Posts tagged "Reading"

Just got a new book in I won on Goodreads!

Also included was an inscription and a couple of bookmarks, AWESOME! look for the review soon.


What are you reading right now?

What are you reading right now? reblog this with your answer!
You all already know what I am reading! 


Upcoming book reviews

So Book reviews will be coming a little slower as the school semester gets heavier. Like right now. When I have two tests coming up. Anyways, upcoming review of Neil Gaiman’s Stardust. I saw the movie, a long time ago so was very excited to read the book, halfway through now, so this should be soon. 

Following that in no particular order are the following:

  • "I am Not a Serial Killer" by Dan Wells
  • "The Name of the Wind" by Patrick Rothfuss
  • "Ready Player One" by Ernest Cline
  • "Physics for Future Presidents" by Richard A. Muller

If you have any suggestions to add to this list, please let me know! 


The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien, and a challenge.

So I took the plunged. 

When I was in seventh grade I hated reading. Which of course was probably the time in my life in which I had the most time for reading. Go figure. In my reading class we had to read a certain amount of pages during the semester, so I chose The Hobbit, and the Lord of the rings, these 4 books would get me a little more then was required, while other kids were reading 8 or 9 books.

To my credit I really did try reading them. They were just a bit too much for me at the time, so instead I watched the cartoon movies (this was pre Peter Jackson) and since I had never really read any books before that point I was unaware that movies and books are not even close to the same. So of course I got a bad grade in that class, and these books have been tainted every since.

As I got older however I started reading. My first serious book was Magician, by Raymond E. Feist (a great series). From then on I read all the time, but it was not until the other day when I posted a top 100 book list from NPR that I realized I was potentially missing a great adventure by continusing to shun the Tolkien Series. I loved the movies, both the cartoon versions as well as the live action. So in honor of the upcoming Hobbit movies I went out the other day and purchased the series, and began reading the Hobbit. 

Wouldn’t you know it, I love it. I love the way it is written, I love the detail that isn’t in the movies. I love reading of things I am familiar with as an adult, and learning all the new things I never knew.

So I challenge each of you to find a book from your childhood. Maybe one you never finished, maybe one you did, but just didn’t like, and give it another shot. I would love to hear about it!


Book Review: Inheritance by Christopher Paolini (3/5)

Well I finally got around to reading this book, and I have to say I have some good and some bad to say about it. First off, unless you completely forgot about everything that happened in the previous books, I would go ahead and just skip the prologue, entitled In the Beginning. It is a very dry read. In fact The only thing I can liken it to is the Bible. I felt like I was reading Genesis with the way that it was written. Which for me is about the most boring way to ever write anything. I have had more fun reading Physics and Calculus text books.

The good news however is that the book gets drastically better pretty much immediately. I felt like Paolini actually put a lot of work into, unlike the last book in this series, Brisingr, which was horribly written and rushed. In this book you can start to see the potential of a really good Author coming out from adolescence.

The only complaint I have about the main portion of the book is the detailed writing. I had a hard time reading it, and felt my self skimming over paragraphs that seem to have no importance to the story or whats going on. Don’t get me wrong, I love detail, but I love relevant detail.

The closer the book gets to the end the better it is, and the more I really didn’t want to put it down. There were some great surprises in the book, and some good character development.

The ending was great, and even though it had the expected ending, the moment of victory was pretty well thought out, and imaginative. I was satisfied.

unfortunately, for some reason the book continued another 6-7 chapters, approximately a hundred more pages after  the ending, or at least the part that I consider the ending.

Paolini basically took the loose ends normally addressed in the epilogue, and extended it across 100 pages, and intermixed it with more non important details, and musings. At some point it really just felt like an extremely detailed day to day account of Eragon wandering around.

At the end of the day I would have to give this book a 3 / 5 Great work on improving the writing style from the last book, and a great job in how much hard work was obviously put in to making this a good book. I think if the first chapter was rewritten, and the last 6 chapters condensed into a nice epilogue, It may increase to a 3.5/5

lastly I was a little upset that we did not find out more about Angela, but I will leave that at the Authors discretion, and not  knock off points.

If Christopher Paolini writes another book, whether in this world or another, I will probably read, but I won’t be waiting at the store on release day for it.