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Post by dios4vida » January 9th, 2012, 1:11 pm

I just finally got around to starting the Dragonlance series. I read the first trilogy and liked it - some issues that are common in all early fantasies, but overall it was a good story. The second was okay, but I really don't like Raistlin. Read the short stories about the children, and now I'm in Dragons of Summer Flame.

This book is a brick. Almost 600 pages. I don't have a problem with doorstoppers, as long as they need to be that long. I don't think this one needed to be this long!! There's so much they could have cut, and it would have been much better at around 400 pages.

Anyways, I'm on page 374 out of 586.
Tanis (whom I really liked) just died, and Raistlin (whom I really hate) just came back from the Abyss.
My question is this: is this book even worth it? I hate quitting books, especially series like this, but seriously! I'm slogging through this thing, hoping it'll pick up. It does for a while, but then I just drag my feet and wish it was over already. The next is even longer and I'm hoping against hope that it'll pick up, but I just can't see that it will.

Has anyone read the Dragonlance books, loved 'em, or hated 'em? I'd like to hear others' opinions about these books and know if slogging through the older ones is worth it to get to the new ones.
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Re: Dragonlance

Post by Moni12 » January 9th, 2012, 1:55 pm

I can't speak for this series, but lately there have been books that I've begun, gotten about half way through and just quit. I feel bad for this, but if I'm half way through and am not enjoying it I figure I'm not going to enjoy the rest of it.

I did this with Blood Red Road by Moira Young because it seemed like so many other YA books I've heard of or read somewhat recently. I also did this with The Girl who Chased the Moon by Sara Addison Allen because it was full of cliches, nothing surprised me and I struggled to care about the characters.

If you're not enjoying it I wouldn't worry about finishing it. I know it's tough especially since you've already put so much into the series, but otherwise you may just see it as a waste of time and that'd be worse than quitting so close to being done.

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Re: Dragonlance

Post by Sommer Leigh » January 10th, 2012, 8:03 am

I read the original Dragonlance trilogy right after high school. I loved it then, but I'm not sure I'd feel the same way if I read it now. I also tried reading past the original trilogy and every other one I picked up was terrible.
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Re: Dragonlance

Post by Starchaser3000 » February 18th, 2012, 11:53 pm

I remember reading those back in the 90's. In a way, it has influenced my own writing, despite that it is a cartoonishly violent parody/satire of the genre it was in.

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