Monday, August 8, 2011

The Tombs of Atuan, by Ursula K. LeGuin


Not a bad book, by any means. Just not . . . amazing. The characters are a bit better drawn in this volume--Ged, Tenar, and even, to a lesser degree, Manan, Kossil, and Penthe have thoughts, feelings, and motivations that are not completely ignored. Unfortunately, the plot is a bit poorly paced. Nothing really happens for the first two-thirds of the book, and then Ged comes along and everything happens all at once . . . and then there's more nothing until the book is over. The bit where stuff is happening is actually pretty good. And it's a testament to LeGuin's writing that even when nothing is going on, the book is still readable. But I doubt it needed to be as long as it was . . . and it wasn't long. It's the second book in a series, and it felt like it--the necessary filler between two points. Still, I've read worse.

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