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The World of Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time
The World of Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time
by Robert Jordan
Edition: Hardcover
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!, December 8, 1998
While not quite up to Silmarillian standards, with this book Jordan has officially taken the torch out of JRR Tolkien's hands. The insight into the history of Randland, such as Hawkwing, the Forsaken, and the Age of Legends, is almost worth the high price of the book. The artwork (their word not mine) certainly left something to be desired. I wasn't expecting Alan Lee/Ted Nasmith fantasy paintings, but this was really bad. I've seen amatures draw better pictures out of sheer boredom. Still, I would recomend this book to anyone.


The Eye of the World (The Wheel of Time, Book 1)
The Eye of the World (The Wheel of Time, Book 1)
by Robert Jordan
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $27.36
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tolkien Reborn?, October 29, 1998
I am all but convinced JRR Tolkien wrote "The Wheel of Time" and Robert Jordan was the lucky man that found them. Jordan has nearly rivaled the Master and has certainly set the mark for aspiring young fantasy writers. This book rings with the history and hidden secrets that make Tolkien's books so great. I especially liked the relation of the Trolloc names with "monster" names. (Bhan'sheen, Dha'vol, Dhai'mon, Ghar'gael, Ghob'hlin, Ghraem'lan, and Kno'mon for Banshee, Devil, Demon, Gargoyle, Goblin, Gremelin, and Gnome). The time Jordan spends on his books is reflected in the high quality but he can't write them fast enough to appease his fantasy starved fans. With only a handful of quality writers in the genre since Tolkien (Brooks, Alexander, Eddings...), I'm sure we will be enjoying Mr. Jordan's books for a long time. I recommend this book to any fantasy fan.


The Talismans of Shannara (The Heritage of Shannara, Book 4)
The Talismans of Shannara (The Heritage of Shannara, Book 4)
by Terry Brooks
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: $7.99
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing ending to a great series!, October 22, 1998
In the last book in the Heritage of Shannara series Terry Brooks has almost outdone himself. This is certainly his best since Elfstones and might be its equal (First King of Shannara is still the best). Although the basic plot is beginning to get stale, I would still eagerly await a new Shannara series. Perhaps a realistic plot where the Ohmsfords AREN'T scared of using their magic would be nice. The middle is a little boring but from the kidnapping of Wren on it is very, very good. I would recommend this book to all fantasy fans.


The Elf Queen of Shannara (Heritage of Shannara, Book 3)
The Elf Queen of Shannara (Heritage of Shannara, Book 3)
by Terry Brooks
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: $7.99
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Book, October 20, 1998
This was a pretty good book although you do find yourself wanting to skip ahead when the action seriously slows to a crawl. Brooks's best writing seems to be of the Elves. He, although to a lesser degree than Tolkien, finds the Elves to be the greatest of the races. His writing makes you feel that the Elves are what Man might have been, a pure people, with falts, but dedicated to preseration instead of destruction. By the end of this book all of the Shannara children had apparently accomplished their charges and their ultimate fate will be decided in the next, final, edition to the series. I recommend this book to both Brooks fans and fantasy fans alike.


The Druid of Shannara (The Heritage of Shannara)
The Druid of Shannara (The Heritage of Shannara)
by Terry Brooks
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: $7.99
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brooks's best since Elfstones, October 18, 1998
Terry Brooks has done a wonderful job with this book. The characters are very likeable and realistic, especially Quickening. Even Pe Ell is someone you will miss in the next books. Also, Brooks finally weaves a sense of human emotion that we haven't seen since Elfstones. Everyone can relate to the fears of Walker Boh, and anyone that has ever been in love can't help but smile at Quickening and Morgan Leah. The ending was once again predictable, but it was still one of the most emotional things I have ever read. I recommend this book to all fantasy fans.


The Scions of Shannara (Heritage of Shannara, Book One) (The Heritage of Shannara)
The Scions of Shannara (Heritage of Shannara, Book One) (The Heritage of Shannara)
by Terry Brooks
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: $7.99
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars good, although predictable, book, October 16, 1998
It is about time Terry Brooks came up with a new character for once. When he wrote the prelude to the original Shannara series Brooks came through with a great, creative book. From what I've seen of this new series, it seems he has reverted to his habit of simply changing the names and locations and basically leaving the plot and personalities the same. He started his original series obviously using ideas created by JRR Tolkien and he has started this one by using his own ideas over again. Still, I did enjoy this book, if for no other reason than it is the begining of a four-book Brooks tale that will finally allow us to get to know more about main characters than we are usually allowed. I'm sure I will read the rest of the series, not just because I already bought them, but because Brooks has usually told a very good story and I see no reason why this one won't turn out well also. I recommend this book to any fantasy fan.


The Wishsong of Shannara (The Shannara Chronicles)
The Wishsong of Shannara (The Shannara Chronicles)
by Terry Brooks
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: $7.43
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Book, October 14, 1998
Although Brooks seems to always repeat the main ideas of his earlier books (you know, Allanon asks Ohmsfords to help him with their magic to destroy something nobody believes in...), the story remains good. This book was better than The Sword of Shannara but didn't quite live up to Elfstones. Still, the idea of the Wishsong was unique and Garet Jax was a nice touch. I recommend this book to all fantasy fans.


The Visit
The Visit
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Soothing to the soul, October 9, 1998
This review is from: The Visit (Audio CD)
I absolutely loved this CD. The Lady of Shallot was always one of my favorite poems and I think I like the song even more. All Soul's Night is also one of my all time favorite songs. I'll be buying Mckinett's work for as long as she records.


The Elfstones of Shannara (Shannara, Book 2)
The Elfstones of Shannara (Shannara, Book 2)
by Terry Brooks
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: $7.19
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5.0 out of 5 stars Much better than The Sword of Shannara, October 9, 1998
Mr. Brooks more than makes up for his lack of creativity and use of Tolkien's main ideas in the Sword of Shannara with this amazing book. The Elfstones of Shannara is simply Brooks at his best. The battle scenes between Elves and Demons are extremely well written. At times you almost want to skip ahead to find out what is going to happen next. He also does a much better job of letting us know the characters more. Not to give away the ending, but when you finish the book you start to feel tears swell at times, which is something I never expected after reading The Sword of Shannara although such ability was hinted at in The First King of Shannara. I would certainly recommend this book to any fantasy fan!


The Sword of Shannara
The Sword of Shannara
by Terry Brooks
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: $7.19
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Watered down Tolkien?, October 9, 1998
OK, I can see stealing some ideas from the Father of Modern Fantasy (after all, plagarism is the greatest form of flattery), but at times this book goes too far. Still, it is a good book although it doesn't live up to "The First King of Shannara" or "The Elfstones of Shannara". I would recommend this book to all fantasy fans, even Tolkien fans, for the simple reason that the other books in the series are too good to pass up and this book is essential to understanding them.


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