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, [accessed 31 May 2010]

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About Robert Jordan

About Robert Jordan

Born in 1948, in Charleston, South Carolina, Robert Jordan was the pen name or pseudonymn of James Oliver Rigney, Jr.  He lived in a house built in 1797, with his wife Harriet McDougal, a book editor with Tor Books, who was also Jordan's editor.  He was a history buff and described himself as a "High Church" Episcopalian and also admitted that he was a Freemason. He wrote books in other genres under the names Reagan O'Neal and Jackson O'Reilly.

In 2006, Jordan disclosed he had been diagnosed with cardiac amyloidosis and he died in 2007 unable to complete his bestselling The Wheel of Time epic fantasy series. His life will be the subject of the feature length documentary The Wit of the Staircase: The Life and Works of Robert Jordan.

Jordan  served two tours in Vietnam (from 1968 to 1970) with the United States Army as a helicopter gunner. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross with bronze oak leaf cluster, the Bronze Star with "V" and bronze oak leaf cluster, and two Vietnamese Gallantry Crosses with palm.

After returning from Vietnam he attended The Citadel where he received an undergraduate degree in physics. After graduating he was employed by the United States Navy as a nuclear engineer.

He began writing in 1977. As Robert Jordan, he published eleven books of a projected twelve total in the main sequence of the Wheel of Time series. Despite his health problems, he continued work on A Memory of Light (later split into three volumes beginning with The Gathering Storm),  sharing all significant plot details with his family so the series could be finished.

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Who Writes Like Robert Jordan
Robert Jordan Book List

On December 7, 2007 Tor Books announced that Brandon Sanderson had been chosen to finish the Wheel of Time series. Jordan's widow chose him after reading his book, Mistborn: The Final Empire.

Source: Wikipedia contributors, 'Robert Jordan', Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 7 May 2010, 17:11 UTC,  [accessed 31 May 2010]

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Robert Jordan Books

Robert Jordan Book List

A list of books written by Robert Jordan.  Robert Jordan was the pen name of James Oliver Rigney under which name he was best known as the author of the bestselling The Wheel of Time epic fantasy series. In addition to the main sequence, Robert Jordan also wrote

A Prequel

New Spring (2004) A novel, an expanded work superseding the earlier novella also called New Spring (1998) published in Tor's Legends anthology, edited by Robert Silverberg; the story is located in the third volume of the paperback edition; the hardcover is one volume

The World of Robert Jordan's the Wheel of Time (1997)
A "World" reference book, written in collaboration with Teresa Patterson. Note: This reference book includes "The Strike at Shayol Ghul", a short story published online in 1996 which was republished in print with this book.

The Wheel of Time

The Eye of the World     ( 1990)
The Great Hunt     ( 1990)
The Dragon Reborn     ( 1991)
The Shadow Rising     (1992)
The Fires of Heaven     (1993)
Lord of Chaos     (1994)
A Crown of Swords     (1996)
The Path of Daggers     (1998)
Winter's Heart     (2000)
Crossroads of Twilight     (2003)
Knife of Dreams     (2005)

The Gathering Storm (2009)     coauthored by Sanderson
Towers of Midnight      (26 October 2010)     coauthored by Sanderson
A Memory of Light    (TBD)     coauthored by Sanderson

Jordan published eleven books of a projected twelve total in the main sequence of the Wheel of Time series. Due to his illness and death, Jordan did not complete the final installment A Memory of Light (later split into three volumes beginning with The Gathering Storm).  Brandon Sanderson was  chosen to finish the Wheel of Time series by Jordan's widow.

Other work

Fallon Series (under the pseudonym Reagan O'Neal)

* The Fallon Blood (1980)
* The Fallon Pride (1981)
* The Fallon Legacy (1982)

Cheyenne Raiders (under the pseudonym Jackson O'Reilly )

Conan the Barbarian

Jordan was one of several writers who wrote Conan the Barbarian stories.

1. Conan the Invincible (1982)
2. Conan the Defender (1982)
3. Conan the Unconquered (1983)
4. Conan the Triumphant (1983)
5. Conan the Magnificent (1984)
6. Conan the Destroyer (1984)
7. Conan the Victorious (1984)

Note: Some bibliographies also include Conan: King of Thieves; this however, was actually the working title of the second Conan movie, Conan the Destroyer, and hence Jordan's novelization. Jordan had already been hired to do the novelization and Tor had already applied for an ISBN when the title was changed to Conan the Destroyer. Jordan also compiled a Conan Chronology.

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John Grisham Books

Complete List of John Grisham Novels

Legal Thrillers - fiction

Books Movies

* A Time to Kill (1989)                    A Time to Kill (1996)
* The Firm (1991)                             The Firm (1993)
* The Pelican Brief (1992)             The Pelican Brief (1993)
* The Client (1993)                          The Client (1994)
*  The Chamber (1996)                  The Chamber (1994)
* The Rainmaker (1995)               The Rainmaker (1997)
* The Runaway Jury (1996)        Runaway Jury (2003)
* The Partner (1997)                      The Partner (2010)
* The Street Lawyer (1998)
* The Testament (1999)                The Testament (2012)
* The Brethren (2000)
* The Summons (2002)
* The King of Torts (2003)
* The Last Juror (2004)
* The Broker (2005)
* The Appeal (2008)
* The Associate (2009)                    The Associate (2012)
* Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer (May 25, 2010)
* The Confession (October 26, 2010)

Non-fiction

* The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town (2006)
This account won Grisham the Justice in Arts Award from Death Penalty Focus in 2008.

Non-Legal Fiction -
Topics: The American South and Baseball

Books Movies
Based on an unpublished short story      The Gingerbread Man (1998)
* A Painted House (2001)                            A Painted House (2003)
* Skipping Christmas (2001)                  Christmas with the Kranks (2004)
* Bleachers (2003)
* Playing for Pizza (2007)
* Ford County (2009)

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Who writes like John Grisham?
About John Grisham

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