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I wasn't good enough at encouraging people to be kinder, and removing people who refuse to be kind. Encouraging people is hard, and removing people creates conflict, and I hate conflict... so that's why I wasn't better at it.

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So, is there anybody here who's read the Earthsea books? Biggrin
I finished "A Wizard of Earthsea" on Sunday and I gotta say, I liked it a lot. The characters were very likable, and the descriptions were good too. The end wasn't exactly bombastic, but it was a pleasant break from the usual "hero slays dragon and then good is restored for evar". The book's not really focused on action, rather on the main character, Ged,

Hidden stuff:
who is hunted by a shadow. Though you'd never guess who that shadow is Razz

I'm starting Tombs of Atuan soon, or so I hope. I'm sort of lazy >.>

Let go of all desire for the common good, and the good becomes common as grass.


Good fortune follows upon disaster;
Disaster lurks within good fortune;
Who can say how things will end?
Perhaps there is no end.
05-05-2009 12:54 AM
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Re: Earthsea

I've read whole Earthsea series (or did I? I've for sure read all of the basics + tehanu. Cannot reamember "tales")
I like all the thing you mentioned above + the way the magic worked (not Harry Potter way - casting with no conequences, how I hate that little brat...Smile).
I don't realy feel like wtriting about all the things I liked about Earthsea. Just gonna mention that (since she is an anarchist^^) I prefered "The Dispossessed: An Ambiguous Utopia" or "The Word for World is Forest".
Those are from Ekumen (Hain) series. Catwings weren't bad eitherSmile (trying to make it busy).
05-16-2009 06:45 AM
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