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Monday, August 02, 2004

BOOK: Eragon 

Eragon was based on an interesting premise -- a boy discovers a dragon's egg and when it hatches, he becomes a mythical dragon rider. Something that hasn't happened in hundreds of years. It's a typical Tolkien-esque fantasy novel where the journey from home to some distant land takes up the majority of the story and leads to most of the action in the book. The races are the standard fare - humans, elves, dwarves, and dragons. And, the book revolves mainly around the essence of the relationship between dragons and their human riders.

It was generally a good book and a light read, but there's nothing new or distinct in the novel. However, it was written by Christopher Paolini when he was in his teens, and it's much better than anything I could have ever dreamed up and delivered while I was in high school. And, I'm sure that each book in the series will become progressively better as his imagination and writing ability grow.

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