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review 2019-05-25 05:10
A Wizard of Earthsea (Earthsea Cycle #1) (Audiobook)
A Wizard of Earthsea (The Earthsea Cycle, #1) - Ursula K. Le Guin,Rob Inglis

I didn't really know what to expect with this, but it was ... interesting. I think.

 

I'm not quite sure what to make of this, to be honest. It was certainly very imaginative, and deftly written, but I didn't really connect with Ged or any of the other characters. They didn't feel real, but were just instruments used to tell a tale, and not a particularly in-depth one. 

 

So Ged, who was born Duny, finds out he can use magic, gets whisked off to wizard school, does a super stupid thing because of a boy who casually bullies him (and Ged is an arrogant little prick, himself), and then has to deal with the outcome of that - eventually. He spends most of the book trying to avoid the thing he has to deal with. This could have been such an interesting plot, but the way it's written is too removed from the characters - or character since the book spends all its time with Ged and only occasionally with any side characters. 

 

Robert Inglis narrated, and he's very well-suited to this type of fantasy novel. He also narrated The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, but he didn't sound like he was putting as much effort into this one, or maybe that's a byproduct of the issues I was having with the book. 

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review 2018-12-23 19:03
A Wizard of Earthsea
A Wizard of Earthsea - Ursula K. Le Guin

Another from NPR's Backseat Bookshelf.

 

The rating is solely because I don't like high fantasy (I do like low fantasy). I'm pretty sure this A Wizard of Earthsea is good since most people who do like high fantasy like Le Guin and the Earthsea series. If I wanted long descriptions of fantasy worlds and life at wizard school and battles with a mysterious shadow being, I would have loved it.

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review 2018-05-02 00:00
A Wizard of Earthsea (The Earthsea Cycle, #1)
A Wizard of Earthsea (The Earthsea Cycle, #1) - Ursula K. Le Guin With all the hoo-ha regarding LeGuin's recent passing, I figured I should read one of her books to find out why she was so beloved. I think one of my kids might have read some LeGuin back during his adolescence.

So, it seems this is to be the tale of a person born Duny, who is later named as Ged on his “naming day”, i.e. upon turning 13, who later sometimes became known as SparrowHawk. He had magical gifts, was tutored briefly by an aunt who was a witch, and later on by a great wizard. Something like that. Will I persist past the first chapter? We’ll see.

Well, I did manage to finish this. I didn't much like it. The problem is I'm not into dragons and wizards and so forth. I do confess to having rather liked The Hobbit, and was ok with The Lord of the Rings, but this didn't do much for me. Probably part of the problem was that the main character was kind of an asshole throughout much of the book. Yes, he sort of came out of it toward the end, but by that time, I kept wishing his shadow self would just kill him off so I could stop reading and take up something more edifying.

The best part of this book was LeGuin's afterword in which she described some of her thoughts about the genre and why mindless killing was stupid and why having non-lily-white characters was a good idea.
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I'd say, "Can we talk about this paperback cover from '73?"* except I have no idea what I'd say!
A Wizard of Earthsea - Ursula K. Le Guin

This, for the record, is the cover of Nenya's edition, which I grabbed off the shelf to check the spelling of something. And then started at in silent amazement for some time.

Me: ...
Nenya: Yeaaaaah. There's a reason I haven't read that series yet.



*I know it's '73 because that's when the inbound ad for Kent menthol ciggies is dated. Also we are GOING to get that new collected edition of Earthsea when it comes out in the fall!

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text 2018-02-01 16:26
January Reading
Jane, Unlimited - Kristin Cashore
My Conversations with Canadians - Lee Maracle
Stride Toward Freedom: The Montgomery Story - Martin Luther King Jr.
Swallowing Mercury - Wioletta Greg,Wioletta Grzegorzewska,Eliza Marciniak
 Atomic Adventures: Secret Islands, Forgotten N-Rays, and Isotopic Murder - A Journey into the Wild World of Nuclear Science - James Mahaffey,Keith Sellon-Wright
Sweet Disorder - Rose Lerner
The Bear and the Nightingale: A Novel - Katherine Arden
The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner - Daniel Ellsberg
Winter Rose - Patricia A. McKillip
A Wizard of Earthsea - Ursula K. Le Guin

Eleven books read:

Jane, Unlimited - Kristin Cashore

My Conversations with Canadians - Lee Maracle  

Stride Toward Freedom: The Montgomery Story - Martin Luther King Jr.  

Swallowing Mercury - Wioletta Greg, Eliza Marciniak  

Atomic Adventures: Secret Islands, Forgotten N-Rays, and Isotopic Murder - James Mahaffey

Someone To Love - Mary Balogh (DNF)

Sweet Disorder - Rose Lerner  

The Bear and the Nightingale - Katherine Arden 

The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner - Daniel Ellsberg  

Winter Rose - Patricia A. McKillip  

A Wizard of Earthsea - Ursula K. Le Guin  

 

Women Writers Bingo: 3/25

(Personal take: Finish 25 books by new-to-me female authors in 2018*)

Finished in January: Wioletta Greg, Rose Lerner, Katherine Arden

 

Gender Balance:

Fiction: 7 by women, 0 by men, 0 by non-binary

Non fiction: 1 by women, 3 by men, 0 by non-binary

 

Format:

Paper books that I own: 0

Paper books from library: 5

E-books that I own: 1

E-books from library: 1

Audiobooks that I own: 4

 

February Goals:

1. Finish reading for Hugo Award nominations (Jade City, Prey of the Gods, Winter Tide).

2. Read at least one book for black history month

3. Stop ordering fucking library books.

 

 

*Women Writers Bingo Bonus Points:

5 of those books in translation: 1/5 (Swallowing Mercury)

5 of those books are non-fiction: 0/5

 

Bingo Companion Round:

5 books by non-binary authors: 0/5

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