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Wind up nowhere.

Because I had slightly more time to myself the previous week, I managed to curl up in bed then with a box of tissues by my side, and downing my favourite vitamin-C fizzy drink whenever I am not bringing the house down by attempting to clear my throat for the 6143rd time.

Oh, and I had a book with me, of course, but… sigh.

Yeah, I probably had my expectations set a bit too high, but hey, this is Drizzt we are talking about, you know. The Drizzt. Of House Do’Urden. The dark elf, you know.

Fine, the Paths of Darkness series was not disappointing, but it certainly would not make it into countless bestsellers list, either. Then again, fantasy novels very rarely do that; not unless their names contain the word “Potter” in it. But there was something sorely lacking about this series. Everything was too convenient; too straightforward; too simple. Even the writing style and language used could cater to a ten-year-old.

In fact, it was quite predictable and yet still very much unpredictable at the same time. I mean, I would never have guessed that even villains can turn over a new leaf. Ooh, everyone falls in love with one another. And wait – everyone can rise from the dead, too. Easily done with the snap of a finger.

Argh. Gripe, gripe, gripe.

But never mind. It was good to be able to escape into another realm after a long, long while, and with some of my favourite characters at that, too. Plus, they always make you feel like you can have them all to your own, giving you other… fantasies. Ahem.

It is not everyday that I launch into fangirl mode. So, in a somewhat particular order:

Drizzt Do’Urden (from RA Salvatore’s Dark Elf, Icewind Dale, Legacy of the Drow, Paths of Darkness, Hunter’s Blades series)
Naturally, this righteous dark elf became the most well-known heroic character of the Forgotten Realms. I can imagine him dancing with his scimitars sometimes, it makes me want to enrol in swordsmanship.

FitzChivalry Farseer (from Robin Hobb’s Farseer and Tawny Man series)
Oh, lord. This… er, man, bestowed with both the Skill and the Wit – he is so, so… sigh. I can really feel for him. Sniff. I am still in love with him.

Artemis Entreri (from RA Salvatore’s Icewind Dale, Legacy of the Drow, Paths of Darkness series)
Drizzt’s human equal, or so he thinks. Actually, I would have thought he was more of a cold Casanova but of the assassin kind – at least he gets the job done. All the time.

Strider/Aragorn (from JRR Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings)
This may sound strange, but he had an aura about him. Until I found out that his heart belonged to another. Pfft. Which reminds me, I have yet to even watch the movie to the third instalment…

Raistlin Majere (from Margaret Weis & Tracy Hickman’s Dragonlance series)
Is he, or is he not? is the question. But I am willing to give him the benefit of the doubt because he is such a likable cynic, and because one of my favourite quotes is from him (“Hope is the denial of reality”).

Others also of note:

- Tanis Half-Elven (from Margaret Weis & Tracy Hickman’s Dragonlance series – well, everyone likes the frontman, do they not?)

- Richard Rahl (from Terry Goodkind’s Sword of Truth series – although he gets on my nerves most of the time).

I would have trouble naming those of the female kind, though. Kitiara Uth Matar, then?

I hope to dream of dragons tonight.

Details of this entry.Wednesday, July 05, 2006, filed under Reviews.
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  1. am now trying to remmeber if I did a similar list with female characters before… i think i did long time ago… :)

    eyeris | 05/07/06 10:45 PM

  2. Note: That ‘fr’ on my email address actually stands for Forgotten Realms! No, it’s not real. :P

    Awesome list! I’m sure not many appreciate fantasy stuff as much as you do. You must be pretty hardcore. Cool. I’m a big fan of stories that involve power hungry mages and evil assassins (so that includes Raistlin and Artemis). I think Dalamar the Dark (aka Nightson) also deserves a spot on the list. He’s a power hungry mage who was once an apprentice to Raistlin.

    I know you’re a Drizzt fan but I’ve got some juicy stuff about Artemis – He isn’t exactly a normal human anymore – that jeweled dagger of his lets him drain the life essence of his victims. There’s this short story (by RA Salvatore himself) entitled ‘That Curious Sword’ that explains how he gained some abilities of the Shadovar, making him stronger and faster than human. It’s printed in Realms of Shadow. Pretty cool. The Shadovar are like the Dark Jedi of the Forgotten Realms, really powerful beings.

    By the way, have you read The Thousand Orcs trilogy? How did you find it? I’ve read the first book only.

    Anyway, awesome blog!

    Artemis Entreri | 06/07/06 02:05 AM

  3. I don’t see Elbryan there! He died, okay. He must be honoured! And put Pony in while you’re at it. Also, the lovable Oliver de Burrows and his twin, Tas!

    Umm… Maybe Fizban… or is it Zifnab, too.

    Wong | 06/07/06 09:55 AM

  4. Eyeris – I was driving to work this morning and Nicholas Sayre came to mind… Anyway, yeah, I think you might have already made a few similar lists. ;) The one I remember the most is the one with the animal sidekicks though… Guenhwyvar and Nighteyes, wheeeee!

    Artemis Entreri – Artemis dude, I think you have been here before. :) Unless there has been two (er…?) different Artemis…

    (Gah, getting creative with email addresses now are we. :P)

    Nah, I’m not that hardcore (but I wish I were!). Most of the books were bought by my brother, I just er… make use of whatever he has. Heh. Actually, for Dragonlance, I’ve read only the original Chronicles trilogy. I don’t know why – but I’m just not interested in the Legends/Second Generation/etc. Of course, now they have the new Dark Chronicles series coming up…

    Yes, Artemis and his dangerous jeweled dagger! I’m unaware of the Shadovar part though. More reading material will be required, heh heh.

    Oh, we have the Hunter’s Blade trilogy – which I intend to read next month. :D

    Wong – Elbryan is kind of whiny, so no thanks. Pony doesn’t qualify; this is an all-male list. :D

    Strizzt | 06/07/06 08:32 PM

  5. Yes, I’ve been here before. :) There can only be one Artemis Entreri! :P

    Artemis Entreri | 07/07/06 09:56 AM

  6. Artemis Entreri – Indeed; you’d make sure of that with that dagger of yours. :P

    (Do you like Catti-Brie? Most people seem to, er, dislike her…)

    Strizzt | 07/07/06 09:26 PM

  7. What would I do without my dagger. :)

    I definitely don’t dislike Catti-Brie, but at the same time I’m not sure if I like her either. Rumblebelly’s cool though! :D

    Artemis Entreri | 07/07/06 10:32 PM

  8. Artemis Entreri – Heh. I like only her Taulmaril. Gives me an excuse to pick up archery :P (yet to actually get around to doing that, though…)

    Strizzt | 08/07/06 11:35 AM

  9. eh, whatever happened to rincewind?

    soporific | 08/07/06 04:31 PM

  10. Soporific – But I’ve not read any Discworld!

    The description of him on Wikipedia is quite amusing, though… “A cowardly wizard who is always running away from various dangers.” Heh. How to put him on a pedestal leh?

    Strizzt | 08/07/06 07:26 PM

  11. actually, he’s like that because he’s the keeper of one of the most powerful spells in the world! he’s a real hero!

    soporific | 12/07/06 12:24 PM

  12. Soporific – Okay, okay, I’ll read the series… one day.

    Strizzt | 12/07/06 08:41 PM

  13. Hello Strizzt. Been a while =)

    I’ve never read Icewindale, but I tired of Weis and Hickman for the same reasons. Stories that are straightforward, predictable and convenient just feel like a lame excuse to throw a few characters together in a book. So much for the great escape, eh?

    Soporific : Hehe. Have you read Pratchett’s Gnomes? Non-discworld, but I swear I cracked a rib or two reading it.

    Kheldar | 13/07/06 08:41 PM

  14. Kheldar – Hey. ;) I’ve been wondering about you, actually – “If Kheldar read this entry, he’d probably drop a few words or something”. Heh.

    Icewind Dale will be a good way to get acquainted with the dark elf – although some of the later series (like Paths of Darkness) is like, yep, just extra material to keep things running. Could have gone out with a bang then let it continue flimsily… same goes with Dragonlance, they have their offsprings and all that…

    (Are you still with VNM? I don’t know, I’ve always thought you’re there.)

    Strizzt | 14/07/06 08:54 PM

  15. notchet la. too many pratchetts to read anyway.

    soporific | 16/07/06 10:08 PM

  16. Strizzt : Aiyah. I must be getting predictable =)

    and.. what’s VNM?

    Kheldar | 18/07/06 08:01 PM

  17. Kheldar – Okay, this means you’re not in VNM, then. Heh. :P Anyway, VNM is a production company in PJ.

    Strizzt | 18/07/06 08:57 PM

  18. this is really funny since I just figured out what VNM stands for. This VNM is in Sek 14 PJ, yes?

    Why this is funny, is because I was there for one and a half years.

    How’d you figure?

    Kheldar | 19/07/06 01:35 AM

  19. Kheldar – Heh. So I was right. :D

    I’m not a PJ person, but I take it that Section 14 is where Colgate Palmolive and Dutch Lady is… and there’s a mosque and a Handi-mart (or something) further down the road, at the traffic lights.

    Well, I think you once mentioned that you were doing music videos…

    So what do you do now? Heh.

    Strizzt | 19/07/06 08:10 PM

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