Search Results: "Ursula K. Le Guin"


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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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THE FARTHEST SHORE by Ursula K. Le Guin
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 8, 1972

"Further, although each of the two previous volumes was complete in itself there is an organic relationship among the three that cannot be realized without Ged's final, mighty 'Be thou made whole' and his drawing of the Rune of Ending."
In the third of the Earthsea volumes Sparrowhawk-Ged, now archmage at Roke, undertakes a long sea odyssey in search of the vague evil that is drying up true magic throughout the islands. Read full book review >

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THE WIND'S TWELVE QUARTERS by Ursula K. Le Guin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 21, 1975

"For the most part, she leans toward abiding moral dilemmas, pursued with intelligent sympathy but an occasionally overdemonstrative piety."
Seventeen short stories by a major sf luminary of generously ranging interests and likable convictions. Read full book review >

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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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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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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 >

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CITY OF ILLUSIONS by Ursula K. Le Guin
Released: June 1, 1978

"But the writing—particularly the descriptions of Falk's westward trek—has the generous ardor and judiciousness which mark Le Guin as the rara avis she is: a sci-fi novelist writing for grownups."
Hardcover reissue of an early (1967) Le Guin novel. Read full book review >

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ALWAYS COMING HOME by Ursula K. Le Guin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 29, 2001

"And no one does this type of utopian near-allegory better."
LeGuin here focuses her inimitable world-building skills on two conflicting societies of the future—implying, of course, their relevance to the present. 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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Released: April 24, 1979

"Just how much better Wood might have done can be surmised from Jeff Levin's invaluable Le Guin bibliography, reprinted here as an appendix."
If you want evidence that people are thinking and writing about science fiction these days with sophistication and good sense, you need go no further than this volume. Read full book review >

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NO TIME TO SPARE by Ursula K. Le Guin
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Dec. 5, 2017

"Thoughtful musings from a deft and sharply insightful writer."
Spirited, wry reflections on aging, literature, and America's moral life. Read full book review >