Dink Smallwood

Magic is in the air!!
Since last week (even though the stupid exams are on!), I just got hooked, once again, to the fantasy world of potter’s, frodo’s, skywalker’s and eragon!!
I went home on friday, and wih nothing better to do, started the ‘revision’ of Harry potter series. Had to start with the third book because my sister is doing her ‘revision’ of the first two in chennai!
That reminded me of LOTR, and so saw my favourite part of the flick (battle of helms deep and minas tirith and of course, the valled of the dead!) on my compu!
On Saturday evening, was browsing in the second hand book stall in Nerul, and decided that i will continue with more fantasy and picked up Eragon, the first of the trilogy by young author (he is just 20 now! was 15 when he started the book)Christopher Paolini.

As with all fiction novels, the plot is just same. A young teenager, hardworking but unsuspecting that huge responsibilities await him, a mentor, older than most of the characters in the book, a great magician, a hero of his times, totally hates the villian, a Dark lord, controls (or wants to control) the planet, his followers, well versed in dark magic, a rebel team planning to dislodge the dark lord etc etc.

But the magic of fantasy books is just this. You know the plot, you can guess the ending, but still it will urge you to read on!
Perhaps, it is the magic of being transported to a world where you can do anything is possible..
Perhaps, it is the magic of just knowing that come what may, hope is there, come what may, love, loyality, courage etc etc will come on tops
Perhaps, it is the magic that a young innocent fellow (something that we were a few years ago) plunges into a big-bad world (someplace we are in now), but manages to survive first, make good friends and finally conquer what he can ( something that we want!!)
Perhaps, just because it is just magic!!!

Coming back to the book….
This book is highly inspired by Tolkien, with elves and dwarfs and humans and shady magicians etc etc. It is about a young boy, who is selected to be a dragon rider. He is to start the new generation of dragon riders, as the previous one was overthrown by a evil rider, Galbatorix.
So this young boy Eragon, and his dragon, set out on the adventure, first to kill Ra’zacs who killed Eragons uncle, but the eventual goal being to restart the dragon rider and overthrow the dark overlord. On his way, he befriends a brave warrior ( like aragorn in LOTR, and (being very bold!) snape in the HP series), and a beautiful elf! The highlight of the book, though, is the relationship between eragon and his dragon saphira. You will just fall in love with this Dragon!!

Initially, I was surprised that the book was the work of a teenager. There was quite some amount of philosophy which you associate with books of this kind. But, as I finished the book, I was sure that it is the work of a teenager, the plot was gripping but there were a lot of loop-holes, unexplained events, events totally out of the blue etc….

Hmm….I still have not come to the title of my post. Well, this book reminded me of a game which I was mad about a few years back. The game, as you, might have guessed it by is called dink smaallwood. (download)

This amazing game is about a young boy (again), who goes out of his village, and gets task after task, which he accomplishes, with the final goal being to kill the dark overlord. On his way, he earns money by killing dragons and goblins and giants, meets magicians and learns lots of magic, meets different people and makes friends etc etc. It has minimal graphics, easy controls and interface, and is a delight to play. Not aan easy game, but an enchanting one.

That about summed up my last weekend and even more!
Just gave an exam today…..fared miserably…..
so planning to watch a couple of movies to move out of the miserable feeling….
watched a movie called ‘a gentlemant and an officer’ yesterday night….was real good
and ya! got to prepare for the exam on sunday 😦

PS: while reading eragon, was wondering how great the movie would be, when would it be made etc. Since fantasy movies are in vogue now, the movie has already been planned..

  1. #1 by Neema! on April 19, 2006 - 9:34 pm

    Nice review there!!!

  2. #2 by Amrita on April 20, 2006 - 7:44 am

    hmm…so ur a fantasy lover too. i recently finished reading lord of the rings and must asmit tolkien has done a superb job, his language and diction, the characters and plot; everything is absolutely remarkable. master storyteller he was. harry potter is another favorite of mine, i ve read all the books so far and am eager to know the end now itself. the other one ur talking about, i have not read that one.

    i read the chronicles of narnis by C.S Lewis, another work that leaves u spellbinded. happy fantasy reading to u!

  3. #3 by Akanksha on April 20, 2006 - 8:36 am

    i liked eragon but i love harry potter!
    also read bartimaeus its abt a genie and young boy

    i love fantasy books .. they just take u smwhere far far away!!

  4. #4 by Sowmya on April 20, 2006 - 11:52 am

    well mine is a different comment ,
    havent read even a line of HP nor seen the movie ,
    well itz not that im an anti-hp/ fatasy person or anything , just hv nt been inspired enough to read it i guess ,
    shud definitely get myself to read it sometime now , wonder wht the hype is all about ..
    keep bloggin .. luv them

  5. #5 by Moi on April 21, 2006 - 12:05 am

    i havent ever read a fantasy book : maybe i shall pick one before i get too old to be spotted with one 🙂

  6. #6 by Moi on April 21, 2006 - 12:06 am

    hey does Alice in Wonderland qualify as a fantasy book?
    Now thats one book I absolutely love esp Lewis caroll’s Philosophy!

  7. #7 by arun on April 21, 2006 - 2:32 pm

    talking abt boy wizards, chek out the earth sea trilogy by Ursula Leguinn.. written long long before harry potter arrived…

    ya have heard abt Eragon.. but the charm of tolkien is different. He wrote it as if he was consciously writing an epic.. and being a linguist, he was motivated to create settings where he could actually put his languages to use!!

  8. #8 by Demonic Dude on April 21, 2006 - 3:33 pm

    Well, after going through the entire LOTR trilogy in two days(thrice!), and the HP series a million times, I found Eragon a very put-downable book.. managed to get through only about a half of it.. very cliched and run-of-the-mill, i felt..

    I would recommend the Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan (12 books and counting).. it does get a bit boring from the 9th book or so, but the plot, and the descriptions are really out of the world.. and very comparable to Tolkien’s work.

    Also planning to check out Stephen King’s Dark Tower series.. does sound like a good bet..

  9. #9 by kaushik on April 22, 2006 - 5:16 pm

    neema: thanks a lot!

    amrita: and i just finished reading amrita’s version of neverland!!
    Fantasy stories are just too good….
    still remember the cinderellas and rapunzels and all the giants and goblins and witches and talking scracrows etc etc

    akanksha: hey congrats on ur admit!! yup…just get transported….wish there was this world though

    reddy: read them and you will drown in the magic!

    moi: you are never too old to be spotted with one!!

    arun: nice to see you here dude!! tolkien is a different league….will try to get my hands on the other one

    DD: eragorn is run of the mill, cliched…but i found it readable….
    not too sure abt stephen king…..never felt like picking his books up after seeing the name and cover!!!

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