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The Annotated Chronicles Hardcover – Nov 1 1999

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 1312 pages
  • Publisher: Wizards of the Coast (Nov. 1 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786915269
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786915262
  • Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 16.5 x 6.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 717 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #665,660 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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Format: Hardcover
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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Format: Paperback
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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Format: Hardcover
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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By A Customer on Sept. 25 2001
Format: Hardcover
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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