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#1 Jan 12 2004 at 3:13 PM Rating: Decent
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I must say that Terry Goodkind got me hooked, it was first introduce to me when I was like.. geezes still in high school, Wizards First Rule.. awsome book.. soo awsome that I bought like 5 copies and gave them to my friends to read too... This first book is a great intro to the entire series and how everything comes to be. Its not too fantasy like and its not too sci-fi, its just perfect. Excellent and detailed, very capturing and entertaining... Its a slow start but read the first 50-100page in one sit-in and you wont put it down.. read the book in about 2days non-stop, so if you feel like being anti-social the weeken read this book you'l really enjoy it. Actually cried too = (. Good book well written! Buy it! or just borrow it = )
#2 Jan 13 2004 at 2:35 PM Rating: Decent
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I couldn't agree more. Hero characters that you can't decide who you love more.. Chase or Richard, Kahlan or Cara? Zedd or Nathan; villains you love to hate: Darken Rahl, Sisters of Light *grin*, Nicci, Jagang... such a great series.

Even if you're not a fan of fantasy which these books certainly are, give it a shot, you'll not be sorry.

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#3 Jan 14 2004 at 6:05 AM Rating: Excellent
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Terry goodkind is a good writer, that's for sure. Some of his earlier books I found a little on the strange side initially, but they get better the more you read.
#4 Jan 16 2004 at 8:59 PM Rating: Good
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I could just never get past every battle ending with the protagonist getting knocked unconscious... only to have the rest of the battle recounted to him by his comrades afterwards. That's just very lame.

I liked the S&M chick though.

#5 Jan 16 2004 at 11:04 PM Rating: Excellent
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I've enjoyed the series as well. Yeah. It suffers from "Drag things out to get more money" syndrome, but at least each book actually focuses on a different thing, with a new threat, and new concepts introduced. Unlike a certain other author who just seems to write the same story every book and just change the names and places... :)

The only negative I really have is that the bad guys just keep escalating. It starts with a "OMG! This bad guy is the worst thing that's ever happened! He must be stopped, or the world will end". Then it's "Ok. Now that you whacked that guy, you've opened the way for an even worse bad guy who will do even worse things to the worled!". Then it's "Oops! You stopped that threat, but now there's an even worser (hehe) threat...". I understand why that's necessary, but it gets just a touch old after awhile. I do think that's more then balanced with good writing and a story that actually moves well. There's enough time spent on the characters for you to understand their motives and their actions, but no so much that you feel yourself snoring, or skipping whole sections. Also, the new threats at least have a logical connection to eachother instead of just being the bad guy of the day. The world is logically laid out, and the actions that occur around the main characters make sense in the context of the world.

Most importantly, it's just a fun read. Sure, the "farmboy/orphan with the great destiny and unique magic" bit has been done a zillion times in both fantasy and sci-fi, but there's enough other stuff in there to make the series a really good read.
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#6 Jan 20 2004 at 4:48 PM Rating: Decent
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But its diminishing returns. The more he writes, the less I feel like continuing to read the same thing, over and over again.

Maybe he could start something new?
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#7 Sep 04 2004 at 10:09 PM Rating: Good
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His characters are too rigid. They do the right thing because it is the right thing, always. They don't ever seem to do the right thing because it is what will work best in the situation they are in, and I don't recall any of them ever doing something wrong or bad to reach thier overall goal.

It is an okay read if I am out of other stories, otherwise it just sits on my shelves.
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#8 Oct 03 2004 at 4:00 PM Rating: Good
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I personally loved them, especially the last one, which was very..
well, different.

Though I don't really agree with Gbaji; The conflicts seem to get more small scale the more the story progresses.
But it's been years since I last read this, so maybe I've been completely mixing things up.

#9 Oct 25 2004 at 11:31 AM Rating: Good
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I liked the first couple books when I read them but the last 2 or 3 books in the series were booooorrrrriiiiinng.

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#10 Nov 04 2004 at 10:51 PM Rating: Decent
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Well if Richard was actually in them, then they wouldn't be to bad. Although Naked Empire wasn't great. Thats another author following Jordan's style.
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#11 Nov 07 2004 at 11:06 PM Rating: Decent
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Great series...I'm on the Naked Empire right now. Goodkind uses incredible detail...yeah, he drags some things on, but so do most authors...he's kept true to his style throughout the whole series.
#12 Jan 23 2005 at 12:33 AM Rating: Decent
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Call me a freak, but i cant help feelin a deep respect for Goodkind. i think the only thing he prob guilty of, is using his medium to preach his ideals and i happen to agree with them so they ring extremely well with me. i read somewhere the author said he wasnt trying to write fantasy, but rather write about the characters and there ideals and using the fantasy/magic element to move the story along. best analogy i can use would be he was tryin to write a very simple and magial version of Ayn Rands the fountainhead. i think he succeeded and did rather well.

as far the story line....i like the fact that there are no loose ends and everything has a purpose. even the slower books missing richard though on there own are slow and seem drawn out, they are the key stones tying the series togeather. truth be told, for me, Terry Goodkind is one of the best writers ive seen. reminds me of the old stuff.
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