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A Wizard of Earthsea

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

20 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

Ged vs. Potter? I choose Ged.

It's interesting, in these days of Harry Potter, to read what people think of LeGuin's Earthsea books and in particular 'A Wizard of Earthsea'. I think that people forget that this book was first published in 1968, about 30 years before the US publication of 'Harry Pott...
It's interesting, in these days of Harry Potter, to read what people think of LeGuin's Earthsea books and in particular 'A Wizard of Earthsea'. I think that people forget that this book was first published in 1968, about 30 years before the US publication of 'Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's [Philosopher's] Stone'. While, in my opinion, J.K. Rowling is an extremely creative writer, her characters are all fairly simplistic, with virtually one-track minds. Adults in Rowling's magical world are as immature and petty as the children at Hogwarts. Her characters are driven by rather simple, predictable emotions and goals. Characters in Rowling's books continuously repeat the same character flaws and don't seem to learn from them over the course of seven books. Rowling paints with so thick a brush that the reader becomes duped into accepting that a plot twist equates to character development. LeGuin's Ged, on the other hand, does learn. He exists in a world where children act like children and adults act like adults. He grows immensely during this coming of age tale. His character development leads the plot, rather than the other way around, therefore, creating a much richer read, in my opinion, than any of Rowling's beloved books. LeGuin packs so much imagery, action and character development into a book less than 200 pages long. Compare that to the endless chapters in the Harry Potter books where you spend over 200 pages finding out, for example, who's taking who to the Yule Ball, or how many times Harry will serve detention. LeGuin's book is probably written for younger readers who like to think about the meaning of what they are reading, rather than simply follow a story line laid out before them. Don't get me wrong, I have enjoyed J.K. Rowling's books and I greatly appreciate them for what they are...I've bought the last few books the day they were released, just like almsot everybody else. But I absolutely love LeGuin's work and I feel that she has written amongst the finest fantasy writing I have read, to date, and I've been reading fantasy for over 25 years. For people who have enjoyed reading Harry Potter, you may also enjoy the original three books of this series 'A Wizard of Earthsea, The Tombs of Atuan, and The Farthest Shore'. The Farthest Shore is also a masterpiece. As I have grown older, with maturation of my understanding of the way things work in life, my perspective and understanding of that story has evolved and so I consider that book to be a rare literary equivalent to a fine wine whose flavors change as it ages.

posted by Anonymous on July 26, 2007

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Most Helpful Critical Review

15 out of 28 people found this review helpful.

Whaaaaat?

Not even the first sentance. Some sample. How do I know if this book is right for me? GIVE AT LEAST THE FIRST CHAPTER!!!!!!!! Click yes if you agree!

posted by Anonymous on August 14, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2013

    Whaaaaat?

    Not even the first sentance. Some sample. How do I know if this book is right for me? GIVE AT LEAST THE FIRST CHAPTER!!!!!!!!


    Click yes if you agree!

    15 out of 28 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2013

    Don't know can't tell

    What kind of sample is that??? They only give one page to read!

    4 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 15, 2013

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    I am not in the majority of those who liked this book.....I felt

    I am not in the majority of those who liked this book.....I felt is was dry, lacking in development of the characters, and I couldn't root for any of the characters. There was too much narration and too little dialog between characters. I actually had to force myself to finish the book....The premise of the storyline was a good idea but it fell short. It was like reading in an encyclopedia...

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2007

    A reviewer

    I had to read this for my seventh grade english class. It was soooo boring!! Half of the book didn't make sense. Then, you get to the end and I couldn't even figure out what he was fighting or who was following him. The whole story is very vague and extremely hard to understand. My teacher thought that we should all understand what it was talking about. I do not suggest that anyone read this unless you are able to read confusing books. I thought it was going to be a good book, but it was extremely dissapointing.

    1 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2013

    What's with one half page sample.

    I almost purchased the book becaue the person and I had the same taste and two things I love in books are fantasy and series. But,when I saw the overview I got nothing,okay let me see the rewievs they were dishearting so what those are just opinions my friend liked it, I press ed on ( pun inted ) and got the sample. A half of a page are you kidding sorry you just lost money. You couldn't do more than a half a page

    0 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2012

    Not enough detail

    You cant really grasp this book

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 4, 2009

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    Not good story telling

    This book only said that so and so went here, saw that, said a few lines and then went somewhere else, saw that, said a few lines and moved again to a new place. It's like reading a back history book instead of telling a story. Book is too short and I didn't even bother to finish it. I like the idea of this sea of islands with each island having different people and cultures but the way the story is told was not for me. Price was also a rip off of $15 for so thin of a book.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2008

    The perfect bedtime story

    Horrifically boring. Don't read this book unless you are sure that you will not be bored to death. I had to read this for six grade and our entire reading group disliked it and would definitely not recommend this book. Many complicating concepts are introduced in little time making the reader confused and bored. Therefore, I highly recommend not to read this book unless you are going to bed.

    0 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2007

    DON'T READ THIS!!!!!

    omg!!!! i have to read this for a high school assignment, and i hate it. It's so boring and it makes you want to fall asleep. I will NEVER pick this book up and read it again. If you want a good book to read in your spare time, don't read this one!!!!!!!! the assignment is hard, well the last part is hard, and the book is not very good. I don't like it at all!!!

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2006

    book was terrible

    having seen sci-fi verison of this booki was terribly bored reading this book. don't understand why people a rating this book as anything but poor. was a quick & TOTALLY Forgettable read, Looking for Good Sci-Fi Check out Wheel of Time

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2004

    Cool

    This book was terrible. It didn't have very good story line. The charaters were badly described

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2003

    A Wizard of Earthsea (Earthsea Series #1)

    The book was not as good as most readers would have expected.The title makes the reader think that the book will be good but the whole loosing of the shadow just wasn't what the book needed to be about.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2002

    Don't waste your time.

    If you ask me, this book was pure Junk. Sure it rambled on and on and was at a point good, but otheriwise, it smelled worse than my brother's gym socks. I couldn't understand what was going on, or why for that matter, and everything was just plain confusing. If you ask me, LeGuin didn't even know what she was talking about.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2010

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