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The Second Generation

by Margaret Weis & Tracy Hickman
The Second Generation, Volume 1

Reviews of 'The Second Generation'

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Reviewer: Felix

Rating: Stars

The Second Generation is a collection of short stories from Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman. These stories focus on the lives of the descendants of the Heroes of the Lance. Each short story is different and has different characters involved. This was my first ever book of short stories, so I wasn't sure what to expect!

I was impressed by how each story was great enough to keep me interested.

Since each is shorter than a novel, these stories are more to the point.

Each stories focus was established from the beginning, so you knew what you were dealing with. It was important that each story was unique, or else it would start getting repetitive. Fortunately, each was different!

What I really liked was that each story touched on a different subject. Some were more intimate and personal; a quest of understanding. Some were involved in magic and the quest to fulfill and ambitions. While others were pure adventures with a touch of humour. There was something for everyone in this book, although I'm sure anyone who read these stories would like them all!

The writing was a little different in this book than in others by Margaret and Tracy. There was less detail, but that is most likely because each story is shorter. But they felt more to the point, with the focus rarely changing perspective from character to character. There was really nothing wrong with this book. It's as great as they come.

My favorite story was "Wanna Bet?" This was the only real adventure in this book, and the one that had the most humor. Also, it was a story I was excited to read about. It was the first story that involved all the Majere children, and it was the story about the mysterious Greygem that no one knew much about. It was full of twists and was a great story.

The artwork in the book was very well done. It had been a while since I saw some great art inside a DL book. I would have liked to see some more, maybe some chapter art, but there was none. I didn't like the way the chapters were spread out. Everything was too jammed up because the chapters would follow right under the final line of the previous one. That was the only thing this book was missing.

The one thing these stories really explain is that the time of the heroes we are so accustomed to-Tanis, Caramon, Tika, and other Heroes of the Lance-is coming to an end. The torch is being passed down through the generations so that new heroes can arise. I think the change is going to be difficult, and there will be many who might not accept it that well. It's a big jump. It's a jump into the future.

The Second Generation is far from disappointing. It's filled with great stories that span many different places, people, and subjects. There's humor, action, and adventure. For my first short story book, I am impressed.

I was interested the whole time. None of the stories were boring because they are all different. It was a fantastic read, and one that establishes a new era in the world of Dragonlance!

Reviewer: Josh M

Rating: Stars

The Second Generation is a rushed, lazily written abomination that irks me from page to page. It breaks away from the smartly written pages of the earlier books and gives us young-adult material. From beginning to end, it seemed that Tracy Hickman and Margeret Weis completely ran out of ideas and only continued writing this series because they were either A: forced to because of some contractual obligation, or B: needed to make a quick buck. In fact, about half way through the book I literally looked back at the cover to make sure it was the same people writing this.

The writing takes a nose-dive from the intriguing text from the earlier books to a mish-mash of cheesy dialogue, forced encounters and page after page of Deus Ex Machina.

Now to be fair, I know this book is just a collection of short stories that, from what I understand, takes a step away from the regular plot but it just seems forced and desperate. I also haven't read any of the books past this yet so I guess I'll see how it goes and hopefully it will get back to the spirit that Chronicles and Legends had. All in all, I wouldn't recommend this. But, seeing as how this book introduces characters that appear in the later books, it's almost required.

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