You can win the entire Earthsea Cycle by Ursula K. Leguin.

The only thing more annoying than Christmas commercials earlier than Halloween is the inevitable Hobbitization of everything, including things that shouldn’t be Hobbitized.

There are only two links today because I’m trying something new. And these links are my way of foreshadowing.

I’m going to ‘fess up, here.

I hate Earthsea. Hahahahaa, I said it. I read the first book and I thought it was boring and stupid.

Second confession, I have never read Lord of the Rings. I started reading it and I couldn’t get past Tom Bombadil. I thought he was crazy and stupid.

Both of these experiences were in my teens. In an attempt to see if my reading tastes have matured, and so the other reviewers will stop picking on me for not liking LeGuin, and my shame at never having read the most important fantasy trilogy of all time, I am going to read one of these books.

And here’s the fun part, I’m going to let you decide! Vote in the comments below, and I’ll read the book you choose. If I like it, I may read the other one. If I don’t, I won’t.

Depending on how this goes, I may let you all make other decisions for me in the future. Crowdsourcing, it’s a thing.


  • Ruth Arnell

    RUTH ARNELL (on FanLit's staff January 2009 — August 2013) earned a Ph.D. in political science and is a college professor in Idaho. From a young age she has maxed out her library card the way some people do credit cards. Ruth started reading fantasy with A Wrinkle in Time and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe — books that still occupy an honored spot on her bookshelf today. Ruth and her husband have a young son, but their house is actually presided over by a flame-point Siamese who answers, sometimes, to the name of Griffon.

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