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The Dragonlance Reread: Dragons of Autumn Twilight Part 2, Chapters 15 and 16

Welcome back to our reread of the Dragonlance Chronicles, as we come to the end of the first book.

We left last week in chaos—draconians, dragons, slaves and Heroes all brawling in front of the gates of Pax Tharkas. Gates that are now sealed behind tons of rubble, squishing Eben and the Green Gemstone Man in the process. We also left with two cliff-hangers, two big fights: Verminaard versus ‘four men’ (not yet revealed) and a dragon-battle in the sky between Pyros and the very unhappy Matafleur.

As always, we’re going to keep the reread post spoiler-free, but the comments are open to any and all discussion, so proceed with caution! This solution, like the world of Krynn itself, seems totally True Neutral.

[BOSS FIGHT!]

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Starting with First Principles: Where to Begin with K.J. Parker

K.J. Parker is a cult author. I don’t mean that in entirely in the colloquial sense, but also in the semi-Lovecraftian waybooks talked about passionately, but in hushed tones, by a cabal of true believers huddled in forbidden libraries and dark corners of basement bookshops. There are those that have stumbled upon Parker’s texts and worship them with a feverish intensity… and those that haven’t and are therefore wrong.

Needless to say, like any other cult, we Parker readers proselytise ceaselessly. There’s a gross, cosmic unfairness to the fact that we, who have been enlightened, are surrounded by the darkness of human ignorance. But, of course, we keep trying. The stakes are too high.

[To ease your path to conversion, here are a few ways to get started with KJ Parker…]

The Dragonlance Reread: Dragons of Autumn Twilight Part 2, Chapters 13 and 14

After two chapters of relative inactivity—scheming, feelings and suspicion—you knew things were about to kick off. And this week, they do. Are you ready for draconians, dragonfire, rockfalls, character death(s), aerial battles and… Sturm in a dress?

Last we saw, Tas was going to attempt to rescue a gully dwarf with the help of a possibly senile mage. What could go wrong?

[Everything, of course.]

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The Dragonlance Chronicles Reread: Dragons of Autumn Twilight Part 2, Chapters 11 and 12

Welcome back to the Dragonlance Reread!

After Raistlin saved everyone’s butts last week (at great personal exhaustion), our main party came across a secret door that leads to the cellars of Pax Tharkas—so let’s get exploring!

As always, we’re going to keep the reread post spoiler-free, but the comments are open to any and all discussion, so proceed with caution!

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The Way We Walk: Getting Started with the Short Stories of China Miéville

Sometimes you’re better off starting with the short stuff, developing a taste, and then tackling the larger works.

An example: Genesis’s The Way We Walk, for those that didn’t home-school themselves in 1980s prog rock, is a set of two live albums. There are The Longs and The Shorts. Naturally, the first one I got was The Longs, because, value, right? Right? And, boy, was that a mistake—because The Longs consisted of basically a half-dozen amorphic medleys, 1980s squidgy power harmonies with a shapelessness that bordered on the Lovecraftian. It took me a while to try Genesis again, and this time I dipped my toe into The Shorts. And that album was (and still is) fantastic—complete with instant, anthemic crowd-pleasers like “I Can’t Dance,” “Invisible Touch,” and “Jesus He Knows Me.” “Ah-ha!” I told myself. “This is why this music thing is a thing!” Later, I even got back into The Longs, as The Shorts had introduced me to the style in a more immediate, approachable way. I got to ease into liking it, rather than leaping into the deep end.

[China Miéville, like Genesis…]

The Dragonlance Chronicles Reread: Dragons of Autumn Twilight Part 2: Chapters 9 and 10

Welcome back to the Dragonlance Reread!

We’re back with our regular transmission following last week’s guest post from Highlord Damien Walter. Damien covered a large chunk of Raistlin’s character arc, but this week our favorite wizard continues to save everyone’s backsides…

As always, we’re going to keep the reread post spoiler-free, but the comments are open to any and all discussion, so proceed with caution!

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The Dragonlance Reread: Dragons of Autumn Twilight Part 2, Chapters 5 and 6

Welcome back to the Dragonlance Reread!

The last time we met them, our intrepid heroes had narrowly escaped the clutches of Fewmaster Toade with the help of Gilthanas the elf, who insisted on taking them to fabled elf city of Qualinost. Ah, Qualinost, with its unimaginable beauty, slender spires and magical dwarven metalwork. Our friends are overwhelmed, though Tanis is anxious (of course) about being back, having been run out of there years earlier for some dodgy half-cousin adopted sister lovin’.

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The Dragonlance Reread: Dragons of Autumn Twilight Part 2, Chapters 3 and 4

Welcome back to the Dragonlance Reread! This week we continue along our journey, hoping desperately for more dragons, maybe even an actual lance, but perhaps settling for an eventful escape from cages.

As always, we’re going to keep the reread post spoiler-free, but the comments are open to any and all discussion, so proceed with caution!

[Here we are, on the road again.]

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The Dragonlance Reread: Dragons of Autumn Twilight, Part 2, Chapters 1 and 2

Welcome back to the Dragonlance Reread! Miss us? We took a break last week for one of our guest Highlords to share her Dragonlance gaming experience—but that’s enough of the real world for now.

Meanwhile, back on the ranch, Tanis and the Heroes (like Jem and the Holograms, but with worse hair) have slain a dragon, recovered an artifact and escaped the crumbling city of Xak Tsaroth. So, we’ve won, right?

As always, we’re going to keep the reread post spoiler-free, but the comments are open to any and all discussion, so proceed with caution!

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The Dragonlance Chronicles Reread: Dragons of Autumn Twilight, Chapters 21 and 22

Welcome back to the Dragonlance Reread!  Last week: Tanis’ LiveJournal updates! This week: The city falls! The Twins save the day! Raistlin is fantastic!

We’re up to Chapters 21 and 22 of Dragons of Autumn Twilight: “The Sacrifice. The Twice-Dead City.” and “Bupu’s Gift. An Ominous Sight.” As always, we’re going to keep the reread post spoiler-free, but the comments are open to any and all discussion, so proceed with caution!

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The Dragonlance Chronicles Reread: Dragons of Autumn Twilight, Chapters 19 and 20

Welcome back to the Dragonlance Reread! Last week: gully dwarves and draconians. This week: one more gully dwarf! And other more exciting stuff.

As always, we’re going to keep the reread post spoiler-free, but the comments are open to any and all discussion, so proceed with caution!

[The party is doing what it does best: wandering about.]

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The Dragonlance Chronicles Reread: Dragons of Autumn Twilight Part 1, Chapters 17 and 18

Welcome back to the Dragonlance Reread! Last week we met a dragon and a goddess. This week—gully dwarves and draconians.

That means the party stands a chance, right? Right? Well, that’s ok, because Raistlin’s looking out for us. Rest easy, Heroes.

As always, we’re going to keep the reread post spoiler-free, but the comments are open to any and all discussion, so proceed with caution!

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The Dragonlance Chronicles Reread: Dragons of Autumn Twilight, Chapters 15 and 16

Welcome back to the regularly scheduled Dragonlance Chronicles Reread! Last week, our companions had gotten drunk in a swamp, then captured by draconians, whom they escaped by setting fire to a wicker dragon. Best. D&D. Ever.

But, all kidding aside, this week’s chapters are where things really kick off—join in, if you dare.

As always, we’re going to keep the reread post spoiler-free, but the comments are open to any and all discussion, so proceed with caution!

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The Dragonlance Chronicles Reread: Dragons of Autumn Twilight, Chapters 13 and 14

Welcome back to the regularly scheduled Dragonlance Chronicles Reread! Last week Kamila Shamsie dropped by to chat about the impact of both Kitiara and the absence of Kitiara (think of it as Schrödinger’s Kitiara). But now we’re back with our intrepid party, and their quest to find the lost-ish city of Xak Tsaroth.

When we last saw them, they’d passed through the remains of Que-Shu, and were struggling to deal with what they’d seen… This week’s chapters are hopefully a little cheerier—for the heroes’ sake!

As always, we’re going to keep the reread post spoiler-free, but the comments are open to any and all discussion, so proceed with caution!

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The Dragonlance Chronicles Reread: Dragons of Autumn Twilight, Chapters 11 and 12

Welcome back to the Dragonlance Chronicles Reread! Last week we ended on a cliffhanger. Or a forest-hanger: the party have been driven off the road, into the woods and along a magical path. There were deer, but also spectres.

This week’s chapters… do we have a turning point? Do we get to know what’s going on? Will we get a few more monsters? Where are our dragons?!

As always, we’re going to keep the reread post spoiler-free, but the comments are open to any and all discussion, so proceed with caution!

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The Dragonlance Chronicles Reread: Dragons of Autumn Twilight, Chapters 9 and 10

Last week we fought lizard-monster things and the party demonstrated a—rather fabulous—lack of strategy. But hey, Raistlin blew things up, so who’s complaining?

Will this week see more fireworks? Or are we going to return to the “old ways” of getting lost in the woods? Maybe a bit of both…

As always, we’re going to keep the reread post spoiler-free, but the comments are open to any and all discussion, so proceed with caution!

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The Dragonlance Chronicles Reread: Dragons of Autumn Twilight, Chapters 7 and 8

We’re back with another entry in our reread of the Dragonlance Chronicles! After last week’s spectacular non-spectacular, the Heroes of the Lance are still… well… lost in the woods.

Are we going to get porridge? Or action? Will they keep ambling around the Solace suburbs? Or finally get somewhere? Will there be introspection… or a bit of action?

Only time, and the recap below, will tell.

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The Dragonlance Chronicles Reread: Dragons of Autumn Twilight, Chapters 5 and 6

We’re back! Before Sam Sykes’s minotaur-laden interlude, our Heroes of the Lance were sliding down ropes and making a hasty escape from Solace. In this week’s chapters, they’re doing… pretty much the same.

Please remember—although we’re keeping the content of these posts spoiler-free, the comments are fair game, and we encourage everyone to chip in with connections, stories and other fun facts from the 9,000+ Dragonlance materials out there.

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The Dragonlance Chronicles Reread: Dragons of Autumn Twilight, Chapters 3 and 4

Welcome back to our reread of the Dragonlance Chronicles! This week’s chapters contain the last of the character introductions, and all the niceties aside, things fling into action!

As always, although the recaps themselves are spoiler free, the comments are open to Dragonlance readers of all experience levels.

Caution, this week’s recap contains math.

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