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  • Larry Swain
    I first read Wizard when 21....sadly I was an ignorant lad until I started working in the public library in Seattle and then I was introduced to all manner of
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      I first read Wizard when 21....sadly I was an ignorant lad until I started working in the public library in Seattle and then I was introduced to all manner of fantastic literature (referring to general lit and genre lit as it happens) outside my limited experience with the Inklings, classical and medieval lit, and the bible.  At the time there were only 2 other Earthsea books, the third not yet all that old at the time.  I devoured them; they were so different than anything else I had read.  I think especially after reading Tolkien, Barfield, and Lewis on words etc., I too was quite taken with the notion of "true names" and of course the hero who eschews glory in the end and returns Cincinnatus-like to his simple home away from the center of things.  I recently reread the original three, which I hold in greater esteem than the second three, though these have their charm as well, and was captivated all over again.  Away back then when I first encountered Ged and Earthsea, I put Le Guin on my list of authors to always read and began looking up other works by her.  I think even more than the Earthsea books I love _Left Hand of Darkness_ -what a great tale!
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      On Wed, Oct 17, 2012, at 01:44 PM, Oberhelman, D wrote:
       

       

      I’ll bite.  I first read The Wizard of Earthsea when I was about 15 (after Tolkien, but close to that same period), and immediately connected with Ged.  I already had a budding interest in languages, and loved Le Guin’s emphasis upon the true names of things.  I read the other Earthsea books after that, and have them on my list of titles I go back to when I need a familiar book to keep me company.

       

      Alana mentioned Le Guin’s story “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas.”  Last month I did a library instruction session for an English class on short stories, and I was thrilled that the professor wanted me to use it as an example when searching for secondary criticism—any excuse to teach a little Le Guin!

       

      David

       

      From: mythsoc@yahoogroups.com [mailto:mythsoc@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Jason Fisher
      Sent: Wednesday, October 17, 2012 1:05 PM
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      Subject: [mythsoc] Attention, fans of Ursula K. Le Guin!

       

       

      Attention, fans of Ursula K. Le Guin, Earthsea, and free stuff! Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Simon & Schuster have worked together to produce a brand new set of all six Earthsea books with beautiful new art and packaging. Thanks to their k

      indness, we have a set to give away to a fan. For the next 24 hours, leave a reply here to enter the random drawing. Tell us what you like about Le Guin and/or Earthsea, leave a reminiscence about the first time you read her books, or whatever else you might like to share. We'll take the names of everyone who leaves a comment on this thread by 12:00 PM PST Thursday, October 18, and randomly pick a winner. Good luck!

       

       

      See the new set here:

       

      Best,

      Jason

      Editor, Mythprint

       

       

       
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    • Travis Buchanan
      Never read her. Would like to. Travis Not all those who wander are lost. - J. R. R. Tolkien
      Message 2 of 16 , Oct 18, 2012
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        Never read her. Would like to.

        Travis



        Not all those who wander are lost.
                                - J. R. R. Tolkien



        On Wed, Oct 17, 2012 at 7:05 PM, Jason Fisher <visualweasel@...> wrote:
         

        Attention, fans of Ursula K. Le Guin, Earthsea, and free stuff! Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Simon & Schuster have worked together to produce a brand new set of all six Earthsea books with beautiful new art and packaging. Thanks to their k
        indness, we have a set to give away to a fan. For the next 24 hours, leave a reply here to enter the random drawing. Tell us what you like about Le Guin and/or Earthsea, leave a reminiscence about the first time you read her books, or whatever else you might like to share. We'll take the names of everyone who leaves a comment on this thread by 12:00 PM PST Thursday, October 18, and randomly pick a winner. Good luck!


        See the new set here:

        Best,
        Jason
        Editor, Mythprint


      • Joseph Furolo
        Hi Jason I read so much Le Guin when I was much younger - teh early 70 s when I became infatuated with Science Fiction in general but her in particular. I
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          Hi Jason
           
          I read so much Le Guin when I was much younger - teh early 70's when I became infatuated with Science Fiction in general but her in particular. I remember - in my very early 20's - just reading for hours (neglecting study and chores) as I got swept up in her worlds - especailly "Left Hand of Darkness". I don't have any of the books any more - given away, lost, part of anothe place and time- as happens to all precious things... I still remember the excitment of the idea of 'Lovers in kemmer' and that liberating idea that 'beingness' is the paradigm and 'gender' simply a rippling reflection of our rich inner life. And the 'Ansible' WOW!. That blew my mind (which was not easy to do despite being  in the early 70's)!  I suppose - looking back - it was her 'word creations' that excited me most - new words for timeless ideas. The words -  yes that was it. Maybe that is the thread that led me to Tolkien and my spiritual home...
           
          Joseph
           


           
          On 17 October 2012 20:27, Alana Joli Abbott <alanajoli@...> wrote:
           

          Hi Jason,


          A reply on the list? A Mythsoc only drawing? How exciting!

          I've enjoyed all of the (limited amount of) Le Guin I've read, and I've been meaning to fill the gaps in my knowledge of her work. The most powerful piece of hers that I've read is the ubiquitous "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas." It's a story that spawned an important paper (personally) in my college career, and it has continued to crop up in SFF conversations about ethics and morality so many times since then, I'm always glad to be very familiar with it.

          In fact, I should go find the anthology I own that includes it and read it again.

          -Alana

          On Wed, Oct 17, 2012 at 2:05 PM, Jason Fisher <visualweasel@...> wrote:
           

          Attention, fans of Ursula K. Le Guin, Earthsea, and free stuff! Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Simon & Schuster have worked together to produce a brand new set of all six Earthsea books with beautiful new art and packaging. Thanks to their k
          indness, we have a set to give away to a fan. For the next 24 hours, leave a reply here to enter the random drawing. Tell us what you like about Le Guin and/or Earthsea, leave a reminiscence about the first time you read her books, or whatever else you might like to share. We'll take the names of everyone who leaves a comment on this thread by 12:00 PM PST Thursday, October 18, and randomly pick a winner. Good luck!


          See the new set here:

          Best,
          Jason
          Editor, Mythprint




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        • Gerry Blair
          Even though I have not read any of her work (I did start the first book but had to return it to the library before I had a chance to finish it, and was too
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            Even though I have not read any of her work (I did start the first book but had to return it to the library before I had a chance to finish it, and was too busy at the time to continue) I would love to own these and be able to read them at my leisure. While reading and learning about Tolkien her name comes up often. Thanks for this opportunity.
            Gerry Blair

            --- On Wed, 10/17/12, Jason Fisher <visualweasel@...> wrote:

            From: Jason Fisher <visualweasel@...>
            Subject: [mythsoc] Attention, fans of Ursula K. Le Guin!
            To: "Mythsoc Listserv" <mythsoc@yahoogroups.com>
            Date: Wednesday, October 17, 2012, 11:05 AM

             

            Attention, fans of Ursula K. Le Guin, Earthsea, and free stuff! Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Simon & Schuster have worked together to produce a brand new set of all six Earthsea books with beautiful new art and packaging. Thanks to their k
            indness, we have a set to give away to a fan. For the next 24 hours, leave a reply here to enter the random drawing. Tell us what you like about Le Guin and/or Earthsea, leave a reminiscence about the first time you read her books, or whatever else you might like to share. We'll take the names of everyone who leaves a comment on this thread by 12:00 PM PST Thursday, October 18, and randomly pick a winner. Good luck!


            See the new set here:

            Best,
            Jason
            Editor, Mythprint
          • R.J. Anderson
            The impact that the original Earthsea trilogy -- particularly A WIZARD OF EARTHSEA and THE TOMBS OF ATUAN -- made on me as a young reader and aspiring author
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              The impact that the original Earthsea trilogy -- particularly A WIZARD OF EARTHSEA and THE TOMBS OF ATUAN -- made on me as a young reader and aspiring author was enormous; nearly on a par with the influence of Lewis and Tolkien. In fact, the other day while reading my latest faery book aloud to my son, I could see exactly which bits of the story had sprung from my childhood reading of ATUAN, even though I wasn't consciously aware of the connection while I was writing it (and I don't think most readers would notice it unless I told them where to look).

              As a child I found it hard to really appreciate THE FARTHEST SHORE: it is such a meditation on aging and death, and I think I'd get more out of it as an adult (note to self: re-read the original trilogy soon). And for the sake of full disclosure I'll admit to violently disliking TEHANU and having no desire to read it ever again, but that didn't keep me from reading and appreciating the fifth book when it came out, and if I'd realized there was a sixth I'd probably have read it a long time before now...

              Thanks for giving us the chance to participate in this giveaway, Jason.
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              Rebecca
              (R.J. Anderson)

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              Forget everything you think you know about faeries... 

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              SWIFT (March 2012)
              by R.J. Anderson

            • Christopher Couch
              In the same year, I got to hear Ursula K LeGuin lecture and take a class with her brother, Romantic Literature critic Karl Kroeber.  As I m sure many of you
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                In the same year, I got to hear Ursula K LeGuin lecture and take a class with her brother, Romantic Literature critic Karl Kroeber.  As I'm sure many of you know, the sister and brother were the children of famous anthropologists.  Both LeGuin and Kroeber were phenomenal to experience.  Some writers can't lecture.  Ursula K LeGuin can.  It was the kind of experience in which an attendee feels that every word is being directed to her or him.  Full of enthusiasm and hope for the future, LeGuin nonetheless spoke practically, even adjuringly, about our choices today, individually and collectively.  I was in graduate school at the time, which is how I got to study with Karl Kroeber.  What a knowledgeable, respectful man.  Our theme was Romantic Literary History, and own our own critical time fell between fading modernism and nascent post-modernism.  Karl helped us appreciate both and all perspectives regarding Romantic literature and its legacy (so much more than ruined castles and lovelorn-vampire movies), perspectives and lessons for those of us steeped in the literature or not.  For any of us.  For all of us.  The class was small and long, which was my favorite way to be in a class back then.  (I was privileged to study Old English that way.)  I often remember Kroeber's kindly presence that was also authoritative.  How do you pull all that off?  I guess by being part of a family legacy that strives to understand the world--and have the world learn--through ways that combine the literary and the cultural.

                Well done, Ursula and Karl.  And what a year was that year that was.


                From: Jason Fisher <visualweasel@...>
                To: Mythsoc Listserv <mythsoc@yahoogroups.com>
                Sent: Wednesday, October 17, 2012 2:05 PM
                Subject: [mythsoc] Attention, fans of Ursula K. Le Guin!

                 
                Attention, fans of Ursula K. Le Guin, Earthsea, and free stuff! Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Simon & Schuster have worked together to produce a brand new set of all six Earthsea books with beautiful new art and packaging. Thanks to their k
                indness, we have a set to give away to a fan. For the next 24 hours, leave a reply here to enter the random drawing. Tell us what you like about Le Guin and/or Earthsea, leave a reminiscence about the first time you read her books, or whatever else you might like to share. We'll take the names of everyone who leaves a comment on this thread by 12:00 PM PST Thursday, October 18, and randomly pick a winner. Good luck!


                See the new set here:

                Best,
                Jason
                Editor, Mythprint


              • John Rateliff
                Gerry: If you re a Tolkien type (as so many of us on this list are), then a good place to start might be the two short stories THE RULE OF NAMES and THE
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                  Gerry:
                      If you're a Tolkien type (as so many of us on this list are), then a good place to start might be the two short stories "THE RULE OF NAMES" and "THE WORD OF UNBINDING", both in the collection THE WIND'S TWELVE QUARTERS.
                     --JDR


                  On Oct 18, 2012, at 5:28 AM, Gerry Blair wrote:
                  Even though I have not read any of her work (I did start the first book but had to return it to the library before I had a chance to finish it, and was too busy at the time to continue) I would love to own these and be able to read them at my leisure. While reading and learning about Tolkien her name comes up often. Thanks for this opportunity.
                  Gerry Blair

                • Joshua Ellis
                  ... Until a few months ago, I had never read any of Le Guin’s fiction. I knew who she was, of course. I’d read her writing book _Steering the Craft_ on the
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                    On Oct 17, 2012, at 11:05 AM, Jason Fisher <visualweasel@...> wrote:

                    Attention, fans of Ursula K. Le Guin, Earthsea, and free stuff! . . . leave a reply here to enter the random drawing. Tell us what you like about Le Guin and/or Earthsea, leave a reminiscence about the first time you read her books, or whatever else you might like to share.


                    Until a few months ago, I had never read any of Le Guin’s fiction. I knew who she was, of course. I’d read her writing book _Steering the Craft_ on the recommendation of a friend many years ago. But she was one of those authors on my when-I-get-around-to-it list. While looking for reading material to accompany me on a recent move across the country, I chose _Left Hand of Darkness_. I thought it was brilliant. When we settled in our new home, I decided to try _Wizard of Earthsea_, and over the last few weeks have finished the first three Earthsea books, and am relishing my journey through the fourth. Her fiction conveys a love of language and of the craft of story telling that I find quite engrossing. 


                    --
                    Joshua Ellis
                    http://about.me/joshua.ellis


                  • Paola Castagno
                    I am a big fan of UKL and I really enjoyed reading the Earthsea books. I even have a webpage devoted to her, in Spanish (http://www.docemoradas.com) ... I am a
                    Message 9 of 16 , Oct 18, 2012
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                      I am a big fan of UKL and I really enjoyed reading the Earthsea books. I even have a webpage devoted to her, in Spanish (http://www.docemoradas.com

                      :-)

                      On 18 October 2012 19:44, Joshua Ellis <josh@...> wrote:
                       

                      On Oct 17, 2012, at 11:05 AM, Jason Fisher <visualweasel@...> wrote:

                      Attention, fans of Ursula K. Le Guin, Earthsea, and free stuff! . . . leave a reply here to enter the random drawing. Tell us what you like about Le Guin and/or Earthsea, leave a reminiscence about the first time you read her books, or whatever else you might like to share.


                      Until a few months ago, I had never read any of Le Guin’s fiction. I knew who she was, of course. I’d read her writing book _Steering the Craft_ on the recommendation of a friend many years ago. But she was one of those authors on my when-I-get-around-to-it list. While looking for reading material to accompany me on a recent move across the country, I chose _Left Hand of Darkness_. I thought it was brilliant. When we settled in our new home, I decided to try _Wizard of Earthsea_, and over the last few weeks have finished the first three Earthsea books, and am relishing my journey through the fourth. Her fiction conveys a love of language and of the craft of story telling that I find quite engrossing. 


                      --
                      Joshua Ellis
                      http://about.me/joshua.ellis



                    • Paula Bergstrom
                      Haven t read them. Would sure like to! Fingers crossed! To: mythsoc@yahoogroups.com From: visualweasel@yahoo.com Date: Wed, 17 Oct 2012 11:05:00 -0700 Subject:
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                        Haven't read them. Would sure like to! Fingers crossed!
                         

                        To: mythsoc@yahoogroups.com
                        From: visualweasel@...
                        Date: Wed, 17 Oct 2012 11:05:00 -0700
                        Subject: [mythsoc] Attention, fans of Ursula K. Le Guin!

                         
                        Attention, fans of Ursula K. Le Guin, Earthsea, and free stuff! Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Simon & Schuster have worked together to produce a brand new set of all six Earthsea books with beautiful new art and packaging. Thanks to their k
                        indness, we have a set to give away to a fan. For the next 24 hours, leave a reply here to enter the random drawing. Tell us what you like about Le Guin and/or Earthsea, leave a reminiscence about the first time you read her books, or whatever else you might like to share. We'll take the names of everyone who leaves a comment on this thread by 12:00 PM PST Thursday, October 18, and randomly pick a winner. Good luck!


                        See the new set here:

                        Best,
                        Jason
                        Editor, Mythprint


                      • Jason Fisher
                        We have a winner for the Le Guin Earthsea giveaway. Congratulations to R.J. Anderson! And thanks to everyone for participating. :) Best, Jason We have a
                        Message 11 of 16 , Oct 29, 2012
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                          We have a winner for the Le Guin Earthsea giveaway. Congratulations to R.J. Anderson! And thanks to everyone for participating. :)

                          Best,
                          Jason
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