Poll: What Decade Did You Start Reading Terry Brooks Books?

brooks-annotatedswordI began reading Terry’s work in the 1980’s.

The story of how I became his webmaster is HERE. In short, my mother brought home a ratty, well-loved copy of The Sword of Shannara from work. While she finished reading a different book, the copy of Sword just sat there, waiting for me to pick it up. I did. And thirteen year old Shawn read it in two days, completely engrossed.

At that time, I had no idea there were two sequels. The copy my mother had been given was a first printing paperback. The Elfstones of Shannara and The Wishsong of Shannara were not mentioned inside of it. Later that year at Christmas though, my mother gave me those two sequels. And I’ve been a fan every since.

What decade did you come to read your first Terry Brooks book? Were you one of the first, in the 1970’s, when The Sword of Shannara published? Were you later in the 1980’s, when fantasy became as epic as the stories that were written? Or are you a newer reader?

And how did you come to his work? Did a friend or family member tell you to read Terry’s books? Did you just wander into a bookstore and pick up a book? Was it the internet that recommended? Do share!

Vote below! And then comment!

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Written by Shawn Speakman
I am the long-time friend and webmaster for Terry Brooks as well as the author of The Dark Thorn, an urban/epic fantasy hybrid novel Terry calls "a fine tale by a talented writer." Join me on Facebook and Twitter (@shawnspeakman)!