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The Other Wind: Ursula Le Guin [Sep. 19th, 2013|09:50 am]
Tony Grist
The Earthsea Trilogy was completed a long time ago. This is an afterthought.

It addresses something in the original books that didn't seem quite right, explains it in terms of the culture and history of Earthsea, then changes it.  The things that happen here reverberate backwards- like the slamming of a door on an echoey corridor.

There are moments of considerable beauty. And look, a fantasy novel in which there are no battles or killings!

As a book in its own right it isn't very good. It couldn't exist without its predecessors- and the leading characters (there are a lot of them to keep track of) are all rather insubstantial and Mary Sueish. Still, I'm happy to have it. 

[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2013-09-19 10:08 am (UTC)
I haven't read Tehanu.

There's a slackening of inspiration in The Other Wind. The trilogy is art (flawed art perhaps) and The Other Wind is mostly commentary and footnote.

But it addresses something in the trilogy that really bugged me and sets it straight, so I can't regret it.
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[User Picture]From: steepholm
2013-09-19 07:14 pm (UTC)
I actually liked Tehanu a lot, but it's a painful read, mercilessly deconstructing the first three books. It's a bit like watching someone cut off their own arm - so, if you liked 27 Hours, you'll probably like this.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2013-09-19 08:06 pm (UTC)
I clearly need to read it.

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