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Submitted by Carolyn Hays Thomas
(Dec 12, 2002)
I just recently started reading the Shannara Series and love them. they take me into a world of mystery, suspence, and intrigue as very few other books have done. I am trying to find out where the rest of them are in order so that I can keep the whole story in order to avoid missing even one chapter of one of the best pieces of fiction I have ever read.
Don't know about how others feel about Terry's books but so far I love them. keep it up Terry . I hope to find more of his stories in the future to keep me in touch with the imaginary world that is allowed to all readers of such work. It takes me away for a while into the realm of fantasy and gets me out of the harsher reality of this world for a while. I don't want to live there but Terry makes the world of fiction a very interesting place to visit ( if you have the courage to go there ) without having nightmares that real life can bring.
Submitted by Travis Owen
(Oct 31, 2002)
More than excellent this triligy is so far. I have read the Sword and the Stones so far and the enchantment rushes through my mind like a wild river, stoping at nothing but yet showing its lovely scenery as you quickly pass. Good show Terry Brooks and I hope you produce millions more just like it. sincerly, Travis Owen
Submitted by Joe D. Como
(Sep 30, 2002)
I first read the Sword of Shannara back in high school. It was the first fantasy book I had ever read (I have only recently read LotR). I thought it was pure genius, although I did think that the book was a bit slow in addition to having a rather weak ending. Be that as it may, I continued with the next two books in the series, thoroughly enjoying Elfstones while being plain bored by Wishsong. I also read Magic Kingdom for Sale, which I did not like.
To me, it seemed that Brooks had lost his creative drive and I stopped reading his work accordingly. I haven't read another book of his and I don't plan on doing so.
The reason I have turned from a Brook's fan to a Brook's hater is because of my reading of Tokien's LotR. Now I see where Brooks got almost all of his ideas for Sword of Shannara. When I realized that, I lost a lot of respect for the guy. There are so many similarities between the two novels, that it becomes laughable after a while. One of the worst (or best, depending on POV) examples is Brook's Old Man of the Silver River, an amazingly poor shadow of Tolkein's Tom Bombadiel(sp?). Everyone takes ideas from everybody else, but Brooks, IMO, crossed a line. I refuse to read anything written by him.
Having spewed all of that, I have to admit that I did go back and reread Elfstones recently. I'm glad I did so, because what it confirmed to me is that the book was not nearly as good as I previously thought. However, I must say, there are certain passages where Brook's descriptive powers are quite amazing. It's too bad that he chose to plagirize Tolkien in order to jump start his career.
Submitted by Anonymous
(Sep 30, 2002)
I'm 16 years old and I just finished the first series of Shannara. I thought that this book was without-a-doubt the best book Terry wrote in the first series. The exciting twists and turns of the story keep you thinking about what's going to happen in the next chapter for days to come. Definitely one of the best books I've ever read. A five star must read book.
Submitted by Rockerbaby6487@aol.com
(Sep 16, 2002)
I LOVE TERRY BROOKS' BOOKS. I LOVE THE CHARACTERS, THE SETTING, THE PLOT, THE MAGIC...EVERYTHING. I HOPE HE WRITES A WHOLE LOT OF MORE BOOKS IN THE SHANNARA SERIES. HE IS MY FAVE AUTHOR AND HAS INSPIRED ME IN ALL OF THE STORIES AND STUFF THAT I HAVE WRITTEN BECAUSE HIS WORK REALLY BRINGS OUT EVERYTHING THAT WRITING IS ABOUT.
HIS BOOKS (THE SHANNARA SERIES)HAVE SUCH VIVID AND REAL CHARACTERS. WHEN I AM READING HIS BOOKS IT IS LIKE IT IS REALLY HAPPENING. I NEVER WANT TO PUT THE BOOK DOWN!