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Going Back to Landover

Lately, I’ve been reading a lot of digital comic books and ebooks, most recently the first two books in the Hunger Games trilogy. This summer, however, I wanted to free myself from the iPad and go back into paperback world, where I can enjoy a book at the beach (or floating in my friend’s house up in the NH mountains) without worry of dropping/breaking my iPad, iPod or phone.

So I decided to hit the used bookstore and find something that would take me away for the summer.

Thanks to Terry Brooks – I’ve found it.

A few years ago I read a book called Magic Kingdom for Sale – SOLD! by Brooks. I enjoyed it, but for some reason I never went back to read any of the other books in the series. While I was going up and down the aisle of this book store, the cover of this book caught my eye – as did the cover of the four following books in the series – so I immediately snatched them all up. Five books for under $8 – not a bad deal.

I started re-reading the first book in the series last week and forgot how much I enjoyed the story, the characters, and the world in which the story is set – Landover.

To give you a brief synopsis – the book is about a lawyer in our world who is basically going through the motions in life, until he finds an ad for a magic kingdom for a sale. You’ll have to read the book (which I highly recommend) to learn more.

After doing a little surfing on the Internet I was happy to read that I don’t have all five books in the series – I have five books in a SIX book series – so there is still one more for me to go find (or buy on

So this summer is all about Terry Brooks, and the magical world of Landover as I read the following:

  • Magic Kingdom for Sale — SOLD! (1986)
  • The Black Unicorn (1987)
  • Wizard at Large (1988)
  • The Tangle Box (1994)
  • Witches’ Brew (1995)
  • A Princess of Landover (2009)

While I’ve read that a film adaptation of the first book has been kicking around since the 80s, I read recently (okay – today) that Steve Carell is attached to possibly star in it. Funny thing is, I would’ve never thought of him as the lead character – but now it seems to fit really well when I think about it.

I just hope they don’t go with the overly silly fish-out-of-water tale, and take it seriously so the characters and humor seem more realistic.

Yes, I am calling for realism in a story about a fantastic magical kingdom.

But that is how the book is written, which is why it is so enjoyable, which is why I recommend it to you – and which is why I’m going to have a great summer with Mr. Brooks, our hero Ben Holiday, and the rest of the characters in the magical land of Landover.

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