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Aug. 12th, 2004

Tas came to the edge of the grove of oak trees and - here - his heart almost failed him. Kender are normally immune to the sensation of fear, so only a kender could have come even this far. But now Tas found himself a prey to the most unreasoning terror he had ever experienced. And whatever was causing it was located within that grove of oak trees.
They're ordinary trees, Tas said to himself, shivering. I've talked to spectres in Darken Wood. I've faced three or four dragons. I broke a dragon orb. Just an ordinary grove of trees. I was prisoner in a wizard's castle. I saw a demon from the Abyss. Just a grove of ordinary trees.
Slowly, talking to himself, Tasslehoff inched his way through the oak trees. He didn't go far, not even past the row of trees that formed the outer perimeter of the grove. Because now he could see into the heart of the grove.
Tasslehoff gulped, turned, and ran.
At the sight of the kender running back toward him, Flint knew it was All Over. Something Awful was going to crash out of that grove of trees. The dwarf whirled so rapidly he tripped over his feet and fell sprawling to the pavement. Running up to him, Tas grabbed Flint's belt and pulled him up. Then the two dashed madly down the street, the dwarf running for his very life. He could almost hear gigantic footsteps thudding along behind him. He did not dare turn around. Visions of a slobbering monster drove him on until his heart seemed about to burst from his body. Finally they reached the end of the street.
It was warm. The sun shone.
They could hear the voices of real live people drifting from the crowded streets beyond. Flint stopped, exhausted, gasping for breath. Glancing fearfully back down the street, he was surprised to see it was still empty.
"What was it?" he managed to ask when he could speak past the thudding of his heart.
The kender's face was pale as death. "A-a t-tower..." Tas gulped, puffing.
Flint's eyes opened wide. "A tower?" the dwarf repeated. "I ran all that way - nearly killing myself - and I was running from a tower! I don't suppose" - Flint's bushy eyebrows came together alarmingly - "that the tower was chasing you?"
"N-no," Tas admitted. "It - it just stood there. But it ws the most horrible thing I've ever seen in my life," the kender avowed solemnly, shuddering.

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t_rexmundi
Aug. 13th, 2004 06:04 am (UTC)
That was a wonderful series. Are the new ones any good? I haven't read them yet.
aubkabob
Aug. 13th, 2004 06:56 pm (UTC)
I had bought the new series, and got about 150 pages into it (they're very large books), and realized that since it had been 10 years since i read the original series, that i had NO clue as to who anyone was anymore, anything that had gone on, anything about the surroundings, and they kept referring back to the war of the lance, the cataclysm, and the war of chaos.

so i ran out and bought all three series. thankfully, the first two are by weis/hickman. (if you want to call the time of the twins about the cataclysm at all. i dunno. i read that it happens during the books, but i havent' read the books themselves yet. *shrug*)
madmadhatter
Aug. 13th, 2004 07:04 pm (UTC)
ooooh. the war of the twins and what not series. that also really gets into more deepth on raistlin.

bupu was great. gully dwarfs = street kids and squatters.
aubkabob
Sep. 10th, 2004 10:59 pm (UTC)
der, as i realized that i already told you half of that hee he ehee.

yes, and shows that raistlin DOES have emotions. i find the fact that someone being sexually attractive to RAISTLIN.

we have a guy that comes into officemax all the time that is named Raistlin. he seems like just the type of person to legally change his name to that, too. i'm trying to remember his last name, because it's something that seems very typically scifi/fantasy, too.

bupu WAS great. she certainly helped the first book along a bit.
madmadhatter
Sep. 10th, 2004 11:14 pm (UTC)
hee hee so many posts to keep track of!

i agree, his experiences with fistadasomethingsomething certainly shape him more emotionaly. ugh, was it in that series or a different one where they actually tell about raistlins test at the tower of sorcery?

hee, i have a friend who changed his name to kain. it originally was jesse mccloud. that would be awsome name i think.
aubkabob
Sep. 12th, 2004 07:38 am (UTC)
they've been telling a lot about his test, at least up until where i'm at now, about a third through the second book (darn valium puts me to sleep about 3 paragraphs into reading, so i haven't been reading much as of late!) and i remember in the first one, they were talking about how Fistandantilus took over him a bit during the testing.

i also know that in one of the prequils or something like that, i think it goes into exactly what happened in the tower of high sorcery. the only ones i've read out of those, though, or the one i did, was HORRIBLE and involved kitiara and sturm accidentally flying to the red moon and having wacky adventures with alien gnomes.
madmadhatter
Sep. 12th, 2004 12:02 pm (UTC)
i remember that now. i think they made him fight a dark elf with just one or few spells. but i'm thinking of something else.

OH MAN those prequels. i've read several but only remember the one with tas (of course). it involves arranged marriage and the girls family had to hire someone to bring him back.
aubkabob
Feb. 6th, 2005 12:02 pm (UTC)
hee hee hee, that doesnt' sound too bad :)

for some reason, whenever it comes to dwarves, i have to force myself through books, no matter how well written. like with the chaos war series, there was the main book, the dragons of summer flame, and then 3 books that sort of supported it, by different authors.... one was about draconians, which was pretty good, the second about dwarves of thorbarden, which i had to FORCE myself through, and the third about Chrysania and her tiger, which was the best out of the three.

i remember mom feeling she was doing a good thing for me by getting me the dwarven trilogy yeeeears ago as a Christmas present. i remember feeling wracked with guilt because we never had a lot of money, and i knew i would never read them.
aubkabob
Sep. 12th, 2004 07:38 am (UTC)
hee hee and i thought it funny that Raistlin came in tonight, too, and i almost wanted to point at him and say 'i was talking about you yesterday!'

something tells me he wouldn't take it very well.
madmadhatter
Sep. 12th, 2004 12:04 pm (UTC)
hee 'prolly not. it would be amusing but not to him i'd bet.

aubkabob
Feb. 6th, 2005 12:04 pm (UTC)
lol months later, i had to think about what circumstances in the world would result in RAISTLIN being in the same room as me... did i dream it??!

then i remembered, he's a regular customer. tall and lanky, long dark hair and a goatee, wears faded tshirts with wizards and dragons on it, and is always accompanied by a sour looking large woman.
aubkabob
Feb. 6th, 2005 11:59 am (UTC)
and now i can tell you, months later, after rereading the war of the lance, the war of the twins, and the chaos war series (all 10 books of them) and beginning into the new ones again? very good. at least, definitely one of the better ones, and i think written better than the time of the twins whatever that series was called. but if you haven't read any of those series in awhile, it's almost a must to read all of them again to get a clue as to what on earth is going on.

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