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    Ok I was looking at the product list and I know I still need quite a few books but was wondering if the Young Readers edition is needed for the DragonLance world. I mean I'm not all that into reading books made for younger kids but am wondering I guess if someone around 18-20 would like them or love them. Thanks for any feedback.
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    the young adult books are very...high and low. when they're good, like stan's book, or the books by jeff sampson, they're among the best DL has to offer. and when they're bad, they're pretty boring, meandering, and canon-breaking.

    But really, they're short, and are more often than not fun reads, so yeah, if you can find them, read them.
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    I agree with Tal, they're kind of hit or miss. In my opinion, the core 8 are better than average, I actually loved the Suncatcher trilogy, Elidor Trilogy was just OK, and I wasn't quite so high on Elements. I have the Goodlund Trilogy but I haven't read them yet.
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    Temple of the Dragonslayer, the first one, is a little childish, which I found a little hard to take. The others I have read (two through eight) are highly enjoyable though.
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    I can only really echo the same sentiments as Tal and freedjr. I've read all of the New Adventures books except for the Dragon Codices (on my list to read), and have found most of them enjoyable as light fun reads. A few of them are outright excellent, as a few of the authors really did their homework, by either liaising with fans from these forums, or cross-checking their info against the Lexicon.

    Of the more recent books, I really enjoyed the Suncatcher trilogy, Trinistyr trilogy & the Goodlund trilogy. The Elidor trilogy irritated the hell out of me, and the Elements trilogy contained characters that really just did nothing for me. I guess I don't particularly like Nearra or Jirah all that much...


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    Does anyone know if they are going to continue the Dragon Codecies after Gold Dragon? The remaining books (Blue, White, etc.) are nol onger showing publishing dates in the latest book Silver Dragon.

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    What are those Dragon Codecies about? Are they like short stories about draongs or just like info abotu the dragons or what?
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    Stories, as indicated by taking a look at each book's description in the Products area.

    The "guide to dragons" is more just info-driven.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Darth Toede View Post
    Does anyone know if they are going to continue the Dragon Codecies after Gold Dragon? The remaining books (Blue, White, etc.) are nol onger showing publishing dates in the latest book Silver Dragon.
    The WotC website has always been rather poor about giving info on upcoming releases; more so with the Mirrorstone books. The Mirrorstone section is showing Silver Dragon Codex as a recent release, at least. And I found a listing for the Gold Dragon Codex on Amazon.com, so it looks like they are going to continue with them.
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    I've seen there's some confusion on the Codices, so I'll clear it up! Originally the series was going to do one book per dragon, but they ended up cutting it down. So the last book to be released will be Gold Dragon Codex in January.

    By the way, thank you for the kind words about my books, Suncatcher Trilogy especially If you'll indulge a little self-promotion, I actually have a D&D book out in May called Monster Slayers, which I wrote under the pen name "Lukas Ritter". It's not Dragonlance and it's aimed a bit younger than the Dragonlance books I did, but I think it turned out pretty neat. It's sort of like D&D meets The Truman Show (or, if you're familiar with other young adult books, The Hunger Games). The not quite final cover can be seen here:

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    I also just sold a series to HarperCollins that is not even remotely D&D related, and as such I don't know if anyone here will care The series itself is currently called Deviants, with the first book called The Death and Life of Emily Cooke. It's YA and sci-fi and sorta aimed at teen girls; my agent pitched it as Heroes meets Veronica Mars, which I suppose is about as accurate as anything. Should be out in like a year, year and a half.

    Anyway, the reason I mention this series is that people seem to have high hopes for it. So it's my hope that if it does do well, Mirrorstone/Wizards might have an incentive to republish The Suncatcher Trilogy sometime down the line. Obviously I have no idea if that'll ever happen, but since as of right now those three books are out of print and very hard to find, I do hope it's something that they might eventually consider!
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