Monday, August 02, 2010

DAY 04 — YOUR FAVORITE BOOK

My favorite book is actually a trilogy & I think I can get away with naming 3 books as my favorite "book" because each book is a continuation of the one before it.  The Dragonlance Chronicles consists of 3 books - Dragons of Autumn Twilight, Dragons of Winter Night, & Dragons of Spring Dawning.  I first read the DL Chronicles when I was living in New York - a boy that lived in our apartment complex had let me borrow them.  It was right around the time my parents were having marital problems & this was when I was just starting to read fantasy books.  I was around 11 years old.

I really immersed myself into the world of Krynn and into the problems that the heroes of the story were facing.  I admired Sturm Brightblade & Tanis Half-Elven & I was fascinated by Kitiara & Takhisis but my all time favorite character is Tasslehoff Burrfoot.  Tass is the reason why I love halflings so much and why I always want to play one in our D&D campaigns.  I really identified with Raistlin Majere because of what I was going through at the time - not so much the evil & hate everyone part but the being picked on for being different part.  Moving away from my dad & our home to New York and to my Aunt's house in PA was very traumatic & I was sick the entire time we lived in PA, much like Raistlin (although I didn't cough up blood).

Reading these books has forever shaped the person that I became today & it instilled within me the love of anything fantasy.  I was too young to read into the story and simply took it at face value - the story of a courageous band of friends who were looking for something to believe in & who had to overcome many adversities to find what they needed.  Sure, there are many stereotypes involved in this story, heavy borrowing from Tolkien and whatnot but I can still read these books today and be completely drawn into them, the same way I was when I was 11 years old.

3 comments:

  1. Yes. They are wonderful & I love them. I didn't read my first one until I was 17 (I borrowed the first volume from my brother) & when I finally did read it it was like an instant connection thing for my brother & I. I think my favourite of all time though is Soulforge. Have you read Soulforge? I can never remember anything anymore.

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  2. Yep, I've read Soulforge, too :)

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  3. did you know that all of the characters in the books are actually the player characters from the first dragon lance game? Weiss and Hickman were developing a new campaign setting for TSR, then owners of DnD, and this was the test setting.

    The entire trilogy is based on that campaign.

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