Ursula K. Le Guin, One of America’s Greatest Writers, Has Passed Away at 88

Ursula K. Le Guin, One of America’s Greatest Writers, Has Passed Away at 88

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Ursula K. Le Guin, groundbreaking writer of the Earthsea Cycle and Hainish Cycle, passed away yesterday in her home in Portland, Oregon. She was 88-years-old.   Besides her Earthsea series, for which she is best known, Le Guin wrote dozens of other books that bent genre conventions. She composed poetry, wrote essay collections, and her short fiction is standard American canon today.   I first read Le Guin during my undergrad for a literary theory course. We had to analyze how Hegel’s master-slave dialectic manifests in Le Guin’s “The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas.” I couldn’t hold on to …

Top 10 Ursula K. Le Guin Quotes to Make You Believe in Dragons

Top 10 Ursula K. Le Guin Quotes to Make You Believe in Dragons

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Ursula K. Le Guin is our resident dragon expert. Her series, The Earthsea Cycle, features some of the most elegantly written fantasy ever. Le Guin’s world is fully realized and her spin on dragons and magic is, I’m 100% serious here, groundbreaking. For Le Guin, there are no spells in the familiar sense. Instead, everything has a true name only wizards have access to, and when the true name is uttered, the wizards can command the things to do…things. So if you have the name of the wind (looking at you, Patrick Rothfuss), you can make your ship sail faster. As …

Start Your School Year the Wizarding Way With These 6 Series!

Start Your School Year the Wizarding Way With These 6 Series!

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  It’s back to school time! Albus Dumbledore’s first day of Hogwarts! …and you’re still waiting for your Hogwarts letter to arrive. Don’t worry, it probably just got lost in the mail. But while you wait, why not weigh up your other options…   1. Children of the Red King series by Jenny Nimmo    Image Courtesy of Goodreads   Frankly it is a travesty that this series, sometimes referred to as the Charlie Bone series after its main character, has not been made into a lucrative and beloved movie franchise complete with merchandise, theme parks and novelty hats. It follows Charlie …