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"Like all great writers of fiction...Le Guin creates imaginary worlds that restore us, hearts eased, to our own." (Boston Globe)
"Fans will love these eight new stories." (Library Journal)
"Her characters are complex and haunting, and her writing is remarkable for its sinewy grace." (Time)
These short stories do just what I would expect from science fiction, they take me elsewhere and allow me think differently. The readers are the same crew that did the Ender series by Orson Card, with LeGuin herself contributing her forward and one of the stories. Having such talented readers with interesting stories combines for a great listen.
Le Guin fills out her Ekumen universe with six stories that are in the tradition of The Left Hand of Darkness--an almost anthropological approach. Sex roles play an important role in all the stories, which gives an interesting perspective on our current power structures in society. A great book.
Ursula LeGuin is an exceptional storyteller who presents us with fictional societies that open our eyes (in this case, our ears) to new, unimagined possibilities of human interaction.
The Left Hand of Darkness and The Telling
If you enjoyed THE LEFT HAND OF DARKNESS you will love these short stories! Any one of them would make a fine novel. All of her wit, energy, and imagination shine through these tales. They are delightfully written and perfectly read. I want to forget them in a hurry so that I will have the pleasure of listening to them again soon. Or, maybe, I won't wait to listen again right now.
Some of the content is a bit adult. If you think thats a problem that may be its only flaw.
These stories seem to depict a lifetime of frustration with male dominance and they beat you over the head with it. We already know that UKL's Left Hand of Darkness broke new ground and it was welcome. These stories take those ideas (and her new one-moieties) and burn them out. Each story attempts to right every wrong that women have suffered at the hands of men and society. I don't agree with male dominance either, most men reading these stories are likely enlightened on this as well, so it seems she's preaching to the choir. The males become the prostitutes, they are used and hurt, it goes on and on. The first two stories communicated the point and that's all I needed. If you're looking of Science Fiction, there is none in these stories.
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