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text 2017-06-20 09:30
Reading progress update: I've read 250 out of 513 pages.
Eragon (The Inheritance Cycle, #1) - Christopher Paolini
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text 2017-06-15 05:19
Reading progress update: I've read 200 out of 509 pages.
Eragon (The Inheritance Cycle, #1) - Christopher Paolini
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text 2017-06-14 08:29
Reading progress update: I've read 92 out of 509 pages.
Eragon (The Inheritance Cycle, #1) - Christopher Paolini

Bought this book initially in hopes that I would like it but doubtful I would and if I didn't like it, I'd hope that one day, one of my sons would read it and like it. Push come to shove, I could just always take it back to the place I bought it, but, so far, so good. With this being over 500 pages, I just hope it continues on being a good read. :-)

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text 2016-10-17 23:45
Birthday Monster Book Haul
Eragon (Inheritance, #1) - Christopher Paolini
The Lord of the Rings - J.R.R. Tolkien
Die Briefe der Manns: Ein Familienportrait - Thomas Mann,Heinrich Mann,Kerstin Klein,Holger Pils,Klaus Mann,Tilman Lahme
All That I Am - Anna Funder
Claire of the Sea Light - Edwidge Danticat
Der Weltensammler - Ilija Trojanow
The Aeronaut's Windlass - Jim Butcher
Even Dogs in the Wild - Ian Rankin
The Crossing - Connelly Michael
Splinter the Silence (Tony Hill) - V. McDermid

...  thanks to my mom, who gave me a bookstore gift card, my best friend, who raided my Amazon wish list (isn't it nice to know your loved ones know just what you'll be happiest about?) and a few odd things to which I treated myself:

 

* Die Briefe der Manns (The Mann Family Correspondence) -- newly released

* Anna Funder: All That I Am

* Ilija Trojanow (or Iliya Troyanov, as he's spelled in English): Der Weltensammler (The Collector of Worlds)

* George Simenon: Maigret & Co. (collection of audio dramatizations of Simenon's mysteries)

* Edwidge Danticat: Claire of the Sea Light

* Jim Butcher: The Aeronaut's Windlass

* J.R.R. Tokien: The Lord of the Rings -- the legendary BBC audio dramatization starring Ian Holm as Frodo, Michael Hordern as Gandalf, and Robert Stephens as Aragorn

* T.H. White: The Once and Future King (audio version read by Neville Jason)

* Christopher Paolini: Eragon (audio version read by Kerry Shale)

* Patrick O'Brian: Aubrey / Maturin -- audio versions of the first six novels, read by Robert Hardy

* Sherlock Holmes: A Baker Street Dozen -- audio adaptations of 12 stories, starring John Gielgud (Holmes), Ian Richardson (Watson), and Orson Welles (Moriarty)

* Val McDermid: Splinter the Silence

* Michael Connelly: The Crossing

* Ian Rankin: Even Dogs in the Wild

 

... and, also courtesy of my friend, Eric Clapton: I Still Do -- and a kitty coloring book!

 

 

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review 2016-09-12 17:40
Derivative
Eragon - Christopher Paolini

An enjoyable read, Eragon by Christopher Paolini is derivative. Period. A near plagiarigation of Star Wars, Tolkien and Earthsea in addition to countless other fantasies. One wonders if Paolini is capable of a single original thought in this shameful mockery of the entire fantasy genre. Regardless Eragon is an entertaining read in spite of or due to the countless ripoffs counted in it's pages. In conclusion Eragon is a fun story we've all heard before.

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