Ghostly reflections at the circus (gebbeth?) 👻
'I do not care what comes after; I have seen the dragons on the wind of morning.' #TheDragonsRun
My first Le Guin book(s), and I liked them! The rhythm and pacing was different from most other fantasy books I‘ve read, but they were beautifully written and interesting. The only one I maybe liked the least was “Tehanu,” though with our modern discourse on women‘s emotional labor, “leaning in,” and work equality, there were some interesting parallels to draw, especially since these books were written several decades ago.
Talking about some of my favourite speculative fiction series on the blog today. What are yours?
So I have been pretty absent from litsy. Life has been difficult. Lots of nightshifts and extra shifts and with flu season it has been hell. Still tried to keep some reading going even if not as much as I want. Finally felt the need to post, because I can't believe I'd never read these before. They are brilliant! I am almost finished with the second one and damn it's good!
This is old school fantasy at its best with dragons, a terrible evil, and a young and arrogant protagonist who must learn to wield his power responsibly. Lots of classic fantasy vibes including, sadly, an astonishing lack of female characters. If you can look past that, however, you find a simple, beautifully written, and absorbing story.
All the Le Guin fans, rejoice! The illustrated collection of Earthsea books will be out on October 23rd, 2018. Read the complete article here - https://www.theverge.com/platform/amp/2018/5/15/17314892/the-book-of-earthsea-wi...
Finished Tehanu the other day, and my Earthsea copy wouldn't fit on the shelf with the rest of my LeGuin books. Rearranged shelves and now my LeGuin collection is all together.
Thanks @2BR02B for organizing #Earthseachapteraday! I really enjoyed it and the books - just sorry I fell behind.
Thank goodness for personal days. I have today off to rest from running exams yesterday, so this is my morning 💕
Only 5 chapters left in Tehanu so hope to finish it and go on to Tess.
Finished yesterday night.
What to say about the quartet? I was honestly expecting more from such a classic of fantasy. Instead l had issues with all the novels, mostly relating to my involvement with characters and stories, which l always found very hard.
Loved the dragons, but the movement of the story never satisfied me. The end of the trilogy was strong enough. The end of the quartet was so disappointing.
Puffy cheese toast for brekkie and reading time ... Great start to the day ☺️ #breakfastandbook
"As long ago as forever and as far away as Selidor..."
Just read the last words of Tehanu for #earthseachapteraday, and what can I say. I loved the Earthsea books. I think there was a lot of character develpoment in each book, and while there was always a story, I felt the books were truly about the changes each person went through on their respective journeys.
Thank you @2BR02B for organizing this :)
Just came across this new edition of the complete Earthsea. It container the same as my edition, though this new one is in hardback and l suspect it would be more comfortable to handle (mine is a huge paperback chunkster).
I like my cover a lot better, though 😆
5 chs into #Earthseachapteraday and I honestly don't know whether I've read this before. I know 100% I read Tombs of Atuan as a kid, and I was pretty sure I'd read Wizard of Earthsea and Farthest Shore too (don't think I ever did read Tehanu) but so far I don't remember much. Except 'archipelago' has been used several times & I know this series was the 1st time I read the word, (& mispronounced in my head for years until it was a clue on Jeopardy)
Plan for tonight.
I'm behind one chapter with the #YearOfTolkien readalong. Couldn't really read yesterday night (it was a day at work). Let's see whether l can catch up. I'm loving Farmer Giles of Ham.
I can't find my English edition of Earthsea which includes just the quartet. I'll keep searching but in the meanwhile the ltalian omnibus chunkster will have to do.
Anyone fancy to join? 😊
Here's the schedule for our upcoming Earthsea readalong. Schedules for individual books to follow.
If you didn't see my original post but would like to join, feel free! @LitsyHappenings, could you perhaps create a posting to get the word out?
I am in the middle of so many books (as usual) but after feeling a bit overwhelmed by all sorts of things today, I just want to dive into this book and the world of Earthsea which I first began exploring when I was perhaps 12 years old and revisit every so often. It's kind of a comfort read for me and today makes me sad that its creator is gone.
One of my favorite Fantasy series! The Earthsea series is 6 Books although I‘m fudging a bit, because one is a collection of short stories. 😊
A Wizard of Earthsea, The Tombs of Atuan, The Farthest Shore, Tehanu, Tales of Earthsea, and the Other Wind.
I can‘t recommend them highly enough!!
These are my 🏝📚for #emojinov
If I'm ever stranded on an island, I better have some books that I would read and reread over and over again. And what luck for I definitely have done so with these!
BOOKMAIL! I'm so excited to read these. I'm starting over with the first book (only one I've read so far). I'm learning to love Ursula Le Guin. Unfortunately, I have to leave my cozy nest soon to participate in school event. The introvert cringes and the hedonist sighs: why me?!
#fallintobooks day 29: #crush
The Wizard of Earthsea was the first proper fantasy book I read when I was a kid and I've always had a bit of a #crush on the tortured Ged.
Also, thinking about yesterday's prompt, I must say that I hope they never attempt to make these books into a series again. That first one was horrible and sadly that Studio Ghibli one wasn't right either.
I have been eyeing the Earthsea books for awhile & after reading, & loving, Le Guin's "The Lathe of Heaven" I felt even more compelled to buy them. I love this edition.
#JuneBookBugs #day28 #APlanetInTheTitle For this prompt I've given you both a book with the word planet in the title & a book with A planet in the title.The Long Way To A Small Angry Planet was one of my favourite reads last year,the characters were a joy & the storyline was hugely entertaining.The Earthsea Quartet are books I've always meant to read,but have never gotten to,so I bought the first four as a quartet & plan on reading them this year.
#FunFridayPhoto I'm probably a bit late, but this is my book that starts with my initial that I want to read. When your name starts with E, there's not that many books out there that actually start with that letter. I was going to go with Emma by Jane Austen but this quartet has probably been on my TBR longer.
This series of stories follows the wizard Sparrowhawk through different stages of his life. I last read this classic a decade or two ago but it looms large & luminous in my teenage memory. Now that I'm in a place to see what Le Guin was doing with it, I appreciate it even more.