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Armageddon's Children (The Genesis of Shannara, Book 1) (original 2003; edition 2006)
by Terry Brooks
Sometimes the Magic Works: Lessons from a Writing Life by Terry Brooks (2003)
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"In 1977, the New York Times Trade Paperback Bestseller list - back then the exclusive province of self-help guides, cartoon collections, and any number of cat books - played host to its very first work of fiction: The Sword of Shannara, an epic quest through a mythical land, by first-time author Terry Brooks. Twenty New York Times bestselling novels later, it would be easy enough to just say: ". . . and the rest is history." But when it comes to guests, everyone knows that getting there is half the fun. Now, Terry Brooks tells the story of how he got there - from beginner to bestselling author - and shares his secrets for creating unusual, memorable fiction." "In addition to being a writing guide, Sometimes the Magic Works is Terry Brooks's self-portrait of the artist. Here are sketches of his midwestern boyhood, when comic books, radio serials, and a vivid imagination launched a lifelong passion for weaving tales of wonder; recollections of the fateful collaboration with legendary editor Lester del Rey that changed not only the author's life but the course of publishing history; and an eye-opening look at the ups and downs of dealing with Hollywood, as a writer of official novels based on major movies by both Steven Spielberg and George Lucas."--BOOK JACKET.
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