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He’s well known for writing a series called the Shannara series.  I read about 6 or so from that series so far.  Its good stuff, but I recently started another series by him called the Word & Void.  It’s modern day and is really well written.  I just looked it up on Wikipedia, and it says that this series is actually a prequel to the Shannara books.  That’s pretty interesting, but I haven’t read the book that is supposed to link them, it’s called The Genesis of Shannara.  I do actually have one of his later Shannara books on tape, K and I listened to it on a trip two years ago.  Pretty cool, I liked how he uses ruins of older civilizations as areas in his novels.  I guess that makes sense then that he then merges the current world to a post apocalyptic world with the later fantasy world.

 

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  1. I want to read his Shannara books, but I’m a little scared of starting because there are a lot of ‘em.x_x


  2. They’re pretty good, and not near as intimidating as Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series XD The Wheel of Time series is around 15 books that are all over 500 pages each. I’d say if you’re interested, start with The Original Shannara Trilogy
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Original_Shannara_Trilogy


  3. I actually finished the Wheel of Time (well, the eleven books, anyway).XD The twelfth and last book wasn’t released because Robert Jordan passed away before finishing it.:( News says that his son or someone else might finish the last book though, since he had the script of his book lying around or something. Thanks for the link!^_^


  4. I was just poking a the Terry Brooks site and he has a Suggested Reading Order http://www.terrybrooks.net/readingorder.html for any of you interesting in starting his stuff.
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    Congratulations! I’m only on the 5th book XD I got stuck there several years ago and when I tried picking it back up after a while I had forgotten half the plot by then XD And when I say 15 I’m including all the prequel books and side stuff. I had been under the impression there was more then one, but it’s just the one, “New Spring.” Which makes a grand total of 13 when the last one is finally finished.


  5. There’s a prequel?o_O I only borrowed my friend’s books, so…:P To be honest, I only found the 11th book interesting, the other’s not so much.x_x I had the “Please, just end!” while reading the books. It’s just so looong.


  6. lmao, yeah Jordan’s detail is, well, a little to detailed lol XD I’m of the opinion that a “good” book should not only be well written, but shouldn’t be overly bogged down in unneeded stuff. Many works of literature that are canonized are like that, with a few exceptions like “War and Peace” thrown in. An exceptional author can tell their story vividly while being concise.


  7. Hahaha! You said it! That’s the same reason why I got turned off when reading LOTR for the first time.XD


  8. Speaking of overly detailed, Les Misérables by Victor Hugo I highly recommend reading the abridged version. In the unabridged there are like a hundred characters, most of whom really aren’t need to progress the plot, and while they do give meaning, it’s as easy to see it in the abridged as unabridged. The unabridged spends (I swear) a 20 pages on this on preacher guy who interacts with the main character for all of 5 minutes in the book, basically telling you his life story, which is sweet and kind, but altogether unneeded.


  9. Wahahaha! I love authors and all, but I can’t deny that a lot of ‘em seem to be a little too impressed with themselves.XD


  10. XD You hit the nail on the head lol, But in Hugo’s defense, writing extremely long books was the way to show that you were a literary author during that time period. Tolstoy’s War and Peace for example was written a few years after Les Misérables, and that’s an incredibly long book. The same with The Brothers Karamazov, which I highly recommend.


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