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The Books of Earthsea: The Complete Illustrated Edition

(Earthsea Cycle #1-6)

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Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the timeless and beloved A Wizard of Earthsea—“…reads like the retelling of a tale first told centuries ago” (David Mitchell)—comes this complete omnibus edition of the entire Earthsea chronicles, including over fifty illustrations illuminating Le Guin’s vision of her classic saga.

Ursula K. Le Guin’s Earthsea novels are some of the most
Hardcover, 1008 pages
Published October 23rd 2018 by Saga Press
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Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received this beauty for Christmas from my daughter Libby. While I have read almost everything in this book already I am still so excited to have it. The illustrations are beautiful and I want to reread all of these wonderful books again.
Edit: Adding link for 11/10/18 Interview with Charles Vess about working with Le Guin
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5 stars for this HUGE gorgeous book. Rating is not for the story itself.

I read the first four books years ago in paperback. I mainly bought this particular book because Charles Vess (the illustrator) is one of my favorite artists. I first discovered him when he illustrated Stardust (written by Neil Gaiman), when it first came out as a 4 part graphic novel (1997).

I was surprised whe
May 17, 2018 marked it as to-read
Ahhhh! This looks so beautiful!
Dec 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Eine meiner liebsten Fantasy-Reihen überhaupt. Diese illustrierte Gesamtsausgabe ist wunderschön.
Nov 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sf-fantasy
Finished the first half of the Earthsea Sextet

The idea of individual immortality, an endless ego-existence, is more dreadful to me than the idea of letting go the self in death to rejoin shared, eternal being. I see life as a shared gift, received from others and passed on to others, and living and dying as one process, in which lies both our suffering and our reward. Without mortality to purchase it, how can we have the consciousness of eternity? I think the price is worth paying. (Afterword to
Jul 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
While I haven't read this edition as yet (I say that as I would like to get a copy), I have read all the Earthsea stories and novels included in this omnibus edition in other editions. For me the range from some of my favorites of fantasy literature to some just darn good yarns and with the addition of illustrations by Charles Vess, an artist whose work I really admire, I can not imagine that this isn't going to be a beautiful edition.

UPDATE: Well, I bought myself this book as a birthday present
Oct 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is absolutely beautiful but dang is it a large book! It is thick and heavy - they need to add *weight* to the description along with page count. Reading this book is a physical act unless it's resting in your lap. This is not the kind of book you slip in your backpack on the off chance you'll have a spare moment to read during the day. It's the kind of book that sits proudly on your shelf or in the place of honor next your favorite reading chair. Suggested alternate titles: The Dictionary O ...more
Dec 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: high-fantasy, fantasy
All works pertaining to Earthsea have been collected into this single volume, illustrated by Charles Vess. It includes the six books in the series, descriptions of Earthsea's lands, peoples, and phenomena in the form of encyclopedia entires, two short stories that pre-date the first novel, two short stories set after the last novel, and a lecture on how Le Guin's understanding of heroism changed over the 30 years in which she wrote Earthsea. If I could have wished for anything more, it would hav ...more
Claudia Piña
Tiene muchísimo que leí estos libros y fuera de releer partes ocasionalmente, no había experimentado toda la serie de principio a fin en una sentada.

A la fecha, sigue siendo una de las series de fantasía que más me gustan. Además admiro mucho que Úrsula haya cambiado tanto con sus personajes y su universo.

Esta edición es una belleza, las ilustraciones de Vess tienen ese toque antiguo y fantasioso que es tan particular de él. Es agridulce tener al fin esta edición cuando mamá Úrsula ya no está,
Phil James
Jan 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I started this book 45 years ago and just finished it now!
I got myself this magnificent edition of all the novels, with a few short stories and the author's comments , to finally catch up from where I left off in Mrs. Cooper's primary school class.
At 10 I was avidly reading anything that looked interesting in the little book stand in the corner of the classroom. " The Wizard of Earthsea" blew my mind, but although in later years I re-read it I never read the others.
Funnily enough I'm glad I wai
Anna Nesterovich
Nov 23, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy
Don't get me wrong, I love the story. That one star is definitely not for the story. When I first heard there going to be an illustrated edition, I imagined something like the latest gorgeous fully illustrated volumes of Harry Potter. Alas. This book turned out to contain very few illustration, and at the same time to be unreasonably thick (as a function of being too small) and unwieldy. And my main problem is the font. It's too small to be comfortable, and not because I don't like small fonts i ...more
Jan 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is my third or fourth time reading Earthsea. I read it in about a week, and I'm sad there isn't more. Earthsea is perhaps the 20th century's greatest contribution to fantasy literature--and I say that specifically with Tolkien in mind. Middle Earth is arguably better worked out, with books and books of backstory that are still dribbling out. But Le Guin rewrites fantasy, and rewrites heroism, in ways that Tolkien could never have imagined.

What is Le Guin doing here? First, it's a fantasy w
Daniel Welker
Jan 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"You thought, as a boy, that a mage is one who can do anything. So I thought, once. So did we all. And the truth is that as a man's real power grows and his knowledge widens, ever the way he can follow grows narrower: until at last he chooses nothing, but does only and wholly what he must do..."
Goodness, me; what is there to say about this book that hasn't already been said?

It is charming. It is original. It is deeply moving. It is wildly brilliant. It is another Thursday in the life of Ursul
Dec 19, 2018 rated it liked it
The elements for a really stunning work of fantasy are there, but because written over decades, without a clear vision from the start, they don't come together as well as they could. Now that everything's been plotted, all the characters created, one more re-write to add the overarching plot and the appropriate tension would be needed.

What really bugged me was that the first three (?) books were basically children's stories, and rather traditionally patriarchal at that. Then the author got woke
Jan 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I first read the original Earthsea trilogy in about 1974 when I was studying Children’s Literature. It was a wonderful story then and it still is now. I had to wait about 16 years for the next instalment though I reread the originals several times. At some point those original paperbacks disappeared in some house move or misguided clear out so the publication of this new volume was a wonderful opportunity to return to a lost world and reacquaint myself with lost friends especially Ged and Tenar. ...more
Chris Waraksa
Dec 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
After many years I returned to Earthsea to finish the cycle, having only read the first three books before that many years ago and a few times since. This edition is nice for additional writing added by Le Guin to share not only the stories but the history of their writing and her own relationship with her work. The one thing I didn't like in reading the works in this way is the inconveniently heavy size of the hardcover. You definitely could not curl up on the sofa or under the covers with this ...more
Fraser Simons
Nov 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It is a magical thing to read these in order, all at once. There’s barely a few pages here that I wasn’t that into. Those just just from the fifth books collection of stories. Everything else really does build nicely on each other. From books to the short stories afterward, the overall narrative benefits immensely from the buildup. Each book I liked more than the last even though all were incredible.

The only gripe would be I expected more artwork and the font is very small. It’s a heavy book on
Jan 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was my first time reading Earthsea, and it was quite enjoyable. The writing is lovely, and the art was fantastic. The only real downsides is that some of the short stories are a bit forgettable (I read them yesterday but would struggle to tell you what they were all about), and that the latter two novels meander a bit before the actual plot happens.
Jan 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Magnificent. The breadth and depth of these stories are staggering.
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Nov 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
This is a really beautiful edition worthy of the Earthsea epic. All the stories are there and the artwork is beautiful.

As others have stated it's very big and heavy but what can you expect? It IS five novels, nine short stories and various other information!
The only other thing I would have liked is a timeline telling when each of the stories takes place. (I printed one out and tucked it in the front cover.)
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Ursula K. Le Guin published twenty-two novels, eleven volumes of short stories, four collections of essays, twelve books for children, six volumes of poetry and four of translation, and has received many awards: Hugo, Nebula, National Book Award, PEN-Malamud, etc. Her recent publications include the novel Lavinia, an essay collection, Cheek by Jowl, and The Wild Girls. She lived in Portland, Orego ...more

Other books in the series

Earthsea Cycle (6 books)
  • A Wizard of Earthsea (Earthsea Cycle, #1)
  • The Tombs of Atuan (Earthsea Cycle, #2)
  • The Farthest Shore (Earthsea Cycle, #3)
  • Tehanu (Earthsea Cycle, #4)
  • Tales from Earthsea (Earthsea Cycle, #5)
  • The Other Wind (Earthsea Cycle, #6)