Dansen met de Demon (Word & Void #1)
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Don't get me wrong, the plot and characters were fantastic, but the book was just so slow. The last 20-25% picked up a great deal, but that's about 80% of the book where I felt bored. And that's too long.
Here's hoping the next one is better for me.
The idea of the 'Word & Void', opposites, good & evil is obvious & overdone, but it looked as if Brooks had opened up some possibilities. Overall, there are some good messages. I like the idea that Th ...more
I've been reading Brooks for years. When I was ten years old, I read his only book at the time, The Sword of Shannara. I remember liking it a lot and being really annoyed that he didn't have anymore books out. When Elfstones of Shannara came out a few years later, I was enthralled; it was even better.
I got side-t ...more
Hopewell, Indiana is your typical small town where everyone knows everyone else, it's economy reliant on a single industry - in this case it's the now quiet steel mill as the strike grinds into it's third month. It is also the home of Nest Freemark, growing up under the watchful eyes of her grandparents, a sylvan, a magical dog, and the knowledge that she has a powerf ...more
Nest Freemark is a 14 year old girl with magic. She patrols the p ...more
Although Brooks uses some Christian terminology here (Jo ...more
I had forgotten ... it had been so long, I had forgotten what it is like reading a book by Terry Brooks. I had forgotten that he creates worlds that hold such dark things; that he isn't afraid to kill characters, traumatize characters, forge them into weapons in the hottest fires of testing. I had forgotten what a ... almost tactile experience it could be reading a book by ...more
The setting is a big problem for me. We find ourselves in modern-day Washington State. The ...more
Running with the Demon introduces Brooks' world of the Word and the Void, opposing forces of chaos and order that set the stage for a well-developed unique moral relativity that serves as the bedrock of a unique narrative.
The book features excellent characters, a unique and interesting approach to its world of magic, a ...more
I note that after the trilogy he started a series based on the failure of his protaginists in this series...ouch.
Running with the Demon is a solid read. It's about a teen girl in Hopewell, Illinois, a town described as being in the "Heart of Reagan Country" more than once. Nest, the absurdly-named girl in question, has powers and some degree of responsibility to the sprawling ...more
This story is centered on a young girl named Nest Freemark who has the ability to see forces in the dark. These dark, shadowy forms are called Feeders and they have the ability to change the minds of humans an ...more
Molti fan di Brooks sono di parere contrario, ma personalmente ...more
Brooks is fantastic with narrative descriptions, making you feel as if you're walking in the footsteps of the characters. He can get a little wordy and delve into minutiae, which detracts ...more
This is mostly a story of Nest and her struggle to understand what is going in her town and park. The book does not move very fast, but the characters are believable. Now, here is where I get a little preachy ...more
I remembered Shea Omsford in the Sword of Shannara (totally doing this from memory, so forgive any butchered facts (and yes, I realize I'm on the internet that answer is a mouse click a way - but, I'm lazy (and amaz ...more
However, this was not the kind of book that interested me all that much. It was focused entirely on the characters, and the conflict largely emerged from the character's flaws. The central character, Nest, mostly had a conflict of being young and naive, unable to come ...more
Twenty years ago, Terry Brooks turned fantasy fiction on its head with The Sword of Shannara, the first fantasy novel to make the mainstream bestseller lists, and the first in an unbroken string of thirteen bestselling books. Now, in Running with the Demon, Brooks does nothing less than revitalize fantasy fiction again, inventing the complex and powerful new mythos of the Word and the Void, good versus evil still, but played out in the theater-in-the-round of the "real world" of our pres
And for the first 100 pages or so, it was looking pretty g ...more
Being set in current day America it obviously has a completely different feel to it from the previous Shannara novels I have read. I reminded me of Jim Butcher’s Harry Dresden and Jonathan Maberry’s Pi ...more
I have been a reader of the Shannara series since I was in 7 grade and quite frankly, I was a bit appalled at the thought of this being the prequel. You never want your happy memories of books to be destroyed or your connection severed by another book that seems completely unrelated. In this case I was terribly wrong about it damaging my love for the world of Shannara, this is a great read. Hard to put down with characters who are broken but not beaten, damaged, and yet ...more
As the story continues though, it gets more interesting. The story itself is very interesting, but a big pa ...more
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Yet already their destruction begins. It comes upon them gradually, in little ways. Bit by bit their belief in themselves erodes. A growing cynicism pervades their lives. Small acts of kindness and charity are abandoned as pointless and somehow indicative of weakness. Little failures of behavior lead to bigger ones. It is not enough to ignore the discourtesies of others; discourtesies must be repaid in kind. Men are intolerant and judgmental . They are without grace. If one man proclaims that God has spoken to him, another quickly proclaims that his God is false. If the homeless cannot find shelter, then surely they are to blame for their condition. If the poor do not have jobs, then surely it is because they will not work. If sickness strikes down those whose lifestyle differs from our own, then surely they have brought it on themselves.
Look at your people, Nest Freemark. They abandon their old. They shun their sick. They cast off their children. They decry any who are different. They commit acts of unfaithfulness, betrayal, and depravity every day. They foster lies that undermine beliefs. Each small darkness breeds another. Each small incident of anger, bitterness, pettiness, and greed breeds others. A sense of futility consumes them. They feel helpless to effect even the smallest change. Their madness is of their own making, and yet they are powerless against it because they refuse to acknowledge its source. They are at war with themselves, but they do not begin to understand the nature of the battle being fought."