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The Sword Of Shannara by Terry Brooks
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Jun 23, 08

bookshelves: sf-fantasy, overblown, halcyon-days
Read in December, 1977

Read this when I was a wee lad, still high on an epic fantasy called The Lord of the Rings (you may have heard of it). I was hoping for more of the same, which is precisely what I got-- the EXACT same, at least plot-wise. Unfortunately, Brooks was unable to imitate Tolkien's style and storytelling ability. I've heard that his writing has gotten better, but this experience pretty much put me off him for good. I was twelve, fer chrissake. That stuff stays with you. And when a twelve-year-old fantasy geek finds your work hollow and derivative, you're pretty much done for.
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