Christopher’s Final Newsletter Before the “Big Day” Arrives

Christopher Paolini’s final newsletter before the Big Day (but certainly not the last newsletter we’ll receive for good!) has arrived, and in it Christopher discusses his most recent impressive feat: signing over 9,000 books in just two days! This was also the first time Christopher signed a copy of Inheritance, his final book in the cycle… and the first time he was able to see a physical copy of the book (which he was allowed to take home). It’s a fun read, especially with so few days left to wait! Keep reading to see the newsletter in full.

P.S. Christopher has officially joined Twitter (@InheritanceCP)! Be sure to also follow Shur’tugal on Twitter (@itsshurty) and “Like” us on our Facebook page… trust us, you’ll want to. We have some BIG things coming, including SIGNED GIVEAWAYS… and they’re only available through Twitter and Facebook!

Kvetha Fricaya! Greetings Friends!

How would you like to hear a joke? Ok, here goes:

Daniel Purcell, the famous punster, was desired to make a pun extempore. “Upon what subject!” said Daniel. –“The king,” said the other.–“Oh! sir,” said he, “the king is no subject.”

Pg. 4, The Jest Book by Mark Lemon, published 1864. How about another one? This from pg. 9:

A Gentleman at an inn, seeing that the lights were so dim as only to render the darkness visible, called out, “Here, waiter, let me have a couple of decent candles, to see how these others burn.”

During my trip to England this fall, I picked up this book at an antique bookstore near Piccadilly Circus. Tony DiTerlizzi (The Spiderwick Chronicles) and I spent five or six hours pouring over various rare books. He bought some rather nice illustrated children’s books. But me? I got a book of bad jokes. Mainly because it seemed like good research for writing about humor in a culture not our own. Plus, I’m a sucker for puns and horrible jokes. Call it a character flaw, but I can’t help it. One of my favorites?

“I see,” cried the blind man as he picked up his hammer and saw.

I know, awesomely terrible, right?

Jokes aside, I recently returned from another trip (a two-parter) for Random House. This one was a bit unusual on both fronts.

First I flew out to Portland, where I attended the PNBA–the Pacific Northwest Booksellers’ Association. Quite a mouthful! At PNBA, I had the privilege of speaking at a breakfast for the attendees, along with a number of other writers, including Chuck Palahniuk, author of Fight Club. The breakfast was a fun event; it was an honor to be able to thank many of the people who have helped support the Inheritance cycle over the years. Palahniuk told some very funny stories about working in a hospital as a teenager, but I’m afraid they’re a bit too gruesome to repeat here. Suffice it to say, they involved copious amounts of blood and steaming organs. Wholesome family entertainment it was not, but very funny.

Afterward, I also got to wander around the trade show, which was enjoyable for a different reason: books! Of course, my reading pile already consisted of around 150 books, but I couldn’t resist picking up a few more. I think I must have been one of the only people in the world walking around with a commemorative Batman book (The Batman Files) and a collection of Alexander Pushkin’s poems. I also picked up a copy of The Ship That Sailed to Mars, a very early fantasy book (pre-Tolkien) that I’ve never had the opportunity to read. Looking forward to it!

From Portland, I flew across the country to Maryland. Not without some fuss, however, as my flight got delayed and I had to switch carriers. I can’t complain, though, because the delay gave me the chance to chat with sci-fi author Verner Vinge for a good long while. I’ve admired his work for a number of years now, so that was a real treat. He’s really a great guy.

In Maryland, I went to a Random House distribution center near Baltimore, and over the course of 48 hours, I signed 9,300 copies of Inheritance, plus another hundred bookplates. Now, I’ve done some big signings before (some of you may even have attended them), but I’ve never signed that many books in so short a time. My previous one-day record was 3,500, and I broke that my first day in Baltimore. How did I get through such a large signing? Well, I plugged in my iPod, put on a course about applied economics (thrilling, I know), and turned off my brain. That, and lots of coffee. A big thanks goes to the team there at the facility. At any one time, about eight people were shuffling books around me: opening boxes, flapping the book (that is, putting the front part of the dust-jacket before the title page, so that I don’t waste precious seconds searching for it) and pushing and pulling the books out from under my hand. Without their help, it would have taken me a week or more to get through all those books. I lost count along the way, but I know I went through at least two packs of gel pens.

My autograph didn’t change much over the course of the signing, although my last signature might have been a hair looser than the first, but not by much. Aside from some sore knuckles, I didn’t really experience any adverse side-effects. That said, I don’t think I’ll be signing that many books in such a short period of time again.

Since Random House is keeping Inheritance under lock and key (literally) until as close as possible to the publication date of November 8th, this trip was the first time that I’d gotten to see an actual hardcover version of the book. Better yet, they let me take a copy home with me! I have it on my shelf right now, next to the previous three and the companion book, Eragon’s Guide to Alagaësia… It’s strange seeing it sitting there and knowing that the series really is done after all. I have to admit, I feel tempted to start a fifth book set in Alagaësia. I won’t, not right away, but I find I miss the world and the characters more than I expected. Ah well, I suppose it’s only natural after spending thirteen some years working on the same story.

I won’t have a chance to write another newsletter before the launch of the book, but if you want, you can follow me on Twitter (@InheritanceCP). Yes, I’m finally on Twitter. I’ve been resisting it for ages, since it would have cut into writing time on Inheritance, but now that I’m done, I have all the time in the world. It should be fun. I’ll be writing updates throughout my tour. Tweets aside, I hope I see as many of you as possible on the road. Until then, may your swords stay sharp!

Christopher Paolini

Two days! Excited?

  • Heather

    I just got this book for my son and it is upside down – the hardcover is guled on the book the wrong way.

  • Jessica Larson

    I’ve waited 8 years for this!! I even pre-ordered it months ago at borders but had to pre-order it again at barnes and noble cuz borders went out of business. It’s too bad but I don’t think I’ll even get the Inheritance Autographed Edition (Inheritance Cycle Series #4) that I ordered, barnes and noble has a tendency to put up “currently not available” months after i pre-ordered it and not email me about it…… I dont recommend ordering from them :/

  • Carvahallian

    The book is released in Newfoundland now, isn’t it?

  • Carvahallian

    That is one big book.

  • Julia-luvursmile

    i’m in Malaysia, will it be released straight on8th? or do i have 2 wait for a few more days? 

  • lukas91

    bloody uni exams!!! Im still gonna read inheritance!!!!!

    • Koda101

      OMG I KNOW!!! I too am in the middle of them which stinks. All those poor people who have been following the series so long they are in uni now hehehe 🙂

  • Sarah

    Wow! I have only been anticipating this since late spring (when I discovered this site), but I believe the anticipation is half the fun of the whole event, though I know not many people see it this way.

  • anonymous

    The book appears to be a nice size. I can’t wait!!!!

  • Eragon10052

    6 hours 36 minutes here in vermont! cant wait!

  • FozMC

    well, have no fears, i am sure someone will manage to spoil the ending for every one. i only have 2 hours till it comes out, but i promise not to ruin it or mention any plot until wednesdsay.

  • p.i.m.c!

    Yes!!!! Classes classes canceled tomorrow at The Beach! What luck but 9 more hours for me!

  • GlaedrI1124

    Yes our wait is finally over, well i have to wait another 24 hours (Which right now feels like forever) but i can not wait to hold the book in my hands and once again enter the marvelous world that is Alagaesia!

  • Rubydragon

    7 hours in New York. Darn! Where is the final podcast?

  • Matt L

    Big 20, Green Rider?

  • (:(:(:(:(:(::

    The time has come, my fellow fans! (: Our 2+ year wait is over!

    • Patrick Ruehle

      try 3+ year wait

      • Vork

        Try 5+ years. Or, if you read Eragon when it first came out, 8 years.

  • Michelle

     The ‘Dispatching soon’ status on amazon has never seemed so exciting!  

  • Dbkersch

    Awww! I live in Maryland! You should have come to visit Christopher! I would totally make the traffic-y trip to Baltimore just to meet you! 

  • cantwait

    0 hours!! *___*

  • Seththomas93

    In all seriousness I can’t stop thinking about this book lol CANT WAIT TO READ IT!

  • Fire Falcon

    1 hour !!!!!

  • Anonymous

    8 Hours!!! Omg!!

  • Craig 95

    Mike what’s happened to the last Big Twenty????? The green rider one?????? I was really looking forward to it! D:

  • I won’t get mine until the 10th, I preordered online…. Oh well even if I got it at midnight, it would take me months to read. I can write for hours, but Reading goes really slow for me, even reading my own work goes  slow.

  • Jessica Chisholm

    sorry i’m posting alot… i’m very hyper and excited!!!

    • Fire Falcon

      Not the only one ! 😀

  • Luewyn

    3 and a half hours for me in england!!! (thats if my clock is right, I can never remember whether or not i’ve put it back… oh well, still no long) !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Anonymous

      where r u gettin it from so early?

  • Jessica Chisholm

    still can’t believe it releases on my birthday! although my mum says that because i ordered it from amazon it might take TWO DAYS!!! thank-you Christopher for inspiring me to write!!! and yes its coming out tomorrow in england
     

  • Musser35

    my copy just arrived a day early… honestly so excited havnt opened it yet just staring at it

    • Eiyra

      hey, no fair! they won’t even ship mine until after the 8th!

      • Musser35

        that stinks… haha i dont feel right reading into until the last big twenty comes out though

    • Brenda s.

      i knew I must not have been the only one! 🙂

  • vanir

    is inheritance also coming out on the 8 in england?

    • FozMC

      yes, 3 hours left my friend, cos there is a midnight release

  • Fire Falcon

    This comment is being posted a D-2 hours perhaps the last comment on this site before thé final release… WHO THE F””K IS NOT EXCITED 😀 😀 😀

  • Congratulations Christopher

  • Daniel Oakley

    when i get that book, i wont stop reading til i finish it.

  • THEJOKER

    HA HA HA, I heard a great joke today. ‘When does Inheritance come out? Not soon enough for me’ HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA! Also here’s a spoiler- I like bad jokes! HA HA HA HA

  • Vork

    Ok for some reason I thought it was coming out on the 7th (today) so I was all excited ‘n stuff… Oh well, 11 hours left!

  • cantwait

    3 hours!!!

  • FozMC

    Wll only 5 hours left for me,

  • Mcase19

    ….. this website DIES in but 10 hours. really, who will come back for any reason? goodbye shurtugal! its been great!

    • FozMC

      Ummm….how about potential new films, ie a reboot of the film series. plus any future alagesia books, and maybe also anything else CP has got going.

      plus feedback and interviews after this book is released.

    • Eiyra

      Shurtagul said that the site wasn’t shutting down after the release of Inheritance. PLus what would we do with any questions we has about he 4th book? Please try and keep up with the news.

  • Guest

    Hey, does anyone know when Walmart releases Inheritance? I mean, I know on the eighth, but is it at midnight, or…?

    • The Green dragon

      I think that some are you should call and ask.

  • Randy-Tripp

    11 more shit

    • tyrannosaurushybrid

      I find that language offensive, especially on a friendly forum.

      • THEJOKER

        me too

  • Chinmaylalani132

    Going to try and read in one sitting…………….

    • Vork

      Not me – that kinda takes the joy out. I usually am a pretty fast reader but I want to enjoy it! After all, it’s been how many years?

      • THEJOKER

        a lot

    • Penmaster

      I believe the last one came out September 16, 2008, if my memory serves me correctly. That is wayyyyy too long! Alas. But it Issas 880 pages, that thing must be a honker….SO CLOSE!!!!!!!!

  • Benclayden22

    aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah so excited!!!

  • cantwait

    4 hours left!!!! O. O

    • Cory Knoll

      My hatred of time zones grows ever stronger… 12 hours to go…

      • Mr-x

        24hrs 26 mins =(

        • Anonymous42

          22 days to get the book on Brazil…the original one, not even translated, why cant they get it sooner????

    • I got eleven -.-

      • Fire Falcon

        2 hours to go in France guys ! 😀

        • andre

          How can it be 2 hours in france? It’s 21:17 in Germany right now

  • Rubydragon

    11 hours…

  • The Green dragon

    12 1/2 hours! Hurry up schools so i can go to sleep and not wake up until 10 and go to B-A-M!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Tristan S.

    NOOOOOOOO,  just checked amazon and i’m not due to get the book until the 10th of November, Why God, Why!!!!!

    • Mcase19

      IKR??? Barnes and noble is MAILING it to me!!! why did they think i preordered it if im going to have to wait 2+days to get it!!??

      • Tristan S.

        exactly 😀 I am not prepared to wait that long, so annoyed

        • impatient_as_ever

          Go online to Barnes and noble and order the E reader version and upload the free nook application then you will get it at midnight that’s what I’m doing then I will buy the hard copy version tomorrow.

    • Fire Falcon

      Get yourself an iPad/kindle, U get it réal fast !!!

  • Mr-x

    25 hours 48mins woot

  • Alexis

    I can’t wait til tomorrow!!!

  • Mr. Anonymous

    15 hours left baby!!
    Been waiting for this for years ever since eragon. Its been such a journey since then!

  • Brenda s.

    just so ya’ll know, my name isn’t Brenda. It’s Hannah. Brenda is my mom’s name (who is also a fan LOL) but it came up in my mom’s name…weird but it doesn’t matter because I love Inheritance cycle soooo much! 😀 

  • welshice

    7 hours left…..
    Thank god for 24 hour book stores.

  • Sallystar6of7

    CANT WAIT ANY MORE!!!!!!!!! LOOSING SANITY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! MY COPY HAS NOT EVEN SHIPPING ACCORDING TO AMAZON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! STUPID WARRIOR WOMEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • mhhh, did you get release-day delivery(Two-day). If so, I would call Amazon and ask why hasn’t my order shipped(mine shipped on Saturday and will arrive tomorrow).

      • Sallystar6of7

        yes i have prime shipping on my order.

    • Sallystar6of7

      OMG FINALLY!!!! STUPID WARRIOR WOMEN DONT UPDATE THEIR WEBSITE!!!!!! MY BOOK WAS SHIPPED 2:25pm et BUT WHEN I CHECK THOUGH OUT THE DAY IT SAID “SHIPPING SOON”!!!!!!!!!!!!! SHOULD BE HERE IN THE AFTERNOON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! CANT WAIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Quangcasper

    oh no I’m waiting this for years—-so EXCITED

  • Brenda s.

    OH MY GOODNESS!! OUR FAMILY PREORDERED THE BOOK, AND WE JUST GOT IT! I am seriously so excited I can’t open it 🙂 AHHHHHH I am going to die I am so excited!!!!!!!
    HOW IN THE WORLD DOES CHRISTOPHER PAOLINI DO IT!!! AHHHHHH 😀 

    • Mcase19

      WHAT!! BUT IT IS SUNDAY!! YOU GOT THIS THING MADE OF PAPER AND WORDS IN THE MAIL????

      • Brenda s.

        It’s not Sunday today. I on’t know how Amazon did it, but they did, and now I have book 4! AHHHHHHHH *super excited*

    • Eiyra

      SOOOOOO not fair! OMC PLease no spoilers guys. After today I am NOt going on ANY Inheritance related sights until im ( finally) finished the book!

      • Brenda s.

        Don’t worry, I’m not allowed to put spoilers on here. Even if I was I wouldn’t. If someone did that to me, I would go crazy! 😛

  • Xxkarateangelxx

    Hey guys. Can’t wait for the release!!!!!!! I’ve been waiting for the release for what seems like an eternity 🙁 You know what makes it more excruciating? I work at my library and actually got to hold four new copies of Inheritance. But, alas, it hasn’t been cataloged, and I only got to see the cover, flaps, and length. Darn, is it big!!!!

    • Michelle

      Wow super human willpower not to read it 🙂

      • Mcase19

        or steal it. i can honestly say i wouldve done that. who cares if i get fired?

  • Guest

    how many pages did they say it was again? i thought i saw somewhere that it was at least 800

    • Anonymous

      880 pages.

      • ACoolGuest

        Didn’t he say it was going to be shorter than Brisingr?
        He’s a liar . . .
        I can’t wait for it!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 😀

      • Brenda s.

        849 pages actually, so I don’t know why on the site it said 880. Maybe that includes the pronunciation guides or something. (The number of pages isn’t a spoiler, right? I hope not, I love Shurtugal.com…)

        • Anonymous

          Well 880 is including all the pages, the copyright stuff etcetc…. Well Shurtugal announced the page number so… I assume it isn’t a spoiler xD

  • 15 hours…

    • Anonymous

      13 hours… 😀

  • bigmike

    When I saw how thick the book was, on the pic of him signing it, my mouth dropped open. I knew it was large, but it just dawned on me just how big it really is. If you compare it to his fist, it looks at least three inches thick. Fine work Paolini, I tilt my hat to you and your labor to bring us such a pleasure as these books.

  • cantwait

    hey guys, anyone know when it’ll be available in egypt??

  • Petros

    Have you gotten any release dates for other countries yet? I am DEPSPERATE!

  • The Green dragon

    i cant believe that the countdown actually says 15 hours. We’re suppposed to be reading in class right now but i cant read at all because i’m sooo excited and i cant concentrate on anything other than the inheritance cycle.

    • Anonymous

      Me either! I can’t focus on anything so I’m pretty sure I just failed my math quiz. I’m sooo excited! 😀

  • Horsegal4ever

    omgsh, CP’s humor is exactly like my dad’s! (and mine :D) the blind man one is practically his favorite! 😛

  • EragonandMurtagh

    so close yet so far away has a whole new meaning for me. but i envy anyone who gets inheritance on time cause im getting it on the 18th where i live. boo hoo hoo!!!!!!!!

  • Fanperson
    • The Green dragon

      Is that CP?

      • Fanperson

        yup

        • The Green dragon

          wow.

          • Fanperson

            yeah i know. 

    • Brenda s.

      wow! That’s him! 🙂 he is so cute!
      I started writing books when I was about 7, I wonder how old he is here 😀

  • Saerina

    We preordered the book. DOES ANY ONE KNOW WHEN IT WILL REACH MY HOUSE
    ????????????????????????
    I have to wait to read it until my brother finishes it!
    ahhh!

    • Sallystar6of7

      where did you preorder it from? amazon or B&N? i preorder mine when they first announced the release, and amazon said it should be here on the 8th. B&N may be different.

    • joker

      UK postal service strike takes place sometime soon. better to get it yourself than pre order

  • Mr-x

     30 hours and 47mins… YAY!!!!!!

  • betaJay

    Hey guys, I’m in China, so shipping options are limited. Thus, I decided to get the kindle version. Does anybody know when i can expect the book? Will it be midnight the eigth china time or midnight the eight US time? If anybody’s curious, it’s 8:06 PM right now here in Beijing, the 7th.

    • The Green dragon

      It should be available midnight EST

    • Anonymous

      id imagine u would probably be able to get it from midnight american but i may be wrong

      • The Green dragon

        you’re right

  • Vlatkovichka

    11 hours!!! Croatia 🙂

  • entarotassadar

    I can’t wait!

  • Mike

    ITS HERE!!!  Thank You Amazon!!!  Beautiful beautiful book, weighs a lot.  Its the first time anything has ever been delivered early for me and I order from Amazon frequently :D.  Not opened it yet as I have lectures at uni.  Shame. 

  • Sufyan

    I preordered it in India, and i got a text saying that, the Book has been dispatched using Bluedart, and reach me tomorrow….
    Hurray.. im getting it tomorrow.. cant wait, planning to take off from work and finish it off…:) 

  • Anonymous

    ENGLAND, ENGLAND, ENGLAND 😀 lmao! a afew hours …. can, not, wait 😀

  • Oli

    The phrase so clos yet so far has taken on a WHOLE new meaninG 🙁

    Its sucks how australia pushed the release date to the night (ANOTHER DAY OF WAITING)

    • Oli

      woops meant ninth
       jeez the excitement is really stuffing up my concentration 

      • Sallystar6of7

        tell me about it i have about 4 papers due 2morow.

  • hoke

    so i was just looking at the four covers, and has anyone ever noticed greenie’s scales and spikes? saphira has wide and flat scales on her neck, but greenie’s are overlapping significantly and they stick out far, like glaeder’s. plus his spikes are really small, but aren’t as dull as glaeder’s. oh yeah and his eyes are yellow….

    • The Green dragon

      Yeah a couple of people have noticed it and im sure theres a reason.

  • Banka

    So the BIG day is only 6 hours away in Australia. OMG, its nearly here! But i must restrian my self so i can read last couple of Chapters of Brizingr before starting Inheritance. Cant Wait!!! Yeee!

    • Mr-x

      O.o where are you getting it from Australia in 6 hours?

    • BlackandWhiteDragons

      Where is it being released tomorrow? Can I get it early?!?!

  • BlackandWhiteDragons

    And Inheritance doesn’t release in five hours, I think the counter means a day and five hours, the date got pushed back a day in Australia DX

  • BlackandWhiteDragons

    Look at all those fat fat books! This will be a great read! I love chunky books!

  • hehehihahu

    hic i want to buy this book . but i live in vietnammese . so bore

  • Jordan25631

    How much of a time spand do u will take place throughout the whole book?

  • Chris

    So if I preordered on kindle will I get the book the same night it’s released, or shall I have to wait a certain amount of days? Should I have to wait I think I shall just go buy the book.

    • BlackandWhiteDragons

      From what I heard, it gets downloaded at 12:01AM. I don’t know, I’m getting a hard copy and don’t own a Kindle :I 

  • By the way, I’m fairly sure the Green Rider Big Twenty releases in the morning (Eastern time – US).

    Mike’s got a train to catch!

    • Mr-x

      haha what’s that in australia like early morning?

  • Just found out that my pre-order ends up coming between twelve and eighteen days after it’s dispatched… longest four-hundred and thirty-two hours of my life… 😛

  • Aren

    Does anyone know if inheritance is released in hardcover in New Zealand?

    • Hardback, which is kinda disappointing as all of my other inheritance books have been paperbacks 😛

    • TRC

      Yeah it is. I just looked on the Whitcoulls website and it says there that the hardcover will be released tomorrow and the paperback on the 9th. 

  • Upgraded countdown to HOURS!

    • Melodia

      😀

    • Cory Knoll

      OMG! Holy crap! It really is only 23 hours away from release isn’t t it!? Wow!

    • ur mom and i

      well done *pat on the back* 

  • Evan

    They should call him Christopher Faolini….LOLS

  • The Doctor

    I get excite just by looking at those books! Well… hey, I got all my books personally signed and FIRST EDITIONS BABAY! Christopher even told me to keep drawing dragons! xD

  • The Grey Rider

    Any word of CP coming to Australia anytime in the future?

    • Orox1229

      I wish! It would be so amazing, but he seems to have confined his visits to europe and america. And seeing as all the books in the IC are done now I doubt he’ll be having any big tours for a while

    • BlackandWhiteDragons

      I think he is coming to Australia next year! I remember reading about a World Tour here, and one of the places mentioned was Australia 🙂 EXCITED!!!!

      • The Grey Rider

        Was there any mention of Melbourne or Geelong on the places he’d visit?

  • TRC

    What should i get. Paperback or Hardcover?

    • The Doctor

      hardcover

    • In the US there is no paperback version until next year, most likely…

  • The Green dragon

    I can’t believe it’s been 5 1/2 years since I started the series. I’m so excited I can’t even sleep:)

    • I can’t believe I started working with Mike back in 2003 then this site in Jan. 2004!

      • I was totally waiting for someone to say: “I can’t believe it’s not butter!”

        • Guest

          I can’t believe its not butter! Lol!

  • Hamish

    Book depository sent it out a day early to NZ! mean!

  • Arna

    Does anyone know what time it is being released? Esecially in New Zealand?

    • Just checked the Whitcoulls website. It is set to release on the eighth… 6 more hours!

      • Aren

        Woo so close. I’m gonna pick up my copy after school. It been such a long wait.

    • BlackandWhiteDragons

      9th, like in Australia (FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF….)

  • Anonymous

    Good author to read: Matthew Reilly. Big more violent than PG, but I can guarantee you’ll pick it up and not put it down until its finished or you have a heart attack.

    • The Grey Rider

      You have excellent taste in books.
      Did you see ‘Scarecrow and the Army of Thieves’ by any chance?

      Personally, I reckon ‘Scarecrow’ was his crowning glory, closely followed by the whole Jack West jr. series so far, but AoT was DEFINITELY worth it.

    • Mr-x

      yeah love his books

  • Kat

    The upside to having graduated from high school and not having to wait until classes are over.

    • Melodia

      yup 🙂

    • Arya<3

      well… I might convince my mom to let me take a ‘personal excused absense’ 😀

  • SoExcited!!

    I CANNOT wait! I got my friend hooked on the series and hopefully we can both go Tuesday and get it together! I’m like shaking with excitement right now, no joke! Time to catch up on some sleep so I can stay up reading it later!!:D

  • Ryan Sheppard Eats Wolves

    Its amazing that I have been waiting for this since 7th GRADE and now I’m in 10th! 🙂 Brisingr was literally the reason our friend group joined together. Because we identified each other the first week of 7th grade when brisingr came out. 🙂 Now we are the drama loving, book and writing obsessed, cool nerd’s club that we are. I just wanted to thank Christopher for that. Haha. I’m so excited for the 8th! I coughed up an extra ten bucks for amazon to deliver it the day of the 8th! I swear I’m gonna skip school that day because we all know i wont be paying attention anyway XD

    • SoExcited!!

      Hahaha that’s how I am!! I’ve re-read the series several times! And nerds are cool!xD

    • The Grey Rider

      If only I could do that…
      Still, getting it after school, then ignoring everything else for the rest of the week sounds just as good.

  • Swisherboy19

    I am literally stoked and I don’t even read much outside of school. Call it a crime if you want but hey I am who I am. That aside, I’m just so freakin excited that I prepurchased the book at our local Books a Million and they gave me a poster! It’s awesome and is now in my room. It’s going to be hard to wait until tuesday but I think ill manage.

  • Arya Dröttningu

    I just can’t wait.. so I bought an English copy (I’m chilean, south america) so… I have to wait more than in USA, but less than in South and central america or europe

    • Cass

      How about Asia?

    • Cass

      How about Asia?

  • Stephanie

    I found it in some bookstore 😀 Can’t wait for everyone else to buy their copies!

    • Shadowfax

      Really? where?

    • Foxyextreme

      you couldn’t have found it, it’s not out yet anywhere

  • Cassie

    Omg i want it sooooo baaaddd!!!!

  • *Sighs dramatically* This will be the longest 26 hours of my life…

  • Cassie

    Inheritance is my birthday present ^^ thanks paolini for schedualing the release only 10days after mybirthday ^^

  • Rscpplayer

    I know this is late and all, but I just thought of something. What if Arya rejected Eragon because she still had feelings for Faolan(or Faolin, whichever). Or maybe she was still mourning his death. Anyone ever thought of that?

    • Loyl2thagme

      pretty much everyone has thought of that, but you it seems.

  • Passerby6

    Is it also 8 Nov in Singapore?

    • Stephanie

       It is

  • Dbrunscheen

    If you pre-ordered from Barnes and Noble will to be at my house on the 8th or day or two after?

    • I believe that it will be a day or two after just because they can’t ship it until it releases and that’s about how long it takes for a book to usually ship

  • Whitewintersky

    Wal-mart?  they release it at midnight?

  • Rscpplayer

    I’ma buy a hardcover edition as well as the one i pre-ordered on the nook. Watch I’m gonna be the first one to read the book.

    • Evan

      Me too i got it on the nook so at the second it hits 12am on the 8th im downloading it and reading it….eeekkkk!!!!!!!!

    • Evan

      Me too i got it on the nook so at the second it hits 12am on the 8th im downloading it and reading it….eeekkkk!!!!!!!!

  • hoke

    i dont know if any of you have read the charlie bone series, but i wish i had his power to enter pictures…

  • David Bromsson

    ahh i cannot go to the NYC release cause i got class the next day !! 🙁 looks like i’ll have to wait until 3 p.m. to start reading it!!!! Cause who is gonna be doing homework on tuesday?…not me!

  • Aaron_coleman33

    so close! cp is the best author… congrats on everything in this series looking forward to whatever else you may be writing

  • Randy-Tripp

    Walmart at midnight tomorrow can’t wait

  • BRSINGRRRRRR

    ME HAS A QUESTION!!!!
    ok… im going to visit CP in NYC on Nov. 8 on his book tour, so my friend wants to know if they provide pictures of CP (that he signs 4 u) or is it just the book???
    cuz she can’t go and she has all her books on a nook and she wants his signature!!

    thx!!!! 😀

  • Emily sasaki

    I spent over five minutes just touching the picture of all the stacks of Inheritance… so close to them, yet SO FAAARRRR!!!!! Can’t wait for it!

  • AnDlat

    0 days according to the countdown

  • The Thinker

    Love the pic of the stacks of Inheritance! Closet we’ll get to the book until the 8th!

  • hello9876

    inheritance is thick!

  • Laurelleaf9

    1. 2/3 of americans can’t divide, the other 1/2 don’t care.

    2.there are three kinds of people in this world: ones who can count and ones who cant’t.

    3. What’s the point to writing with a dull pencil? There isn’t one.

    4. The energizer bunny was arrested; he was charged with battery.

    let me know which was your favorite!

    • Zach

      I like 2…

      hahahah you are so punny

    • The Green dragon

      Definently the first.

    • Wasn’t Yogi Berra responsible for the first one? I pesonally like the fourth one best, even though they’re all pretty good

  • Arrétay

    “I feel tempted to start a fifth book set in Alagaësia.” – Christopher PaoliniI really don’t mind if you do a fifth book to the series. No, I won’t mind it in the least.It’s so close! Only 1 day, 8 hours, and 19 minutes and counting!

    • Arrétay

      Woops, meant to put Paolini, not Paolinil.

  • Loren Frye

    so I take this to mean that the last BIG20 won’t be coming out until tomorrow?

    • Patrick Ruehle

      guess so

    • Hnafpaktitis

      the last episode has already arrived……………………

      • Loren Frye

        of the podcast yes.  but there should still be one last big 20 article or so I thought I saw mike comment that someplace

  • BlackandWhiteDragons

    One day for me 🙂

  • Lcollins7

    Oh my word all those books! I bet Christopher’s knuckles were hurting by the end of that!

  • Rubydragon

    I can imagine myself sneaking a book into my backpack if I ever was close to the pile of Inheritance books!

  • Patrick Ruehle

    I think ill curse my teachers in the ancient language when they yell at me for drawing dragons in class

    • Arya<3

      Barzúl! lol

      • GregB

        Ill fate to your info, that’s dwarfish 😀

  • ShrimpyJess

    I’m about to have a heart attack… Call 911! Lol

  • Patrick Ruehle

    I wonder if I died and went to heaven, if it would be there. hmmmmmm….

    • The Green dragon

      lets not try and see, but just wait an extra day.

      • Patrick Ruehle

        yeah, i guess even God has to wait

        • The Green dragon

          haha yea

          • Ivimann

            nope…

          • The Green dragon

            Why?

  • Maximo

    Does anyone know if you pre order it from amazon what day it will arrive.
    Thanks

    • The Green dragon

      depends on the shipping you selected

    • EragonIsABoss

      On Nov. 8th (I ordereed it too!!!)

  • Melodia

    OMG!!!!!

  • Belmin519

    Can anyone tell me if you could buy a library binded book in a bookstore. I dislike the hardcover ones with the jacket and I don’t really want to order the library binded one online unless I have too. SUPER EXCITED FOR THE BOOK!!

    • TorpeAlex

      A friendly librarian will bind it for you if you’re lucky. My friend’s mom is our school librarian, and she’s done that a couple of times for good students.

  • Jim Junior Muhwezi

    27 hours

  • 1 day 8 hrs 5 mins  22 scc

  • Speedsk8

    can’t wait! still haven’t ordered a copy!

    • The Green dragon

      you might want to

  • FozMC

    Mike, can you please tell Chris that if he goes to the book launch dressed as Nasuada, I’ll give him $20.To sweeten the deal, I’ll throw in the southern delicacy of heated roadkill.

  • Kreative-Dragon

    -.- I need that transportation spell Eragon learned and I need it NOW!!! For all I know, by the time I get off work, the whole thing will be spoiled for me. Hell, this is worse than Harry Potter 😛

  • M0o

    *goes to house and steals book*

  • Anonymous

    I want this book so badly. It looks almost God’s work! it’s so beautiful!!! and the length! Oh my God! 880 pages of pure wonder! 

  • Emily L.

    How much do you wish you could will it through the screen on to your lap? 🙂

  • Kronk911

    That. . . Is a fat book 🙂

    • The Green dragon

      maybe it needs to join weight watchers 🙂

      • Arya<3

        nah i like that way

      • Mr-x

        I want it to start Bulking up even more haha

  • Helen Beddis

    I think time is slowing because it seems to be taking years to get to Tuesday!

    • The Green dragon

      hey since you live in england (im assuming you were the one on the podcast) isnt tomarrow tuesday for you?

      • Anonymous

        eveno tho we live in england unfortunately it is stil only monday tommorrow, i believe we are only 4 hours ahead of you, im writing this at just gone 8 oclock in the evening so ul be able to tell how far ahead we are of you.

        • The Green dragon

          5 hours i live in central time zone. but still you guys get it a little bit earlier than us right?

          • Anonymous

            then in theory no we wont because unfortunately we arent getting midnight releases so we have to wait for it to be delivered or til bookstores open which is around 9am, by which time if your going to a midnight release you will have had the book for 4 hours,gutting, extremely gutting that i still have 35 and a half hours left :'(

          • Arvindr

            what’s 35 hours, if you have to wait till November 17th ( Netherlands )? It’s a long wait, but  I am positive it’ll be worth it ^^

          • I love reading!!

            Waterstones in Ledanhall market opens at 8

          • Mike

            Unless you live near a 24hour tesco or Asda.

          • Helen Beddis

            Hi yes that was me on the podcast and yes we will be able to get it a few hours earlier here. I’m do excited, it’s like waiting for Christmas 🙂

        • ur mom and i

          if you want time to pass faster, live in south east asia, we are  a full 12 hours ahead of time in america

  • Arya<3

    Ahh seeing all those books in one place…

  • sydrath

    can anyone tell me if i take all four of my books to one of the tour events can i get them all signed? this would be the first time i am able to go to one and i dont know how it all works lol

    • The Green dragon

      yeah im doing the same thing 🙂 i called the place were im going and i think that you just need to bring a proof of purchase with you, but you should call the place to be sure.

      • I’m hoping (for you guys’ sake) that the hosting stores aren’t forcing you to repurchase your books from them in order to get them signed…

        • The Green dragon

          yeah i called the place where he’s gonna be for me in birmingham (books-a-million) and they said as long as i oredered the books from them (online) and brought a proof of purcahse i’d be fine. and im gonna bring my dad and mom and sister so no matter what i will get all of them signed.

    • Jwelde

      Hey so I went to the brisingr signing and brought all my books and movie and poster. The rule then was two signatures per person.
      If you are going with someone who isn’t using both signatures, they could probably get it signed for you.

      • The Green dragon

        then i guess its good my father is coming with me 🙂

    • There will probably be signature limits. Call the book store you’re going to for the signing and ask what the policy will be, as they may differ from store to store.

      • The Green dragon

        hey what servers do you use because my screen keeps saying database error a bunch of times when i refresh the page and i have to close the browser and come all the way back.

        • ShrimpyJess

          That happened to me a few minutes ago…

  • GLAEDR

    so excited

  • Guest

    Those stacks of Inheritance are sooo tempting right now… gahhhh I wish I worked at random house 🙁

  • The Green dragon

    What’s a book plate?

    • Jwelde

      It’s a sticker the author can sign that you stick into the front of a book.

      • The Green dragon

        oh thats cool. i envisioned more of a metal plate with a calligraphic writing of inheritance on it and CP signing it in paint, but oh well.

        • That’s exactly what I pictured when I first heard about them years ago.

          • The Green dragon

            ha thats weird. but i would so buy one if it was what i thought it was if it was under a hundred dollars.

  • H2opotatobob

    skyrim + this book = me becoming albino this winter

    • Thegeekysidekick

      Indeed.

      • Laurelleaf9

        my brothers there with you in the book/videogame albino club.

      • Laurelleaf9

        my brothers there with you in the book/videogame albino club.

  • orlando padron

    I cant believe its only two days away. I am skiping class and going to the bookstore on New York City. Hopefully I can get a picture with Christopher and a signed book.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • I will be there! Please say hi 🙂

      • The Green dragon

        oh yea can you take pictures with him at the events?

  • Reese

    Completely, and totally beyond excited. Come on Tuesday! I’m tired of waiting!! :c

  • Excited? EXCITED?!??!!! I’M FREAKIN WELL OVER EXCITED RIGHT NOW!!!!!!!!!!! =D =D =D =D Oh my God I’ve only been reading this series for about 2 years now but man I swear I never realized until finishing Eragon how much I was longing to know the end. At that time there were 2 years left and right now there’s only TWO DAYS. Oh gosh I think I hyperventilated when I saw the picture of the books….

  • Brent Newton

    How many copies did he sign? OVER 9000!!!!!!!!

    • NAPPA

      WHAT 9000!!??? But Vegeta It can’t b. . . WHAT 9000????!!!!!

      • Patrick Ruehle

        THATS NOT POSSIBLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Denmark111

    Am I the only one who got a longing feeling when I saw the picture of the books?

  • one word: EXCITED!!!!!!

    Christmas for me is coming early for me this year in…… 2 days! (An extra day for UPS to deliver the book.) After waiting 3 years, for Inheritance, I think I can wait an extra day.

  • Cory Knoll

    haha. I like the candle pun, and my mother and I say the blind man verse all of the time.

    Can’t believe we’re only two days away from the release. Though, unfortunately, my car needs a new battery so I cannot pick up my pre-ordered book until Wednesday (stupid battery).

    • The Green dragon

      that stinks

      • Cory Knoll

        tell me about it :/

        • The Green dragon

          you could fly to like chicago or something.( i think thats the closest one with a good enough time span for you to get there) or you could hitch hike.

          • Cory Knoll

            Haha. Or I could wait til the next day when I’m heading into town with my mom to shop anyway. haha. So dramatic…

    • Speedsk8

      bus?

      • Cory Knoll

        Not in the middle of smalltown Tennessee, and to the next county over where the book store is… unfortunately, no.

        • Ashley

          run there

  • Will it be released at midnight on Tuesday morning for Kindle? The last book that I tried to get on its release date I had to wait until the next day…

    • The Green dragon

      if it works like a nook it should be availble at midnight eastern time zone. i gotten a couple of books a little early that way.

  • Night Angel Kage

    No mate. Mike has already said that he will get his copy at midnight at the midnight release.

  • AryaRose

    I am soooooo beyond excited!!!! XD XD XD XD  Now that he’s on Twitter I guess I’ll have to give in and get one myself.

  • @ Mike Macauley
    Hey, I was wondering Mike…Have you received an advanced copy of Inheritance ?
    You know, being the one in charge of the official fan website and all, I thought that maybe you had received a preferential treatment. If so, you’re really lucky !
    I, for one, had no choice but to buy it online, because I never know if my library will receive it on time.
    Also, do you know if the Limited Signed Edition available on Amazon was
    personally signed by Christopher, or if it is the same one printed in
    each book ? You can view it here : http://goo.gl/Y12ql
    Anyway, that’s the version I decided to buy, since I won’t be able to attend
    any of the places in the Tour. Sometimes, it really sucks to live in
    Quebec, Canada.

    • Pssh, I read Inheritance before it was even written. 😉

      You know, I’ve got a TARDIS.

      But yeah, the Limited Signed Editions are actually signed by Christopher. That’s why he was signing 9,000 books. 😉

      • So…how’s it end??

        • Arya<3

          NO SPOILERS HYPOCRITE! jk 🙂

          • Denmark111

            Wow man, it could be amusing if Mike was banned from Shurtugal for spoiling 🙂

        • The Green dragon

          itd be really funny if mike actually did get a copy and post a spoiler and someone deleted his account, but i kno that mike would never do that.

          • Arya<3

            oh yeah it wud be hilarious…lol

        • FozMC

          Oh, Mike Macauley kills Galbatorix and becomes green rider. He went back in time in his tardis to make it happen 🙂

  • Anonymous

    Yeah, he’s actually being quite active on twitter, it’s awesome!

  • This wasn’t exactly addressed here, although it may have been in one of the forums, but why exactly was CP signing almost 10000 copies of this book?  Does it have something to do with the pre-order?

    • Because Random House ships signed copies to certain retail partners (to spread signed copies around to give others a chance to get their books signed rather than show up at a tour stop).

      • I_want_november_8_now

        Mike and Robert, what about Barnes and Noble .com signed copies? I Ordered “Inheritance autographed edition” in September Online.
        Ps I love Shutugal! It’s an amazing website!

    • Amazon signed copies.

  • a smart guy

    Second is the best. Give into the temptation Chris; we want a book 5.

  • Jim Junior Muhwezi

    I am SOOOOO excited! Seeing all those copies if Inheritance is torture! Less than two days!

  • Greg

    If I signed that many copies my hand would fall off hahaha

  • saphira<3

    omg i cnt wait been waiting for this foreverrrr

  • Jshields1493

    yeah first comment, 😀 god i just pre-ordered it i cant believe its soo much cheaper in ireland than in america, its like $27 dor it and over here its £10 lol

    • THEJOKER

      You weren’t first, I was!

      • Jshields1493

        lol i said yeah first comment not yeah i was first comment, i just ment i liked ur comment,

    • Actually, 27.99 is the MSRP, most retailers are selling for 14 or 15 dollars. £10 would equal around $16 here.

      Soo…yeah…there’s that!

      • Jshields1493

        lol i guess i was told den 😀 gud i wud have felt sorry for u all if u had to spend that much for it 

      • Juan Mata

        I paid £3.99 for my copy of Inheritance, although that was an offer I got due to the number of points on my book card.

    • Anonymous

      That’s cheap! I’m paying $50 NZ for my copy…(£25 or $40US) and I’m not even paying for shipping

  • The Dark Lard 48

    Hey Mike, can you tell if Inheritance will be released in Pakistan on the 8th or later? I want to buy one as soon as its available. 

    • I have an international release list coming for you guys very soon

  • THEJOKER

    First! I love puns!

    • THEJOKER

      Yes I’m excited. Also, anyone else think facebook, twitter, and all the other thingies are a waste of time?

      • Pizzanigga

        nigga

      • The Green dragon

        i think that twitter is a waste of time unless fowlling people to see when things are coming out.