Dragonlance Canticle #66 – Classic Era Novels

Welcome back, Companions!

In this episode, Chuck springs a mystery topic on the panel.  With no preparation, the round table must discuss the high and low points of the ‘classic era’ novels – and hilarity ensues!

If you would like to follow along at home, the page used to delineate the novel eras is: http://www.dlnexus.com/products/chronological.aspx

Hosts: Trampas, Chuck, Weldon, and welcome back Grace.


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    • Joe on August 5, 2013 at 4:38 pm
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    I enjoyed the topic and you are absolutely right about an extraneous amount of information and major inconsistencies in the stories. These slow moments, such as Tika and Goldmoon discussing men, Riverwind, Goldmoon and Tanis’s awkward moment after the plains couple’s evening together in the Dragons of Dwarven Depths, were very odd to read and a bit forced.

    I think some novels struggled because many of them try to keep with the popular Dragonlance chronicles format. The chronicles trilogy really opened and closed the story of the companions. Revisiting them in the expansion stories i.e. Dwarven Depths was nice, but inconsistencies with the original trilogy made them rough reads. However, Hour Glass Mage was excellent because it set the trilogy in the background and crossed over at a critical moment without creating discrepancies.

    I think the novels are great to see the changes the writers go through while maturing in their craft and in their lives. The focus became different in their view of the world and the characters that made it come to life. And I think your enjoyment of these stories relies tremendously on love of nostalgia and your in context perspective. I as always believe the fans really drive this setting and your wonderful ability to mend the inconsistencies, see beyond the weaknesses in the writing and find the beautiful idea that lay within each novel.

    Kudos to you and long live the Lance.

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    • Adam on August 14, 2013 at 8:28 pm
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    Wow. Listened to your podcast for years and I have always loved the canticle. It seems that they are getting better and better each show. Just wanted to say keep up the great work and love the direction you are going.

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