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The Annotated Chronicles [Hardcover]

Margaret Weis , Tracy Hickman
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)

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Nov. 1 1999 Dragonlance
The beginning of the epic story that has won the hearts of more than sixteen million readers worldwide. Now Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman have added to Dragons of Autumn Twilight, Dragons of Winter Night and Dragons of Spring Dawn notes, commentary, and original source material and offer observations of the fifteen-year phenomenon that is the Dragonlance saga.

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About the Author

Margaret Weis is the cocreator of the Dragonlance world. She has authored or coauthored fifteen books, several of which were New York Times bestsellers, set in the Dragonlance world. Weis lives in Wisconsin.

Tracy Hickman is the coauthor of fifteen Dragonlance novels, as well as other series such as Darksword and the Death Gate Cycle. He has designed game settings, including Starshield, and is the author of the novel The Immortals. Hickman lives in Utah.

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I first read the Dragonlance Chronicles and Legends in the early 1990s, and was instantly in love with them. Some will say I blaspheme, but I think they are on a level with the works of Tolkein. Well, a while later, I made the horrible mistake of selling my books. Like I said, a HORRIBLE mistake. When this book was released, I snapped it up in a flash. It has all the text and refined touches (small illustrations at the start of each chapter) that I remembered from my old books, as well as some truly nifty extras, such as large color illustrations scattered throughout the book and numerous annotations (hence the title) that give a behind the scenes look at the conceptualization of world of Krynn as it is set forth in the core books of the series, and some bonus passages that were edited out to save space in the standard releases. Be warned, this book sparked in me a spending spree resulting in the purchase of all of the core books, up to the last of the War of Souls, and it may do the same to you. Oh, by the way, as others have said, if this is your first time reading the Chronicles, you might want to skip the annotations, as they contain a few spoilers that might take the surprise out of some of the events to come.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A welcome revival of the classic fantasy series Jan. 5 2003
I hadn't read the Chronicles in several years before picking this up, and I was pleased to find that my fond memories of the books that began the Dragonlance saga weren't simply nostalgia. This is a strong story, set in a believable world with unforgettable characters who seem to me like long-lost friends.
This new edition of the Chronicles adds a great deal of commentary from the authors and from other members of the Dragonlance design team. Their annotations add a new depth to the novels, expanding on bits of backstory that were only hinted at in the original text, explaining where they got their inspiration for certain characters and events, providing insight into all aspects of the writing experience. Many of these notes are very interesting, and some are hilarious. My favorite was Weis and Hickman's little argument about Elistan at the beginning of the second book, which I won't spoil for you!
A bit of advice, though, to anyone new to Dragonlance. Be a little wary of the annotations if you've never read the books before, as they will sometimes reveal things that happen later in the story, and nothing's worse than having a book spoiled for you. It's probably better to read through without reading the annotations first.
Now, if only they'd come out with an Annotated Legends...
(EDIT: 21 Feb 2003) For those interested, the Annotated Legends is, in fact, in progress, and is scheduled to be released sometime around September - October [...]. I certainly can't wait!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Look into the Mind of Weis and Hickman Aug. 21 2002
By jweed
The fantasy classic is back, and now it is even better. For those who haven't read it before, this is the perfect volume to get into the dragonlance series.
The main portion of the books are concerned with a band of adventurers at the coming of the Dark Queen. Surprisingly, these heroes are not infallible and have an amazing depth for "good" characters in fantasy novels.
The plot is an intricate tangle of people and places, as varied as those in our world. Weis and Hickman do a masterful job of creating a fantasy world, coming close to the complexity and color in Tolkien's LOTR novels.
Alone, these books are stunning. The annotations, however, make this book a masterpiece. They are funny, informative, and interesting. Weis and Hickman give you their side of the story, and their exposition seem to make the characters more real.
As you can tell from the length of the book, though, Weis and Hickman are unfortuantely quite long-winded. For those who need a quick read with a clean and concise storyline, choose another book. But for those who enjoyed the gradual building of LOTR over 3 books, I will guarantee that you will not be able to put this book down.
A great read-I thoroughly reccomend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Better than Lord of the Rings? Sept. 25 2001
These were the first fantasy books I read. And I still believe them as a trilogy to be just as good as The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. Yes I said it, JUST AS GOOD. If you want to read about a suspenseful adventure of a group of friends who each are distinct by their race, class, emotion, and characteristics, then this is the book for you. If you want to read about wars with Dragons terrorizing the skies and the land, each distinct by good (metallic colors - gold, silver, bronze, copper, brass) and evil (chromatic colors - green, red, black, blue, white), then this is the book for you. If you want to read about a war between the gods, distinct by good or evil and by those who worship them, then this is the book for you.
Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman did a fantastic job writing these books. They draw you in with the emotion of each character, keep you in suspense by having 3 and 4 stories going on at once (every couple chapters changes), and end it with events you will never expect to happen.
This book is three books in one. You get "Dragons of Autumn Twilight", "Dragons of Winter Night", and "Dragons of Spring Dawning". Not only do you get three books, but you will get an annotation by the authors on the book. This is good for those of us who are re-reading the books again. But for those of you who haven't read it yet, buy this anyway. The authors give great inside information on the book, characters, and events.
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5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME
It's absolutley amazing how this book gets u addicted. Im 17 and i find this book addicting sooo bad. SO interesting, such interesting characters, a must get if u like good books
Published on July 4 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars The authors in your home!
Have you ever wanted to get into the author's head just a little bit further? Or to rent them for a few hours and ask them questions? Well here you go... Read more
Published on April 9 2004 by Chris Rehers
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Series
I first read this series when I was in grade 6, and have recently re-read it again. The story is first rate and it good for all ages. A must read for any fantasy lovers.
Published on March 18 2004 by Terry J Tsang
4.0 out of 5 stars A bit distracting
The chronicles is the second series I have ever read by Weis and Hickman, and I love the story very much. Read more
Published on Jan. 26 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Annotations make a big difference
In this book, not only do you get the three Dragonlance Chronicle book, but you also get a bunch of notes, explanations, and commentary from the authors. Read more
Published on Nov. 22 2003 by Myra Schjelderup
5.0 out of 5 stars Saves shelf space, looks great
If you have the first three in natty old paperback, trade them in for this.
This book is for real fans and people that are new to the series. Read more
Published on Aug. 5 2003 by M Brooke Helman
3.0 out of 5 stars Annotated or not....
After reading a lot of reviews about how bad the annotated chronicles were compared to the original, I think a lot people forget the main point behind it. Read more
Published on July 16 2003 by JJAM
1.0 out of 5 stars Great book; terrible annotations
If you have not read these books and are the type of person to jump right to the last page, then this is the book for you. Read more
Published on June 9 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for Newcomers to Fantasy
I read this series when I was in 5th grade. It is a great introduction to fledgling fantasy readers. The story is a memorable one with pretty basic ideas. Read more
Published on April 14 2003 by ForsakenOne
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Addition to anyones Library
This was an excellent book. It's really great to see what the authors think of certain events, and it's better to have it in this more "compact" volume. Read more
Published on Jan. 22 2003 by C. D DeLisle
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