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Armageddon's Children (The Genesis of Shannara, Book 1) (original 2003; edition 2006)

by Terry Brooks

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Title:Armageddon's Children (The Genesis of Shannara, Book 1)
Authors:Terry Brooks
Info:Del Rey (2006), Hardcover, 384 pages
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Sometimes the Magic Works: Lessons from a Writing Life by Terry Brooks (2003)



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An engaging, quick read. ( )
  quiBee | Jan 21, 2016 |
An interesting look into the writing life and journey of the Author, though slightly lacking in some respects for those looking for more detailed insight into the writing craft. An easy read, as the chapters are all quite short and mostly stand-alone. Some good advice sprinkled throughout, though it's not solely a book for writers and is certainly not so much a how-to guide. His chapters on the benefits of outlining were quite helpful. I've read books that have done more to inspire me to write, and this was a rather light book in that respect. Give it a go if you can borrow a copy, or if you're a fan of Brooks' fiction. ( )
  torfeida. | Jan 21, 2016 |
Sometimes it is nice to read how other writers write, but doesn't really help much in helping me develop my craft. However, it's really interesting how much luck was involved with his character. Take away I learned from this book: never get involve with writing movie adaptations. ( )
  annertan | Jul 31, 2014 |
A quick read, but a useful one for anyone interested on becoming a better fiction writer. The chapters are deceptively simple, but give you an in-depth look at Brooks' personal take on the classic questions: to outline or not to outline, what exactly does write-what-you-know mean, etc. I enjoyed ur and might give some of his fiction a try. ( )
  alsatia | May 11, 2013 |
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The muse whispers to you when she chooses,

and you can’t tell her to come back later,

because you quickly learn in this business

that she might not come back at all.
This is for writers yet to be published who think the

uphill climb will never end. Keep believing.

This is also for published writers grown jaded by the process.

Remember how lucky you are.
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It's true. I'm not all here.
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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.… (more)

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