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read The Wind's Twelve uarters kindle ✓ Mass Market Paperback À ❰Download❯ ✤ The Wind's Twelve uarters Author Ursula K. Le Guin – Johns-cycling-diary.co.uk Wizardry transforming its master into a cloud of fine mistcloning duplicating the ideal man ten times overUtopia in a city where almAstersDarkness BoxThe Word of UnbindingThe Rule of NamesWinter's KingThe Good TripNine LivesThingsA Trip to the HeadVaster than Empires and More SlowThe Stars BelowThe Field of VisionDirection of the RoadThe Ones Who Walk Away from OmelasThe Day Before the Revolution I bought my first copy of this in October 1976 when it was newly released into paperback It is a collection of Ursula Le Guin's short stories prior to that time both science fiction and fantasy I read it immediately as I had recently discovered that I really liked Le Guin's writing I've also re read some of the stories in various anthologies since then Contents areSemley's NecklaceApril in ParisThe MastersDarkness BoxThe Word of UnbindingThe Rule of NamesWinter's KingThe Good TripNine LivesThingsA Trip to the HeadVaster than Empires and More SlowThe Stars BelowThe Field of VisionDirection of the RoadThe Ones Who Walk Away from OmelasThe Day Before the Revolution

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Wizardry transforming its master into a cloud of fine mistcloning duplicating the ideal man ten times overUtopia in a city where almost everyone is perfectly happyUrsula Le Guin author of The Earthsea Trilogy has a special way of blending stirring adventure with fant Note March 11 2019 I've just edited this review to correct two minor typosThe 17 stories collected here all appeared in a couple of cases under different titles in various magazines mostly geared to SF or speculative fiction from 1960 to 1974 So chronologically they directly precede those in the later collection The Compass Rose which I reviewed last week and if memory serves I also read this book first It's a similar mix of genres but overall I considered the uality of most the selections here somewhat superior to that of the other book It also has proportionately less surrealism and New Wave influence or at least that was the impression that it left me with Again several of the stories didn't leave a lasting impression on my memories The order is as the author says roughly chronologicalSome of the stories here have also been included in other books and been discussed already in my reviews of those anthologies My favorite story here Semley's Necklace appears in The Oxford Book of Science Fiction Stories; and Nine Lives which as the author notes comes as close as she ever does to hard SF is in Science Fiction The Science Fiction Research Association Anthology I'd actually read The Rule of Names a fantasy tale set in the author's invented world of Earthsea but otherwise distinct from her A Wizard of Earthsea in A Treasury of Fantasy Heroic Adventures in Imaginary Lands before I encountered it here All three of these are excellent and among Le Guin's best works IMOAccording to the author's Preface the latter story along with The Word of Unbinding were the genesis of what later became the Earthsea trilogy while Semley's Necklace provided the inspiration for her novel Rocannon's World which I have not read Winter's King set on the planet Gethen aka Winter similarly gave the impetus to The Left Hand of Darkness although in her original conception the inhabitants of that planet weren't ambisexual; she went back and edited the original story for its publication here To my mind the relationship is less successful here than it is with the other three stories; this one comes across as something of a Left Hand of Darkness out take even though it isn't Perhaps this is because I don't find Gethen as interesting a world as the other two and find the characters harder to relate to; they come across to me as message driven stick figures created to make a point On the other hand The Day Before the Revolution dedicated to anarchist philosopher Paul Goodman is set on the same world as Le Guin's pro anarchy novel The Dispossessed but was written after it and presupposes it It would probably appeal most to those who read the book which I haven't and who liked and agreed with it Contrary to the claim Le Guin makes here in the introductory note to the story The Dispossessed was NOT the first novel to provide an embodied description of an anarchist society; William Morris did it in News from Nowhere published in 1890A couple of other stories deserving special mention are April in Paris which is a rather whimsical time travel story the basis for the time travel is dubious but the story succeeds because the characters are so likable and the tone and story arc upbeat and The Stars Below The Preface states that only stories that are fantasy or science fiction are included; but the latter story actually reads like historical fiction with an indeterminate 16th or 17th century setting and I'm still inclined to consider it as such Finally the penultimate selection The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas is a strange story or of a parable with no obvious direct analogues in the real world Le Guin ascribed the inspiration to a hypothetical reference in one of the writings of William James and impossible to describe or analyze without a spoilerThe author provides introductory notes for all of the stories here a feature the later collection doesn't have These aren't always illuminating they may even be the opposite and sometimes strain to be cute but they also often have worthwhile insights and interesting factoids Her collection title comes from some lines of poetry in A E Housman's A Shropshire Lad which serves as an epigraph

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The Wind's Twelve uartersAsy that has made comparison with such masters as CS Lewis and JRR Tolkien inevitableNow in The Wind's Twelve uarters seventeen of her favorite stories reaffirm Ursula Le Guin as one of America's outstanding writersCONTENTSForewordSemley's NecklaceApril in ParisThe M Le Guin's first short story collection which includes Semley's Necklace A Story 45 prologue to Rocannon's World works just fine as a stand alone storyApril in Paris 45 Two frustrated writers in Paris sharing the same room separated by a few hundred yearsuntil they aren'tThe Masters A Story 25 II II 4Darkness Box 35 I know it's up for me if you steal my sunshineThe Word of Unbinding 45 OK on its own as a story of a good wizard who is imprisoned by a powerful evil wizard but most readers will find it primarily interesting as Le Guin's first story in her Earthsea worldThe Rule of Names 55 another early Earthsea story this one with a clever sense of humor and a strong Tolkien flavorThe Winter's King 25 short story related to The Left Hand of DarknessThe Good Trip A Story 25 what a long strange trip it's beenNine Lives 35 ten heads are better than oneThings A Story 45 this story is heavy as bricks A Trip to the Head A Story 35 another long strange tripVaster Than Empires and More Slow 45 Hainish story about an empath on an iong term exploration mission The Stars Below 45 when astronomers go underground Field of Vision 45 one of the nine billion names Direction of the Road 25 sotrees? The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas 35 less a story and of a disuieting moralphilosophical conundrumThe Day Before the Revolution 25 preuel to The Dispossessed in which not much happens