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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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For many years the only chance a fan had of speaking to Terry was to meet him at tour events or conventions.

With the establishment of this website in 2000, Terry began accepting two questions from each fan per month. On the last day of the month, five questions are randomly drawn. Terry answers these five questions and they are posted monthly for your enjoyment.


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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
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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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The Maid's Version by Daniel Woodrell
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read in August, 2013
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Many of you may remember a movie called Winter's Bone, if only for the fact that it was Jennifer Lawrence's first big role. What you might not know is that first it was a book by a writer named Daniel Woodrell. His latest book, just out, is called Th...more
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Pronto by Elmore Leonard
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read in August, 2013
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My book recommendation for this month is not "a" book recommendation, but a body of work. Like many writers, I want to pay tribute to Elmore Leonard, who recently passed away. He was for me the quintessential writer of quirky, engaging and thoroughly...more
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My book recommendation for this month is Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain. This book is on everyone's short list for awards, and it deserves to be. Billy is a very young Iraqi war veteran home with member of his squad on a promotional...more
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The Maze Runner by James Dashner
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I'll give a shout out to James Dashner and his Maze Runner trilogy. This is young adult, but fantasy adventure of the highest order. Very exciting, very fast moving. There is a prequel and he has gone on to begin another series, but I'm not there yet...more
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" What a wonderful anthology! I have fallen off on reading collections lately, but I am such a total Kevin Hearne fangirl that I started looking for this one as soon as he mentioned it on Facebook. I bought it as soon as I heard of its release, and... " Read more of this review »
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" Yes, I have a story in this anthology so my rating comes from all stories except "The Jester" - I'll leave it to others to say how well I did on that particular piece. I am going to provide the brief intro to my piece, though, in the hopes that fi... " Read more of this review »
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The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly
The Book of Lost Things
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read in May, 2013
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I am recommending a book by John Connelly, one of my favorite thriller writers. But this book is not of that series or even that ilk. It is a fantasy for young adults, except it is really for everyone in the way all good fairytale books are. The titl...more
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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 Targaryen *the blood of the dragon* 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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