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Bryan Thomas Schmidt

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The Clockwork Dagger
Beth Cato
Progress: 120/360 pages
The Road to Science Fiction 3: From Heinlein to Here
James Edwin Gunn
The Road to Science Fiction 4: From Here to Forever
James Edwin Gunn
The Road to Science Fiction 1
James Edwin Gunn
A Broken Christmas
Claire Ashgrove
The Ultra Thin Man
Patrick Swenson
Progress: 174/334 pages
The Broken Eye
Brent Weeks
The Dark Between the Stars
Kevin J. Anderson
Oath of Fealty
Elizabeth Moon
The Road to Science Fiction 2: From Wells to Heinlein
James Edwin Gunn

The Sword of Shannara (Shannara, #1)

The Sword of Shannara - Terry Brooks 3.5 stars. Certainly feels dated, but then it's a precursor to a lot of stuff that is derivative so reading it this late in the game is a bit unfair and hard to judge. I definitely see the LOTR influences throughout. And pacing was a bit long, especially in the first half. Didn't really feel like it got going until halfway. Still, it ended well, and had some nice action and an attractive cast of characters. I can see why people like the universe, but seeing that these characters are not the focus of follow up books makes me a bit hesitant to launch into any more at this time. I will eventually. Glad I read it, but it's definitely no LOTR. I certainly admire Terry, however, and plan to read more of his work.