Shannara Series

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    Aes Sedai

    Aes Sedai New Member

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    Has anyone read the Shannara series? I thought it was pretty awesome. Although the first 3 books were semi repeats, they are quick and fun to read.
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    Brian Turner

    Brian Turner Brian G. Turner Staff Member

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    Hi Aes Sedai, and welcome to the forums. :)

    Shannara - that's the Terry Brooks release, yes?
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    Aes Sedai

    Aes Sedai New Member

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    yeah, they are by Terry Brooks.
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    Silk

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    I've read all some of the books but didn't realise there were graphic versions, where can you get hold of them? If thats what you meant otherwise I'm just being dumb:)
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    Aes Sedai

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    haha, i didnt know where else to start the thread. Seeing as there is no Category labled Terry Brooks. This looked to be the most appropriate..guess i was wrong 8 /
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    Brian Turner

    Brian Turner Brian G. Turner Staff Member

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    Whopps - I didn;t notice - and that's probably why no one else has replied to this topic. I'll move it to the main books area and leave a redirect so you can find this thread again. :)

    And maybe get some more responses - I've heard a few things about Terry Brooks, but never read his work. :)
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    The Master™

    The Master™ Science fiction fantasy

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    Welcome Aes Sedai, more fresh meat for the board!!! :D

    I read the first 4 books of the Shannara Series... I think upto the Elfstones... Can't remember for certain, been a while...
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    erickad71

    erickad71 truth shall set you free

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    Hi Aes Sedai...let me guess which other book series you like?;)
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    Blue Mythril

    Blue Mythril Stronger than steel...

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    Hi Aes Sedai, I read the Shannara books. I enjoyed them I guess, but to me they seemed too close to LOTR, like an unconscious immitation.
    I think I might stop here before I get nasty :(
    Sorry to all the Shannara fans, I have an arrogant, snobbish streak in me...
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    Princess Ivy

    Princess Ivy Damsel in this dress

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    i actually have copies of them, must get round to reading them soon.
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    dwndrgn

    dwndrgn Fierce Vowelless One Staff Member

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    I've read them all and while there are some similarities to LOTR, the characters are more diverse and well rounded and the story has been expanded to include unique bits that definitely have no similarities to LOTR (ie; airships). I've been enjoying the latest portion of the series, the Jerle Shannara ones and just noticed a new one out. I'll have to see if my library will have a copy when they open back up (which is hopefully soon, I'll run out of books to read once I get through my latest Amazon order :p ).
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    Silk

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    I've read the first 2 series, (the original 3 books and the Heritage of Shannara) and while I enjoyed them in places I did find them very hard going in others; for example most of the Druid of Shannara!

    And they always seamed to end just as I’m getting most involved, like in the Sword of Shannara when the Pannamon Creel returns, I thought that was going to lead on to a really exciting set of events but it didn’t!:(

    Anyway I’ve heard that as the series progress they keep getting better and better so I plan to finish them some time in the future:)
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    Mark Robson

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    Hi Aes Sedai, I too have read the original Shannara series and some of the second series. I enjoyed them, but not enough to follow them right through to the end and not enough to reread them, which is often a good indication of how much I enjoy a book. Still, I did enjoy another of Terry Brooks' titles - Have you read 'Magic Kingdom for Sale - Sold!'? I think you might enjoy that.
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    Aes Sedai

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    im in the process of going through Wheel of Time right now. I plan on finishing the series before going elsewhere. But i will definitly look into it. Im only on the first book in the WoT series(The Eye of the World) and am currently traveling through the Ways (scary).. but yeah shannara is good but they build you up then put you down kind of quick. All in all im a bigger fan of WoT thus far. *Sidenote* have you all read the Dark Elf Trilogy by RA Salvatore. Id say that was a good read as well. Any one else? Cheers!
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    dwndrgn

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    I adored Magic Kingdom for Sale - Sold!. I found it to be intelligent, and silly at the same time. I love when authors use humor to point out stuff that people should be ashamed of, we tend to take the criticism better that way and think about it more.

    I read the original Shannara series several times. The second set don't seem to be good enough for me to read twice but they've got me hooked enough to continue the series. As a matter of fact I'm waiting to see if my library (if the darned storms would stop and let the poor thing re-open) will have a copy of the latest.
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    Sci-fi_gEEk

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    Love the Shannara series. Terry Brooks was my Favorit author for a long time, he still might be but now I really have a hard time picking a fave. The whole series is great but I think that the first two series were the best. In fact my favorit one(I can pick books, but not authors :p) is the Elfstones of Shannara.
    A lot of people say that Brooks is now just milking the series and pumping out the books mass production style. I guess I can understand that, I did't feel that his last books were quite on par with his first. But they were still pretty good, and his new series "High Druid of Shannara" is turning out to be very interesting.

    gEEk
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    aftermath

    aftermath Alex Cy'ane or Xir?

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    I read most of them. I've been hoping between all the seires at the same time. I really liked Magic Kingdom for sale-Sold!. I also thought it to be amusing. I just went out and bought the second book , the black unicorn or something just the other day. Hope it's as good as the first.
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    Lament Du Lamia

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    I Love the Shannara series. I particularly enjoyed the Heritage. ONe thing that always gets me is the history of it all. I was reading the voyages of the Jerle Shannara - and it was just really neat, because they were referring to Wren Ellesindil(sp? its been a while;) ) with coplete reverence. Yet i remember reading about her when she was nobody. And Allanon was just a vague memory for most. Yet, i had read all about them. In the Jerle Shannara - i don't think anyone even remembered that first battle with the dark lord. And what about Shea and Flick Ohmsford. They're not even a memory. Theres a vague sense of pride if thats the word, its like - i was there.
    -shrug- i wonder if anyone else has any idea what im talking about.
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    dwndrgn

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    Yeah, I know what you're talking about. It is almost like you have friends who've been immortalized in print...even thought they were print to begin with :)
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    Lament Du Lamia

    Lament Du Lamia Sweet Sacrilege

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    Exactly! Thanks for that DWNDRGN :D

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