Tales From Earthsea is a story collection, and some of the six stories in it are quite long, so I won’t be able to do a one-story-a-day thing. It’s going to have to be more of an as-many-pages-as-I-feel-like thing. We’ll see how that goes.
I don’t really have any predictions for this one, as the back-cover blurb implies that it revolves around characters I haven’t seen before. My main prediction is that there will be at least one dragon, if only in the final piece, “A Description of Earthsea.” This is not a hard prediction to make. The cover does have a dragon on it, after all.
As there are only two Earthsea books remaining, I’m beginning to make preparations for my next reading project, which I expect will begin at some point in May. Anne McCaffery’s Pern books are definitely on my list (the first few of them, at least), but I may take a dragon break and read Mervyn Peake’s Gormenghast trilogy first. I’m in the mood for creepy Gothic weirdness.
Incidentally, if anyone has ideas for any other Books Kari Should Have Read Decades Ago, please feel free to let me know. This is clearly going to be an ongoing series. Here are my requirements:
- Series are preferred. Stand-alone books are okay if you feel really strongly about them.
- SFF is preferred, though I’m definitely not averse to genre-crossing.
- Older is better than newer, but if there is a more recent series you feel absolutely must be read by everyone, let me know.
- Series that go on for five hundred enormous volumes are not preferred. Even with McCaffery, I’m going to draw the line after six books. I’ll probably eventually do Stephen King’s Dark Tower series, and that’s pushing it. The Wheel of Time is out of the question.
- I’ve read most of Jasper Fforde’s Thursday Next books, all of George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire (so far), most of Madeleine L’Engle’s books in both her fictional universes, Tad Williams’s Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn, almost everything related to Terry Pratchett’s Discworld, all of Diana Wynne Jones’s stuff, the whole Harry Potter series, and a lot of Arthur C. Clarke’s writing, including every sequel to 2001, even the last one. There are plenty of other authors I could add to this list, but those are some of the usual suspects of nostalgic reading projects.
- Anyone who brings up Piers Anthony will be banned for life.