Search Results: "Ursula K. Le Guin"


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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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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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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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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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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 >

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THE WORD FOR WORLD IS FOREST by Ursula K. Le Guin
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 12, 1976

"Lesser Le Guin, but often impressive."
Terran logging interests vs. the gentle natives of Athshe. Read full book review >

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ORSINIAN TALES by Ursula K. Le Guin
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 29, 1976

"One hopes that Le Guin will return to this bleak, lovely land soon and often."
These eleven interwoven stories, written over a period of many years, reflect Le Guin's characteristic feeling for what some call "background": the persistent accumulation of detail about a society's past, present, geography, ecology that give her sf worlds such effortless dimension. Read full book review >

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MALAFRENA by Ursula K. Le Guin
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 26, 1979

"But notwithstanding an occasional mistiness around the edges, Malafrena is Le Guin's masterpiece to date—a provocative adventure firmly founded on an unmodish and undeviating nobility of style, of mind, and above all of responsible imagination."
The fictional evocation of any milieu should bear a certain responsibility to the question—"What would it be like to live there?"—and no one has a clearer sense of this responsibility than the science-fiction writer Ursula Le Guin; and no one pursues it in more unexpected directions. Read full book review >

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CATWINGS RETURN by Ursula K. Le Guin
Released: March 1, 1989

"Again, the small format is unusually attractive and appealing, marred only by the printer's inexcusable use of letter spacing."
In a sequel to Catwings (p. 975/C-162), two of the four winged kittens—who now live happily in the country with children who love them too much to exploit them—return to the city to visit their mother, only to find that their birthplace—a slum—is in the midst of demolition, their dumpster home gone. Read full book review >

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SEAROAD by Ursula K. Le Guin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

"Another triumph."
Various private lives in an Oregon seaside village are pried open for inspection in this winning example of Le Guin's best writing—meditative, perceptive, and dead-on in its characterizations. Read full book review >

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PLANET OF EXILE by Ursula K. Le Guin
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 15, 1977

"Graceful, thoughtful, unassuming."
This appealing short novel or longish novella, originally published some eleven years ago, is a perfect illustration of Le Guin's concern with the influences that shape a culture or ethos. Read full book review >

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Released: Feb. 1, 1990

"A grand conclusion to a revered cycle."
The time is out of joint in Earthsea, but it will not be Ged—seeking a new raison d'etre while grieving his recently lost powers as Archmage and hiding from the animosity of minor wizards—who can set it right. Read full book review >