Ursula Le Guin -- S/D, etc.

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On the "Introduce" thread, Scott said he wanted to read some Le Guin. I didn't get around to her until a few years ago, and the Earthsea trilogy totally knocked me flat. I guess it's considered "young adult" fiction, but it seems to me that it works on a lot of different levels. I love how spare and allusive her writing is -- she tell a lot more by implication than anything else. But the only other thing I've read is Left Hand of Darkness, which similarly affected me. On the basis of those books, she's becoming one of my favorite writers, genre or elsewise. So, what to read next? (Or if there's anyone who thinks she's an overrated hippie, you can say that too.)

spittle (spittle), Sunday, 21 December 2003 20:31 (fifteen years ago) link

The Lathe of Heaven and The Disposessed were both very good. I read both of them a long, long time ago, so that's as good as my review gets. They're worth investigating.

ginny (ginny), Tuesday, 23 December 2003 02:31 (fifteen years ago) link

search: first earthsea trilogy as near-perfect fantasy, 90s earthsea as elucidation/exploration of why it's not really possible to write that sort of fantasy anymore; the lathe of heaven (hey-i-could-be-philip-dick-if-i-wanted); the dispossessed (ish); always coming home, but not to actually you know read

destroy: suspect editorial practise of that one anthology that gets taught a lot, some non-sf books that are a bit too margaret atwood for my liking

tom west (thomp), Wednesday, 24 December 2003 21:28 (fifteen years ago) link

I was, in the past, completely convinced that Always Coming Home was one of the signal works of imagination of all time: the complete (and completely narratively absorbing) anthropology of a really cool, albeit nonexistent and post-apocalyptic, tribe of people.

Between that and "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas" being all about Oregon politics (spell "Omelas" backwards, duh), I worshipped that shit. Not really sure how I feel now, though.

Haikunym (Haikunym), Wednesday, 24 December 2003 23:10 (fifteen years ago) link

fourteen years pass...

The family of Ursula K. Le Guin is deeply saddened to announce her peaceful death yesterday afternoon. https://t.co/DC7oy16EWD

— Ursula K. Le Guin (@ursulaleguin) January 23, 2018

Sanpaku, Wednesday, 24 January 2018 12:26 (one year ago) link

two months pass...

Her final book, the non-fiction No Time To Spare, is on sale on the Kindle store today.

adam the (abanana), Tuesday, 3 April 2018 11:33 (one year ago) link

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