A few recommendations from r/fantasy for the 2017 bingo!
The Other Wind is the sixth novel in the Earthsea Cycle series by Ursula K. Le Guin.
Sorceror Alder has the power to mend things, but after he’s beset by nightmares about the dead, he searches for someone to help him. He goes to Roke, then to Gont – to seek out the former Archmage Sparrowhawk – and eventually ends up at the court of King Lebannen. He doesn’t know why the dead as calling to him, just as the people of Earthsea don’t know why they’re suddenly being attacked by dragons. Yet the two things are connected, even more than they understand. The state of Earthsea is about to changed forever.
Tales from Earthsea is the fifth book in the Earthsea Cycle series by Ursula K. Le Guin.
Tales from Earthsea consists of a bunch of short stories all taking place in Earthsea, with (mostly) new characters to go on a journey with.
I’d only ever read The Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin, on which I wrote a short essay – and I quite enjoyed it – but I knew I just had to read her Earthsea books as well. They’re considered classics, and I was already familiar with the Earthsea miniseries (which, I have to admit, seems pretty lacking now), so I bought The Earthsea Quartet while in London. Of course, back then I didn’t know there were more books to enjoy.
The Earthsea Quartet consists of:
- A Wizard of Earthsea
- The Tombs of Atuan
- The Farthest Shore
Ged, a young boy from Gont, is sent to Roke to learn magic and become a wizard. He’s a natural and in the years to come, Ged becomes the Archmage. He has many adventures: some involving dragons, some involving a boy who would be king and others involving a priestess of Atuan and a labyrinth of darkness.
I decided to publish my short essays on the readings from the Fantasy and Science Fiction: The Human Mind, Our Modern World course syllabus. The course started on the 1st of June and finished on the 14th of August. The essays were supposed to be around 270-320 words a piece. Today, I publish the essay that I wrote after reading Ursula K. Le Guin‘s The Left Hand of Darkness.
* These are my views and interpretations only
It’s no wonder that Ursula K. Le Guin’s The Left Hand of Darkness is cited having a very strong impact on the science fiction genre. It was Le Guin’s chance to truly explore the idea of a sexless and genderless society, something that had never been done like that before. Continue reading