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reading tiger

I've started reading A Wizard of Earthsea to my children at bedtime. It's fascinating to me how well -- sexism problems aside -- this book works as a corrective to the Harry Potter series (n.b. which I've never read, only watched the movies), considering that it was written several decades prior. But seriously, the Special One, the school for wizards -- and the big bad who is really an aspect of the hero himself.

Also, upon reflection, I think this book might have contributed significantly to my distaste for stories with plain and simple evil villains. Or villains in general, if I think about it too much.

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I read the first three to Simon at around the same relative age -- he preferred the Earthsea books to HP, because, he said, there were rules for how the magic worked.