Search Results: "Ursula K. Le Guin"


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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"In a review of Kent Haruf's Benediction, Le Guin remarks on a character's 'humor so dry it's almost ether.' That praise applies to Le Guin as well in a collection notable for its wit, unvarnished opinions, and passion."
Collected nonfiction by the prolific, multiaward-winning writer. Read full book review >

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POWERS by Ursula K. Le Guin
FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"Billed as a 'companion' to Gifts (2004) and Voices (2006), in its musing on this power of story, it complements them beautifully, though readers hoping to reacquaint themselves with characters met in the first two novels will find themselves disappointed until the very end. (Fiction. YA)"
Reared in slavery, Gavir knows and understands his place in the world. Read full book review >

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FIRE AND STONE by Ursula K. Le Guin
Released: March 13, 1989

"Le Guin deftly brings out the humor in her ironical story; Marshall, with a remarkably sure hand for a first book, uses authoritative line and perspective and rich, bright color to bring Le Guin's imaginary world to dramatic life."
Once upon a time there was a country that lived in fear of a dragon." Read full book review >

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Released: Feb. 13, 1988

"Her often brilliant fiction scores higher by setting aside the didacticism."
A very mixed bag indeed, comprising 36 talks and essays (1976-88) and 17 reviews (1977-86), ranging from travel pieces and literary discussions to feminism, commencement addresses, and social-consciousness-raisers. Read full book review >

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THE COMPASS ROSE by Ursula K. Le Guin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 21, 1982

"But, for the most part, there are inexhaustible playings and seeings and imaginings—from a shrewd and various writer who can think something through till it seems to cohere in the mind's eye."
As a guide to sailors this book is not to be trusted," remarks Ursula Le Guin of her latest collection of stories. Read full book review >

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STEERING THE CRAFT by Ursula K. Le Guin
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"A succinct, clear, and encouraging companion for aspiring writers."
Practical writing advice from an acclaimed storyteller. Read full book review >

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LAVINIA by Ursula K. Le Guin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2008

"Arguably her best novel, and an altogether worthy companion volume to one of the Western world's greatest stories."
Le Guin (Powers, 2007, etc.) departs from her award-winning fantasy and science-fiction novels to amplify a story told only glancingly in Virgil's epic The Aeneid. Read full book review >

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VOICES by Ursula K. Le Guin
FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"LeGuin allows them, along with Memer, to see that there may be alternatives to violence and that the power of narrative, spoken or written, is not to be denied. (Fiction. 12 )"
For 17 years, the great trade city of Ansul has been occupied by the Ald invaders, the university destroyed, the library sacked. Read full book review >

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GIFTS by Ursula K. Le Guin
FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"If the end is a little tidy, the getting-there is not—and it's the getting-there that provides this offering's greatest reward. (Fiction. 12+)"
The Uplands are bleak and poor, separated into domains of the great lineages, each one defined by its gift. Read full book review >

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UNLOCKING THE AIR by Ursula K. Le Guin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1996

"Le Guin's restless intelligence takes her to work in genres from mainstream through fantasy and hard science fiction, while she is equally effective writing for children or adults: Whatever her audience, whatever her thoughts, she has few peers."
Eighteen tales, 1985-95, set forth in crystalline prose and with impeccable technique, collected from publications as varied as The New Yorker, Playboy, Harper's, Omni and small-press chapbooks. Read full book review >

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FOUR WAYS TO FORGIVENESS by Ursula K. Le Guin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"Whether constructing a moving and expressive love story, or articulating the feminist subtext, there is no more elegant or discerning expositor than Le Guin."
Four connected long stories from Le Guin (A Fisherman of the Inland Sea, 1994, etc.) featuring the planets Yeowe and Werel, the latter a slave-owning oligarchy, the former its colony. Read full book review >

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A FISHERMAN OF THE INLAND SEA by Ursula K. Le Guin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"Limpid, affecting, inimitable, brilliant."
This new collection of science fiction from Le Guin (Searoad, 1991, etc.) is comprised of eight tales, written between 1983 and 1994, drawn from various magazines and anthologies. Read full book review >