Last week, I posted about how I was planning to do a read-through of Ursula K. Le Guin’s Earthsea Cycle. I wasn’t quite ready to start at that point, but now I am. Moreover, I’d like others to join me. Whether you’re an Earthsea newbie or an Earthsea devotee, grab a copy of The Wizard of Earthsea, put aside a bit of time every day, and let’s do this thing.
I’ve decided the rules of the read-through will be as follows:
- Starting tomorrow—Sunday, February 4th—I’m going to read a chapter a day, no matter what. If I have to get up at 5:30 a.m. or go to bed at 2:00 a.m. or do anything else with an a.m. in it, I will. A Wizard of Earthsea has ten chapters, so the read-through will start on the 4th and end on the 13th, whereupon I’ll probably take a day or two to regroup and write a reaction post about the book. Then I’ll announce the day on which the next read-through will begin.
- I do have other things to do—like mark all the papers in the world—so I’m not going to pull a Mark Reads and do a full reaction post per chapter. However, if I do have thoughts, and I suspect I will, I’ll reveal them more informally in the comments section of this post. I also encourage other people to post their thoughts, though remember that we’re doing a chapter a day. Please don’t post about Chapter 7 on Day 4. Spoilers make everyone sad.
- If you think you may want to participate in the read-through (if you don’t have a copy right now or are too busy to start reading this week, that’s fine; you can catch up later), leave a comment on this post and tell us who you are (you can completely fabricate this information if you like). If you aren’t planning to reread the books because you’ve memorised them all but want to live vicariously through the rest of us, please also post and let us know.
- If no one wants to participate, that’s all right. I’ll happily leave myself comments. Like the protagonist of my webcomic, It Never Rains, I am skilled at having conversations with myself.
That’s about it, though there’s one caveat: I have read A Wizard of Earthsea before (though not its sequels). I remember almost nothing about it beyond the name of its protagonist.
Good luck, everyone. I’ll see you on the other side.