Make Diesel Read a Book

December 3, 2006 at 7:15 pm 7 comments

Diesel is currently running a contest seeking book recommendations.  You remember books, those little things with pages and covers we could carry around with us and didn’t require logging-in to read.  Anyway… his contest rules include the following:  recommend a book.  He’ll read it and comment on it.  There are no rules for determining a winner.   There are no prizes.  This is my kind of contest, no pressure to compete and I don’t have to worry about writing a proper thank you post should I happen to win.  Hence, drumroll please, considering there is a good bit of heavy material already on his list, and this is the carefree holiday season, my recommendation for Diesel is:

Eragon by Christopher Paolini

eragon.jpgA fantasy tale about an ordinary boy who stumbles upon a blue stone he thinks he’ll be able to trade for food to get through the winter, but turns out to be a dragon’s egg.  Now burdened with a dragon that comes complete with an ancient legacy that must be fulfilled to save the empire, Eragon is thrust into the role of Dragon Rider with very little advice on how to go about completing his mission.

I’m not especially a fan of fantasy, but Eragon is a quick paced, well rounded piece of escapism in the spirit of  The Chronicles of Narnia, or the Harry Potter series. 

The story behind the book is one of my favorites.  The author, Christopher Paolini, was just out of high school when he wrote it and had it published through his parents very small publishing company (they had three books out before his).  Accompanied by his mother, he carried the book from school to school talking to students and selling copies from a cardboard box.  One lucky day, a boy named Ryan was in the audience who’s stepfather just happened to work for Knopf.  The rest is history.

So here’s my recommendation, Diesel, a little flight into fantasy.  Your contest is hardly prizeless, by the way, there is no prize greater than a shelf of good books. No cheating by watching the movie. 

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7 Comments Add your own

  • 1. smileymama  |  December 3, 2006 at 7:58 pm

    Oooh, my 13-yr-old daughter (who began reading Harry Potter at 8 after she showed no interest in it, then picked it up after I read the first 3 pages out loud and “left in on the couch”) has just finished this book. She LOVED it and like myself, she likes to read the book before seeing the movie. Good choice!

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  • 2. Hayden  |  December 3, 2006 at 8:45 pm

    hummm, sounds like one I’ll need to read!

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  • 3. Diesel  |  December 3, 2006 at 10:18 pm

    Excellent. My wife read this not too long ago, so I think I actually have a copy of this one. I’ll be adding it to my list today.

    Thanks, Kat!

    Kat’s readers are also welcome to play…

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  • 4. Nessa  |  December 3, 2006 at 10:43 pm

    This was a fun read. It is also a trilogy, with the second book out, too.

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  • 5. katcampbell  |  December 4, 2006 at 1:20 am

    Smiley Mama – good thinking! I loved this book and have been meaning to pick up the second book of the series.

    Hayden – If you love epic journeys, dragons and other mythical creatures, magic and good versus evil – you will love this book.

    Diesel – Hope you like it!

    Nessa – I didn’t realize he was making a trilogy, I did know about the second book though.

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  • 6. Limpy Lady  |  December 4, 2006 at 12:40 pm

    How about a book of abstract thought? Something like Aldous Huxley’s ‘Island’? Let the thoughts of Mr. Huxley take you to a place you can only find in your mind.

    Limpy Lady

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  • 7. katcampbell  |  December 4, 2006 at 4:25 pm

    Limpy Lady – Sounds interesting.

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