Reading progress update: I've read 45 out of 691 pages.

The Earthsea Quartet (Earthsea Cycle, #1-4) - Ursula K. Le Guin

Struggling. I'm only 45 pages in, but I can't shake the style. When I'm reading it I'm imagining someone telling a dramatic story over a wood fire to an infant. I understand that's the target audience and it's sort of a childhood, fantasy classic that evokes nostalgia but I read The Belgariad in adulthood and didn't really have the same issue.

 

Also having a hard time taking the main character seriously when his nickname Sparrowhawk (reminded me of Sparhawk from the Elenium) is cool, but then his real wizard name is just Ged.

 

Maybe I'm not giving it enough of a chance and I'm super busy with work and things going on in my private life, but it's a chore to read it at the minute. I'm giving it to page 100 and then I'm canning it. :(