Shannara: what is it about?

GOLLUM

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#81
I think I've outgrown the traditional fantasy forumla tbh, I like to be surprised by an ending not see it coming from page 1.
If that's the case I could recomend several authors to you that are antyhing but traditional inlcuding Ted Chiang, Steven Erikson, China Mieville, Neil Gaiman, Kelly Link, M John Harrison, Jeff Vandermeer, Italo Calvino and the list like the road goes ever on and on....:)
 

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I have only read The Sword of Shannara. It struck me as LoTR lite (and dangerously close to a straight rip off). I never went back. However, having read this thread it seems they get a lot better, if so what would you recommend to give it another go?

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AVS
Hi AVS.

If you want to give Terry Brooks a completely fresh start, pick up his Word and Void series (Running with the Demon, A Knight of the Word, and Angel Fire East). If you can find more than the most basic good&evil comparisons to LOTR in that series, well, you've keener eyes than mine!

If you're looking to try something in the Shannara vein again, Elfstones is great, but if you want a little distance from Sword, pick up the Jerle Shannara series. As you probably have seen, both are listed here under the flagship thread for Brooks' sub-forum, http://www.sffchronicles.co.uk/forum/3592-bibliographie-terry-brooks.html

Good luck, and hope you enjoy them! ;)
 

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If that's the case I could recomend several authors to you that are antyhing but traditional inlcuding Ted Chiang, Steven Erikson, China Mieville, Neil Gaiman, Kelly Link, M John Harrison, Jeff Vandermeer, Italo Calvino and the list like the road goes ever on and on....:)
Thanks Gollum

Already like Gaiman and have Gardens of the Moon on order. I will look into the others :)
 

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Sword of Shannara is without question heavily influenced by Lord of the Rings. If you haven't read LOTR, read it first because there is no comparison in terms of writing quality!

However, SoS is still a decent book and can be enjoyed at it's own level, so long as you can stomach the author's blatent audacity!

Elfstones of Shannara is even better in my opinion and is proof that Terry Brooks can write decent original stuff.
 
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The Sword of Shannara is the worst case of plagiarization I've ever noticed. The first part of Sword has a gross amount of specific plot points/elements taken directly from LOTR. Imagine if Tolkien had handed Brooks an outline/draft and told Brooks to rewrite it in his own prose. The book does diverge later but still has so many copied elements that it's (literally) ridiculous.
 

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