Bid for a Chance to be in a Terry Brooks Novel

Terry Brooks is auctioning off the opportunity for the winner to appear in a future novel. The proceeds go to benefit the World Association for Children and Parents child assistance charity.  The auction is the WACAP’s 4th Annual Children’s Hope Auction.

A link to the Terry Brook’s character auction is here. As of today, the leading bid is $175. Here’s the blurb from that page:

Item Description: Would you like to be immortal?  For more than 30 years, Terry Brooks has been a highly influential force in fantasy fiction. His first book, The Sword of Shannara, was published in 1977 and made publishing history, becoming the first work of fiction to appear on the New York Times Trade Paperback Bestseller list, where it remained for over five months.  His Shannara, Landover and Word & Void books have made him one of the top picks of fantasy readers worldwide.  His works have been compared to Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings.  Now you can be a character in one of his books.  With over 50 books currently in print, you can be assured that any book he writes will be read by thousands and become a part of book collections in home and libraries around the world.  In addition, you will receive an autographed copy of the finished book on publication.

Special Instructions: The author, of course, retains the right to decide if you will be a hero, a villain, a human, a monster or something even stranger.  The more you bid, the better your chances of being cast in a favorable role and being given a larger part in the story.

A Classic: Magic Kingdom for Sale–Sold!, Terry Brooks

MKFSI didn’t discover how much I liked fantasy fiction until about 10 years ago and since then I’ve come to realize how many books I’ve missed out on. As a result, when I come across an older classic that someone has mentioned or recommended, I put it on my tentative list of books I’d like to read. I figure if it’s an older book and someone still remembers it, it must be worth checking out. And then there are cases of pure serendipity.

Last week, a reader stopped by to comment on a recent post (Online Chat with Christopher Paolini and Terry Brooks), he mentioned that I had omitted a few books on a list of works by Terry Brooks. Some of those were the Landover books.

Saturday, when I stopped by our public library to check out their annual used book sale, I found a copy of Magic Kingdom for Sale–Sold!, Book 1 in the Landover series, and took it home. Since I had just heard about it, how could I resist? Later that afternoon, I picked it up to read the first few pages and ended up reading the entire book. What a great escape. I found Magic Kingdom For Sale–Sold! to be a funny, laugh-out-loud kind of book.

Here’s the blurb:

Landover was a genuine magic kingdom, with fairy folk and wizardry, just as the advertisement had promised. But after he purchased it, Ben Holiday learned that there were a few details the ad had failed to mention.

The kingdom was in ruin. The Barons refused to recognize a king, and the peasants were without hope. A dragon was laying waste the countryside, while an evil witch plotted to destroy everything.

Ben’s only followers were the incompetent Court Magician, Abernathy, the talking dog who served as Court Scribe; and the lovely Willow–but she had a habit of putting down roots in the moonlight and turning into a tree. The Paladin, legendary champion and the Kings of Landover, seemed to be only a myth and an empty suit of armor.

To put the final touch on the whole affair, Ben soon learned that the Iron Mark, terrible lord of the demons, had challenged all prospective Kings of Landover to a duel to the death–a duel which no human could hope to win.

The task of proving his right to be King seemed hopeless. But Ben Holiday was stubborn…

I give Magic Kingdom for Sale–Sold! 4 stars out of 5. For more info on the book, click here.

Online Chat with Christopher Paolini and Terry Brooks

On Wednesday, October 14, 2009 from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. (EDT), Christopher Paolini and Terry Brooks will be featured in a live online chat. Topics of discussion will include fantasy worlds, film and literature, as well as questions from fans. To register for the chat, click here.

Christopher Paolini is the author of the Inheritance Cycle, comprising Eragon, Eldest, and Brisingr. The fourth and final book is currently in the works; a publication date has not yet been set. To date, the first three volumes have collectively sold more than 22 million copies worldwide.

Terry Brooks’ most popular works involve the Shannara books.  including the Genesis of Shannara series, the Voyage of the Jerle Shannara trilogy, and the High Druid of Shannara trilogy. His other works include the Word and the Void trilogy, The Magical Kingdom of Landover series, the nonfiction Sometimes the Magic Works: Lessons from a Writing Life, and Star Wars: Episode I, The Phantom Menace (based on the George Lucas screenplay).