Saturday, September 29, 2007
Eldest by Christopher Paolini is the second book in the Inheritance Trilogy. The first book, Eragon tells of a boy who finds a mysterious rock. Later the rock hatches into a dragon and Eragon and his dragon, Saphira, must journey to new lands in order to save their empire from the terrible and corrupt king, Galbatorix. The second book follows his adventures across the lands. In this book he heads to the land of the elves in order to train to become the ultimate Rider. The book ends in a fierce battle that will definitely be picked up in the third book (when it is actually published). What I enjoyed about this book was that the first book was written when the author was fifteen. The second book definitely shows his maturity as a writer. Also, the book switches back and forth between Eragon's story and the story of his cousin, Roran. This makes for good reading when you have a short amount of time to read a day. Read this book if you love fantasy, if you read Eragon and want to find out what happens next, or if you saw the (completely horrible) film based on the first book and want to see a much, much better version. I give it an 8.5 out of 10.
Saturday, September 1, 2007
The Attack by Yasmina Khadra is the story of a Muslim doctor who lives in Israel. As a prominent member of society, Dr. Jaafari has cast aside his Muslim background in order to be accepted by the Jewish community. His wife, as well, has assimilated to the culture and enjoys the rich life that the doctor has established. When his wife dies in a suicide bombing, however, Dr. Jaafari begins to search for answers. There is a possibility that his wife was not merely a victim, but was indeed the suicide bomber herself. At first, I thought this book would be predictable, but the ending really surprised me. Read this book if you're interested in world affairs, if you question the pointless struggle between religions, or if you enjoy a good mystery. I give it an 8 out of 10.