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Offline J.R.E. Cooper

Inheritance cycle
« on: October 21, 2013, 03:48:47 PM »
What is everyone's take on the Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paloni?
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Re: Inheritance cycle
« Reply #1 on: October 21, 2013, 07:24:08 PM »
To be fair if I had written a book at 17, I would have probably written the Star Wars plot line set in a Middle Earthesque world.
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« Reply #2 on: October 21, 2013, 10:06:51 PM »
I'm not following? I understand he has been criticized for that, but I was wanting opinions for writing quality and story quality.


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Re: Inheritance cycle
« Reply #3 on: October 21, 2013, 10:09:37 PM »
He copied the story from Star Wars. So no. Don't rate the saga at all.
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Re: Inheritance cycle
« Reply #4 on: October 21, 2013, 11:07:55 PM »
It's also pretentious and full of plot holes.
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« Reply #5 on: October 21, 2013, 11:13:04 PM »
Well then what would you recommend? I saw it on the shelves and thought I'd give it a shot.


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Re: Inheritance cycle
« Reply #6 on: October 21, 2013, 11:16:57 PM »
I thought it was dreadful. However, I only managed to read the first book so can't comment on the quality of the the later books of the series. Yet, the feeling I came away with was that everything was flat. The characters, the world and the plot. Just flat.

To be fair, it's not the worse I read.

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Re: Inheritance cycle
« Reply #7 on: October 21, 2013, 11:22:32 PM »
Well then what would you recommend? I saw it on the shelves and thought I'd give it a shot.


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Depends on what you like and what you are in the mood for.

Some like their fantasy dark, some like it light. Some like elves and magic and others like it more real. However, although I like my fantasy dark and brooding, there are times I just want to read a good old fashioned yarn.

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Re: Inheritance cycle
« Reply #8 on: October 21, 2013, 11:47:51 PM »
I thought it was dreadful. However, I only managed to read the first book so can't comment on the quality of the the later books of the series. Yet, the feeling I came away with was that everything was flat. The characters, the world and the plot. Just flat.

To be fair, it's not the worse I read.

I've read them all. Well, kinda.

First one was okay, I thought. Didn't know that I liked my fantasy a tad darker, at the time. Second one copied and pasted The Empire Strikes Back nearly plot point for plot point. I still managed. (Note: I don't skim. A slog read.) Book 3, I began to skim and read the wiki page. Book 4, skimmed and gave up halfway. Knew how it was going to end. Actually called the
Spoiler for Hiden:
explosion of the Big Bad and the Elves sailing off like at the end of the LotR.

I would recommend the first for people beginning into fantasy, then pull the rug underneath them and show greats like Scott Lynch.
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Re: Inheritance cycle
« Reply #9 on: October 22, 2013, 06:07:50 AM »
So many books to recommend.  If you want a great saga to read with superb characters just read read with Assassin's Apprentice by Robin Hobb for example.
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Re: Inheritance cycle
« Reply #10 on: October 23, 2013, 01:40:15 AM »
I read the first two books ... they're not good.  There's a lack of originality and blatantly taking the plot of Star Wars while putting it in a Lord of the Rings setting shouldn't fool anyone. 

It's impressive that he had developed the writing skills needed to get published before he reached adulthood.  I'd be curious to see what his next series will turn out like.  Once he got started on Inheritance he had to commit and finish in order to satisfy his publishing contract and the surprisingly large number of people who seem to buy these books. 

Well then what would you recommend? I saw it on the shelves and thought I'd give it a shot.


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Offline J.R.E. Cooper

Inheritance cycle
« Reply #11 on: October 23, 2013, 02:04:30 AM »
I like reading nearly anything. I've read the wool series, of course lotr and the hobbit, started but have not finished stephen kings gunslinger series (not for lack of enjoyment mind you) , the wind on fire series, And I've read the first two in the king killer chronicles. I like paranormal novels as well.



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Re: Inheritance cycle
« Reply #12 on: October 23, 2013, 05:14:27 PM »
When I first started writing "my" high fantasy trilogy as a teen my writing wasn't original as well, let alone good. If I had gotten published back then, in hindsight I think that would have only hurt my world.

It's a shame, but if Paolini had grown as a writer, turned unoriginal ideas upside down, he could of had something.

I still have elves and dwarves in my story, but I at least tried to take them in an original direction.

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Re: Inheritance cycle
« Reply #13 on: October 23, 2013, 06:19:49 PM »
Haven't read them but if you want to dip your toe in the water why not join us over at the book club?

http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/book-club/

That will help you determine what you like and you can then build on that. My TBR list is massive now after wanting to read more by some of the authors we've read in the book club  :)
  • Currently reading : Dominion - C J Sansom
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