Tales from Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin
(The Earthsea Cycle, Book 5)

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The tales of this book, as Ursula K. Le Guin writes in her introduction, explore or extend the world established by her first four Earthsea novels. Yet each stands on its own.

"The Finder," a novella set a few hundred years before A Wizard of Earthsea, presents a dark and troubled Archipelago and shows how some of its customs and institutions came to be. "The Bones of the Earth" features the wizards who taught the wizard who first taught Ged and demonstrates how humility, if great enough, can contend with an earthquake. "Darkrose and Diamond" is a delightful story of young courtship showing that wizards sometimes pursue alternative careers. "On the High Marsh" tells of the love of power-and of the power of love. "Dragonfly" shows how a determined woman can break the glass ceiling of male magedom.

Concluding with an account of Earthsea's history, people, languages, literature, and magic, this collection also features two new maps of Earthsea.   This ebook includes a sample chapter of THE OTHER WIND.


About Ursula K. Le Guin

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Ursula K. Le Guin was born in Berkeley, California, in 1929. Among her honors are a National Book Award, five Hugo and five Nebula Awards, the Kafka Award, a Pushcart Prize, and the Harold D. Vursell Memorial Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She lives in Portland, Oregon. www.ursulakleguin.com
Published May 4, 2001 by Mariner Books. 417 pages
Genres: Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Horror. Fiction

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Tales from Earthsea 2006, PG, Optimum Asia £18.99 In an 'uncharacteristically bold' statement, Japanese anime legend Hayao Miyazaki apparently told writer Ursula Le Guin that 'if Earthsea is to be made into a film, I'd be the only person who could make it right'.

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Starseeker by Tim Bowler Oxford £10.99, pp334 Strawgirl by Jackie Kay Macmillan £10.99, pp263 Tales From Earthsea by Ursula le Guin Orion £10.99 pp320 It is often said that children's literature falls into two categories - the identification novel and the adventure novel - and that girls like the...

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Finally, in the novella Dragonfly, a tale set immediately after the events related in her Nebula Award–winning novel Tehanu (1990), Le Guin tells the story of a young girl who chooses to defy the ban on female mages, tries to enroll in the school on Roke Island and, in doing so, initiates great ...

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She had written about a school for wizards long ago, she said: The Earthsea trilogy --- A WIZARD OF EARTHSEA, THE TOMBS OF ATUAN, and THE FARTHEST SHORE (which won a National Book Award in 1973) --- along with the later TEHANU and this new book, all are set in an archipelago where magic is common...

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Tales from Earthsea, taken from the science-fiction writing of Ursula LeGuin, is a gorgeously pokey anime from Goro Miyazaki, the debut film by the son of the venerated Hayao Miyazaki.

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SF Site

In Giant Bones, Beagle returns to the world he created in The Innkeeper's Song for a sequence of short works, as does Le Guin with Earthsea, but even more interesting are their storytelling methods: both assume an unhurried, meandering approach in their writing, allowing their characters' tales t...

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Major characters are in jeopardy many times, including scenes in which wolves with teeth bared chase a teen, structures collapse with heroes inside, evil henchmen capture citizens and imprison them as slaves, sword fighting to the death (in one shocking swordfight scene, a severed hand flies into...

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Strange Horizons

Nevertheless, because of the differences between Tehanu and the original trilogy, readers who hold Earthsea in their imaginations may well be looking at the release of Tales from Earthsea with a mixture of anticipation and trepidation, especially since Le Guin explicitly stated (a statement that ...

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SciFi Online

Both Hayao and Le Guin have publicly stated their dislike for the movie (although the DVD has an interview with Goro, who claimed that his father did like the finished film).

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A prince sets out on a magical journey and discovers wizards, witches, dragons and self-knowledge in "Tales From Earthsea," a first feature for Goro Miyazaki, son of the celebrated Hayao Miyazaki ("Spirited Away").

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