Instant hilarity: we have a few birdfeeders fixed to the deck outside for the occasional quail horde, and the squirrels will often raid them for sunflower seeds. Today, the indoor cat (not let outside on account of no claws) was let out on the deck to sunbathe, and spent the day lounging right between the birdfeeders. No birds came, but a squirrel sat in a nearby tree for a good three hours and barked at him, trying to get him to move off. Phytt just ignored him.
Later on, Phytt moved into one of the huge terra-cotta flowerpots that's resprouting last year's catnip, and lay there in a happy stupor for the rest of the afternoon. It was awesome.
I finished Eragon this weekend and was highly disappointed. It's extremely derivative if you've just read ultra-bestselling fantasy, and I can only imaging what fans of Anne McCaffery-type books must have thought. Plus, it was boring. It was like Fellowship of the Ring up until the Council, when all the hobbits do is walk around and occasionally run from a bad guy. Note to aspiring sci-fi/fantasy writers: read this list. Learn it, love it.
P.S. The cliches I am most annoyed with include: anything that's the last of its kind, one-dimensional bad guy is bad for no reason other than that he's bad, greenhorn protagonist starts taking charge immediately even though he has no idea what's going on, all major female characters are Mary Sues, rebel minority overthrowing an evil empire, and violence, extremely long travel periods (like 75% of the book) or battle scenes as a replacement for actual plot.
Also, dialogue as a vehicle for "here, let me explain the plot."
If anyone wants to hear my rants on the Summer Tree trilogy and why they are also huge LOTR ripoffs, let me know.