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A Wizard of Earthsea av Ursula K. Le Guin
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A Wizard of Earthsea (urspr publ 1968; utgåvan 2016)

av Ursula K. Le Guin (Författare)

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A boy grows to manhood while attempting to subdue the evil he unleashed on the world as an apprentice to the Master Wizard.
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Titel:A Wizard of Earthsea
Författare:Ursula K. Le Guin (Författare)
Info:Puffin (2016), 224 pages
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This was a GR Sci-Fi & Fantasy Book Club Select and one that I had read while still in High School; it remains one of my favorites to this day (I liked it much better then [b:the Lord of the Rings|34|The Fellowship of the Ring (The Lord of the Rings, #1)|J.R.R. Tolkien|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1298411339l/34._SX50_.jpg|3204327]), although I chose not to reread it for the club discussion. The book is the first of an original trilogy; with a forth added much later that I have not yet read. Taken together, the entire quartet would probable equal the page count typically seen in a single novel today; to its benefit.

Le Guin packs a well constructed fantasy world, character development and a fair amount of action to keep the story moving along, leaving the tedious details to the readers imagination. EarthSea itself seemed designed for peoples with an intimate connection to the seas; something I had always fancied for myself growing upon around the boats and marinas of the Chesapeake Bay. From the beginning I was able to make the world of EarthSea my own. The people of EarthSea seemed to be a wonderful combination of exotic Pacific Islanders and barbarian Vikings, fitting right in with my independent study of ancient peoples mythology and migration (though I was more interested in the indo-europeans at the time). This gave the whole story the feel of ancient, oral tradition that was so fun to play with. The magic of EarthSea was my first introduction to the concept of naming, balance and sympathetic forces; to this day I believe it makes more sense then nearly any other system I have encountered (: if only it were really true :).

When I first encountered the main character, SparrowHawk, I didn't like him very much; and, even as a young teen myself, I couldn't really identify with him. Fortunately he had a few things going for him ... He wasn't particularly evil or bad, just overly arrogant, willful, and still relatively naïve (unlike some other protagonists who shall remain nameless but whose initials are Thomas Covenant and Richard Cypher-Rahl) and he actually develops to overcome much what makes me dislike him by the end ... Truly a hero's journey. ( )
  Kris.Larson | Sep 13, 2021 |
It didn't get any better. Some writing just isn't for me, and this falls easily into that category. Here's a few things that got under my skin and pretty much ruined the experience:

1) I don't like it when books tell me about the character's future before I've met them for the first time. Telling me that your main character is some epic hero in the future who has done this and that and is amazing and well known serves no purpose. All it does is take away the tiniest bit of possibility that something bad may happen. This was also a huge issue in The Name of the Wind and the Mordant's Need books. If your character is going to be the coolest person in the world one day, fine! Just let me discover that as the story progresses.

2) Show me the action, don't just tell me about it. There are very few moments in this story when the action focused in enough to warrant actual dialogue. The author was too busy saying things like, "And then Ged went to such-and-such and did lots of cool things before heading north to some other place." If he did such cool things, how about you take a step back and show me. What was that journey like? Was he suffering? How about the people he met, were they friends? What were their conversations like. No no, don't tell me, let me read their dialogue!

3) Stop making up rules on the spot. "No one can look into the eyes of a dragon." Really? Since when? I know the main character did a lot of reading about dragons, but, well, that's all you told me. Not once did we get a sense of that learning, of his studies and conversations. All that was said was, "he studied everything he could find." I'm sorry, but that's not enough. If you're going to introduce new rules for your magic system, or bring up some major point in the world's history, I need you to set it up along the way so I don't feel like you're just making things up on the spot. Sure, the author probably spent a lot of time figuring out all this stuff ahead of time, but the way you present it is equally important. This was one of my biggest complaints with Brandon Sanderson's first novel, Elantris. I'm happy to say he learned from that and his later books are much better about world creation.

4) Characters need real depth. Our main character had a tiny spark of internal conflict in the beginning when his pride and envy got the better of him, but after that one episode, he was back to boring again. "Ged feared no man, but he feared where one might lead him." Lines like this make me roll my eyes and want to close the book for good.

Ok, enough complaining. I suspect this series, much like the Shannara series, suffers from "crappy first book" syndrome. I'm sure if I could get past it and into the later stories things would get much better. Unfortunately, there's too much out there to read to waste my time finding out.

On to the next series, please! ( )
  jamestomasino | Sep 11, 2021 |
My introduction to high fantasy, read aloud to me by my older sister when I was in elementary school. If I ever have a child, I'll be reading them Earthsea. ( )
  gracefromspace | Sep 1, 2021 |
I’m not someone who grew up on western SFF canon and didn’t even know that LoTR books existed before the movies released. So, it’s no surprise that I only got to know about the legendary Ursula K. Le Guin and the Earthsea cycle last year during a discussion about famous female SFF authors. I’ve heard a lot about this series being the HP before Harry Potter existed, so I tried a lot not to view it through that lens but I quickly realized it wasn’t gonna be that difficult. And this felt like such a new experience for me.

The writing style felt odd and took a while for me to get used to, but it’s quite beautiful and poetic, and probably how the old style fantasy books were written. The magic system is not really detailed, with vague descriptions, just making us feel the power behind it all. The book has the usual tropes - a prophecied powerful wizard, a hero’s journey, and a magical academy - but what was missing was what made this a unique story. There is not necessarily a big bad here, the hero has to learn about his powers not to fight some evil villain but to find more about himself and be a better person, and this journey really takes him through all kinds of emotions. I found it to be so interesting with such personal stakes, but still never feeling any less epic.

To conclude, this was a nice beginning to a young wizard’s tale and has piqued my interest enough that I may continue. And I think it’s wonderful that I’m finally getting to know one of the genre’s most prominent legends. I was also glad (and a bit sad too) to read the author’s note where she mentions how she had to incorporate a majority POC cast in a way that it was able to pass the traditional publishing gatekeeping. Do give this a try if you are also unfamiliar with SFF history just like I am, but are open to exploring the roots. ( )
  ksahitya1987 | Aug 20, 2021 |
I think I am enjoying her Hainish Cycle SciFi books more than this fantasy novel, but that is probably purely a matter of personal preference. What spoke to me beyond the story was the world she builds, made up of many islands and dominated by the sea that connects them.

If I didn't know better, it would be possible to think that Eressea (the strategy PBEM) was influenced by this book, and it's made me want to start another game in a setting like this, with more magic and better rules for ships.
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  Enno23 | Aug 15, 2021 |
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