Reading with Baggage

It’s impossible to read anything without baggage—preconceived ideas and expectations. When we encounter words like “store,” “study,” or even “street,” our ideas of those places are informed by our experiences and culture…and from the perceived genre of the book. In our minds, a street in a piece of historical fiction will probably not be the … Continue reading Reading with Baggage

Trouble with The Sword of Shannara

I’ve noticed that most people who write about The Sword of Shannara are either defending his choice of characters (and he does borrow rather heavily from Tolkien) or they are lamenting the lack of creativity. This was not my problem in reading the book. I came to it, fully prepared to find some reincarnations of … Continue reading Trouble with The Sword of Shannara