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review 2019-07-24 17:06
The Books of Earthsea: The Complete Illustrated Edition - Charles Vess,Ursula K. Le Guin

Let Ursula K. Le Guin's mage winds fill your sails and travel to the different islands of Earthsea. As Neil Gaman put it: "A magic of words, a magic of true speaking."

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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 2018-08-12 10:31
RIP Ursula K. Le Guin, 1929 – 2018: The Earthsea Quartet (Earthsea Cycle, #1-4) by Ursula K. Le Guin
The Earthsea Quartet - Ursula K. Le Guin


"To light a candle, is to cast a shadow": Ursula K. Le Guin, 1929 – 2018


Who now has the stature and respect to call out poseurs like Atwood and Ishiguru? Who is there who can be relied on to correct the lazy and meretricious? She led lead by example, not just in speeches or reviews. The world is poorer for this but it's going to be decades before we really see how much.

Ursula k. Le Guin is one of my lifelong favourite authors who I return to often. I first read “A Wizard of Earthsea” when I was 8, in between the Hobbit at 7 and The Lord of the Rings at 9 (precocious child…), followed by the rest of the trilogy, and then later books like “The Left Hand of Darkness”, “The Lathe of Heaven”, “The Dispossessed” and on and on.

What a writer - in the six Earthsea books alone, she said more, and with more purpose and clarity, than any other fantasy author, except Tolkien, at least in my opinion. 


If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review.

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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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review 2018-04-10 19:33
Tales from Earthsea - Ursula K. Le Guin

La seule réponse à l'erreur volontaire, c'est le silence.
- Le silence est la réponse à tout, et à rien, dit-il encore
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