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Tequila_Wolf OP wrote

My dream for this Christmas period is make the time to read a book of fiction for fun.

I think I'm going to read Samuel R. Delany's Dhalgren.

But I've really enjoyed the Le Guin that I've read (The Dispossessed, Left Hand Of Darkness, The Word For World Is Forest), so if I'm lucky I'll get some of this in too.

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kore wrote

If you wanted to make a Raddle book club out of it I'd read Dhalgren too. Recently read his Babel-17 which was pretty good.

Wizard of Earthsea is awesome, highly recommended. I should read the other two books.

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Tequila_Wolf OP wrote

My life is overwhelmingly shakey right now or I'd say yes right away, but I'll keep this in mind in case things balance out :) Cool. I like the book club!

f/readingclub

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bun wrote

Le Guin has the best dragons

Agreed! I think of them often.

I'd also be down for a reading club session on Earthsea or a spoiler-friendly thread. I want to gush but don't want to spoil!

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Tequila_Wolf OP wrote

Haha I'm getting pretty excited about reading Earthsea now.

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bun wrote (edited )

It's good! edit: deleted a lot because I'm not sure if it's spoilery at the moment!!! I think I'll remember and can rewrite when I can reassess.

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Tequila_Wolf OP wrote

Wait so which order should I read these in?

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bun wrote

  1. A Wizard of Earthsea
  2. The Tombs of Atuan
  3. The Farthest Shore
  4. Tehanu
  5. Tales from Earthsea
  6. The Other Wind

That's how I read it, and the order in which I think each was written. Tales is a collection of short stories, so a departure in that way (though nothing jarring). IIRC, Tales offered very useful context for The Other Wind. I think there are some other short stories I haven't read... Wow yeah, a few! Catching up time.

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whipskid wrote (edited )

I've been reading A Wizard of Earthsea this week. I read the Lathe of Heaven and The Dispossed earlier this year. These are great novels.

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bun wrote (edited )

I think you might be able to read whatever interested you most first, as the stories are, in a way, self-contained. There's gaps of years between each sequence of events, such that the context gained by reading in order is a bonus and not a necessity, maybe. I read them in the order I mentioned, so couldn't say for sure, but would encourage someone who would only begin to read about Earthsea "out of order" to do so regardless.

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