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Wednesday, December 15, 2004
Surprised to Find Myself Really Enjoying...

Rereading Terry Brooks' The Sword of Shannara after many many years. I read it in high school, about the time it first came out. (I checked the trade paperback out from the library.) The reason I'm reading it again is convoluted. While I didn't loathe Shannara or Terry Brooks, as some fantasy fans do, I couldn't get into the first sequel, The Elfstones of Shannara. I did hear good things about some of the later books, and even better things about Terry Brooks' two unrelated series. But while I thought about it now and then, I never really got back to the series. Then nice e-book versions became available (through Fictionwise.com and eReader.com, though I think it was still Peanut Press back then). I bought The Sword of Shannara -- I think there was a special, so that made me even more determined to get it. I started reading it, got stuck at one of Allanon's monologues for a while (I guess if a huge, powerful Druid starts to speak, everyone shuts up and listens), then made some more progress. But for some reason, I didn't zip along in it.

Then, when I decided to get my first encrypted book for my new eBookWise, I decided on Brooks. (There were some other fantasy writers there, including Robin Hobbs and Raymond Feist, but I decided on Brooks for various reasons.) And I decided to get, of all things, The Elfstones of Shannara. Then, the other night, after finishing Brian McNaughton's The Throne of Bones, I decided to start The Elfstones of Shannara. Talk about a switch!

Of course, I then realized that I had forgotten a lot about the original book, so I had better finish The Sword of Shannara. Out comes the Palm. I had lost the bookmarks (I probably deleted the book when I ran out of space on the original SD card), but I had a general idea where I had stopped. I started again. And guess what? I gulped down several chapters in one night. I went to sleep dreaming of Shea and Allanon and Flick and the other characters making their way through hazardous terrain -- which was kinda fun, for me, if not for them! ;-)

Is there a lesson to be learned from this? I will remember that any book that is hated by many of the posters in rec.arts.sf.written might be lots of fun to read anyway. Now where did I put that Robert Jordan and that David Eddings omnibus? :-P
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