through the third book by reading it in long sittings, and I will do the same for the last book.
Although I have been very critical, I would still recommend this series to anyone to adores fantasy novels and is a heavy- reader like myself, because it truly is interesting, original and well- written. I am excited to read the last novel.
I also think this book could of done with a better editor as it could of easily been a 300 page book if you cut out all the rubbish and things that had been overly described. I don't usually like giving up on books but as this one was so awful I had to give up
Much prefer O'Shay in Eragon and Eldest. We believe He does a lot better job at bringing the characters to life with a lot broader vocal range than the gent who read this. Kept having trouble working out which character it was supposed to be due to same voice being used for multiple characters.
If you enjoy a truly exciting, dramatic, amazingly outstanding read then the eragon series is for you...ENJOY !!!!
My son is thoroughly enjoying reading it.