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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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aubkabob
Aug. 13th, 2004 06:56 pm (UTC)
nope, dragons of spring dawning.
madmadhatter
Aug. 13th, 2004 07:02 pm (UTC)
dur. that's right. man i wonder what happened to those books of mine..

also i can't remember if i bought the 3rd edition version of dragonlance. or if it was a dream. eep.
aubkabob
Sep. 10th, 2004 10:56 pm (UTC)
lol that's how it was with all the freaking mercedes lackey books i was picking up in phoenix. i could never remember what i already owned when i went to the used book store.

that woman spits out books almost as fast as freaking stephen king.
madmadhatter
Sep. 10th, 2004 11:10 pm (UTC)
hmmm....have never heard of her...

do tell?
aubkabob
Sep. 12th, 2004 07:35 am (UTC)
oh my. EXCELLENT writer. I LOVE HER. if you want to check out her stuff, i would start out with the... shoot, i can't think of the series name, but it's a trilogy of books, something like Arrow of the Queen, Arrows Flight, and Arrows Fall or something like that. a waifish girl with red curls is on the cover (that's Talia!). those are the first books she ever read, but still my favorite. she factors in a lot of things into her fantasy novels that most people don't, like GAYS, etc. in fact, the trilogy that she wrote after the Talia books but that took place before them had a gay man as a main character. she has a whole series of books written in that 'world', all of them good, though i haven't read any of the really recent ones in it. she also wrote a ton of other series that you see freaking everywhere... like these ones that i bought most of, but never got around to reading (what i DID read was kinda cheesy)..

i recommend the Valdemar series, though, starting with this one.

hee hee, now that you MADE me type all that, i want to run out and buy them all again, and all of the raymond e. feist ones, too!
madmadhatter
Sep. 12th, 2004 11:58 am (UTC)
thank you! and wow so much...information.

must remember to star this or what ever it is with gmail so i find it much easier...
aubkabob
Feb. 6th, 2005 11:55 am (UTC)
or wait six months, and i'll finally respond to it! hee hee hee.

i still haven't gotten around to replacing any of my mercedes lackey books yet, i'm still in the midst of the dragonlance ones, now reading the second to the latest series by wies/hickman that took place 50 years after the war of the lance and basically begins with caramon dying of old age.

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