As you may know, Ursula K. Le Guin died in January of this year at the age of 88. Over the next few weeks, I thought I would post a small round up of links and videos so that we can get to know the author and the influence that she’s had on the world. First up is the video of Le Guin’s acceptance of National Book Foundation’s Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters at the 65th National Book Awards on November 19, 2014. This video is only 6 minutes long, but in it she comments on why speculative fiction, fantasy and science fiction is important.
In the comments below, tell us why you think science fiction and fantasy are worth reading. What have they brought to your life? Why do you keep coming back to these genres?
Welcome to the second discussion thread for A Wizard of Earthsea! This is for chapter 2 of the book! What do you think of Ogion the Silent? What do you think of magic in Earthsea? There are only been two women in the book so far, the witch in the village and the little girl? What do you think of them?
Welcome to our first summary post for a Wizard of Earthsea! I am so excited, I want to dive right in! We want to hear your thoughts! What do you think about the characters? The world we’ve just been introduced to? Do you like books/series/worlds that include their own map? Tell us your thoughts in the comments!
Join us for the next five weeks and read a Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin. This is a short novel about Sparrowhawk, a young man who becomes a wizard. It’s listed as being for grade levels 7-9. It is a classic and I am so very excited to share this reading experience with all of you! We will post two summary discussion posts a week, starting Wednesday! The posts will be on Wednesdays and Fridays. There will be other posts related to the reading on other days. If you’re not reading with us, and are worried about spoilers, we’ll keep them behind a cut! (Also, if you’re not reading with us, you can look forward to other reviews, as I have a backlog of at least three things to review.)