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Terry Brooks

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in Sterling, Illinois, The United States
January 08, 1944

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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
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Terry Brooks visited the University Book Store July 9, 2018.

It was a great event. 140 people attended the signing for the release of The Skaar Invasion and Terry spoke at length about the various projects that he’s working and took questions from the audience.

I Facebook Live shot the event but also saved it to be shared later. Later is now.

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Terry talks at length about Street Fre...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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message 18: by Sarah

Sarah Arnette Here is my blog post for First King of Shannara. The Shannara series is what got me in my "I love Books" lifestyle and got me started with the Fantasy worlds.

http://booklovingfun.weebly.com/blog/...


message 17: by Steve

Steve Thanks Terry, for accepting my friend request.

~Steve


♡ ~ 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.


Reggie Kray 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 Sedai *of the White Ajah* 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! :)


message 2: by Tegan

Tegan 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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