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Tales from Earthsea (Earthsea Cycle #5)

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Winner of five Nebula and five Hugo Awards, the National Book Award, the Newberry, and many other awards, Ursula K. Le Guin is one of the finest authors ever to write science fiction and fantasy. Her greatest creation may be the powerful, beautifully written, and deeply imagined Earthsea Cycle, which inhabits the rarified air at the pinnacle of modern fantasy with J.R.R. T ...more
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Published September 2001 by Audio Literature (first published 2001)
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Ivan
Ursula as wonderful as always.
Lisa
Jul 17, 2008 Lisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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Laila
Jan 04, 2015 Laila rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novel, fantasy
Muhtesemdi! Serinin onceki kurgulariyla paralel hikayelerden olusuyordu. Ne ara sonuna geldin anlamadim. Ozellikle "Iriali"...

Bu serinin her kitabindan ayri bir keyif aldim. Her ne kadar Ged'in kendine has oykusunu cok ozlemis olsam da yeni karakterlerle tanismak guzeldi.

Nasil bir hayal dunyasidir Le Guin'inki bilmiyorum... Ama cok derin oldugu hissettigim tek sey.

Satir aralarinda dusunduren cumleler vardi. Dikkatimi cekenlerden bazilari sunlar:

"Eğer kendimizden başka herkes köle olacaksa, b
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Nikki
If you read nothing else from this collection, you should grab this to read ‘Dragonfly’. The other stories fill in bits and pieces of the background, or use the world to tell a new story that is small in scope compared to Ged’s. ‘Dragonfly’, on the other hand, is necessary (to my mind) to really understanding The Other Wind, and should definitely be read first. It introduces a character who becomes important, and events which are referred to throughout the novel.

As for the writing of the stories
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Inés Izal
May 22, 2016 Inés Izal rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
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Tatiana
Aug 17, 2009 Tatiana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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
Jan 09, 2013 Kyle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Kristen
Oct 02, 2008 Kristen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi-fantasy
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
YouKneeK
Sep 18, 2016 YouKneeK rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tales from Earthsea is an anthology of five stories that take place at various time periods before, during, and after the previous four books. In the author’s introduction, she says these stories should be read after the first four books. I would definitely agree; I think some of these stories would be less meaningful without already knowing how they fit into the larger story. I normally find anthologies to be pretty unsatisfying, because the stories are so short and I like longer, meatier stori ...more
M.J. Johnson
Mar 13, 2015 M.J. Johnson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Derek
Overall Rating: 3.5*

It's cool how Ursula tried to show some cohesion between all the stories and the different events and histories that preceded them. The effort is very laudable, but the results weren't all that. I mean, yes, in regards to giving us a broader feel of Earthsea, she did a remarkable job, but as for reeling us in, getting us to feel for the characters, capture empathy and all that, it wasn't really working. Most of these stories were disjointed, or I never really got into them un
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R.Scot Johns
Jun 01, 2012 R.Scot Johns rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, fantasy
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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Sarah Joy
Oct 15, 2009 Sarah Joy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2009
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
Sparrowlicious
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
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
Vilijus
Mar 17, 2015 Vilijus rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Vicky
Oct 19, 2013 Vicky rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
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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Priya
Apr 22, 2017 Priya rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first story in the book, a novella titled The Finder, told the story of how the school of wizardry at the island of Roke came to be. I have never been much fond of creation-stories. To add to that, this seemed deliberately written to sound archaic. It was a huge put-off after my exhilarating run through the first four books of the Earthsea cycle. I abandoned the short story collection for an entire week before picking up where I had left off. The Finder was, fortunately, the only story in th ...more
Книжни Криле
Жадувах да се завърна тук. И ето ме! Отново съм насред Архипелага, отново съм в Землемория! Откакто завърших великия квартет на Урсула Ле Гуин в пълното издание на „Бард” нямах търпение да завърша цикъла и с втория том. И ето, че и на него му дойде ред. Представяме ви „Приказки от Землемория. Другият вятър”! Пет нови истории и цял един роман от фанстастичната поредица на Ле Гуин (с общ обем от 450 страници!) се появяват за първи път на български език в колекцията „Велики майстори на фентъзи и фа ...more
Alvaro Garat
Mar 30, 2017 Alvaro Garat rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
hoy debo decir que Terramar es una de las sagas que más me ha sorprendido, la originalidad del relato es hermosa, sumado a la fluidez y calidez de la obra, la esencia humana y social, mezclada con la herencia mágica nos absuelve de una crítica negativa.
Este libro en particular, nos permite vislumbrar algunos acontecimientos con otros ojos. Nos enseña por que sucedieron algunas cosas, y donde tienen su origen otras.
Gracias Úrsula
Davis
Aug 13, 2012 Davis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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Andrea
Mar 03, 2017 Andrea rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow. I enjoyed this book more than I expected. The stories are dense and substantial. They build on each other, and the existing mythos, in a good way. I expected this to be a light revisit of the Earthsea world but Le Guin truly does have more to say and the stories are fresh and deep. (The only one I didn't love was Darkrose and Diamond, but it's also the shortest of the lot.) I'll definitely be revisiting this. The last story in particular is haunting me.
Alexandra
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
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nefes kesici.
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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L.
Sep 05, 2012 L. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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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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Other Books in the Series

Earthsea Cycle (6 books)
  • A Wizard of Earthsea (Earthsea Cycle, #1)
  • The Tombs of Atuan (Earthsea Cycle, #2)
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