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« Reply #1635 on: June 22, 2015, 02:55:08 PM »


the original shannara trilogy
the heritage of shannara tetralogy
prequel to the original shannara trilogy
the voyage of the jerle shannara trilogy
high druid of shannara trilogy
genesis of shannara trilogy
legends of Shannon duology
the dark legacy of shannara trilogy
the defenders of shannara trilogy
and paladins of shannara

Plus . . .

the word and void series
the magic kingdom of landover series

Plus . . .

the novelizations of . . .
"Hook" and . . .
"Star Wars Episode 1: the Phantom Menace"

And, yes, I have read most of these going back to the 1st one "The Sword of Shannara" in 1977.

Of course, if you prefer to watch rather than read . . .

While Warner Brothers did have the option to do a film version, but . . .?! When they let that option expire, it was picked up by MTV to do as a TV series--apparently--live action called "The Shannara Chronicles" aka "Shannara." Scheduled for at least 10 episodes, and scheduled to be seen this year (2015) the pilot or 1st episode has yet to be broadcast.

One similarity between Warner Brothers and MTV, instead of starting with the 1st novel in the series "The Sword of Shannara," it starts with the 2nd novel in the series "The Elfstones of Shannara" from 1982.

Despite all the years and all the novels since, the 1st one "The Sword of Shannara" has always remained one of my favorites, if not my favorite, for its . . .

action scenes
hero, one of my all time favorite characters of all time, Prince Menion Leah, and its . . .
battle cry "LEAH! LEAH! LEAH!" which I rate right up there with the real battle cry heard by Henry Morton Stanley in Africa "MEAT! MEAT! MEAT!"

Wherever one starts in all those mentioned, I have enjoyed most of them, as their author Terry Brooks, is one of my favorite fantasy writers.


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« Reply #1636 on: June 22, 2015, 03:36:21 PM »

the (1977) one i think is the one i just haven't finished for some strange reason. and really MTV? i never pay any attention to MTV anymore cause it's not even a music channel anymore and hasn't been since i was in my 20's. and i think i have the rest of the original trilogy all on paperback. and those i haven't started either. after i wake up a bit i may start a book soon. i just dunno what yet. i'll of course post what i start.
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« Reply #1637 on: June 28, 2015, 01:40:02 PM »


With random reading, sometimes you come across consecutive, but different, books with the same story, as in . . .

Peter Robinson's Children of the revolution
Victoria Thompson's Murder on Murray Hill
and a story of . . .
murder, rape, and revenge.

As to which is the better read . . .

M: a Brit
W: an American

M: the present
W: the past

M: the U.K.
W: the U.S.

Man's villains more dangerous. String pullers and influence peddlers.
Woman's villains less dangerous. Just physically violent.

Man's weak villains more credible.
Woman's weak villains less credible.

Man more moral. Murder and revenge never justified.
Woman less moral.  Murder and revenge sometimes justified.

Man writes better mystery about the horrors of rape and revenge than woman.

Man writes more believable female characters than woman writes male characters.

Man's better plotted than woman's, as fewer twists needed to get to ending.

Excluding, man writes in time when sex was more open. Woman writes in time when sex was less open. It is not a total walkover by the man, as the woman does do a couple of things better than the man.

Woman more clear when story takes place.
Man less clear when story takes place.

Woman's story more focused.
Man's story less focused.

Next time: another compare and contrast

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« Reply #1638 on: June 28, 2015, 05:38:33 PM »

i don't really pay attention to if a woman is a better writer on certain things than a woman and vice versa. i always go by if the writer is a good writer or if it's written poorly. it doesn't matter if a man or woman writes it. all writers have their own style they develop themselves and they i think should have their own style. nobody wants to read a copy cat even though some writers do feel like that.

as for what i picked up. i did end up picking up Deja Dead' it's the 1st Tempe Brennan novel. and i like it so far, but it took forever for things to actually happen in it. for those who have read her in the past. are all her books like this? or is it just this one? cause it's her 1st book and you can easily tell it is.

i just hope her 2nd novel is better written. this one isn't at all horribly written but it has far far too much detailed in the science,  now don't get me wrong that stuff is important to the story but there's litary pages and pages of talking about Saws. that it was boring. Patrica Cornwell in her 1st Kay Scarpetta novel
also did the same thing as well when talking about the science. it brought the story to a stand still cause she put too much of the science in the novel. i realize what these women's jobs are in real life and in the novels. but with Patrica Cornwell in her 2nd Novel in the Kay Scarpetta Series which is like i said before called Body of Evidence. that i read not that long ago, she fixed that and paid more attention to the story and the characters. and yes she did put science in it but only when it was needed. she didn't overdue it like she did in her 1st novel. she in short learned what NOT to do. i'm curious if the same happened with Kathy Reichs?
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« Reply #1639 on: Today at 10:30:02 AM »


Another compare and contrast or 24 Reasons G. M. Malliet's "A Demon Summer" is a better read than Tana French's "The Secret Place."

01. The female characters are better written.
Thus . . . they are more credible and believable.

02. More variety of characters.

03. More differentiation of characters.

04. The male characters are better written.
Thus . . . they are more credible and believable.

05. Less stereotypical characters.

06. The blame is both greater and lesser when a female character has a male problem.

07. The female characters blame themselves more and the males less.
Thus . . .

08. The female power is mightier, as they realize they have the power to initiate change. They don't need to rely on a male for change. And so is the liberation.

09. It is clearer who is the villain and who is the victim.

10. The villainy and danger is broader.

11. The blot on the innocent is wider, involving those who are innocent, but caught up in the plot.

12. The provocation is higher and vaster to do in the villain.

13. The victims' woes are more troubling.
Thus . . .

14. The loss of the villain is a smaller loss.

15. Malliet's characters who have no children or no children--yet, seemingly love children with more love than French's characters who do have children.

16. A truth. We oft love more what we do not have, then what we do have.

17. The denouement is brighter.
Thus . . .

18. It may be a cliché to gather all in one room at the end, but . . .?! it is used cleverer here.

19. The characters' morality is higher. There are no ifs ands or buts, but . . .?! only a wrong.
Thus . . .

20. Those who admit wrong, admit not only to the others gathered together of their wrong, but . . .?! more importantly, they admit to themselves their wrong.

21. The writer's admissions are higher thru the characters. It is a sad, sad tale made sadder by the ending.
Thus . . .

22. The readers' emotions are broader and bigger and deeper.

23. No unborn children were used as major characters in the making of this book. Indeed, the youngest major character is 18 or the age of majority in much of fiction.

24. And the book is shorter by 70 pages.

Next time: actually, there are 27 reasons why Malliet is a better read than French, and we'll get to those reasons next time, and the 1 reason French is the better read.
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