Sunday, October 19, 2008

Eldest (Inheritance, Book 2) Eldest by Christopher Paolini

My review

rating: 5 of 5 stars
Wow, this book was much better than Eragon. You can definitely see Christopher Paolini mature as a writer and as a person as he goes through this series. I can't wait to read Brisingr now. Eragon really matured as a character and the book had some great twists at the end. Now I must say that some of the twists I caught on to early on in the book, but one surprised me when I realized what was happening. This is not a spoiler review so I won't give away any details. I would just like to give two little quotes that I really liked from the book:

-"I won't tell you what to believe...It is far better to be taught to think critically and then be allowed to make your own decisions than to have someone else's notions thrust upon you." (p. 544)

-"Saphira: 'It takes courage to admit you were wrong.'
Eragon: 'Only if you are afraid of looking foolish, and I would have looked far more foolish if I persisted with an erroneous belief.'" (p. 620)

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Nicole Shelby said...

excellent quotes...thanks...

T.J. Shelby said...

Bro, I have to ask...Do you just like the quotes or do they have cross-over meaning to you in other aspects of your life. If so, what?

Jodi Jean said...

interesting ... i guess i should finish it one of these days instead of starting it over and over and never getting anywhere.

Scott H. said...

TJ, I do like the quotes for the reason that they have a cross-over meaning in my life. Lately, when I read (and this is inspired by these reviews and now the reason I do them) I look for meaningful quotes that I can take and learn from and that have meaning for me.

Specifically, I like the critical thinking quote because, like I said in a post on August 1, "Critical thinking is key to all learning." I like to analyze things and get different view points on issues. That's why I enjoy talking with Chris and you and hearing your "devil's advocate" take on things.

I like to see how other people think and get ideas from that. If I come up against something I don't agree with it and I find, after studying it out, that maybe I was wrong, I don't mind changing. Hence, the second quote about admitting when you're wrong and changing. Critical think and leave your mind open to other options or different views of the same truth, then don't be afraid to change your view to be rid of any dissonance created by such critical thinking.

Re-read my post on Critical Thinking fro August, I thought it was good...Does that answer your question with too much info?

T.J. Shelby said...