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The SciFi Channel has the Earthsea website up. Has anyone read the Earthsea books by Ursula K. LeGuin? What were your impressions? It would be nice if SciFi Channel broke their Dune/Riverwrold track record and produced an enjoyable adaptation.

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6 Comments on Earthsea

  1. i read them about 20 years ago. thoroughly enjoyed them at the time, but like many things i did 20 years ago (and some i did last week), i don’t have a sharp memory of them. tried to get my kids to read them, but they were too busy reading all the redwall books, the lotr trilogy, the harry potter books, and George R.R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire (when is that Crow book coming out?)

  2. Like Chris, I too read the Earthsea books, and like many things I did in the 70’s, I don’t remember what happened, but I remember liking them.

    So it looks like the Crow book is coming out in February (according to

  3. Jaye Random // July 30, 2004 at 4:51 pm //

    Heh. I remember reading the first Earthsea book, and i have *no* idea now what it was about. Talk about your lasting impressions. I remember, erm, caves. That’s about it.

  4. Heck, I liked the “Dune” miniseries. Haven’t seen “Children” yet. I got both for my birthday, just haven’t had the time yet…

  5. I thought Dune was well done, even if they did take liberties with the story to make it work for TV. I just kept expecting Sting to show up for some reason.

    I haven’t seen Children yet, but I did read the next two books and ‘dense’ only approximates the mind numbing plot in them. I’m sure Herbert was going somewhere, but it stopped being really interesting for me after the first book. The backstory sounds cool, but I can’t bring myself to read any of it.

  6. Earthsea was bad. I mean really bad and that is not just because I read the books. The plot was at about a 5th grade level and the acting was terrible. It seems that everything SciFi remakes is written for the lowest common denominator. They should stick to original works, some of those they have done quite well with.


    PS I am not even going to get started on Dune or Children. Pathetic!

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