Getting ready for the New Year

Hello fantasy readers. I’ve been on a blogging hiatus since late September for a variety of reason unrelated to writing, but highly effected it. I updated pennerstories.com with some photos, short story, and poetry sections for your enjoyment.

I am hopeful to at least begin Tears soon, and more insightful fantasy blogging. I am also looking forward to author Terry Brooks series on MTV. Lots to talk about this coming year.

Have a safe and happy New Years my fantasy reading friends.

Also, get Dark Moon Shadow at its low price of nearly free before it price normals back to $3.99. Please visit my website’s bookstore for the free and low pay options.

Rob

What Fantasy are you reading?

There is no doubt that I love Fantasy. Not Urban or Romance, but Middle Earth type fantasy with magic, dragons, wizards, and fantastical creatures full of imagination and wonder. When life is full of stress, work, bills, and traffic there is nothing better than a time of escape in a book of adventure fantasy. That is why I write fantasy. When Dark Moon Shadow is released many of you will have the opportunity to share in the adventure that spins in my mind. In the mean time, while I am working on my book release, I get lost in the world created by Author Terry Brooks. Terry Brooks is a master story teller, and has been weaving his tale since the 1977 when the first book of the Sword of Shannara Series was released. ImageThe prequel to this book First King of Shannara, is so far, my favorite one. However, his stories are so magical and enjoyable that I keep reading and can hardly wait until the next book in the series. The great thing for me is that I discovered Terry Brooks when he’s written so many books already. I don’t need to wait for the next book of his, I just look for the next one in the series and off I go. Up to date I am half way through the Elfstones of Shannara and what a treat it is. My praise for Mr. Brooks is that he inspires me to write and tell a story that goes beyond the normal and bring an escape to, not only me as I write, but to anyone who is willing to share in the tale. He has often been labeled as the modern Tolkien and I certainly would agree with that. Although Tolkien is a much different writer, it’s in the term of Fantasy that makes the comparison legit. If you have time visit Terry’s website Shannara and get lost in his magical words. Elfstones is also being made into a television series that will be on  MTV of all channels. I won’t hold my breath, or get too excited until they actually air the program. Until then, I recommend giving Terry Brooks a try if you haven’t already. As for me…better late than never. I’m glad I discovered Shannara.

 

Fantasy TV

I love reading high fantasy, you know the stories that have castles, swords, magic, and mythical creatures. Each story, good or bad, is an attempt to steer us from the every day stress and reality of life to a world of imagination and adventure. That is why I always love it when I hear that a great authors imaginary universe is getting made into a television series. Even if it’s not an authors series that is getting produced, but that an attempt to bring good fantasy to TV is on the way. If you are a watcher of fantasy TV then you may have some opinions on how that has fared in recent years. Because it is such a hit and miss kind of thing I am a little concerned when I read that author Terry Brooks’ Shannara series is going to be made and aired on MTV. That’s right…MTV. Didn’t that used to stand for Music Television? Not sure what network is actually airing content that it set out to do anymore? Take a look at Travel Channel, A&E, TrueTV, AMC etc. Here is the article from Terry Brooks website that announces the project: http://www.terrybrooks.net/2013/12/why-shannara-on-mtv-is-a-good-thing/ It just so happens that I am in the middle of that very same book Elfstones of Shannara.Terry Brooks is quickly becoming my favorite fantasy author. I’ve read his previous two books in this series and I must say I am loving every word. I particularly wish they would have decided to start the TV series with the first book in the series The First King of Shannara. So all this leads me to say, will they get it right? Too many times a good book story is destroyed by the television version. Can we say Dracula (NBC),  and I dare say the new take on Frankenstein…although I know it’s called I, Frankenstein…even though I havent seen it yet, but the trailers tell me so much. The most recent before that was author Terry Goodkinds adaptation to his Sword of Truth series called Legend of the Seeker. I had high hopes for that when it came out and then was greatly disappointed as the series went on.  They took a fantasy series that was medieval and edgy and made it cartoonish and full of costume and make-up. Will MTV do the same? From my perspective and taste here are some good fantasy television: Merlin, Grimm, and Game of Thrones. Merlin gave me just what I wanted in a high fantasy legend series that was youthful and fun. I loved the whole series and was sad when it ended. Grimm is current and I enjoy the play on the Grimm stories. It’s totally made up and has hardly anything to do with the actual writings but makes for good modern fantasy. Lastly, The Game of Thrones. Television wise I think the production value and the money put into this series along with the acting is superb, however I have long been a critic of the unnecessary foul language and nudity. If you watch any of the series above you will quickly understand why Legend of the Seeker failed. If you haven’t had a chance to watch Merlin it is on Netflix streaming, and Grimm is still currently on NBC. Game of Thrones is in-between seasons and should start-up again in March (I think).