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What are we knowing?

Who knows.

Knowing that this book will never end?

What we get is some lovely telling. No really. We’re told that Eragon asks after her and that she answers briefly. Really. That’s pretty much it almost word for word. With all the other expositing and rambling Paolini does in this book, a brief exchange between two main characters right before they spar is too much? How does Eragon greet her? The text says, “as he had done every day since arriving at the city”.




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Oh. Gosh! New Chapter of the Inheritance Critique is up!

What? Over a year later, I return!


It's right here, you'all

In other news they've given my book the title: "The Tropes of Fantasy Fiction". Which is terribly boring, but at this point, I don't really care.
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Not a full analysis but some quick notes I've had while reading it.

Saphira and her missing scale.

This is the funniest line so far in the book: Reaching out, he traced the diamond-shaped hole on the left side of her snout, where the object of her consternation had so recently been ensconced. Also, how it is an inch deep? Those are some big and deep scales, possibly heavy too. I don't think scales work like that, but I'm not sure and too lazy to double check.

Also, Eragon, why are you wasting magical energy to create a ward for such a tiny space?

They're bored.

I'm bored.

The siege is going well - for the other guys. As the Varden appear to be running low on food. Wait... here they mentioned the fact that armies will take food the surrounding areas like locusts but the one with Roran didn't touch any of the estates!? I'm not sure who the idiot is any more.

Elva tells Nasuada to fuck off instead of helping her. Good for her.

And then we get to king Orik who is making a ball of mud. Apparently he has nothing to do since his army is just sitting around. And I'm like, really? You're king of an entire dwarf nation and you've got nothing to do!? Everything is done? Just because you're waiting for a battle, doesn't mean that you still don't have kingly duties to do.

I can't say that I've ever seen a king in any story I've read that's not been terribly busy unless they've got an evil vizier working for them. Being king means being busy all the time. There should be constant reports from his home, taxes, rulings, petitions. Even if he's not at home things still need his attention.

Kings, like all leaders, are always busy. It's the price they pay for being leaders.

No, the entire reason why Orik is just sitting out there is because Paolini wanted to have him making this ball of mud. It should have been character development, but it just feels shoved in and so wrapped up with the ball of mud - which in other circumstances could be interesting.

No. Wait. It is character development. We've just learned that Orik is a bad king. He doesn't think that there's anything for him to do because the army isn't going into battle. It's not the character development that Paolini wanted, I'm sure, but it is character development. After all, everything a character does develops them.
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I have my own physical copy of Inheritance now!

I just realized that I'm only on page 190 out of over 800 pages.

Gahfh.
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Dust and Ashes


The Varden get out of the gate area and no one seems to notice they’re there in the early morning hours. Apparently the guards in the gate didn’t ring the alarm to alert the rest of the city. Why? Because if they did, Roran’s plan wouldn’t work. I mean, you would think they’d have some sort of alarm for the city gates being breached. As that’s a pretty big thing. Even just runners or something. Especially if the gates are being attacked!

But, no, it’s quiet. And High above gleamed a lone wandering star, a furtive spark in the brightening blue mantle, where the sun's growing radiance had obscured all of the other nighttime jewels" Which is … I believe a very frilly way to say, “Roran saw a star in the sky”.

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A flour made of flame

This is going to be a bad pun as you’ll see. Which I object to strenuously.

Anyway, Roran and Baldor are riding off to the mills for Roran’s Serkit Plan. Behind them are six hundred and fifty men walking. He and Baldor are discussing Baldor’s new baby sister that Eragon Saved from a harelip. It’s a nice bit of sort of character development for Baldor but I’m rather distracted by other things. 1. When Roran gets off his horse someone takes it back to camp. Why did he ride it there in the first place? Especially if everyone else is walking. 2. Why hasn’t anyone noticed this? I mean from the city. Six hundred people walking towards something is pretty suspicious. Six hundred and fifty people walking towards something when they’re the enemy is even more suspicious. Especially if they’re going towards the mills! But the guards at this place aren’t very good at their job as we’ll see as well.

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A Toss of the Bones

And we’re back to Roran. Woo... Have you missed him? I haven’t.

A sentinel comes running up to Roran and others saying that “the” gates are opening. Well the gates closest to them. Roran goes to take a look and yes several hundred horsemen are coming out of the gates and heading right for them. :O Roran is worried, of course, because they’ll overrun his camp as he only has a hundred and fifty people left in camp the rest are off doing Stuff. Roran’s buddies and Brigman, run up weapons in hand and then at the same time Carn is putting on a mail shirt. So he’s doing it with weapons in his hands? Because he’s got weapons in his hands. Maybe he’s juggling them? Tossing one up as he puts an arm through a sleeve?

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kippurbird: (Beer ghost!)
A Toss of the Bones

And we’re back to Roran. Woo... Have you missed him? I haven’t.

A sentinel comes running up to Roran and others saying that “the” gates are opening. Well the gates closest to them. Roran goes to take a look and yes several hundred horsemen are coming out of the gates and heading right for them. :O Roran is worried, of course, because they’ll overrun his camp as he only has a hundred and fifty people left in camp the rest are off doing Stuff. Roran’s buddies and Brigman, run up weapons in hand and then at the same time Carn is putting on a mail shirt. So he’s doing it with weapons in his hands? Because he’s got weapons in his hands. Maybe he’s juggling them? Tossing one up as he puts an arm through a sleeve?

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Dras-Leona

Hey look, we’re at the evil mountain again! Woo!

Eragon and Saphira are flying towards the evil mountain and Eragon’s unhappy to see it again because a lot of his unpleasant memories were associated with it.

Erm. I believe the only bad memories associated with it aaaare... finding Sloan and Katrina there? I can’t think of any off the top of my head. His uncle died back home. So, there’s an unpleasant memory. Brom died after they picked up Arya which was not near here. He learned his father was Morzan back in Sudra. He had his first battle in the dwarf lands killing people. Hell, rescuing Katrina is a good thing right? And he totally god-modded Sloan there too. The place kinda sucked?

I don’t know.



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kippurbird: (*headdesk*)
Paolini tries for irony in our first sentences. In the previous chapter Nasuada said that Roran couldn’t visit Eragon because he would be busy and they couldn’t spread him thin. This chapter opens up with Eragon sitting around drumming his heels on a rock. Hah. Hah.

Eragon’s sitting around with the elves waiting for the Varden to get their acts together so that they can move onto the next place. Moving an army is slow work, I will admit it, but you would think that they would have things down by this point. I mean, they should have a system worked out on how to get things moving. And Eragon should be helping, and so should the elves. Not lounging about on the grass waiting. And they are lounging. It specifically uses the word “lounge” in regards to what they’re doing.

It doesn’t help matters when Eragon comments to Saphira about how they should be better at the moving of the army since they’ve done it so often.

They really should be better organized.



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Nope. None for me. .. Oh, we weren’t talking about me? I don’t see why not? I’m allowed to have feelings too!

Fine.

This chapter goes back to Roran.

Because.

The chapter starts with Roran showing us that he’s coming along the ax-crazy path just as nicely as his cousin. He sees Nasuada’s Speshul Guards, the Nighthawks standing outside the room she’s in. They consist of two humans, two dwarves and two urgals.

… wait.

Wouldn’t it be better to have some of the guards inside?

There better be more guards inside.

*looks ahead*

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A Cradle Song

So, we left Eragon taking the baby to his tent to fix the harelip. He is seriously worried about what will happen if he screws up fixing the baby. Scar it for life (hah) and all that other fun stuff. He and Gertrude sit down after Eragon turns on the light. His “elf” eyes can see all right in the dim light but hers cannot. He doesn’t use a lamp but instead creates a floaty ball of light. He also doesn’t say “Brisingr” because that would set his sword on fire. Oh yeah, because learning how to stop the sword from doing that would be silly. Or even just crafting a spell that says, “Don’t burst into flames every time I say Brisingr”. Pfft. Nah. Let’s go with the damn running joke. A joke that was never funny in the first place.


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Rudely into the Light

Miss me?

I know I did.

We begin with Eragon feeling concern for Elain as she screams in agony and labor. Actually, the exact line is, “He had spent the better part of the day watching men fight and die—killing scores himself—yet he could not help but feel concern as he heard Elain’s cries of anguish”. So, apparently he thought that watching people die and killing uses up concern? Or is he so blood thirsty that he didn’t think that he’d be able to feel concern for her? Or even though he wasn’t emotionally invested in what happened around him during all the fighting he’s surprised that he can feel concern for Elain.

I think what gets me is the phrase, “yet he could not help but” … put after the fact that he watched all sorts of people die. He didn’t feel concern when they all died, because they didn’t matter. But a person he knows matter. It’s all about known NPCs and Minions. Minions aren’t allowed to have emotional responses from the hero.

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Chapter Eight: The Price of Power.

Hey, so remember Emo-Chicken? Apparently Paolini does because Nasuada is finally taking off the bandages for those cuts. She hasn't looked at the cuts since they were first bandaged because they were so horrid. Since winning the Trial of the Long Knives, she had refused to look at her wounds; they had appeared so horrendous when fresh, she could not bear to see them again until they were nearly healed.

So basically it's been at least a month since Emo-Chicken happened. Since that time she's kept her arms bandaged. Which isn't healthy. She should be letting them out in the air - or so my grandfather the doctor said - as soon as they weren't doing anything nasty and likely to get infected. Keeping them bandaged like that is likely going to make it take even longer to heal.

This is also a bit of ridiculous vanity on her part. But I'll get to that in a moment.

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In the mean time, we bought another parakeet.

Well, my mom and I did. We were at the art store buying frames. Across the parking lot is a Petco. We went over to oogle the birds.

We bird oogled and my mom says "Should we buy one?"

I said we should.

So we bought the parakeet.

As the guy was trying to catch the bird we wanted, my brother called. He wanted to know where we were. My mom told him we were in the pet store. He wanted to know if there were birds there. She said there were. She failed to mention that one of them was coming home with us.

When we got home we almost managed to get the bird into the cage without my brother realizing it. The silly thing had to slip out of my grasp and go running around the floor squawking. My dad wasn't home at the time.

We got the bird in the cage just as my dad was pulling up in the car.

He has yet to notice the bird.

He's walked past the bird four times when I left and hadn't noticed.

Oh well.


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Chapter seven: What is a Man?

That's a funny question, now isn't it? I mean, what does is it that makes a man a man? Traditionally it's "Snips and Snails and puppy dog tails". But that doesn't really work in today's world. Though, I suppose we could go with "what is a man" in regards to species in general. And that's something that scientists are going to have to answer. Or it could be a trite title for chapter seven, which is from Roran's POV.

He's currently walking through camp in the mud. It's about six inches deep and keeps on trying to steal his shoes. The mud is also slippery. Yes. Because apparently slippery is not a descriptor of all kinds of mud. Thick as it was, the mud was also slippery. I don't think depth would prevent mud from being slippery. This is part of the description of mud. I think it would have been better if the sentence was something like "Roran struggled through the slippery, ankle deep mud." Because by saying it was six inches makes you wonder if Roran stopped long enough to get a ruler to measure how deep the mud was. Also mud that deep wouldn't be too slippery as they be getting stuck. Of course thin layers of mud would be slippery and act as a good lube.

Um.

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It's our first instance of meat!

(Here in Aftermath)
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Chapter Four: King Cat

So this was the chapter that was originally released as a preview. The fact that it is so drastically altered - he's no longer hallucinating people. Which is a good thing. I can't seem to find the bit I did on the preview chapter and I'm too lazy to look for it. It's still ridiculous.


We begin with Eragon, Nasuada and Jormundur are in the throne room of the late lord Bradburn. Okay, perhaps not late, but currently disposed of to parts unknown. Nasuada is wearing a green and yellow dress having gotten out of her armor moments before. Also She too had been marked during the fighting, as was evidenced by the linen bandage wrapped around her left hand.

OH NOES SHE WAS INJURED IN THE BATTLE CLEARLY SHE MUST HAVE BEEN IN THE THICK OF IT!!! SHE HAS AN INJURY AND ITS NEEDED A BANDAGE!!! IT CLEARLY MUST IMPAIR HER IN SOMEWAY SINCE IT'S ON HER HAND.

Yeah.

(More pain and kitties here)


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Chapter Three: Plot Armor and Spear Proficiency

In which Eragon is grateful he only has to kill three people, among other things.




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Wow. Only two chapters in and I'm all ready foaming at the mouth in fury.

read here.
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Chapter one: Can be found here.

... I really am a nine year old boy sometimes.

*giggles* Balls.

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