Eragon is one of those books I feel a strong connection to, because I read it over and over again in my youth. I grew up with both Eragon and Eldest, even though I didn’t finish the cycle until I was an adult. The story of the dragon rider and the evil king captured my imagination, as tales of good and evil are wont to do. There is a bittersweet sadness to coming back to a book I loved so much as a high schooler only to find it riddled with flaws. I want so desperately to be in love with Eragon the […]
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
Oh Anne Rice. I have a difficult time understanding why I loved your books so much when I was in high school. Honestly? Interview with the Vampire is just plain boring. It is told in interview format, but 95% of the book is just Louis talking. For as poetic a speaker Louis may be, telling your entire story in dialogue means description is sparse. And the way Interview With the Vampire is told, it is in first person past tense so everything was reflective. When something exciting or terrifying was happening to Louis, Lestat, and Claudia… I was just bored. Because Louis […]
I first read The Witching Hour in a two-year struggle between my last year of high school and freshman year of college. At the time, I loved Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles. I loved the vampires themselves, the richness of the settings (from New Orleans to France and Italy). I figured I’d love everything by Anne Rice, but The Witching Hour was such a drag… I had to force myself through. Let this be a lesson to you all – always write a review when you read a book. If you write a review, you’ll remember all the reasons you loved and hated a […]
If you’re going to bother, read the book, don’t listen to the audiobook. Be prepared to learn the history of Alagaesia in interview-form between Eragon and his new mentor.
The more I read this book, the less I enjoy it. I remember I first read Eragon many years ago now, and it was exciting because someone not that much older than me wrote it. Even older now, I have to admire the complexities in the series that my mind would never have been able to write at that age or even several years older, so in that way – kudos to Paolini. I can still appreciate his plot and his foreshadowing, even when I find his particular writing style a bit juvenile. But, really? He was young when he wrote the […]
What is there to say about a book which speaks for itself? Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is a very different adventure than the rest of the books in the series – as it should be. Times have changed, and so has Harry. It is important for the reader to know that going into the book. This is not just an adventure through a mysterious hidden chamber beneath the halls of Hogwarts – this book bears several heavy themes. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is not exclusively a children’s book – it is more. Rowling doesn’t disappoint. I […]