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review 2018-01-04 15:10
Heavy think
The Dispossessed - Ursula K. Le Guin

This one strained my brain quite a bit. It's a very involved book where social, political, economical structures, customs, morals, ethics, sex and peer pressure are concerned. Yeah, it runs the gamut, and befits a character that is what we'd call an activist.

 

I liked how the story is built, with the the past sections filling the motivations and giving context by contrast, and the overarching and interconnecting themes of time and journeys. And walls. Following a path, going forward with an idea, beginnings and ends, coming back home, cycles. Ever-happening change.

 

That end was so quiet, yet lovely.

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text 2018-01-03 19:11
The Left Hand of Darkness › Ursula K. Le Guin $1,99 Amazing!
The Left Hand of Darkness - Ursula K. Le Guin


A lone human ambassador is sent to Winter, an alien world without sexual prejudice, where the inhabitants can change their gender whenever they choose. His goal is to facilitate Winter's inclusion in a growing intergalactic civilization. But to do so he must bridge the gulf between his own views and those of the strange, intriguing culture he encounters...

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text 2018-01-02 07:44
Reading progress update: I've read 227 out of 387 pages.
The Dispossessed - Ursula K. Le Guin

They are discussing how the nature and perception of time relates to ethics, and it's blowing my mind. Earlier, the were chatting about an icon/goddess of morality, and whether it was better as an outside force or an inside one. It looks like no stone will be left unturned on this one's dialogues and self-musings.

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review 2017-12-28 10:11
Sweet, simple and hopeful
Planet of Exile - Ursula K. Le Guin

More of a Rocannon flavor than The Dispossessed, in that it's more of a gorgeous and bittersweet cross between sci-fy, fantasy and adventure than hypothetical worlds heavy in social commentary (not to say any asides are completely absent).

 

Which in checking makes sense, since Rocannon is the first on the saga, and this the second.

 

I maintain Left Hand as my favorite (it strikes that perfect balance for me), but I enjoyed the simple but lovely story a lot. And it has another perfectly awesome introduction.

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review 2017-12-21 00:12
Late in the Day: Poems 2010-2014
Late in the Day: Poems 2010–2014 - Ursula K. Le Guin

Constellating

 

Mind draws the lines between the stars

that let the Eagle and the Swan

fly vast and bright and far

above the dark before the dawn.

 

Between two solitary minds

as far as Deneb from Altair,

love flings the unimaginable line

that marries fire to fire.

 

This short collection was my first encounter of Le Guin's poetry. I enjoyed it. I liked how she tried different themes and different styles and structures. 

 

Not all of the poems spoke to me, but some did, and that is all I look for.

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