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The Earthsea Quartet by Ursula K. Le Guin
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Nov 24, 11

Read from November 04 to 21, 2011

I am part way through reading these stories again. I first read them back in the early '70s and enjoyed them then. After such a long gap I've come to them again and found the stories quite unsatisfying. As stories go, they're OK but the problem with all fantasy is that there is no root in the real world. To compare them to Tolkein or Lewis or even J.K.Rowling does all those writers a disservice. Fantasy writing has always struck me as very lazy writing. If your hero is stuck, then a bit of magic and everything's solved. Fantasy writing works best when there is a thorough grounding back to our known universe with connections to a world that we all recognise. Having written all that I will finish the volume and probably enjoy it.
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