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2018 Book #7 - The Wind's Twelve Quarters, by Ursula K. LeGuin

2018 A Book A Week #7

The Wind's Twelve Quarters, by Ursula K. LeGuin.

I've had this since I was a teenager. I think I read it back then, but it was way over my head. This is grown-up stuff. Deeply psychological at times, at other times mythical and dreamlike. (She calls those stories "psychomyths.")

My favorite stories were about a group of ten clones who work as a team on an alien planet (Nine Lives) and one about a planet with vegetative intelligence (Vaster Than Empires And More Slow.) After each story, I would pause before reading the next one. I let them resonate in my mind for a while. I didn't want to rush it.

Many of the stories tie into her novels, including one that gives some background to The Dispossesed, a book I absolutely loved.

You don't have to be a science fiction or fantasy fan to appreciate Ms. LeGuin's complex, poetic tales. You just have to love great stories that make you wonder, that unsettle and intrigue.

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