Any thoughts on the life, work and influence of Ursula Le Guin?
As you will probably be aware already, the SFF writer Ursual K. Le Guin passed away earlier this week so this seems like a suitable moment to offer any thoughts you might have on her life, work or influence on the genre - here's a commentary by David Mitchell which appeared in the UK's Guardian newspaper earlier this week for those who might be interested - https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/jan/25/ursula-le-guin-david-mitchell-earthsea
aside from Cat Wings and Blade of Heaven I didn't get into too much of her writing. I'm not into keeping a notebook for character names, dates and such. It's too much like classical Chinese novels that span centuries where one requires a spread sheet or a white board to keep track of the players and time lines. The same could be said of some Russian writers too. In other words, I'm lazy and prefer history, science and short fiction as well as some poetry.
I haven't read her. My interests have simply fallen elsewhere.
I can really only claim to have read the Earthsea Trilogy (which I later re-read as the Quartet). I did read the Left Hand of Darkness and The Dispossessed, but won't say I remember either novel. I still have The Tales of Earthsea and The Other Wind to read and am looking forward to revisiting the Archipelago. Even if an author only writes one book or one short story that resonates with you as the reader, they've done what the set out to do and told an engaging story.
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