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Tales From Earthsea (Earthsea Cycle #5)

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Here, collected together for the first time, are five magical tales of Earthsea, the fantastical realm created by a master storyteller that has held readers enthralled for more than three decades.

The Finder, a novella set a few hundred years before A Wizard of Earthsea, when the Archipelago was dark and troubled, reveals how the famous school on Roke was started.

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Hardcover, 320 pages
Published October 1st 2002 by Orion Children's Books (first published 2001)
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Lisa
I got this as a gift, from a friend who knew I'd read the Earthsea books (the first four) more than once.

These tales are based on the world of Earthsea, and the author reports that they are best read 'after' reading the first four novels of the Earthsea collection. I would concur, as it adds the necessary depth and context for entering the world of these tales.

The first 'tale' in this book is called "The Finder"... and I found myself quietly weeping near the end of it. Stunning, to be moved so.
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Kristen
These stories were not nearly as compelling as the first four Earthsea books, either in the plot or the writing. Also, several stories seem overly concerned with demonstrating that women have more importance in Earthsea than the fist three books indicate, especially the last story, "Dragonfly." This story and the first one, "The Finder," read as though the author is trying to re-write women into the Earthsea stories as an afterthought. I didn't mind their near absence in the first three books, s ...more
Tatiana
UKL is one of my favorite authors of all time, one of two authors (along with Tolkien) whose fantasy I love because it feels real to me down to the deepest level. This book is five stories set in the same world as her Earthsea novels. All five are just jewels. They flesh out that universe a bit more, in quite interesting ways, and all are delightful in their own right, as well. One is from the time that Ged is Archmage. Another is from after his time. One is from long ago, telling something of h ...more
Kyle
My Earthsea experience was a long time ago--it's been at least 10 years since I read any of them. Back then, I plowed through the original trilogy and was sort of surprised by Tehanu, which I found kind of slow. I told myself, "Newer Le Guin just isn't my thing."

But it turns out that I was wrong, not Le Guin; clearly I just needed to grow up a bit. These 5 stories showed me that sometimes thoughtful, strong, tree-like characters are more interesting than ACTION-PACKED ACTION. They're beautiful a
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Kalessin
On the whole, a pretty interesting collection of stories. I'm still uneasy about the fact that LeGuin felt the need to go back and change Earthsea, make it more "politically correct"- but, if you can get over that, her writing is still quite good. "The Bones of the Earth" was probably my favorite story of five, brief and heart-wrenching. "The Finder" dragged on for a bit too long, I felt; "Darkrose and Diamond" had a bitter ending, not what I was expecting at all. All along, I cherished a foolis ...more
R.Scot Johns
The more I read Le Guin the less I like her writing. She has no sense of pacing or plotting whatsoever, leaving the single "event" of each book or story until the last few pages, reached only after a slow and tedious preamble in which the characters sit around doing nothing (as if that's a plot point or an action of its own), and somehow we're supposed to identify with them in their non-quest for nothing. Some of her characters show promise, but we never see it come to true fruition.

I appreciate
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Sandra Visser
While some of these stories were beautiful little gems in themselves, especially Dragonfly, On the High Marsh and The Bones of the Earth, some of Le Guin’s earlier ease in creating magic effortlessly is lost. While some of her lyrical imagery and simple way with words remain, the effort of going back to enlighten us about the past by inserting women into the founding of Roke and women’s role in magic feels forced and mechanical, a conscious effort to right perceived wrongs in the earlier novels. ...more
Casey
Tales from Earthsea is one novella, four short stories, and a background section on the world of Earthsea. Considering I have read all the Earthsea books right after one another, I think this installment is very consistent with the writing style and themes that are in the previous books.

The depth and breadth of worldbuilding is wonderful. It's all done with great subtlety, which I really commend. This collection gives more information about many of the people and events that have been alluded to
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Vicky
Some of this was ok other parts were torture to read so boring I found myself skimming. I had already bought this whole series or there is no way I would finish reading it but just one more to go.
Jesse Lehrer
The writing style for this series works really well in short story form. It was great to read about events that led to where Earthsea is in the present of the series, development on certain aspects of history and the world and cultures, etc.

I saw several reviews critiquing the focus on women and claiming that Leguin just threw women into the history just cuz she wanted to make a point and that it doesn't fit the series and all I have to say is....are you actually that sexist or insane that you
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Robert
This followed Tehanu after another long break and so I've only read it twice and don't have the same relationship to it as I do with the older Earthsea books.

Somehow this book is more than the sum of its parts; the individual stories are good but not excellent. The essay on Earthsea is interesting but because it is a set of working notes instead of a story it lacks lustre. Yet at the end of the book I felt that I knew Earthsea much better than at the start. It is a place of magic and epic advent
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Cyndy Aleo
Technically, Tales from Earthsea was the fifth book written as part of Ursula LeGuin's Earthsea Cycle, but it doesn't follow the story that began with A Wizard of Earthsea chronologically. It does, however, provide some fascinating background information and "history" for the world of Earthsea.

::: Tales? :::

Tales from Earthsea contains several different tales: a novella, four short stories, and a "history" of the world of Earthsea. The novella is called The Finder, and tells the story of Otter/T
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Davis
The fifth book in Le Guin's Earthsea series is a collection of short stories instead of a novel. This change provides a different lens to see her world in, and is very welcome. However, this book starts off a bit more darker and mature, something that was started at the end of "Tehanu." While not detrimental, the series does feel a bit more adult, and some may dislike that shift. This is most likely because 30 real-time years have passed since Le Guin started the series. The five stories are org ...more
L.
In her foreword, Urusula K. Le Guin pokes fun at herself for subtitling Tehanu "The Last Book of Earthsea." She has revealed in interiews elsewhere that she meant this to stave off thoughts of another series involving Ged and in her foreward explains that on finishing Tehanu, she felt she'd reached the "present" of Earthsea. There was no more to tell.
For fans of her work, it was a happy error. this collection of longish short stories delves into the corners of Earthsea's history. We have learned
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Simon
It's been a few years since I read anything by Ursula Le Guin, especially the Earthsea trilogy (never got around to reading Tehanu) so I approached this book with mixed feelings. But I shouldn't have worried, Ursula proved once again she can write great stories.

This set of tales, as well as all being set in Earthsea, also share the theme of magic. All the stories concentrate on characters who are (or are about to become) wizards or witches. Additionally there are feminist concerns here as we see
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Benjamin
I should state up front that I love Le Guin as an author and as a person (whom I've never met). She's a clear and honest thinker, and she's always been a model in her struggles with her fiction as experiments in politics and social morality. For instance, although The Left Hand of Darkness is a gigantic triumph in terms of rethinking gender, it has a few holes which she is very honest about in her later essays.

Which is why it's so interesting to see her revisit her straight-up fantasy world of E
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Nikki
Tales from Earthsea is a collection of short stories, rather than one whole new novel. It adds quite a lot to the world of Earthsea, consequently -- more breadth, certainly, and some more depth. I preferred it over Tehanu: it seemed as if it fit better until the world we already know. Only one story features Ged, and only one of them is set after Tehanu.

The first story, The Finder, is set quite a long time before the books begin, before Ged is even born. It begins following one boy, Medra, and y
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Sara
First things first: I adore Ursula Le Guin’s work. I’ve enjoyed every book I’ve read of hers so far (you can read my reviews of Lavinia, Changing Planes, and The Tombs of Atuan here at the blog), and I usually read them shortly after purchasing because I can’t wait to find out where her imagination will take me next. The latter point explains why I was shocked when I couldn’t recall a thing about Tales From Earthsea, even though I swore I’d read it a couple years ago. Now I have, and I can say w ...more
Lark
I really like Le Guin and her writing, but this book just didn't fit my expectations.

Tales from Earthsea was more like a writer's notes about her own world semi-written into a story format. I was expecting more cohesive story lines regardless if they explored the past or future of Earthsea. But it seems like the whole purpose of this book was more to explain the backstory/future of characters. I'd rather have a compelling story than focus so much on seeing a character as a youngin'.

The stronge
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Noah
This was basically a book of sort stories about all different times in Earthsea. I loved each one. I had always wanted to know more about the happenings and history of Earthsea, and this book delivered.
Xochiquetzalli
Well, I've never been completely sure if I like this author's writing style, but in this case I can say I don't. I was getting used to the long set up stories with big (sometimes abrupt= endings... but his succeeded with the former and failed with the later... there was so much build up and then it just ends.

I didn't like "The Finder" because it seems so very out of place with the universe she created. Sure, I agree with her, sex won't "kill" your magic and women can be just as magical as the me
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Zack Stackurski
Wow. This might be the best of the Earthsea books! Though I am partial to short stories so your mileage may vary. The stories mostly weave together into a very nice whole and set the stage for the final book incredibly well. I'm excited to read "The Other Wind" Soon!

Synopsis and perhaps opinions of the short stories:

The Finder - The story of a young man coming into his magery and seeking for truths over the islands had all the good stuff from the first Earthsea novel in it. Its also neat to see
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Sean
Where Tehanu was a cool, feminist look back on the existing Earthsea canon, the stories in Tales from Earthsea present a new Earthsea, one with a feminist history and feminine roots.
Spigana
Ja visi stāsti būtu tādi kā pirmais un pēdējais, es šai grāmatai liktu piecas zvaigznes, tomēr jāatzīst, ka daži stāsti nojauc grāmatas noskaņu un īsti neiet kopā ar sēriju par spīti tam, ka to darbība risinās tai pašā pasaulē.
Lai arī šai grāmatai mazliet pietrūkst sērijai raksturīgā filozofija un par spīti tam, ka šī grāmata nevirza uz priekšu sērijas sižetu, es tomēr izbaudīju šos stāstus, jo tie burvīgi atklāj pasaules un maģijas uzbūvi, pastāsta par Jūrzemes vēsturi un vispār teicami papildi
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Kyle Muntz
this did a good job filling in holes in earthsea's history, but i didn't think any of the stories were very strong. somewhere between 2 or 3 stars, probably the low point of the series for me
Qi
This is a collection of stories on and about Earthsea. The depth and tone of each story varies against each other. I particularly like The Finder and the Bone of Earth, perhaps because they are more familiar in style with the first three Earthsea books. The other stories seemed less. All of the stories have given women prominent or parallel roles to the usual male protagonists.

I am particularly taken by the tragic and tender tone of The Finder. It has a darker shade than that of Ged.

All of the
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A.R. Davis
05/08/14 Earthsea: Tales From Earthsea, Ursula K. LeGuin, 1997. I was disappointed that this was not a full novel. Instead, LeGuin constructs five tales that fill in some of the gaps in the overall history of Earthsea. However, each story has the same wonderful style and feeling as the rest of LeGuin’s saga. Included in this book is a description of the structure of Earthsea and, as in the other books, comments by the author about the writing itself. She mentions that Earthsea has changed over t ...more
Seema
I understand that these were short stories.. stories that were apparently picked out of scrap stories from all around the Earthsea.. so I really shouldn't have expected a bunch of well rounded stories but still!!! But still I think it could have been better.. The stories kept me wanting for me and in a bad way.. like every time the story ended I was like, what? that's it? really? But I'll read it series from the beginning because I know the 5th book was supposed to be like an extra addition of s ...more
Jessica
Why did I ever rate this three stars? I've forgotten what bothered me when I first read this. There were some stories here I liked more than others, maybe I felt over all it wasn't that good. Well, thankfully, I can reverse myself and unreservedly love this book. The second in the second trilogy of Earthsea, Tales is a collection of short stories. Le Guin said she wasn't able to finish Earthsea until she was able to explore some of the other islands. Only then could she come back and record, as ...more
Giovanna
3.5

Forse meglio dei romanzi, perché lo stile della Le Guin si adatta molto di più ai racconti brevi essendo estremamente scorrevole.

Il trovatore: 4 stelline
Le ossa della terra: 3.5 stelline
Nell'altra palude: 3.5 stelline
Libellula: 3+/3.5 stelline

Un peccato che l'autrice mi abbia convinto solo nella seconda metà della saga e comunque non fino in fondo, ma tutto sommato la serie in sè scorre velocemente e per chi ama il fantasy è una bella lettura, non tanto bella quanto mi aspettavo, ma comunque
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As of 2013, Ursula K. Le Guin has published twenty-two novels, eleven volumes of short stories, four collections of essays, twelve books for children, six volumes of poetry and four of translation, and has received many awards: Hugo, Nebula, National Book Award, PEN-Malamud, etc. Her recent publications include the novel Lavinia, an essay collection, Cheek by Jowl, and The Wild Girls. Forthcoming ...more
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