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(CNN)   Twenty-four-year-old author of "Eragon" still lives with his parents, and spends his free time making chain mail armor. "His chalky skin betrays the significant time he spends indoors"   (cnn.com) divider line 72
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2008-09-23 08:24:15 PM
I'm surprised he hasn't set off on a difficult journey across strange lands.

Oh, I guess he does do book tours.
 
2008-09-23 08:29:21 PM
So which Star Wars movie is his next book going to poorly copy from?
 
2008-09-23 08:33:07 PM
I tried to read Eragon. It was written about as poorly as a 15-year-old would write fan-fiction or an epilogue to the seventh book of a fantasy series.
 
2008-09-23 08:45:43 PM
UNC_Samurai: I tried to read Eragon. It was written about as poorly as a 15-year-old would write fan-fiction or an epilogue to the seventh book of a fantasy series.

Yeah. But now he's rich.
 
2008-09-23 08:48:01 PM
Wow, a fantasy nerd who doesn't leave the basement of his parents house? Somebody call the press corps. Oh, they already did? Well, somebody invite him to Fark, where the rest of us hang out.
 
2008-09-23 08:48:09 PM
UNC_Samurai: I tried to read Eragon. It was written about as poorly as a 15-year-old would write fan-fiction or an epilogue to the seventh book of a fantasy series.

I was stuck in an airport once and there was a copy of Eragon there so I started reading it. Once you got into the middle of the book it wasn't so bad. The second book was way better.

It's not among my top 20 book series but it's a nice, easy, enjoyable read. Sometimes you just want a book that entertained you for a few days at the beach. Not every book has to be a masterpiece.
 
2008-09-23 08:51:58 PM
It's a good series as far as the magic system and the premise, but it does read like a children's book.

If you take it at that it's not a bad read.

Now if you want mind-numbingly good fantasy, read Steven Erikson's Tales of the Malazan Empire.
 
2008-09-23 08:53:30 PM
p.s. Not to threadjack or anything, but I firmly believe that any parent that home schools their kid and pushes them through high school by the age of 15 is a douchebag.

Regardless of how successful he is, he hasn't really lived.
 
2008-09-23 08:53:52 PM
It sounds like they have a rather large house and he has an entire section to himself.

As long as he's happy, I'm not going to judge.

It's not like his parents own a 3 bedroom house and he lives in the basement or something.
 
2008-09-23 08:57:08 PM
This just in: Home-schooled kids have overactive fantasy lives, and are awesome at spelling bees.

They also panic in the presence of strangers.
 
2008-09-23 08:57:45 PM
ereiv: UNC_Samurai: I tried to read Eragon. It was written about as poorly as a 15-year-old would write fan-fiction or an epilogue to the seventh book of a fantasy series.

Yeah. But now he's rich.


if an idiot like that can do it, then I'd better get the hell off my lazy ass and finish my damn book.

which, I grant you, has completely changed genres and storylines 4 times now.

eventually it'll click. I swear.
 
2008-09-23 08:59:43 PM
Confabulat: This just in: Home-schooled kids have overactive fantasy lives, and are awesome at spelling bees.

They also panic in the presence of strangers.


they're also millionaires and make their own chainmail. Chainmail I can make, best selling books, not so much.

Go ahead and make fun of the guy if you want, but he's living a gamer's dream life. GOD, if I could only do that. have millions in the bank and get paid to turn my ideas into books? sign me up!
 
2008-09-23 09:02:20 PM
Weaver95: ereiv: UNC_Samurai: I tried to read Eragon. It was written about as poorly as a 15-year-old would write fan-fiction or an epilogue to the seventh book of a fantasy series.

Yeah. But now he's rich.

if an idiot like that can do it, then I'd better get the hell off my lazy ass and finish my damn book.

which, I grant you, has completely changed genres and storylines 4 times now.

eventually it'll click. I swear.


Well, it can't be any worse than the vampire books that have been all the rage lately.

My girlfriend is always talking about how awful those books are written. Supposedly it's on about the same level as fan fiction.
 
2008-09-23 09:02:36 PM
Weaver95: they're also millionaires and make their own chainmail

Nah, just this one home-schooled kid. The rest are destined to spend their waning years in psychiatric homes, endlessly spelling every word spoken to them.
 
kth
2008-09-23 09:02:53 PM
I read these because my nephew wanted to know whether I thought he'd enjoy them. They aren't bad. You can tell he's not very old, especially in the first book.

I did like the third book though. Finished it last night.
 
2008-09-23 09:06:39 PM
Bondidude: Well, it can't be any worse than the vampire books that have been all the rage lately.

My girlfriend is always talking about how awful those books are written. Supposedly it's on about the same level as fan fiction.


i'm fascinated by science fiction. conspiracy theory as well, but I suck at intrigue. Part of my problem is that I start out trying to write 'serious' and it always ends up with my reader falling off their chair laughing at jokes I hadn't even realized I put into the text.

so i'm thinking I have to change my goals. apparently I want to write comedy. Which is odd, since I don't think of myself as a comedian. Then again, if I have a 'talent' it has to be the ability to recognize the surreal when I see it in plain sight, then write about what I see.
 
2008-09-23 09:06:47 PM
I came to say that I have not read the books, but the movie sucked ass.
 
2008-09-23 09:07:09 PM
RichieLaw:
Now if you want mind-numbingly good fantasy, read Steven Erikson's Tales of the Malazan Empire.



This is my obsessively favorite fantasy series (I reread the books quite regularly), but I'll have to add that Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss is the best first book I've read since Gardens of the Moon. It's friggin' beautiful.
 
2008-09-23 09:08:20 PM
When Christopher Paolini enters the pine forests of the rugged Absaroka mountains, he passes into the fantasy world of Alagaesia -- the setting of his popular "Inheritance" series of children's books.

"That's Emigrant Peak. I climbed that one," Paolini says, pointing to a triangular spire.


Sounds like he gets out occasionally.
 
2008-09-23 09:08:20 PM
Aren't his parents publishers?
 
2008-09-23 09:09:10 PM
kmmontandon: RichieLaw:
Now if you want mind-numbingly good fantasy, read Steven Erikson's Tales of the Malazan Empire.


This is my obsessively favorite fantasy series (I reread the books quite regularly), but I'll have to add that Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss is the best first book I've read since Gardens of the Moon. It's friggin' beautiful.


I'd have to say that one 'victorian fantasy/sci-fi' book that utterly, completely and totally blew my mind was 'The Anubis Gates' by Tim Powers. you have to read it twice to realize how well written it is, because you'll miss the subtle points on the first read.
 
2008-09-23 09:09:46 PM
magical_mystery_meat: Aren't his parents publishers?

well that would certainly help, now wouldn't it?
 
2008-09-23 09:13:40 PM
Looking old for 24. Is it just me?
 
2008-09-23 09:16:03 PM
I passed on the books. Tried to watch the movie, but after about fifteen minutes I got bored and turned on the Golf channel.



Weaver95

I'd have to say that one 'victorian fantasy/sci-fi' book that utterly, completely and totally blew my mind was 'The Anubis Gates' by Tim Powers.

I was blown away by The Stress of Her Regard. Powers is one of the most under-rated writers alive today. Other than me, of course.
 
2008-09-23 09:20:00 PM
Sounds like he ripped off Anne McCaffrey.

i300.photobucket.com

Done with that in 4th grade. But I still bought the paperback omnibus.
 
2008-09-23 09:20:42 PM
magical_mystery_meat: Aren't his parents publishers?

Yes. As were Bret Easton Ellis'. Nice to have contacts eh?
 
2008-09-23 09:22:45 PM
Bag of Hammers: magical_mystery_meat: Aren't his parents publishers?

Yes. As were Bret Easton Ellis'. Nice to have contacts eh?


I was going to make a comment along the lines of "at least Ellis has talent" but a) I've never read an Eragon book and b) I just finished reading American Psycho and I'm not so sure that he didn't do anything but take the unreliable narrator to its academic extreme.
 
2008-09-23 09:23:27 PM
magical_mystery_meat: Aren't his parents publishers?

His parents used to be members of the huge cult that made the Paradise Valley its home. They became critical of it though, and for a while were "deprogrammers", they would essentially kidnap cult members at the request of their families and try to break them out of it. This kid would have had a crazy strange life even without the writing.
 
2008-09-23 09:26:12 PM
I'd still take his virginity.
 
2008-09-23 09:27:01 PM
McLovin?
 
2008-09-23 09:28:01 PM
More evidence that people who create cool shiat are not by association cool themselves.
 
2008-09-23 09:29:33 PM
oldebayer: I passed on the books. Tried to watch the movie, but after about fifteen minutes I got bored and turned on the Golf channel.



Weaver95

I'd have to say that one 'victorian fantasy/sci-fi' book that utterly, completely and totally blew my mind was 'The Anubis Gates' by Tim Powers.

I was blown away by The Stress of Her Regard. Powers is one of the most under-rated writers alive today. Other than me, of course.


Anubis Gates had it all though - secret societies, ancient egyptian liches, beggar guilds and strange magic. What got me was how the author tied up every last paradox at the end of the novel.
 
2008-09-23 09:31:20 PM
kmmontandon: So which Star Wars movie is his next book going to poorly copy from?

This. and the licenses (movie, video game) are worse.


/spent months working on the Eragon game.
//would slap Paolini for it.
 
2008-09-23 09:31:26 PM
Lexx: More evidence that people who create cool shiat are not by association cool themselves.

I've met terry pratchett. he breaks that 'rule'. Then again, he never DID have much use for rules. He did not speak in all capital letters however, which would have still been cool, but not in the way that you might have thought.
 
2008-09-23 09:33:13 PM
I had a roommate who listened to Eragon, on tape. We went on a road trip and I fell asleep. All the time I'm resting, all I could hear was "THE SLAVES."

when I woke up, I turned the damn thing off.

/never want to be near that fine work again.
/he's rich girls
/assuming he likes women, like that
 
2008-09-23 09:37:04 PM
H_is_for_Heretic: Sounds like he ripped off Anne McCaffrey.



Done with that in 4th grade. But I still bought the paperback omnibus.


Done with that in the 4th grade? Then you didn't get most of it. Unless you were the most socially aware 4th grader ever.
 
2008-09-23 09:45:36 PM
Hebalo: H_is_for_Heretic: Sounds like he ripped off Anne McCaffrey.



Done with that in 4th grade. But I still bought the paperback omnibus.

Done with that in the 4th grade? Then you didn't get most of it. Unless you were the most socially aware 4th grader ever.


I got the rough sex and the settler/pilgrim motif. If I remember correctly. Perhaps I'll give them a re-read soon.
 
2008-09-23 09:45:41 PM
i239.photobucket.com
 
2008-09-23 09:47:18 PM
"The writing was okay, I guess. But I couldn't take it anymore after Harry returned from his first run-in with the Dementors to find the Ring Wraiths had burned the Lars Homestead. "

From the Ingeritance cycle page of TV TROPES.

/me spent many a fine workday there
 
2008-09-23 09:50:08 PM
kth: I did like the third book though. Finished it last night.

Really? I mean, it was alright, but it seemed like he was forcing the writing style, and it started distracting me from the story. However, I actually didn't mind the writing style of the first book, and it definitely solidified in the second.

I'm glad he's living in his basement. He should be locked in there until he finishes the story. ;p

/re-reading the series again now that I've read "Brisingr".
//It's interesting re-reading the first book after some of the revelations from the 3rd
 
2008-09-23 09:51:34 PM
I'd say "...all the way to the bank," but mommy and daddy were the only reason he got to the bank in the first place.
 
2008-09-23 10:02:43 PM
Weaver95: Go ahead and make fun of the guy if you want, but he's living a gamer's dream life. GOD, if I could only do that. have millions in the bank and get paid to turn my ideas into books? sign me up!

You don't need to White Knight this kid, Weaver ... he makes his own chain mail.
 
2008-09-23 10:03:28 PM
Meat's dream: His parents used to be members of the huge cult that made the Paradise Valley its home. They became critical of it though, and for a while were "deprogrammers", they would essentially kidnap cult members at the request of their families and try to break them out of it. This kid would have had a crazy strange life even without the writing.

That's what I thought. They were some 80s nuclear doomsday cult as I vaguely remember from reading about this kid some years ago. No wonder the kid is attracted to fantasy.
 
2008-09-23 10:04:00 PM
If this is a Book thread, allow me to recommend "The Blade Itself" by Joe Abercrombie.

The characters and storyline were great, all three parts are already on the shelves, but it was really the craftsmanship of the story that impressed me.
 
2008-09-23 10:06:17 PM
Confabulat: They also panic in the presence of strangers.

If you read the article it sounds like he really doesn't. Kids like him in a regular public school, they end up panicking in the presence of small birds and gerbils. Fair play to him, kinda weird but he's done better than any of us lot (unless Wil's in the thread and even then it's a matter of debate).
 
2008-09-23 10:18:03 PM
H_is_for_Heretic: Sounds like he ripped off Anne McCaffrey.



Done with that in 4th grade. But I still bought the paperback omnibus.


I assumed it was Panzer Dragoon the video game back in 1995
 
2008-09-23 10:26:28 PM
RichieLaw: It's a good series as far as the magic system and the premise, but it does read like a children's book.

If you take it at that it's not a bad read.

Now if you want mind-numbingly good fantasy, read Steven Erikson's Tales of the Malazan Empire.


He wrote it when he was 15. Let's see...15...hmmm...getting stoned...hanging out at 7-11...getting stoned...
 
2008-09-23 10:26:48 PM
Arthur the Sandwich Maker: If you read the article it sounds like he really doesn't.

If you read the article, he SAYS he doesn't have problems with other people. He just lives with his parents, rarely goes outside, etc., etc...
 
2008-09-23 10:31:51 PM
Twenty-four-year-old author of "Eragon" still lives with his parents, and spends his free time making chain mail armor. "His chalky skin betrays the significant time he spends indoors

What's his Fark handle?
 
2008-09-23 10:34:24 PM
Jakevol2: What's his Fark handle?

NO! Keep this kid away from Fark. Especially TotalFark. If he gets on here, he'll never finish the story. :(
 
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