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Christopher Paolini
Christopher Paolini was born on November 17, 1983 in Southern California. He has lived most of his life in Paradise Valley, Montana with his parents and younger sister, Angela. As a child, he often wrote short stories and poems, made frequent trips to the library, and read widely. The idea of... show more



Christopher Paolini was born on November 17, 1983 in Southern California. He has lived most of his life in Paradise Valley, Montana with his parents and younger sister, Angela. As a child, he often wrote short stories and poems, made frequent trips to the library, and read widely. The idea of Eragon began as the daydreams of a teen. Christopher's love for the magic of stories led him to craft a novel that he would enjoy reading. The project began as a hobby, a personal challenge; he never intended it to be published. All the characters in Eragon are from Christopher's imagination except Angela the herbalist, who is loosely based on his sister. Christopher was fifteen when he wrote the first draft of Eragon. He took a second year to revise the book and then gave it to his parents to read. The family decided to self-publish the book and spent a third year preparing the manuscript for publication: copyediting, proofreading, designing a cover, typesetting the manuscript, and creating marketing materials. During this time Christopher drew the map for Eragon, as well as the dragon eye for the book cover (that now appears inside the Knopf hardcover edition). The manuscript was sent to press and the first books arrived in November 2001. The Paolini family spent the next year promoting the book at libraries, bookstores, and schools in 2002 and early 2003. In summer 2002, author Carl Hiaasen, whose stepson read a copy of the self-published book while on vacation in Montana, brought Eragon to the attention of his publisher, Alfred A. Knopf, which is part of Random House. Knopf published Eragon in August 2003. Eldest, which continues the adventures of Eragon and the dragon Saphira was published in August 2005, and in December 2006, Fox 2000 released their movie adaptation of Eragon in theaters around the world.

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Birth date: November 17, 1983
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Darth Pedant
Darth Pedant rated it 2 years ago
As I’ve said before when reviewing the first two books of the Inheritance Cycle, this series is basically Star Wars (and a mish-mash of other books and movies). I’ve also said before that where the storytelling really falls on its ass is when Paolini goes off-script. While there are a few Star Wars-...
drallapaul
drallapaul rated it 3 years ago
The fourth and final volume in this fantasy series about dragons and magic, it is again very long, well-written, full of detail and characterisation, entertaining and worth a look - but only if you've read the previous three volumes. The plot reaches the inevitable conclusion after a lot of fighting...
Darth Pedant
Darth Pedant rated it 3 years ago
I could whine for whole paragraphs about how much filler clogs this story, but I have whole paragraphs of other stuff I want to whine about, so I’ll just say this book could easily be cut down to around 400 pages without losing anything of value. Now, on to the other stuff I want to whine about: W...
Pioggia d'inchiostro.
Pioggia d'inchiostro. rated it 3 years ago
Chi, come me, è cresciuto a cavallo tra Harry Potter e Twilight, ha incontrato sulla sua strada anche Eragon. Un ragazzetto di nemmeno 15 anni - all'epoca in cui leggevo le sue avventure, io ne avevo a malapena 7 e mi sembrava vecchissimo - che riesce in una sottospecie di miracolo: far schiudere un...
drallapaul
drallapaul rated it 3 years ago
Eragon continues to develop as a Dragon Rider as the confrontation between the Varden and Galbatorix moves further along. Characters are interesting and developed and the plot is interesting even if it's a long book. There's a fair amount of fighting and bloodshed. It's good and I look forward to re...
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