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  • by djberg96 (2603) on 2003.06.02 23:22 (#20732) Journal
    Reminding me a great deal of the "Sword of Shannara" series (some of my favorite books)...

    The Sword of Shannara is so close to Tolkien's work that I consider it plagiarized. I seem to recall a couple moments that were lifted straight out of Tolkien. I never read another book by the author I was so disgusted.

    • There is a big difference between plagiarism and being influenced. The "Sword of Shannara" is definitely influenced by Tolkien, as is most fantasy written in the last half century. If you are going to disregard any stories that contain elves, dwarves, wizards and magic, with a basic plot involving a young character with a magical item going on a quest to destroy evil plagiarism, you're going to throw away a lot of decent reading. I'm sure that Tolkien would be glad that people are developing the basic genre
      • Re:Eh? (Score:3, Interesting)

        If you are going to disregard any stories that contain elves, dwarves, wizards and magic, with a basic plot involving a young character with a magical item going on a quest to destroy evil plagiarism...

        Oh, it's far worse than that, I think. I remember feeling that all he did was change the characters names and cut out the long winded stuff. I've read plenty of other fantasy stories that don't tread anywhere near so close. I'd do a point by point comparison, but that would actually require reading the b