The month of Thanksgiving is upon us and I thought I would spend it writing about different books and why I am thankful for them all.
I first want to talk about a series called The Legend of Drizzt, by R.A. Salvatore. It is a rousing sword and sorcery series in a genre with many authors writing them. Salvatore has several things distinguishing him from the rest. First off the fight scenes are the most imaginative and exciting I have read since Rodger Zelazny, very fast paced and choreographed beautifully. Secondly is the breaks he takes to reflect.
Salvatore starts chapters with diary like reflections from the main character Drizzt Do’Urden. They are thought provoking and philosophical in nature. Yet they do not seem out of place in a story of adventure, perhaps it is that which makes them so important to the story. I am going to share a passage from my favorite books throughout the month until Thanksgiving. Here is the first from the book, Streams of Silver, fifth book in the Legends of Drizzt series by R.A. Salvatore
Nostalgia is a necessary thing, I believe, and a way for all of us to find peace in that which we have accomplished, or even failed to accomplish. At the same time, if nostalgia precipitates actions to return to that fabled, rosy-painted time, particularly in one who believes his life to be a failure, then it is an empty thing, doomed to produce nothing but frustration and an even greater sense of failure.
Even worse, if nostalgia throws barriers in the path toward evolution, then it is a limiting thing indeed. -Drizzt Do’Urden