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Terry Brooks readers?

Post by DruidsGlass » Fri Jun 18, 2004 10:35 pm

hey anyone here fans of Terry Brooks' Shanara series?
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Post by Sam Gamgee » Sat Jun 19, 2004 9:19 am

I read his version of "The Phantom Menace"back when I was in my Star Wars: Episode I phase (but still disliked the old ones for some weird reason), and I really liked that. But I was warned to stay away from the Sword of Shanara because it was an almost shameless rip off of LotR. That's what I've heard. Is that correct? Are there any other really good books he's written?

This is a really big moment for me: I've actually been doing some reading, and after skipping from the Letters to the Hobbit, I'm almost done with the Letters... And now I really really want to read Gawain and the Pearl, but I'm FORCING myself to read a NON-TOLKIEN book before I plunge back into G&P and the Silmarillion for the third time. Is anyone proud of me? :lol: So first it's Worm Oroborus as recommended by Steve, and then I'm thinking some Terry Brooks. What do you say, Michael?
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Post by Alatar » Sat Jun 19, 2004 10:54 am

I read Sword of Shanara and vowed never to read any more Terry Brooks. I found it way too formulaic fantasy.

Now as for Sir Gawain, that's a good read!
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Post by Theremin » Sat Jun 19, 2004 5:01 pm

I've never read any, nor have I heard of it...

But Sam, I am proud of you. Expand those horizons! :D :lol:
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Post by DruidsGlass » Sat Jun 19, 2004 10:52 pm

lol, the earlier Terry Brooks Shanara stuff, is LotRish, but as you move further from the Sword, it's more original (yet still "formulaic" to some extent)

i like his Shanara stuff all around, it was my introduction into fantasy, i read the sword in 7th or 8th grade. i didnt get to read LotR until sophomore year. there are currently between 10 and 12 books total in the Shanara world. If you're like me in that you have just enough perfectionist in you to make you read them in chronological order in terms of the book world, start with the First King of Shanara then go to the Sword trilogy, then the Children set, then the Ilse Witch trilogy, and currently going is the High Druid of Shanara series, i think he's 1 or 2 books into that one (out of three?).
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Post by DruidsGlass » Sat Jun 19, 2004 10:53 pm

i just realized that i put this in the movie section....lol
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Post by Sam Gamgee » Sun Jun 20, 2004 12:52 am

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Post by DruidsGlass » Sun Jun 20, 2004 2:32 am

lol, nice work, where can i get me a magic wand? :P
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Post by theHermit » Fri Aug 05, 2005 12:01 pm

Coming way late to this topic, but then again I'm having fun reading some of the threads here for the first time. The first Sword of Shannara book came out right after I'd finished LoTR for the first time and I was hungry for some more epic fantasy. I was also twelve years old and it fit the bill. As time wore on, I read books and two as they came out and now can read no more. Brooks's work just doesn't hold up IMHO.

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