Happy Holidays!

Christopher sent out a quick note to Inheritance via his Alagaesia Newsletter this week:

Greetings Friends!

As the year comes to an end, I would like to thank you all for being such amazing and supportive fans.

To everyone who entered the Super Fan contest, thank you for participating. I am excited to review the entries over the holidays! Stay tuned for the announcement of the winner early in the New Year.

Christopher Paolini

Us here at Shurtugal.com would like to wish you the happiest of holidays! We’ll see you in the new year!

And who knows, perhaps we’ll have a green book sitting under our trees in 2011?

  • firemonkey

    I have a strange feeling that when Christopher invites the winners over to his place he will finally reveal the name and cover of book 4. I just have that feeling.

  • RuggishBone

    wtf some people with terminal illnesses wont make it till next cristmass!!!!

  • nick_borghese

    “perhaps we’ll have a green book sitting under our trees in 2011?” – that better not be a hint as in the 4th book is coming out next christmas!!!!!

  • nick_borghese

    “perhaps we’ll have a green book sitting under our trees in 2011?” – that better not be a hint as in the 4th book is coming out next christmas!!!!!

  • WQ

    So annoyed, I misread ‘winner’ for ‘winter’. I therefore, thought that he was talking about a book 4 devlopment. Nope instead its just an implication about some contest. Dagnabbit!

  • strider

    hey everyone this is my first post here 🙂 anyway i got a question I heard that there will be an interview with cristopher on holidays are there any news about that? or was it just a rumor

  • Aladora

    I wish there was a way to go into books. Then I’d stalk Murtagh in the shadows, even if I’d die and it’d be retarded. Just scare the living hell out of him. Maybe I would even scar him for life! 😀

    Murtagh – Someone is following me…
    Me- *Jumps out of bushes with kitchen knife* DIEEEE!!!

    • Kithsahan

      aladora,

      just shout THIS IS SPARTA before u kill him. but u might need a mighty large cork screw to open that thick head of his.
      teehee =)

      • Aladora

        Hmm…

        I don’t have that big a knife, but I’m pretty sure my 1200 pound horse could get through hat thick head of his! ^_^

        • Kithsahan

          u have a horse? dats rich.

          • Aladora

            Not really. Just a cute little mare. She was mine, but we’re moving, so not anymore. But I still consider her MINE. 😛 and I could steal her for an hour to trample some annoying people. ^_^

  • Zachamavisca

    Is he seriously saying that we’re going to have to wait ’till Christmas 2011 for book four%Pr

    • Anonymous

      Where did you read that?

    • Aladora

      No, it’s most likely going to come out in late summer through fall. CP has to finish it, then publish it. But, what if the stores are so clogged you don’t get it for a month? It took me till Christmas to get the Inheritance Almanac, just because I could never find it. Relax, It will come out some day, I can give you a sure guess that it will be out within the next 5 years. ^_^

  • Kithsahan

    lol, imagine eragon and arya walking into ur college party and everyone will be like “where did these hippies come from”

    • sirsimon

      Lol, nice one, but wheres Saphira ‘gasp’

      • Anonymous

        drinking all the booze ;P

        • Kithsahan

          AND she’ll be shaking that a.. i mean tail to pitbull’s music.

          • Aladora

            And destroying everything in the process!

  • Gypsee4258

    We really need something to hold us over untill the book. Like the cover or the name of it or release date. Please !!!! Christopher give us something …………

  • Gypsee4258

    We really need something to hold us over untill the book. Like the cover or the name of it or release date. Please !!!! Christopher give us something …………

  • Kithsahan

    i put my hands up in the air sometimes sayin AYOOO I WANT BOOOOK FOUR!!!

  • mchl_andrew

    We all understand the necessity for quality but this 3 and a half years stuff is getting ridiculous. Really CP? Seriously?

  • mchl_andrew

    We all understand the necessity for quality but this 3 and a half years stuff is getting ridiculous. Really CP? Seriously?

  • Kithsahan

    *sigh* if there was only an enchantment in the ancient language which will get that girl next door to like me.

    • sirsimon

      I wish that also, I would also like a time machine to go to September 2011 and collect all info on the fourth book and share it with you all

    • Seris

      Hey Kithsahan…

      As an occasional girl-next-door (who actually wishes those kindly guys cared about books), have you tried talking to her?

      • Kithsahan

        Yo Seris…

        As we are neighbours, I have indeed talked to her and I’ve found out that she’s a true rastafarian. 🙂

        • Seris

          And is there anything that prevents you from asking her out?

          • Kithsahan

            well i just got rejected cuz i didnt join her to smoke up for human rights

          • Seris

            Hmm… That may not be the best reason to reject someone. Ever considered that she may not be right for you?

          • Kithsahan

            seris , i can tell you a whole load of stories about my failed relationships but if i posted it here, Mr. Mike might MURDERIZE me digitally.

            just assume that i’m feeling just like eragon

          • Seris

            Okay, point taken. I just mean that maybe a different girl would be better. Like, it’s her that’s the problem, not you, so you should find better.

  • Donshiv

    hey Mike i was wondering whether u can ask Chris a question if ur gonna have another Q&A session wit him. The questions is this:

    When the elves dream, Chris puts it to us that they are dreaming yet still fully aware of their surroundings (i.e. dreaming while awake). Did he get this idea from “lucid dreaming”??

    I found this quite interesting after watching the film ‘Inception’ which by the way is awesome! Yeah so can u please get Chris to answer my question. Thanks 🙂

    • EternalShade

      The book was made before Inception was so no.

      • The concept of “lucid dreaming” wasn’t invented by Inception. It’s an actual scientific concept and has been around for a long time now.

        • Donshiv

          yeah wikipedia (which i know is an unreliable source sometimes) mentioned that it has been around for sometime. But i was wondering whether Chris’ idea for elf dreaming was coincidental with lucid dreaming or did he read about lucid reading before his idea

          • Aladora

            Wish I had lucid dreaming. Then, I would be able to dream of whatever I wanted. The only dream I have had of these books has been the crummy five seconds of exercising his horse. (Which was really cool, by the way. I got to jump Cadoc! XD)

      • The concept of “lucid dreaming” wasn’t invented by Inception. It’s an actual scientific concept and has been around for a long time now.

  • Kithsahan

    i hope CP writes more witty comments for Blagden, our favourite raven

  • same as below

    i am predicting summer or fall of 2011. look at the previous time frames to write the other books and take into account the extra length but also the accelerated pace and it seem to me it will be August to September of 2011. But that is just an educated guess, a rather good on i would think but that is cause it is mine….. NOT EVEN CLOSE TO OFFICIAL! DON’T TAKE TOO SERIOUSLY.

  • inspirational guest

    Sure it is taking a long time but, the book will be absolutely amazing! i just don’t understand why the cover art and title hasn’t been released yet, if he is so close to finishing it i would think he could release that much just to give readers everywhere some kind of revitalizing spirit! i love CP’s books and ya i’m annoyed at the wait but, then again who isn’t. We just have to remember good things take time and great thing take forever

  • Static

    Ooh, I need the 4th book now!!! I’m dying over here lol.
    And I wonder who will win that super fan contest…whoever wins will be a one lucky dog. 😉

  • Bwah!

    That’s it?

    • Nope, we’re hiding the rest! Treasure hunt!

    • Nope, we’re hiding the rest! Treasure hunt!

      • Glaedr

        Whats that ment to mean Mike?!

        • It was sarcasm.

          • Glaedr

            oh, you got my hopes up :'(. nah jokes 😛

      • Bwah!

        I mean no offense to you guys, as you can only post what you get… But I was hoping perhaps Mr. Paolini would share something. Not a title or anything, but normally in his updates he gives us a snidbit of where he is, or what he’s currently working on in the book. Sigh. :/

      • AF (anonymous fan)

        Hey! You should have a scavenger hunt for the title/cover of book 4!!! When that info released, of course 🙂 Just hide pieces of the cover around the site and have us put them together to figure out what it looks like.

  • Franklyfranke

    this is crazy i was still in high school when the third book came out!

    • Dennis

      I was in High School when the first book came out…beat that!!

      • c’mon man

        i was in kindergarden when the first book came out

      • c’mon man

        i was in kindergarden when the first book came out

  • Commenter

    The long (no pun intended) and short of it is that CP is undeniably taking a massively long time to finish. Now, that may or may not mean that the book will be awesome, but you can’t deny that they could be doing a little more to promote it rather than keep fans hanging like this…

    • Three years is not a massively long time to write a quality fantasy book. Where do you people get your numbers/”facts”??

      • Dennis

        Might not be massively long but it is quite ling and you cant deny that! As far as facts go, CP had to split the last book in two which means he had already started this book when Brisingr was released…we dont know how much he had done but still…its been a long time

        • Yup, your facts are wrong. He may have split the books into two, but when he did so, Book 4 hadn’t yet been written. So nope, not as far as facts go.

          • DADsfsd

            he(CP) mentioned that when he split the books he had already wrote 100 pages into the fourth

          • c’mon man

            that’s like 1/7 of his books…..

          • c’mon man

            that’s like 1/7 of his books…..

  • Amethyst Rose

    I have a good feeling that we’ll have the book (or at least know what it’ll be called) by Next Christmas. And as for those of you who are complaining about Christopher taking his time to write, as a storyteller myself, I understand that Christopher has a time outside of the Intereitance Cycle and does like spending his time with his family and own personal life. Sometimes taking small breaks like that helps out with the book in the end! Be Patient. The fourth book will be here as soon as it can be!

    • Gypsee4258

      OMG !!!, please the cover or something by this New Year not next. I am dieing here lol.

      • Amethyst Rose

        Lol… I agree… he does need to do something to whet our appetites.

    • c’mon man

      and what exactly have you wrote mr. storyteller?

      • Aladora

        And who are you to criticize, Mr.argumentative? Don’t start random arguments. It’s just idiocy.

        • c’mon man

          not criticizing, just wondering what he wrote so i can read it

          • Aladora

            Oh, alright. I was a bit edgy because at the time another argument was going on at another site, so I was trying to stop it before it happened. ^_^ Even if it wouldn’t have, this is one of those ‘Better safe then sorry’ things. My bad!

      • Amethyst Rose

        I’m currently in the planning stages of my own book… and I understand how hard that is… plus, if you haven’t guessed by my name, I’m a girl.

  • Legacy400

    I hope we get a release date in January as a new years present since we didnt get a christmas present lol 🙂

  • Legacy400

    I hope we get a release date in January as a new years present since we didnt get a christmas present lol 🙂

  • Legacy400

    I hope we get a release date in January as a new years present since we didnt get a christmas present lol 🙂

    • Legacy400

      and the cover!

  • Gypsee4258

    Me as well Legacy me as well !!!!

  • Jahooty **

    Some how when I saw “Christopher sent out a quick note…” I knew there wasn’t going to be any news on book 4 😛 I dont know what everyone is complaining about…

  • Mchl_Andrew

    The freakin wait that CP is putting his readers through is UNBELIEVABLE. I’ve never been so frustrated with an author. I, being the good fan that I am, check this website every day when I get to the office just so see if Mike and the crew have any exciting updates. I bite my teeth in anticipation as the page loads, and I pray to see a fresh headline. When I do, it gets me unnecessarily excited because there is no speak of “title” or “release date” in any of them. Obviously no fault of Mikes, just seriously CP? Really man?

  • Glaedr

    i just saw something online that said that Cp stated book 4 would be released from august 2010-july 2011. This is just someone lying/attention seeking right?

    • A link would be very helpful, but I’m 99% sure that it was a lie. Christopher would not be the one to announce or hint at a pub date; that’s his publisher’s job.

  • Legacy400

    The longer it takes him the better it will be but, I still cant stand to wait!!

  • Legacy400

    The longer it takes him the better it will be but, I still cant stand to wait!!

  • Gypsee4258

    I hope NOT next Christmas , for the green book.

  • XxxX

    I do love how Mike Manages to comment on every hater comment
    See watch
    CP is terrible

  • Anonymous

    I got the Guide to Alagaesia for christmas and whilst i thoroughly loved looking through it, i couldn’t help but hate the fact there is no snippet of a clue in the book except that there’s a female dragon, eragon has gone to beat the piss out of some big shadow but …. where’s greeni and his rider? Surely there is more than just eragon?

    Anyway, hope everyone had a good holiday, lets hope we get the title of the book in january or february? Like we did two years ago with brisingr …… as is pointed out below “almost done” can only hang for so long ….

    • Seems like you say “there’s no hints to Book 4” and then list three pretty big hints to Book 4. Am I missing something here? 😛

    • Amethyst Rose

      There are big hints as to what happens in Book 4… you just have to pay attention to every word written in there.

  • Elf Knight

    Book 4 at next Christmas? You’ve got to be kidding me! I don’t mean to be rude or anything but CP is taking WAAAAAAAY too long. I mean, I’m newer to the Cycle then a lot of old-time fans who read it when the books first come out. How long does CP think their patience will hold out when mine’s nearly at its end? I’m growing cobwebs here!

    • tiered of waiting

      i read the first book in middle school… im now graduated and enlisted in the military… youre not the only frustrated one haha

    • The Chemical One

      Some people just take a while to sort through their ideas so they dont skip over any important pieces of information. As for the wait… I too read this in middle school, and now I have graduated and am in college. Its been a while, but you cannot say the wait is not worth it. Because then you would be truly foolish.

    • The Chemical One

      Some people just take a while to sort through their ideas so they dont skip over any important pieces of information. As for the wait… I too read this in middle school, and now I have graduated and am in college. Its been a while, but you cannot say the wait is not worth it. Because then you would be truly foolish.

    • Anonymous

      Have you perhaps thought that the reason you feel it’s taking too long is that you havent had to wait as long as others. Trust me, the next book is 99.99% certain to be out by late summer/early fall 2011.

    • Aladora

      I hope it comes out soon as well! I’m not like you others who have read the first one and waited for each book, in fact, I got the first two early summer. I’m a bit patient, and I have one hell of an imagination. I’ve killed Murtagh in my head in three different, really creative ways! That’s the only reason I hold out so well, because I am constantly going through scenarios in my head. But, I am re-reading every book I own. Maybe things will change and I’ll start going insane in a short while. 😛

  • That bit about the green book really got my hopes up. 🙂

  • Guest

    I hope I don’t have to wait till next Christmas for the 4th book 😐
    (last sentence)

  • Eragonin

    I hope upcoming book 4 of Inheritance Cycle is coming out very soon!!! I am so excited about it!

  • sirsimon

    all of Paolini’s books have been released in either August or September. So I can imagine August 2011 a most probable date

    • I wouldn’t be shocked if the book hit in Fall again.

      • Commenter

        The long (no pun intended) and short of it is that CP is undeniably taking a massively long time to finish. Now, that may or may not mean that the book will be awesome, but you can’t deny that they could be doing a little more to promote it rather than keep fans hanging like this…

  • sirsimon

    all of Paolini’s books have been released in either August or September. So I can imagine August 2011 a most probable date

  • Glaedr

    I wish CP had put some news on book 4 in the short message, like maybe how far he is through writing book 4. And god i sure hope book 4 comes out before christmas next year!

    • He just told us a month ago how far through he is. There’s only so many ways a person can say “I’m almost done”.

      • lucius91

        your right… there are only so many ways you can say that … but there are only so many times you can say that too and he has been saying “im almost done” and “i can see the light at the end of the tunnel” for ages as well.

        • sirsimon

          I am sure Paolini is doing the best he can, but how can someone say almost done, when its been over a month, does it really take 31 days to write about twenty pages or so for the finale?

          • XxxX

            Uh… I’m sorry
            but what type of crappy finale would be 20 pages long
            He has to settle every problem in the story
            Galbatorix
            The Menoa Tree
            Arya
            Roran’s Fate
            The Carvahall People
            Nasuada
            The Dwarves
            The Elves
            And I’m sure the list is longer
            Yes I’m right
            Werecats and Angela
            Shades
            And everything else
            THe climax is JUST Galbatorix
            There is a lot of falling action
            And seeing as Eragon is still locked in a dungeon (As of Comic Con)
            we haven’t beaten Galbatorix yet
            For Christopher the ‘light at the end of the tunnel’ could even be the beggining of book four
            PS add exclamation marks after every line save the first

          • Glaedr

            CP said that some loose ends will not be completed in book 4 (not sure if I worded that right)

          • The Chemical One

            You did word it right. If you read his Q&A then he might…. JUST MIGHT be returning to write another book using someone else’s pov.

          • The Chemical One

            You did word it right. If you read his Q&A then he might…. JUST MIGHT be returning to write another book using someone else’s pov.

          • lucius91

            so your saying that he wont be solving anything throughout the book!!!!?
            He wont be saving everything for the last 150 pages. a finale is the final climax not mashing everything up and hoping for the best so dont be ridiculous. if he says finale it should be taken to mean that its the last climax

          • Seris

            Ah, my dears, looks what we’ve been reduced to. You dear, good fellows. Hold out a bit longer, eh, lads? Just a bit longer.

          • Kithsahan

            lol this list is right about the size of my holiday homework pile which i havent even touched.

          • Kithsahan

            lol this list is right about the size of my holiday homework pile which i havent even touched.

      • guest

        your a dick

        • guest

          you can’t spell….you’re*

          • c’mon man

            its prettty tuff

        • Aladora

          You have no maturity. ^_^ Probably a 50 % chance you have a life, as well. Why don’t you go get one and quit mindlessly criticizing others?

  • Mr. Anonymous

    Oh boy I hope it comes out soooooooooooon!

  • c’mon man

    i wont read the fourth book if i have to wait another year

    • Mr. Anonymous

      yes you will!!

      • c’mon man

        your right, i will. But ill borrow it from the library so cp doesn’t make any money heheheheh

        • I hate to break your heart but he does still make money off of library books. Also, we don’t like trolls here so you’ll have to take a break from commenting for a little while. Merry Christmas!

          • c’mon man

            sorry….

          • cow

            if he cant comment for saying hes gonna borrow it from he library i wonder what will happen to me for writing this…

          • c’mon man

            cp isnt gonna sell you the book

          • cow

            I also find it kind of rude how you called him a troll. Hes a person not a mythical creature. You tell us not to write bad stuff then you go around calling people trolls, hypocritical much?

          • c’mon man

            i found the troll comment kind of offensive now that you mention it

          • c’mon man

            i found the troll comment kind of offensive now that you mention it

          • Kithsahan

            blame them rainbows buddy. its them stupid rainbows.

          • Aladora

            Fine then. You are now an urgal. An urgal with dwarfism, that is the size of a fox. I’d stick with the troll. ^_^ (Just messing with you, I find all of these conversations rather amusing. )

          • c’mon man

            can i be an urgal like nar garzhvog? cause he’s a beast

          • Aladora

            No, just an urgal with really bad dwarfism that is half the height of a dwarf. ^_^

          • c’mon man

            damn it, oh well lifes tough

          • Aladora

            But, i guess if you were using the movie version of Dwarves, you’d be a good three feet considering the ‘Dwarves’ in the movie are freaking 6 feet tall. Idiots…

          • Moo.

          • Kithsahan

            hooting ur horn at cows isnt very polite is it?

          • EternalShade

            Wow. Mike has been called meaner things than trolls but doesnt throw fit like you. Sensitive much?

          • c’mon man

            btw, he didnt call “cow” a troll (he called me a troll) and that’s who you’re responding to so you better get your facts straight kido

          • Aladora

            Haha, Moo. This entire comment page makes me laugh every five comments or so. Tell CP I say hi! XD

          • Kithsahan

            harry stuck his wand up a troll’s nose in the first movie didnt he?

          • c’mon man

            that would hurt

          • Kithsahan

            harry stuck his wand up a troll’s nose in the first movie didnt he?

    • I’m sure you won’t.

      • Thisisurubaenboy

        Getting snippy, son?

        • Snippy? Nope! Sarcastic? You betcha.

          • Thisisurubaenboy

            Then you have my full backing.

          • Thisisurubaenboy

            Then you have my full backing.

  • Dennis

    I hope we dont have to wait for xmas 2011 for this book!!!! Happy Holidays everyone!!

  • Anonymous

    I love this site, but it would’ve been a nice gift for a title or an update for the last book…oh well, wishful thinking. Keep up the good work Mike!

  • sirsimon

    merry christmas Mike and shurtugal crew, and merry christmas to all fans.

    Hopefully, we will have a green book before christmas 2011, cannot wait that long.

    I hope its before june 9th, thats my birthday

    • Rider of Fangs

      Ditto! Summer is a good season to release a book, and winter. I can’t wait to see the final art Paolini has been painting for a few years now. I just hope that it will not be as wordy as Brisingr, but it was probably wordy becuase he was trying to extend his series into four books. I can’t imagine how cold it must be in Montana right now. (shivers) Probably even colder than Michigan, since he lives next to the mountains.

      Happy Holidays!!!

      Merii Christmas everyone!!!

      Rider of Fangs

      Quick question: What does Lytherus mean? It sound like an Greek of Roman root word.

    • Guest

      mine is june 5 🙂 so i agree with you

  • I’d have posted this earlier but my Christmas gift to myself was getting to sleep in late.

    • Seris

      You deserve it well enough. Merry Christmas!

    • Seris

      You deserve it well enough. Merry Christmas!