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Dragonlance Re-Read: Dragons Of Autumn Twilight — Part 1

This entry is part 1 of 1 in the series Dragons Of Autumn Twilight Re-Read

I've never blogged a re-read before, so to a large extent I'm making this up as I go along. The basic idea is that I'm breaking the book down into about 10 chunks so I have a decent amount to discuss, but it doesn't take a year to get to the end of it. For this first part I'm looking at the prolog and Chap­ters 1 through 4 of Dragons of Autumn Twilight. Before I get to that though, I thought it would be worth setting the scene a little bit:

Dragons of Autumn Twilight was published in 1984 and fantasy fiction was rather different back then. Most of the big names we're currently familiar with hadn't been released (no Wheel of Time or Harry Potter or Game of Thrones). There were a few block­buster series (Eddings Belgariad and Brooks Shan­nara spring most readily to mind) but the market was much smaller and there wasn't much in the way of licensed or game based fantasy fiction. Drag­onlance changed that in a big way.

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Book Review: The Clockwork Giant by Brooke Johnson

Okay so this is a slightly unusual situ­a­tion. I'm reviewing a book that won't be published until 2015, but it was published when I bought it. That's because the author self-published and then subse­quently sold the book and a sequel to a major publisher. That expla­na­tion out of the way let's talk about The Clock­work Giant by Brooke Johnson. It's a Young Adult novel with a steam­punk setting and a heavy emphasis on romance.

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Book Review: Elantris By Brandon Sanderson

Brandon Sanderson's first novel Elantris has the advan­tage of being a stand alone book (for the moment, there have been talks of sequels). There's some­thing extra satis­fying about getting the whole begin­ning and end of a story in one go. Elantris was Sanderson's first novel and it's a very capable outing displaying most of the things that people gener­ally enjoy about Brandon Sanderson's writing. The world building here is strong and by no means limited to the city of Elantris and its imme­diate surround­ings. In fact there are areas of this world we never visit that  never­the­less feel quite real to me.

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Book Review: Raven's Shadow Book 1 — Blood Song by Anthony Ryan

This is another of those series where you're not going to get a wholly satis­fying conclu­sion to each book. That doesn't mean it's a bad book, I just like to warn people about that sort of thing up front. It does reach a logical pause point of sorts, but there's clearly a lot of unre­solved issues. Appar­ently Blood Song was … Read More…

Book Review: The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie

This is the first book in a trilogy called The First Lawand I should stress that it is not in itself a complete story. In fact, in many ways it reads more like a  prologue. A coming together of the cast and setting the stage before the story itself gets going.That’s being a little harsh perhaps, but I didn’t find it a satis­fying expe­ri­ence to read just this book so it’s worth noting. Be prepared to invest in all three books.

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