The Books of Earthsea: The Complete Illustrated Edition

The Books of Earthsea: The Complete Illustrated Edition

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the timeless and beloved A Wizard of Earthsea???reads like the retelling of a tale first told centuries ago? (David Mitchell)?comes this complete omnibus edition of the entire Earthsea chronicles, including over fifty illustrations illuminating Le Guin?s vision of her classic saga. Ursula K. Le Guin?s Earthsea novels are some of the most Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the timeless and beloved A Wizard of Earthsea???reads like the...

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Title:The Books of Earthsea: The Complete Illustrated Edition
Author:Ursula K. Le Guin
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Genres:Fantasy
ISBN:The Books of Earthsea: The Complete Illustrated Edition
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:1008 pages pages

The Books of Earthsea: The Complete Illustrated Edition Reviews

  • Jefurii
    Oct 30, 2018
    This is absolutely beautiful but dang is it a large book! It is thick and heavy - they need to add *weight* to the description along with page count. Reading this book is a physical act unless it's resting in your lap. This is not the kind of book you slip in your backpack on the off c...
  • Rick
    Jul 04, 2018
    While I haven't read this edition as yet (I say that as I would like to get a copy), I have read all the Earthsea stories and novels included in this omnibus edition in other editions. For me the range from some of my favorites of fantasy literature to some just darn good yarns and wit...
  • Jon
    May 01, 2019
    Best Art Book * Finalist for the 2019 Hugo Awards The Books of Earthsea: The Complete Illustrated Edition, illustrated by Charles Vess, written by Ursula K. Le Guin (Saga Press /Gollancz) I skimmed through this huge heavy edition (since I've previously read nearly all the Earthse...
  • Terence
    Nov 10, 2018
    Finished the first half of the Earthsea Sextet The idea of individual immortality, an endless ego-existence, is more dreadful to me than the idea of letting go the self in death to rejoin shared, eternal being. I see life as a shared gift, received from others and passed on to other...
  • Stephanie
    May 24, 2019
    A masterpiece! The illustrations are really beautiful, too. ...
  • Luce
    Oct 30, 2018
    Edit: Adding link for 11/10/18 Interview with Charles Vess about working with Le Guin https://bit.ly/2Qzd9PP * * * 5 stars for this HUGE gorgeous book. Rating is not for the story itself. I read the first four books years ago in paperback. I mainly bought this particular book be...
  • Malcolm
    Jan 17, 2019
    I first read the original Earthsea trilogy in about 1974 when I was studying Children?s Literature. It was a wonderful story then and it still is now. I had to wait about 16 years for the next instalment though I reread the originals several times. At some point those original paperb...
  • Meredith
    Dec 31, 2018
    All works pertaining to Earthsea have been collected into this single volume, illustrated by Charles Vess. It includes the six books in the series, descriptions of Earthsea's lands, peoples, and phenomena in the form of encyclopedia entires, two short stories that pre-date the first no...
  • Phil James
    Jan 13, 2019
    I started this book 45 years ago and just finished it now! I got myself this magnificent edition of all the novels, with a few short stories and the author's comments , to finally catch up from where I left off in Mrs. Cooper's primary school class. At 10 I was avidly reading anythi...
  • Mike
    Jan 20, 2019
    This is my third or fourth time reading Earthsea. I read it in about a week, and I'm sad there isn't more. Earthsea is perhaps the 20th century's greatest contribution to fantasy literature--and I say that specifically with Tolkien in mind. Middle Earth is arguably better worked out, w...
  • Richard
    Feb 23, 2019
    I hadn?t read a word of Le Guin since I was a mad-about-science-fiction teenager who just didn?t understand Lathe of Heaven (will be rereading that soon). Given the fact that she?s a northwesterner, that decades have passed, and that every interview I read was nothing less th...
  • Max
    Mar 03, 2019
    I've written my thoughts on the individual books, or at least the fourth through sixth which are the ones I read for the first time, elsewhere. Here I want to talk a little bit about the stuff special to this book. It includes the afterwords Le Guin wrote for a recent reprint of the se...
  • Spencer Orey
    Feb 01, 2019
    It was awesome to have all these books in one place and read them in order. I've read the whole series before, but I got a lot out of reading them back to back. Each of the books is great, and I have a lot of favorite moments from the whole thing. I thought the illustrations were al...
  • Tracy
    Dec 31, 2018
    I received this beauty for Christmas from my daughter Libby. While I have read almost everything in this book already I am still so excited to have it. The illustrations are beautiful and I want to reread all of these wonderful books again. ...
  • Graeme
    Apr 27, 2019
    I had been meaning to read Earthsea for some time, and the release of this new edition seemed like a pretty perfect opportunity. To be slightly superficial for a moment, the actual book is a lovely piece of work, with good quality pages and printing (both of which are getting rarer). H...
  • Darrin
    Apr 23, 2019
    This was a 2018 christmas gift...this 1008 page tome with a gold ribbon attached for bookmarking pages. A couple of days ago when I was laying on the couch reading it, my wife asked me if I was reading the bible....ummm...no. I made some commentary along the way but let me wrap up b...
  • Dominick
    Jun 06, 2019
    All of the Earthsea books and stories in one volume, with lovely illustrations by Charles Vess, one of the best fantasy artists out there, is a massive, somewhat shambolic monument to Le Guin's importance as a fantasy writer. The material here was originally published across decades, a...
  • Jo
    Jan 02, 2019
    Magnificent. The breadth and depth of these stories are staggering. ...
  • Cierán Jimmy
    Feb 17, 2019
    A masterpiece, concluded with some of the last writings of the great Ursula K. Le Guin before she left us for a different place. Ursulas speech at the National Book Awards 2014 sums her deeds (and thoughts) up quite neatly. "To the givers of this beautiful reward, my thanks, fr...
  • Helen Leigh-Phippard
    Mar 09, 2019
    I read the first 3 books of Earthsea as a teenager and loved them. I was prompted to revisit Ursula Le Guin's fantasies by a recent Twitter thread recommending book 2, The Tombs of Atuan, as the best book many dozens of people on the thread had read that most people they knew had never...
  • Anna Nesterovich
    Nov 23, 2018
    Don't get me wrong, I love the story. That one star is definitely not for the story. When I first heard there going to be an illustrated edition, I imagined something like the latest gorgeous fully illustrated volumes of Harry Potter. Alas. This book turned out to contain very few illu...
  • Apina_lukee_kirjoja
    Dec 19, 2018
    The elements for a really stunning work of fantasy are there, but because written over decades, without a clear vision from the start, they don't come together as well as they could. Now that everything's been plotted, all the characters created, one more re-write to add the overarchin...
  • Fraser Simons
    Nov 15, 2018
    It is a magical thing to read these in order, all at once. There?s barely a few pages here that I wasn?t that into. Those just just from the fifth books collection of stories. Everything else really does build nicely on each other. From books to the short stories afterward, the ove...
  • Chris Waraksa
    Dec 22, 2018
    After many years I returned to Earthsea to finish the cycle, having only read the first three books before that many years ago and a few times since. This edition is nice for additional writing added by Le Guin to share not only the stories but the history of their writing and her own ...
  • Elan Firpo
    Feb 18, 2019
    Beautiful illustrations, stories of dragons and wizards and the strength of human characters. Reading this book hurt my hands - it is HUGE and heavy. But worth it. Entertaining ...
  • Isaac
    May 17, 2018
    Ahhhh! This looks so beautiful! ...
  • HiRo
    Feb 27, 2019
    So I wanted to rate each book of Earthsea on its own, but I feel like I have to review the series as a whole, as well as give credit to this lovely omnibus. Of course, the entirety of Earthsea was a beautiful ride from start to finish, but I'd like to especially bless this giant tome f...
  • Sam
    Mar 28, 2019
    I read the original Earthsea trilogy as a child, and while I enjoyed them, I couldn't say they were favourites of mine. They were favourites of my Dad's, but I distinctly remember thinking that I felt it hard to relate to this world of men. As an eight or nine year old girl, there seem...
  • Daniel Welker
    Jan 10, 2019
    "You thought, as a boy, that a mage is one who can do anything. So I thought, once. So did we all. And the truth is that as a man's real power grows and his knowledge widens, ever the way he can follow grows narrower: until at last he chooses nothing, but does only and wholly what he ...
  • Andrew Shultz
    Feb 13, 2019
    Earthsea all in one place is very nice to have, and it's a nice edition. Included are some interesting notes from the author on how she came to write various things and what she thought about them at the time as well as what she thinks about them years later. The very short stories don...