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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 2018-12-18 12:44
Review: "The Magician's Angel" (The Christmas Angel, #3) by Jordan L. Hawk
The Magician's Angel - Jordan L. Hawk

 

~ 4 stars ~

 

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review 2018-11-03 15:37
Sex and Buzz Bombs: "Wizard" by John Varley
Wizard - John Varley


(Original Review, 1980-12-16)


It introduces more complications into the plot of the TITAN series, and clears up some nagging items as well; ever wonder what a satellite-brain looks like? What happens when tourism/ hits Gaea? What composers does a Titanide like?

I just finished reading “Wizard” by John Varley (at the cost of getting an incomplete in Philosophy because I was supposed to be writing a paper and of not studying for my Physics test tomorrow). “Wizard” was better than `Titan' and “The Ophuichi Hotline” (which are very good), but not as good as Varley's short stories (which are great).

 

 

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

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review 2018-09-10 15:18
Review: “Salt Magic, Skin Magic” by Lee Welch
Salt Magic, Skin Magic - Lee Welch

 

~ 4 stars ~

 

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