27 April, 2010

Ursula K. Le Guin

Title: The Wind's Twelve Quarters
Author: Ursula K. Le Guin
Genre: SF/Fantasy Collection  of 19 stories
Rating: 3 out of 5

The good: She is a good writer. I like the style and the settings, and some of the stories are thought-provoking. The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas especially.

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The bad: For one thing, nearly all of the stories ended up with someone dying. Either the main character died or ran away from the situation, not facing the problems they created. I found that a bit morbid and I wonder why they couldn't just get on with their lives. The Good Trip was strange in that sense, and I think the man is not quite sane.

***Spoiler version***

In Semley's Necklace, The Word of Unbinding, The Rule of Names, Winter's King, The Good Trip, Nine Lives, A Trip to the Head, Vaster than Empires and More Slow, The Field of Vision, Direction of the Road, and The Masters, there are people who either run away into oblivion, commit suicide, or die. Sometimes it is the secondary character, and sometimes it is the main character. For once I would like to see these people actually face what they're running from, and the problems that they caused by not being responsible and/or reasonable.

Do I recommend this book? That depends. If you enjoy SF/Fantasy then yes. But if you are't particularly interested in that kind of writing in the first place, then probably not.

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