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A Wizard of Earthsea
A Wizard of Earthsea: The First Book of Earthsea | Ursula K. LeGuin
Ged, the greatest sorcerer in all Earthsea, was called Sparrowhawk in his reckless youth. Hungry for power and knowledge, Sparrowhawk tampered with long-held secrets and loosed a terrible shadow upon the world. This is the tale of his testing, how he mastered the mighty words of power, tamed an ancient dragon, and crossed death's threshold to restore the balance.
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BookwormAHN
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Pickpick

I've been meaning to read this for a while. I enjoyed it, but I feel like if I had read it when I was younger, I
would have enjoyed it more. Mostly, I loved the talking dragon 🐉
#Authoramonth @Soubhiville
#wickedwords #shadow @AsYouWish
#noshamereadathon2023 #seriesyouvemeanttostart @Nessavamusic

JazzFeathers I read it with a group here on Litsy a few years ago. I had been meaning to read it for decades, and when l finally did .. l was disappointed 🙁 5mo
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youneverarrived
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Panpan

I found this reallly boring. Fantasy isn‘t something I generally read and it‘s YA to boot so I‘m not the intended audience but it was so slow yet packed with adventure and it all just felt meh. I tried to get invested in it and I (skimread) to the end but would have bailed if it wasn‘t for #authoramonth.

Soubhiville Hopefully next month will be better. 5mo
youneverarrived @Soubhiville I like Maggie O‘Farrell so I‘m sure it will be 😁 5mo
vivastory 💚❤️NYRB Classics 5mo
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vivastory Sorry to hear that this Le Guin didn't work for you. I haven't read it. I did thoroughly enjoy 5mo
dabbe I bailed even though it WAS #AuthoraMonth! 🤣🤣🤣 5mo
Deblovestoread I bailed, too. #AllHailtheBail so you are not alone! @dabbe 5mo
dabbe @vivastory Now that's one I didn't try. I'll giver it ago by the end of this year. Thanks! 🤩😊🤗 5mo
vivastory @dabbe I'll be curious to see what you think! It's a short one, too, but it sticks with you. 5mo
batsy We did a Litsy group read years ago (time flies!) and it was a pick for me, but I get what you mean. It's the kind of book that I wish I had read when I was younger because the YA-ish elements haven't aged well. 5mo
youneverarrived @vivastory that one does actually sound good! I‘m not a big reader of the genre in general but sometimes I‘m pleasantly surprised - this just wasn‘t for me 5mo
youneverarrived @dabbe @Deblovestoread haha you both made the better choice 5mo
youneverarrived @batsy yeah there just wasn‘t any connection between the book and me (although I tried), the YA elements of it were definitely a part of that. Saying that, I can still see why it‘s deemed a classic. 5mo
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dabbe
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Bailedbailed

My first “Bail.“ I tried the tagged book, I tried her short stories, I even tried her nonfiction. I did not like any of them. I guess I'm a science fiction fan when it comes to books like F451, and I'm a fantasy fan when in Hogwarts or the shire, but I couldn't get into these at all. 🤷‍♀️

Hoping I'll like Maggie O'Farrell for July.

@Soubvihille

BarbaraBB Maggie O‘Farrell is fantastic! 5mo
wordslinger42 I really disliked this when I read it! I thought it was really boring. 5mo
dabbe @BarbaraBB Well, that is encouraging to hear! Any specific one you'd recommend? 🤩🤗😍 5mo
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willaful If you ever want to give it another go, I agree that this one is dull but the second book is fantastic. 5mo
RamsFan1963 @dabbe I would recommend my favorite LeGuin novel 5mo
CBee @dabbe I loved 5mo
dabbe @willaful On my list! Thanks! 🤗 5mo
dabbe @RamsFan1963 On my list! Thanks! 🤗 5mo
dabbe @CBee That's her most recent one, right? I'll check it out! Thanks! 🤗 5mo
BarbaraBB According to my rating system this is the one I rated the highest: 5mo
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Teresereading
Wizard of Earthsea | Ursula K Le Guin
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Monday commute
#authoramonth

Smrloomis This cover is AMAZING! 😍 6mo
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DHill
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My #authoramonth hold finally came in!

@Soubhiville

Karisimo I‘m starting it today too! 6mo
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staci.reads
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I decided to try the first book in the Earthsea series for my #AuthorAMonth in June. I've read The Dispossessed and some of Le Guin's short stories and liked them a lot. This fantasy, quest, however, didn't really pull me in. @Soubhiville

dabbe I didn't like it either and have never read anything of hers. Which of your choices would you recommend? 🤗 6mo
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5feet.of.fury
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Bailedbailed

I don‘t know if the writing is the problem here, but that narrator is certainly a problem & it‘s not holding my attention at 25% so I‘m going to keep it moving.

I have 1 other I‘m going to try from her for #AuthorAMonth

@Soubhiville

dabbe Which is it, if you don't mind me asking? I'm not keen on A WIZARD OF EARTHSEA, too. 6mo
5feet.of.fury @dabbe I just started it last night, no opinion yet but it is 6mo
dabbe @5feet.of.fury Thanks! 🤩😍🤗 6mo
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Melismatic
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Mehso-so

My plan was to read the entire trilogy for #AuthorAMonth but I‘m choosing to stop after the first. This falls somewhere between Harry Potter & Lord of the Rings - I can appreciate the writing (& the heavy handed symbolism) but the style puts me to sleep.

5feet.of.fury I‘m starting this one next, it will be my first from this author. I have a feeling this may not be a good fit for me either. 6mo
SamAnne I‘ve had a hard time deciding what to read next by her. I loved Left Hand of Darkness. 6mo
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Amiable
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Full disclosure: Fantasy is not my thing. I‘m glad that #AuthorAMonth encouraged me to pick this up since it‘s considered a classic and one of those “books that everyone should read.” And I can appreciate the beauty of the writing—really, I can. But honestly? This book kind of bored me. Maybe it‘s because it‘s a middle-grade young-man-coming-of-age story and I‘m a middle-aged woman eyeing the retirement years? Thank goodness it was short. ✔️

Melismatic I‘m reading now and I totally agree! 6mo
Amiable @Melismatic Two genres that I never read/don‘t like (fantasy and YA) combined together should probably have been a clue that this one wasn‘t for me. 😬 6mo
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AmyG
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Thia was a wonderfully read audiobook….probably the reason I enjoyed it so much. I got the audiobook a little early so my #authoramonth is done!

@Soubhiville

Soubhiville I‘m glad you liked it! I‘m looking forward to it later this month. 6mo
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Deifio
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Pickpick

Last read this as a child. And I didn't remember much of it except for the ending. It's written very differently to modern children's stories, more like a myth retelling. Anyway it's a quick read and a great adventure.

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TheSpineView
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Klou Brilliant! 13mo
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HeyT
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Pickpick

I‘m reading the omnibus for #BookSpin but my SFFBC challenge is the first three books individually so I might as well review them as such. I enjoyed this and Le Guin is a master storyteller but the ending did feel a bit abrupt. I enjoyed watching as Ged grew as not only a practitioner but as a person.
#CatsOfLitsy

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Soubhiville
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Did I go a little overboard with the fiction sale on BookOutlet? Depends on your description of overboard… (yeah, I did…)

Other than a few auto-buy author new releases, I won‘t be doing any more shopping for me until after the holidays.

aperfectmjk Sure... that's what we all say... until we see our favorite author drops a new release. Or everyone is raving about a particular book... and you just don't want to be left out. Somehow, they find their way home to your shelf. 😄 1y
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego I went crazy too, still waiting on box #2. 🫣 1y
Soubhiville @aperfectmjk right? I‘m going to do my best though, knowing that it won‘t be long until I can start shopping for my holiday swap matches! 1y
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Soubhiville @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego ooo, have you posted box 1? Going to look now! 1y
Megabooks Great choices!! 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻 1y
New Kid on the Book Nice book stacks! 1y
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SleepyDragon
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Pickpick

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️(4)
Reads like classic mythology. Didn't expect that.

2nd book read for #AwesomeAugustReadathon @Andrew65

Andrew65 Great 👏👏👏 1y
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bookishbitch
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I finished book 1 of The Books of Earthsea series today. I really loved it. It turns out books about wizards, and wizard schools, have been around a long time. I love that many of the settings are small islands and fishing villages. The magic is interesting and the world building is excellent. I'm looking forward to seeing what the next book brings.

tenar The next one is very different and one of my favorite books! Hope you enjoy it, too. 1y
ravenlee I loved this series years ago. I‘ve been thinking about a reread, especially as a fifth book came out in the interim. 1y
bookishbitch @tenar Thank you! @ravenlee Always a good reason for a reread. 1y
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word.morsels
A Wizard of Earthsea | Ursula K. Le Guin
Pickpick

Read this when I was 12 and am rereading it 26 years later. Still touches me so much, the journey of this young chap who learns to harness wisdom about his power, how and when to wield it... How he faces his fears and the darkness he unleashes - so classic and beautiful. And I was pleasantly surprised at living this book as if I had never read it! (I have my memory to thank for this ;) )

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JuliaTheBookNerd
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#UrsulaKLeGuin #WeRemember 🌹💔

#BookNerd 🤓💙📚

Eggs Perfect 🧡🦉🤎 2y
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TugstenDragon
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Good book.

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Pedrocamacho
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Pickpick

I‘ve heard a lot of about Earthsea in the past and I‘ve loved Le Guin‘s work for years so it was always just a matter of time. Nevertheless, I loved meeting Ged and hearing of his adventures.

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Valiseb
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To light a candle is to cast a shadow...

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hissingpotatoes
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That is between me and my shadow.

#haunted October 2021 day 25: shadows @eggs @alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🖤🖤🖤 2y
Eggs 🙌🏻🌒💀 2y
Kenyazero Oh man, what a perfect pick! 2y
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hissingpotatoes
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A wizard‘s power of Changing and of Summoning can shake the balance of the world. It is dangerous, that power. It is most perilous. It must follow knowledge, and serve need. To light a candle is to cast a shadow...

#haunted October 2021 day 16: wizardry @eggs @alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🙌🏻⚡️📚 2y
Eggs Brilliant 🖤🧡🖤 2y
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hissingpotatoes
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“Master,” said Ged, “I cannot take your name from you, not being strong enough, and I cannot trick your name from you, not being wise enough. So I am content to stay here, and learn or serve, whatever you will: unless by chance you will answer a question I have.”

“Ask it.”

“What is your name?”

The doorkeeper smiled, and said his name; and Ged, repeating it, entered for the last time into that House.

#QuotsyOCT21 day 4: trick

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Allylu
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This was a relatively short audiobook, but I couldn‘t get into it. I must be spoiled by full cast audiobooks because it seemed as though it all sounded the same. No excitement where there should have been some. 🤷‍♀️ #113 #BFC21 #5 #SuperSeptember #FallIntoReading

wanderinglynn Disappointing narration is too bad. 2y
EadieB That is disappointing! 2y
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TEArificbooks
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You know your mom loves you when she drives an hour out to the farm on opening day of apple cider season to wait in lines just to buy you (and herself) apple cider donuts, pear cider, apple cider, kettle corn, and fresh veggies. Recovery with my legs has been slow and steady and I may miss the pumpkin patch trip this year. So getting fall treats early made my month! Autumn can not come fast enough!

Read-y_Picker Love this! 💕 2y
DinoMom Cider donuts sound delicious 🤤 2y
WJCintron That's so sweet!!! Hope your legs get better soon! 🙏 2y
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Court7
Mehso-so

Okay.

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kgriffith
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Another one from the looooooong-time TBR. #readathon @DeweysReadathon #24hourreadathon

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Kalalalatja
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Panpan

This pains me to write, but... I really wasn‘t impressed. I had such high hopes for this, but it just didn‘t keep me attention. The pacing felt off, and I almost had the feeling I was listening to an abridged audio, because everything felt rushed. I needed more world building, less action and some characters I could relate to.

#BookSpin

wordslinger42 I read this in college and loved it, but I tried to read it last year and couldn't even finish it. I can't figure out why I enjoyed it so much the first time! 3y
ravenlee It‘s been ages since I read this, but as I recall the series builds more with each book, despite having pretty disparate stories. I think I liked them better as I went along. 3y
TheAromaofBooks Ah no, so sad when a book doesn't go where you want it to!!! 3y
JazzFeathers I read it during a readalong here on Litsy some years ago, after meaning to literary for decades. I had your same experience: l expected so much more from a classic of Fantasy. 3y
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Ericalambbrown
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Catching up with a classic I‘d not read. Fun listen. The late Harlan Ellison may have been known for his cantankerous ways but he sure gave a good performance in this audiobook.

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mandarchy
A Wizard of Earthsea | Ursula K. Le Guin
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Probably the best book published the year I was born. Correct me if I'm wrong.

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tenar
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A reread! This short coming-of-age tale is Western fantasy with Eastern philosophy. A parable about how pride can drive one to their greatest regret, and how a turn to humility and connection can lead to redemption.

Le Guin‘s battles are of wisdom and heart, not might, and Earthsea‘s magic system is not only folkloreish and lovely, but a key aspect of the book‘s emotional journey. These qualities make the lessons learned feel deeply meaningful.

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thegirlwiththelibrarybag
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I mean... it‘s gorgeous!

And it‘s on the Time 100 Best Fantasy Books of All Time List... so I‘m extra keen to dig in!

Mitch Stunning 🤩 3y
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thegirlwiththelibrarybag
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My sweet library fam gifted me with not one but two gorgeous folio society books for my birthday 🥰 talk about spoilt!

I just about drooled on my folio society copy of Howl‘s Moving Castle when I read it earlier this year so I‘m looking forward to doing the same with these beauties!

Mitch Beautiful xxxx 3y
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DebinHawaii
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#ChristmasQuotes #candle

“To light a candle is to cast a shadow.”

EadieB Nice quote! 3y
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