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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Yes, squirrels make even this better

Struggling to make my way through this Dragonlance:  Legends trilogy, but I will admit that this part about halfway through Part III, Ch. 8 of the middle volume, War of the Twins, was improved greatly by this little addition:

"What are these confounded contrivances anyway?" Caramon grumbled, glaring at it.  "Some type of animal dwelling?  I've heard tell of squirrels without tails who live in homes like these upon the great flatlands of Estwilde."  He eyed the structure that was nearly three feet tall and just as wide, and shook his head.  "But I'd hate to meet up with the squirrel who build this!" (Part III, Ch. 8)

Sadly, the potential magic was ruined by denying the D&D squirrels their due.  Missed opportunity here, as having tailless squirrels building large structures would have been much more exciting than some dwarf tribe.  Squirrels>any type of dwarf, after all.


srs said...

I am curious - did you read these books when they first came out in the 80s? And if so, did you like them then?

(I enjoyed them greatly when I was 10 but dread revisiting them now…)

ps - love the new blog logo

Lsrry said...

Nope, never read any D&D when I was growing up. Only read Tolkien and C.S. Lewis when I was a pre-teen/teen when it comes to fantasy. So there's no nostalgia factor working for/against it now.

Glad you loved it! D/Dunja is the one who designed it and I'm sure she'll be pleased to hear this :D

Unknown said...

Gotta agree. I cut my fantasy teeth on the Dragonlance novels back in highschool, and I loved them . . . but I'm not sure I'd want to revisit them.

Having said that, I did like The Death Gate Cycle, and I have their Sovereign Stone trilogy on my TBR list, so I can't say I've abandoned Weis and Hickman altogether.

Lsrry said...

One thing I've learned over the years of blogging and participating on a couple of message boards is that often it is difficult for people to divorce "favorite" from "good." Like I said, I never read D&D (nor played it) when I was growing up in the 80s-early 90s, so there isn't a nostalgia factor to deal with here. But I was asked to read them by someone very dear to me, so in reading them, I am simultaneously reacting to what I perceive to be poor qualities of the stories as well as seeing those qualities that did appeal to her when she read them when she was younger.

Reviewing isn't just a checklist of likes/don't-likes, but also an evaluation of how a story can appeal (or not) to its readers. Subtle, but important difference.

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