Monday, August 21, 2006

Is it just me or do the job boards slow down to nothing on Mondays? I have a theory that recruiters sit on the good stuff until the end of the week, then post everything on Friday morning before going to play golf. Of course, it could just be that I'm staring at them entirely too much.
Or not enough.
I finished the book I picked up from the library earlier, Dragons of the Dwarven Depths. You know how people are drawn to comfort foods in times of stress? In addition to high-fiber low carbohydrate hemp-based macaroni and cheese, I'm drawn to comfort books.
This latest book by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman is a blatant attempt to cash in on their former glory. I remember picking up Dragons of Autumn Twilight at Waldenbooks in Montgomery, Alabama in 1984. My Grandfather was always up for taking me to the book store and enabling my geekier leanings.
There were two other books in that series, followed by sequels, prequels, spin-offs, collections of short stories, anthologies, and source books totaling well over a hundred titles.
This book was the first novel-length return to the middle of the original story arc featuring the original main characters. Like I said, it is a definite attempt to cash back in on the old-school Dragonlance golden age.
And on every level it works.
I re-read the original trilogy when they released the annotated version in 1999. However, the characters in this series are so memorable that it is very easy to pick it back up - in this case in the time period between the first and second book. Same story, same people, same issues. Literary comfort food.

Odd bit of trivia: This hardbound 435 page book has fewer grams of fiber than a bowl of hemp-based, gluten-free, whole-grain macaroni and cheese, too.

1 comment:

Darrell Davis said...

Maybe, but the hemp-based, gluten-free, whole-grain macaroni and cheese will be with you longer!