RIP Ursula Le Guin


#1

#2

RIP. the lathe of heaven was huge for me as a young reader.


#3

Because I am an idiot I have still only read The Left Hand of Darkness, but I love that book (the detail and weight of the polar scenes :heart:)
R.I.P


#4

RIP. gutted.

just finished re reading other winds the other day.

what a genuinely lovely & conscientious person.


#5

Oh man :frowning:

The dispossessed is easily my favourite piece of fiction. Thanks Ursula for making feelings I had about economics, equality and gender make sense.


#6

she seemed very at peace with death in her work, which is a nice thought.


#7

I think it says something that no two people in this thread have mentioned the same book yet.


#8

RIP, I really appreciated her way of including racial diversity in her books, and the very decent way in which she did it :heart:


#9

i tried reading earthsea but figured i’d probably left it a bit late in life to get into it. any fans? should i persevere?


#10

RIP
Only read A Wizard of Earthsea but I loved it. The sheer quality shone through. Really have to post this picture of the cover. I think it’s a beauty.


#11

idk. i’m defo a fan. it’s very, very strong high fantasy. if that description doesn;t turn you off straight away then probably go for it.

it’s pitched at teenagers & has got that YA thing of being very moralistic & coming of agey, but she has more sophisticated things to say about morality and society than anyone else i’ve ever read doing fantasy. it’s very tightly plotted (& short in the scheme of fantasy series); she’s excellent at the world building stuff & her prose is great.

:man_shrugging:


#12

I think I read a couple chapters and it did seem a bit YA/harry potter but the description of the world was amazing


#13

yeah there’s a bit of that, less so as the series goes on. think it;s inevitable when you have a young protagonist in this sort of stuff, the characters age quickly tho.

it’s better than any explicitly Adult Fantasy stuff i’ve ever read in every way i can think of. which i’m sure you’ll agree is a VERY high bar.


#14

I would definitely go for her sci-fi stuff over her fantasy. The Dispossessed (my fav) or the Left Hand of Darkness being the obvious choices. Earthsea is a bit YA plus has additional issues with feeling more dated (i.e. it is omniscient 3rd person (i think, something weird anyway)).

Is the first famous person’s death I can think of who properly bumbed me out, and I am 31. Great author, who also seemed to be a genuinely awesome person.

Please David Attenborough never die.


#15

aw man :frowning:
just got into her these last couple of years really, Lathe of Heaven & Left Hand of Darkness are both wonderful and she seemed like an all round great person. got the first Earthsea book for 50p the other day


#16

A bit harsh given that Rowling was 3 when Wizard of Earthsea was published.


#17

Might read the Quartet again. Even the incredibly bleak fourth one.


#18

ahh very sad. Memories of her novels and Asimov on my dads shelf when i was a lad. Enjoyed Earthsea Quartet, and more recently read The Lathe of Heaven which was great.

Sad news indeed. RiP


#19

There’s a fifth one now. Well, fifteen years ago!

Very sad news though.


#20

been reading a bunch of interviews with and articles by her.

this made me happy & i think it’s a feeling i’ve had since i was really little & why i love her stuff.