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    Just wanted to throw my two cents in to this Terry Goodkind discussion. I was one of those who were introduced to Objectivism by reading the Sword of Truth series. Before that I had never heard of Ayn Rand or anything to do with her philosophy. By reading the series I was presented with a view of life that was like an awakening for me. I had always been a logic/reason-minded person, but never had a solid life philosophy or guideline like Objectivism. The Wizard's Rules, Richard's speeches, and his way of looking at life made so much sense to me. I experienced what a lot of you probably experienced when you first read The Fountainhead or Atlas Shrugged. As I read the books I would write down all the Wizard's Rules and any quotes that struck me. I know many people hated Richard's long speeches, but personally I loved them! I even remember the day I put down The Faith of the Fallen and I said to myself: "Know I understand why communism doesn't work!" I believe it was during the reading of Faith of the Fallen when I thought that there must be more behind this. I wanted to find out if there was some kind of "guide book" out there for this way of life (I don't think I had the term 'philosophy' in my day-to-day vocabulary at the time lol). I searched for Terry Goodkind online and that was when (through him) I discovered Ayn Rand. On his website, Terry Goodkind makes clear that he is an Objectivist and considers Ayn Rand to be "the most brilliant thinker since Aristotle". He also has a section on his site with his favorite Ayn Rand quotes. Since then I have read all the Ayn Rand novels and many of her Philosophy books (Virtue of Selfishness being my favorite). It is thanks to Terry Goodkind that I found Objectivism, and I am very grateful to him for that. I read online (and here) that a lot of people don't like his writing style, or think he's not a skilled writer. Personally I think he's a great writer, I love these books. I find it such a creative and interesting world, and I love they way things come together in the end, how Richard uses reason to solve the problems (but that is my personal opinion I'm no literary expert or anything). I'm actually currently re-reading the series, which I've found to be interesting now being knowledgeable of Objectivism. I've actually found much more Objectivist views in the earlier books than I had thought were there (just much more subtle than in the later books). Anyway, I guess this turned out to be more than simply two cents lol. Thanks for listening!