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Sunday Salon: October’s here!

October 5, 2008

The Sunday Salon.comWelcome to October! This past week I reviewed Immortal by Traci L. Slatton, the graphic novel Fables, Vol. 1 by Bill Willingham, and one of my all-time favorite books, Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver.

I’m currently trooping my way through Brisingr, the newly-released book in the Eragon series by Christopher Paolini. I’ll save my ranting for the actual review, but I will say this… MY GOD, SOMEONE GET THIS KID AN EDITOR. *ahem* Sorry. I’m on page 300-something of almost 800, and stuff *just* started happening.

I’m also (still) listening to Moonheart by Charles de Lint. It’s different than I expected, and a very different flavor of fantasy than I’m used to (a weird hybrid of urban fantasy, Native American mythology, and a little bit of Arthuriana thrown in for the heck of it), so I’m having a hard time deciding how I actually feel about it.

"I picked an apple *this big*!"

"I picked an apple *this* big!"

It’s been a good, albeit busy, week. It finally felt a little like fall, and the leaves are starting to turn, although they’re not turning very prettily… mostly they just look a shade deader than they did a few weeks ago. We did get to go apple picking yesterday, though – I picked slightly less than a peck, mostly Ida Reds and Winesaps, took a bunch of pictures, and spent a happy half-hour browsing amongst the late-bearing raspberry bushes. :)

23 Comments leave one →
  1. October 5, 2008 10:52 am

    I haven’t read BRISINGR, (and I’m not sure that I will, at this stage), but I thought exactly the same thing throughout the first two books. Is the writing a bit better, at least?

  2. October 5, 2008 11:51 am

    Oh dear, Paolini is on my pile for next week. Mind you, I’m not surprised, ‘Eldest’ was very much the same.

  3. October 5, 2008 1:30 pm

    Memory – The writing is better than Eragon, yes, although not necessarily better than Eldest. Still way too wordy, still using two-dollar words unnecessarily (but mostly correctly), still over-describing everything… but it’s not making me shriek with frustration like Eragon did.

    Ann – I think you’re wise to go into it expecting more of the same as in Eldest – thus far, it’s been pretty similar (except less from Roran).

  4. October 5, 2008 2:28 pm

    Nicki, what are you going to do with your apples? Any baking or just eating them as is?

    I love the CONCEPT of baking with apples but am completely turned off by the thought of peeling, coring, chopping so I never end up baking even a fraction of everything I plan to each autumn.

  5. October 5, 2008 2:35 pm

    Shana – I’ve got good recipes for apple crisp and apple muffins, plus my mom’s brown bag apple pie recipe that I’ve never been brave enough to try… but my current plan is to give most of them to a friend who is a good baker but couldn’t come picking, and try to guilt him into making me stuff. :)

  6. October 5, 2008 4:19 pm

    I tried to listen to the first Eragon book and just couldn’t do it. When the CD looped back around and I didn’t notice that I was listening to it again I decided it probably wasn’t going to work out. :) But ya–there is no need for a book that long! My sisters-in-law love the series…

  7. unfinishedperson permalink
    October 5, 2008 5:25 pm

    My wife tried to read the first one and thought it was written by a 15-year-old, which I guess it was. The dialogue was painful, she said. So I just decided to skip them altogether. I much prefer the classics myself (not to be snobbish or anything ;)

    If I may ask, though, if you’re not particularly liking a book, why continue reading it? Is someone paying you to continue?

  8. October 5, 2008 6:15 pm

    Trish – Hee hee, yeah, sounds like it wasn’t doing such a good job at holding your attention, huh? I think the audiobooks are 24 hours long, at least, which just seems excessive to me.

    unfinishedperson – I used to be a compulsive finisher… I couldn’t *not* finish a book I’d started, I think because it felt like once I’d invested the time getting into the book, I needed to see it through. I’m slowly recovering (I abandoned two books last month!), but a book still has to be *really* awful for me to give it up, and Brisingr, while not particularly great, is not bad enough that I’m dreading spending time reading it, so it’s not getting the boot… yet.

  9. October 5, 2008 7:03 pm

    Thanks for the warning about Brisingr. I’m gonna hang in here with this series for now. While the writing certainly leaves something to be desired, it’s still kinda fun.

  10. October 6, 2008 7:46 am

    “I picked an apple *this* big!” Lol. Cute!

  11. October 6, 2008 9:01 am

    Ladytink – I was amusing myself far, far too much with taking pictures of Lil’ Braeburn, as the apple was dubbed. There’s a whole series of pictures – Lil’ Braeburn with the mini-pumpkins, Lil’ Braeburn getting weighed, Lil’ Braeburn having a beer, Lil’ Braeburn helping with a puzzle, etc.

  12. October 6, 2008 11:35 am

    That is a very fun pic!!! :)

  13. October 6, 2008 4:14 pm

    Can’t wait to read your review of Brisngr….you call it like you read it and I love that!

  14. October 6, 2008 8:10 pm

    I’m about to read Brisingr as well so thanks for the warning! The first two books were just entertaining enough for me to keep going in spite of the irritations of the writing style and the predictability of the storyline.

  15. October 6, 2008 9:09 pm

    Carl V. – Thanks; I amuse myself fairly easily but I’m not always sure if the humor transfers to other people! ;)

    Michele – You ask, I deliver! My review’s up here.

    Laura – Your comments got bounced to spam for some reason and I just spotted them now – sorry! Hopefully you’ll have a better time with Brisingr than I did, but if not, I recommend liberal applications of skimming.

  16. October 7, 2008 12:15 am

    Fun pic!
    I’ve had Eragon languishing in TBR purgatory for years! I’ve just read your review for Brisingr and now I’m wondering if I’ll ever get around to reading it. Ah well, it’s not like I don’t plenty of other books here to read.

  17. October 7, 2008 8:54 am

    tanabata – If you can get past the exceedingly purple prose, Eragon‘s not a bad story… my problem with it is mostly just that the series is going to wind up being 2500-3000 pages, and it could easily have been accomplished in 1500.

  18. October 7, 2008 4:16 pm

    Thanks for fishing my previous comments out of spam purgatory. I wrote the second when the first never appeared. Then when it didn’t show up either I was really starting to wonder what was up.

  19. October 7, 2008 4:24 pm

    Laura – That one got spammed too! So weird, especially since you’re using the same e-mail address and everything that’s already been through the comment moderation process. Maybe there’s a known spammer using your IP address?

  20. Laura permalink
    October 13, 2008 8:27 am

    I hope you don’t mind my trying a couple tests here to see if I can avoid getting my comments whooshed into spam. First, I’m going to leave the website field blank.

  21. October 13, 2008 8:32 am

    Laura – test away! That one worked. :)

  22. Laura permalink
    October 13, 2008 8:36 am

    Hmm, that seems to have done the trick. Wonder why your spam filter no longer likes the link to my librarything profile?

  23. October 13, 2008 8:38 am

    Try again with your address to see if it still spams it, or if it was just a hiccup on that one day.

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