Title: Dragons of Autumn Twilight (Dragonlance Chronicles, bk. 1)
Author: Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman
Length: 369 pages
Plot Basics: Tanis Half-Elven and his friends made a promise five years ago to go follow rumors of evil in the world and take care of it and meet up again after that timespan passed. On the night of their reunion, all but one of the eight companions comes back. The companions are worried what it means that one of their number chose not to come back, but they don't have long to think about it because they are suddenly plunged into an adventure spanning the continent and charting the future of the world as dragons are suddenly in the skies again.
Banter Points: After Word Nerd did the interview with Margaret Weis a few weeks ago, it got her thinking about the original books in the Dragonlance series. Word Nerd read these when she was a kid and decided to go back and read them again.
Bummer Points: Sometimes going back to the books Word Nerd loved as a kid can be mildly disappointing. She still likes the series, but there are minor things now that she notices... plot leaps, the sometimes cardboardness of the characters that she didn't know to look for when she was younger.
Word Nerd recommendation: If you like hack-n-slash type fantasy, these still are great books. These characters are iconic in the genre, perhaps just a rung or two below Tolkein's characters. The books may not be the most polished piece of writing that you'll ever read, but they are fun.