“Excellent collection of short stories set i the Earthsea world. These stories fill in many gaps and history from the original trilogy. Very recommended”Little Timmy B wrote this review Wednesday, November 4, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
These five superlative, evocative and enchanting stories range from a few hundred years before A WIZARD OF EARTHSEA to just before THE OTHER WIND, and feature some of Le Guin's most popular characters, including the Wizard Ged himself. The stories are rounded off with an essay about Earthsea's history and people. No Earthsea fan will want to be without this magical collection.
About the Author
Ursula K. Le Guin has won many Nebula and Hugo Awards, as well as a National Book Award, a Pushcart Prize, the Harold D. Vursell Memorial Award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Newbery Honor and the World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement.”
“A collection of short stories from Earthsea. In this, we see Ogion as a young man and see the full story of how he saved the village from the earthquake. We see stories from long before the time of Ged, the stories that are now legend in his time. The last story is set in the current time, after Ged has gone to the dark land and returned with Lebennen and continues to show how man and dragon were once one species. This leads directly into the next book.
All in all, a fun group of stories. I also enjoy with authors go in and fill in back story in their world's, telling us the full stories of the things that are legend in the time period they are writing about. It's one of those special touches that makes the worlds that much more real and this one did that wonderfully.
“This is a collection of short stories set in the Earthsea world. Some explain a little more about the history of Earthsea, while others hint at the future direction the world seems to be moving. My favorite was "Dragonfly" about a young woman who goes to Roke to ask to join the school of wizardry, but is turned away because the school only accepts men. But there is something different about her, so some of the Masters of the school invite her to stay in the nearby Grove... this story leads up to the last book in the series, The Other Wind.”emilysk wrote this review Saturday, March 17, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This was such a gem of a book! I almost wished the Cycle had ended with these short stories and not pushed the whole dragon/human theme into the next book.
Earthsea delights me and the short stories here sparkle.”
“I am reading this right now. You have to read the other four books by Ursula K. Le Guin on my book shelf before reading this one. If you like fantasy type books, the Earthsea series are excellent. I actually read the Earthsea trilogy (it came out as a trilogy then) believe it or not in Japanese as a teenager. Very intense.”Tomoyo W wrote this review Wednesday, October 31, 2007. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“My complete review: http://tinyurl.com/yjh82h
Tales from Earthsea book is easily amongst the best that I have read in the fantasy genre for some time. The stories are excellent and beautifully crafted; Le Guin is a master storyteller. Le Guin once again shows her mastery over characterization. Otter/Medra, Dulse and Ogion, Irioth and Dragonfly are entrancing and compelling characters. Moreover, Le Guin shows that it is possible, for both writers and readers to visit an alternative world again after many years and still delight in its vision and complexities.”