Re-reading Ursula Le Guin – Coda Saying Goodbye at the Gate: Reflections on “No Time To Spare (Thinking About What Matters)”

While I was updating my Le Guin collection with the Hainish books I lacked, in preparation for my Big Re-Read of 2018, I also decided to pick up Ursula Le Guin’s last book, a collection of blog posts and essays, … Continue reading

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Ursula Le Guin re-read: the Hainish Novels – Part 3: The Envoi – The Word for World is Forest, The Telling

If the first three books were milieu and setting, and the second (masterpiece) books were *absolutely everything*, the last two books on this list – while remaining “milieu” in the sense that we are in the usual Le Guin worldbuilding … Continue reading

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Ursula Le Guin re-read: the Hainish Novels – Part 2: The Masterpieces – The Left Hand of Darkness, The Disposessed

  In one sense these books are almost brackets of the Hainish cycle. The Disposessed is positioned right at a beginning of the regathering of the worlds into a body of union, an alliance, in terms of a League of … Continue reading

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Ursula Le Guin re-read: the Hainish Novels – Part 1: The Foundation – Rocannon’s World. Planet of Exile, City of Illusions

I embarked on this epic re-read after word of Ursula Le Guin’s death came down, and in the throes of that loss. It seemed like the best way I knew how to honor someone so completely unique, someone whose passing … Continue reading

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Only in Silence the Word: After Ursula

Some writers are just—more. More everything. More brilliant. More talented. More challenging, and more wickedly subversive. Ursula was all of those things, but even more than that, she was loved. I was her colleague in genre and here at Book … Continue reading

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