Hah! Just noticed this on Amazon:

The Law of Nines by Terry Goodkind

Turning twenty-seven may be terrifying for some, but for Alex, a struggling artist living in the midwestern United States, it is cataclysmic. Inheriting a huge expanse of land should have made him a rich and happy man; but something about this birthday, his name, and the beautiful woman whose life he just saved, has suddenly made him—and everyone he loves—into a target. A target for extreme and uncompromising violence . . . In Alex, Terry Goodkind brings to life a modern hero in a whole new kind of high-octane thriller.

Looks like Goodkind is bringing his lust for ‘extreme and uncompromising violence‘ to another genre. At least he can legitimately say he’s not writing Fantasy anymore. My guess is that he’ll try to tell us that The Law of Nines isn’t a thriller, but rather an allegory for learning how to love oneself, and that it should be filed in the ‘Self Help’ section at bookstores across the country.

Let’s be honest, though. I’ll probably give it a go, just out of sick curiousity.

  • Joe Sherry June 21, 2009 at 4:23 pm

    Sigh. I wondered when this was coming out.

    I *may* do the same, though it’ll be a while.

  • sean June 21, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    hmmmm…..bad title, bad cover:


  • Mike June 22, 2009 at 11:32 am

    Just in case you didn’t know the main character’s name is Alex Rahl who lives in Orden, Nebraska.

    Review: http://www.publishersweekly.com/article/CA6665994.html?nid=3336

  • aidan June 22, 2009 at 11:36 am

    Hah! I just read that review about five minutes ago. Knowing Goodkind, and how the Sword of Truth series ended, I’m sure we’ll see some far-fetched melding of the two series.

    Does anyone know if this is the start of a new trilogy or a standalone novel?

  • Joe Sherry June 23, 2009 at 8:14 am

    Because my snark is running heavy this morning, I’m sure this is the start of a three novel sequence of inter-related and dependent books, but that fact should in no way imply that this is a trilogy.

    Nor should the inclusion of magic suggest that there are elements which lesser minds might term “fantastic”

  • Incubus Jax June 23, 2009 at 12:13 pm

    {Sight}… I’ll probably pick it up at some point, if for no other reason then I’m a book whore.

    Meh, God I loved Wizards First Rule, I even defended Soul of the Fire, but all good things must end I guess. After that I found myself, when given the option between reading his books and watching my wiener dogs take a dump, pining for the dachshunds, you know?

    Goodkind, to me, is like Pink Floyd in reverse, if you ignore everything after “The Wall”.

    But, I am a whore, so like I said, I’ll probably still try to read it.

    I wonder if they’ll have real email or just books you can write in where the writing shows up in the other book?

  • Incubus Jax June 23, 2009 at 12:15 pm

    EPIC FAIL – I typed “Sight” and not “sigh”. What a dork.


  • Kat @ Fantasy Literature June 27, 2009 at 6:57 pm

    You people making fun of Terry Goodkind hate that his novels exist. Values arise hatred in you. Your goal is not to enjoy life, but to destroy that which is good — much like a school child who does not wish to study for a test and instead beats up a classmate who does well. You hate what is good because it is good. Your lives are limited to loathing and indifference. It isn’t that you want to read a good book, what you want is to make sure that others do not. We shall ignore you.

    P.S. This is Terry Goodkind’s own words about people (like me) who stopped reading his crappy novels.

  • Cheryl July 16, 2009 at 2:48 pm

    Holy crap, an unsuspecting man saves a gorgeous woman and becomes heir to a vast amount of land…. and people are are trying to kill him? who would have guessed.

  • Rhi Callahand November 11, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    The book was absolutely fantastic–couldn’t put it down. Has the same charm as the Sword of Truth books, no doubt.

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