Book 4, now known as ‘Inheritance’ (Yeah, great choice. That won’t confuse anyone at all.) is due to be released on 8th November 2011.

Christopher Paolini is also planning a tour to promote the book.

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  1. Jeni on 23 March 2011, 14:12 said:

    In Shurtugal’s announcement, they also included other things, such as:

    Official theory discussion articles, including: “Who Will Be The Green Rider?”, “King Halfpaw and Book 4′s Released Chapter: Discussion, Analysis, and More”, “Eragon: Tortured and Dying in Book 4″

    Except they initially spelled it “dieing”. I (politeness level is debatable, pogo sticks were involved) pointed out their poor approach to spelling. They promptly corrected the news release and deleted my comment.

    I kinda looked down on Shurtugal anyway, but now I doubly do.

  2. The Cay on 23 March 2011, 15:19 said:

    Wow Jeni. That’s a fail.

    I’m still debating whether I should read it, just for lolz, or, not.

  3. Inspector Karamazov on 23 March 2011, 15:38 said:

    I won’t read it, but I will read people’s recaps of it.

    Can’t wait. :D

  4. Jeni on 23 March 2011, 15:58 said:

    I’m sure I will read it, probably because I hate myself. But I am genuinely curious as to what he’s been up to for the last few years.

  5. NeuroticPlatypus on 23 March 2011, 16:00 said:

    I’ll probably read it too. I read the other three, so why not?

  6. Snow White Queen on 23 March 2011, 19:35 said:

    This is the last one, right?

  7. Apep on 23 March 2011, 19:45 said:

    Not even the Great Old Ones would subject the universe to five of those books. That would just be too cruel.

  8. Jeni on 23 March 2011, 19:53 said:

    This is the last one, right?

    Yes, fortunately. Although there is some talk of CP writing a prequel about Brom. I don’t know if anyone would actually give him any money for that, though.

  9. dragonarya on 23 March 2011, 20:51 said:

    Same here, NeuroticPlatypus. Why not? It’ll be amusing at the least!

  10. dragonarya on 23 March 2011, 20:51 said:

    Besides, maybe he’s actually improved slightly!

  11. fffan on 23 March 2011, 22:07 said:

    What the hey, I’ll read it too.

  12. swenson on 23 March 2011, 22:23 said:

    I’m hoping for improvement as well. Brisingr, if you can look past the complete lack of plot, wasn’t nearly as badly-written. So if you can combine better writing with actual plot, it might rise above the previous efforts.

  13. Curly on 24 March 2011, 03:11 said:

    Is it just me, or does that green dragon look exactly the same as Saphira on the cover of Eragon, only with different eyes? Probably me, but seriously, couldn’t they find a new position to put the dragon’s head in, instead of reflecting the one on the first book and hoping no-one would notice?

  14. Curly on 24 March 2011, 03:15 said:

    And yeah, Apep, if he decides that he can’t fit the whole story in another brick, then God help us all.

  15. Galde on 24 March 2011, 06:01 said:

    To be fair, I do think this is the nicest dragon picture of all of them. It actually looks like it could be a style of dragon, as opposed to a strangely coloured horse creature with fangs.

    I lost interest when the Ra’zac got killed off though, they were the only thing I liked about the books. So I probably won’t be reading this one.

    But who knows, he could pull out some of the strange ‘No pain means invincibility!’ logic we’ve seen and the Ra’zac rise from the dead because they were on painkillers at the time. It could happen!

  16. Spanman on 24 March 2011, 07:52 said:

    Another book, another chance for Paolini to improve his rep, another likelihood that he won’t and we’ll have several hundred additional pages of the Interitance cycle to spork freely.

    Ah, the possibilities.

  17. Jeni on 24 March 2011, 10:42 said:

    To be fair, I do think this is the nicest dragon picture of all of them.

    Strangely enough, I agree. It even seems to look like it has personality. I’ve never been a massive fan of Jude Palancar’s imagining of dragons – but I do like this one.

  18. Requiem on 24 March 2011, 12:55 said:

    These eragonian dragons don’t seem ferocious and powerful enough to be suitable dragons especially when they look like deformed horses. Tiamat and Bahamut are certainly more badass.

  19. Juniper on 24 March 2011, 14:35 said:

    It still looks like a horse to me. An ape-horse.

  20. The Cay on 24 March 2011, 16:16 said:

    I agree. The scales, in my opinion, look like fur…

    (But despite Ebert’s Law, so commonly referenced, my art is just SO BAD that I can’t criticize much more…:D)

  21. Steph (what is left) on 24 March 2011, 20:14 said:

    Seriously, I’ve always thought the dragons look cool.

    Then again, I’m not really a dragon!fantasy reader.

  22. Loni on 25 March 2011, 00:11 said:

    I hope the green dragon rider will be a female. Maybe he’d have to make her a 3D character then.

  23. Jeni on 25 March 2011, 03:09 said:

    I hope the green dragon rider will be a female.

    I’d almost be disappointed if it wasn’t Arya at this point. Or, at least, I’d be convinced that CP has deliberately changed the story because the fans guessed correctly.

  24. Curly on 25 March 2011, 05:00 said:

    Oh. My. God.
    http://shurtugal.com/book-5-and-beyond-prequels-stand-alones-and-beyond-alagaesia/

  25. dragonarya on 25 March 2011, 11:49 said:

    @Curly:
    Oh, CP. Stop being so pretentious. Does he think there are really that many rabid fans that’ll buy prequels and sequels and whatnot? Are there?

  26. Ridureyu on 25 March 2011, 14:44 said:

    I’m imagining that dragon saying “Nyeeeeeeeeeees?” like that moustache dude on The Simpsons.

  27. ShuturgalBoy on 25 March 2011, 14:57 said:

    Book 4 will be amazing! I really woner what’ll happen to Eragon, he’s one of the best characters that I’m always rooting for.

    Plus, I wanna see who the green dragon rider is! I personally hope it’s Ayra.

  28. Brax on 25 March 2011, 20:08 said:

    Paper scales?

  29. Sahgo on 25 March 2011, 21:37 said:

    I wonder how the end is gonna be like. I mean, I know that Eragon will kill Galbatorix and his dragon, and Eragon will marry Arya in some half-assed epilogue and everybody will live happily ever after blah.

    What I mean is, will someone die? I sure hope some of them die. Like Nasuada. Or Arya. Eragon himself would be nice. Not only because I hate him, but… well, wouldn’t it be a dark twist? It would be almost original and not ripped off from something else.

    Unless he dies in a Jesus-Christ-like sacrifice.

  30. Curly on 25 March 2011, 22:03 said:

    Sahgo, while I agree with you on most of it, you seem to have forgotten some “foreshadowing.” I’m not sure how obvious it was meant to be but it stuck out like a sore thumb. Anyway, Paolini has Angela say that Eragon has got to leave Algaesia forever or some related cliche, then he has a dream about himself being in a strange land as an elven boat sails away and there’s dragons in the sky. Obviously one’s Saphira and one is the Green dude. As Ms Sue (Arya) is almost definitely going to be the green dragon person, then it’s probably her boat… blah blah etc etc. But I see your point, though an AstroJesus like sacrifice would be a more epic death. And yes, I have read the Inheritance series. I am ashamed.

  31. dragonarya on 25 March 2011, 22:07 said:

    Don’t be ashamed, Curly. I did too, and it was what got me into fantasy in the first place. It also led me to Anti-Shurtugal, which led me to ImpishIdea, which greatly enriched and improved my life.

  32. Curly on 25 March 2011, 22:40 said:

    You just brightened up my day, cheers. It also lead me on to some pretty neat books that I can now compare it to and laugh.

  33. Gloria on 26 March 2011, 00:08 said:

    GO PAOLINI!!! WOOT!

    Let’s get books 5, 6 and 7 out soon!

  34. Sahgo on 26 March 2011, 00:47 said:

    @Curly: Whoa. I totally forgot that. I only remember the “you’ll fall in love with someone of roooyalty” that was… well, a sad way to foreshadow a cliché. Or something (?)

    Yeah, I read ‘em too. I guess I was a fan of them when I read the first (about the time when it came out), but it didn’t take long for me to see the error of my ways (I’m being harsh. What I mean is, my childish mind and love for anything dragon-related clouded my mind from everything that was wrong with the book).

    So, altering my statement: they’ll marry in a half-assed epilogue and THEN he’ll be left somewhere for a sequel hook.

  35. peppercake on 26 March 2011, 10:24 said:

    He’ actually going to release the next brick? I actually forgot about it for while and then wondered if I was going to get my first gray hair before he actually wrote it :p

  36. SweetRunningBreeze on 26 March 2011, 11:02 said:

    I’m just glad he’ll be done with the thing. It was unfortunate that he comitted himself to a series in the first place, and we could all tell his enthusiasm was waning…

    I’m sure he’ll be better once he gets out of this world and these characters he’s been stuck with for all these years. But the talk of sequels and prequels worries me.

    And I really like how we’re just ignoring all the trolls. So mature, II. :)

  37. Spanman on 26 March 2011, 11:06 said:

    From Shurtugal:

    Inheritance has been in development for over a decade now, but Christopher has assured us that it is only the beginning of what Christopher plans to be many novels from the budding fantasy and science-fiction author.

    Wait, what?

  38. Violet Hill on 26 March 2011, 11:09 said:

    cough*starwars*cough

  39. Curly on 26 March 2011, 19:26 said:

    Ahh, providing the general public with sporks for years to come. What a generous fellow.

  40. Costanza on 26 March 2011, 20:29 said:

    I’ll admit – I used to be an Eragon fanboy. I enjoyed the first one, and then I cracked open the second…………I hated it. It was uninteresting, all the characters and plotlines bored me, and I stopped reading it. Never looked at it again.

    And then I discovered this wonderful site, and it pretty much made me realize why this series is so bad. The writing style, everything is a rip-off of something else, the characters are cardboard, and the plot is so simple and cliche that one book was more than enough to tie it up with no loose ends.

    All this ‘saga’ nonsense is just a way to pump out filler and get 4 times the money as you could from one standalone story.

  41. Jeni on 26 March 2011, 21:08 said:

    I’ll admit – I used to be an Eragon fanboy. I enjoyed the first one

    The first one was enjoyable-ish! Flat and derivative, but not too bad a piece of generic fantasy.

  42. Curly on 27 March 2011, 00:25 said:

    I’ll second that, to be honest. The idea weren’t original, but the fact that they had been stolen from legitimately entertaining sources meant that it had solid, albeit completely unoriginal, foundation to work on. It was actually a bloody good book as long as you didn’t actually think about it and regarded the narrator’s and the characters’ words as gospel truth. In fact it was a lot like that movie, Avatar. Pretty explosions, cliches to spare and a cool plotline that actually didn’t make a whole lot of sense when you thought about it for more than five seconds. The problem arose when we had Paolini talking about lace and the intricacies of Rider training for about 500 pages and how many times you fold metal to make a bloody sword. NO-ONE CARES, ALL RIGHT!!! … Sorry. And of course there is all the obvious stuff, like Eragon learning to read in a week and fits of purple prose and all that. In fact, read Everything Wrong With Eeagon on this site to see what I’m talking about. It’s a great laugh.

  43. Jeni on 27 March 2011, 05:03 said:

    In fact it was a lot like that movie, Avatar. Pretty explosions, cliches to spare and a cool plotline that actually didn’t make a whole lot of sense when you thought about it for more than five seconds.

    I’d still rather watch Avatar a thousand times over than read Eragon again.

    how many times you fold metal to make a bloody sword. NO-ONE CARES, ALL RIGHT!!!

    It depends on the context, in a solid, hard fantasy novel I would be interested in that sort of detail. However, being fully aware of the age of the author (double-edged sword, el oh el), it felt terribly superficial.

    In fact, read Everything Wrong With Eeagon on this site to see what I’m talking about. It’s a great laugh.

    I think most people here already have. ;)

  44. Curly on 27 March 2011, 07:45 said:

    Yeah, in retrospect I did come off as a bit of a smart alec, sorry about that. I am by no means an expert, and I didn’t mean to sound like my opinion was the only one. I guess it was a bit blashpemus to lob Avatar in with Inheritance too. Also, I meant alright, not all right. Elementary mistake, I apologise. For the few who haven’t read that article though: Do it.
    Now

  45. Costanza on 27 March 2011, 10:12 said:

    Well, I think the first one was only enjoyable because I never really thought about it.

    But the characters are just so flat and poorly written, the plot has obviously been done before a thousand times, and CP proves himself as an inept writer when he has his characters say Eragon is so smart and special! But his actions really make him look like an idiot.

    I really don’t know how it got popular. It’s so badly written that you’d think most people would laugh it off as being written by a nerdy D&D guy trying to write like, a big epic story with magic and swords and other cool stuff that we’ve already seen a billion times!
    I think if CP wasn’t homeschooled, it could have been better. he simply doesn’t know what the real world is like and how people talk and act.

  46. Sahgo on 27 March 2011, 10:38 said:

    While the oh-so-long Rider training did start to make me lose my faith in the story, I think I didn’t start to hate it until the Dwarf political manouvers in the third book. I mean, really, Paolini? Did you seriously write all that garbage and thought it was entertaining enough to be published? It barely impacts the plot at all! As the series went on, I couldn’t help but feel that he got bored with the whole thing; hence the wasting time on useless plot points.

  47. Violet Hill on 27 March 2011, 12:39 said:

    The dwarf politics are probably the most boring thing I’ve ever read. Did you notice the super-long sentence he had in there that lasted almost an entire page?

  48. The Cat on 27 March 2011, 18:36 said:

    I didn’t, but the unsurprising ending was the worst, in my opinion. He did all that, then just confirmed 100% of his readers predictions…/certainties. Not even a REAL power struggle at the end?

    I’m only excited about one thing: big climactic battle at the end of book four to laugh at!

  49. Violet Hill on 27 March 2011, 19:09 said:

    Ooh, the big cliched battle where the Evil Bad Guys ™ are defeated by the Mary Sue Heroes ™ in the Final Battle That Will Decide The Fate Of The World ™ . . .

    I wonder how many due ex machinas CP will pull :P

  50. The Cat on 27 March 2011, 19:22 said:

    Oh, loads no doubt.

  51. Costanza on 27 March 2011, 20:01 said:

    Maybe CP will make Galbatorix the good guy all along, and it turns out that the Varden manipulated Eragon and re-wrote history to make Galbatorix look evil. Maybe the dragon riders were evil all along, and Galby was the only one brave enough to stand against them and end their reign of terror. Maybe eragon will kill him, then find out the truth and be consumed with guilt and hatred of himself. Then he’ll die in a suicidal attack on the Varden, who will now rule the world alongside the dwarves and elves and abuse humanity for years to come?

  52. Senor_Alvarez on 27 March 2011, 21:46 said:

    Unlikely. He doesn’t have enough skill or concept of reality to accept that his protagonist might not be 100% right in his convictions.

  53. Curly on 28 March 2011, 01:32 said:

    @ Costanza
    That would just be the coolest ending ever. It’s a shame it will never happen. And if he did have the imagination to actually go along with it, his fan base will go on a riot and kill everyone, which would be a shame. So in a way, he actually has nothing to benefit from by making his books better, he just needs to please his fans to make heaps of money. Which makes you wonder how he dug that kind of hole for himself in the first place…

  54. VikingBoyBilly on 30 March 2011, 13:47 said:

    I lol’d when I saw that cover art.
    Lemme get this straight:

    Book 1 – Blue dragon
    Book 2 – Red Dragon
    Book 3 – Yellow Dragon
    Book 4 – Green Dragon

    CP is so imaginative and unpredictable. He never stops pulling out these surprises!

  55. Jeni on 30 March 2011, 13:56 said:

    @Curly

    I guess it was a bit blashpemus to lob Avatar in with Inheritance too.

    Hahah. That’s just my personal preference. They may both be as superficial as the other, but at least Avatar added technologically to the cinematic world. Eragon headbutted fantasy lit.

    @Constanza

    Maybe CP will make Galbatorix the good guy all along, and it turns out that the Varden manipulated Eragon and re-wrote history to make Galbatorix look evil.

    If he did that, I would have the most enormous amount of respect for him. It would be amazing.

    CP is so imaginative and unpredictable. He never stops pulling out these surprises!

    Well, the covers were never meant to be a surprise: he’s always said that they’d be the dragons from the series. Saphira, Thorn, Glaedr and the last green dragon egg.

  56. Danielle on 30 March 2011, 15:18 said:

    Saphira, Thorn, Glaedr and the last green dragon egg.

    How many vowels do you think the last dragon will have in its name? I’m betting on one—and I think it will be an A. What do you guys think?

  57. Curly on 31 March 2011, 01:47 said:

    Well, as long as it’s not Emerala of Emeraldun I’ll be happy, because that would just be cheap. As it will obviously be a guy and be Saphira’s special friend, that would make it even more unimaginative. And if my awesome memory serves me correctly, at the start of Eragon Brom gives Eragon heaps of names of dragons. One of those, perhaps? Ahh, so much memory taken up by books, mostly HP facts. Good times.

  58. Curly on 31 March 2011, 04:39 said:

    Just remembering a thought I had a few years back, and this seems like the right place to put it out there. Does anyone reckon that the Elves’ “Oh I can’t lie in the Ancient Language” thing is incredibly similar to Aes Sedai in Robert Jordon’s Wheel of Time series? I’m sure this sort of theme is prominent in a lot of books, but still… I’m sure I can’t be the only guy to have thought this. And it’s not just the inablilty to lie part, it’s the way they twist their words and change the topic to get around their self-imposed limitations. The Elves are renowned for this, and the last time I checked, they’d never taken the Three Oaths, or even owned an Oath Rod for that matter. Huh. Plagiarism. Get into it kids.

  59. swenson on 31 March 2011, 16:53 said:

    Eridor is the fanon idea of what the third dragon’s name will be. It’s from that pile of names, so it was quite a popular theory for the last book’s title back when they were still all E-something. Would’ve been a better title than Inheritance IMO, but…

  60. Nate Winchester on 1 April 2011, 09:11 said:

    I personally am thrilled and can’t wait. I will probably end up buying 3 copies just because of how worn mine get after I’ve read this magnificent series over and over and over…

  61. Violet Hill on 1 April 2011, 16:47 said:

    Nyah! April Fools’ to you too :P

  62. Costanza on 1 April 2011, 20:26 said:

    This article needs moar Bel-Air.

    Oh this is the story all about how
    my life got flipped turned upside down.
    Now I’d like to take a minute, just sit right there,
    I’ll tell you how I became Assface McShadeslayer.

    West Alagaesia, born and raised, killing birds was how I spent most of my days.
    Wrestling young boys, not having any friends, maxin’ in the Spine outside of school.

    When a couple of Ra’zac, they were up to no good!
    Started making trouble in my neighborhood.
    I got in one little fight and Brom got scared he said:
    “Eragon, you are the last of the Jedi with a sword your father beared.”

    I trained and studied with him day after day.
    He hit me with his hard wood and he sent me on my way.
    He took an arrow to the heart and he quickly bit it.
    I creeped on an elf and said “Might as well kick it!”

    Riding on a dragon, yo this is bad!
    Drinking rabbit juice out of a champagne glass.
    Is this what the people of the Varden living like?
    Hmn, this might be alright.

    I whistled for Saphira and when she came near, there was an elf tied to her belly and a plot device in the rear!
    If anything I could say I was a Stu, but “Aw naw forget it, yo home! To Farthen Dur!”

    I pulled up to the battle ‘round 7 or 8 and I yelled to the Shade “Yo homes, smell ya later!” I looked at my kingdom, I was finally there, to kill a shitload of innocent soldiers and sit on my throne as the Prince of the Varden’s pretentious air.

  63. Violet Hill on 2 April 2011, 09:33 said:

    I just died laughing ^^

  64. Spanman on 2 April 2011, 11:50 said:

    You’re my new favorite person.

  65. RandomX2 on 2 April 2011, 16:07 said:

    ^^ Major respect for baller song

  66. Danielle on 2 April 2011, 18:51 said:

    Costanza, you win. You just….win.

  67. Costanza on 3 April 2011, 10:40 said:

    Thanks all for appreciating Bel-Air.

  68. BettyCross on 4 April 2011, 16:26 said:

    Paolini will bring the Inheritance cycle to a close when he runs out of dragon colors. As I count them, he has 3 to go: Orange, Indigo, and Violet.

  69. Violet Hill on 4 April 2011, 19:51 said:

    . . . and white. And possibly a nice seashell pink with little blue polka dots.

  70. Danielle on 5 April 2011, 01:45 said:

    I think he’s going by Hogwarts Houses.

    1. Eragon: Ravenclaw blue (ironic, since Crabbe and Goyle would beat Eragon and Saphira on their OWLs any day)
    2. Eldest: Gryffindor red (again, ironic, since Murtaugh and Thorn basically become Death Eaters)
    3. Brisingr: Hufflepuff yellow (once again ironic because if anything, the elves are a bunch of tree-dwelling jingoists who wouldn’t be caught DEAD saying “I’ll teach the lot and treat them all the same”)
    4. Inheritance: Slytherin green (I await the irony with bated breath and a glass of pumpkin juice)

  71. Violet Hill on 5 April 2011, 20:58 said:

    ^ Oh the irony, it BURNS!!!

  72. SlyShy on 6 April 2011, 10:57 said:

    Danielle, I’m not I would all that irony. In any case, Crabbe and Goyle are from Slytherin, so what do they even have to do with Ravenclaw?

  73. Moggo on 6 April 2011, 12:02 said:

    I think she meant to say that since Eragon and Saphira are stupider than Crabe and Goyle (who are…well.), they are certainly not Ravenclaw material, hence the irony. Or at least that was what I understood from it.

  74. Danielle on 6 April 2011, 12:47 said:

    I think she meant to say that since Eragon and Saphira are stupider than Crabe and Goyle (who are…well.), they are certainly not Ravenclaw material, hence the irony. Or at least that was what I understood from it.

    ^^That’s what I meant. Ravenclaw is supposed to be the “smart” House, and since Eragon and Saphira are anything but…well…

  75. Moggo on 6 April 2011, 16:05 said:

    Okay, then. In all truth, I don’t hate these books. I just find them sort of boring. Dunno if I’ll pick up the fourth one when it comes out.

  76. Jeni on 6 April 2011, 16:47 said:

    In all truth, I don’t hate these books. I just find them sort of boring.

    I gave up actively hating a while ago. Now I passively dislike them, which is a fancy way of saying I’m lazy.

  77. Curly on 8 April 2011, 02:35 said:

    I came to Brisingr with low expectations. And the thing that irked me was the thing about true names changing or whatever it was. When Murtagh asked Eragon why he didn’t tell him about all this at the back of Eldest, he says he was “too confused at the time.” Yeah. Either Paolini a) forgot about it during Eldest, b) just thought of it during Brisingr and clumsily shoehorned it in, or 3) This was his plan all along and he has no idea how to write a book. If he does this in Inheritance, heads are going to roll.

  78. BettyCross on 17 April 2011, 10:23 said:

    Paolini isn’t a kid any more. He’s 27. His recent work can’t possibly be explained by not going to high school with other kids. Did he go to college anyplace? I found on the Net that he was offered a scholarship to Reed College but declined it and went on tour for his book instead. Other than that, I can’t find any evidence that he ever went to college.

    So, does anybody know if Paolini went to college? The social experience of meeting other kids his own age would have been beneficial to his writing, once he got past the initial shock of hearing, “Yo, Dude, your novel sucks!”

  79. Violet Hill on 17 April 2011, 12:23 said:

    I don’t believe he went to college—once he declined the scholarship to Reed College, he got caught up in writing his books, promoting his books, etc. and never went back.

    But yes, meeting other kids his age and gleaning their opinions would have helped tremendously.

  80. Danielle on 17 April 2011, 20:27 said:

    But yes, meeting other kids his age and gleaning their opinions would have helped tremendously.

    Not to mention the classes! I’m a junior, and so far I’ve taken some classes that have had a tremendous (and positive) impact on my writing. For example…

    Classics in Literature: This was devoted to ancient literature—we read portions of Gilgamesh, the Iliad, the Bible, and plays like Medea and Agamemnon. Just seeing the writing from these ancient cultures—and how they impact our modern storytelling—was incredible.

    Critical Thinking: Okay, maybe I just liked this class because the prof used clips from Monty Python as illustrations. But they made me laugh, and there’s a wealth of inspiration to be had in that.

    War in Society: This was probably the most fascinating class I’ve taken so far. The focus was on “war and its interrelationship with Western society,” but it also covered the grand strategies of several major wars (especially WWII) and gave a brief overview of weapons used in different time periods. Had Paolini taken this class, I think his battle scenes would have improved tremendously.

    And that’s just a sampling. Combine that with all the different people he’d meet at college, and I think it’s clear that Paolini would benefit.

  81. Violet Hill on 18 April 2011, 17:30 said:

    They used MONTY PYTHON CLIPS?! =O

  82. Jeni on 18 April 2011, 17:54 said:

    Guys, may I remind you that we are here to critique CP’s writing, not his life.

    While his upbringing has impacted on his writing style, it is not our place to criticise or investigate solely that. We do not know him or his family.

    Besides, university is not for everyone. It is not necessarily a life changing experience, and not everyone would benefit from going. To assume so is to ignore other life experiences and dabble in pretentiousness.

    To put it bluntly: “Who gives a shit?”

  83. Danielle on 18 April 2011, 17:54 said:

    It was a logic class, so he used the witch-burning scene (“If she weighs as much as a duck….that means she’s made of wood…which means she’s A WITCH!”) as an example of different logical fallacies. Actually, most of the Monty Python clips he showed us were examples of logical fallacies.

  84. swenson on 18 April 2011, 19:34 said:

    Haha, we watched that scene in my English class! In that case, though, the teacher really just wanted to watch Monty Python, although he claimed we were learning about logic and the importance of religion (and blind devotion to it) in early England.

  85. vikingboybilly on 3 May 2011, 08:23 said:

    College is overrated.
    The strangers you meet there aren’t some ‘life changing experience’, and the classes are… well, they’re good, I guess, as far as learning goes.

    I never read any of CP’s books. Not a single page. I just enjoy listening to the rants and criticisms against him.

  86. BettyCross on 1 June 2011, 15:12 said:

    Paolini revealed an except from Volume 4 at a recent book fair. Here’s the link:

    http://shurtugal.com/2011/05/25/exclusive-reveal-of-new-chapter-from-book-4-into-the-breach/

    The sound was stabbing, slicing, shivering, like metal scraping against stone. Eragon’s teeth vibrated in sympathy …

    Eragon’s teeth are getting loose. I recommend gum surgery.

  87. Cp boi 27 on 17 June 2011, 02:08 said:

    Maybe u could talk shot about paolinis writing once u cum out w a book that sells as gud, othrwise #hatersgunnahate?

  88. BettyCross on 17 June 2011, 10:39 said:

    CP is so imaginative and unpredictable. He never stops pulling out these surprises!

    My teeth vibrate in sympathy with this remark.

  89. TheArmada on 21 July 2011, 17:47 said:

    Eragon’s not going to give us an ending. His purple prose will just go on and on and on and on and on until we get a little note mocking us for spending hard earned money on these books.

  90. Jeni on 21 July 2011, 18:37 said:

    until we get a little note mocking us for spending hard earned money on these books

    Joke’s on him! My money’s not hard earned!

  91. Fell_Blade on 29 July 2011, 10:51 said:

    Did anyone beside me cringe at the “prophecy” in Eragon that basically said Eragon would have to leave Alagaesia in Frodo-like fashion? Of all the cliche’s that he used/borrowed/stole, this one is the worst to me because it robs from what was (in Return of the King) a unique and wonderfully crafted ending.

    Here’s hoping Angela’s fortune-telling was screwed up on that point and she misread something. That would make the ending of book 4 at least semi-interesting.

  92. Sum Mortis on 3 August 2011, 16:43 said:

    @Fell_Blade

    I actually think that is the best way for him to salvage the story. Angela is not a god or immortal (or is she?), so she can make mistakes too.

    An easy way to do this would be for her to read his future again, and for it to have changed because of some choices he made or something like that.I think the prophecy/dream is probably one of the biggest drawbacks of the books- he wrote in the ending from the middle of the 1st book.

    Because the original plot is actually not bad, there are still plenty of ways for Paolini to surprise everyone and pull out a good or just unpredictable ending, but I dont think he has it in him.

  93. BettyCross on 3 August 2011, 18:37 said:

    I think the prophecy/dream is probably one of the biggest drawbacks of the books- he wrote in the ending from the middle of the 1st book.

    Prophecy is a tricky thing to use in fiction. You run the risk of telegraphing the ending. The only way to make it work is to have somebody work hard to defy the prophecy, only to have it come true anyway, by an unanticipated chain of causation.

  94. BettyCross on 3 August 2011, 18:38 said:

    An easy way to do this would be for her to read his future again, and for it to have changed because of some choices he made or something like that.

    I agree. Or to quote one of Yoda’s better lines: “Always in motion the future is.”

  95. Fell Blade on 17 August 2011, 08:31 said:

    @ BettyCross, Or write the prophecy in such a way that it doesn’t even make any sense until you get to the end and look back. But that takes some real skill.

  96. BettyCross on 17 August 2011, 08:40 said:

    Or write the prophecy in such a way that it doesn’t even make any sense until you get to the end and look back. But that takes some real skill.

    Writing fiction is hard enough without basing the plot on a prophecy, with all the special problems that includes.

  97. Steph (what is left) on 19 August 2011, 02:23 said:

    heh, just write the prophecy later. …that’s not cheating, is it?

    The only way to make it work is to have somebody work hard to defy the prophecy, only to have it come true anyway, by an unanticipated chain of causation.

    Or the prophecy turns out to be describing something else.

  98. Sum Mortis on 29 August 2011, 02:19 said:

    I really dont think this book will get anywhere near the sales or “popularity” that his earlier books did.

    His age card is totally and finally gone, meaning that hopefully people will actually start criticizing his writing now.

    Even more then that, though, is that the huge amount of fanboys and trolls that were so dominant a few years ago seem to have largely evaporated. I go over to Shurtugal.com periodically just to see what kind of random ideas they come up with, but every time I do, I am shocked to find just how little a lot of them seem to like him.

    His clicheness and lack of originality is brought up quite often, and many people on there hate his Eragon+Arya thing. One of the moderators even said something like- “If Paolini was good, he would do such and such”. There are still some fanboys, but I think the kids of 5 or 6 years ago who grew up reading and admiring Eragon and even Eldest have moved on.

  99. Jack Mynock on 1 September 2011, 18:28 said:

    I’ll have to read this as well since I’ve read the others, and if nothing else I owe it to the awfulness of the series for leading me to search out reviews which led me to the “trainwreck/10” review on this site. That was the first time I’d ever been here.

    I’m also genuinely curious how it all ends. I assume Murtagh (spelling?) will save Eragon’s ass by tossing Galbatorix down a mine shaft or something.

    I have little hope that the book will be an improvement over the previous entries, despite Paolini’s increased experience. In my opinion each novel has been worse than the one before—though I admit this may be due to my knowledge of storycraft increasing between each entry. Brisingr had few redeeming qualities, so maybe we’ll be lucky and Inheritance will finally cross that threshold where a thing becomes so bad that it’s good.

  100. Jeni on 1 September 2011, 19:04 said:

    I’m also genuinely curious how it all ends

    Same, actually. I think CP is trying to inject some originality in the series now, so I’m interested to see what he will do with it.

    I have little hope that the book will be an improvement over the previous entries, despite Paolini’s increased experience. In my opinion each novel has been worse than the one before

    I rather disagree, I think there might be some hope, because, imo, despite Brisingr being somewhat dry, there were times I caught myself enjoying it. Eldest, he didn’t try at all and was riding off his success of Eragon.