Ep. 9 – Ursula Le Guin’s A Wizard of Earthsea

Tired of the whiz-banging razzamatazz of Fantasy in the modern world, we decided to cast our eyes back a ways to the unassuming adventures of Ged, a man alone amongst the deep waters of Earthsea, lost in contemplation and touched by a strange darkness.

In this episode we take to talking Magic, Taoism and the world of Ursula Le Guin’s A Wizard of Earthsea. We happily find Ged a necessary bore but wonder why on Earthsea he doesn’t just settle down and fish his days away like we all dream we can. Still, too many wizards make staves a-clash is what they say.

Be forewarned, we leave no rock unnamed and no spoiler unspoiled.

And if you’re reading along or just hate surprises, next episode we’ll be reading from Ken Liu’s highly praised and debut novel The Grace of Kings.

Links: a hi-res map of Earthsea, a racist depiction of Earthsea, oh look another one, and just one more for fun , Harlan Ellison sounds like a bit of a jerk and yes I know he’s litigious af

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