Tag Archives: Ursula K Le Guin

Oh, yeah. I have this blog thingy.

On my refrigerator are three “apologies” I’ve collected over the years: Up top: from an old cartoon in The New Yorker. Middle: from Tina Fey’s series, Great News. Below: I can’t remember the source, so I’ll just say “author unknown … Continue reading

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WITCH WEEK DAY SIX: The Genius of Ursula K Le Guin

Le Guin’s fantasy fans will recognize these few lines from The Creation of Éa, her imagined mythology of Earthsea: Only in silence the word, only in dark the light, only in dying life; bright the hawk’s flight on the empty sky. … Continue reading

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WITCH WEEK DAY FIVE: Discussion of The Other Wind

Chris, Lizzie and Lory approached this discussion of The Other Wind, this year’s readalong book, not as a Q/A session, but rather as responses developing over time and in conversation with each other. Below: the edited version, with sections that … Continue reading

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… Witch Week, when there is so much magic around in the world that all sorts of peculiar things happen… — from Witch Week by Diana Wynne Jones Welcome to the fifth annual Witch Week, an opportunity to celebrate our … Continue reading

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Something witchy this way comes

Originally posted on Calmgrove:
Ursula Le Guin’s Earthsea series is like Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, one of those secondary worlds that I’ve found I’ve needed to revisit every so often. I’m not the only one, I know, that — however…

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Ramping up for Witch Week

The days are getting cooler and shorter, the nights are getting nippier and longer. And you know what this means…. WITCH WEEK is only a month away. Calmgrove and I will be co-hosting the event (30 October to 06 November), with … Continue reading

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Do the math

Some days I think I’m an idiot, but other days the proof that I really am an idiot smacks me in the forehead. Ursula K Le Guin’s The Wizard of Earthsea was published in 1968. That’s 50 years ago, folks. … Continue reading

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Magic, menace and the mundane

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Ursula Le Guin: Tehanu: the Last Book of Earthsea in The Earthsea Quartet Puffin/Penguin Books 1993 (1990) As a fantasy novel Tehanu is a tough read: it touches on child abuse, rape, misogyny, prejudice, paranoia, xenophobia,…

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My co-conspirator (Calmgrove at this website) is traveling, but I’m certain he’ll be posting similar information as soon as he returns. WITCH WEEK. This is a yearly event named after the third book in Diana Wynne Jones’ Chrestomanci series. The … Continue reading

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Early Le Guin

Ursula K. Le Guin, The Wind’s Twelve Quarters (1975) (read as an e-book from the NYPL) This collection of seventeen short stories and novellas, all published before 1975, includes several that Le Guin considers “germinal”, that is, leading to two … Continue reading

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