Terry Goodkind Books

Terry Goodkind Book List

A book list in order for the Sword of Truth series.

The Sword of Truth

* Wizard's First Rule (1994)
* Stone of Tears (1995)
* Blood of the Fold (1996)
* Temple of the Winds (1997)
* Soul of the Fire (1999)
* Faith of the Fallen (2000)
* Debt of Bones (2001)
* The Pillars of Creation (2002)
* Naked Empire (2003)
* Chainfire (2005)
* Phantom (2006)
* Confessor (2007)

Sword of Truth related fiction

* Debt of Bones (2001)
Goodkind wrote a novella titled Debt of Bones for the 1998 anthology Legends, edited by Robert Silverberg. The novella takes place in the Sword of Truth universe and is set a few decades before the events in the main series. In 2001, the story was published as a stand-alone book.

* The Law of Nines (2009)

In June 2008, Goodkind signed a contract to publish three mainstream novels with G.P. Putnam's Sons/Penguin Books. The first of these novels was titled The Law of Nines, it relates to Sword of Truth but is set in "our" contemporary world and was released August 18, 2009.

In April 2010, Goodkind signed a contract to publish three fiction novels with Tor Books. The first of these will be a new Richard and Kahlan novel. The teaser announcement was released April 1st 2010, on Terry Goodkind's official website.

Terry Goodkind Sword of Truth  Books are also available on audio.

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About Terry Goodkind

Terry Goodkind Biography

Terry Goodkind is the author of the best-selling epic fantasy series The Sword of Truth.

He was born in 1948 and raised in Omaha, Nebraska, USA, where he also attended schooling in art. Goodkind learned early in his life that he suffered from dyslexia, he later dropped out of college and worked as a carpenter, a violin maker, and a restorer of rare and exotic artefacts and antiques. He cites his influences as Ayn Rand, Aristotle, Winston Churchill and the Founding Fathers.

Before starting his career as a writer, Terry Goodkind was better known for his realistic marine and wildlife paintings. In 1993, during the construction of his home on the forested Mount Desert Island off the coast of Maine with his wife Jeri, he began to write his first novel, Wizard's First Rule. In addition to his home in Maine, Goodkind and his wife built a second home in the desert southwest where he now spends the majority of his time.

Goodkind's first book, Wizard's First Rule, was auctioned to publishers in 1994 for six times more than the record price previously paid for a first fantasy novel. It had a first print run of 60,000 copies, where 3,000–5,000 is more usual, and became an international bestseller. According to his publisher Tor Books in an August 2006 press release, Goodkind has more than 10 million copies in print and has been translated into 20 different languages. In a recent Publishers Weekly article, it was reported that Goodkind has sold 25 million copies worldwide.

Goodkind has subsequently published 11 other novels and one novella to great commercial success. All of his books, with the exceptions of Stone of Tears and Wizard's First Rule, have appeared on the New York Times Bestseller List. Chainfire, debuted at #3; in January 2005, Phantom at #1 in August 2006; and Confessor at #2 in November 2007 on the NYT Best Sellers List.

Goodkind believes that using the fantasy genre allows him to better convey the human dilemmas and emotions that he desires to share with the reader. Although by plot and theme he writes in the fantasy genre, he perceives his novels to be more than just fantasy because of their focus on philosophical and human themes.

In January 2008, it was announced that the Sword of Truth series would be produced as a mini-series by ABC Studios. Called Legend of the Seeker, the first episode aired on November 1, 2008. The show lasted for two seasons, with the final episode airing the weekend of May 22, 2010.

In my opinion this took a series of books that could have been every bit as popular and as block-busting financially as Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings, (even Twilight!) -  if treated with respect - and reduced all its better qualities to the lowest level of ham fisted popular TV fantasy production.

Go figure! No wonder it only ran 2 seasons. Read the Books!

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Who Writes Like Terry Goodkind?

Source: Wikipedia contributors, 'Terry Goodkind', Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 27 May 2010, 01:05 UTC,

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George RR Martin Book List

George RR Martin Book List

Cover of "Windhaven"
Cover of Windhaven

George Raymond Richard Martin (born September 20, 1948), aka GRRM, is an American author and screenwriter of fantasy, horror, and science fiction. He is best known for his epic fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire.

Novels

* Dying of the Light (1977)
* Windhaven (1981, with Lisa Tuttle)
* Fevre Dream (1982)
* The Armageddon Rag (1983)

A Song of Ice and Fire

A Game of Thrones (1996)
A Clash of Kings (1998)
A Storm of Swords (2000)
A Feast for Crows (2005)
A Dance with Dragons (forthcoming)
The Winds of Winter (forthcoming)
A Dream of Spring (forthcoming)

Selected novellas & novelettes

Tales of Dunk and Egg series - set in the world of A Song of Ice and Fire
o "The Hedge Knight" (1998)
o "The Sworn Sword" (2003)
o "The Mystery Knight" (2010)

* "A Song for Lya", originally in Analog, June 1974.
* Night of the Vampyres, originally in Amazing, 1975, re-published in The Best Military Science Fiction of the 20th Century
* "The Skin Trade" (1989) from the three-author collection Dark Visions. The werewolf novella "The Skin Trade," (1989 )has been optioned for film by Mike the Pike Productions.
* Sandkings, Martins most anthologized story to date and the only one of his to win both the Hugo and the Nebula awards.
* Meathouse Man, first published in 1976, in Orbit 18. (Originally intended for Harlan Ellison's notorious "The Last Dangerous Visions" anthology, GRRM has admitted that this is probably the darkest, most depressing story he has ever done and that he still finds it painful to re-read nearly thirty years after its publication.)

Children's books

* The Ice Dragon (Originally printed in 1980 as a short story, illustrated and re-printed as a children's book in October, 2006)

Collections

* A Song for Lya (1976)
* Songs of Stars and Shadows (1977)
* Sandkings (1981)
* Songs the Dead Men Sing (1983)
* Nightflyers (1985)
* Tuf Voyaging (1987, collection of linked stories)
* Portraits of His Children (1987)
* Quartet (2001)
* GRRM: A RRetrospective (2003; reissued 2006 and 2007 as Dreamsongs)

Editor
Wild Cards (also contributor to many volumes)

* Wild Cards I (1987)
* Wild Cards II: Aces High (1987)
* Wild Cards III: Jokers Wild (1987)
* Wild Cards IV: Aces Abroad (1988)
* Wild Cards V: Down & Dirty (1988)
* Wild Cards VI: Ace in the Hole (1990)
* Wild Cards VII: Dead Man's Hand (1990)
* Wild Cards VIII: One-Eyed Jacks (1991)
* Wild Cards IX: Jokertown Shuffle (1991)
* Wild Cards X: Double Solitaire (1992)
* Wild Cards XI: Dealer's Choice (1992)
* Wild Cards XII: Turn of the Cards (1993)

* Wild Cards: Card Sharks (1993) (Book I of a New Cycle trilogy)
* Wild Cards: Marked Cards (1994) (Book II of a New Cycle trilogy)
* Wild Cards: Black Trump (1995) (Book III of a New Cycle trilogy)

* Wild Cards: Deuces Down (2002)
* Wild Cards: Death Draws Five (2006)
* Wild Cards: Inside Straight (2008) (Book I of the Committee triad)
* Wild Cards: Busted Flush (2008) (Book II of the Committee triad)
* Wild Cards: Suicide Kings (2009)(Book III of the Committee triad)
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About George RR Martin

George RR Martin Biography

George R. R. Martin was born in 1948 in Bayonne, New Jersey. As a youth, Martin became an avid reader and collector of comic books. Martin wrote short fiction in the early 1970s and while one of his stories was rejected by different magazines forty-two times, he was not discouraged and went on to win both Hugo and Nebula Awards. His first story to be nominated for Hugo and Nebula Award was With Morning Comes Mistfall. For more information on Martins short stories please refer to the wikipedia source document below.

His first novel, Dying of the Light, was set on a mostly abandoned planet that is slowly becoming uninhabitable as it moves away from its sun. This story, and many other of Martin's novels, have a strong sense of melancholy. Critics have described Martin's work as dark and cynical. His characters are often unhappy - trying to stay idealistic in a ruthless world. As an author, Martin is also quite ruthless with his characters and kills them off with little regard to his audience's attachment to them.

Martin holds a master's degree and has been an instructor in journalism. He has also been a chess tournament director. In addition to writing, Martin is known for his regular attendance at science fiction conventions and his accessibility to fans. In the 1980s he turned to work in television and as a book editor. On television, he worked on the Twilight Zone and Beauty and the Beast series.

As an editor, he oversaw the lengthy Wild Cards cycle, which took place in a shared universe in which an alien virus bestowed strange powers or disfigurements on a slice of humanity during World War II, affecting the history of the world thereafter . Contributors to the Wild Cards series included Stephen Leigh, Lewis Shiner, Howard Waldrop, Walter Jon Williams and Roger Zelazny. His own contributions to the series often featured Thomas Tudbury, "The Great and Powerful Turtle", a powerful psychokinetic whose flying "shell" consisted of an armored VW Beetle.

In 1991 Martin began what would eventually turn into his epic fantasy series, A Song of Ice and Fire (apparently inspired by the Wars of the Roses and Ivanhoe), which is expected to run to seven volumes. The first volume A Game of Thrones was published in 1996. In November 2005, A Feast for Crows, the fourth book in this series, became The New York Times #1 Bestseller and also achieved #1 ranking on The Wall Street Journal bestseller list. In September 2006 A Feast for Crows was nominated for both a Quill award, and the British Fantasy Award. Martin announced on the 15th of February 2010 that he was '1,200' pages into finishing A Dance with Dragons.

Martin's novella, Nightflyers, was adapted into a 1987 feature film. HBO Productions purchased the television rights for the entire A Song of Ice and Fire series in 2007, and greenlit the first season in March 2010, for a predicted 2011 premiere. The first season will be based on the first novel in the series.

Source: Wikipedia contributors, 'George R. R. Martin', Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 25 May 2010, 05:21 UTC,  

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Jacqueline Carey Books

Jacqueline Carey Book List

Jacqueline Carey is the author of the epic fantasy series The Kushiel Universe.

Born 1964 in Highland Park, Illinois, and currently living in western Michigan, Jacqueline Carey attended Lake Forest College, and graduated with B.A.'s in psychology and English literature. She worked on her novels while working at the art center of a local college and after ten years had success with the publication of her first book Kushiel's Dart in 2001 which was the recipient of the 2002 Locus Award for Best First Novel.

The first trilogy in The Kushiel Universe series , Kushiel's Legacy, consisting of Kushiel's Dart, Kushiel's Chosen and Kushiel's Avatar, introduces her main characters, Phèdre nò Delaunay - a courtesan, Joscelyn - a warrior monk, and Hyacynthe - a gypsy. Phèdre nò Delaunay, a courtesan's flawed and unwanted daughter is sold into indenture to Anafiel Delauney,  Joscelyn is employed to protect her and Hyacynthe is her best friend.

The map of Terre d'Ange, the "Land of the Angels," bears a striking resemblance to that of France. In the world of Terre d'Ange, the D'Angelines are a race of people descended from eight fallen angels and humans.  They follow the demi-god, Elua, whose precept is "Love as thou wilt" , but the houses also follow other angels such as Kushiel.

It's influence is very French, its not about angels, its about politics and intrigue and sword fights much like Three musketeers or Pirates of the Caribbean but with a sense of beauty for extremes of colour and passion.

Kushiel Universe

Kushiel's Legacy:

* Kushiel's Dart (June 2001)
* Kushiel's Chosen (April 2002)
* Kushiel's Avatar (April 2003)
* Earth Begotten (limited edition companion book)

The second trilogy, named Treason's Heir in the UK but better known as the Imriel trilogy, is a continuation of the storyline started in Kushiel's Legacy. Phèdre and Jocelyn take second place to the main protagonist, Imriel nò Montrève de la Courcel, third in line for the throne of Terre d'Ange and adopted son of Phèdre nò Delaunay de Montrève. Imriel was first introduced in Kushiel's Chosen as the traitor Melisande's infant son.

Imriel Trilogy:

* Kushiel's Scion (June 2006)
* Kushiel's Justice (June, 2007)
* Kushiel's Mercy (June, 2008)

The third trilogy, whose second novel is due in June 2010, takes place centuries after both trilogies and features the protagonist Moirin of the Maghuinn Dhon. Moirin is half-D'Angeline and half Cruithne, touched by the blessing of Naamah.

Moirin Trilogy:

* Naamah's Kiss (June, 2009)
* Naamah’s Curse (June 2010)
* Naamah’s Blessing (tentative title) (Forthcoming)

Other Series

The Sundering:

* Banewreaker (November 2004)
* Godslayer (August 2005)

Santa Olivia:

* Santa Olivia (May, 2009)
* Santitos At Large (2011)

Short Stories

* "You and You Alone" is a return to the Kushiel universe and is the awaited love story of Anafiel Delauney and Rolande de la Courcel. This will appear in Songs of Love and Death, edited by George RR Martin (2010)
* "In The Matter of Fallen Angels" (in Elemental: The Tsunami Relief Anthology (2006), edited by Steven Savile and Alethea Kontis)
* "The Isle of Women" (in Emerald Magic: Great Tales of Irish Fantasy (2004), edited by the Rev. Andrew Greeley)
* "Jazznight" in I-94: A Collection of Southwest Michigan Writers (1997)

Online archived short stories (see wikipedia entry)

* "The Peacock Boy,"in The Scroll (issue 4, 1995), edited by Thom O'Connor
* "Actaeon," in The Scroll (issue 6, 1995)
* "The Antedivulians," Prisoners of the Night #9 (1995)
* "In the City," in Quanta (1995), edited by Daniel K. Appelquist
* "Bludemagick," in InterText (issue #26, July-August 1995), edited by Jason Snell
* "What Bled Through the Wall," in Clique of the Tomb Beetle (1996)

Non-fiction

* Angels: Celestial Spirits in Legend & Art (1997)

See Also

Who Writes Like Jacqueline Carey?

Source: Wikipedia contributors, 'Jacqueline Carey', Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 10 May 2010, 00:59 UTC, <http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Jacqueline_Carey&oldid=361182988>

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