2014 Reading Challenge

2014 Reading Challenge
Michael has read 1 book toward his goal of 50 books.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Author Spotlight (4) Top 5 Favorites - #2

Finally I'm on time with this. So I'm startling to realize the type of friends I have and it's getting me pissed off that I can't trust them. I mean I trust all of you more than I trust them and they were the only people I trusted so that's saying something. Well it's seriously driving me to go ahead with my life and make sure I have my career and dream all completed and look at them working at a 9-5 job.

I hate people who you trust with things and they use that against you. But anyway, forget about them. Oh and this does not include Veronica. She hasn't done anything to me and that's why I love her.

Anyway, continuing with my Top 5... So far they are;

  1. ----
  2. ----
  3. Philip Pullman
  4. Scott Westerfeld
  5. Cinda Williams Chima
Who's number 2? We'll find out right now.

TERRY GOODKIND! Oh how I love this author as an author!

Terry Goodkind was born in 1948 in Omaha, Nebraska. The thing I love about this author the most is that he has dyslexia. He struggled through his High School years and dropped out of College to pursue non-writing jobs. Until he discovered his talent and started writing.

Now it may be odd to say that I love Terry Goodkind because he has dyslexia but to me it's not. He shows the perfect example of fighting against those who tell you, you can't do something. I can only imagine how everyone would tell him he wouldn't be able to become an author and how dyslexia did its hardest to turn him the opposite direction. But he actually fought against that and produced one of the best series of all time.

I first heard about Terry Goodkind through television. I was watching CW 11 when they gave an ad for this new show called Legend of the Seeker. I was like "Whoa! A fantasy show! How epic!" and was there on its premiere and immediately fell in love with it. I later found out during the show that it was a series of books and added them to my Books To Buy list. Season 2 started and I had not read any of the books but went out and bought them. I told myself I wouldn't read them until I had all of the books. And plus, I was reading something else. So on January 1, 2010 I began reading them and I fell in love!

The story, the details, the characters, the adventures! EVERYTHING! I felt a great connection with the whole story. Funny thing is that I'm not even done yet. I'm only on book 8 of 12. Other books got in the way and I'm greatly missing my beloved Kahlan and Cara. Especially since the show ended.

Terry Goodkind has only published these works. Starting in 1994 and continuing on until now. The show Legend of the Seeker has gotten cancelled, but fans, including myself, have not stopped fighting to bring it back since day 1. We are still getting newspapers and news channels and magazines talking about us. I don't think we'll give up for a long time either.

If you haven't checked out his work, please do. I'm telling you. It is High Fantasy. Adult Fantasy so I would recommend you being around 17 to read the series. It has semi-graphic sex scenes and graphic fighting scenes. And the thing is that it's heavy. I don't know how to explain. Where you read YA novels and it feels light this novel feels heavy because of it's adultish themes.

If I had never read from this author, I probably wouldn't know half the things I do today. He makes you want to fight for what you want and his novels are full of examples of what is wrong and what is right. He makes you think about the world today and the world tomorrow. It's just a pity that I hadn't read the books earlier though. Because I could've used some advice from him.

Check out his novels, once I put the list I'll talk some more about it.

The Sword of Truth Series
Sword of Truth Prequel
Sword of Truth related fiction
Future Novels
  • Untitled Novel Possibly Connected to The Law of Nines
  • Untiled Novel Possibly Connected to The Law of Nines
  • Untitled Richard and Kahlan Novel (title released early 2011)
  • Untitled Novel Possibly Connected to Richard and Kahlan Novel
  • Untitled Novel Possibly Connected to Richard and Kahlan Novel
Yea, in case your confused about Future Novels. In June 2008, Goodkind signed a contract to publish three mainstream novels with G.P. Putnam's Sons/Penguin Books. The first was The Law of Nines.

In April 2010, Goodkind singed a contract to publish three fiction novels with Tor Books. The first will be the new Richard and Kahlan novel.

You can check the author out over at this link. http://www.terrygoodkind.com/
You'll see a teaser trailer to the new Richard and Kahlan book too if you haven't. So check out this author please. If you already have read his work, tell me what you guys think. I want to hear your opinions on his work and himself.

Oh, and before I post this up, let me not forget. I'll be adding the link to the authors website on the previous Top 5 Authors. Well numbers 3-5. So check them out there too.

In case the covers don't look appealing to you don't worry. If you go to Barnes and Nobel they have the books with different covers. They look like this. I'm a bit OCD with my books so when I saw that the covers didn't match I went a bit crazy. But I found out that they had matching covers but only in Paperback. They're the best though. =D


Ky said...

DUDE! I feel so out of the loop. First of all he's a guy, second of all how did I not know he was born in my state?! O.O I feel horrible right now. Like I feel really bad.

Great post! (bought time you posted :P)

Leonor said...

I hate you more than....I hate stupid people. Which you know is a lot for me. You want to know why I hate you?

You want to make me read books that are like impossible to get at this time from where I am!

grr :P

Michael Antonio Araujo said...

Lmfao. Well then I am glad that you hate me Leonor =D

And Ky! lmfao. It's like L.J. Smith =D

randomer-things said...

Even if I have issues with Mr. Goodking (incidentally, some are the same kind of issues I have with Orson Scott Card), I really have to take off my hat to him for beating the odds.

Flora (yeah, that is my very empty livejournal)

Michael Antonio Araujo said...

Hey Flora =D Nice to have you comment haha

What are some of the issues you have with him?

randomer-things said...

Goodkind, cheezus, what an awful typo. D:

Mainly, that he denies he writes fantasy, from then on all of my issues would fall into the category of ad hominem attacks.

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