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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