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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

I read the first three Earthsea books about 20 years ago (for there were only three back then), but I remembered very little about them beyond that I liked them very much. A couple of years ago I rediscovered Le Guin when I read The Left Hand of Darkness, and I decided I must read more of her stuff. The Dispossessed is sitting here on my bookshelf, but right now I am in the mood for fantasy, not dystopia.

Needless to say, I enjoyed A Wizard of Earthsea very much the second time around, and I'm sure I understood a lot more of it than I did when I was ten or so. It wasn't exactly what I was in the mood for, though. I wanted magic of the Gaiman or Lewis variety, and what I got was closer to Tolkien-lite. Still, it's hard to resist the temptation to start The Tombs of Atuan right away. I want to make some progress in the Merton before I jump into Tombs or the Zelazny (Lord of Light), Ballard (Crash), Clarke (Childhood's End), or Card (Ender's Game).

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rsc
Apr. 22nd, 2006 03:28 pm (UTC)
I would recommend reading the rest of the Earthsea books (all five[!] of them) soon, before you forget what was in the first one. (When the most recent one came out a couple of years ago, I had to go back and read all the old ones, only to discover that, although I knew I owned all of them, I couldn't find -- and have never since been able to find -- my copy of _The Farthest Shore_.)
spwebdesign
Apr. 22nd, 2006 07:55 pm (UTC)
There are actually six books now. The Other Wind follows Tales from Earthsea.

If I finish The Earthsea Quartet (A Wizard of Earthsea, The Tombs of Atuan, The Farthest Shore, and Tehanu all in one volume) before I get back, either in a couple of weeks or again in late July/early August, you're welcome to it.
rsc
Apr. 23rd, 2006 03:08 pm (UTC)
There are actually six books now. The Other Wind follows Tales from Earthsea.

"I knew that". I just miscounted (or forgot to count Tales).

Thanks. I might take you up on that offer, even though the Farthest Shore is the only one I'm missing (and I have a feeling that it must be in one of the houses somewhere, although I've already looked everywhere it could possibly be).
spwebdesign
May. 10th, 2006 03:01 am (UTC)
I've finished, so you're welcome to it. I'll be in Boston until the 21st. Just let me know.
alfie1981
Apr. 22nd, 2006 05:19 pm (UTC)
How did you like Coraline? I read it aloud to my class every year.
spwebdesign
Apr. 22nd, 2006 07:56 pm (UTC)
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