Discussion in 'General Books' started by whitetrash, Nov 25, 2006.
of course i read the landover books... but arent they for kids???
Well I've read them so they aren't really just for kids!
lol... maybe your just a big kid!!!
A book for younger readers doesnt mean older readers cant read them.
I love Terry Brooks , I think the idea of the druids and Paranor os fantastic. LOVE WALKER BOH and ALLANON!
I've only read the first Shannara series and found the Sword of Shannara dull but the rest were ok. Terry Brooks Is a good author and I should read more of him.
Right so I want to get into the Shannara books but am notso sure as where to start. Currently I am thinking of reading it in this order:
The Word and the Void
Running with the Demon
A Knight of the Word
Angel Fire East
Genesis of Shannara
The Elves of Cintra
The Gypsy Morph
A Shannara Trilogy Prequel
First King of Shannara
The Original Shannara Trilogy
The Sword of Shannara
The Elfstones of Shannara
The Wishsong of Shannara
The Heritage of Shannara
The Scions of Shannara
The Druid of Shannara
The Elf Queen of Shannara
The Talismans of Shannara
The Voyage of the Jerle Shannara
High Druid of Shannara
Now I know The Gypsy Morph is a work in progress book, so maybe I should read the above in that order but starting with The Original Shannara Trilogy
While I'm sure about Elladan's LOTR and TB's terms and what characters are similar in both books. I for one read Brooks before I ever heard of Tolkien. I've read all of Brook's Shannara Series. Then again, I read them when during the summer of progressing into 7th grade. It was my big hype for summer break. He is a very good author. The only books I haven't read are: The Word and the Void, Running with the Demon, A Knight of the Word, and Angel Fire East. I'd recommended him to people who are starting out in Fantasy. He is a good start to the Vast World of Fantasy.
*shudders at thought of Brooks*
Only joking(?) ~ I recently read The Elves of Cintra which wasn't bad, not great but certainly half-decent
which is high praise indeed from someone who's allergic to Brooks
He may seem a bit generic and easy to guess his plotlines, but I've come to realise he wrote TSoS back in 77, so it was probably fairly original back then lol
Pretty much, yeah. He's not someone whose books I bother to buy, but I do read them. They're not bad, and he's kinda' a "classic" in the fantasy world.
Brooks was only published in the first place because his publisher was looking for something to replicate the success of LOTR in the US, and so he owes his success directly to Tolkein. Given a choice between the two, though, I'd chose neither: Brooks' writing is to me too clumsy and Tolkein's moral absolutism makes me squirm. The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant are to me the acme of fantasy writing. Hope I haven't rained on anyone's parade
I wouldn't describe Stephen Donaldson as the acme The first Thomas Covenant book was written the same year as The Sword of Shannara. Comparing the two I'd certainly agree that Covenant is an improvement over Shannara. That said I wasn't overly keen on the Thomas Covenant series when I first read them, but enjoyed them far more on a re-read. Shannara is okay too, just not great
I just find Donaldson's work more mature thematically and philosophically and thus in my eyes it is the acme of its genre regardless of what came before or after. Ultimately it's a matter of personal taste
: as long as you enjoy something who cares what anyone else thinks:devilbat: :devilbat:
For all you brooks fan heres the cover for his new book which will be out end of this month I think
I've only read the original Sword of Shannara Trilogy and going by that...i'd say he's about a 7 as a writer. None of the books are especially creative...they basically borrow or frankly steal whats come before them, but really in fantasy (epic type fantasy anyway) there really isn't so many ways you can go. As far as I've read up on him he was a big fan of Alexander Dumas and Tolkein and he wanted to mix them together...and that's how I see the trilogy and enjoy it. He basically creates an adventure story (dumas) in a fantasy setting (tolkein) and does it quite well. He's definitely not up there with the best (tolkein, martin, hobb, williams), but he's pretty good...that's the way I see him, but as I said I haven't read anything but original trilogy. *shrug*
I've read all of the Shannara except for the two ending books of the High Druid series and the first and third of his new books. Wife bought me the second not knowing it was a three book thing and I couldn't help myself.
I liked them all and I had not read Running with the Demon before I read the Shannara books and loved how he used the Word and the Void throughout both series. He does a kinda before and after of the end of the world and I like how he pulls it off. Especially when he refrences things like lasers in the Voyage books and you know the 'metal thingys' in the second new book(can't think of the name) are like 1st gen Creepers. Come to think about it that lab that the Knight of the Word and those kids broke into sounds a bit like Castledown in the Voyage series with all the creepers coming out of nowhere and the cleaning creepers putting things back into place. Hmm...goes to find out for sure
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