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Opowieści z Ziemiomorza (Earthsea Cycle #5)

3.97 of 5 stars 3.97  ·  rating details  ·  10,092 ratings  ·  303 reviews
Five stories of Ursula K. Le Guin's world-renowned realm of Earthsea are collected in one volume. Featuring two classic stories, two original tales, and a brand-new novella, as well as new maps and a special essay on Earthsea's history, languages, literature, and magic.
Mass Market Paperback, 280 pages
Published January 2008 by Książnica (first published May 4th 2001)
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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.
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
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
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
M.J. Johnson
Ursula Le Guin is a very good writer and the 'Earthsea' series of books are worthwhile reading. I'm not a natural target when it comes to fantasy/sci-fi but I do appreciate and greatly admire the quality of Le Guin's writing. These short stories which are set at various times throughout the history of her invented world often relate to an event sometimes only touched on in the other books. We also meet some of the characters from the five main books in these tales. It also includes the story 'Dr ...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
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
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
Again, 5 stars. The more I read of Earthsea, the more fond of it I become; it's already up to the point where while reading stories from Tales from Earthsea my heart was warming with each sentence. Le Guin certainly has her brilliant, base-knowledge kind of way of telling stories. Although two of these stories might qualify as short novels, this was one of the best short story-oriented books that I've read in my life. Loved every bit of it. The Description of Earthsea is an interesting idea, des ...more
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
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.
Peter Heisler
This collection of tales was enjoyable to read. The writing is simple and elegant, giving the work an air of storytelling in the oral tradition. The plots and themes become a bit repetitive, though: a young person with magical powers is discovered, develops his or her abilities, and then finds that true strength lies in home, the natural world, and basic human goodness. The universe itself is quite interesting, and the magic marvelous and creative. What I found most interesting was just how much ...more
The joy of being able to read a new (for me) Ursula le Guin is hard to describe. It's like reading a new Tolkien...

Although this is a set of short stories (and maybe a novella?), it's described as the fifth book of the Earthsea set. This is certainly appropriate; the first four stories give more context for Earthsea as a whole, and the last story - which I think I'd read before? - is definitely a bridge between Tehanu and The Other Wind. And I loved it.

"The Finder" deals with the setting up of t
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
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
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
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
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
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
Since I'm one of those people who have the luxury of reading these books one after another in a short period of time (as in, the first book of this cycle is older than me! There are no years in between reading them.) I enjoy how Le Guin builds her world more and more through the stories in this book. I enjoyed the story about the founding of Roke, the run-away wizard - Diamond, Ogion's past and how his master found his end when they stilled the earthquake, the episode about Sparrowhak's past as ...more
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
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
Jazzmin Hunter
I enjoyed this the most of all the Earthsea books. While none of them were very exciting, they have a sort of dreamy quality that I enjoy. None of them got 5 stars, but I still can imagine wanting to reread them sometime.
Great addition to the Earthsea universe. Le Guin manages to tell short stories advancing the larger narrative that really give you the feeling this is a rich and full world that you're peeking into here and there, and beyond the edges of the books it is complete and living. I also enjoyed her foreword, maybe more than the stories themselves, because of her articulate thoughts on the relationship between fiction and history and fictional histories and mythologies. The Earthsea books are successfu ...more
Russ Linton
I'm a late-comer to the world of Earthsea. I noticed many average reviews from fans of that series, so perhaps I am missing something really amazing (and I do intend to read as much of Le Guin's work as I can!) but the stories held the own without any direct knowledge of the Earthsea universe. They are the kind of fantasy I would like to see more of - quietly epic where the setting doesn't drown out the characters and where even seemingly mundane decisions and situations can be turned into memor ...more
This set of stories were an enjoyable read, if not fully on par with the earlier entries in Le Guin's Earthsea Cycle. "The Finder" is the longest entry and probably the best. The view into an earlier period of Earthsea history was intriguing, but the second half of the story drags a bit. Le Guin cleary wants to "edit" some aspects of Earthsea society she earlier created, and this reverse world-building doesn't really work all that well. These changes do fit somewhat better in the context of the ...more
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
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
Ursula K. Le Guin's fantasy writing has always struck me as lacking the depth of her science fiction. Part of this may be because the Earthsea novels are more clearly Young Adult fiction. Part of it may be that Le Guin doesn't suffer to let the minutia of her wizarding school stretch on for six books (cough!) and usually lets her students pass from matriculation to graduation within a few hundred pages or less. Whatever the reason, this book remedies that perceived lack of depth.

Her sci-fi writi
Stories of deeds and history, mages and healers and witches and common folk, ancient and of the Earthsea-now.

(It might be reasonable to think that all the tales are a build up to the last, Dragonfly. And if that one doesn't leave you feeling incandescent, I don't know what will. Similarly, if the afterword, A Description of Earthsea, does not instill a desire to set fire to the whole patriarchal system, fictional and otherwise, I don't know what will.)
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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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Other Books in the Series

Earthsea Cycle (6 books)
  • A Wizard of Earthsea (Earthsea Cycle, #1)
  • The Tombs of Atuan (Earthsea Cycle, #2)
  • The Farthest Shore (Earthsea Cycle, #3)
  • Tehanu (Earthsea Cycle, #4)
  • The Other Wind (Earthsea Cycle, #6)
A Wizard of Earthsea (Earthsea Cycle, #1) The Tombs of Atuan (Earthsea Cycle, #2) The Farthest Shore (Earthsea Cycle, #3) The Left Hand of Darkness (Hainish Cycle, #4) The Dispossessed (Hainish Cycle, #5)

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