No big topic to really post about today but more some clean up, if you will, and some notes on what’s coming up.
I finished Elven Star and it was disappointing. I knew it wasn’t my favorite of the cycle, but it was a lot more campy than I was expecting. In a way it tipped too far into the roleplaying world and there was a lot of stuff I just didn’t care about. All the elements I enjoyed in Dragon Wing were missing as was Alfred, which of course offset Haplo. The good points were again, the world building is marvelous. Simply marvelous and the reader does get more insights into Haplo’s past.
Would I recommend it? Not really. You could probably skip over it without much worry
I’ve currently started Sword Dancer and it has that distinct flavor of 80s fantasy. This is a good thing. The 80s were a good time for fantasy. Anyways, I’m looking forward to reading more since I do know it holds a special place in at least one writer’s heart.
Coming up on my reading list will be Eragon by Christoper Paolini. I’ve given a little back handed grief to this book but I haven’t really given any reasons for why I have the opinion of it that I do. I think, as with other books I hate, that I owe it to the book and to readers to actually give reasons for why I think it is a terrible book. Must have evidence for my conclusion, eh? So I am going to
reread it attempt to reread it, so I can really give it a thorough look.
Yes, sadly, I’ve read it once.
The first time I attempted it, I checked it out from the library when it was first causing a stir. I read two pages and gave up.
The second time I read it, I was in Germany. I had read all the English books I brought, didn’t feel like reading anything in German, and just needed something easy and mindless. Unfortunately, the English book section of Sci fi/Fantasy of the Hugendubel was small and I had read most of the books they had.
So I ended up buying Eragon, paperback, for 10€. Yeah you read that right. Ten EUROS. I paid that much for Eragon. I think that should reflect my level of desperation for some fantasy in English. It took me a while to get through, not because it was long but because…well you’ll see (hopefully). I left it in my host parents house not wanting to bog down my luggage with its weight when I went back to the states. So, have no copies and I had to order a new one. This one, however, only cost me .75 cents.