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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.


Oct. 19th, 2008 11:37 am (UTC)
I enjoyed the first half dozen Shannara books back in my early teens (10 yrs old or so), until they started to get too repetitive (and the protracted battle scenes bored me). At that age I found them easier on a first run that LOTR which I began, put aside, and then came back to at an older age. But undeniably I enjoyed them a lot at the time.

I attended a kaffeeklatche (sp?) with Terry Brooks in Glasgow. Now i don't know if I inadvertently put my foot in it and he was just terribly polite about it (as is unfortunately my habit sometimes), but i did mention to him how much I had enjoyed the books and how they had been like a stepping stone for me at that age into LOTR, because the Shannara books were certainly inspired by or in the style of Tolkien. He thanked me for teh compliment, saying he was glad to hear that I had enjoyed them so much and that it was a good thing, something that pleased him if his books were helping people to get into the genre a bit more readily than LOTR. If have very fond memories of the books, but they are now ranked as those that I probably won't revisit lest my childhood memories of them be sullied!

I can certainly see however, if you were already familier with Tolkien, how you could be less than impressed with these.
Oct. 19th, 2008 01:48 pm (UTC)
No, you didn't put your foot in it. You said something nice about the books. I assure you, Terry has had many people come up to him with vastly less polite things to say.

But he IS a very nice guy -- it was a lot of fun to meet him and talk with him at a couple of conventions.

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