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11 August 2016 @ 12:44 pm
The Rock of Kuthian

FINALLY onto the rock. Which I’ve totally forgotten the purpose of. Anyway, Eragon wastes about a half hour casting spells trying to find any magic that could harm him. Detect magic is an awesome spell. Detect harmful magic should be an easy enough spell. Perhaps it’s a bit too broad and take up too much energy, but I’m not exactly sure what else he’d be looking for. Like what spells would he be casting in looking for bad things besides, like “Detect harmful magic”. But it sounds cool. Shows that he’s being cautious.

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25 June 2016 @ 04:28 pm
Snalglí for two

Right so, useless chapter is useless.

Eragon wakes up in the afternoon and gets weird about Saphira’s consciousness. Describing it like a “flame that had dimmed until it was little more than a smoldering coal, a coal that might just as easily go out as flame up again”. Which sounds more like someone in a coma than a sleep. Sleeping minds are still active after all. (We’re just going to ignore the bit about how it’s fire that dims and becomes coals, not flames). The thoughts remind him of death so he stops thinking them.

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15 June 2016 @ 09:46 am
Amid the Ruins

Eragon and Saphira finally get to Vroengard Island. Remember that? Remember they exist? And finally they get to the city of Doru Araeba. It’s really big. Some buildings are as big as Carvahall - the village where Eragon grew up. “Every door was like the mouth to a vast, unexplored cavern. Every window was as tall and wide as a castle gate, and every wall was a sheer cliff.” Now the weird nitpicky part of me is like “Well, cavern mouths to vast caverns aren’t always really big…” but I know what he means. It’s actually a somewhat decent description. The architecture reminds Eragon of the houses in the Palancar Valley and that’s where the earliest humans came from.

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13 May 2016 @ 08:07 pm
I do apologize for how long it's taking for me to put these things up but GOD it's a boring read. (But yes, I want to finish this) Also, I've been working on penguins. Etsy shop selling them. And the penguin comic which I need to find a better place for.

Maybe wordpress.

ANYWAY... here onto the chapter.

Burrow Grubs

Our chapter begins with a telling of Nausada’s escape attempt after she got the spoon. This actually starts after it happened so we’re told, as just mentioned, exactly how she escaped and we know she was captured, so there goes any sort of tension.

Using her spoon (SPOON!) she filed it away to a sharp pointy bit for hours. Apparently she was hoping to use the spoon on Murtagh or Galbatorix at least that’s what it sounded like but instead her jailer shows up and she stabs him as soon as she’s able, right under the chin. Which leads to a rather ridiculous death scene:

The man squealed, a horrible, high-pitched sound that reminded her of a pig at slaughter, and spun thrice around, flailing his arms, then fell to the floor, where he lay thrashing and frothing and drumming his his heels for what seemed an unreasonably long time

For some reason the guards don’t hear things.

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12 February 2016 @ 01:53 pm
A Crown of Ice and Snow

Okay, this description, right off the bat, is a bit ridiculous: “When the first pale rays of light streaked across the surface of the dimple sea, illuminating the crests of the translucent waves - which glittered as if carved from crystal…” That bit about being carved from crystal is extraneous for starters. And waves from a height never look translucent to me - but that’s just me. Dimples is just silly. It makes me think of pimples on a teeanger’s face. Other people’s views might very.

Anyway, because they were dipshi…

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10 January 2016 @ 05:26 pm
Small Rebellions

We’re still with Nasuada.

Make her go away.

She wants Murtagh to come back to free her from her agony…

Instead we get her jailer.

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22 December 2015 @ 09:53 pm
The sound of his voice, the touch of his hand

There’s one big thing that annoys me about this chapter. The most interesting thing happens at the end and we’re just told about it, not shown. It could just be because I find Murtagh more interesting than some of the other characters, but still.this chapter could have been much better handled if it dealt with this last big instead of what I had to read.

What we get is Galbatorix torturing Nasuada. It seems like he’s making up for all that not evil shit he did in the previous three books by being horribly evil in this book. And really, I can’t very much defend my stance on him not being evil here and instead can only complain about how cliched evil he’s being here. He’s so evil that he’s making other people do his evil for him! In this case it’s Murtagh.

Poor baby.

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02 November 2015 @ 10:04 am
The Wings of a Dragon

This chapter is Eragon, Saphira and Glaedr flying off to find the Vault of Souls.

Now the interesting thing here is that Glaedr is coming with them even though he can’t remember why they’re going to this place they’re going because of that spell. Glaedr did volunteer to go, but I’m just wondering why he’s not saying every so often “Where are we going?” Admittedly Glaedr has been quiet for a good part of the trip, but whatever.

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07 September 2015 @ 05:49 pm
The Torment of Uncertainty and The Hall of the Soothsayer

Two Nasuada chapters for the price of one! Yay?

“Nasuada opened her eyes”. Great opening to the chapter.

She is tie to a flat, cold, smooth and hard surface. She is also in a room with some really interesting designs on the ceiling. However, I’m not exactly sure how she’s able to see them. Especially in such detail. Including the fact that the colors are red, blue and gold. Why? Because it’s very dark in the room.

First of all the tiles covered the dark vaulted ceiling and the little bit of light here is barely bright enough to show the size and shape of the room. The ceiling is dark. The corners are dark. Everything is dark. And as far as we know, Nasuada doesn’t have any low light vision to help her see things better. Yet she could still see those intricate patterns. Why? Because Paolini wanted to have the room be visually interesting and needed to describe it… damn be the fact she wouldn’t be able to see it!
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31 August 2015 @ 01:30 pm

Well, in this chapter we learn that Eragon has good ideas and bad ideas.

He’s getting ready to secretly fly out to the mystical magical dragon city that no one remembers and so he needs to tell people that he’s going. Apparently he needs to tell a lot of people that he’s going because they’ll notice he’s gone. He tells the elves because they’ll need to create a fake Eragon and Saphira. He tells all his guards because … they won’t be guarding him. He tells the other leaders because they’re the other leaders. The way he supposedly gets around the people possibly talking about him not being there is by making all these people swear an oath of secrecy in the ancient language.

Which is all well and good except for one, small tiny itsy-bitsy problem: Other people have probably heard what Eragon has been saying. Common soldiers, washerwomen, pages, nameless NPCs that are all over the place. After all we know from previous chapters that the tent walls are very thin - Eragon did hear some soldiers talking about him without them realizing he heard them, so what would stop others from hearing him - especially when he said it loud enough that the entire group of his guards could hear it in front of his tent.

But this is clearly something that doesn’t matter to Eragon because they are just nameless NPCs doomed to existing in the background and thus not real people. He’s talked to all the real people that matter - the named PCs and NPCs - the Nighthawks count as named NPCs because they’re “the Nighthawks” even if individuals aren’t recognized by any sort of name. He doesn’t have to worry about these non-entity NPCs because they’re just painted figures in the matt background or computer generated canon fodder.

Other than that, this was a PERFECT plan.

Beyond, you know, telling a lot of people your secret plans…

Next chapter - Nausada!