I took this out with intention of reading it. I have reading glasses and sometimes am still bothered reading. In the end I watched the TV series which I figure probably covers all the books in the series anyways.
The "ears" on people look very much like the Indonesian and South East Asian ear covers which indeed give you elf ears. Some of their dress is also similar to some villagers clothing but mixed with post apocalyptic left overs from whatever society existed before. In some ways this show is very much like the TV show the 100. Only it calls advanced technology and transhumanism "magic." The 100 doesn't discuss transhumanism much other than the "chosen one" with the chip that is inserted in the back of the neck. Both shows have ruins of a prior society and some memory of it.
However Shannara ruins are more entact than those in the 100. Shannara also doesn't use ships or flying objects that I have noticed in watching Season 1 and 2. The "elf rocks" are what appears to be small quantum technology. There are "dice" computers from 3d and nano technology. Though they largely weren't available to the public and of course didn't use any USB and several other technologies but it did use wireless and proximity access to other devices.
Both shows examine the challenges we would have after a disaster or nuclear war. How society might be with either no government or limited government, police, and military. Also both have their ways of addressing health problems or genetic mutations that might be caused. Shannara addresses it through the different species of unaffected human, human evolved variant of elf, mutated gnomes, and mutated evolved dwarves. The 100 only has mutants, space criminals, those that survived while still on the planet, and those that survived in space. The 100 addresses nuclear disasters and super computers. Shannara uses a possibly high tech tree and other such things but doesn't mention what the disaster was though destroyed buildings and useless damaged vehicles litter part of their landscape.
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