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Subject: Ursula LeGuin or George Martin books?
Date Posted: 11/24/2008 8:00 PM ET
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I was wondering if anyone has read George Martins "A Song of Ice and Fire" series or

Ursula LeGuin's "Earthsea" trilogy?

I haven't found the first book of either series on PBS.  Are they any good?


Date Posted: 11/24/2008 9:01 PM ET
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I'd say that both were worth reading, though I would go for the LeGuin. They're finished, and George R. R. Martin is not, so it's going to be very frustrating to get to the end of Book 4 and join the rest of us waiting for him to finish the next one already.

The LeGuin books are classics, well written, and quite short reads. There are two more books that she wrote many years after the 'trilogy' was finished, 'Tehanu' is one and I can't remember the name of the other. They're also worth picking up IF you enjoyed the original trilogy.

Have fun with them!



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Date Posted: 11/24/2008 9:31 PM ET
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I haven't read LeGuin, but I did read and enjoy the Song of Ice and Fire books.  There is supposedly another one forthcoming, but the first four were pretty good by themselves...if you like to be left hanging, ha!

Date Posted: 11/25/2008 11:58 PM ET
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I didn't really care for LeGuin, although I only read the first book.  I love the Song of Ice and Fire series, though, so I highly recommend that.  The unfinished thing is quite annoying, and I personally don't think he'll ever finish the series, but the first three were awesome.  The fourth I was a bit disappointed in, but I had hope that the fifth would be better.  If it ever gets done.

Date Posted: 12/31/2008 6:19 PM ET
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I highly recommend George R.R. Martin. I havent read Leguin...but Martin completely blew me away!! The series is in the tops of my favorites. Although I do agree with Alex...its hard waiting for the next one to come out. BUT...they are so worth it!!!!

Date Posted: 1/1/2009 3:24 AM ET
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LeGuin's were originally written as multicultural YA.  Back before anyone did that.  She has layers.  You can read the story.  Or the politics.  But I have to say, the Earthsea ones were not my favorites of hers.

Date Posted: 1/2/2009 1:18 AM ET
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I liked George R.R. Martin better than I liked LeGuin, then again, I probably did not give the Earthsea series a fair chance. But that's just my opinion. I like George R.R. Martin's writing style, and his stories really pull me in.

Date Posted: 1/4/2009 11:23 AM ET
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Ooooohhh, I was going to post a question about Geroge Martin. I just got the second book of the trilogy at a yard sale (normally I would read in order) and am almost finished. (too lazy to go upstairs and get the title)

I normally love those kinds of books. But this one I really have not been able to get into really well. There are too many characters and it's hard to keep up with who's who???? Or are the characters not just developed eough to make you care, since there are so many?

If I read the first one, would that help? I usually love a good long epic ancient-times story like that, but this one just does not grab me.......

Date Posted: 1/11/2009 2:35 PM ET
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I've never read George Martin, but I love the Earthsea series by LeGuin!!  I discovered it in my high school library and read them all as fast as I could get my hands on them after that first one!