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Running With the Demon (original 1997; edition 1998)

by Terry Brooks

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Title:Running With the Demon
Authors:Terry Brooks
Info:Del Rey/Ballantine 97 (1998), Paperback
Collections:Finished, Your library
Rating:***
Tags:2013, Shannara, Kindle, Fiction, Fantasy, Urban Fantasy

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Running With the Demon by Terry Brooks (1997)

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    Any Given Doomsday by Lori Handeland (Bookshop_Lady)
    Bookshop_Lady: Fans of Terry Brooks' "Word and the Void" trilogy will find in "Any Given Doomsday" another world with an upcoming showdown between good and evil, and a psychic ex-cop who has unexpectedly come into new powers that she must learn to control and use in order to prevent the end of the world. "Doomsday" is the first of a new urban fantasy series.… (more)
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This book gets 2 stars only if you're expecting a YA read & not much else. Actually, it's kind of a neat idea, but the execution was horribly flawed. Reading it, I was able to skim & ignore much of the stupid & repetitive writing. Listening to it was pretty torturous, though.

The idea of the 'Word & Void', opposites, good & evil is obvious & overdone, but it looked as if Brooks had opened up some possibilities. Overall, there are some good messages. I like the idea that The End isn't one big thing, but a lot of little things all adding up together. A very subtle game was going to be played with unsuspecting people. Unfortunately, he fumbled in the execution.

The demon was a major dumb ass, too evil & stupid to be true when it came to Nest. He did everything possible to alienate her while using all his subtle charms on secondary players. It made no sense no matter how much I tried to excuse it.

But the worst offense was Stupid Secrets. Nest was born with MAGIC. IOW, the kid has a loaded gun in her hands from an early age & is now going through puberty with a bunch of trials on top. We also find out (oh, so slowly & stupidly) that both Gran & John KNOW the demon is after her! So, let's not tell her a damn thing or give her any training, but pretend nothing will happen, even though the basic premise of the entire book - what these people have dedicated their lives to -is that something the demon WILL come after Nest WILL happen. If there is any logic there, it completely escaped me.

To cap it all off, we get to the final confrontation & no one has told Nest that touching the demon will change her - something he could have done at the church - but luckily she doesn't. This is good because when all is said & done, John Ross makes it clear that what he really came to do was kill her if the demon had. Obviously, this is supposed to be a bombshell, rocking us all to our startled little toes. Aaaaggghhh! It was just STUPID.

The magic is sketchy. The knight, the figure of power & authority, is severely limited while a completely untaught, 14 year old girl's magic doesn't seem to be limited by anything other than her own self control. (Note: I have raised 3 teenagers. 14 is NOT an age where self control is a notable attribute of either sex.) OK, she wasn't up to handling the demon apparently, but she barely tried & she never felt tired after knocking someone out. Untutored, she had enough control to wake up her friend, Jared, from a coma? And Gran gave up all her magic to change Wraith. It never came back? Why? How? Without magic, how did she kill the boy friend with the vision? Wraith's appearances had no logic to them. Pick can suddenly send telepathic messages?

Brooks was consistent in using multiple words where one would do. In a phone conversation, we find this gem, "There was an audible sigh of relief." Of course it was audible! (OK, that one is minor, but the sheer number of similar instances drove me to distraction.) Feeders, limbless shadows, managed to both creep & slither. Pick was described so many times that I was ready to rip his mossy beard off. Seriously, the first several times we heard about him, that was most of the description & then Brooks decides to fully describe him & we get more on the beard. Enough!!!

Anyway, I will NEVER listen to another Brooks book on audio. Luckily, he had a really excellent reader & I was stuck or I wouldn't have finished this one. ( )
  jimmaclachlan | Aug 18, 2014 |
i enjoyed this book although it wasnt as grasping as previous books i have read by this author ( )
  jayblac21 | Jun 25, 2013 |
Readable, but unimpressive. Excessive description feels like filler. Character development disappointing. ( )
  RobinLythgoe | Dec 9, 2011 |
The plot is pretty threadbare and the book becomes extremely tedious by the midway point. This could easily have been a hundred pages shorter, but Brooks never knows how to say anything just once. Lots of mood and atmosphere, and some good bits, but overall, the payoff isn't worth the trip it takes to get there. I won't be reading the rest of this series. ( )
  Imrahil2001 | Sep 22, 2010 |
Excellent prequel, and a great transition from one storyline to the other. ( )
  willowcove | Sep 1, 2010 |
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0345422589, Mass Market Paperback)

Terry Brooks's Running with the Demon is billed as "A Novel of Good and Evil," but he could've called it "A Novel of Here and Now." The fantasy master behind the Shannara series switches his focus from neo-Tolkien jungles to the woebegone steel town of Hopewell, Illinois. Though Illinois teenager Nest Freemark (where does he get these names?) looks like your average kid, she spends her free time in the woods asking her 6-inch pal Pick for advice in dodging the Demon and his creepy Feeders, spirits who gobble the souls of humans. Nest is also being tailed by John Ross, a shining Knight of the Word who wants to keep her from the Feeders' jaws.

Meanwhile, in the real world that dominates the novel, Nest Freemark is being stalked by a handsome, evil classmate who she has rejected, and a pack of surly, insurgent striking steelworkers plot a bombing at the company's Fourth of July picnic. The boy and the bombers are unaware that they're being subconsciously manipulated by the Demon. The book's matter-of-fact take on the uncanny is a bit like The X-Files. (And if you want to compare the two, check out Ted Edwards's X-Files Confidential: The Unauthorized X-Philes Compendium.)

Brooks's plot has more strands than a plate of pasta, yet his mind is logical to a fault--he used to be a lawyer. There's something for everyone: gory monster attacks, a dread family secret, magical mind-game duels, even a (rather flat) teen-romance subplot. The setting has real grit and the countdown to the Independence Day bombing peps up the tale. Brooks sometimes prosaically explains things a better literary stylist would dramatize, and his minatory visions of environmental apocalypse are more fun than the obvious, nagging, don't-be-a-litterbug message they exist to convey. Brooks will never be as deep as Tolkien, and many readers will find him less awesome as their adolescence recedes. Still, he's the genuine article, and with this book, he raises the stakes he's playing for.

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Hopewell, Illinois, has long hidden a mysterious evil, locked away from humankind by powers greater than most could even imagine. But now the malevolent creatures that normally skulk in the shadows of the park grow bolder, and old secrets hint at a violent explosion. The brewing conflict draws John Ross to Hopewell. A Knight of the Word, Ross is plagued by nightmares that tell him someone evil is coming to unleash an ancient horror upon the world. Caught between them is fourteen-year-old Nest Freemark, who senses that something is terribly wrong but has not yet learned to wield the budding power that sets her apart from her friends.… (more)

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