A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula LeGuin

May 25, 2012 at 7:28 am (Reviews)

I’ll be reviewing Ursula LeGuin’s whole Earthsea trilogy* over the next few weeks. This is the first book.

When I was eighteen, I invented a wonderful world based on the Indonesian archipelago. It contained literally thousands of islands, and hundreds of diverse cultures. When I first read the Earthsea books several years later, I discovered that not only had my archipelago idea already been done, it had been done by a masterful writer who was already a classic. Fie upon you, LeGuin! You preemptively stole my idea and had the gall to do it better than me.


So: the world is excellent, and the writing is beautiful. The rest of this review is at Comfy Chair, where I get paid for it.


  1. W said,

    The first bit I saw was “LeGuin’s writing sucks”, and I was thoroughly shocked! Then I saw the rest of the verb phrase.

    The fourth book isn’t well regarded, that’s true. It’s been a very long time since I read Earthsea. I should find a copy and read it again. Your reviews are adding to my TBR pile.

    • Louise Curtis said,

      W: Heh. TBR piles among my friends and associates do tend to spark wildly out of control. I read when I put Louisette to sleep – generally three times a day (and CJ does one, and at night she just goes to sleep) – awesome.

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