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Books 1-10.
11. The Imago Sequence and Other Stories by Laird Barron.
12. The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith writing as Claire Morgan.
13. Surviving the Siege of Beirut: A Personal Account by Lina Mikdadi.
14. Mammoths of the Great Plains by Eleanor Arnason.

15. A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin (Re-read). Possibly you have heard of this one. I have to confess something--I read the Earthsea books (the original trilogy, anyway, which was all that was out at the time) back in junior high and didn't really imprint on them. I knew there was something there, but I was a bit befuddled; at that time what I wanted from fantasy was pretty much swords and--actually, that probably covers it. (Well, and axes, which were somehow even cooler than swords, which was why dwarves were the greatest thing ever. Baruk Khazad! Khazad ai-menu! But I digress.) So I think when I came across this book I was befuddled; I mean (and remember, this is my 13-year-old self talking here) OK, he indirectly slays a few of the young dragons, but he defeats the big one by talking to it? And the big villain is his own death or something? I just didn't get it, then. Reading it now, I want to put half the book into a file of memorable quotes and demand that it be required reading for ethics courses. Now I get it, or at least much of it. If I read it in another 25 years I'm sure I'll get even more.


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Feb. 6th, 2011 09:01 pm (UTC)
I always loved that she had such a well-thought out basis for magic in that world. And that it's easy to see it as a metaphor for writing. Knowing the true names of things is not so different than knowing the right words to use.
Feb. 6th, 2011 09:59 pm (UTC)
The names thing is one element of the Earthsea books that I internalized and found myself stealing much later :-)
Feb. 6th, 2011 09:45 pm (UTC)
One more thing about the trilogy, at least-- Ged is a great wizard, but he doesn't have a destiny-- his career is just one thing after another.
Feb. 6th, 2011 10:00 pm (UTC)
I hear that. Destiny is such an overused trope in fantasy that it can at times completely ruin a book for me.
Feb. 6th, 2011 09:52 pm (UTC)
I'm kind of that way with the rest of the trilogy, but Wizard of Earthsea spoke to me strongly on the first read. Mostly, though, I think it's because I thought the magic school was really neato.
Feb. 6th, 2011 10:02 pm (UTC)
Magic schools are an automatic plus, it's true.
Feb. 7th, 2011 10:33 pm (UTC)
I read a Wizard of Earthsea when I was 15 and the message I got from it was, "That's your bad side dude, and it's a part of you. Accept it and get on with your life."
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David J. Schwartz
Mumble Herder

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"Bear In Contradicting Landscape" in Polyphony 7, Coming Soon

"MonstroCities" in Tumbarumba: A Frolic of Intrusions

"Mike's Place" in Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet #22

"Proof of Zero" in Spicy Slipstream Stories, Out Now!!

"The Somnambulist" in Paper Cities: An Anthology of Urban Fantasy, Out Now!!

"Oma Dortchen and the Pillar of Story" in Farrago's Wainscot, Summer 2007

"The Ichthyomancer Writes His Friend with an Account of the Yeti's Birthday Party" in Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet Number 13, Fall 2003 (Honorable Mention, The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Seventeenth Annual Collecion); Reprinted in The Best of Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet


""Stardust" at Strange Horizons


"On Making Noise: Confessions of a Quiet Kid" in Brothers and Beasts: An Anthology of Men on Fairy Tales edited by Kate Bernheimer



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