14 December 2006

The 12 Days of Bookmas Countdown - #7


The Earthsea Cycle: The Farthest Shore - The Studio Ghibli film based on this book was the whole reason I began reading the Earthsea novel series, so I was excited to finally get to Volume 3 (Book 2, The Tombs of Atuan is higher on the countdown). These Earthsea books are only loose sequels. The characters reappear, but plot elements are nicely resolved at the end of each part. Ged is again a main character (though Tenar, the protagonist in book 2 is sadly not around); however its is Ged's traveling companion Arren from which the point of view takes place. Ged is an old man now and wiser for the wear and Arren must learn from him. This book is similar in many ways to the first book, with plenty of questing and sailing around to the various islands of Earthsea, only this book is much better than part 1. The book gives a great look at how the hero Ged could have turned out, if he had chosen the path in life that he began in book 1. While not as good as part 2, I will eventually be continuing in this series with Tehanu which features Ged again as well as Tenar. On a final note, I am glad I started the series at the beginning, I don't think this would have been as good without the background story, though it probably would have still made sense for the most part (so hopefully the film isn't an incoherent mess).

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Countdown So Far

#7 The Earthsea Cycle: The Farthest Shore
#8 - The Chronicles of Narnia: The Magician's Nephew
#9 - The Earthsea Cycle: A Wizard of Earthsea
#10 - Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone
#11 - The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian
#12 - The Restaurant at the End of the Universe

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