Update 12/3/16: Read my second big update on the #MSTReRead here.
I’m rereading one of my favorite fantasy series, Tad Williams’ Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn, which is comprised of The Dragonbone Chair, The Stone of Farewell, To Green Angel Tower: Part 1, and To Green Angel Tower: Part 2. (The original paperback edition of To Green Angel Tower had to be split into two parts due to its length. The forthcoming reprints make the series a proper trilogy again, I believe.)
If you’re not familiar with the series, it’s a classic of modern fantasy and which I’ve talked about at some length here before. George R. R. Martin often cites it as a major inspiration for writing A Song of Ice and Fire, the book series behind HBO’s ubiquitous Game of Thrones.
I’ve read MST many times before, but it’s been a few years since my last re-read. And since Mr. Williams is releasing five sequels over the next few years, starting with The Heart of What Was Lost (forthcoming in January 2017), to be followed in April by The Witchwood Crown, the first book in the sequel trilogy The Last King of Osten Ard. I thought now was the perfect time for a fresh look at the “four-book trilogy” that in so many ways defined the fantasy genre for me.
You can find more information about Tad Williams and his upcoming Osten Ard novels at TadWilliams.com. You can also read a lot of great updates and information about Osten Ard and the forthcoming books at The Wertzone. Larry Ketchersid, an author and contributor at SFSignal, has also written an in-depth reread of MST that’s available both on his website and collected for Kindle for $2.99 (or for free if you’re a Kindle Unlimited member).
Rather than doing a more traditional blog re-read, where I would write regular, fairly lengthy blog posts summarizing each chapter or chapters and discussing them, I’ve decided to tweet it all. Using Twitter not only gives me a quick and easily accessible way to talk about the books, but the 140 character limit also forces me to speak plainly and minimizes the temptation to ramble.
I’ll discuss the story as I read it, but not necessarily comprehensively and certainly not chapter-by-chapter. Likely, I’ll jump around, vacillating between the general and the specific, moving forward roughly as the story does.
Here are my thoughts on the first two hundred pages or so (Part I) of The Dragonbone Chair: