Christopher Participates in Interview with Tad Williams

Christopher Paolini recently participated in a two-sided interview and conversation with acclaimed fantasy author Tad Williams (of Shadowmarch and Otherland fame) for Amazon.com, resulting in some very interesting questions and answers! The pair discussed their books, writing, and their writing plans for the future, as well as their take on the fantasy and scifi genres and the ever-growing world of books. The interview/discussion is quite the interesting read, offering a glimpse into the minds of two of our generation’s celebrated fantasy authors. Keep reading for the interview!

Tad: Hi, Christopher. Nice to talk to you, albeit virtually. It was great hanging out with you and your family this summer. Pretty much all of us fell in love with your part of the world, too.

Be warned: this isn’t my best time of the day, so if I start calling you “Herman” and asking what it was about whaling that interested you, please forgive.

The first thing I’d like to ask you as a starter question is: why fantasy? I mean, there’s the obvious answer (which is also true for me) that it was something I loved to read growing up, but I guess I’m curious what is it that still resonates for you. Why do these kind of stories, these kinds of characters, these kinds of worlds, still speak to you?

In a similar vein, do you have another kind of fiction, another genre, that you’d really like to try? If so, why? Any genres you think you’ll never write but wish you could?

Christopher: Hi Tad. Great talking to you as well. We all had a wonderful time when you guys visited. Definitely one of the highlights of the year.

I’m still waking up as well — takes a few cups of tea and a few strips of bacon before the little gray cells start firing properly — so if I sound a bit muddled, that’s why. Still, we can make a stab at coherency, eh?

Hmm. Why do I write fantasy? As you said, it’s because I enjoy reading it, but I enjoy reading it because . . . well, for a number of reasons, I suppose. First of all, fantasy allows for all sorts of dangerous situations, and those can provide a lot of excitement in a story. And excitement is always fun. Also, epic fantasy usually deals with themes and situations that everyone can relate to, such as the challenge of growing up, or how one is supposed to deal with moral quandaries. Fantasy is the oldest form of literature; the very first stories that humans told while crouched around campfires were stories about gods and monsters and tragic mistakes and heroic feats. Even now, those topics still resonate with us on a primal level, which is one reason I think fantasy will remain popular with readers as long as humans are still human. And I love the sense of awe and wonder one can often find in fantastical literature. . . . Fantasy can allow you to see and hear and experience things that have never existed and never *could* exist. To me, that is the closest we come to real magic in this world.

That said, there are a number of other genres I’d like to try my hand at: mystery, thriller, horror, science-fiction, romance, etc. I love stories of all kinds — although mythic ones certainly hold the greatest appeal to me — and I’m very much looking forward to experimenting once I finish the Inheritance cycle. Any genres I think I’ll never write but wish I could? . . . Probably long-form epic poetry or a witty comedy of manners. Poetry is fun, but my grasp on it is rather shaky, and a comedy of manners (while I enjoy them) is so different from my usual life, I’m not sure I could pull it off properly.

And now a question for you: You have just finished your third (large) series. What is it about big epic stories that so fascinates you? Why not write small, intimate books about a fishmonger whose greatest love is his toothpick sculpture of the Brooklyn Bridge?

Tad: You mean you didn’t read my brief but stunning Brian, His Bream, and His Brittle Bridge?

More seriously, I’m actually trying to move away from such large books, not because I don’t keep writing at length for a reason (more about that in a moment) but because it’s like piloting an ocean liner: once you’re underway, turning or both stopping take such a long, long time.

Yes, fantasy definitely resonates at a primal level. Many of my reasons for writing are the same as yours. I think the foremost is that it’s a way to get into the headspace of the Uncharted World, something we haven’t had much of during our lifetimes. In fantasy (or science fiction, for that matter) we can imagine unknown lands and civilizations and people and creatures, and more importantly, the excitement (and sometimes the terror) of discovering them for the first time. It’s hard for us to imagine these days how the world once felt for our ancestors — a tiny, only partially safe and known space surrounded by fearful unknowns.

As far as writing long books, a big part of it with me is that I like the size of the canvas. I prefer to work with multiple viewpoints, to take large events and break them down into a kaleidoscope of different (and often clashing) viewpoints, as a compensation for and modernization of the strong narrator more common in earlier generations of fantasy writing. However, because each character then becomes the hero of his or her own small drama, as well as a supporting strut to the lead characters’ story, it takes up a lot more space. Also, because my big books have to be so tightly plotted in some ways, the smaller storylines become a way to keep spontaneity and introduce new ideas into the tale.

But as all writers know, there is fun to be had with many genres and lengths, so I’d like to try to write slightly shorter and more self-contained works, at least for a while: the big ones (of which I’ve now done three) take up half a decade or more, and I’d like to try some other things. That’s why I’m writing the Angel Doloriel books, which will be more like regular series books — you won’t swoon if you try to pick one up without reading its predecessor. Me being me, though, there will still almost certainly be lots of detail, characters, and continuity stuff to wrestle with!

What about you? Do you feel like you want to keep writing epic fantasy at epic length? What parts of writing long work well for you, which aren’t you so happy with? I know I occasionally find the sheer slog of long stories to be fatiguing, since worldbuilding and character invention are probably the most engaging parts of the process (at least until the ending when you get to resolve things, which has a real joy of its own.)

Have you ever worried you wouldn’t have the muscle to finish something? I confess I’ve had a few nights when I wondered if I was ever going to see the top of the hill, let alone get down the other side.

Christopher: I can’t say I’ve had the pleasure of reading that particular work of yours, but I’ll be sure to seek it out now.

I agree with everything you said about writing large, tightly-plotted series. My experience with the Inheritance cycle has been much the same, although, in my case, it’s taken me over a decade to finish, and I’m not quite to the end yet. (I know, I know; I really need to write faster.) There is a great joy to telling a story on such a grand scale, but, I agree, you run the risk of fatigue and burnout. Variety is exciting, and working on the same project for years on end can take its toll.

For that very reason, I don’t think I have the guts to tackle another series. At least not in the immediate future. Even if I live to be a hundred, I’ll never have the time to write all the stories I want to, and going from series to series will drastically reduce the number that I’ll be able to finish. Of course, I may feel differently a few years down the road. Who knows?

Sometimes I think James Patterson has the right idea: spend your time plotting out stories (the fun part) and then farm out the actual writing to someone else. The problem is, I’m far too obsessive and detail-oriented to let anyone else tell my stories for me. I’d spend most of my time tearing out my hair and going, “That’s not right! You’re supposed to do it like *this*.” And then I’d just end up writing the book myself after all.

There have been many, many times over the course of this series when I’ve doubted whether I’d be able to finish it. In fact, until I actually write the final word on the final page, I’m still not going to entirely believe that it’s possible. However, my love for the world and characters has always pulled me through those rough patches.

I don’t want it to sound as if working on the Inheritance cycle has been all misery, though. Far from it. Long form fiction, such as this, offers many rewards to those patient enough to tackle it. By staying with the same characters and locations for a long period of time, you grow to know them in a way you never could if you were only with them for a brief four hundred pages or so. The story starts to take on a life of its own, and you become so wound up in it, it becomes hard to let go. As much as I want to move on from the Inheritance cycle, I could very easily continue to tell stories in Eragon’s world for the rest of my life. In fact, many authors do just that once they’ve created a world that they really enjoy.

A change of topic now: Do you think that aspiring authors ought to attend college and/or writing classes? If so, which would you recommend? I ask because I know many people think that a degree or a certification is going to help them become professional writers. That hasn’t been my experience, but I was wondering if you had a different take on it.

Tad: I absolutely agree that I don’t want to make either the job itself or long stories in particular sound TOO painful. I’ve had a lot of jobs I enjoyed less — a lot — and I can’t think of any I liked as much. The chance to create worlds and to people them, and then to get other people interested in them, must be one of the greatest things anyone can do in this world, and we’ve both been very lucky to get to do that.

I don’t think I could go the Patterson route, for the same reasons you describe. Also, I really like the writing part, trying to get the words just right (although one never, ever fully succeeds — but that keeps life interesting and work a challenge!)

Also, books change as you write them, and that’s a fascinating thing I’d never get to experience if all I did was plot for other writers. The Shadowmarch books really changed as I learned what the story was truly about, and to be honest I didn’t know anywhere near as well in the beginning as I did when the last words of Shadowheart were finally written some nine years later (I’m including the time I was writing the beginning part online.) These big stories like mine and your Inheritance Cycle grow and change — they’re living organisms, in a way, and no short work can ever be quite that alive. (And for that reason can’t be as annoying and demanding, either.)

As to your question about what education is appropriate for a writer, well, my answer is pretty simple: you need to do whatever will educate you to write. For most of us, that starts with reading a ton of other kinds of writing — different genres of fiction, great books from the past, non-fiction, even things like technical writing to understand clarity and concision. Also, the broader the repertoire of influences, the broader the personal voice that a writer develops. Next, the writer has to learn how to write, and you do that by writing, writing, and more writing, then reassessing, and writing again, and by useful criticism and technical feedback.

Do you have to have a college degree to do that? Gee, I hope not, because I dropped out of Berkeley a long time ago without even sniffing a diploma. But can that be a good way to go for some people? Absolutely. But remember, folks, the world is full of gifted failures and entitled mediocrities, but interestingly there seem to be far fewer ambitious, hard-working failures. That doesn’t mean hard work is a guarantee of success any more than a literature degree would be, but if you’re going to do anything as hard, challenging, and competitive as commercial fiction, you’d better know in advance that there are people who have just as much innate talent as you have but who are already planning to outwork you.

What would you tell someone about your work as a writer, or the I. Cycle as a piece of work, that you don’t think gets enough attention?

Christopher: You’re right; watching a story evolve as you tell it is one of the most fascinating and rewarding aspects of the process. Even though the general outline of my series has remained the same since I started, many of the specifics have gone in a completely different direction than I originally imagined. There’s nothing quite as satisfying as that moment when — after years of thinking about “X” in a certain manner — your vision shifts a bit, and you suddenly realize that “X” should actually be “Y”, and you feel all the little gears in your head snap together, and the story suddenly seems much more coherent and powerful. In order for that to happen, though, you have to be willing to let go of your preconceived notions about the world/characters, which can oftentimes be difficult.

I was a bit too rigid with my last question, I suppose. Writing classes certainly *can* help improve someone’s technical skills, but they can’t teach the desire to write, nor can they teach you what your prose is supposed to sound like, nor what you ought to be writing about in the first place. Those are things people have to find out on their own.

I think there are two things that maybe get overlooked when people talk about the Inheritance cycle. One, my love of science. Even though I’m writing fantasy, I try very hard to make sure that everything within my world is internally consistent. The only real impossibility I have in the books is people’s ability to manipulate energy with their minds: aka magic. Other than that, everything is governed by the rules of physics. And two, how much my writing has changed since my first book, Eragon, I’ve tried very hard to better myself as an author from book to book. Readers may disagree about whether or not I’ve succeeded, but even the harshest of critics would have to acknowledge that, for better or worse, I’m not the same writer I was when I began.

How about you? What aspect of your work do you think deserves more attention?

And, since you’ve just wrapped up the Shadowmarch books, what do you think the heart of the series is? That is, what is it about that story that inspired you to write it?

Tad: Oh, I don’t think you were rigid with the question at all, Christopher. I think as largely self-taught writers you and I are going to have trouble pushing the “get a degree” side of the argument very forcefully. Certainly I’ve seen too many people who think that writing is giving back what a teacher wants you to do, as if the craft could be learned like multiplication tables. You can teach people the rudiments of writing until you’re blue in the face but if they don’t have the drive and skill to express themselves, or at least the drive to improve their methods of expression, a degree is nothing more than something that’s going to hang on your wall.

Your love of science is another way in which you and I are much alike, I think. I have always thought of myself as a “hard fantasist” — this is an expansion of the well-recognized science fiction term, “hard SF”, meaning scientifically rigorous, or at least internally consistent. In fact, sometimes it almost becomes a limitation for me, because I have trouble creating things that don’t feel realistic to me. In the ORDINARY FARM all-ages books I’m writing with my wife Deborah, I’m constantly compelled to come up with reasons to explain how dragons can fly (I bet you know that one!) and why unicorns have horns, etc. It leads me down some very strange tracks…

As to me, hmmmm. I think the one thing people often miss about my work is how closely humor is woven into it. Even my most serious stuff usually is laced with humor, although obviously not at every moment, and not always in the most noticeable ways. (A lot of my humor is absurdist in nature, so often I just put crazy things in and don’t make much out of them, because it seems to reflect the world I live in.) But even the most basic conversations and situations usually have some humorous elements. Besides all the SF and Fantasy authors I admired growing up, I also loved people like S J Perelman and Robert Benchley and Wodehouse, and later Hunter S. Thompson and Thomas Pynchon, and all that creeps into my work. It’s especially visible in the OTHERLAND books, but there’s a healthy dose in Shadowheart and my other epic fantasy as well.

Now that the last of the Shadowmarch books is finished, I’d say that the series is about family. It’s about what binds us together and what makes us who we are, and how often those are the same things — how we were raised, and who raised us. It interested me, and grew to be more and more important, because fundamentally epic fantasy is often about everything BUT actual family — it’s about pseudo-families (like “quest teams”) and most of the major characters are usually orphans, actually or functionally. How many of us (both you and me, for instance) have started epics by killing off the protagonist’s surrogate parent figure? But I’ve moved into a part of life where I am much more conscious of myself as a part of the stream rather than something riding on top of the stream — humbling but interesting, that change — and it really became a dominant part of the Shadowmarch books.

I don’t know how long we have — Deb and I have a business lunch at 12:45 our time — but I did want to ask you a few more things. Feel free not to answer if it treads on stuff you’d rather keep exclusive a while longer. One is, any plans for things you’d like to work on after Inheritance? (Asking more about types, not specifics, like I’m going to be working in a more Fantasy Angelic Espionage vein next.) And what has been the most fun thing, other than simply getting published, about having had the success you’ve had with your work? Any good stories, revelations, funny letters you’d like to share?

Christopher: “Hard Fantasist”–I like that phrase. I may have to steal that for some other interview if you don’t mind.

Dragons can fly because they use magic, of course. They’re impossible creatures, but they *know* they’re impossible, and they use magic to let them do the things that, normally, they couldn’t. At least, that’s how I’ve always justified it. After all, if it were possible to manipulate energy with your mind, it only follows that certain animals/peoples would have evolved to use that to their advantage.

I’ve always enjoyed the humor in your books. The character of Binabik, from your trilogy Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn, is a prime example. He was serious when he had to be, but he had so many great lines that made me laugh or smile. Which reminds me, I really need to re-read that series!

Plans for work after the Inheritance cycle? My next book is probably going to be epic space-opera science-fiction, but I also may be tackling some other, non-book projects. We’ll see. It mainly depends on how I feel once I finish this last book. I have so many stories floating around in my brain right now, it’s hard to pick just one. Science fiction and/or other forms of speculative fiction are the most likely, though.

Let me see: what’s fun about getting published? Well, for one, having the opportunity to talk to authors I admire . . . like you! Just because I’m a writer myself now, doesn’t mean that I’m not still a fan at heart — a fan of your work, and of the genre at large. It’s also fun to go on tour and meet readers in person. During the tour for my last book, one of the stores set up an entire renaissance fair in the parking lot, complete with fire-breathers, sword fighters, and a large hairy man in a centaur costume. Not something you see every day. And then of course, there was the time a woman came up to get her book signed, and she was carrying a sugar-glider that proceeded to gnaw on my hand, drawing blood. Ever since then, I’ve been able to say that I’ve been chewed on by a marsupial. A dubious distinction, perhaps, but one I’m rather proud of.

I’d love to keep asking and answering question, but I know you have to run. So, instead, I’ll sign out by saying how much I’ve enjoyed this, and how much I’m looking forward to finally reading the end of the Shadowmarch series. I’m sure I’ll enjoy it. And I can’t wait to read your upcoming fantasy angelic espionage. Sounds fun!

Tad: I have the opposite side of that same pleasure, Christopher — I’m old enough now that sometimes people I admire, like you, tell me that I influenced them. (If they’re really nice, they don’t add, “because I read your books when I was just a kid!”, which is unnecessary and cruel.)

The sugar-glider story is great. I never had that, but my ex-wife WAS bitten by a wombat (named “Chloe” — the wombat, not my ex) in the Sydney zoo when I was on an Australian tour. That should count for something.

Glad to hear you’re still thinking about your SF story. You’ll find a great deal of pressure to write more about Eragon’s world, of course, because so many people love the books. I’m sure whatever you choose you’ll do great things with it.

Thanks for sharing your time with me and whoever else gets to read this. I can tell any readers for a fact that when we last met this is pretty much the way we talked about stuff, and the kinds of things we talked about, too. Yes, people like Christopher and I really think this way. We became writers because we were readers first, lovers of stories and storytelling. It doesn’t take much insight to know that if we’d lived in a different age would have been earning our keep by the campfire or (even better!) in the comparative warmth of a castle, strumming and singing, bringing epic stories (and the occasional joke) to whoever we could convince to sit still long enough to listen.

  • Quarterhorse1331

    …ummm, quick question to those who say they lost interest in the series. When the awaited 4th book is released, will you buy it? Just saying, because when I read the series, I thought they were really great, and I read them all at once because I have all three. But now of course, I’m not as excited about them because I read them like three years or so ago. But you can be sure that when the book does come out, I’ll stay up all night reading it.
    Will you?

  • Quarterhorse1331

    …ummm, quick question to those who say they lost interest in the series. When the awaited 4th book is released, will you buy it? Just saying, because when I read the series, I thought they were really great, and I read them all at once because I have all three. But now of course, I’m not as excited about them because I read them like three years or so ago. But you can be sure that when the book does come out, I’ll stay up all night reading it.
    Will you?

  • Henry Alman

    Interesting interview…
    I have always wanted to write a book, but lose my patience every time. I get 10 pages in and get bored, and want to write about something different.
    I think everyone should be a little less harsh on C.P over Book 4. It clearly has a lot of content in it, both rounding off older plotlines, and bringing in new ones. It sounds incredible, and I can’t wait to get my hands on it, but considering how incredible Brisingr was, and how, in my opinion, each book has improved on the last, Book 4 will, hopefully, be something truly special.
    The publisher, however, is annoying me slightly. I can see why they are not releasing anything – to keep readers and fans waiting for it, and keep up the hype – but seriously, I think a snippet would actually help frustated fans stay interested. Maybe just the cover and title, or something similar, just to give some incentive.
    I will never stop loving Inheritance, and know I will read Book 4 and love it.

  • Kasturi Panajady

    I know one thing:
    No matter how much I rant, stomp my feet and curse that Book 4 isn’t here yet, I still be one of the first 5 queing up in front of Strand at midnight to get my hands on a copy.
    This is all talk. If you’ve stuck with a series for so long, you’re hardly going to run run off when the last book releases.

  • no one

    I’m not going to keep waiting for the book. I’m done with the series. It’s so stupid how he tries to say “oh im still working on it, im still working on it” Seriously, it’s been way too long. And if he keeps it up, he is going to lose most of his fan base. Peace out

  • Guest

    Gods, i hope this book comes out in 2011 june or july, or at least by christmas. God knows when we all die (unless there isnt 1) cause if i die by some random crap (no, not old age), ill haunt cp for the rest of his days (hopefully, i get to read the book before u all πŸ˜‰

  • Bcon1998

    yea but it has ben a long time sinse the third book came out

  • guest

    How long does the -editing- process for a book the length of eldest/brisingr usually take?

    • Editing and the printing work (print formatting, copyediting, actually having the book printed, shipped, etc) takes about 6-9 months.

      • guest

        ah, thank you

      • guest

        oh, and any ideas when we’ll get to see the September Q/A?

        • We stopped “monthly” Q&As a long time ago and now do them when Christopher has the time to do so. The plan was to do a live Q&A in which fans could participate, which is why we haven’t done a standard Q&A in ages, but we postponed that due to Christopher’s insane busy-ness with Book 4. We’re going to try to get a standard Q&A out ASAP.

  • Black Phoenix

    I agree, i will not read book even if C.P. somehow publish it.
    I think that is rude to the fans, that we don’t know approximately release date or the title.
    Yes i know, how is hard to write book, i am trying to write something my self, but i know that how your story is reviling title can be changed, and that you always need to add stuff.

  • casper

    i think that his little gray cells are the reason why its taking so long

  • Denmark111

    Mike, aren’t we allowed to discuss that kind of things on this website? ‘Cause if that’s the case, fine with me, I just want to know if that why you removed the comments.

    • No, you aren’t allowed to talk about religion in the comments. I think I made that clear in my post about why I deleted all of the comments.

  • Mdietcoke

    Stop complaining! If you don’t like his writing, why are you complaining about how long it takes him? I believe Chistopher writes his stories long hand first -which explains some of the delay. You can’t rush the creative process – let it go. I’m waiting for book four…

  • HURRY THE HELL UP CHRIS

    JESUS MIKE, STOP TAKING PEOPLE’S HEADS OF FOR SAYING THAT CHRIS IS TAKING TO LONG. HE IS. END OF.

    • Aladora

      I get that you all want him to hurry up and finish, but do you know what people in hell want? ICE WATER. Quit whining.

  • sirsimon

    I believe Paolini will give us a truly great book, but can he at least give us the cover or title to drool over?

  • Aladora

    Mike,

    is there a winner for the fan contest yet, or a date for it to be released? I entered, and am patiently (Sort of ) waiting for it to be announced on here. And very exited, because I REALLY want to meet my favorite author! (Your very lucky to have met him various times, you know. )

    • This was a Random House contest and I have no control over when the winners are chosen and announced. We weren’t involved in the contest in any way, we just posted news about it. Sorry!

  • Aladora

    Mike,

    is there a winner for the fan contest yet, or a date for it to be released? I entered, and am patiently (Sort of ) waiting for it to be announced on here. And very exited, because I REALLY want to meet my favorite author! (Your very lucky to have met him various times, you know. )

  • sirsimon

    Guys enough with the hatred

    Fair enough Brisingr was his weakest novel,but it was very good, this one looks to be his strongest and best. If the fourth book does become bad though, I will automatically replace him as my favourite author with Tolkien, my second favourite

  • iLikeBDSM

    this is ridiculous. JK Rowling managed to get her books completed in a timely manner without losing her fans like christopher – AND they were longer and better. maybe it takes this amateur so long to write because he is constantly writing sentences like “The plants possessed a different type of consciousness than animals: slow, deliberate, and decentralized, but in their own way just as cognizant of their surroundings as Eragon himself was.” perhaps he would accomplish more if he did not have to refer to a thesaurus for every single sentence to write this poisonous witchcraft. and also, he would get his book done sooner if he wasn’t frolicking around at anti-homosexual boy scout rallies and having dull conversations about writing books with little-known authors that are still better than him. if he wants to retain his followers that he has only managed to acquire through some form of wicca, then he needs to get his head out of the book of old norse he refers to when he needs to cover up a bad plot sequence with a fantasy-esque name like Ja’wa’nana’tan’ya’kamen.

    • Ilikemen

      I would agree except I sympathize with Paolini because it’s hard to write while having your vagina sucked by Mike Macauley 24/7.

      • Nickeyfkci

        Now that’s below the belt…
        πŸ˜‰

      • Aladora

        This is a site where young kids come, you know. Not exactly an appropriate word for this type of site. Just saying!

        • Ilikemen

          if eragon fans arent mature enough to handle “vagina” im truly amazed that they can read “Dazed, he hung loose from the saddle and watched as the disks of the heavens and the earth reversed themselves, spinning without a discernible pattern”

          …or the most awkward romantic sub-plot ive ever–KATRINA!–encountered

          • Aladora

            Oh, so you want a six year old to read ‘vagina’ on here? Yeah, your mature. *Sarcasm* Anyways, I’m not arguing with you. End of story. Bye!

      • Aladora

        This is a site where young kids come, you know. Not exactly an appropriate word for this type of site. Just saying!

    • Aladora

      Twelve words that may help you in the future. If you can’t say something nice, do not say anything at all!

      Quit criticizing people just because of your lack of a social life, not to mention manners.

  • Rapha22

    im not saying that he must stop living for finishing the book faster but i supose he could work harder or AT LEAST give us a prediction about the releasing date and stop saying “soon” Γ―’m working on it” “be patient, its almost done”, honestly, considering his average of 3 years for each book and considering 4 books he would take 12 years to finish the serie, George R.R Martin took 12 to finish an 8 books serie

  • GUEST

    It’s all about money making, the more money they can make off one book at a time is another factor on how long it takes for the next book in the series, (i.e Harry Potter releases)

  • Christyflare

    Oh yeah, and add in there: Murtagh’s name changes and both him, his dragon, and Shruikan turn on Galbatorix. All the dragons pool their magic to remove his powers and link to energy and magic. Rest of what I wrote. The End.

  • Christyflare

    At this point, I don’t care if the book is awful, as long as I get ANSWERS! I would literally be satisfied with something like this: “The werecats snuck into Galbatorix’s castle and stole the green egg. When they brought it back to the Varden, Eragon picked it up and handed it to Arya, only to have the egg hatch in her hands, making her the new Rider. All hope is still lost of beating the Empire because Greenie is still too small, so they go to Vroengard and find some old training grounds. Eragon learns his true name and finds the Rock of Kuthian. Both him and Arya speak their true names to the rock and get a permanent link to all the energy in the wild magics of the world and freezes time but traps them on the island so that Greenie can grow and learn. After Greenie matures, they go beat the pants off of Galbatorix and somehow remove his powers instead of killing him. Sloan’s true name changes, allowing him to see Katrina again. It pisses her and Roran off that Eragon lied to them, so that’s why they get kicked off of Alagaesia. Saphira and Greenie mate and get eggs, Glaedr teaches Eragon how to make them Riders’ eggs, and Arya and Eragon finally get together. The End. Or something like that but with answers to everything.

  • Efthymis(Greece)

    when will finaly CP finish the fourth book????we will be bored if he doesn’t publish it in at least one month…..there is 2 years and 4 months from publih of <>

  • Ah, dang it.

    I had a very vivid dream last night that I logged onto my computer, got onto Shurtugal, and commented on a huge article about the released title of Book 4.

    Cruel subconscious. D:

    • Vrael 4 King

      Cruel indeed. I often drea about such things. In ways the good dreams can be worse than nightmares, because of the extreme disappointment. Nightmares just give relief when you wake up that it wasn’t real.

  • Ah, dang it! I had a very vivid dream last night that I logged onto my computer, went to Shurtugal, and commented on a huge story about the title of Book 4.

    Cruel subconscious. D:

  • Commenturgal

    Everyone, even die hard fans are just getting a bit sick of waiting. But for everyone who criticises Chris, think about it this way: he is nearing the end of a series that launched his career as a writer; he needs time to say goodbye, and if that means we have to wait a little longer for the book, so be it.

  • sigh….

    I’m not quite sure, but i believe Eragon came out in ’02, Eldest in ’05, and Brisingr in ’08. This is a 3-year span between each book. By that schedule, Book IV shouldn’t come out until at least this summer, if not later because of the length, etc.

  • moose

    i think the pressure of having to write a mind-blowing novel to top of the inheritance cycle would have to be getting to CP. maybe it’s taking so long to write the last book for this reason. maybe he’s finding it difficult to write something he feels matches the expectation of his fans…
    maybe he is doing anything he can to avoid actually having to finish it?

    • sirsimon

      I think the one about the difficulty is more realistic, Paolini has a reputation to uphold, I doubt he is going to try and avoid publishing the book.

      But in my opinion, September 2011 is the release date

    • I can assure you that Christopher is doing everything he can to get the book to us as soon as possible. πŸ™‚

      • tlp2750

        I’m sorry, but you would know this how? I know you interview the guy alot but that doesn’t make you his friend or confidante. He should be able to enjoy the success he has had writing a series of books that many people love, but it is his fans who have made him the success he is today and he should not forget that. Yes on average 3 years is his time frame but like one person said if he wrote just 1 page A DAY then he would the book would be on the shelf. He shouldn’t work 24/7 but the profession he has chosen is that of author and just working a few hours a day monday – friday would result in greater speed of writing. I know when I want to I can knock out a pretty decent paper for my professor that I have to research in an hour or 2. Is it so hard for him to knock out a page or so a day? I do not think that is too much to ask, a person to do their job. After all that is what writing is for him, HIS JOB.

  • Crystalsky8

    I can’t wait for the next book. I just started reading the series again looking at the story knowing what happens to the characters.

    Thanks for putting up the interview.

  • Aquaman

    Alrighty does anyone here think that maybe when and if CP goes partying that he might be gathing info on parties to help him with his writing……….the ultirer motive (sorry, I spelled it wrong) ninja……XD

  • E.R.

    Mike,

    I know you’re probably reallllyyy busy, but I have a question. On the page that says Book Four Loose Ends, I think you should take down the part on the page that says Book Four is the final book. CP hinted that there might be more books, right?? πŸ™‚

    • It’s the definitive final book in this series. A Book 5 would be a prequel or side-story.

  • E.R.

    I wonder if C.P. ever secretly sneaks over to the articles and reads all our comments.
    C.P.: “Great, they’re complaining again. They would rather have me write the last 10 pages of Book Four than eat a morsel of food.”

  • Fantasy Writer :D

    I remember how I started reading the series when it came out while I was in 6th grade…and now I’m at University of Maryland, CP! πŸ™‚

    • E.R.

      That’s what great authors do for a living. They take their time and they write books that we will read over and over again. πŸ™‚

      • Fantasy Writer :D

        Yep Yep! πŸ™‚ C.P. has inspired me to write. I actually don’t care how long C.P. takes to finish book 4. I’ll always be here hehe. πŸ™‚

        • Frederikke Vejen

          Agree 100% πŸ™‚

          • Mr. Anonymous

            Same.

          • Mr. Anonymous

            Same.

  • Kithsahan

    Hi Mike,
    What would happen to our favorite site ( obviously its shur’tugal.com duhh!!) about 2 years after the Inheritance cycle is finished? I mean like after the prophesized book 5 is released and all the excitement about the series dies down?

    • E.R.

      I’m sure there will be a 6th book,Shurtugal will update to wish ppl happy holidays,there will be another sweepstakes,they will show off a few young authors, Christopher will write other books besides the Inheritance Cycle, they will keep marketing the books, there will still be questions and answers going on through the years for CP, etc. Things won’t slow down for awhile. πŸ™‚

    • Frederikke Vejen

      Some things never dies πŸ™‚

    • Well, as I’m sure you’ve noticed, I have side projects going (my main focus being on Lytherus) which will be my full time job going forward. Shur’tugal will stick around, but it will shift gears. It’ll eventually cover all of Christopher’s books, not just Inheritance.

  • hello from germany πŸ™‚
    we have also fansites about eragon, and we also discuss the date when it comes out.
    yesterday comes a guy and says that his uncle who is working for cbj, the german publisher of eragon, tell him that the fourth book comes out in april in your country and is named “eldunari”
    on may 16th it comes out in germany and is named “the power of souls”.

    i think cp has already end πŸ™‚
    ok guys i think i give you a lot of stuff to consider.

    greetings from germany

    • None of this is true, sorry. The book won’t release in April and there is no title as of yet.

      • oho and you know all??

        thats the publisher

        • Your publisher is wrong.

        • Boagard#!

          Have you read the english verson they could have splite the books in germany just saying

      • Mchl_Andrew

        MIKE

        Can you 100% claim this as false? is there no possibility that info was leaked? I mean, it happens sometimes.

        • I can 100% confirm that all of that information is 100% false.

          • ok please confirm

          • Lgonoa

            He just did

          • I did confirm it. I’m telling you it is untrue. Fake. Not real. Made up. Lies.

          • ok and were are the facts that it is untrue?

          • Frederikke Vejen

            Dude he talks with CP – I don’t think anyone knows it better than the auther -.-‘

          • thats ok but i think cp neighter tell it us nor mike when it comes out

          • Frederikke Vejen

            We are not all from the US πŸ™‚ I know i’m not

          • i would ask you were are you from? go i to far when i say you are from scandinavia? because of your name
            the internet is a great thing its so cool, that one can write to other continents and one get an answer

          • Frederikke Vejen

            Well we like to say we are scandivavian but acculy it’s only a little part of the country with truely were af part of the achent continent Scandivavia. But yes, I’m from Denmark πŸ™‚

          • that’s cool.
            i did only mean with other continents usa or these others except of europe. lol

            i’m going to travell this summer, maybe to scandinavia. can you tell me some sights of your country?

          • Frederikke Vejen

            Well Denmark ain’t that eciting -.-‘ Most turists go to Copenhagen though – there we’ve got ‘the little meirmaid’ the famous statue and great shopping facilities πŸ™‚ Copenhagen has got one of Europes longest street for walkers (have no idea what thats called in english) But if you are more into nature you should go to Jylland πŸ™‚

          • thanks alot, i look maybe i go by car or by plane, but today its really expensive to travell πŸ™ on the other hand i’m student and so i havn’T enough money, lol

          • Frederikke Vejen

            Well if you decides to come I would probely recoment Bornholm πŸ™‚

          • that’s cool.
            i did only mean with other continents usa or these others except of europe. lol

            i’m going to travell this summer, maybe to scandinavia. can you tell me some sights of your country?

  • Wildcards1Γ…

    ok … I have a plan …I’ve noticed lots of writing in this forum soooo….. lets get together and complete it ourselves… by the time its done perhaps CP will also be finished and then we compare them to each other… and …and throw away the worst of the two. Ok who wants to start cause I’m kinda old and need to reread the three books to see where we left off… who wants to edit … how do we split up the royalties/lawsuits???? As far as there being a God …yes there is …he has a sense of humor and I’m his wildcard…I just hope he doesn’t want to play me before I read book 4. BTW loved reading your books Cris thanks for sharing you imagination and writing skills.

  • dragon lord

    I have a question, does CP have an IF user name, and if so does he use it?

    • No, Christopher does not post on any fan site or forum.

  • Your Tad Williams link doesn’t work. There’s an extra quote ( ” ) in there. Just thought you should know.

  • boagard#1

    I have never heard of Tad Williams are his books good

  • Anonymous

    O.o Must have BOOK FOUR!!!!!!! am going mad! lol time for black ops an then Mortal KOmbat!!! I want kfc

    you can do it Christopher!!!!!

  • M.

    I actually hope he’ll ‘split’ this one too and make a fifth book.. I don’t want it to end πŸ™ And I wouldn’t mind waiting for something that’s worth the wait πŸ™‚

  • zT DeFuZeD x

    Look at the published date in the front of each Inheritance Cycle Book. You will see a pattern:
    Eragon: Published in 2002.
    Eldest: Published in 2005.
    Brisingr: Published in 2008.
    Unnamed 4th Book: Do the math… 2011!!!
    3 years apart is how CP does it! Im surprised nobody realized this but me… lol.
    PS> Also CP split Brisingr because it was getting too long, and he had to meet his 3 year release date. So that means, Book 4 was already at least halfway completed when Brisingr was released. So, now Book 4 is probably finished, or in its final Chapters. And CP could be just laughing at us while we all complain about what is taking so long! Over time he has hinted little by little. The next hint will probably be the book title. Then bang, the book is hot fresh and here by christmas 2011

    • I’ve clarified this dozens of times now, but Christopher didn’t “split” the books in the sense that you’re claiming. He didn’t have it all written out and then cut it in half. He got to a point in Brisingr where he realized he wouldn’t be able to continue writing and have it all as one book. He plotted out an end point for Brisingr and a start point for Book 4. He wrote up to the end point in Brisingr before beginning editing and all that post-writing stuff. Book 4 was not half written (or written at all) from “splitting” the books.

    • Hopesy97

      If you’ve been looking at EVERY interview about CP and the Inheritance Cycle you should know that book 4 is getting close to completion BUT BE AWARE that it will still take a good long time for it to be edited and all that other stuff to do with publishing a good book

    • Anonymous

      obviously you’ve never seen my posts. LOL i love how people freak out about stuff, publishing dates, how frustrated they are that they dont know when the next book is coming out, and how its taking forever, ect. when they can even be bothered to look in the front of the other books and do the simple math to figure out a ball park time frame.

  • Static

    Dear Lord, give my man Christopher Paolini the strength to finish book 4 of the Inheritance Cycle because I’m tired of waiting! I mean, I know he wants it to be perfect and all but I’ve been waiting and waiting and waiting and now I’m in college. K? K Thanks. πŸ™‚

  • Kithsahan

    do we all like rainbows?

    • Dragkuti

      I commented on your randomness earlier lol ^_^ keep it up!

    • Dragkuti

      I commented on your randomness earlier lol ^_^ keep it up!

    • Dragkuti

      I commented on your randomness earlier lol ^_^ keep it up!

    • Vrael 4 King

      Yay for randomosity!

      Die, Barney, die!

  • Gregoryhitt1981

    Quit doing interviews, and write the book already… I want to finish it before I die..

  • Gregoryhitt1981

    Quit doing interviews, and write the book already… I want to finish it before I die..

    • sirsimon

      Now now, Paolini has a life u know, I dont know about u but he has to have a break sometimes, it is very hard to write a novel

      • GUEST

        i agree its hard to write a novel but it has been over 2 years and he did have part of the 4th book written before. I read a lot of novels and they never usually take this long to come out with the sequels. I also would hope an author wouldn’t be petty and keep a book to spite a few fans when the majority of his fan base is anxious but waiting patiently.

        • Jumpergirl93

          The release of book 4 info is up to Random House not CP. He isn’t trying to spite anyone.

        • Jumpergirl93

          The release of book 4 info is up to Random House not CP. He isn’t trying to spite anyone.

        • “Please make sure you know what you’re talking about before you start spouting these things. When Christopher decided to add a fourth book, he did NOT already have part of Book 4 written. He found a spot in the outline to split the book into two, finished writing until the end of Brisingr, and then stopped for editing/promotion. “

          • c’mon man

            i wonder how many times you’ve had to say this lol

        • Kiri125

          You think that’s bad? The final book in the night world series has been delayed a decade. The amount of time that has passed here? This is nothing.

        • Kiri125

          You think that’s bad? The final book in the night world series has been delayed a decade. The amount of time that has passed here? This is nothing.

    • So you can come here in a month and complain that we haven’t done any interviews with Christopher?

      • sirsimon

        Amen mike amen to that

        You know its good we are exercising our patience so well, it shows we are masters over our temptations, something straight out of the bible.

        • Mr. Anonymous

          Dude don’t go there again, please…

      • Fyferfyfe

        No one expects CP to stop doing everything except writing the 4th book, but rather just want him to give a clue to when it will be finished. He said 3 years ago that there had to be a fourth book because he realized the 3rd book was too big. He already had the ideas and a few hundred pages of words done on the 4th book before the 3rd book came out. I think the question people really have is why does it take so long to finish a 4th book when you were able to write the other 3 so much faster?

        • Please make sure you know what you’re talking about before you start spouting these things. When Christopher decided to add a fourth book, he did NOT already have part of Book 4 written. He found a spot in the outline to split the book into two, finished writing until the end of Brisingr, and then stopped for editing/promotion.

          I’ve mentioned this dozens of times now.

          Also, out of curiosity, how many 700+ page books have you written, edited, and published?

          • sirsimon

            I agree with you mike, paolini did not anticipate the split. He also wrote just enough of book four to ensure smooth continuity between the two, about fifty pages of the beginning while ensure continuity and will give Paolini a guideline in which to continue the book.

            PS I have written a 720 page book, if u were wondering lol

          • OromistheWise

            You keep giving these hints abt having written a book. You really want everybody to ask you why, don’t you? I suggest(with all the respect in the world) that you ease a little.

          • rutscbk

            Why should he? The main part of the conversation was about who had written a 700 page book. He out of most people here would know what it is like.

          • MacBjorn

            I agree with Mike 100% it takes time and a lot of the time Authors get writers block and need inspiration I myself although almost 21 have been working on a book that’s no where near being done for close to 6 years now,many times I run out of idea’s or can’t think of what part needs editing or fixing Fyfe you should sit down sometime and try writing a book
            out and then see how long and hard it can be.

            Christopher is doing his best to get this book done for everyone who is wanting to read it including impatient fans,who have nothing better to do then get on his case as to why it’s not done.
            and Mike and his team only have so much info as Christopher gives them when he gives it to them.
            When book 4 comes out we’ill all know.
            Keep up the good work Mike and tell Christopher to keep up the good work at his own pace
            God Bless you guys.

          • Anonymous

            I think the reason people think it’s taking longer for CP to write the 4th than the others, which is obviously not the case, is because between the second and the third the Erogon movie came out and instead people complained about that for months until the next book came out. πŸ™‚

          • Nayanika

            when will you do the next monthly.
            please don’t be offended, i just wanna know.
            i always miss submitting my questions for the interview

        • ghg

          So much faster? Paolini’s family published Eragon in 2002. Eldest was published in 2005, Brisingr in September of 2008. Three years seems to be Paolini’s average. Paolini has stated in interviews that he’s close to being done with Book 4. Let’s say that he gets done in March. You can bet that Knopf will get it out in time for Christmas. That would put it at 3 years and 3 months…Paolini’s average.

          I’m not really in the business of defending authors, but it seems to me that people are being a little impatient considering that Book 4’s pace is right on par with the other 3 books.

          • Wowaddict

            and hes an idiot for taking so long. in adition to being generally incompetent as a writer, he has lost much of his fanbase. example: i was 10 in 2002. now im nearly 20. I stuck with the books until about halfway through brisingr when i questioned why in god’s name i was reading such drab bullshit. so i stopped. now i have returned to tell all you fat basement dwellers to get a life… and a taste in literature.

          • Mr. Anonymous

            Stereotyping! This is one of the books I will look forward to because of the story I have enjoyed as of now, but it will not be the only one I will ever read.

            Btw namecalling is the lowest form of abasement. Plus, I am neither fat nor even have a basement…

          • Frederikke Vejen

            It is possible to read other book as well

      • C.paolini_m_or_f

        can you take a moment to stop defending your gender ambiguous sex partner and look at the situation realistically? his books aren’t good enough to come out every 5 years– theyre actually god awful.

      • Mike Macauley

        fuck face

    • ghg

      Be glad that I’m not Christopher Paolini. I’d purposely NOT finish the book for another year or two just to spite people like you. Paolini doesnt need to write Book 4 for the money. I imagine he has enough of that from the books and the movie rights to Eragon. He writes it for the fans. Yes. even whiny, bitchy fans like you.

      Are you so naive to think that 1 interview takes that much time away from his writing?

      • Anonymous

        I agree with you 100%!!

        If I was Christopher and after reading some of the comments on this page, I would put the book away for a while. This “little kids” don’t realize how much it can hurt with thoughtless comments like they are doing.

        These books are his and if he doesn’t want to finish them because of some of the comments then more power to him.

        • Vaginal_earring

          Is that a threat or a promise…..?

          • Anonymous

            If I was Christopher, that would be a promise.

    • iLikeBDSM

      this is ridiculous. JK Rowling managed to get her books completed in a timely manner without losing her fans like christopher – AND they were longer and better. maybe it takes this amateur so long to write because he is constantly writing sentences like “The plants possessed a different type of consciousness than animals: slow, deliberate, and decentralized, but in their own way just as cognizant of their surroundings as Eragon himself was.” perhaps he would accomplish more if he did not have to refer to a thesaurus for every single sentence to write this poisonous witchcraft. and also, he would get his book done sooner if he wasn’t frolicking around at anti-homosexual boy scout rallies and having dull conversations about writing books with little-known authors that are still better than him. if he wants to retain his followers that he has only managed to acquire through some form of wicca, then he needs to get his head out of the book of old norse he refers to when he needs to cover up a bad plot sequence with a fantasy-esque name like Ja’wa’nana’tan’ya’kamen.

      • Dragonsrule121

        Dude it is very easy to criticize someone when you aint been there in their shoes and even easier to compare them to others…..if you think you can do better write the books yourself otherwise keep your damn thoughts to yourself and dont flame authors in public comment sections

      • sirsimon

        Going over the top I see

        You cannot judge a person by their style of writing, Paolini adds those so called slow sentences to give realism to his world and its magic, fair enough it is tedious, but all books have them, you cannot write a book that is constantly rushing through danger, the characters need to rest. If Paolini is loosing fans, its because they are restless and arrogant people like u. If these whiners are the fans of paolini, then I am ashamed to name myself one. I hope Mike suspends u and good riddance

      • Dosadnik1

        Dude, if you don’t like what he writes in the books and calling them “poisonous whitchcraft”, why are you even following this site?

    • Horsestar02

      i agree

    • Horsestar02

      i agree

    • Kithsahan

      then we can safely assume that u are already 100+.

    • Bcon1998

      How can you die beforee it comes out i hear it is coming out next year

  • Jeriah

    I think CP reads Agatha Christie. “Little grey cells” made me lol.

  • Lukecrane23

    Hey chris,
    I know back in September you opened up questions for an 8th Q&A. Unless I am incorrect, we haven’t seen anything from those questions. So are we waiting for CP to send the replies or am I just a dummy and did I miss it. Sorry for posting this question here, just figured you’d see it here. Thank you in advance for the reply!

  • Static

    Dear Lord, I pray that You give Christopher Paolini the strength to finish book 4 cause’ I’m tired of waiting. Thanks πŸ™‚

  • Aladora

    Christopher Paolini, you are a fantastic writer. Why? You inspired me to begin thinking of a series I wish to write!

    I haven’t started, still brainstorming, but I know this. It won’t have Vampires, Werewolves, Elves, Dwarves, Warlocks, Witches, or Sorcerers. It shall have Shape-Shifters! (But likely with a more fancy name. Just came up with that idea two seconds ago. ) I’ve always loved the idea of shape-shifting, but I have no idea what problems they will face and such. Probably going to go through all the things the other books face and rule them out, I wish to be original as possible. Mainly because I like being original and different, it’s more of an obsession. But a good one!

    Thanks for being such an awesome writer! ^_^
    (P.S. Also, you started thinking of your books around 13(?), which is my age right now. Even more of an inspiration, it shows even young people can make great books, even if it took a while to fully accomplish the task and then get the book published. . πŸ˜›

    • Frederikkke Vejen

      I’m 14 and I started my first novel allmost a year ago πŸ™‚

      • sirsimon

        I have published two books, I am now on the third

        • Mr. Anonymous

          I’m 18 and I can only read ’em not write ’em. Difficult stuff you guys are into! Bravo! (no sarcasm intended)

          • sirsimon

            thank u πŸ™‚

          • Frederikke Vejen

            Thanks πŸ™‚

    • Dragkuti

      I am a dude around 15 years old and I have just started thinking about a book that I some day wish to publish its going to have all the best forms of writing that all of the best books I have read have and is also going to include Vampires, shadow people, magicians,daemons and of corse a good love story twist because all good books have a love story in them.

      Ps: Werewolves are shape shifters ^_^

  • wtf

    Well he finished Eldest in 2005 then Brisingr in 2008 so I hope he will manage to finish 4 sometime in 2011.
    Otherwise I will simply be like F*CK THE HELL OFF.

  • wtf

    Well he finished Eldest in 2005 then Brisingr in 2008 so I hope he will manage to finish 4 sometime in 2011.
    Otherwise I will simply be like F*CK THE HELL OFF.

  • Aladora

    You people are so unbelievably whiny. *Sarcasm*Everyone loves whiny people…

    You try and go write a 1000 page book! It’s going to take a while! Not to mention having a LIFE in between writing it! I mean, come on, people. Be considerate. You all look like three-year-olds, from my point of view. You want to read another inheritance book? Reread them! Find some other books to pass the time! Make a fan fiction! Do something other than whining!

    • Anonymous

      Right on!!!

      There are so many good books out there to read and some of the people commenting here act like there is only one book left in the world. The Inheritance Cycle is a great series but there are many others out there too.

      A good writer takes about a day to write one page, so it has only been about two years since he started writing the book. That is about 100 work weeks or about 500 pages and I am hoping for a longer book.

      • Aladora

        Might as well go through every whine on this page and say ‘Boo-hoo for you!’. Already did that on one. But, then again, I have a life! πŸ˜›

    • Kithsahan

      Oh fudge!!! the longest thing i ever wrote was a 1000 word college app essay. And that also took me like 3 months.

    • Dragonsrule121

      Ur right XD and the Inheritance fanfiction on fanfiction.net is pretty vast and…..interesting to say the least

      Lets face it given the no. of fanfics there there is BOUND to be one which matches CP’s ending…..Let the Quest begin!!!!!!!

  • Fosefamily

    Who cares if CP talks to TW. Just finish the book!

  • Brady_hoffman

    I dont even see why this website has mentioned a fifth book. When it has taken so long for him to even give us a release date. I dont even like the series now because of the wait. I just feel i have to finish it or it will bug me.

    • Here’s why: we report news. A potential Book 5 is news. Please whine elsewhere.

      • Willgall_19

        i see the whiners are starting to get to you too… i stopped commenting on these because of it, theres no point in it anymore they just dont understand… i realized there’s a lot of young people in here without any forethought, or for that matter very much logic or reasoning abilities.

        • Stakor2901

          I have been coming to this site for alittle over a month now, and I’m already sick of the whiners… I started coming here because i thought by now CP would have finished the fourth book, I thought threes years was enough time but i was wronge… But I can wait longer, the longer we wait hopefully the better the book is. And now news of a fifth book is even better news. So from someone who doesn’t matter but is waiting quietly take as long as you need CP, and please keep posting any news you hear…

          • Unfortunately, the internet’s anonymity brings out the worst in a lot of people. Some people think that because their real name isn’t attached to their comment name, they can come here and say whatever kind of rude and inappropriate stuff they want.

            Simple fact of the matter is that I would never walk into these people’s houses and insult them/act rude while I’m a guest. They won’t do the same on my websites. πŸ™‚

        • After almost six years of this, I have very thick skin. The whiners only get to me out of annoyance, never offense. I’ve taken to removing the rude people from the comments and proving most of the rest wrong.

        • Patrick doogan

          Your having a go about all the whiners, but your just whining your self. You claim they have no forethought or reasoning abilities, yet only a minority of people have expressed the opinion that Paolini should do nothing but write his book. Is it really that hard for you to understand that waiting 3 years for a book that you really want to read will annoy some people. I don’t beleive that Paolini should do nothing but write, everyone is entitled to a life. But taking 3 years+ to write a book whilst never giving a reason why, is bound to annoy people. That doesn’t mean you have no forethought, its a natural reaction. I know Mike keeps posting that when Paolini finished Brisngr he had not even started book four but that was 3 years ago. All of the other series i have read have had at one further book, in some cases two. This isn’t a reflection on Paolini has an author, there will be some justification has to why it is taking him so long, he jusn’t isn’t letting us know anything. Thats what annoys people. This book will come when it comes, i for one am perfectly fine to wait for it. However i do think that if people want to voice there opinions on how annoyed they are for the wait. They should be allowed to voice it. Without being told they lack logic, forethough and reasoning abilities. Seriously this arguement doesn’t need to involve personal comments on people.

          • Jason Held

            Well said. It does seem a little silly to whine as an angered reaction to whining. Mike, I suggest you learn to take criticism – no matter how destructive it may seem. You can’t really expect to host a website that posts news about an anticipated book and avoid these comments, can you? It amazes me that the creator of this site can be that rude in some of his responses to the fans of the books that he promotes – no matter how whiny they may seem.

          • Mr. Anonymous

            You’re soundin a bit antagonistic yourself, mister Jason.

        • Vrael 4 King

          HEY! I’m 12 and I love logic! I am an intellectual and have perfectly fine reasoning abilities and forethought! Now capitalize your I’s. And put an apostrophe in there’s! (PS, my dad is the GrammarNazi on Twitter, so I am picky on spelling and grammar). I have read the series 4 times and am reading it again!

  • Mchl_andrew

    MIKE

    I know this isn’t about this particular interview, but I didn’t know where else to post questions such as this. I think I can pretty much speak for all the Inheritance fans when I say that we would all drool over seeing The Inheritance Cycle in movie form. Since the movie Eragon royally royally screwed that one up, I was thinking about a live action series. Wouldn’t it be a great idea for the cycle to be adapted for TV? Think of a high budget series that could span over 4 seasons or something. It would certainly give the story a serious opportunity to develop and flourish. What do you think?

    • I think landing a TV show would be even harder. I think a high budget movie or reboot would do much better.

      • Aladora

        I think any movie that begins with making the Elves have pointed ears and the Dwarves be shorter than 6 foot tall is an improvement. Oh, and one where Roran is wearing something other than blue-jeans. (I could name a thousand of these!)

        • tlp2750

          I agree with all the movie statements. The movie by its self was good, but then I read the books. Everything about the movie was WRONG except names and some places. I mean Horst was a tiny whisp of a man in the movie. Broms death was wrong, eragons rescue of Aria was wrong, the fight with Durza was wrong, Aria leaving at the end of the movie was WRONG. If you are going to base a movie from a book make it CLOSE

      • Islandi

        I think that M. Night Shamalyan or whatever should do the movie over again. He pays attention to detail and he seems to be able to make them worth watching. He summarized Avatar: The Last of the Airbenders very well, and it turned out great. I would love to see Eragon redone. I watched the movie then read the books, very disappointed in the movie now. REDO!!!

        • The Last Airbender movie was as awful of an adaptation as the Eragon movie was. :S

          • Anonymous

            I think that’s because Shamalyan was trying to reach a bigger fan base and it just didnt work out.

        • Vrael 4 King

          Are you kidding me? he totally botched the Avatar movie. He left out Haru! And Jeong Jeong! What kind of good movie producer does that? The acting was terrible as well.

          • codycheek414

            feel free to bitch about this, but honestly the producer of twilight did a good job getting it close to the book; (but it still sucked..) I wouldn’t mind seeing her have a go at it, or after CP’s done with book 4 i think it would be FANTABULOUS if he went over it with a producer to help write the script and such of the movie like JK rowling did with HP.

          • Vrael 4 King

            In addition, its Avatar: The Last Airbender NOT The Last of the Airbenders, stupid.

  • Kithsahan

    Imagine you see eragon and arya in a music video and eragon is singing “she tastes like cola, sweet sweet sugar cola”

    • Mr. Anonymous

      What the…

    • Dragkuti

      lol, i love the randomness and its great to find people who are a bit like me ^_^

    • Vrael 4 King

      1. LOL
      2. waddacrap?
      That is what went through my head in sequence as soon as I read that post.

  • ghg

    Some of you guys should really learn to quit fretting when a certain author hasn’t finished his book in your allotted time period. Look at it like this: You have a job. Do you do THAT job 24 hours a day? When you’re not doing that job, do you go out and have fun? I bet the answers are, in sequence, no and yes.

    We’ve waited 3 years for Paolini to finish book 4. Try being a fan of George R. R. Martin’s, A Song of Ice and Fire. It’s been 5+ years in waiting for A Dance with Dragons and there’s still no publish date.

    Try reading Steven Erikson’s, Malazan: Book of the Fallen. It’s a 10 book-epic fantasy series. Erikson has already finished the 10th book (in 1 year). So…you wont have to wait for the closing of the series.

    • Brady_hoffman

      I just think he should have pre-planned more with his series like JK rawling did. Once you release something as good as what he has written it isnt really fair to make anyway wait this long. Im sure the 4th book will sell a large amount but most of his fans may be disappointed.

    • Mpdalmau

      I know exactly how you feel… Steven Erikson got the novel turned out quick didn’t he? i already got it on preorder for when it comes out in March.

      • ghg

        Erikson doesn’t play around when it comes to writing. I’ve been impressed at the quality of book he turns out in such a short time. 800+ page books that contain multiple, complex story arcs that all have to be tied together. This next sentence isn’t a knock against Paolini, just an observation. If Paolini’s writing developes into something anywhere close to Erikson’s, the Inheritance Cycle will not be Paolini’s last extremely anticipated series.

    • Dragonsrule121

      Good argument XD

      Most people believe A Song of Ice and Fire to be a dead series(not me) but lets face it George Martin has told us that the series is gonna be pretty long and hes quite advanced in age so i guess we can go easy on him and wait since the end is nowhere in sight and we have no clue whatsoever what the ending is gonna be like

      As for Erikson he had mostly penned down the story when he began writing the first few books and tbh one can only “Try and Read” the series…it requires A LOT of rereads to comprehend even the slightest gist of the story…its a very very difficult series to understand but one to love when you do πŸ˜‰

      But CP is different…he told us he would finish it in 3 books and then he extends it to four citing reasons of length which is great but i think most fans expect him to have finished much of the story when he decided to split it(unreasonable i know) but to take 3 years to write (a supposedly half complete) ending book is prob asking fans a bit too much. what he could prob do is give us atleast monthly insights into his progress,release the Title or some small tidbits to keep the fans engaged you know…but CP is notoriously shy bout release details ( which is knda good) but it doesnt really help the fans XD

      BTW this whole tirade hasnt been a criticism of CP’s work(which i love) but just an observation

      Peace all

      • Dragonsrule121

        Sorry for double post btw X( stupid ISP

    • Dragonsrule121

      Good argument XD

      Most people believe A Song of Ice and Fire to be a dead series(not me) but lets face it George Martin has told us that the series is gonna be pretty long and hes quite advanced in age so i guess we can go easy on him and wait since the end is nowhere in sight and we have no clue whatsoever what the ending is gonna be like

      As for Erikson he had mostly penned down the story when he began writing the first few books and tbh one can only “Try and Read” the series…it requires A LOT of rereads to comprehend even the slightest gist of the story…its a very very difficult series to understand but one to love when you do πŸ˜‰

      But CP is different…he told us he would finish it in 3 books and then he extends it to four citing reasons of length which is great but i think most fans expect him to have finished much of the story when he decided to split it(unreasonable i know) but to take 3 years to write (a supposedly half complete) ending book is prob asking fans a bit too much. what he could prob do is give us atleast monthly insights into his progress,release the Title or some small tidbits to keep the fans engaged you know…but CP is notoriously shy bout release details ( which is knda good) but it doesnt really help the fans XD

      BTW this whole tirade hasnt been a criticism of CP’s work(which i love) but just an observation

      Peace all

  • Kevin15985

    soz i just want the 4th book already!!!! come on cp or ill have to keep going on por….. nvm not saying πŸ˜›

    • Mr. Anonymous

      Control yourself. Language not necessary.

  • Kevin15985

    no one gives a fuck about youre books

  • Future Famous Author

    As someone who is trying to write a book, I know it can be difficult to force yourself to write all the time. In fact, I would call it down right impossible. Just let him finish his book at his own pace, and check in from time to time to see if it has been announced when the next book will be released. Remember, there are *many* great books out there to read while we wait.

    • Aladora

      Nice name. πŸ˜›

  • sirsimon

    I noticed something in the almanac recently, If you look at the section that talks about Thorn, its says he is the youngest dragon in alagaesia, but would the green dragon be the youngest? Since it hasnt yet hatched.
    One theory is that the green dragon has already hatched, maybe even before Thorn, or that Mike wrote Thorn as the youngest born.

  • As a reminder: inappropriate, offensive, and disrespectful comments will result in your commenting rights being revoked.

    • Mchl_andrew

      True! I can attest to this seeing as my first email account was banned. I have since then changed my commenting ways and only suggest being respectful. It’s more fun that way.

      • Anonymous

        glad to see you have been reformed

      • Glad to hear it. Welcome back.

  • cris

    I know your “trying” hard and breaks are fine, but it seems as though you are taking too many breaks…and seriously if you want to keep your fans you have to give us more than just crappy interviews that have nothing to do with your book, and don’t give us anything to go off of for months on end, as good as your series may be CP people will get tired of waiting, and they will quit reading, and they will quit buying, so please we are all asking nicely hurry up. Oh and a book title/ release date would be nice…atleast in a couple of weeks or so.

    • Jahooty **

      meh it will be out when its out

    • Jahooty **

      meh it will be out when its out

  • Jty13r21

    Personally i think fromwhat weve seen so far book 4 is going to be a dissapointment. It is painfully clear that cp does not care much about the book or his fans. If he did care about the book he would be writting it not partying in some far off place. That does not mean you should tell him to write faster, most of us have tried to write our own books and know how hard it is.

  • Agnelina

    If anyone knows how to connect to the CP, tell me my e-mail: agnelina @ gmail.com
    I want to ask him something.

  • pepinyourstep123

    this is ridiculous. CP is so lazy. stop going to parties and just finish the book. its been over 2 years now. he doesnt know what work is. 8 hours a day 5 days a week. if he worked at that pace or even a quarter of that pace he would been done already. im sure he just sits around for weeks waiting for something to come to him. by the time he finishes this book i will have grown up enough to not like the series anymore like i used to. so good job you lost a reader and im sure im not the only one. i hope this book sells terrible because all ur fans decided to stop waiting for you. serves you right.

  • Upstatesc69

    Well, I can tell you this. I will probably buy book four so I can see what happened, but I will never buy another CP series. It is ridiculous to wait so long for a series to be complete.

    • tiredofwaiting

      I feel the same way. I know it is not our place to really complain but you would think he would have a little more sense of urgency. You would think he would want to ride the hype to get as many books sold but he just does not seem to have it in him.

  • sirsimon

    The battle at the end of eldest reminds me of the climax in the second book of my series,
    Alan and the five armies spend two weeks storming the gates of black fortress from the fort Deonord. Before surging upon the mountain of Blood Forge, where alan and the villain Lord Malus fight for victory

  • Ortherion

    I fell in love with theses books when i was a freshman in Highschool…Since then i have reread all three books over 10 times and cant wait until the 4th book. But i’m not saying tht CP shouldnt have a life. I feel tht the 4th book will be the best one out of the saga and if it takes him 4 more years i’m willing to wait, because i knw he’ll make it worth our wait!

    • sirsimon

      I totally agree with you,I would rather wait another four years for a wonderful book, rather than a crap one in two months

      btw, my favourite is Eldest, though I loved all books, I found bits of Brisingr a bit boring ad slow

      • Aladora

        I really enjoyed Brisingr until Oromis and Glaedr died. Then I only liked it, because those two were my favorite characters! πŸ˜›

      • c’mon man

        dwarf election=death

    • nooooooo not 4 more years

      it better not take 4 more years!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • nooooooo not 4 more years

      it better not take 4 more years!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Hoyo

    I like how CP is enjoying himself but what i don’t like is the 3 years that i have been waiting just so that CP finishes writting his book. At this rate if he keeps it up he won’t even be done by the end of this year and by then 85% of the people who like this series will not be interested in this seires due to the EXTREME delay.

  • Xaveon

    I like that he’s doing stuff but us complaining really doesn’t help. I think its good that he does interviews like this one. It gives him a chance to think about something other than his characters, lots, and the stress of trying to finish an epic series. You know its going to be amazing so just hold tight. it cant be more than another year. If it is that distressing try reading some of HIS favorite books that he suggested in the random buzzers interview. Mike please keep us as up to date as possible (as always).

    Anyways this was a great interview. It is nice to see how he interacts with other authors.

    • MR AWESOME

      i have been…for three years…

    • tlp2750

      I don’t know whats worse, the fact that he can’t sit down like a normal person and do his job monday threw friday or that fact that random house is now his pimp with him recomending other books by random house

  • Dennis

    I was thinking about this whole “inheritance” thing…Eragon and Murtagh both inherit the dragons so to speak from their fathers…Nasuada inherits the varden…Orik inherits the dwarfish king-ship…What has Arya inherited from her mother? I wonder if ISlanzadi is going to die in the last book, or step down or something

  • Dennis

    When was this interview done? Recently? Because if it is fairly recent he states that he isnt finished yet!! I wonder how much he actually has left it we be great to hear him say something like “I’m pretty sure I have about a hundred pages left”

  • A Fan

    I wish people would stop blaming CP for not giving them information. CP already knows the title of book 4 but its up to Random House when to release it.

    • Dennis

      Random House wont release the title until the book is finished because im sure his editor will want to make sure that the title fits the book…If the title is something like inheritance, and nobody inherits anything it wouldnt make sense.

      • That wouldn’t be the reason for not releasing a title. I’m sure the author knows better than anyone how to name his own book. πŸ˜‰

    • Nightstaralexander

      All I have to say is go CP!! He’s going guys. I know we all want him to devote his every living moment to writing the fourth book, but if it weren’t for him, we wouldn’t be able to enjoy such a great series! Just support him, not yell at him to go faster. Maybe he’ll be more motivated if he knows that his fans are waiting and supporting him!

  • Priscilla

    ugh! i know writting a book is kinda hard (im writting one) but please paolini hurry up!!! D:

  • Dragonsrule121

    i agree with The Grey Rider on points 3,4 and 5…..We fans have practically disassembled EVERYTHING CP has ever said fr some clue on book 4( i know i have) and we get zilch from him.
    The way hes going either the book is WAY too big and he’ll have to split it again ( God forbid) or
    its way too awesome(hope πŸ™‚ ) or he just doesnt know how to end the book.

    But who are we to criticize ?? Back to my Brisingr reread then XD

    • Denmark111

      You are absolutely right! But why not split the book? Then we will have much more to read!

      • Dragonsrule121

        If he DOES split the book again it could be a good thing BUT( no offense to Christopher) hes not exactly writing the books very fast so im not looking forward to another 3 years of waiting fr the series to end XD

    • Logan

      Im pretty sure he knows how to end it…he said in an interview that he likes to plan out the whole plotline of his books before he begins to write them.

    • Mattkuti

      lol I think that Cp deserves some time off after writing 3 great books and i think it would be great if he split the book.. Also I am currently rereading eldest and just got to the part were the spirit of the dragons of old and such give Eragon the power of the elves. Also i think my comment is the most resent addition to this website and that Mike is doing a great job.
      P.S Compared to many of the other series I have read in my life 3 years is a very short time for a book o be made. ^_^

  • Mchl_andrew

    MIKE

    Can you do your best to get a close to accurate date for this interview? I saw on a post below that you said it wasn’t done terribly recently, which makes me hopeful that maybe he is closer to the end than I originally thought.

    • This interview was done through Amazon and is not dated. I can try to track a date down once I’m back home (currently traveling), but I can’t make any promises.

      • Ggrrrrr

        you suck

        • Anonymous

          dude! whats your issue. that just uncalled for.

        • Hopesy97

          Christ!!!
          Mike does the best he can… He created this whole website for people like us!!!
          If it isnt dated then it isnt dated!!

  • L Alnusair

    CP look plz tell us when urgonna dinish the fourth book or wats going on we want to know about the series

  • The Grey Rider

    Okay, interviews like this tell us a couple of things:
    1. CP is still alive, hasn’t been abducted by aliens, and hasn’t been sucked into his own story.
    2. He’s not a recluse who spends every waking moment of his life fixated on his story.
    3. This fourth book had better knock the socks off of LotR for him to be making us wait this long.
    4. We’re fanatics, trauling these interviews, looking for that slipped detail, or hint of a release date for book 4.
    5. CP knows how to keep his mouth shut on important stuff.

    • Kithsahan

      what if he is partying in ibiza at the moment?

      • I can confirm that Christopher is officially, at this time, partying in Ibiza.

        • Kithsahan

          you forgot to mention that cute girl he met.

        • Wtfman

          are you officially, at this time, licking his twat too?

      • Anonymous

        I hope CP has a lot of fun partying!!!

    • Brianleonard23

      Well said Rider. I remember loving this story, I purchased Brisingr the day it was released and finished it up in only a couple of days. I was truly engulfed in the world CP created, excited to read every chapter. That was 3 years ago, slowly I have lost interest in this series, simply because so much time has passed since the last book release. Now I check in every couple of months or so to see if there is a release date and am always disappointed but not surprised to see there is none. Not even an unofficial year or season, which leads me to believe he has no intention of finishing it up any time soon. Good luck to all of you inheritance fans, I was once one, but Im out. Peace.

    • Brianleonard23

      Well said Rider. I remember loving this story, I purchased Brisingr the day it was released and finished it up in only a couple of days. I was truly engulfed in the world CP created, excited to read every chapter. That was 3 years ago, slowly I have lost interest in this series, simply because so much time has passed since the last book release. Now I check in every couple of months or so to see if there is a release date and am always disappointed but not surprised to see there is none. Not even an unofficial year or season, which leads me to believe he has no intention of finishing it up any time soon. Good luck to all of you inheritance fans, I was once one, but Im out. Peace.

      • Kithsahan

        if you’ve lost interest why do you even bother coming.

      • Mr. Anonymous

        Good things come to those who wait.

      • Casper

        and its the same for me

    • Guest

      I agree wholeheartedly with you, but am doubtful that anything will ever be greater than LotR.

    • dogsbane

      lord of the rings will never be beat for fantasy. Don’t get be wrong I love the inheritance book but lotr will not be beat.

  • Eragonbrom

    Thanks mike but can you ask christopher to tell us something new about book 4
    Like I love his books and I’m a huge fan but I want to know more or when it will be released it takes him too long to write a book we all want to read no offense

  • Eragonin

    This interview is great! I haven’t ever felt like this during reading it!
    Yay! I am going to write my novel right now!

  • Mr. Anonymous

    More insightful information into the world of authorship. I particularly thought that they analyzed fantasy literature very accurately. From this interview, we get to know them, in such well expressed statements and questions, and are able to get practical, sure-fire advice from those who’ve had it work for them through experience.

    • Mr. Anonymous

      Also, I forgot to mention Tad Williams’ revelations on fantasy’s treatment of the family topic was great. I realize what he is saying, though I never noticed it before. I have not read his books, but maybe I should…

      On another topic, I honestly believe that more greatness comes not from those who take a class and expect an instant change but from those with a gift and a passion for writing. The person must develop a personalized style and endurance to stick with a story and not be too quick to throw in the towel. One last thing: read many types and genres to expand your voice (as has been already mentioned).

      If a class works for you, great! But it’s really limited to the technicalities; whereas living life’s experiences is the heart, soul, and spirit of truly fantastic authors. Really, do not judge “failures”– they may just be leading figures one day.

      • Frederikke Vejen

        You are so right. I consider going to an authorschool, but it is only because I want to know as much technical as possible. I agree that the things that matters the most, you get from real life and not from a degree, but sometimes people want to give up, not because they don’t have the passion, but because they don’t know how to wright interesting.

        • Mr. Anonymous

          So true. That’s great for you! You seem to know what you want to do.

          • Frederikke Vejen

            I figured it was about time I choose to fallow my dreams πŸ™‚

  • Mchl_Andrew

    This interview is GREAT!

    I for one completely sense CP’s growth as a writer throughout the series. His style I what was so captivating in Eragon, however his technique and storytelling talents that have evolved through the Inheritance Cycle are what makes it stay so interesting and alive. As amazing as the world of Alagaesia is, I would love to see him delve into other genres of fiction, a space epic would be great!!

    One potential downside I see from this interview however is that CP still isn’t done writing the 4th book, which means we shouldn’t expect any release date or title soon. I don’t think Random House would release that info for an unfinished book.

    MIKE, do you agree? Or did they release that info for the previous books while he was still writing?

    • I think a title and cover are in the near-er future. I say this because Christopher has been teasing “nearing completion” since Comic-Con, so he must be drawing very close to the end of the book. Once the book hits editing, it’s likely they’d go into publicity overdrive. This is just my guess based on how prior books (Inheritance and non-Inheritance) have gone.

      • sirsimon

        Overdrive?! Us fans will go nuts, I will be rolling on the floor, screaming in delight, I can see us fans jumping in excitement and howling, overdrive is an understatement

        • Mr. Anonymous

          Oh you must be a fan alright!

        • Billiam

          Yes, I agree. In Fact I have recently been take lessons from a pack of wild apes just in anticipation for when this book comes out! πŸ™‚

        • Aladora

          I’ll probably do both, not to mention screaming randomly in the middle of the day when he gives a gate.

          Me- YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY!!!
          Parent- Are you alright?! What happened?! *Runs upstairs*
          Me- MOMTHELASTBOOKINTHEINHERITANCECYCLEISCOMINGOUTWOOOOOOOOT!!
          Parent- Say that again?

          May not help that I’m ADHD. I have very amusing reactions to things I find exiting. ^_^

      • Mchl_andrew

        Well now we just have to hope that CP’s ever mysterious “nearing completion” is starting to mean something like “last couple chapters!” I sincerely believe the fans could use a publicity blast right about now. This website is INSANE, I was shocked to see a response from you so quickly. Keep up the great work, its priceless!

      • GYPSEE4258

        Lord , I hope so Mike. I have been a fan of his for the entire time he has been writing the books. If he does not get it finished I will be dead , before I GET TO READ IT AND THAT WILL REALLY TICK ME OFF iIAM NOW 63 YEARS YOUNG . I AM PRAYING FOR HIS LITTLE SELF TO FINISH IT AND ALLOW ME TO READ IT SOON.

      • Devin

        As a fan of the Inheritance Cycle, I just wanted to say, thanks Mike for finding the time to comment on this thread and keep us as updated as possible.

      • Dragkuti

        Hey Mike I was wondering if you have ever written a book. Also I think that Cp should be allowed to take all the time in the world to write a book because its a skill that not everyone has and to write a really good book takes a huge amount of imagination so I am prepared to wait for as long as I have to for the 4th and maybe 5th book.

        Ps:One of the books is most likely going to be titled empire something or other because thats most likely going to be a big event… although Brisinger was not a big event although it did bring up some questions like how it burst into flame even though he does not channel any magic into the word and it is also his first real riders sword that was actually made for him.

        • I wrote The Inheritance Almanac.

        • Vrael 4 King

          If you were a fan of the series, you would bother to spell Brisingr right, you moron.

    • Itznitro

      While I do agree with you that his style has evolved, it’s almost for the worse. His style has started to lack emotion as his vocabulary and grammar skills have improved with age. Nonetheless, it is a wonderful series and I’m semi-patiently awaiting book 4. (Not to whine, but we all feel the same way I’m sure.)

  • Dragonsrule121

    What i gleaned from all this is just one thing; CP hasnt fin the 4th book yet…..sigh…….

    • I don’t think this interview was conducted within the past month or so. I’m not sure how old it is though.

      • Arya2792

        Hey Mike, do you know if CP is planning to release pictures of any of the characters like he did with the Lethrblaka?
        I’d like to see Faolin, Islandzadi, Arya, Vanir and Nasuada as well.

      • Dragonsrule121

        Thanks Mike πŸ™‚

  • Cute_angel1312

    LOL like that interview πŸ˜› Does anyone know when the 4th book is supposed to come out??

    • If we knew, you’d know. It’ll be all over the website and VERY easy to find once we do know.

      • Bobby

        THANKS FOR THE INTERVIEW!!!! i like knowing that CP is still alive, kicking and writing! haha. any news is welcomed with open arms =]

      • sirsimon

        Hey mike, can you review my book when you get the chance? thanx mate

        Its called the realm: dawning of a hero

        • Jahooty **

          I checked your book out on Amazon it looks intriguing… unfortunately I’m in Canada so I its very hard for me to get. Any chance it will be out on kindle ebook or, for that matter any ebook?

          • hi

            like thoth???????

          • Jahooty **

            yup the very same πŸ˜€

          • Jahooty **

            yup the very same πŸ˜€

          • hi

            like thoth???????

  • Kithsahan

    while you CP to finish his book, just play halo reach. at least you get to vent your anger about this interview by killing them grunts.

    • sirsimon

      I dont have halo reach, I prefer divinity II: dragon knight saga, elder scrolls oblivion, dragon age origins. In short, goblin slaying

      • Kithsahan

        elder scrolls 5 skyrim is gonna be EPIC!!!!!!!!!!

      • Kithsahan

        elder scrolls 5 skyrim is gonna be EPIC!!!!!!!!!!

  • Egnt37

    That is really cool! I love reading interviews…

    • Hi everyone

      me too

  • XxxX

    Its funny how so many aspiring authors are here
    I really want to know what percent of people try to write novels
    what percent quit halfway
    and what percent actually get published

    • Mr. Anonymous

      Ah don’t be so cynical. But yes, I would like to know, too.

    • Unfortunately the percentage is really low. HOWEVER, getting published by a huge physical publisher is by no means the only way to do it these days. If you get turned down, try self publishing through e-books. The medium is huge and has a lot of potential for new authors, especially those willing to look into becoming savvy at marketing their own books through social network/social media websites.

    • Anonymous

      From my personal experince, the drive to actually write something of length/substance is cause by the characters/adventures in my head wnating to be heard. Eventually, you just have to write, if only to shut them up! lol. It’s actually very hard to for me to find time to write, because life just gets in the way. Ive spent many a day tired from writing far into the night.

  • Jahooty **

    chewed on by a marsupial…. thats pretty dang awesome πŸ˜€

    • Dragkuti

      Totally great…

  • Frederikke Vejen

    Parts of this interview will stay in my heart for ever ! I like to see myself as an upcomming auther. I am just about finnishing my very first novel ( much inspiret by the I cycle by the way ) and I also feel that my chareters are alive. Also I have cunsitered a degree in whriting. My only fear is, that I live in a very small country ( about 5.6 million people ) and I am afreat that I will not be able to live of it once I grow up.

    • Frederikke Vejen

      Sorry all the misspelling -.-‘ I speek English fine but I’m not that good at spelling in English πŸ™‚

      • Eragonin

        I am not finishing, but I am writing my very first novel, also inspired mostly by Inheritance Cycle, and I am living in small country, too. πŸ™‚

        • Frederikke Vejen

          Sounds great πŸ™‚ I’ve been working on mine for allmost a year now and I am really excited to see it done. Everyone I know have been so supportive. I’m shure finnishing is the best feeling ever! Good luck on you novel too, I am shure it’s great (:

          • Mr. Anonymous

            When you name it tell us. We can spread the news for you! Ha!

          • Frederikke Vejen

            Well I’m not gonna puplish this one – gotta get some practice first you know πŸ™‚

          • Mr. Anonymous

            Yes, of course.

          • Mr. Anonymous

            Yes, of course.

    • sirsimon

      I know how you feel, I had a book published, but the process went wrong and no one knows of it properly.
      But I wish you luck and hopefully, your books will be famous one day.

      PS. I am now writing the third book in my series, the second one was over 700 pages long

      • Frederikke Vejen

        I’m so sorry to hear that ): But that is right what I fear. Fortunatly I am still very young, at got a lot of ahead of me, before I have to worry about that πŸ™‚

      • Vrael 4 King

        what is it called?

  • Bon

    CP, please stop giving interviews, reading books and going to events so that you can finish the last book faster.

    • Bon

      Sorry for that. I didn’t really mean it.

      • XxxX

        I hope you didn’t
        (finger wag)

    • lolo

      I am agree with you…
      i am getting tired of the saga because its been 3 years we wait soon four, my interest in this series decreases dangerously
      it is clear that the author is in no hurry to finish the saga … to show the scouts, go party in Germany, he can show us the cover of the latest tome or something to make us wait rather than derivative books uninteresting …
      sorry but i am little exasperated…

      • Silly Christopher! You must do nothing but write your book and sleep! Eat? No. Read other books? No. Exercise? No. Give interviews for fans? No. Even THINK about anything other than Inheritance? NO NO NO!

        But then I think I’ll complain in the Shur’tugal comments every time you don’t give us an interview or newsletter.

        Why yes, this is a most glorious plan!!!

        • Mr. Anonymous

          You don’t have to waste your breath on this. We know what you’ve always been saying. Sure there are still people who complain and then those who stand in defense of Paolini and his right to take his time on his writing, but what’s the point? Some people just don’t get that it’ll come out when it comes out!! Simple.

        • *^_^*

          ;D LOL! You go, Mike!

        • Kithsahan

          hi Mike, my sister thinks you are so cool.

        • Devin

          Hey Mike, I was just curious, when do you think book IV will be in stores by? I know you don’t know for sure but you’ve been running this site for like 6 years so you must have a lot of experience with this sort of thing and i was just wondering, as a fan when do you see it hitting the stores by? just a guess…. lol

          • E. R.

            Probably by Christmas of this year. Shurtugal hinted it in a holiday update.

          • Hopesy97

            My guess is late 2011 or early 2012

        • SupermanME

          since there isn’t a button for it… *dislike* times the obscene amount of days it has taken him to finish his series

        • Mmmsex

          I hope someone takes a dump on you.

          You realize if he had written a page a day he would’ve finished a year ago. I seriously think Paris Hilton gets more accomplished than this kid.

        • Hopesy97

          I agree with Mike!
          I want book 4 to come out as much as the next guy but let CP live a little. He has given us three of the best books i have ever read in the Fantasy Genre. So what if he goes off and parties in Germany? Who cares if he takes a holiday? He will give the books to us when he’s finished them to the best of his ability (sorry for the tackiness). He is a BRILLIANT author and we all have to stop sooking and just wait!!!!

      • Pantekongen

        you’ve got to remember that CP wrights wery long books, how long was the last one? it was over 900 pages, thats the half bible!
        but yeah, I too, getting a bit tired of wating, but ive read all the books several times to refresh memor and ofcourse the fun πŸ˜› read all the books 1 more time, and then I et CP have a release date for the fourth πŸ˜›

        • Denmark111

          No offence, but as far as I remember from my religion lessons was took it a bit longer to write the bible πŸ™‚

          • Frederikke Vejen

            Abaut 6400 years ?! ( I go to a cristian school, tough I’m not cristian my self πŸ™‚ )

          • Denmark111

            Why not? Perhaps is this not the right place to ask that question but still. I don’t see any reason for not being a christian. I go to a christian school too.

          • Frederikke Vejen

            I just don’t belive in that kind, no offence – theres nothing wrong i religon its just not for me πŸ™‚

          • Denmark111

            What do you belive in then?

          • Frederikke Vejen

            Idk. Destiny? Sience? Nature? Dont really belive in anything in paticular

          • Frederikke Vejen

            Idk. Destiny? Sience? Nature? Dont really belive in anything in paticular

          • Ebrithl

            so you believe that when you die you just simply stop living and nothing else happens?

          • Bighairybeast922

            well thats what the elves believe in and they’re never wrong

          • Frederikke Vejen

            I guess it isa compliment being compared to an elf ? (:

          • ebrithl

            elves are fake and even if they were real they would be living beings thus imperfect

          • Frederikke Vejen

            Yes I belive death is nothing but a dreamsless sleep

          • Frederikke Vejen

            Yes I belive death is nothing but a dreamsless sleep

          • zT DeFuZeD x

            If that is what you think death is, then you are so wrong, that what would be the point of living? A dreamless sleep is doing nothing, forever!!!! That would be impossibly boring! So since you are obviousy an atheist(Everyone Pause to Boo and Hiss Now) I hope you enjoy burning in hell instead of accepting God’s unending love and living in eternal happiness in heaven with our creator forever!!!!
            PS> No matter how hard you try, you will never counter this, or disprove this with science or anything.
            PSS> Enjoy burning in hell and enduring eternal torment, which is way worse than a neverending dreamless sleep!(Where did you come up with that kind of bullcrap anyway?!)
            PSSS> Accept Jesus Christ into your life, and you will live forver in heaven with our heavenly father.
            John 3:16- For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
            PSSSS> Disprove that athiest moron!

          • boagard#1

            Your the moron dude all chruch was(or is ) is were the chruch sucks all are mony up to pay for themself must of them are greedy

          • E.

            That’s not true!! There are true churches who worship God!! There are people who are going to pretend to serve God and take your money!! Find the TRUE church of God. I’m apart of it. We don’t take people’s money. We offer love and freedom through God. God told us there will be true seekers of Him AND pretenders!!

          • boagard#1

            I meant most are greedy and i agree lots churches do help peole

          • Kaylalynn 10

            omg. That was the worst salvation story ever! If you truly wanted someone to be saved, you wouldn’t call them an idiot or moron! Because you attacked someone, the probability of them becoming a Christian is extremely low! Do you think that calling them stupid is going to make them humble?! NO it’s going to make them angry. And btw, this topic isn’t about religion. It’s about CP.
            Ps. Never go into marketing

          • Anony mouse

            LMAO… this is priceless…

          • Jahooty **

            yay religious arguments in the comment section are fun!!! πŸ˜€

          • xoxo

            OMG you are so mess up, you can not posibly belive that God will send someone to hell just because he thinks differently from you! so you are basicly saying is that from millions that live on earth only a few 100.000s will go to heaven and everyone else is going to burn in hell, no wonder why people doesn’t belive in god how can you belive in somthing that is endlessly merciful but will sentece million to endure an eternal pain no regardless how good they have been in life just because they don’t actually read the bible
            PS:just out of curiosity can you prove that John 3:16

          • E.

            Look, that’s not true at all. God will send anyone to hell who doesn’t love and follow Him because He loves us and gave us life and the chance to do good. We mustn’t squander it. The Bible says that 144,000 will meet Him in the sky, BUT the Bible uses NUMBERS AS FIGURES. It doesn’t mean that’s the exact number AT ALL. There will be so many people that they will be UNCOUNTABLE(that’s why there’s a number serving as a placeholder)like grains of sand. πŸ™‚

          • Melian

            God does not send people to hell because they don’ t read the Bible, they go to hell because they reject him and his son by their own choice.

          • Eldebeast

            So if jesus is gods only son and we are his children does that nean were all girls….and lesbians?

          • E.

            Jesus is God’s only begotten Son. We are not lesbians. God created us for His glory. Then His Son came and died for us, that through baptism we would become His brothers and sisters and that we would be children of God and heirs of a crown of righteousness in heaven Do not pervert the gospel of righteousness.

          • Raingul

            So your basically saying that all Christians that have had children are guilty of incest? Because if you are all brothers and sisters to God then thats a lot of incest

          • Melian

            We are all created beings that God created. We are spiritual sisters and brothers, incest is a physical sin.

          • Boagard#1

            But dint the bible also say we are gods son two

          • guest

            YES! lesbian orgy?

          • Some Fool

            “If that is what you think death is, then you are so wrong, that what would be the point of living? A dreamless sleep is doing nothing, forever!!!! That would be impossibly boring! So since you are obviousy an atheist(Everyone Pause to Boo and Hiss Now) I hope you enjoy burning in hell instead of accepting God’s unending love and living in eternal happiness in heaven with our creator forever!!!!
            PS> No matter how hard you try, you will never counter this, or disprove this with science or anything.
            PSS> Enjoy burning in hell and enduring eternal torment, which is way worse than a neverending dreamless sleep!(Where did you come up with that kind of bullcrap anyway?!)
            PSSS> Accept Jesus Christ into your life, and you will live forver in heaven with our heavenly father.
            John 3:16- For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
            PSSSS> Disprove that athiest moron!”
            ——————
            “Your the moron dude all chruch was(or is ) is were the chruch sucks all are mony up to pay for themself must of them are greedy”

            It’s funny because those are the 2 opposite extreme viewpoints about Christianity.(You sound fundamentalist but… I can’t jump to conclusions.) Let’s face it, religions/belief systems are some of the leading causes of violence in the world. Everyone has different perceptions of the world and everything in it.

            Question: Why can’t we all just accept everyone else’s opinions?

            Answer: Because OBVIOUSLY one of us is right and the rest of us are completely wrong!!!:P

          • E.

            Because God is perfect. His path is perfect. His ways are just and true. He is our highest authority. He is to be obeyed first in ALL things. Because His way is the best and truest, He expects us to follow in His footsteps. He MADE US. He knows what’s best for us and all of mankind. And HE told us to believe and follow Him the way He told us to. That is why we can’t believe in our own opinions. God comes first. Seek Him out and He will find you.

          • Iminvia

            I am a Christian but I find some very serious flaws in your argument. If he sends somebody to hell because they do not believe in them, what happens to people who are raised in different religions and never exposed to God? Also, forgive me for the crude example, but would a Christian serial killer or a Islamic man who does great things have a better chance of getting into heaven? By your logic it is the serial killer. I cannot see how any God who is capable of compassion making that choice. And yes I really am Christian but I am going though struggles with my religion at the moment.

          • Boagard#1

            god never told us he told other people who wrote it down in the bibble. But that was all like 2000 years ago. when is the last time he has done stuff for us

          • Frederikke Vejen

            … OR – maybe – we are all wrong ? It is not to know

          • Reluctantdaughter

            how do you know what death is? you cant say he’s wrong unless you’re writing from the after life, and if so, you’re very talented!

          • E.

            God who lives one the other side wrote this for US so that WE will not die eternally. We know because God has told us and He can NEVER tell a lie.

          • Frederikke Vejen

            No one can know what death is – Your guess is just as good as mine

          • E.

            That’s not right!! Christians(true Christians) DO NOT send people to hell!!! True Christians tell the truth of the gospel and God tells us that some won’t believe right away! How dare you tell someone to go to hell because they do not understand?! You become no better than they for judging.

          • Raingul

            Yay for being Hindu/Atheist :]
            Also please prove to me that your “God” truly does exist, because until i see this so called “God” for myself i say you are false. So right there i have disproved you by asking you to prove that your “God” actually exists and that there is something after death awaiting us.

          • Melian

            Your logic is falacious. What if I asked you to prove to me that your brain exists? I can’t see it, so how do I know it exists?

          • Melian

            Your logic is falacious. What if I asked you to prove to me that your brain exists? I can’t see it, so how do I know it exists?

          • Bighairybeast

            dude. you can see your brain. just go get a cat scan. if you guys are going to do something as pointless as argue about religon at least do something better than ‘prove you have a brain’. also maybe you guys should both go read the bible and try to learn how to spell and use proper grammar from it. i find your anger funny and enjoy reading off these topic comments, however it is hard when you both have the writting abilities of a fetus.

          • Bighairybeast

            dude. you can see your brain. just go get a cat scan. if you guys are going to do something as pointless as argue about religon at least do something better than ‘prove you have a brain’. also maybe you guys should both go read the bible and try to learn how to spell and use proper grammar from it. i find your anger funny and enjoy reading off these topic comments, however it is hard when you both have the writting abilities of a fetus.

          • Melian

            Your logic is falacious. What if I asked you to prove to me that your brain exists? I can’t see it, so how do I know it exists?

          • Ebrithl

            Blessed are those who do not see but beleive. John 20:29 part b

          • Frederikke Vejen

            No I am not an athiest – I have no religon at all. And I think you are kind of roud right now – I have never in my life said a bad thing about christanity – you guys are welcome to belive in what you want, but you have to accept that you can’t make the whole world belive what you do. I have NOTHING agienst christian people, but stop trying to put your religon on me !! As said earlier I have heard that for 9 years ! I’m not going to chance my mind ! So if I am a moron to you, fine ! But shut up about it – I am not posting here to convinse anyone to stop beliving in god so stop being so offensive ! So please take a deep breath !

          • Anonymous

            So i just read this whole thing i find it so intresting that a bunch of incredibly religious christians are even reading the IC because from what i understand of the religion they dont believe in magic or anything related because its against the religion, so your pushing your religion on everyone else and calling them horrible for not believing but your denying your own religion for even reading the books.

          • lgr

            How is it that some Christian’s are so hateful and closed minded of others and yet are naive enough to think that God would tolerate such actions and allow them into Heaven. The God of old would have allowed it but the New Testament God wanted people to be converted through love and peacefully so that all are enlightened to the true Creator. No matter how much you say man cannot disprove Heaven exists, let me infact enlighten you. Jesus Christ God’s only son states “Jn 18:36 Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of this world . . . this realm”” Now as far as I am aware we cannot travel dimensions at this moment in time. (please correct me if I am wrong…) So by laws of science Heaven does not exist. Should you argue that the Bible states it does and so it does an athiest/agnostic/Christian the Bible is written by man and that is FACT. Man lies and we are imperfect as God himself stated. Heaven can be disproved as much as it can be proved.
            P.S. Get you facts write before you act like a moron, moron!

          • Guest

            Hehe, I know 3 things
            1) God may or may not exist, but he is NOT an old man with a huge long beard, sitting on a cloud playing a harp.
            2) You may or may not go to heaven or hell when you die, but there IS something after death, as if there was not, you would not remember your current life, and it would be as if your life never existed (like amnesia)
            3) Man is imperfect, as (supposedly) stated by God himself, the bible is written by man, man will ALWAYS screw somthing up, therefore everything in the bible may be false

          • Mr. Anonymous

            I will tell you all right now: THE HELL YOU THINK OF IS NOT FIERY!! Sheol/Hades is merely translated “the common grave of mankind”. In fact, at Ezekiel 18:4 it more or less says that “the soul that is sinning– it itself will die”. Also, to clear up another misconception, at Ecclesiastes 9:5 it states that though the living are conscious that they will die , the dead are conscious of nothing at all.

            Hey, to throw you all out for a spin: Jesus was *impaled* on a torture stake, a common roman punishment for criminals. If his hands were pierced through his palms out to the side, then he would fall off– the weight of his body would tear the nails up through his fingers. The whole beginning for the trinity and the cross can be seen with the egyptians and their triads of equal gods and their own crosses.

            Many pagan traditions and cultures, such as origins for Christmas, Easter, and Valentine’s Day, were incorporated into Christianity by the roman leaders of the second and third centuries in order to gather more followers to Christianity and to expand the roman empire. Why do you all think it’s called the Roman Catholic church, for example?

          • Spacewolves7

            i believe that what any single person believes will happen when the die will happen. example if u believe in god u go to heaven if you believe u will be reborn as someone or something else that will happen. so in the end its all about preferenceso stop bashing other peoples thoughts and get back on subject.

          • guest

            your comment is just mean. Calling someone a moron and saying they will burn in hell is not a christian value as far as I’m concerned. So before you go pointing a finger at others, consider the fact that God loves us ALL no matter what.

          • Guest

            your a complete douchbag!!! if you dont belive in an almighty god from the book of christianity, and offer him your undieing loyalty and love your going to hell?? wow this dude sounds like a hoot or a faceless dictator, God if he exists which i do hope he dose because dieing and that being the end would rather suck, would ask nothing more than for the person to live a life trying to be the best person they can (infact he would have no right to ask for more) im sure thats what jesus was on about.. unless you believe the bible which did nothing else than creat a power structure for men to embark on some of the worst atrocities the world has ever seen all in the name of religion. and dont get me wrong the church and the bible today help millions of people but forcing it upon them with threats of eternal damnation goes against everything the book is ment to stand for. anyway my rant is over but mans ability to think and decifer right from wrong and then act upon it doing the best we can is all that can be asked living a life through fear of eternal suffering in the after life dosnt make you a good person yu should live a free life acting as best you can to others because its the right thing to do not because you will be punished if you dont!

          • Ebrithl

            dont be so mean that is not how Jesus would would have delt with the situation you should be ashamed of yourself if that is how nonbeleivers see christians why would they wa t to be one he is simply blinded to the truth.

          • E.

            Again, there would be no reason to live if we were going to die forever. Have you ever questioned why we even are alive right now? Obviously it’s for a purpose. The theory of evolution HAS NO ORDER. Everything on earth HAS ORDER. If we just evolved from nothing for no purpose, our bodies wouldn’t be constructed this orderly, our minds wouldn’t function orderly. THE HEAVENS DECLARE THE GLORY OF GOD.

          • Frederikke Vejen

            Does animals have a purpese for living ? We are no greater than them, humans have just forgotten their roots. You have heard about indiens (or native americans) way of living, before Columbus came, right? I think maybe they knew something, or at least they didn’t forget it as easly at us πŸ™‚

          • Ebrithl

            animals were created for food and study God does not want us to sit around and do nothing so he put animals here for study pluss plowing and other work God ment for man to do is done much quicker with animals such as horses and mules.

          • Frederikke Vejen

            So the only reason why animals excits is so we can eat meat ?

          • Frederikke Vejen

            I’m sorry but that is just bulls***

          • Boagard#1

            and horses. And good point what are the rest of the animals for why not just give us the few animals we need why make all the ecosystems in the world

          • Maybe animals have a purpose because God created them too. There are way too many ifs in evolution, and have read books which give evidence that it is impossible.

          • Frederikke Vejen

            Evolution is just a therory – as is the bible. It is basecly impossible to proof that either is true. And who knows ? Maybe we are all wrong ?

          • Boagard#1

            ya no kinding

          • L.R

            You my friend are unbelievably naive. I believe in Evolution and the Big Bang but I believe that God caused the Big Bang. To state that someone else is wrong because their view contradicts your own is ignorant. If you look into the Universe as many have done you will see there is no order in the Universe, only the order we have created here on Earth because we are sentient. If God were the creator of all why would he not have created the rest of the Universe in order?
            Oh FYI stating the Bible as saying God said to not put faith in man and then quoting a book written by man by sheer logic is in-fact putting faith in man and thus contradictory of the original statement.

          • Ebrithl

            that would not be putting faith in man because God told man what to write and Gods word is truth

          • Boagard#1

            says man

          • Ebrithl

            how can you beleive in God and not in the Bible?It specificly said that God made man not he caused the big bang to make a form of life that evolved into man

          • guest

            so your saying i have no reason to live if i dont believe in heaven? So anyone who is different religion then you has no reason to live? sounds kinda cruel dont you think.

          • Ebrithl

            that is not what E.R. said at all. we were created to give glory to God, christians spread the word of God to nonbeleivers so they might come to christ and worship him to.

          • Frederikke Vejen

            It was exacly what he said

          • Ebrithl

            have you considered being a preacher cuz that was awsome

          • Boagard#1

            oh ya evolution is all about the strong survive and week die what do u mean by order.

          • Boagard#1

            it has nothing to do with order

          • Denmark111

            So how do you belive the world is created? By chance? And all that Darwin thing?

          • xoxo

            ok I am cristian and I belive in God and go tu church and pray, but all of that Darwin thing! come on you can not deny Darwin he was a great scientist and among other things he was a great catholic and he start his journey to prove Gods existence so can you plisss stop making cristianity sound like somthing that can not posibly belive that nature and science exist and they are actualy worth somthing

          • E.

            God says not to put your faith in men. Men are not perfect and they DO make mistakes. πŸ™‚

          • Frederikke Vejen

            The bible is written by men

          • If a God were to write a book, it doesn’t seem improbable to be that he would influence certain people to write it. And that is what happened… It is more than just a book written by a human.

          • Frederikke Vejen

            So says the muslims and the hindues …

          • Another link, in case you want to research: http://www.answersingenesis.org/articles/am/v2/n4/biblical-authority-god-said

            The Bible has proof of its own. I’m afraid a long debate won’t work well in these Disqus comments, though.

          • Denmark111

            I’ve never tried to. I just said that Darwin was wrong that’s all. He did also regret his works at the end of his life so, I have no problem with him as a person, Christian or scientist. But I’m confused. What is it you’re saying it sounds like I’m saying?

          • Holdenchesher

            ya the only reason why Darwin Regreted any thing was becouse the church was going threating his life.

          • Frederikke Vejen

            I belive in evelution an the big bang yes, but I don’t know how the very first life became, and acully I don’t really care

          • I think the question, Where did life come from?, would effect your life. It seems the scientific explanations don’t hold when you ask the question, how did we get something from nothing? The only reason I can think of is a Someone or Something outside of time that could create stuff.

            And what if that Someone wanted his creations to follow his nature and the natural rules of the world? And could there be punishment if they disobeyed?

            I’m not saying yes or no to these questions…just trying to say that they can effect lives.

          • Frederikke Vejen

            Maybe, as I said – I’ve got no clue at all ! πŸ™‚ But I’m still looking for an answer… I guess humans will always try to find answars to questions, that maybe isn’t meant to be answered

          • guest

            Big Bang? just an idea…

          • Denmark111

            But what started big bang? Just wondering. My guess is that it was God who said “let there be light”.

          • Frederikke Vejen

            an eksplosion of energy

          • Denmark111

            What started this eksplosion of energi? And where did it come from?

          • Frederikke Vejen

            Well I have a very clear idea of that, but my english skills aren’t good enough for that

          • Frederikke Vejen

            Idk. Destiny? Sience? Nature? Dont really belive in anything in paticular

          • Frederikke Vejen

            Idk. Destiny? Sience? Nature? Dont really belive in anything in paticular

          • E.

            If you don’t believe in the God that created all of us, that means you believe that when we die we cease to exist. Are we not MORE than animals? There would be no reason to keep going in life if we had no reason to keep on living for a true purpose!! We might as well commit suicide right now if we are already going to die and never exist again!!! There is a God and he LOVES US He sent his only begotten Son to DIE for US. The Devil created many religions to keep US(God’s children) from getting to see Him in heaven. God created ONE religion in the beginning: the Bible. He wants US to follow it and He promises if we do we will meet Him in heaven!! The Lord NEVER breaks a promise. Trust in Him alone. πŸ™‚

          • Frederikke Vejen

            Sorry but I have heard that for every day in 9 years now – it not gonna get to me… No I do not belive we are more than animals, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have a reason to live ?! Every life is importent. But I don’t see a confert in knowing there might be a god (afterall how could there be ? Look at the world we life in – war, people who strave, all kinds of animals who gets tortured – how could a god that full of merchy ignore that ?) I do not say, that there are nothing between heaven and earth (and no I do not belive in ghosts either) but does it have to be a god ? It is possible, that it is something else with mankind do not understand πŸ™‚

          • Great explanation here: http://www.answersingenesis.org/articles/nab/why-does-creation-include-suffering

            In short, we humans are free to choose what we want to do. So, being sinful, bad things happen.

            And suffering can refine/improve our character.

          • Guest

            so the only purpouse in this life is to live again a a perfect paridise in another?? there is no point in living if there is no after life? what about enjoying the time we have here? you get one life thats a guarantee, if there is or there isnt an after life that shouldnt affect the way you live this one. and God created the bible?? what he jumped down from heaven for a day trip and thought you know what im going to wright a book while im here huuuummm Bul*$%#… the bible was constructed and pieced together 500 years after the death of jeasus and the material in contains sifted and screened by men!

          • Guest

            so the only purpouse in this life is to live again a a perfect paridise in another?? there is no point in living if there is no after life? what about enjoying the time we have here? you get one life thats a guarantee, if there is or there isnt an after life that shouldnt affect the way you live this one. and God created the bible?? what he jumped down from heaven for a day trip and thought you know what im going to wright a book while im here huuuummm Bul*$%#… the bible was constructed and pieced together 500 years after the death of jeasus and the material in contains sifted and screened by men!

          • Ebrithl

            amen! preach on!

          • Boagard#1

            Ya I dont think all religons are bad I mean like 75% (I belive more then that may be less) of the world are not christian so are they all going to hell?? thats not right at all. how do u know that all of there religens are going to hell. I mean keep your mind open if God is real then he wont just condim them to hell. If hes real he would i hope (not that I Know how god thinks) let people into heaven by there actions in there lives

          • anonymous

            6400 years??? Ha ha, Christian school or not, you may want to check your math on that brother! There is no absolute time on the writing of the Bible!!

          • Frederikke Vejen

            No but our teacher is a bit entuchatisk

          • Actually, since the earth is about 6000 years old ( http://www.answersingenesis.org/get-answers/topic/young-age-evidence ), the Bible was written over a period of time more like 2000 years or so.

          • Boagard#1

            ya the earth is older then then that like by at least a few million years that is in less your talking about how long man has been on earth.

          • Frederikke Vejen

            That is if you belive in big bang (as I do)

          • Check out the AiG links I gave…very good evidence against millions of years.

          • Frederikke Vejen

            That is just what I meant ! (: Got the numberes swiched somehow :S

        • Marcandreani2

          I do hope you know what you started…

      • Pantekongen

        you’ve got to remember that CP wrights wery long books, how long was the last one? it was over 900 pages, thats the half bible!
        but yeah, I too, getting a bit tired of wating, but ive read all the books several times to refresh memor and ofcourse the fun πŸ˜› read all the books 1 more time, and then I et CP have a release date for the fourth πŸ˜›

      • Aladora

        Boo-hoo for you!
        (Short, lazy version of a lecture)

      • Caspervb

        did you use google translate?

    • Kithsahan

      tell him to stop eating and sleeping also. so we’ll have it much more faster.

    • To the people who were coming to this thread looking for a religious discussion: it’s obviously gone now. We don’t have those discussions here. This is an Inheritance fan site, not a religious discussion board.

      Unfortunately we had to ban a few incredibly inappropriate users. Most got off with just having their comments deleted, but please remember the above next time you want to start a religious discussion on a fansite.

  • Anonymous

    Great little talk!!

    I need to become an author so I can hang out with other authors.

    Love Tad Williams’ books too, great reads!!

    Christopher can read all he wants because the more he reads the better the last book will be and I would like to read an amazing book; even if I have to wait another year, no problem!

    • Kronk911

      Lol You say you want to be an author,but it’s traverse work. I can bairly write more then a few pages each week. But I guess the first step is always the longest.

      • sirsimon

        Any person can write a novel, its just the motivation skills that make a novel complete, without it, its difficult if not impossible to write a novel while keeping flow consistent.

        Believe me the first book of my series was 388 pages, the second book about 700 and the third book, currently in process, may be over 1000 pages. It took me much motivation, I went a bit mad as a result

    • sirsimon

      Sometimes authors can get much inspiration from other authors when writing, I found Margaret Weis to be very helpful when it came to writing about the dragons of Dinas Emrys on my second book

    • Frederikke Vejen

      You should only become an author if that is what you really want. Just to meet others authors is a really bad reason, I’m sorry to say. But if you love writing then go for it, but don’t seek fame for the sake of fame

      • Anonymous

        I was joking about that part!!!

        Though the one time I got to go to one of Christopher’s book signings for Brisingr I did get to spend a few minutes with him. He knew I had driven almost 800 miles and he spent a few minutes talking with me and my two nephews. Those waiting behind us were a little upset but he made some time to talk to us.

        • Frederikke Vejen

          Wow that must have been quit an experience i can imagene πŸ™‚ Unfortunatly I’ve never been to a booksighning – we don’t have than kind of stuff were I come from :'( Unless of couse you are into books about murder at that kind of stuff -.-‘

          • spellcheck

            you spelled quite wrong

          • Mr. Anonymous

            Dude, English isn’t his first language. You should be able to tell just by his name. Idk where he’s from though. Nice fella.

          • Frederikke Vejen

            Well thank you for standing up to me. I am a girl though, and I am from Denmark πŸ™‚

          • Mr. Anonymous

            Sorry bout that. Hard for us American idots to tell, eh? Denmark, huh…That’s cool.

            Btw I’m a guy as denoted by “Mr.” I:)

          • Frederikke Vejen

            Thats all right – how should you know ?

            I could tell you were a guy πŸ™‚ As you said yourself – it is kind of obevius in the name (:

          • Mr. Anonymous

            Be pretty weird if not. And what is “I could tell you were a guy” supposed to mean?! jk

          • Frederikke Vejen

            I didn’t mean it in any wrong way ! Just pointed it out πŸ™‚ But I guess that is the hard part ’bout chatting πŸ™‚

          • Dragkuti

            lol I consider my self a nice person so don’t take it offensively when i say: Ha looks like Mr.anonymous is trying to hook up with the Denmark chick lol ^_^ I mean that in the best way possibly lol πŸ˜› and I also think that it would be really cool to go and visit Denmark.

          • E.

            People always misspell words. That’s life. πŸ™‚

  • Fakeforgames101

    NO LOL CHRISTOPHER DONT READ THE BOOKS. ITS GOING TO TAKE EVEN LONGER πŸ˜›

    Jk…he should be able to enjoy himself.

    DONT YOU DARE READ THAT BOOK UNTIL YOU FINISH YOURS

    Lol sorry

  • Seris

    Hey, thanks for posting, Mike! We appreciate.