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text 2017-09-17 17:09
Reading progress update: I've read 292 out of 1100 pages.
Ursula K. Le Guin: Hainish Novels and Stories, Vol. 1: Rocannon's World / Planet of Exile / City of Illusions / The Left Hand of Darkness / The Dispossessed / Stories (The Library of America) - Brian Attebery,Ursula K. Le Guin

Hmmm. There's something suspicious about Estrel.

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review 2017-09-17 15:30
Planet of Exile, Ursula Le Guin
Ursula K. Le Guin: Hainish Novels and Stories, Vol. 1: Rocannon's World / Planet of Exile / City of Illusions / The Left Hand of Darkness / The Dispossessed / Stories (The Library of America) - Brian Attebery,Ursula K. Le Guin

Scrolling back in time for a brief review:

 

Probably the most conventional SF adventure tale Le Guin ever wrote and yet it shows glimmers of the concerns that would become trade-mark Le Guin themes; clash of cultures, reconciliation of differences, anthropology. Surprisingly violent.

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text 2017-09-17 15:01
Reading progress update: I've read 139 out of 159 pages.
Difficulties of a Bridegroom - Ted Hughes

OK, I caved in and skipped over the remaining reprints from Wodwo - I found them fairly tedious and unrewarding last time round. That leaves just the final story, Head, which so far is a story about white hunters disrespecting Slott Indians, their beliefs and forest home.

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text 2017-09-16 17:21
Reading progress update: I've read 60 out of 176 pages.
Difficulties of a Bridegroom - Ted Hughes

Deadfall: Half childhood memory, half old-fashioned ghost story.

 

O'Kelly's Angel: Youthful, amusing satire on all things religious. (Hughes was simultaneously very superstitious and opposed to Christianity - probably all religion.)

 

Snow: An apparent corpse wandering around for months in a perpetual blizzard, determined to find an escape. WUT???? Probably symbolic of something I don't understand...

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text 2017-09-15 15:40
Reading progress update: I've read 56 out of 176 pages.
Difficulties of a Bridegroom - Ted Hughes

6 out of 9 stories were first published in Wodwo, which I've read. The most memorable of those was Rain Horse.

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