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so the good Raistlins at Dragonlance Underground saw fit to send an invitation to little old me for an interview at their site.

I can't say that I'm not flattered. the fact that I'm writing a post just for this right now should also speak volumes (or at least a few lines) of my pride.

so by all means, go see. it would help if you have a rudimentary understanding of Dragonlance in advance (hey. that rhymed.), but it's not required.

Date: 2003-10-15 08:30 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] metalbird.livejournal.com
This was read while enjoing some extremely good vanilla gourmet tea and scraping the chocolate creme off oreo cookies. :)

I'm gonna forward the link to Jimmy, who's at school.

Date: 2003-10-16 06:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] larris.livejournal.com
the oreo scraping is the most important part of the ritual.

but this is in fact very related to Dragonlance in itself!

with slight spoiler warnings as appropriate:

in later Dragonlance books, a son of Caramon grows up to be a wizard. (his name is Palin). a couple of the DL game creators had some fun on the DL mailing list when a thread went offtopic (where they are often prone to go), and produced this admittedly special game material:

here are the spells (http://groups.google.com/groups?selm=37afe900.164551421%40news.online.no&output=gplain)

something to show Jim if you like. =)

Date: 2003-10-16 07:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] metalbird.livejournal.com
Cool, thanks a lot.

In total, I think I read like 130 pages last night, and... I started crying because Flint died. :(

Date: 2003-10-16 10:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] larris.livejournal.com
yes, that was another sad (but memorable) moment.

I'll wager you didn't expect that DL would have this effect on you... or am I mistaken?

if it's something that Weis&Hickman excel at, it's getting you to empathize with the characters. that, and creating intriguing plots that weave pretty well together in the end.

anyhow, I'm very pleased that you evidently did like it better the farther you got into Chronicles. and so would Jim, I'd imagine. =)

Date: 2003-10-16 10:57 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] metalbird.livejournal.com
No, I didn't. I didn't really like the first book that much, but the second was better, and the third is definitely good.
The books' strongest quality are definitely the characters.

Are legends more or less about the same characters as in these books, or do they mainly concentrate on Raistlin?

Date: 2003-10-16 11:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] larris.livejournal.com
well, personally I have to admit a soft spot for giant reptile-like beings, so any setting with lots of dragons stands a good chance of appealing to me, too.

(no, I am not a macroherpetophiliac.)

the Legends trilogy, despite its covers, does not actually concentrate mainly on Raistlin, even if he is absolutely integral and pivotal to the plot. you'll meet again some of the same characters as well as join a few new ones, some of whom enjoy a very high standing in the DL fanbase. =)

DLU

Date: 2003-10-15 08:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fordarkness.livejournal.com
glad you enjoyed it. :) i know i enjoyed doing the interview... i believe i wound up quite toasty towards the end of it!

Re: DLU

Date: 2003-10-16 11:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] larris.livejournal.com
despite the spilled drinks? =)

yeah, it was fun. and I think it's a well-written piece, really. it didn't turn out quite as messy as I had imagined, either.

you're very good at this, miss!

Date: 2003-10-19 07:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] grinnifer.livejournal.com
The fifth age broke my heart.

MW&TH did nothing in that story to fix it. Well, okay, maybe when Raistlin got stuck in the tree... but that was the *only* good part of that book.

Date: 2003-10-20 12:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] larris.livejournal.com
that story?

Jenn, are you referring to Dragons of Summer Flame by W&H, the Fifth Age trilogy by Jean Rabe, or the War of Souls trilogy by W&H?

just curious. =)

Date: 2003-10-20 11:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] grinnifer.livejournal.com
hm. I don't remember. It was the first story to set the stage for the Fifth Age cycle. Dragons of Summer Flame sounds right. It was the "next" book after the War of the Twins. It was about the children of the heros... um... Palin and... er... that golden eyed chick that Raistlin refused to say was his. The 1/2 Urda (Irda?... sp?) one.

After that, I just sort of stopped reading Dragonlance, which was a shame considering how obsessed I was with it. I even gave away all my books and cards. (it was a pretty impressive collection...) The only think I kept were the art books.

Man. I'm still a little heart broken thinking about it.

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