Ever meet people you ‘knew’ as a kid? I read the Shannara series by Terry Brooks when I was a kid – before I had read the Tolkien books. So, it was my first exposure to the genre – and memorable for an impressionable youth. I did my trilogy book report on his Shannara series. Brooks lives up in Seattle and comes down to Portland for releases and signings on occasion. I went to his signing at Powells and got a book autographed.
I can’t say I was into his later books on Landover, and despite a lot of what people say – the comparisons between Sword of Shannara and Tolkien are a bit too close for comfort. Still, enjoyable to finally meet folks you’ve read and find them to be ‘normal’ and courteous. Terry was indeed those things.