Jen Miller and her brother, Philip Ilten, grew up with their parents reading lots of science fiction and fantasy to them as bedtime stories. With this feature, they resume this family tradition of reading fantasy together with Terry Brooks' The Sword of Shannara. They invite you to get a copy of your own and read along, too!
Hooray! We’re reading The Sword of Shannara together! I’m going to be honest--I’m more excited about the idea of reading a book with you than the actual book that we’re reading. I’ve been putting off starting the novel because I’ve gotten this impression of it as this overdone, tired cliche. I realize that this isn’t fair, especially since I’m thinking of the novel through the lens of everything that has been written since then instead of thinking of it as the groundbreaking work that it was (helped to make fantasy commercially successful, first paperback fantasy on the NYT bestseller list, etc.). Things are what they are, however, and it seems that it’s a) good to be upfront about my prejudices and b) interesting to see if you’re coming from a place that is at all the same. So, what about you? What are your thoughts going into this book?