Monday, June 11, 2007

I Can Read At A High School Level!

A couple of weeks ago, I decided to read a book. I went on a search, and in Number Two Daughter's room, I found the book Eragon by Christopher Paolini.

I always love the Lord of the Rings books although in general, I'm not a big fantasy fan.

But beggars can't be choosers, and it looked fairly interesting, so I decided to give Eragon a shot.

I usually give a book 50 to 100 pages to hook me, or I just put it down. Like with music, I'm pretty fickle in what I like, and I know it when I see (or hear) it.

Over the years I've tried to read classics and also popular stuff, if for no other reason than to see what all the hubub was about with the various authors.

For example, I've read one or two James Patterson books that I liked well enough to read all the way through, but I've also picked up several others by him that I put down withing 40-50 pages because they were totally lame. I'm not a James Patterson fan, he's too hit and miss with me.

I've also tried Tolstoy and Hemmingway, and was almost put into a coma. Just couldn't finish them, save only for The Old Man and the Sea.

Anyway, so I start on Eragon, a fantasy about a boy who finds a dragon egg, it hatches, and they become bonded. Problems ensue and Eragon has to grow up fast.

The book turned out to be very, very good.

So after Atlantis went up successfully Friday night, Lovely Wife and I headed out to Barnes and Noble.

I went over to the Science Fiction / Fantasy section and looked and looked. No luck. Well, it was a popular book, maybe they have it on a special display. Nope.

Finally, against man's natural inclination to not ask for directions, I went to the service desk and told the lady there of my plight.

"Could you tell me where I could find the book Eragon by Christopher Paolini? I looked all over the SciFi/Fantasy area and couldn't find it anywhere."

"Oh, that's because it's not in the Science Fiction / Fantasy area. It's in the teen book section. Come on, I'll show ya!"

So she leads me, head hung low (my head not her's), to the teen section and behold, there they were.

"Thank you."

"You're welcome! Just let me know if you need any more help, OK?"

"I sure will."

I grabbed a paperback copy of The Eldest, the follow up to Eragon, and headed to find a couple of Larry Niven books.

But I noticed the few 14 or 15 year old girls glancing at the moose that had invaded "their" section of the store.

But I wasn't too worried, I'm bigger than all three of them put together, so I was pretty sure I could get out safely.

I guess I need to call Sainted Mother and tell her I'm now up to teen fiction in my reading.

I'm sure she would be proud of me.

Here's another couple of pics of that cool sky that was outside of Barnes And Noble this past Friday.


Babystepper said...

I know how you feel. Our local library put the Harry Potter books in the adult section, though, so we don't feel quite so bad.

Love the sky pics. That second one hardly looks real. Very...ephemeral. Yeah, that's what I'd call it.

Sunni Kay said...

That is why I get all by books at garage sales...I get embarrassed every time I enter the romance section a the book store...

Hammer said...

It's hard to believe that book was written by a 17 year old.

photowannabe said...

Now you have intrigued me. I guess I will have to give the book a look-see.

Norma said...

Great photos.

The amazing thing about this title is it really is a "teen" book, and homeschooled too. They had to self market it before a publisher picked it up.

JAM said...

Babystepper, Sunni Kay, thanks for your sympathies. I felt a bit sheepish, but not embarrassed enough to leave without the book.

Hammer, Norma, thanks for the info. I had no idea the author was a teen when he wrote it. It was pretty good; good enough to want to read the follow up anyway. That the author was a teen makes the book even more amazing. Like I said, James Patterson cranks out literally 2 or 3 new novels a year, but most I cannot stomach. This kid hit one out of the park on his first try.

Janet said...

Next thing you know, you'll be reading the 16 year accumulation of Harry Potter!

It's funny...I'm not a big fantasy fan, either, but I sure do love LOTR and Potter!

Janet said...

ps, those pictures are GORGEOUS!

julie said...

Great post and before long you'll be on college level reading! Way to go JAM!

The pictures...just wonderful!

Qtpies7 said...

Cool, cool pictures!
I loved Old Man and the Sea! Most older works bore me to tears, but that was really good.
I have a couple of authors I'm hooked on, but I doubt you'd want to admit to reading Amish romance novels, lol. But if you secretly want to, Beverly Lewis' Abram's Daughters series is incredible! Its not the "romance" its the character building and plot and twists and turns, just amazing!