A little gem

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Ursula Le Guin Gifts
Orion Childrens Books 2005

Gifts is the first of a series entitled the Annals of the Western Shore by the admirable Ursula Le Guin. Best known for her Earthsea fantasies, she is also outstanding in the fields of SF, short stories, poetry, articles and reviews. The three titles that make up her Annals sequence may not have achieved the same level of appreciation as the Earthsea books (and amateur reviews generally have demonstrated a perplexity that the Annals haven’t been as epic as those earlier tales) but my feeling is that they are every bit as thoughtful despite a superficially unambitious and inauspicious start. Continue reading “A little gem”