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The Sword of Shannara by Terry Brooks
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01/01/2012 page 110
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Katie Hey Jacob! I tried to read that book and I couldn't get through it for some reason. The first book though, First King of Shannara is so amazingly awesome though, have you read that one? Let me know how this one turns out as I couldn't get passed like page 200 haha

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Jacob Morton Hey Katie! I actually haven't read First King of Shannara, but I have really enjoyed the Sword of Shannara. It is kind of slow going in the beginning because there isn't much action, just a lot of traveling. But I'm close to halfway through now and it's really picking up. The only thing I would have to say I'm not super impressed with so far is the character development. There really isn't any lol. But then again the book is 730 pages without it, so I can't imagine how long it would be otherwise lol.

I see you added Game of Thrones to your "to read" list. One word. Fantastic. You wanna talk about character development, George RR Martin can certainly do it. I read them several years ago, and I'm gonna have to go back and reread all of them (no small feat) because there is just way to much in the plot that I have forgotten to try and read his new one, Dance with Dragons right now though.

I have one book that I highly recommend to you. I think you would definitely enjoy it, as I didn't see it on your list. I hope you have heard of The Magicians by Lev Grossman, as well as the sequel, The Magician King. It's practically a combination of Harry Potter and Narnia, but rated R. The Magician King just came out in 2011, and I would have to say that it is right up there as one of the best books of the year in all genres. So def pick up the first book, and once you think the first book sets a pretty high bar, read the second one.

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Jacob Morton oh, and that was a lot longer than i thought haha

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Katie Nice, yea I am considering giving the other Shannara books another chance since 1) I already bought them and 2) I'll have more patience with them now instead of when I tried back in high school haha. I'll look into The Magicians. You should try Terry Goodkind's Sword of Truth series (which is like 12ish books), but they are fairly good. I got to #7 and just wanted to take a break and so I'm going to start on it again soon. I'm getting out of my southern literature phase (Gone with the Wind) haha, so fantasy again would be a good change.

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