Kender, Gully Dwarves, and Gnomes
|Kender, Gully Dwarves, and Gnomes
Mass market - USA.
DragonLance Tales, Volume 2: Kender, Gully Dwarves, and Gnomes is the second book in the DragonLance Tales sub-series where each book is a collection of several short stories, each by a different author, set in the DragonLance universe. The book was published in August, 1987. The cover art was painted by Larry Elmore, the interior ink drawings were drawn by Steve Fabian.
|Two mass market paperbacks.
|Mass market paperback.
This was the first Tales book I read, and, in fact, the very first DragonLance book I ever picked up. I choose this book as the subject of a book report in high school because I knew a lot of my friends enjoyed the series and assumed I would too since fantasy was my favorite genre at the time. However, because I didn't know where the series began, I just picked this book at random from my high school library, not even knowing it was an anthology. When I got to the end of the first story I realized that I didn't pick a full novel at all. Rather than plow through the entire book, I stretched my book report out so it only covered the first short story. However, I held onto the book, and began reading the other stories over time.
|Nancy Varian Berberick
|The party is caught in a blizzard without firewood.
|"The Wizard's Spectacles"
|A dwarf is inadvertently given possession of powerful magical artifacts.
|Barbara Siegel, Scott Siegel
|A storyteller tries to unite various races to rise against the Dragonarmy.
|"A Shaggy Dog's Tail"
|Tasselhoff tells a story about revenge.
|"Lord Toede's Disastrous Hunt"
|Two kender are hunted by a Dragon Highlord and hilarity ensues.
|"Definitions of Honor"
|Richard A. Knaak
|A Knight of Solamnia is sent to kill a minotaur, but ends up befriending him.
|"Hearth Cat and Winter Wren"
|Nancy Varian Berberick
|The party is turned into animals befitting their personalities.
|Margaret Weis, Tracy Hickman
|Caramon's three sons are caught up in an adventure to recover the Graygem of Gargath after losing a bet to a strange dwarf.
|"Into the Heart of the Story"
|A foot-note happy gnome writes about the origin of the songs of the War of the Lance.
|A story told from the perspective of a sentient dagger.
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- The book is fairly enjoyable with a lot of different perspectives and voices in the DragonLance world.
- "Lord Toede's Disastrous Hunt" is especially hilarious. I love the two kender chatting between each other while imminent doom approaches.
- "Definitions of Honor" was a lot of fun to read. It reminds me of Star Trek: The Next Generation when the Federation and Klingons speak of honor.
- A couple of the stories were a bit too juvenile for me, including "The Storyteller," "A Shaggy Dog's Tail," and "Wanna Bet?"
- I've tried several times, unsuccessfully, to read "Into the Heart of the Story," but find it to be too aggressively complex to enjoy. Although, I appreciate the attempt at writing from a gnome's perspective.