A Wizard of EarthseaPosted: October 20, 2008 Filed under: Book of Sand 1 Comment
This appears on most lists of “Fantasy Novels You Have to Read Sometime,” which meant it was another book for the train ride. Short, quick, and it had a map in the front.
Strangely disappointing, though.
I thought the story would be more intricate and the world much more interesting, since I’d heard it compared to a cross between Middle-Earth and Narnia. Not even close. And there were several long-ish passages of the main character analyzing himself, or being lost in his own thoughts, which usually spanned a page or two of excessively long paragraphs. I hate (for the most part) long paragraphs in fiction, and I hate (for the most part) having to read a lot of the main character’s inner thoughts and reflections (Crime & Punishment is an exception).
At the beginning, the book seemed to have a lot of potential. I was enjoying it. Then I somehow lost my interest and kept reading only because…what else was I going to do on the train? Take another LSAT practice test?
In all fairness, though, I will probably give LeGuin’s other Earthsea novels a try. (Her books being so much shorter, I’m willing to do for her what I refuse to do for Robert Jordan.)
Well, honestly, if you didn’t like A Wizard of Earthsea too much, then I don’t think you will like the next Earthsea novels too much either. They’re all pretty slow, beautifully written, but still slow. I found A Wizard of Earthsea just a little bit easier to read then the following two… I actually didn’t finish the third book, but instead watched an anime version called Gedo Senkai or something like that…