A Wizard of Earthsea

by Ursula K. Le Guin | Science Fiction & Fantasy |
ISBN: 0553262505 Global Overview for this book
Registered by karendawn of Lafayette, Indiana USA on 9/7/2003
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3 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by karendawn from Lafayette, Indiana USA on Sunday, September 7, 2003
I loved this book. The beginning of the Earthsea Cycle.

From the back cover:
Ged was the greatest sorcerer in all Earthsea, but once he was called Sparrowhawk, a reckless youth, hungry for power and knowledge, who 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.

Release planned for Friday, September 12, 2003 at Mailed to another BookCrosser in College Station, Texas USA.


Journal Entry 3 by futurecat from Christchurch, Canterbury New Zealand on Thursday, September 18, 2003
Arrived safely in New Zealand yesterday, but I got home very late last night, so haven't had a chance to journal it until now.

I offered up some books on the wish list forum a while back, and asked those who claimed them to send me a random book in return that they thought I might like. It's been great fun seeing what mystery parcels have been arriving in my letterbox! This is a great choice, karendawn - I recently read a Ursula Le Guin book which I really enjoyed, so I'm looking forward to reading another one.

Thanks again!

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Journal Entry 4 by futurecat from Christchurch, Canterbury New Zealand on Friday, December 12, 2003
Didn't enjoy this as much as "Left Hand of Darkness", but it was still an interesting book, with some fascinating ideas in it. SPOILER: *Unfortunately, I guessed the true name of the shadow very early on, which removed a lot of the suspense from the story, and made the climax of the book a bit anti-climactic, reallly.*

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Journal Entry 5 by futurecat from Christchurch, Canterbury New Zealand on Monday, December 15, 2003
Given to ORNOT at tonight's meetup (I'm not sure why he didn't just take it last time he was visiting).

Journal Entry 6 by ORNOT from Christchurch, Canterbury New Zealand on Monday, December 15, 2003
I like the way they ask "What was your experience with the book?" It was a warm Nor'west evening in December...

Please excuse Southern Hemisphere references. None of the the references in this entry refer to a living or dead Hemisphere or anybody's aunty, just to keep that straight.

I read this book when I was young - Ah, such optimism, such hope. I had an imagination back then rather than a set list of cliches and ways of doing things - And I loved it. The second book weirded me out, because it seemed to have little to do with this one for a long time - but images from it stuck with me. I had a pictorial edition and there was an accident with tar and chicken feathers, and while I was slashing around... It was months before I discovered Ged's nose on my way belows - and I'm a very clean person, generally.

There was last May, but...

Love this book. Love it, love it, love it. Like Tolkien, Le Guin can give depth to a world of her own creation and make it real. She isn't just some spotty oik trying to get his fantasies out on the cover of at least one of the fifty two volumes of his over-long and simplistic trilogy. Yay, depth, yay character develpment, yay style, yay suitable language usage. Vive Le Guin!

One last thing. I didn't take the book last time I was visiting because I had a cold.

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