First King of Shannara

First King of Shannara

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"Tucked into the deep hills of western Dorset, just off the major tourist routes across England, Chedington is so small that its handful of cottages doesn't even appear on some large-scale maps. Here, far from crowds that haunt Blenheim Palace, Stonehenge, Stratford-upon-Avon, or Haworth, I find the England of my dreams--quiet, pastoral, and sometimes endearingly eccentric...." Join Susan Allen Toth as she takes you along on her fascinating journeys to London, to enchanting gardens, to a fairy-tale castle on the Cornish coast with a history-laden past--and to sights both hidden and known. With a novelist's eye for detail and an intrepid traveler's love of adventure, Ms. Toth reveals the secrets of impeccable preparation, while leaving plenty of room for surprising discoveries. And ever practical, she offers her experience on how to keep a travel journal, how to be your own travel agent, how much time to allow for your visits, as well as the pleasures of bed-and-breakfasts, supermarket souvenirs, and hidden gardens in the city of London. Lively, trenchant, personal, and above all, entertaining, England As You Like It puts the armchair and real-life traveler under the wing of a seasoned and multitalented tour guide. "A delightfully written book full of anecdotes and tips, lived and learned by the author. Toth's personable style makes readers feel as though they are actually traveling with her through the charming corners and coves of Great Britain." --The Toronto Sun
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, 1996.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780345401908
0345401905
Branch Call Number: SF/BROO
Characteristics: 489p. 24cm.

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CMLibrary_JLytal Jan 31, 2016

I really enjoyed this adventure. The works published after this (whether set before or after this one) stray further into Sci-Fi territory, tend to be shorter, and (to me, anyway) rather less original than Brooks' earlier works. "The First King of Shannara" is in many ways the last of the old-guard fantasy novels in Brooks' cannon. Although only just over half as long as Brooks' most famous work ("The Sword of Shannara"), it feels like a complete story and is a very satisfying read. It fleshes out the details of where many of the characters, ideas, and constructs of the "Sword" trillogy come from. Although written after "Sword," it takes place before. Readers can pick it up anywhere in the series, however. This is truly a must read for any Brooks fan.

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