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Inheritance: A Progress Report

10 Mar

My current reading situation is one that I am entirely new to. Going back into my January archives, you’ll find references to my failed attempts to read Christopher Paolini’s Inheritance at a somewhat decent pace. Any reasonable person would assume that by now I have either given up or finished and forgotten to write a review.

I am still reading it, and just approaching the halfway point. This may well be considered an abomination to reader-kind, an act of blasphemy against the reputation of a bibliophile. I must assure you that I have conquered books just as formidable as Paolini’s work in a much shorter time. What is it about Inheritance that is making it so difficult to read?

My first theory is that it has been such a long time since I read the first three books in the Inheritance Cycle that I have ceased to care about the characters or the story. Correct me if I’m wrong–actually, don’t, because even as slow as this reading process is going, I don’t want spoilers–but I have a sneaking suspicion that our hero, Eragon, will triumph, and I’m just following him on his arduous journey to success. As I continue reading, though, I’m getting more and more intrigued as to how this is all going to turn out. Nevertheless, I don’t have the deeply personal interest in the characters’ well-being as I did a few years ago.

Secondly, the plot has taken a good deal of time in building and laying out a framework for how the rest of the novel is going to go. The action is really starting to take off now and I find myself reading more and more every day. Maybe this long, foot-dragging reading experience will end now and I can finish off Inheritance within the week.

Either way, my preliminary assessment of the book so far is overall good–not fantastic, but good. Readers looking for a rollicking thriller from page one may want to avoid it. There have been lots of plot elements left hanging that need to be finalized, and I’m curious to see how Paolini does it.

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Posted by on March 10, 2012 in Book Rambles

 

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4 responses to “Inheritance: A Progress Report

  1. Liam, Head Phil

    March 10, 2012 at 10:08 AM

    I’m curious to see your review, and I’ll leave all my comments on this post that might hurt your enjoyment of the book until then.

     
    • Allegra Davis

      March 11, 2012 at 3:44 PM

      I’ll try to read a bit faster, then. 🙂 Thanks for withholding spoilers.

       
  2. Tayqlor

    March 10, 2012 at 7:45 PM

    When you’re done, make sure to look in the Acknowledgments in the back of the book if you want to know more about Angela. 🙂

     
    • Allegra Davis

      March 11, 2012 at 3:45 PM

      Ooh, sounds interesting! I admit I am a bit curious about Angela. Thanks for the pointer–I’ll be sure to check it out once I’m finished.

       

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