October 7, 2003
There can only be one

Imagine that there is a Highlander for precocious, home-schooled authors from rural areas. That means that Jed Purdy is in the fight of his life now that Christopher Paolini is on the scene! Check the text, people:
15 when he wrote his fantasy novel Eragon
loves Wagner and holds forth learnedly on the "Ring" cycle
keeps Seamus Heaney's translation of "Beowulf" by his bed
invented three languages for his characters of dwarves, elves and humanoids, some based on Old Norse, some from scratch
never kissed a girl
Okay, that last one was bullshit, but I was reading between the lines. I say, good luck challenging J.K. Rowling's hegemony, Christopher, but you might want to be careful not to wind up like some other young geniuses.

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