The Annotated Sword of Shannara

The Annotated Sword of Shannara

eBook - 2012
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Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, c2012
Edition: 35th anniversary ed
ISBN: 9780345535610
Branch Call Number: 813/.54 23
Characteristics: 1 online resource : ill., map
Alternative Title: Sword of Shannara


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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.

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