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Christopher Paolini chats about new book

The latest installment in Christopher Paolini’s Inheritance Cycle hits bookstores Saturday, Sept. 20. Following in the footsteps of “Eragon” and “Eldest,” “Brisingr” will be the third of four planned books in this fantasy adventure.

In an interview with Boys’ Life, Christopher spoke of reading, dreaming and adventure as a child in Paradise Valley, Mont.

Christopher spent his days exploring mountains and rivers. Fantasy fiction caught his attention and he attacked the local library. He read anything and everything, including Boys’ Life.

At age 15, he sat down to write the kind of story he’d like to read. His family self-published “Eragon” in 2001. Christopher traveled the country in costume, speaking to students about the magic of reading and sharing his own story.

“It was intense,” Christopher says. “I dare anyone to put on a medieval costume when you’re 17 and walk into a strange high school. It was a great experience, but definitely a formative experience.”

The experience paid off.

“Eragon” landed in the hands of Carl Hiaasen’s stepson. Hiaasen, who’s written “Hoot” and other young adult novels, sent “Eragon” to Random House Publishing. Soon, Christopher’s story became a bestseller.

“Eragon” has since become a film, and “Eldest” also became a bestseller. It’s been quite a jump for the young man from rural Montana.

Christopher traces all his success back to reading.

“It’s done everything for me. Reading is probably the single most important skill I’ve learned in my life,” he says. “It’s crucial that you find books that you yourself enjoy. People who haven’t fallen in love with reading yet, I tell them to try another book, try another genre. There’s so much out there. Take another look.”

Click on the audio players below to hear portions of Christopher’s interview with Boys’ Life.

Christopher on how the outdoors and the Montana landscape have shaped his stories:

Christopher on why he started writing “Eragon”:

Christopher on how he invented the different languages used in the Inheritance Cycle:

26 Comments on Christopher Paolini chats about new book

  1. Please Hurry I know it’s hard to write books but this is getting kind of sad, will you please stop running around on your book tours and talk show and get the book done.
    Ps sorry to sound mean but i’m really getting bored, LOVE THE BOOKS.

  2. Hurry Hurry Hurrrrry, I can not wait to read book for, please finish it soon.

  3. AS I READ THESE BOOKS, I FOUND THAT I COULDN’T PUT THEM DOWN. I WOULD BECOME FRUSTRATED WHEN IT WAS EITHER TIME TO GO TO WORK OR SLEEP. I FOUND MYSELF SO INTERTWINED IN THESE BOOKS THAT I FOUND MYSELF THINKING AHEAD AS TO WHAT THE OUTCOMES OF ERAGON SHADESLAYER’S BATTLES WOULD BE. I AM VERY GREATFUL TO HAVE PEOPLE SUCH AS CHRISTOPHER PAOLINI WRITE SUCH GREAT BOOKS. I AM VERY MUCH LOOKING FORWARD TO THE FOURTH BOOK. PLEASE DON’T KEEP US, YOUR LOYAL READERS, WAITING TOO LONG.

  4. ive read the first three books twice the books are awesome .I cant wait for the 4th book when will it be out

  5. i have not read all the books but i plan to read all 4.THESE BOOK ARE IS THE MOSTAWESOME BOOK I HAVE EVER READ!!!!

  6. deer hunter // May 28, 2009 at 2:07 pm // Reply

    I Love The Moives.

  7. THESE BOOKS TOTALLY ROCK BABY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. i cant wait to read the 4th book

  9. Brisngerrocksman!! // April 26, 2009 at 11:04 am // Reply

    Man, the fourth book is going to be awesome I know it. I can’t wait to read it. It will be amazing. The series has been pretty cool. I can’t stop reading the books over and over again. It is upsetting that the series is almost over. I truly think he should make another book or 2

  10. Technically,Glaedr is still alive,hes inside his eldunari,remember(stupid Galbatorix)? and now with Eragon and Saphira to protect him.

    when will the fourth book come out?

  11. I cant wait for this fourth book to come out I luv them so much, these are the best books i’ve ever read

  12. Hey There Chris all three of the books you have writen have the be the MOST AMAZING THING i have ever read. i cant wait untill the fourth book comes out and i can wait for it to come out because i will also fill very sad because there is only going to be four and every time i go to the end of all three of your books i feel so happy and a new since of acomplishment and i also feel so very weird because i know that i am almost at the end of a grate thing. i admire you very much CHRISTOPHER PAOLINI and you have a gift and dont ever sell your self short

  13. omg i cant wait for the fouth book to come out. i fill my time with reading other books but noneof them are like this. there is a new mistery in every corner.i love that eragon is onlly the HALF brother to that snake of a trator i cant wait till they have the final fight….. omg eragon rules

  14. I’ve read eragon and eldest and is almost done with brisingr plz hurry up with book 4 of inheritence, ps, wats the tiltle

  15. dear ruggly // March 27, 2009 at 6:15 pm // Reply

    ive noticed the connection to star wars its all i talk about at school

  16. thank u eragon helped me get into reading

  17. i was touced by brisingr i love how at the end eragon shadeslayer sees arya become arya shadeslayer. this book was also great be cause you wouldnt expect a sincier last request from the razac. cant wait till fourth book comes out and sad i finished all the books and cant read em again cause letting grandfather read em

  18. Someone in my class is looking for Brisinger and I am reading Eragon.

  19. I am reading Eldest ,I can’t wait till Brisinger.

  20. do you no when the fourth eragon book com out

  21. I can’t wait to read the brand new one.

  22. Iloveawesomebooks // March 7, 2009 at 10:37 pm // Reply

    The depth of the plot in the books so far is amazing. I’ve read the first two books, Eragon and Eldest, eight times each and Brisingr once so far. I absolutely can’t wait until the fourth book comes out, because when it does, I’m spending all day reading it.

  23. NoahsArk103 // March 5, 2009 at 7:37 pm // Reply

    If you like the Harry Potter series you will love this series! Once i started it i couldnt put it down.why wont u make more then 4 books? i could read these until forever

  24. i am a BIG fan of the areagon series, i own eragon and eldest and have brisingr on my nano Ipod

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