Excellent finale! Worth staying up the night to finish.
The reason for the silence … my hard disk crashed. To cut the long story short, here I am again, attempting to catch up on lost posts and reviews that were saved but not posted. Pray my memory serves me well.
Title: The Graveyard Book
Author: Neil Gaiman
Genre: YA Fiction
Year Published: 2008
Stand alone or series: Stand alone
Why I read it:
How much do I love thee, Harry? Let me count the ways …
I love how you have grown more matured and less hotheaded in this the last of your adventures. I love how you patiently bid your time to reveal your last strategy towards the end. The impetuous youth in your past would have rushed headlong into trouble and jeopardize the situation by being over anxious. But your sense of justice prevails as always.
I love how you really learned to listen to Hermione this time around, and chose to act for the greater good rather than shore up your defences with what would have been the most coveted weapon. In acting thus, you again showed us how truly selfless you are.
I love how you learnt to accept Snape’s actions and perhaps, understand why he was such a conflicted person in his love for your mother and his unwilling defence and protection of you. Reluctant though he may be, he was still shielding you from Voldemort until the very end.
If there was one thing I could wish for, I’d wish to have the prodigious talent of Christopher Paolini and the faith and support of his family (oops! That’s two wishes).
But you get the idea. This young writer wrote the epic adventure of Eragon, a marvellous book full of magic, fantasy, a sort of rites of passage story, when he was barely out of college. It is an amazing feat in itself, but to have garnered such huge success and wide following is another accomplishment that’s nothing short of a phenomenon.
Eragon, a poor farm boy, stumbles across a polished blue stone while out hunting in the forest one day. Thinking it was a lucky discovery that may just fetch him some coins or food for his family, he was surprised and disbelieving when the ‘stone’ hatched, and a dragon bonded to him as her rider. At first contended to just keep his dragon hidden, Eragon was prodded into action when his uncle was killed by the veil evil henchmen of the Emperor Galbatorix. He went seeking vengeance, hitching up with story-teller Brom, a dragon rider whose sole role is to train the next generation of riders, whose mysterious knowledge of magic ignites his hunger for knowledge.