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October Books 13) The Sword of Shannara

13) The Sword of Shannara, by Terry Brooks

Got this as one of the few remaining books on this list, and gave up after page 100. It's basically a Tolkien knock-off, with nothing much original or interesting that I could detect.

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parrot_knight
Oct. 19th, 2008 08:50 am (UTC)
I remember seeing someone in what was then Dillons in Oxford direct a friend to Brooks's Shannara books, endorsing them as "like Tolkien, only better". Tom Shippey has a paragraph or two in Tolkien: Author of the Century on why some people think like this.
inulro
Oct. 19th, 2008 11:44 am (UTC)
Is it by any chance because it's "like Tolkien, only easier"?
parrot_knight
Oct. 19th, 2008 11:49 am (UTC)
Depends what you mean by easier, but Shippey argues that Brooks takes the basic story elements of The Lord of the Rings and turns them into a formula while ignoring the philological scholarship, the theology etc which underpins them.

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