Christopher Attends Bertelsmann 175 Years Celebration in Germany

Christopher Paolini was invited to attend the Bertelsmann 175 years celebration ceremonial act at the Konzerthaus am Gendarmenmarkt in Berlin, Germany earlier today. Bertelsmann is a transnational media corporation founded in 1835, based in Gütersloh, Germany, and owner of Random House, Christopher’s publisher. Among the guests in attendance were famous authors, writers, politicians, company CEOs, and more. Visit Getty for a red carpet picture of Christopher from the event!

  • Guest

    You should all think like this: the longer it takes Paolini to write the book, the better the book will be.

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  • lucius91

    This book better be damn good. I know some people have been saying that two years is hardly a long time to write the final book but i would at least like a release date. Or the front cover (thats already finished and submitted just release it to us). Or name the goddamn book but for crying out loud give me something!!!!!!!!! i want to hear solid news that the book exists cos frankly im starting to think he is holidaying in jamaica or something.

  • lucius91

    This book better be damn good. I know some people have been saying that two years is hardly a long time to write the final book but i would at least like a release date. Or the front cover (thats already finished and submitted just release it to us). Or name the goddamn book but for crying out loud give me something!!!!!!!!! i want to hear solid news that the book exists cos frankly im starting to think he is holidaying in jamaica or something.

  • Dennis

    It kinda bugs me that CP has time to go to ComicCon and the boy scout conventions and now has time to travel to Germany when we are patiently waiting for him to finish this book!!

    • Anonymous

      Do you not read any comments??? There are plenty of complainers in Shurtugal, and ALL of them have UN-JUSTIFIABLE reasons as to WHY they are complaining!!!

      The fact that Paolini takes 3 years to write books is amazing! AND he is really good at what he does.

      Go write a freaking awesome book (that MILLIONS of people love) and publish it. Then tell me that you didn’t work over 3 years on it.

      Complaining is useless. Is complaining going to make the book be done faster? NO! So please keep your negative comments to yourself. It’s annoying the fans who actually APPRECIATE paolini’s books.

      • aryashadeslayer

        i agree with u as much as i want book 4 to be finished give CP a break already he is hard at work and bugging him isnt going 2 help!!!!!

      • aryashadeslayer

        i agree with u as much as i want book 4 to be finished give CP a break already he is hard at work and bugging him isnt going 2 help!!!!!

      • Dennis

        How dare you attack me for voicing my opinion! How is what I said unjustifiable? Are you serious? Its sooo amazing that he takes 3 years to write a book…well hows this for some knowledge the kid is 26 yrs old and he wrote Eragon when he was 15…11+ years for 4 books…now that is amazing..Sure some people take time to write books im not arguing that fact..however there are many many authors who write great books in far shorter time. Look at Michael scott for instance..he wrote the entire Nicholas flamel series before the 1st book was released. All I was trying to say was that its unfair to us having to sit here and wonder when we are even going to be able to see a cover or even the release of a title while he is off living the good life. I for one have been in his corner since day one! I bought Eragon before CP was picked up by Random House I have been following this series for 11 years so technically I have been waiting that long for book 4!!

        • Anonymous

          Voice your opinion as much as you want. I’m just pissed that you don’t want him to reap the rewards of his success (which means going to elaborate parties that no one can get into).

          I’m sick of people expecting him to have no life so their precious selfish desires can be satisfied.

          NEWS FLASH!!! CP is not Michael Scott. I don’t know where you got them mixed up, but for staying with the series for 11+ years, I would hope that you realized this. I’m glad you discovered Paolini before all of us, but that doesn’t give you kudo points. It doesn’t mean you are that more justified to complain about Paolini taking his time to finish the book any more we are. I’ll be honest, I’ve been waiting only 6 years for the series to end. And instead of griping and moaning about when Paolini will be done, I find other constructive activities to do. That helps me get my mind off of the fact that I have been dying for the last book to come out.

          And Paolini isn’t being Unfair. Paolini isn’t obligated to you. Infact, he is sharing what he doesn’t need to share. It’s his book, he can do what he freaking wants to do with it. He can keep such a wonderful story to him self if he wants too. Think of it as a gift from him.

          I have a senario that might help:
          Bob wants to give you an amazing present; one you thought you would never get/afford. However, Bob doesn’t know when he can get you the present because he has to go through a bunch of paperwork and it is likely to take months, maybe even a year because Bob is a busy man and has a life. He doesn’t have time to get it done all at once.
          Are you going to complain to him that he is taking too long to get the present that he is getting for YOU? I should hope not! Bob doesn’t owe you anything and is giving you an awesome present out of his own free will. I would hope that you would be patient with Bob because you don’t deserve the gift he is giving you.

          I hope my little narration helped you understand my case a little bit more.

          Oh, and can you explain to me how Eragon was published without a publisher? Because Random House probably wouldn’t accept a series that was published through a different publisher. (This me not being sarcastic, but me being genuinely interested and a little skeptical).

          And lastly, by saying “How dare you attack me for voicing my opinion!”, you are attacking ME for voicing my opinion. *Think before you type, it makes life so much easier*

          • Rahul Deshpande

            well…Eragon was self published by paolini international…..then later by Alfred A. Knopf….ok..

            well…dennis is right to certain extent…but every one is different….so you cannot compare two individual’s working style…but you can definitely compare their work….so let chris take his time…why to rush….

            well…kyla you made a good attempt of explaining…

            well…as it is said so many times..in this site…we can wait long for good book with great and logically acceptable story….rather than a book with rushed story and ending…dont you agree on this point dennis…

          • Anonymous

            Ok, that helps clear things up a little. I’m not publishing-savvy so I don’t know how all this works.

            … I feel like I should have something to say here, but I don’t. SO, I’m just going to post this comment and wait for Dennis’ furious reply.

          • leon

            wow you guys really cat fight it out like seriously how about both of you grow up instead and stop fighting like children the story will come out when it comes out and you guys crying and moaning over it isnt gonna solve anything so get over it

          • Anonymous

            If you haven’t noticed, Shurtugal is filled with debates and arguments. So this shouldn’t be surprising to you.

          • lucius91

            nah the debates one isnt surprising but the fact that you in particular
            a) wanna fight everyone who comments. This wasnt a debate anymore, i quote: “I’m just going to post this comment and wait for Dennis’ furious reply.” your trying to goad someone to get satisfaction … how about instead you try something new and grow up?
            b) peoples arguments usually stopped after 2 or 3 comments but it seems that you feel the need to fight your case and have the last word in. Get over yourself.

          • Anonymous

            Your right. I’m sorry, I was goading Dennis.

          • Dennis

            I agree completely. I would rather wait for a good book than have him rush and have the book be sub par. However he already knows how the book is going to end right? He already knows how events are going to unfold throughout the book so the book should essentially write itself. One would think anyway.

            Kyla; if Bob was going to take 2 years to give me a present why would he tell me he was going to give me the present in the first place?..How does this sound?

            Bob: Hey Im going to give you a present, dont know when though
            Me: Thats kewl man
            Bob: ( 6months later) Hey I got the cover and the title of your present but im not going to tell you what it is
            Me: ok
            A year later Bob gives out more details about the present but doesnt actually give me the present..

            At this point wouldnt you say to Bob he can keep his present because ur not interested in it anymore???

          • Anonymous

            First off, my name is Kayla, not Kyla.

            So your telling me that you don’t want Christopher’s “present” to you anymore? Because that is what you turned the story into, I’m just calling it as I see it. And I do agree with you, it does seem lousy that “Bob” would take two years to get you a present, but isn’t it just as rude to not accept the present after “Bob” has been spending his spare time getting it ready for you? Your logic is a bit skewed.

            You say that you will wait as long as it takes for Paolini’s book to come out. But in my example, you say that you don’t want “Bob’s” present to you.

            And secondly, THE BOOK ISN’T READY YET! In “Bob’s” scenario, your suggesting that “Bob” is withholding the present from you. But in my example, I am saying that “Bob” CAN’T get it done right away.

            Paolini isn’t ready to get the book published.

            Paolini knows what’s going to happen at the end? Is there any writer who never changes their original story and doesn’t regret it? Paolini has an idea of how the book will end, but in many interviews he has stated that he had to re-write whole chapters because it wasn’t coming out the way he wanted it to. Or that the character developed in such a way that he had to change most of his plans.

            I suggest you try writing some time. It’s hard! I haven’t written many stories and I know that its hard. You think something will work, but everything changes before your eyes and messes up your whole plans.

            For future conversations, can we no longer refer to the “Bob” example? I think it is making our conversations very confusing. I hope this comment wasn’t confusing to you.

        • MasterBrom

          For someone who has been in his corner from “day one” should get a few of the facts straight. CP started WRITING Eragon when he was fifteen in 1998, it was not published until 2002 by his parents. Then Knoft re-published Eragon in 2003. Eldest was published in 2005 and Brisinger in 2008, so he is right on track to publish the 4th book in 2011. So TECHNICALLY you have only been waiting for 8 years, that is if you own a copy of the first Eragon book printed by his parents, if not then it has been only seven years.

          As for Michael Scott, he is fifty years old (will be fifty-one 9/28) and an established writer. Though he started the series in 1997 so it has been thirteen years already and the last book won’t be released until 2012, fifteen years of writing.

          I would say Christopher is doing amazing for someone so young and I really don’t care if it is 2015 until the book comes out because I know the longer it takes the longer the book will be and the better it will be.

          • Dennis

            FYI every book of the nicholas flamel series has already been written

  • bhgftrjtyjfr

    Go to bookstore and pick up a newer copy of Eragon (I forgot which edition) and turn towards the very back. You should find a bonus deleted scene from Mutagh’s point of view. I hope someone sees this post and relays this information, because it bis hard!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!????????????/;’;/m..nchrgrdgtryyutrjtuitiikiitfhf (just to catch your attention!) …………… !!! 😉

  • Josh_sickles

    hey mike just wondering if you have any idea of how long book for is going to be.. i personally hope that it is longer than all the rest a finally should be i think

  • Josh_sickles

    hey mike just wondering if you have any idea of how long book for is going to be.. i personally hope that it is longer than all the rest a finally should be i think

    • I’m assuming pretty similar in length to Brisingr. Time will tell!

      • Josh_sickles

        that would be great i enjoyed the length of Brisingr and if the fourth is anywhere close to as good of a book as Brisingr was than it will be an amazing read .. another question that i thought of is when will the next QandA session be.. really want to here some more stuff about the last book ..

      • Rahul Deshpande

        well…i hope michelle can do a fine work on the length…

      • Dennis

        After two year it better be a long book…i will be really mad if its smaller than Brisingr…I would suck if it was only like 400 pages, there is just way too many things that need to be covered, so I would imagine its going to be a long one. This should be a questions asked of CP in the next Q and A, How many pages does he have written so far and/or is the book going to be longer than Brisingr

  • Josh_sickles

    I say let cp take all the time he needs as long as it is an amazing book i can wait as long as need be .. the guy also has to have a life like everone else .. although i would love to here that kick a** title he said in the interview lol and on the release date how could he tell us when its goign to come out when its not done i mean he could go back and add entire chapters to parts of it if he wanted or rewrite parts so i think everyone that is rushing cp should just chill and enjoy the hype surronding this amazing conclusion to the best sci fy series of all time :))

    • Anonymous

      I think Paolini/Random House is postponing the release date and book title for a very good reason.

      My theory is that the book is LITERALLY almost done. Like with editing and everything. So when the book is almost ready to be distributed, it should be ready to buy in ~a month. And then we would all freak out because we were expecting the book to come out next year, when really it will come out in a few months.

      I won’t say that my theory has any merit. The book may come out next year or the year after that, and current evidence has shown that Paolini isn’t done with the book, though it hasn’t been said outright.

      Of course, Paolini might be lying to us to make us think he is still writing the book… but I have too much respect for him to believe that.

      So for all those who are haters, just know that my theory is mostly wishful thinking; despite the fact that it would be a good strategy for Random House to postpone the title and release date not long before the book is available for buying.

      • Theory is wrong. They aren’t lying — the book isn’t done being written. He has said this outright on numerous occasions. Check the most recent interview we did with him or Suvudu’s most recent interview for proof.

        It would be a *bad* strategy to release the title and date shortly before the book’s release. From a marketing standpoint, there would be no time to market the book, work on publicity, etc. There wouldn’t be enough time to build up hype and drive pre-orders.

        • Anonymous

          “He thrusts his sword into her belly, gives it a sharp twist and continues to push the blade till it exits her back and enters the tree behind her. He thus leaves her pinned to the tree as blood gushes out of her lifeless body.”

          LOL I’m sorry, I just HAD to write that.

          Like I said, my theory doesn’t have any merit. And I also said that I respected Paolini too much to believe that he would lie about his book. It was merely wishful thinking that the book would be out soon.

          However, isn’t the whole marketing process ABOUT not revealing release dates and titles? It’s all about getting the readers pumped and anticipated about the book. I find that holding the release dates and titles would do a good job at that. However, you know much more about this stuff than I do, please forgive my ignorance.

        • bhgftrjtyjfr

          It seems that shurtugal.com does that for them!

  • Anonymous

    What’s wrong with the length of time C.P. is taking to write Book IV. I mean wouldn’t you people rather have a nice, long, interesting, awesome sauce book instead of one that was quickly written? Why don’t you guys try writing a book and see how long it takes you. I guess most of you who criticize the amount of time he takes are thinking “Hey C.P. doesn’t need a life.” I mean seriously? Besides people take different amounts of time to write books. You can’t complain cause the book is taking long. And heck he even divided into two books. I mean isn’t that good enough?

  • ghdt

    hu cares

  • yuth

    who cares

  • Katethegreat620

    Could anyone reccomend any other books to read to pass the time? Some loooonnggg series, like Inheritence, the won’t take a week.

    • TheDragonReborn

      Try the wheel of time books.. if you want long and good mixed with fantacy and adventure all in one well book, this is definatly the series for you. They are just fab books like, my name TheDragonReborn is neamed after someone in the series even, thats how good i think they are lol.

      Like so far there are 12 of the series, one prequel and 2 more books on the way to finish the series and every book is over 700pgs long (except the prequel) and two of the published books are like 1000pg long, it does take time read and i doubt you finish them in a week.

      You may not find the series book turning in the start as it does have a slow begining and it is a totally new world which takes tie to get used to but stick with it because when you get used to them and delve into the story, charaters and plot lines further on in the book and series, you will not put them down and i can fortell some very late nights saying you’ll put it down after “one more chapter” and then 5 chapters later you realise what you’ve done and how late it is 😛

      so give them a try, they are an epic series and are one of my favourites!! you will not be disapointed 😀

      • Josh_sickles

        all of the rick riordan books are great reads although you can read them pretty fast

        • Katethegreat620

          Yeah, I’ve already read those. Have all of ’em in paperback except the last. Go Percy Jackson!

    • MasterBrom

      Try reading the Dragonriders of Pern books; there are more than 20 books in the series and Christopher said they were one of his favorite. Also a new book is still being released every couple of years.

  • Anonymous

    Hey Mike, how exactly does someone build a fan-website from scratch, make bunches of money off of it, and be able to see Paolini ALL THE TIME (compared to us, we never see him in person).

    I’m basically asking how Shurtugal was founded, by whom, and a brief detail of how you got to where the website is at. This process has caught my brief attention.

    • I wrote about this in the introduction to my book (Oct 26) and will be writing more about it in a few pre-book news posts I’m doing over the next month. Stay tuned.

      However, I’ll give you a little spoiler in advance: I don’t make “bunches of money” off of Shur’tugal (I wish! :P).

  • Hywayman200085

    I have heard that patience is a virtue and that is true in most part. I must point out that many of the readers of this series are young people known for that specific lack or failure. I purchased this series for my grandchildren and do hope that the 4th book will be finished before they decide that they are no longer interested and find another author’s books on which to focus. I must admit that I have read the previous books when my eldest grandchild expressed an interest in reading the books, he is now a junior in college and I am hoping that he will still find the book interesting when it does appear but the younger ones are still champing at the bit to read the 4th book when it does appear!

  • Hywayman200085

    I have heard that patience is a virtue and that is true in most part. I must point out that many of the readers of this series are young people known for that specific lack or failure. I purchased this series for my grandchildren and do hope that the 4th book will be finished before they decide that they are no longer interested and find another author’s books on which to focus. I must admit that I have read the previous books when my eldest grandchild expressed an interest in reading the books, he is now a junior in college and I am hoping that he will still find the book interesting when it does appear but the younger ones are still champing at the bit to read the 4th book when it does appear!

    • I’ve been with the series since I was 15; I’m almost 22 now. I think a lot of the fun has been the wait and the anticipation for the next book. If we got one book every four years, this awesome community — the fans, theories, and excitement would not exist. It’s this two-three year waits that really let us have fun.

    • Anonymous

      My mom read the books and thoughouly enjoys them. There are several stories I have read as a child and continued into adulthood, just because i wanted to see the series through, like the Guardians of Ga’Hoole.

  • Ruydragon

    Rather than complaining that CP is taking his time, how about let’s distract ourselves about something unrelated to his story (or related). We can all just dicuss on what we can expect what’s the book going to be like. I really hope that the last book has really good loose-end tiers.
    Hey Mike, what happened with the beyond the Borders contest? I know it’s been like a hunderd years ago since that was established, but I just want to know what came to be for this.:)

  • Ben Mac27

    am i the only one that thinks mike wants to bum CP? …lol

  • EternalShade

    ………..Germany??? Can he speak German?

    • You don’t have to speak a country’s language to visit that country! 😛

    • You don’t have to speak a country’s language to visit that country! 😛

  • EternalShade

    Hopefully but not likely.

  • Rahul Deshpande

    hey mike..i am not able to upload my pic…is there any problem with disqus a/c??? sorry for posting here…

    • We can’t offer DISQUS support because we are not DISQUS. They are their own unrelated company.

      • Rahul Deshpande

        ok…well…it got sorted out…but had to do it 3-4 times…lol…anyways..thanks…

    • We can’t offer DISQUS support because we are not DISQUS. They are their own unrelated company.

  • Rahul Deshpande

    well…so..the people who are against Christopher visiting this event mean that he shouldnt have any social life…and just sit at his home and keep writing the book until he finishes…

    well…let him have a social life guys…this is not a small event and we should be proud being his fans that he was invited to this event…

  • Grey

    CP can take as much time as he needs. He’s hardly being slow at all! 2 years since Brisingr came out – no time at all.
    Susanna Clarke, the award-winning author of my all time favourite book (big and heavy enough to bend table legs), took 10 years to write it. It’s been 6 years since, and the next one is still being written. No one’s complaining, no one’s whining. (It’s an adult book so i guess the fans are mature enough to show patience – not dumping on younger people, but.. you know… patience tends to come with age.)

    The third His Dark Materials book by Philip Pullman took 3 years to come out, and he’s been a writer for YEARS – as opposed to poor Christopher whose only written 3 books.
    And while we wait for CP to finish we get interview after interview after interview. A very generous thing.

    Don’t worry, be happy. Try not to have a pulmonary embolism. Read some other series to pass the time. 🙂

  • Let Christopher take his time. But there is a limit for waiting without plucking all my hairs out of my skull: I can wait till Sept 2011. And in the mean while let us try to understand CP’s more Mysterious characters. Lets start with Arya: http://goo.gl/fb/22OLM

  • PrettyBullet

    @ Mike
    one question, real fast….. I know you going to go over the questions for Q&A this weekend, are you by chance going to post the winning questions, or are we going to have to wait till after CP answers them to know what they are? Just wondering. 😉

    **Sarah**

  • PrettyBullet

    To every one complaining…
    waawaa-booboo…. need a tissue?

    I prefer to wait YEARS for a good book with a perfect ending. Instead of a rush,hurry gotta meet the time line… Go read some warning labels or something…

  • Guest

    Everyone is different. Some people can write a lot of publishable material a year, some take longer. Some even spend their whole lives writing a single book. The guy is a perfectionist, are we to fault him for that?

    Also, each book is different. Length is not the only thing to take into consideration. There’s research as well. Yes, even in fantasy. Some books may take longer than others and I’m stunned that CP is as regular as he is. If you look at publishing dates, you can see he’s pretty consistent and actually writing faster considering that subsequent books are getting bigger.

    He’s already giving us an entire book more than he originally promised. I say, be happy. Excitement is okay, but don’t narc on him. That’s all.

    • Good point on the research part. If you remember the sword making chapter in Brisingr (one of my favorite) Christopher talks about the book he used to help him write the chapter.

    • Guest

      All of us want to know how this series ends. That’s why people want it done now!
      Its that good!

      • Evest

        Different guys not the same making the post. Ill put an alias up.
        I’m making the reply

  • Anonymous

    I know your arguments are fair Mike but everyone is fairly frustrated by the amount of time the book is taking to get out. Also, Derek Landy (The author of the famous skulduggery pleasant series) released two books this year that are not by any means small.

    • Out of curiosity, how many books have you written and published in the past year?

    • PrettyBullet

      CP isn’t Derek Landy, or any other author that puts more then one book out a year, He is CP who always had his books spaced out a couple years any way. Let me see you write a better novel, in such a sort time span and have it sell off the shelfs as Cp is doing. Can you do that? No i didnt think so…

      • Anonymous

        I know i just am cant wait until the fourth ones comes out i am an avid reader so ive read all of his books multiple times. i guess i was just venting my frustration..

  • RuggishBone

    why are u on vacation finish the fourth book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Josh Grooms

    All of you also need to realize that he also has to think of an ending for the book that wont disapoint all of us. It has to be perfect. On top of that he has to deal with everyday life and might not always have time for wrinting. Pressuring him just makes him write slower.

  • Guest

    It’s giving me an error message when I try to click on the link. Something about having to log in first but there’s no pop up or anything either. *sigh* Oh well.

    As for all the people hating on CP for going. Do any of you realize how big of a deal this is for him to be invited to something like this? It’s not an award that’ll get stamped on his book, but it is still a huge deal. We should be celebrating his success, not griping about the bloody book. I want to read it as much as anyone else, but sheesh. Like Mike said, give the guy a break.

  • olli

    Be careful with putting getty Image-previews on your hp…
    They understand no fun when someone ignores the copyright.

  • guest#2

    He needs to quit going to all these events and releasing these other books that can come later after the fourth book and start writing it’s been two years since the third book.

    • You guys need to give it a rest. Yeah, Christopher should be chained to his desk and not leave the house ever. Do you have any semblance of how real life or jobs work? They aren’t 24/7. If Christopher never left the house or did anything non-writing, you can bet anything that you’d never see the book. Life outside of work is a requirement for *anyone*.

    • Dan

      Have you ever tried writing books that are 700+ books the guy is gonna go mental if he doesn’t take a break once in a while imagine if you were being pressurized so much CP is doing his best to finish up the fourth book as soon as possible we should be happy about that.

      • Anonymous

        If you think about it, Paolini might be just as pressured as the President of the US.

        Random thought, I know. But think about it.

        Paolini has MILLIONS of fans who are pressuring him to get done faster. Sure, the Obama has more pressures and CERTAINLY more responsibilities than Paolini. duh.

        My point is, I feel bad for Paolini because he has fans who hate him… weird huh?

  • The Warden of the West

    No. Sadly, nothing useful will come of the party. It’s just another way to widen Christopher’s rep big time. I hihgly doubt he will betray anymore of Book 4’s secrets. And confound him for that!!! It’s been way over a year. Why can’t he write anything more? Has Inheritance finally met its premature end like I always thought it would? Sheesh!!! What is the world coming to these days?

    *sighs sadly and shakes head*

    • Read that post a few times trying to make sense of it. Still no luck. No idea what you’re talking about.

  • Ben Mac27

    no wonder the book is taking so long…

    • Yup, a one day trip to Germany will surely dent his writing time!

  • Faleia

    Is this just a sitdown party? Or will there be any announcements or interviews, maybe excerpts?

  • Anonymous

    Wow, does this mean more travelling?
    Why don’t any famous authors travel out this way? Too cold?

    • Many do, actually. Many of the guests in attendance were famous authors.

      • Anonymous

        True fully i love the Eragon books but like the first person said we should get and ETA on when the 4th book will come out. Look at some of these Vampire Academy Series by richelle mead she has 6 books out in the last 3 years and told us when the next books will start coming out. Than there’s the mortal instruments by cassandra clare which she has dates down to the month and year of her next 5 books which all of her books and Richelle mead’s books made best sellers. All i wish we could have is a ETA but Christopher should get to have a life outside the house as well hope he had fun.

    • Anonymous

      Yeah maybe I should have been narrowed “out this way” down, I meant New Zealand, but thanks for the info anyway…

      • If it makes you feel any better, I wouldn’t mind visiting New Zealand…

        • Anonymous

          Come! Its a wonderful place. Our temperature is moderate but where I live (Auckland) there is never snow. Summer is about 22-27 C and winter is 19-9 C. We have lush green countrysides and more sheep than people, no snakes… Kiwis and we are at least three hours ahead of the rest of the world plus NZ is the first inhabited place in the world to see the sun… I’m sure you would enjoy your stay. Our dollar is weak at the moment you could come over here with 60 usd and get between 100-120 nzd. All welcome………

          • Antigone

            Dragonasker, sorry to burst your bubble, but isn’t Japan the first country to see the sun rise in the morning? Anyway, your country really sounds cool. Maybe I’ll visit someday

          • Anonymous

            My country…. thanks I now own it. But no according (http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20080118095737AA39jp7) best answer and here (http://www.travelblog.org/Oceania/New-Zealand/North-Island/East-Coast/Gisborne/blog-114179.html) here (http://www.answerbag.com/q_view/486415) but they are all debatable and no it is not Japan who contests for the first glimpse of sunlight but Kiribati and only in our winter.

          • There are such technicalities regarding this whole thing!

            If you really wanted to be technical, Antarctica sees the first sunrise of anywhere.

          • MasterBrom

            But that is only a few days of the year, like today when the day and night are equal all over the Earth. In the winter time, Antarctica doesn’t have a sunrise and in the summertime, it doesn’t have a sunset.

            So Antarctica isn’t always the first!!!

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  • Anonymous

    hmmm maybe they will announce something pretty awesome huh? Possibly a book title?!?!

    • Nope.

      • Anonymous

        Well we could only hope, no reason to not to speculate 😀