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  1. Alexander, Lloyd — The Black Cauldron
  2. Anthony, Piers — Letters to Jenny
  3. Cooper, Susan — Over Sea, Under Stone
  4. Proulx, Annie — Close Range: Wyoming Stories
  5. Kincaid, Jamaica — Lucy
  6. Christie, Agatha — The Unexpected Guest
  7. Dick, Philip K. — Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
  8. Cooper, Susan — The Dark Is Rising
  9. Cooper, Susan — Greenwitch
  10. Shaffer, Peter — Amadeus
  11. Anonymous — Go Ask Alice
  12. Cooper, Susan — The Grey King
  13. Martin, Steve — Shopgirl
  14. Cooper, Susan — Silver on the Tree
  15. Gaiman, Neil — Stardust
  16. Gaiman, Neil — Coraline
  17. Le Guin, Ursula — A Wizard of Earthsea
  18. Le Guin, Ursula — The Tombs of Atuan
  19. Le Guin, Ursula — The Farthest Shore
  20. Le Guin, Ursula — Tehanu
  21. Merton, Thomas — The Seven Storey Mountain: An Autobiography of Faith
  22. Alexander, Lloyd — The Castle of Llyr
  23. Zelazny, Roger — Lord of Light
  24. Card, Orson Scott — Ender's Game
  25. Clarke, Arthur C. — Childhood's End
  26. Grahame, Kenneth — The Wind in the Willows
  27. Dahl, Roald — James and the Giant Peach
  28. Lewis, C.S. — Out of the Silent Planet
  29. Lewis, C.S. — Perelandra
  30. Milne, A.A. — Winnie-the-Pooh
  31. Card, Orson Scott — Speaker for the Dead
  32. Bester, Alfred — The Stars My Destination
  33. Greene, Graham — The Power and the Glory
  34. Gaiman, Neil — Neverwhere
  35. Ballard, J.G. — The Drowned World
  36. Ballard, J.G. — Crash
  37. Joyce, James — The Dubliners
  38. Le Guin, Ursula — Tales from Earthsea
  39. Le Guin, Ursula — The Other Wind

There will be no more Earthsea books. How could there be? The Other Wind brings the series to a satisfying conclusion. Of course, Le Guin left herself an out, on the very last page. Everything wraps up very tidily, but, just in case, she leaves us a little kernel for thought. There shouldn't be another sequel, but maybe…

The Other Wind may not be as "good" (whatever that means) as the initial trilogy or Tales from Earthsea, but it is immensely satisfying. Le Guin's skill is evident on every page as she weaves the various threads—some introduced in this book, some from others as far back as the first books—together into one grand tapestry of Earthsea. Some of the events of this book cast doubt on the correctness of some of Ged's actions in previous books, but then Le Guin reminds us that Ged chose what needed choosing at that time, even if later different choices may have been appropriate.

I love the way in which Le Guin made Ged, though powerless, an essential part of this story, and how she brings together the different peoples of Earthsea and recasts our understandings of them, whether from the Kargad lands, Peln, Gont, Roke, or beyond the west. I thought this book would subvert the male-centric paradigm of Earthsea, but it really turns much more than that upside down, challenging the Archipelagan conceptions of life and death, good and evil, high arts and old powers. It tears Earthsea apart in order to make it whole.

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lillibet
Aug. 28th, 2006 09:46 pm (UTC)
What really struck me was how different her conception of death was at ~75 than it was at ~35.

Glad you enjoyed it.
rsc
Aug. 29th, 2006 12:04 am (UTC)
What really struck me was how different her conception of death was at ~75 than it was at ~35.

Which is, after all, not so surprising. (Not that I supposed that you were expressing surprise.)
rsc
Aug. 29th, 2006 12:11 am (UTC)
I had a feeling I wouldn't have to actually say whether or not I thought there was "closure". :-)
she leaves us a little kernel for thought.

My Earthsea books are all in Cambridge, so I can't at the moment refresh my memory about this -- nor about the witty remark in the introduction to Tales from Earthsea about the inadvisability of saying "never".

It tears Earthsea apart in order to make it whole.

Exactly. As suggested by lillibet's comment, one would expect the perspective in a series written over the course of nearly 40 years to change somewhat.

I need to read the whole set again.
magid
Aug. 29th, 2006 02:06 pm (UTC)
You might want to pick up LeGuin's The Compass Rose (short stories, not Earthsea).
spwebdesign
Aug. 29th, 2006 02:12 pm (UTC)
Sure thing. I'm happy to read anything by her. Thanks.
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