It's late and I need to brush my teeth and go to bed, but first I want to quickly tell you about meeting Christopher Paolini. :D
Thursday, last week, I was volunteering at the library, and re-shelving some YA novels which brought me to the vicinity of the Inheritance Cycle. I remembered that, although I really enjoyed Eragon, I had never gotten through any of the other books. I knew they were heavily paralleled to Star Wars and Lord of the Rings and otherwise maybe not the best books ever written, but I had fun with Eragon and it bothers me to leave a series unfinished.
A few minutes later, when my Dad came to pick me up from the library, he was looking at an audio copy of Brisingr. I asked him about it and he told me that he had heard Christopher Paolini was coming to our local Barnes and Nobles! I was pretty excited, and he said he'd take me.
We got there Sat. afternoon 40 min. early, and the line was huuuge. Sadly, we still hadn't come early enough to join in the Question and Answer session that was going on, so my brother and I stood in line and waited while my Dad purchased a paperback copy Eldest with the gift card from my birthday over a year ago. After a little, a Barnes and Nobles employee offered to give me a pink bracelet so I could browse the store, and when the book-signing began, "they" would let the pink bracelet-people cut to the front.
This sounded like a good idea, so my brother looked at technology books, I flipped through War and Peace, Wives and Daughters, and read Ivanhoe, and my Dad ordered a coffee and read a little bit. They still hadn't called for the pink-bracelet wearers, so I googled and read a bio of Christopher Paolini.
About three hours later, we were finally allowed to skip to the front of a long, twisty line. We talked to the friendly college students behind us a little, and I'd counted 5 people wearing Star Wars shirts.
Finally, we'd advanced to the second-to-first people in line. After the lady before us had gotten her book signed, I handed a Barnes and Nobles worker my book and my Dad handed another Barnes and Nobles lady his phone so she could snap a picture.
Mr. Paolini was really friendly and down-to-earth. It was really surreal to talk with one of the most successful living American authors. He asked me if I'd read the whole series(I told him the truth, of course :D), told me to enjoy the other books, and drew a large signature under the title page.
The Inheritance Cycle may not be the most well-written series ever, but what I've read is fun, and I'm thankful to have met an author who's still definitely better than me. :D
It's also my first signed book I've ever owned, which is very exciting!!!!
Have you read The Inheritance Cycle?
Have you met any authors before?
Thanks for reading!