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Terry Brooks

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Terry Brooks was born in Illinois in 1944, where he spent a great deal of his childhood and early adulthood dreaming up stories in and around Sinnissippi Park, the very same park that would eventually become the setting for his bestselling Word & Void trilogy. He went to college and received his undergraduate degree from Hamilton College, where he majored in English Literature, and he received his graduate degree from the School of Law at Washington & Lee University.
A writer since high school, he wrote many stories within the genres of science fiction, western, fiction, and non-fiction, until one semester early in his college years he was given The Lord of the Rings to read. That moment changed Terry's life forever, because in Tolki...more


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The Magicians Trilogy Boxed Set by Lev Grossman
The Magicians Trilogy Boxed Set
by Lev Grossman (Goodreads Author)
read in August, 2014
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Even though I am touching on familiar territory here, I want to recommend Lev Grossman’s fantasy trilogy - The Magicians, The Magician King and The Magician’s Land. This is very adult stuff and not for younger readers, but from mid teens upwards, it’...more
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Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor
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This month I am recommending the entire Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy which includes the aforementioned, Days of Blood and Starlight and Dreams of Gods and Monsters. Been reading these books since they first started publishing. Laini Taylor is t...more
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Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
Eleanor & Park
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read in July, 2014
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I am tempted to suggest John Greene, author of The Fault in Our Stars and Looking For Alaska, two really wonderful YA books, but I am going to recommend Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell, instead. This YA story of two very different teens who are...more
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The Confabulist by Steven Galloway
The Confabulist
by Steven Galloway
read in May, 2014
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I’m not sure if I’ve recommended this author before or not, but the book I want to recommend this month is THE CONFABULIST by Steven Galloway. The first of his books I read was ASCENSION, and it had one of the most riveting opening chapters I have ev...more
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Railsea by China Miéville
Railsea
by China Miéville (Goodreads Author)
read in April, 2014
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This month's book recommendation: RAILSEA by China Mieville. Here is a truly original writer, someone who takes sentences and reinvents them. I love how he says things. You have to focus because if you don't pay attention you will miss what he is get...more
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The Martian by Andy Weir
The Martian
by Andy Weir (Goodreads Author)
read in March, 2014
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This month's book recommendation is The Martian by Andy Weir. We read this book for our old booksellers and authors book club, and Judine and I were unable to attend. This is the astronaut stranded on Mars story, a familiar concept to those of us who...more
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Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer
Annihilation (Southern Reach Trilogy, #1)
by Jeff VanderMeer (Goodreads Author)
read in May, 2014
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My recommendation this month goes to Jeff Vandermeer's "Annihilation." This is a book about a doomed expedition following on the heels of other expeditions into country that has proven to be all but impenetrable and which appears to change those who...more
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Struck by Jennifer Bosworth
Struck (Struck, #1)
by Jennifer Bosworth (Goodreads Author)
read in December, 2011
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This month I am giving a Shout-Out to Jennifer Bosworth, a former Maui Writers School graduate, who has an exciting YA book called STRUCK coming out from Farrar Straus Giroux this coming May. I was lucky enough to get an advanced reader copy. The pre...more
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Red Rising by Pierce Brown
Red Rising (Red Rising Trilogy, #1)
by Pierce Brown (Goodreads Author)
read in October, 2013
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This is odd for me, but I am going to recommend a book that isn't even out yet.

I read the ARC, and I was captivated enough to want to alert you to its publishing date in January 2014. The books is Red Rising by Pierce Brown. This is a first book by a...more
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message 19: by Steve

Steve Thanks Terry, for accepting my friend request.

~Steve


message 18: by J.

J.  E. Bruce I read your novel The Sword of Shannara while working as an archaeologist back in the late 1970s. My elder sister "owned" Tolkien to the point I ended up avoiding fantasy altogether for many years, but then I happened across your novel in the back of another archaeologist's truck and before I knew it, I was hooked and when I came to the end, I hoped there would be more in the series and you didn't disappoint. One might say your novels also brought my husband and I together. He saw my very dogeared copy of Sword on the passenger seat of my car. He too was a fan. He'd been trying to figure out a way of starting up a conversation with me--your novel was just the ticket. I still have that copy (that I filched from that truck thirty six years ago) and I keep it in my car as a good luck Tolkien--er, I mean token. Thank you for all the hours of escape you provided me and my husband.


BIBLIOPHAGIST Thanks for adding me as your friend sir! I am a fan and love all of your works. You truly made my day by being my friend on Goodreads. Thanks again and take care!


Francesca Thank you so much for being my friend!! I really love your books Terry!!!! Thanks so much! :)


message 15: by Chris

Chris Thanks so much for accepting my friend request Terry. Sword of Shanarra was the very first fantasy novel I read, and it blew me away. I have not found a novel that has come close to it since (although the Elfstones and Wishsong similarly blew me away). Those three novels are what inspired me to write, and your novels continue to entertain me and inspire me today. Thanks so much again!


Lótë (Iris) Thanks for accepting my friend invite. :)


message 13: by Amanda

Amanda Fanger Terry Brooks just added me as a friend! Thank you so much! I had a slight nerd moment when I saw the notice in my inbox - that tends to happen when my favorite author accepts my Goodreads friend request :D

Thanks agian - Write on!


message 12: by Jenelle

Jenelle Thanks for adding me as a friend :) I have a whole bookshelf of your books in my living room. I'm really enjoying the latest additions to the world of Shanarra, thanks so much for writing such wonderful stories.


message 11: by Theresa

Theresa I'm so excited to be a friend of yours!!
Thank-you!
I've loved your work for many, many years;
and am really enjoying the direction you're
Taking it.
Keep up the good work:)


Kimberley Thanks for becoming my friend Terry! I have been a fan of your books for nearly 10 years now, and I think your stories are amazingly original and the characterisation nothing short of brilliant. Thank you for enriching the fantasy genre with your work!


message 9: by John

John Ames Thank you so much for accepting my friend request... :-)


message 8: by Shawn

Shawn Wickersheim Thank you for accepting my friend request. I had the pleasure of meeting you a few times over the years at book signings in the Chicagoland area and hope you'll be returning to visit Illinois again someday soon. I discovered The Sword of Shannara in my school library back in the 80s and immediately fell in love with not only the book, but also the fantasy genre. You are one of the main reasons I am a fantasy author today - so thank you very, very much.

Have a great day!


Sharon Delarose Delighted to be your friend! Back around 1980 I bought a used car out in California and your book, The Sword of Shannara, was on the dashboard. I've been a huge fan ever since! For me, the other writers in your genre are wannabe's compared to you. None can hold a candle to your ability to weave the most incredible stories, some of which I've read multiple times. Your talent is truly awesome!


message 6: by Rick

Rick Ludwig Thank you for accepting my friend request. I thought I had read every Shannara book until I realized that the Knight of the Word series actually was the precursor for the Genesis of Shannara series. I have now read "Running with the Demon" and am headed for "Knight of the Word". Thank you for continuing to write these wonderful stories.


message 5: by Shane

Shane Findlay Thank you for accepting my friend request Terry. Your material is the shit!


message 4: by Sean

Sean Wadley Thank you for accepting my friend request, Terry!! You've completely and utterly made my day! The Shannara series is absolutely brilliant!


Branwen *Blaidd Drwg* Thanks for accepting my friend request, Terry! :) I am a huge fan of your Landover series, and I just recently finished the first book in the Shannara series, which I absolutely loved! I can't wait to read the rest! :)


Tegan Mae I love all the recommendations you post! It's always nice to hear about new books that someone loved them! Looking forward to reading them :)


Katy Budget Books Thank you for accepting our friend request. We are avid fans here at the store!


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