Fantasy IS my very favorite genre. I love reading and will read just about anything, including shampoo bottles. However, given a choice, I'd rather spend my free time immersed in the world of exotic imaginary beasts and peoples and histories and languages... than anywhere else.
The novel by Christopher Paolini, Eragon, had been on my reading list for quite some time before I actually got my hands on a copy as a Christmas gift from mom and dad. A friend, E., actually recommended it to me, not knowing that it was already on my Amazon "wish list." If I recall correctly, she referred to it as a good read if not a piece of "great literature." I can agree with that.
However, the book had depth and maturity and creativity that I certainly never expected, especially as I read the first few chapters and it seemed pretty evident that Paolini was heavily influenced by the likes of Tolkien and George Lucas. He eventually grew into his own.
I think the thing I liked the most about the novel was it's pace and imagery. I also liked the relationship between Eragon and Saphira, his dragon. It was lovely.
I've already looked on Amazon to order the second book, "Eldest." Before I can do that I have to think about making an order over $25 to get the free shipping, so then I have see other books I really really want at this time. This then holds me back from ordering. The only other book I've been waiting for forever to come out in paperback is "Dance of Death" by Preston & Child (my very favorite writing duo). It's out, but did my mom get it for me or not? I don't know. Questions. Just have to wait and see.
I'm good at that. Waiting. Instant gratification is something I've learned to live without. I'll wait.