I couldn't agree more with the reviews accusing "Sword of Shannara" with wholesale plagiarism. I enjoyed this book much more when it was titled "The Fellowship of the Ring". Simply changing the names of characters and places, and shuffling events around does not a new story make.
On top of that, the prose itself is tedious and stilted. We don't need paragraph after paragraph describing what a tree looks like. I finally gave up on this one after several hours of listening. I was very tired of both the plodding pace of the story and the never-ending, shameless theft from Tolkien's books.
I picked this one up because Stefan Rudnicki is one of my favorite narrators (go get "The Humanoids" and the unabridged verions of "Ender's Game" right now!) and because the obviously non-serious title made the book seem like something I would really enjoy.
Unfortunately this book is much more "informative" than it is "humorous". There's certainly nothing wrong with learning about robots and preparing for when they "inevitably" go berserk, but for a novel that classifies itself as "humor" (it even mentions that you likely found it in the humor section of your bookstore), it isn't really all that funny. There are a few sections where I laughed, but for the most part this book is a relatively straight-forward presentation of recent developments in the field of robotics. Perhaps I was expecting too much, because robots are by their very nature not funny.
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