These #Earthsea books are cool, but I can kinda see why its slower, more pensive tone didn't catch on like Harry Potter's fast-paced content. The time spans and perspective shifts between are also kinda hard to follow at first, but they're really interesting and good!
I wish I had known there were 6+ books instead of 3, but my library only had 3 at the time I was reading them.
@Alamantus Her writing is just something else.
@dani I really want to sample some of her other writing so I can get a full sense of it! I'm interested to see what elements carry over
@Alamantus There’s no one book in particular of hers that I can say is my favourite but whenever I read anything by her, fiction or otherwise, I’m immediately stopped in my tracks.
@Alamantus The first three books were written a long time before the later ones, and were intended as children’s books in a way Tehanu, at least, wasn’t. It’s only relatively recently publishers have started treating them as one continuous series.
@ghost_bird Oh that's interesting! That makes a bit of sense because Tehanu doesn't seem like a kid's book so far with its themes of aging and whatnot
@Alamantus Yes, Tehanu is Le Guin starting to re-examine Earthsea as she became more engaged with feminism, among other things. It’s more a complement to and commentary on the original books than a continuation, in a way.
@ghost_bird Well that's rad! I probably wouldn't have reached that conclusion from reading it myself, but knowing it is awesome!
@Alamantus I like the slower pace, it gives it less of a sense of rush and more hinting at the evolution of the characters.
Of course, I also write stories like that... so I'm biased.
@dmoonfire Yeah, I certainly appreciate that slow pace, and the hinting is a cool way to do character development. It's just different than what I'm used to and probably not what the mainstream reader is usually looking for? I don't really know. It's interesting though!
@Alamantus I think it is what mainstream readers *used* to be into. When you look at the older fantasy, they are much slower.
Just reading Fellowship of the Rings is a good example, but also a lot of the other writers in the 70s had that slowness. I don't think it was until the mid-80s where we started really get the push for the "catch us in the first page or we abandon you forever!"
@dmoonfire That's very true and makes a lot of sense! I have to say I often fall into that trap of needing a good hook, but I'm glad I don't always need it. I would have missed out on some really good books if I had given up after the first page or so of some books I read recently...
@Alamantus I always tell people, you have a hundred pages to catch me. If you don't, I'll probably give you another hundred before I give up.
@Alamantus omg I love Earthsea so much
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