September 19, 2008


“Brisingr” is here! (Marjorie Kehe, September 19, 2008, CS Monitor)

Booksellers throughout the US and UK are gearing up today. At 12:01 tomorrow morning, “Brisingr,” the third book of Christopher Paolini’s fantasy series about a boy and his brilliant blue dragon, Saphira, who live in the kingdom of Alagaesia and must save the world from an evil king, will be released. It’s not quite “Harry Potter” (400 million copies sold worldwide) but at 15 million and climbing, it’s not bad, either.

Stores in both the US and the UK where the book will be released (the rest of the world has to wait) are planning late-night parties. Borders alone is planning more than 700 in-store parties scheduled to begin at 10 p.m. tonight and lasting until the books appear at 12:01 a.m..

Author's success rooted in family, landscape (Matthew Brown, 9/18/08, Associated Press)

Leading up to this weekend's debut of his series' latest installment, "Brisingr," the author recently hiked into the Absarokas (ab-SORE-kas) to soak up a last bit of Montana sunshine. A monthlong, 10-city book tour awaited that would separate him from the valley where he's spent most of his life.

"I need to get sunlight while I can," Paolini says, adding his book tours leave him longing for the solitude of the Paradise Valley.

The "Inheritance" series chronicles the adventures of Eragon, a young boy whose discovery of a blue dragon egg launches him onto a quest as a Dragon Rider, destined to battle the evil Empire.

Paolini was just 15 when he started writing the first book -- the same age as its namesake hero. His parents helped him edit and polish the story and then self-published the work before it was picked up by Random House.

Despite mixed reviews, "Eragon" and the second book, "Eldest," have sold 15.5 million copies. "Brisingr" will have a first press run of 2.5 million books -- the largest ever for Random House's children's books division, according to the publisher. It will be printed in 50 languages.

In 2006, 20th Century Fox released an "Eragon" movie, a widely panned production that nevertheless grossed an estimated $170 million worldwide.

Big Night on the Horizon for ‘Brisingr’ (John A. Sellers, 9/18/08, Publishers Weekly)
Paolini arrived in New York City earlier this week and will deliver his first public reading of Brisingr at a midnight launch party at the Barnes & Noble in NYC’s Union Square. Though the author acknowledges that he is “a little bit nervous,” he says he’s excited to meet fans, and he came armed with a few boxes of pens for signing books. “Our phones have not stopped ringing since we announced that Christopher would be joining us,” said a spokesperson for the store.

For 24-year-old Paolini, who was 15 when he started writing Eragon (the first book in what has come to be called the Inheritance Cycle), it has been an “incredible” journey. “When I was about halfway through [Brisingr], it was only then that I felt I could call myself a professional writer. I’ve been able to do interesting things, travel around the world. I’m very grateful to be given this opportunity to do what I love doing as a career.”

Sci-fi fans eager for release of Paolini's latest, Brisingr (Sheena McFarland, 9/18/08, The Salt Lake Tribune)
"Books such as this have brought reading science fiction and fantasy from the fringe into the mainstream," said Snow, who lives in Sandy. "That's a good thing because it provides creativity and the opportunity to sit back and enjoy a good story as a way of escaping the mundane and difficult things each of us faces every day."

Bringing author Christopher Paolini's world of elves, dragons and magicians to life is the aim of local booksellers, who are throwing midnight release parties tonight for Brisingr, the third book in the series.

"This is one of those books that gathers a cult following," said Jenn Northington, events and marketing manager for The King's English Bookshop. "There are a lot of fun tie-ins for this series."

The store invited members of such groups as the Renaissance Fair and the Society for Creative Anachronism to create a medieval atmosphere among the bookshelves, with swordplay demonstrations, a costume contest, trivia bowl and other book-related games.

"Readers live in that world when they read the books," Northington said. "How do you bring that world into the real world? This is how we do it."

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 19, 2008 10:14 AM
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