Short works

Books : reviews

Ursula K. Le Guin, Virginia Kidd, eds.

(read but not reviewed)


John Crowley. The Reason for the Visit. 1980
Jill Paton Walsh. Set Piece. 1980
Hilary Bailey. Everything Blowing Up: An Adventure of Una Persson, Heroine of Time and Space. 1980
Avram Davidson, Grania Davis. The New Zombies. 1980
Robert P. Holdstock. Earth and Stone. 1980
Michael Bishop. A Short History of the Bicycle: 401 B.C. to 2677 A.D.. 1980
Vonda N. McIntyre. Shadows, Moving. 1980
Laurence Josephs. Two Poems. 1980
Phillipa C. Maddern. Pastseer. 1980
Gary Weimberg. Hunger and the Computer. 1980
Daphne Castell. Household Gods. 1980
D. G. Compton. Bender, Fenugreek, Slatterman and Mupp. 1980
Edward Bryant. Precession. 1980
Gene Wolfe. A Criminal Proceeding. 1980
Jean Femling. For Whom are Those Serpents Whistling Overhead?. 1980
Michael G. Coney. The Summer Sweet, The Winter Wild. 1980
Sonya Dorman. The Gods in Winter. 1980
James Tiptree Jr. Slow Music. 1980

Ursula K. Le Guin.
The Dispossessed.

rating : 1.5 : unmissable

Ursula K. Le Guin.
Orsinian Tales.


The Fountains. 1976
The Barrow. 1976
Ile Forest. 1976
Conversations at Night. 1976
The Road East. 1976
Brothers and Sisters. 1976
A Week in the Country. 1976
An die Musik. 1961
The House. 1976
The Lady of Moge. 1976
Imaginary Countries. 1976

Ursula K. Le Guin.
The Compass Rose.
Gollancz. 1982


The Author of the Acacia Seeds. 1974
The New Atlantis. 1975
Schrodinger's Cat. 1974
Two Delays on the Northern Line. 1979
SQ. 1978
Small Change. 1981
The First Report of the Shipwrecked Foreigner to the Kadanh of Derb. 1978
The Diary of the Rose. 1976
The White Donkey. 1980
The Phoenix. 1982
Intracom. 1974
The Eye Altering. 1974
Mazes. 1975
The Pathways of Desire. 1979
Gwilan's Harp. 1977
Malheur Country. 1979
The Water is Wide. 1976
The Wife's Story. 1982
Some Approaches to the Problem of the Shortage of Time. == Where Does the Time Go?. 1979
Sur. 1982

Ursula K. Le Guin.
Searoad: Chronicles of Klatsand.
Gollancz. 1991


Foam Women, Rain Women. 1991
The Ship Ahoy. 1987
Hand, Cup, Shell. 1989
Geezers. 1991
In and Out. 1989
Bill Weisler. 1990
True Love. 1991
Sleepwalkers. 1991
Quoits. 1991
Crosswords. 1990
Texts. 1990
Hernes. 1991

Ursula K. Le Guin.
A Fisherman of the Inland Sea.
Harper. 1994


The First Contact with the Gorganoids. 1991
Newton's Sleep. 1991
The Ascent of the North Face. 1983
The Rock That Changed Things. 1992
The Kerastion. 1990
The Shobies' Story. 1990
Dancing to Ganam. 1993
Another Story, or A Fisherman of the Inland Sea. 1994

Ursula K. Le Guin.
The Birthday of the World and other stories.
HarperCollins. 2002


Coming of Age in Karhide by Sov Thade Tage em Ereb, of Rer, in Karhide, on Gethen. == Coming of Age in Karhide. 1995
Sov's first experience of kemmer
Old Music and the Slave Woman. 1999
The Matter of Segri. 1994
Unchosen Love. 1994
Mountain Ways. 1996
Solitude. 1994
The Birthday of the World. 2000
Paradises Lost. 2002

Ursula K. Le Guin.
The Wave in the Mind: talks and essays on the writer, the reader, and the imagination.
Shambhala. 2004

Join Ursula K. Le Guin as she explores a broad array of subjects, ranging from Tolstoy, Twain, and Tolkien to women’s shoes, beauty and family life. With her customary wit, intelligence, and literary craftsmanship, she offers a diverse and highly engaging set of reading. The Wave in the Mind includes some of Le Guin’s finest literary criticism, rare autobiographical writings, performance art pieces, and, most centrally, her reflections on the arts of writing and reading.

Ursula K. Le Guin.
Words Are My Matter: writings about life and books 2000-2016.
Small Beer Press. 2016

“Hard times are coming, when we’ll be wanting the voices of writers who can see alternatives to how we live now, can see through our fear-stricken society and its obsessive technologies to other ways of being, and even imagine real grounds for hope. We’ll need writers who can remember freedom – poets, visionaries – realists of a larger reality…”

Words Are My Matter collects talks, essays, introductions to beloved books, and book reviews by Ursula K. Le Guin, one of our foremost public literary intellectuals. Words Are My Matter is essential reading. It is a manual for investigating the depth and breadth of contemporary fiction – and, through the lens of deep considerations of contemporary writing, a way of exploring the world we are all living in.

“We need writers who know the difference between production of a market commodity and the practice of an art. Developing written material to suit sales strategies in order to maximise corporate profit and advertising revenue is not the same thing as responsible book publishing or authorship.”

Le Guin is one of those authors and this is another of her moments. She has published more than sixty books ranging from fiction to nonfiction, children’s books to poetry, and has received many lifetime achievement awards including the Library of Congress Living Legends award.

Ursula K. Le Guin.
No Time to Spare: thinking about what matters.
Mariner Books. 2017

On the absurdity of denying your age: “If I’m ninety and believe I’m forty-five, I’m headed for a very bad time trying to get out of the bathtub.”

On cultural perceptions of fantasy: “The direction of escape is toward freedom. So what is ‘escapism’ an accusation of ?”

On breakfast: “Eating an egg from the shell takes not only practice, but resolution, even courage, possibly willingness to commit crime.”

Ursula K. Le Guin took readers to imaginary worlds for decades. In the last great frontier of life, old age, she explored a new literary territory: the blog, a forum where she shined. The collected best of Ursula’s blog, No Time to Spare presents perfectly crystallized dispatches on what mattered to her late in life, her concerns with the world, and her wonder at it: “How rich we are in knowledge, and in all that lies around us yet to learn. Billionaires, all of us.”

Ursula K. Le Guin.
Orion. 2004

Ursula K. Le Guin.
Orion. 2006

Ansul was once a peaceful town filled with libraries, schools and temples. But that was long ago, before the Alds came. The Aids believe demons hide in words, and so they ban reading and writing, acts now punishable by death. The few books that have survived are hidden for safekeeping in the care of the Waylord, crippled by years of torture, and the daughter of his heart, Memer. And now times are changing. The Uplands poet Orrec Caspro and his wife Gry have arrived, and in his voice is a clarion call, awakening a conquered people.

A haunting and gripping coming-of-age story set against a backdrop of violence, intolerance, and magic, Voices is a novel that readers will not soon forget.

Ursula K. Le Guin.
Orion. 2007

Young Gavir sometimes sees into the future. He can neither explain nor control this power, and his beloved older sister wisely advises him to keep it secret. It doesn’t really get in the way of his comfortable life as a house slave for a great family. Then tragedy strikes, in a most unexpected way, destroying Gavir’s trust in all he has ever known. Fleeing in blind grief, he finds himself on a dangerous journey towards a goal he does not understand – is he seeking freedom, or his own people? Or is he searching for the true use of his strange powers?

Powers, the third book of the Annals of the Western Shore, is an epic story of survival and self-discovery that brings its hero home at last, to a place where he has never been before.

Ursula K. Le Guin.
The Other Wind.
Orion. 2001

Ursula K. Le Guin.
Tales from Earthsea.
Orion. 2001


The Finder. 2001
Darkrose and Diamond. 2001
The Bones of the Earth. 2001
On the High Marsh. 2001
Dragonfly. 2001

Ursula K. Le Guin.
The Left Hand of Darkness.
Panther. 1969

rating : 1.5 : unmissable

Ursula K. Le Guin.
The Telling.
Gollancz. 2001

Ursula K. Le Guin.
Four Ways to Forgiveness.
Harper. 1995


Betrayals. 1994
Forgiveness Day. 1994
A Man of the People. 1995
A Woman's Liberation. 1995

Ursula K. Le Guin.
The Wind's Twelve Quarters Volume 1.

(read but not reviewed)


The Word of Unbinding. 1964
Semley's Necklace. == The Dowry of the Angyar. 1964
April in Paris. 1962
The Masters. 1963
Darkness Box. 1963
The Rule of Names. 1964
Winter's King. 1969
The Good Trip. 1970
Nine Lives. 1969

Ursula K. Le Guin.
The Wind's Twelve Quarters Volume 2.

(read but not reviewed)


The Day Before the Revolution. 1974
A Trip to the Head. 1970
Vaster Than Empires and More Slow. 1971
Things. == The End. 1970
The Stars Below. 1973
The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas. 1973
Direction of the Road. 1974
Field of Vision. 1973