The Sword of Shannara

The Sword of Shannara

Book - 1977
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Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, 1977.
ISBN: 9780708813447
9780345314253
0345314255
9780345274441
034527444X
9780345371430
0345371437
Characteristics: 726 p., [1] fold. leaf of plates :,ill. ;,22 cm.

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indigo_fox_109
Apr 25, 2017

Ok, so the two main issues I had with this book was the relationships the characters had with each other, and the lack of... interest I guess. It felt kind of wooden to me.
Of the only woman in the entire book: "She seemed small and vulnerable as she waited beneath the massive beams of the high entryway, her face beautiful and anxious. No wonder Palance Buckannah wanted this woman for his wife." :(the humanity. I feel like if you're going to have just one female character, you shouldn't have her best trait be vulnerability and being cute. Anyway, I will say that I will continue reading this series because the next one, The Elfstones of Shannara, was SO much better.
Also, the Sam/Frodo or Flick/Shea type relationships bother me, it just doesn't seem healthy to me.

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neilfriesen
Feb 13, 2016

This is a good book. I would have called it great if I hadn't read lord of the rings. There is a fine line between imitation and plagiarism. I am certainly not one to judge, but I ask you would this book even exist without J.J. Tolkein?

codythecop1990 Feb 02, 2016

First of all, anyone who is going to give an author a bad review please have the courage to give your name!! I belong to a couple of Anne Rice's groups that really are trying to do away with people who do this. People who leave bad reviews and no name are for the most part have a reason behind leaving the review and it isn't to review the book. Second just because you didn't care for the book, doesn't mean someone else did not. I applaud Mr Brooks for his books!!! There are many and usually with that many in a series there are a few that really aren't as exciting as the one before....Mr Brooks is no different...but I surely wouldn't stop reading or leave a hateful review that makes no sense. Just leaving a review to be nasty...

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JihadiConservative
May 28, 2015

I'm not a big fan of the Shannara series at all. I've been getting email after email wondering why Brooks is not on the Top 25 Fantasy list. Let me state it right here: he's not on the list because he hasn't written any books that are good enough to be there.
Shannara was Brook's attempt to milk the whole Tolkien craze during the 80s. He "generously borrowed" Tolkien's mythology (which isn't a bad thing, as quite a few other people did as well), but committed the cardinal sin of not doing anything new at all over his 20+ years writing fantasy books. Brooks is the literary version of the band Nickleback: both have sold out all creativity and churn out the same sort of crap over and over.
Commercially successful? Yes. Intellectually stimulating? About as much as watching Bevis and Butthead reruns. There is a marketing concept called first-mover advantage. This basically means that the person/company that does something first has a competitive advantage. Brooks with his (bad) rewrite of Lord of the Rings did just this. As far as I'm concerned, Brooks is a hack writer who made it big because he was in the Tolkien Clone market first.
If you've read one Shannara book, you've read all twenty of them, or thirty (I can't remember the exact number as Brooks churns them out like a Chinese noodle factory does noodle boxes).
One Shannara book is the same as the rest of them. Hell for me would be being locked into a room with an infinite supply of Shannara books to read. I'd start puking my eyes out around book 20, and by book 40, I'd probably bite my own throat out.
I beg you Terry Brooks, stop writing new Shanara books. If someone points a gun to your head and forces you to read a Shannara novel, perhaps Elfstones is the best of the bunch. But then again, that's like asking which limb you want broken. The correct answer is "none of them."
And dammit, let's get into the Shannara's continuing use of "The Elfstones", a name that itself is borrowed directly from Tolkien's Lord of the Rings. Man, these Elfstones are simply an outrageous naked plot device that Brooks recycles over and over for more plot fodder, with each additional book having new powers associated with them. After book 20, I still don't think even Brooks knows what the hell these things actually do. In the first book, they help you find stuff, act as a nice magical flashlight and come in handy when battling magical demon types, and even work as a sort of "demon alarm system" if there are, like, nasty demons loafing around. But hey, use the stones too much and your descendents gain special freaking powers that have NOTHING at all to do with the origional Elfstone powers. Talk about no internal rules of magic here. About the only things you can't do with these special stones are your tax forms and your college homework.
I'm not insulting Terry Brooks as an author. Ok, well I kinda am. But the man's not THAT bad of a writer -- Brooks did write a few NON-Shannara books that I found entertaining: Magic Kingdom For Sale was a light, entertaining series, and his Void series is pretty good, even though he ends up tying it to the whole Shannara universe (big mistake).
So yes, Brooks writes some decent books (And God knows he's had enough practice over the years with the dozens of books he's churned out), but just avoid anything with the word Shannara in the title and you'll probably be OK.

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BellaD123
Feb 14, 2015

At first, I wondered if this story would be any good. The author clearly uses a similar plot line and characters to Lord of the Rings, which I loved. However, the story has enough differences and plot twists to make you wonder what's going to happen next. The characters seem a little wooden at first too. At some point, I realized the characters were no longer wooden but had developed into characters I cared about. I enjoyed the way the story moved quickly from one adventure to the next. There were many times it was hard to put down.

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nancymargrit
Sep 05, 2014

I've read this book once before. I usually don't read fantasy novels, but the early ones by Terry Brooks are good. I don't like his more recent books.

richardsjoanne Nov 04, 2013

first of series.

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ZenSojourner
Oct 12, 2013

Terry Brooks is a pretty bad writer. I'm actually not quite sure how he managed to get this first book published, it was so awful. While his style has become a bit more polished since writing this, his first novel, nothing can make up for his basic lack of skill in storytelling. His characters are flat and all pretty much the same. Motivations are questionable at best and usually not addressed at all. He explains way too much instead of just letting the story tell itself. Main characters spend way too much time whining and expressing their angst. Conversations between characters that are supposed to be gripping are merely trite. It is very clear that he "borrows" his best ideas from other authors, and does not improve on them (rather the opposite in fact). I guess he should be glad that some people found something in the Shannara stories that they like so he can ride that pony til it drops, because he doesn't offer anyone not enamoured of that series anything that would make it worth their while to wade through his interminable prose. How anyone can find LOTR "boring", and this NOT boring, I cannot begin to imagine.

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JihadiConservative
Apr 25, 2013

This a disgrace to the fantasy genre! I love and respect fantasy novels. However, this was terribly bad. Not to mention ripping off Tolkien like..Really bad!

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Wolffe
Mar 30, 2013

This book is way better than the first lord of the rings. Way more action and surprise. No boring parts

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FavouriteFiction Oct 08, 2009

Book #1 Shannara Series

Shea Ohmsford embarks on a journey to reclaim the Sword of Shannara, the only weapon that can defeat the power of darkness.

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JihadiConservative
Apr 25, 2013

Violence: afair amount of battles some fairly bloody

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